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Versailles in Darke County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

St. Denis Parish - St. Valbert Cemetery

Old St. Valbert Parish

 
 
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Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
1. On This Site Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1839, on 1 ½ aces, kindly donated by Nickolas Marchal, a log church 32 ft. x 40 ft. x 18 ft. high was built by he and his sons. It was to be called St. Valbert Parish.

It was the first Catholic Church in this area and directly served an area 8 miles by 10 miles.

For St. Valbert, Rev. Louis Navarron was recruited in Clermont France by Archbishop John Purcell of Cincinnati. He was to be the bishop’s delegate from 1838 to 1848. A zealous missionary, both fearless and eager, he served a territory from Greenville to Lima, Ohio.

In 1864, to be more centrally located, the parish ourchased the Baptist Church in Jacksonville - later to be named Versailles as the predominant nationality of the area was French. At that time also, the parish was re-named St. Denis in honor of the patron saint of all of France.

The site was retained as it was already a Catholic Cemetery, for St. Denis and the name unchanged for posterity reasons. This was given by a giving parishioner to preserve the heritage of the general area in 2012.
 
Erected 2012.
 
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Location. 40° 14.451′ N, 84° 27.861′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Road (County Route 345) and Rehmert’s Run Road, on the right when traveling west on Long Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9265 Long Road, Versailles OH 45380, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greenlawn Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Zachariah Hole (approx. 1.8 miles away); Richard McGriff (approx. 1.8 miles away); Richard Brandon (approx. 1.8 miles away); Brock Cemetery Unknown Soldiers Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Darke County Chapter No. 57 D.A.V. Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Annie Oakley (approx. 5.3 miles away); Annie Oakley’s Birthplace (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
 
On This Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
2. On This Site Marker
On This Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2018
3. On This Site Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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