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Crockett in Houston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Methodist Church

 
 
First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
1. First Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  City's first congregation and one of oldest in Texas. Formed 1839 with Henderson Palmer as pastor. Noted minister Littleton Fowler was presiding elder at organization. Methodists shared a structure with Crockett's other denominations until erecting a frame building on this site in 1864. The church was host to East Texas Annual Conferences of 1862, 1871, 1877, 1888. Present sanctuary, built 1901-1902 of brick fired at site, is oldest extant house of worship in city. First sessions of newly-merged Texas Annual Conference were held here, December 3-8, 1902.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11128.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the United Methodist Church Historic Sites series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
Location. 31° 19.057′ N, 95° 27.295′ W. Marker is in Crockett, Texas, in Houston County. Marker is at the intersection of East Goliad Avenue and South 7th Street, on the right when traveling east on
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East Goliad Avenue. The marker is located on the northwest corner of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 East Goliad Avenue, Crockett TX 75835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House built by A.T. Monroe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monroe-Crook House (about 400 feet away); W.E. Mayes Property (about 500 feet away); Early Bank Building (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Crockett (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church of Crockett (about 600 feet away); First National Bank of Crockett (about 700 feet away); Downes-Aldrich House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crockett.
 
Also see . . .
1. Crockett, Texas. Wikipedia
Crockett is a city and the county seat of Houston County, Texas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 6,332. Houston County is the oldest county and Crockett the fifth-oldest city in Texas.
(Submitted on September 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Methodist Church. Texas State Historical Association
The first ordained Methodist minister, and the first Protestant minister, to preach in Texas was William Stevenson, a member of the Tennessee Conference who preached at Pecan Point in what is now Red River County during
National Register of Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
2. National Register of Historic Places Marker
an exploratory journey in the fall of 1815. When Claiborne Wright's family moved to Pecan Point in 1816, they became the earliest Methodist family known in Texas. The first Texas appointment of the Methodist Episcopal Church (made by the Missouri Conference in 1818) was of Stevenson to the Mount Prairie (Arkansas) and "Peecon Point" Circuit. By 1822 this circuit had sixty-six members, one of whom was the first Black Methodist in Texas. McMahan's Chapel, the oldest continuing congregation in Texas, was founded as a Methodist society by James Porter Stevenson near San Augustine in 1833. The word Texas first appears in Methodist appointments in 1834, when the recently constituted Mississippi Conference assigned Henry Stephenson to the Texas Mission, composed of the East Texas area around San Augustine.
(Submitted on September 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The entrance to the First Methodist Church with markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
3. The entrance to the First Methodist Church with markers
The view of the First Methodist Church from across Goliad Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
4. The view of the First Methodist Church from across Goliad Avenue
The front view of the First Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
5. The front view of the First Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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