Batesville in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse
In 1828, Reverend John Wesley Norton left his native South Carolina with his family and a wagon train of followers, crossed into the Creek Indian Nation and just into the edge of what was then Pike County, settling near the present town of Clayton, Alabama. He was then in the bounds of, or in proximity to, the Chattahoochee Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was quite an acquisition to the young and struggling circuit in that newly settled section on the borders of the Indian tribes.
In 1835, Rev. John Wesley Norton located near Batesville and established the Providence Methodist Church and School which thrived for many years until his death in 1862. Located four miles south, only the Providence Cemetery remains where Rev. Norton, his wife Nancy Phillips Norton, and many of his church members and neighbors rest in peace. He was a man of few tears, solid piety, true benevolence and spotless character. He was a real pioneer and his death inflicted an irreparable loss upon those he left behind.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
Location. 32° 0.937′ N, 85° 18.687′ W. Marker is in Batesville, Alabama, in Barbour County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 82 and County Route 79, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 82. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway AL 36053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Browder / 15th Alabama Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Batesville Church - 1837 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Election Riot of 1874 (approx. 4.3 miles away); Spring Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Eufaula-Montgomery Roadway (approx. 6.6 miles away); Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); May 28th Celebration Battle and Antioch Communities (approx. 9.6 miles away); Glennville (approx. 11.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 965 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on October 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. Photos: 1. submitted on October 19, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.