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Batesville in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse

 
 
Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 19, 2014
1. Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
Side 1
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.
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Side 2
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.
 
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Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, October 20, 2012
2. Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker (side 2)
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1997 by The Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Norton Family Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & 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 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Browder / 15th Alabama Infantry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Browder / 15th Alabama Infantry (approx. half a mile away); Batesville Church - 1837 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Braxton Bragg Comer (approx. 4.1 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).
 
Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, October 20, 2012
3. Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse Marker
Providence Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James L.Whitman, December 5, 2021
4. Providence Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,166 times since then and 167 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.   4. submitted on December 5, 2021, by James L.Whitman of Eufaula, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 26, 2022