Bellaire in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider / The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire
Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider
Cornelius D. Battelle was born July 13, 1807 in Washington County, Ohio. He entered the Methodist Episcopal Church on October 30, 1825 and the Pittsburgh Methodist Conference in 1833. He was assigned pastoral circuit duties in rural eastern Ohio and the small river settlement of “Belle Aire” where he delivered his first sermon in a warehouse during the winter of 1838. He established the first Methodist class of eleven members in 1839 and rallied subscriptions to build the first church in the community. He served the Ohio Conference for 64 years before his death on July 2, 1897.
The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire
The first church of the Methodist Episcopal faith, dedicated in 1839, was built in old Belle Aire. A second church was located, in 1846, on land donated by Jacob Davis on 27th Street between Union and Belmont Streets. Overcrowding and noise from the railway prompted relocation of the church to lots on Guernsey Street donated by proprietors of the newly-platted town of Bellaire. Construction of the
Erected 2014 by First United Methodist Church, Bellaire Congregation of the First United Methodist Church The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1925.
Location. 40° 1.014′ N, 80° 44.601′ W. Marker is in Bellaire, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is on Guernsey Street, 0.1 miles north of 34th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire OH 43906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Washington Street World War II Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel John H. Sullivan (within shouting distance of this marker); Bellaire High School Clock Tower / Central School Clock Tower and BellCivil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Square and its Uses / The Question of Ownership (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellaire.
Also see . . .
1. First United Methodist Church, Bellaire Ohio. (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Reverend Cornelius Durant Battelle at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.