“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)


Methodists Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
1. Methodists Marker
Inscription.  William Wayne, nephew of Revolutionary General Anthony Wayne, was converted here by Bishop Francis Asbury on February 24, 1785, and a Methodist congregation was formed later that year. Woolman Hickson was appointed minister. This is the site of an early cemetery, parsonage, and church (c. 1833), in use until 1903 when the present nearby structure, Duncan Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church was dedicated.
Erected 1982 by the Congregation to honor Elizabeth J. Ashford, church historian. (Marker Number 22-15.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1983.
Location. 33° 22.162′ N, 79° 16.971′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Orange Street south of Highmarket Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Highmarket St, Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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marker. Joseph Hayne Rainey (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rainey-Camlin House (about 400 feet away); James A. Bowley (about 500 feet away); Prince George Winyah Church (about 600 feet away); William Doyle Morgan House (about 700 feet away); Prince George’s Parish Church, Winyah (about 700 feet away); Georgetown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .  Excerpt, 18 February 1864, from the diary of Mrs. Catherine Wayne Chrietzberg. A brief family history recounted to Mrs. Chrietzberg by her father Francis Asbury Wayne. He speaks of the life of his father Reverend William Wayne. William Wayne was an orphan and lived with his uncle Isaac and cousin Anthony, the future Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. “I have heard him say that when General Wayne and himself were boys that they had a fight in which he whipped the General badly, who went crying for his father, who only said ‘never mind Anty you’ll make a warrier before you die.” The letter also recounts the dramatic religious conversion of William Wayne “But just then the light broke in upon his soul and he arose shouting the high praises of God.” At age 50
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he began to preach, and as a result suffered ridicule and persecution. Eventually with the help of Bishop Francis Asbury he helped found the first Methodist church in Georgetown, S.C., and lived as a devout minister for the remaining thirty years of his life. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.) 
Additional commentary.
1. William Wayne
From what I've researched on William Wayne is that he was Mad Anthony Wayne's cousin and was raised by Anthony Waynes father Issac, when William was left an orphan.
Editor's Note: Based on this information, a link was added noting the relation. Note that William and Mad Anthony Wayne were cousins, not uncle and nephew as noted on the marker.
    — Submitted November 21, 2008, by Robert M. Glover of Sumter, S.c..
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,279 times since then and 62 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 21, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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