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Jesse Walker

1766 - 1835

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. Jesse Walker Marker
Inscription.  
This monument was erected by Methodists North and South, and was dedicated by the Rock River Conference assembled in Joliet September Twenty-Seventh, Nineteen Hundred Eleven, in memory of—

Jesse Walker
1766 - 1835

Susannah, his wife
1757 - 1832

He was the Daniel Boone of Methodism, and laid the foundation of the Church in Illinois and Missouri. He was the first presiding elder of the district known as Illinois and afterwards of the district known as Missouri, and was conspicuous as the founder of Methodism in the City of St. Louis.

He was the first Methodist minister to enter the bounds of Rock River Conference and as superintendent of the Chicago Mission inaugurated the first Methodist services in Chicago, in company with the Rev. Stephen R. Beggs, on June 15, 1831.

At a session of Rock River Conference held in Plainfield, Ill. A.D. 1850, his remains were borne to this place from a pioneer cemetery one mile southwest by his sons in the Gospel.
 
Erected 1911 by Members of the Methodist Church.
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1766.
 
Location. 41° 36.116′ N, 88° 12.107′ W. Marker is in Plainfield, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is on Illinois Route 59 south of Union Street, on the left when traveling south. Monument is in Plainfield Township Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15421 South Illinois Route 59, Plainfield IL 60544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Reuben and Betsey K. Flagg (within shouting distance of this marker); Erwin E. Wood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opera House Block Building Landmark (approx. half a mile away); Plymouth Congregational Church (approx. half a mile away); Masonic Block Building Landmark (approx. half a mile away); Downtown Historic District (approx. half a mile away); The Development of Downtown Plainfield (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Plainfield United Methodist Church. Congregation website homepage (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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2. History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Wesley Center website entry (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Father Walker and Walkers Grove (1878). Will County ILGenWeb website entry (Submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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