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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

In Memory of Richard Owings

 
 
Richard Owings Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
1. Richard Owings Marker
Inscription. First native born Methodist local preacher, born November 13, 1738, Baltimore County, Maryland. Died October 7, 1786, Leesburg, Virginia and was buried on this spot.

He was converted under the ministry of Robert Strawbridge and Received on Trialin 1775. He served Baltimore Circuit, 1775 and was a local preacher in Maryland 1776–1786.

As a local preacher he travelled extensively in the fall of 1783. He was the first Methodist preacher to cross the entire range of the Allegheny Mountains, unfurling the Standard of the Cross in Redstone, Pennsylvania and gathering a class which became the Redstone Circuit.

Ordained Deacon in 1786, he served Fairfax Circuit May 21, 1886 to October 7, 1786, during which time he was Pastor of the “Old Stone” Methodist Church which stood within the bounds of this cemetery.
 
Erected 1968 by Virginia Methodist Historical Society, May 1.
 
Location. 39° 7.05′ N, 77° 33.967′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Cornwall Street near Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the Old Methodist Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other
Marker Next to the Two Oldest Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
2. Marker Next to the Two Oldest Gravestones
The stones are worn and unreadable. Signs hanging from the roof erected over the stones read “Capt. Wright Brickell died June 1777. Sea Captain and one of Original Book Stewards of Methodist Episcopal Church. Oldest Marked Stone in Cemetery.” and “Mrs. Sarah Armat died April 1779. Second Oldest Marked Stone in Cemetery.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ealry Methodism in Leesburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting for Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone Church Site (about 600 feet away); Lee Comes to Leesburg (about 700 feet away); Loudoun County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leesburg (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,399 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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