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Milford in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of Milford's First Methodist Church

 
 
Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
1. Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The beginning of Methodism in this community can be traced to the organization of a local “society” in 1777. Early meetings were held in the homes of its members. On December 3, 1787, Joseph Oliver conveyed a lot of ground at this location for the purpose of “building a preaching house or church” for the Methodists. A frame chapel was constructed here and completed in 1790. The growth and prosperity of the congregation resulted in the construction of an addition to the church in 1800. Prominent visitors included Methodist pioneers Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson. The building continued to serve the congregation until 1842, when a new church was constructed across the street at the northwest corner of Third and North Streets. The old building was then sold and moved. Interments here had commenced in the late 18th century, and following removal of the first church, the site was used exclusively as a burial ground for members. Notable burials include those of Peter F. Causey, Governor of Delaware (1855-1859), and Civil War General Alfred T. A. Torbert.
 
Erected 2000 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-65.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist
Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
2. Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker
Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.967′ N, 75° 25.807′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of North Street and NW 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north on North Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford DE 19963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Oliver (about 500 feet away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); The Towers (about 600 feet away); Mispillion River Greenway Historical Sites (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parson Thorne Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Milford (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Also see . . .
1. From Wikipedia, Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert. On April 10, 1864, Torbert was given command the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac, following the death of Maj. Gen. John Buford. (Submitted on October 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Peter Foster Causey, Wikipedia entry. Causey began his career as a progressive Jacksonian Democrat, and was elected to the State
Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker seen along North street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
3. Site of Milford's First Methodist Church Marker seen along North street
House in the 1831 (Submitted on October 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
Grave of Peter F. Causey, Governor of Delaware (1855-1859), as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
4. Grave of Peter F. Causey, Governor of Delaware (1855-1859), as mentioned
Peter Foster Causey of Delaware (1801-1871) image. Click for full size.
By artist: Ellen L. B. Wendell, circa 1898
5. Peter Foster Causey of Delaware (1801-1871)
Courtesy of Delaware Department of State, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Grave of Civil War General Alfred T. A. Torbert , USA, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
6. Grave of Civil War General Alfred T. A. Torbert , USA, as mentioned
Alfred Torbert drowned off Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the sinking of the S.S. Vera Cruz on August 29, 1880. Eyewitness accounts claimed he swam for over 20 hours. He died on the shore shortly thereafter. His body was recovered August 31, 1880, and he is buried in the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Milford, Delaware.
Gen. Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection
7. Gen. Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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