Bellevue in Sandusky County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Circuit Riders / Bishop John Seybert
The Methodists first entered the Ohio territory in 1785 followed soon by the United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Association. Circuit riders were appointed to their circuit by their bishops and ordained by the church. These itinerating clergymen traveled great distances often into the wilderness, and preached daily in pioneer homes, established churches, outdoors camps, and at conferences. Bishop Christian Newcomer, Reverend James B. Finley, and Bishop Seybert were among them. The ciruit riders brought German and English language religious books with them to disseminate in Ohio and throughout the Northwest Territory.
Bishop John Seybert
Born in Pennsylvania in 1791, Bishop John Seybert came to Ohio in 1822 and preached throughout the mid-west. Seybert served the faith for forty years as an itinerant preacher, a presiding elder, and the first bishop of the Evangelical Association, one of the original denominations that is now part of the United Methodist Church. As a circuit rider, he traveled on foot, horseback, and spring wagon a distance of 175,000 miles, preached 9,850 sermons, held 8,000 prayer and class meetings, and made about 46,000 pastoral calls and 10,000 calls on the sick. Seybert often paid his own expenses on the meager salary of $100 per year. He died in 1860
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-72.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 16.558′ N, 82° 50.902′ W. Marker is in Bellevue, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is on Ohio Route 20 0.1 miles west of Greenwood Heights, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of Seybert United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 442 West Main Street, Bellevue OH 44811, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McPherson Birthplace (approx. 6.7 miles away); James Birdseye McPherson (approx. 6.8 miles away); McPherson Cemetery (approx. 6.8 miles away); General James Birdseye McPherson (approx. 6.8 miles away); Snow's Grist Mill (approx. 8.8 miles away); Seneca John, Noted Chief (approx. 10.6 miles away); Village of Venice (approx. 12.4 miles away); Fort Sandusky (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. John Seybert. Link in Wikipedia (Submitted on August 29, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. The Life and Labors of John Seybert, First Bishop of the Evangelical Association. 1888 book at Internet Archive (Submitted on August 29, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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