Source History of Jefferson County 1888 pages 268-269
About fifty years ago, Salem church, on the Holt farm, in Beaver township,
was the only Methodist church in that section of the county, but from the
influence of the work done there, much good has been effected, and the result
has been the erection of four elegant church edifices, while the church in the
county has been benefited and strengthened. During that early time the little
church on the Beaver Run was the center toward which all the true Methodists in
that section looked for the dispensation of the gospel.
In the fall of 1869 a protracted meeting was held by Rev. 0. M. Sackett, the
pastor of Salem church, which resulted in adding not less than seventy persons
to the church. About twenty of these converts were from Belleview. Previous to
this time there were only five members of the Methodist church living north of
Beaver Run. It was soon found necessary to have better accommodations for
holding public worship, and in 1874 the members of the society decided to erect
two churches, one at Belleview and the other in Beaver township. The former
edifice was dedicated December 25, 1874, and the latter in July, 1875. In 1876 a
new church was built by the Mount Pleasant congregation. About this time a new
appointment was made at Langville. These appointments were all connected with
the Troy circuit; but at the annual session of the Erie conference in 1876,
Belleview, Mount Pleasant, Salem (or Beaver township), and the Langville
societies were detached from Troy and formed the Belleview charge. In the fall
of 1877 the Langville congregation erected a church, and in the summer of 1883
the united societies erected a very fine parsonage at Belleview, which is an
honor to the church and an ornament to the village in which it is located.
Since the formation of Belleview charge it has been efficiently served by the
following pastors: Reverends Laverty, Burns, Jones, Talbott, Hovis and Holt. The
present incumbent is Rev. R. M. Felt, whose pastorate commenced in the fall of
The average membership on the charge is two hundred and a class of forty
probationers, with four first class flourishing Sunday-schools.
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