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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH


 

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Williams History of Washington County, Ohio

            The Newport Presbyterian Church was organized in the village of Newport June 9, 1838, by Rev. Bennett Roberts, an Evangelist.  The nine constituent members were, David and Mary Murdock, John and Mary Greene, Jane Moreland, Eleanor K. Cook, Mariah H. Bailey, Sarah E. Dana, and Ira H. Bosworth.  They held their meetings in the pioneer schoolhouse just north of Newport, and after it was burned, meetings were held at the other schoolhouse and at the Methodist and Baptist churches.  The congregation was never strong. They had occasional supplies from Marietta, but not until Rev. Henry Smith, D.D. president of Marietta College, came did they have a stated supply.  For fifteen years he preached to this people twice a month.  He was accustomed to remark that his visits to the little flock in Newport were green spots in his life.  Certain it is no little church for miles around was favored with the service of so talented a minister as was Dr. Smith.  Rev. John Noble also supplied the church.

            In 1869 the presbytery of Athens formally dissolved [the] Newport church, and the following were at their own request transferred to the Fourth Street Presbyterian Church in Marietta:  Eleanor Cook,  Dr. J.H. McElhinney and wife, Ira H. Bosworth and wife, Eleanor C. Bosworth, Augustus Leonard and wife.  Luther Edgerton, the only surviving elder, afterwards became a member of the Fourth Street Church in Marietta.