This episode of Looking Back features the property of Ezekiel Arrowsmith. This is a photo of a print of a painting from the Arrowsmith property. The date and artist of the painting are unknown. The property was in Mad River Township at 1051 N. State Route 560. The house was located on a hill facing east and overlooking the Mad River Valley.
Ezekiel was born on March 26, 1771, near Baltimore, Maryland. He married Elizabeth Kenton, a niece of Simon Kenton, on April 6, 1797, in Mason County, Kentucky. The marriage gave rise to 10 children. Ezekiel and Elizabeth arrived in Champaign County in 1801 where they lived the rest of their lives. Ezekiel died in 1849 and Elizabeth in 1867.
Westville Methodist Church is the offspring of the first religious organization in Mad River Township. The first course was held on the property of Ezekiel Arrowsmith. In 1801, a sermon was preached by Reverend James Davidson under a sugar tree on the land of Ezekiel Arrowsmith. Shortly thereafter, a society was organized which eventually became the Westville Methodist Church. After meeting for several years in the members ‘log houses, a log house of worship was erected on Christian Stephens’ land in 1820. Around 1826, due to the increase in membership, a church one-story brick was built in Westville.
Source: The History of Champaign County, Ohio WH Beers & Co. 1881
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This is a photo of a print of a painting from the Arrowsmith property. The date and artist of the painting are unknown.
Info from CCHS.