Wentworth Methodist Church

Wentworth Methodist Church (HM16TW)

Location: Reidsville, NC 27320 Rockingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 24.051', W 79° 46.609'

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The Price of War

Wentworth Methodist Church was organized in 1836, and the present sanctuary was constructed in 1859. It contains a slave gallery and is the last antebellum Methodist church building in Rockingham County. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Slaves and free blacks are buried in the cemetery behind the church, as well as members of the predominantly white congregation. Obelisks mark the graves of George D. Boyd and three of his sons who died in Confederate service. Capt. John H. Boyd, Co. I, 21st North Carolina Infantry, died in Richmond, Virginia, in 1861. Lt. George F. Boyd, Co. E, 45th North Carolina Infantry, was killed in 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. Capt. Samuel H. Boyd, also of Co. E, later was promoted to colonel and was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, in 1864. A fourth brother, Lt. Col. Andrew J. Boyd of the 45th North Carolina Infantry and later of the 22nd Battalion North Carolina Home Guard, survived the war and settled in Reidsville, where he died and is buried.

Other officers and soldiers are interred here. Lt. E. Wheeler Hancock, who served in the Mexican War, became colonel of the 77th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, during the Civil War. Surgeon John R. Raine served in the 45th North Carolina Infantry. Lt. John P. Ellington, 72nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, drowned near Fort Fisher. Capt. Berry J. Law, a native of England, served in the 69th Regiment, North Carolina Home Guard.
HM NumberHM16TW
Series This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series
Placed ByNorth Carolina Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 609684 N 4029104
Decimal Degrees36.40085000, -79.77681667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 24.051', W 79° 46.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 24' 3.06" N, 79° 46' 36.54" W
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Area Code(s)336
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 136 Hearthstone Trail, Reidsville NC 27320, US
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