St. Denis Parish - St. Valbert Cemetery

St. Denis Parish - St. Valbert Cemetery (HM29KR)

Location: Versailles, OH 45380 Darke County
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N 40° 14.451', W 84° 27.861'

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Old St. Valbert Parish

On this site in 1839, on 1 ½ aces, kindly donated by Nickolas Marchal, a
log church 32 ft. x 40 ft. x 18 ft. high was built by he and
his sons. It was to be called St. Valbert Parish.

It was the first Catholic Church in this area and directly
served an area 8 miles by 10 miles.

For St. Valbert, Rev. Louis Navarron was recruited in Clermont
France by Archbishop John Purcell of Cincinnati. He was to be
the bishop's delegate from 1838 to 1848. A zealous missionary,
both fearless and eager, he served a territory from Greenville
to Lima, Ohio.

In 1864, to be more centrally located, the parish ourchased
the Baptist Church in Jacksonville - later to be named Versailles
as the predominant nationality of the area was French. At that
time also, the parish was re-named St. Denis in honor of the
patron saint of all of France.

The site was retained as it was already a Catholic Cemetery, for
St. Denis and the name unchanged for posterity reasons.
This was given by a giving parishioner to preserve the
heritage of the general area in 2012.
HM NumberHM29KR
Year Placed2012
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 715691 N 4457574
Decimal Degrees40.24085000, -84.46435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.451', W 84° 27.861'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 27.06" N, 84° 27' 51.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)937, 419
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9256 Long Rd, Versailles OH 45380, US
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