Earle's Chapel Methodist Church

Earle's Chapel Methodist Church (HM2B3R)

Location: Jacksonville, TX 75766 Cherokee County
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N 31° 56.417', W 95° 20.631'

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Settlement of the Earle's Chapel community began several years before the organization of Cherokee County. W. J. Ragsdale (1811-1884), a veteran of the Texas War for Independence, and his wife Patsy McAdams (1816-1898) had settled on Prairie Branch (Mill Creek) in 1838. Elijah Earle (1804-1880), his wife Nancy Blanchett (1811-1852) and their children migrated here from Alabama in early 1846. They cleared a farm and Elijah built a mill on Prairie Branch. As the community grew, Elijah Earle and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Jarratt Tatum (1824-1904), saw the need for a school and church. They donated four acres of land, and in 1859 a log building was erected at this site. It burned in 1875 and was immediately rebuilt. That same year, the Earle's Chapel Society, with twenty-five charter members, was officially organized by the Rev. E. P. Rogers of the East Texas Conference of the Methodist Church. A new church building was constructed in 1889 by church members T. J. Skeleton and Robert Tatum. Although damaged in a 1987 tornado, the building was restored, and after more than a century of service continues to serve the community, including descendants of pioneer families.
HM NumberHM2B3R
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 278440 N 3536214
Decimal Degrees31.94028333, -95.34385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 56.417', W 95° 20.631'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 56' 25.02" N, 95° 20' 37.86" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 436 Co Rd 3221, Jacksonville TX 75766, US
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