Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church

Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church (HMHB8)

Location: Lexington, GA 30648 Oglethorpe County
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N 33° 52.206', W 83° 6.528'

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Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church was organized on December 20, 1785, in the wilderness about three miles West of this site, under the leadership of Mr. John Newton, then a licentiate. It was the first of a chain of Presbyterian churches established in North Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century, by the Presbytery of South Carolina. The Rev. John Newton was the first minister, serving Beth-Salem until his death in 1797. Ezekiel Gilham, James Parks and James Espey were elders.

Later, Beth-Salem was moved to the present site, and on December 20, 1827, was chartered by the Legislature.

Charter members were: William Campbell, David McLaughlin, William Lesley, Samuel McCauley, John Pharr, John F. Wallace, Joseph Espey, Mrs. Marion Greer, Mrs. Jane Jewell, Mrs. Jane Campbell, Sam McLaughlin, Mrs. Lesley, Mary Espey, Ann Gaulding, Damary Baldwin, Hannah Upson, Sarah Walley, Martha Gilham, Sarah Moore, Mrs. Mary Kennedy, Miss Maria Harrison, The Rev. Thomas Goulding.
HM NumberHMHB8
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number109-6
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 304944 N 3749754
Decimal Degrees33.87010000, -83.10880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 52.206', W 83° 6.528'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 52' 12.36" N, 83° 6' 31.68" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 118 Church St, Lexington GA 30648, US
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