Helenor Davisson ordination site




M.P. - Methodist Protestant


In this house owned by her father, Rev. Helenor Alter Davisson, a circuit-riding preacher of the Methodist Protestant Church in the 1840s to 1860s, was elected to Deacon's Orders in 1866, the first woman known to be ordained in any branch of The United Methodist Church in America. This house is one of a cluster of five locations in Jasper County associated with Rev. Davisson and the Methodist Protestants. In 2014, the cluster was designated as "United Methodist Historic Site No. 487" by the General Commission on Archives and History. Visits by prearrangement only. On Jasper County Road West 1600S, 0.7 mile west of CR S880W. Visits by prearrangement only; please call the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer at 219-866-7271 to arrange an appointment with the owners.

GPS reading: 40 46 44.42, -087 13 28.89.


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