Helenor Davisson gravesite




M.P. - Methodist Protestant


The grave of Rev. Helenor Alter Davisson, a circuit-riding preacher of the Methodist Protestant Church in the 1840s to 1860s, is found in the southwest corner of Sandridge Cemetery in Barkley Township. She was the first woman known to have been elected to Deacon's Orders in any branch of The United Methodist Church in America (1866). Her grave 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. The cemetery may be visited at any time. It is on the south side of Jasper County Road West 250N, one-third mile east of CR N500W.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: 41 02 53.97, -087 08 09.56

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