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“Leipsic Methodist Church (M.E.), located at the western edge of the town, is believed to have been built in 1837. This church was used until 1892. The old building was sold and is in use today as a storage building only a short distance away. The old graveyard is still there although neglected. The oldest tombstone being dated 1800, indicates that the little graveyard was there at the beginning of the century whether or not the church had been built at that time. On the tombstone of John S. Paris who died in 1856, at the age of 18 years, is the following inscription:

 

“Passerby as you are now so once was I As I am now so you must be Prepare for death and follow me.”

 

A number of years ago a rather sacrilegious wag from Smyrna created a scandal by adding in blue pencil the following:

 

“To follow you I am not content For I don’t know which way you went.”

 

Land on the corner of 2nd and Walnut Sts. was purchased on June 10, 1886, from Jos. E. Palmer. On Jan. 29, 1891, Wilson L. Cannon donated additional land for a new church at the present site. The present building was completed and was dedicated on Sun., May 29, 1892. Among those taking part in the services were the Revs. J. D. C. Hanna, T. E. Terry and S. R. Maxwell. The Norma Glee Club furnished the music. In 1919, a number of improvements were made to the building.” (1)

 


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1. Frank R. Zebley, The Churches of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware, 1947, p. 208.

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