|Newell Ave; Richland Twp.|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Methodist Cemetery on Newell Avenue is also known as the St. Clairsville Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery and the Thoburn United Methodist Church Cemetery. Searching the 1930's WPA Map Book (p. 164) reveals the name to be the Old Methodist Cemetery. It's located behind the Belmont County Courthouse. Please don't confuse it with the Old Quaker, aka: Friends Cemetery, on the same street, just a couple of blocks West.
McKelvey's Centennial History of Belmont County... states in part: "In 1809, St. Clairsville was connected with the West Wheeling circuit, with Jacob Young as pastor; and that year the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery was purchased, and a large frame Methodist Episcopal Church was built, with a gallery in the rear, facing the pulpit. The trustees, who supervised the work, were Vachel Hall, Henry Mozier, Henry Johnson, Robert Dent and Joseph Hedges."
An 1868 map of St. Clairsville correctly identifies the location of the Methodist Cemetery and shows the Friends Meeting House located about a quarter mile to the west.
Unfortunately, this cemetery was incorrectly illustrated in the 1888 Atlas of Belmont County as the Friends Cemetery, on the map of St. Clairsville, on the North Commons Rd. Today, this road is named Newell Ave.
To be clear, the cemetery map, of 1888, mis-identified this cemetery as the Friends Cemetery, as does google maps. This is and has, since 1809, been the Methodist Cemetery associated with the Methodist Church in St Clairsville.