Chalfant Cemetery

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Chalfant Cemetery

Also known as Chalfant Meeting House Cemetery, Chalfant Methodist Episcopal Cemetery

Location
Township Road 64B and County Road 439
Wakatomika, Coshocton County, Ohio, 43821 USA
Memorials 302 added (87% photographed)

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The cemetery is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Township Road 64B and County Road 439.

The cemetery is located in Washington Township, Coshocton County, Ohio, and is # 2388 (Chalfant Meeting House Cemetery) and #2389 (Chalfant Methodist Episcopal Cemetery) in “Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003”, compiled by the Ohio Genealogical Society.
The cemetery is registered with the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing (ODRE) as Chalfant Cemetery with registration license number CGR.0000982104.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) feature ID for the cemetery is 1964103 (Chalfant Meeting House Cemetery) and 1964104 (Chalfant Methodist Episcopal Cemetery).

From the Coshocton Tribune (14 Sep 2008)

Chalfant Church celebrates 200 years

By BONNIE STEVENS • Your Turn • September 14, 2008
The first church was built of logs in 1808. This structure stood until 1849 when it was replaced by a frame building. It was built by Jacob Croy who took the contract for $500. This church burned down and the present church was built in 1893 at a cost of $3,600. Its dedication was on Sept. 17, 1893, with over 1,000 people in attendance. They had an offering of $500 which finished paying off the loan.
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Chalfant is far more than just Coshocton's oldest religious society. By 1881 Chalfant Church had sent out 16 pastors into the ministry. In more recent history it was the home church of two Methodist Bishops, bishop Francis J. McConnell and Bishop Francis G. Ensley. Still in the late 1950s there were at least 40 families that attended. But in 1970 the East Ohio Methodist Conference closed several country churches over Ohio. Because of small attendance, at which time Grace Methodist Church of Coshocton had control of Chalfant. They had a well drilled and installed restrooms and a picnic shelter. But, by 1980 they were losing interest in having picnics and outings at the country church and decided to take the beautiful stain glass windows and pews out and raze the building. When the Chalfant community heard of they banded together to save the church. It took several months of work and meetings to save the church. By having the church placed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings the community hoped to save it from being razed. The church was totally original and a structurally sound building.

The Chalfant Society was formed and it was finally agreed that Grace Methodist Church would deed Chalfant Church to the Chalfant Society for $8,500 with an absolute Dec. 15, 1980, deadline for the sale. So the Chalfant Society had their work cut out for them. They had to raise $8,500 in a short time. We sent out the word by letters to former members. The newspapers had our story of how we were trying to save a beautiful landmark. We had bake sales. We finally had $8,500. At 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 1980, a simple ceremony was held at Grace Methodist Church in Coshocton at which time the deed to Chalfant Church transferred to the newly formed Chalfant Society.

We still had a lot of work ahead of us. We had to track down all the stained glass windows that were taken out and get them put back in the church. The money left over from the purchase of the church, about $5,000, was spent to restore the stained glass windows. Some windows were broken and we purchased protective Plexiglas to have installed. At the first church service were two of Chalfant Church's oldest former members, Minnie Croy and Russell Maston; both well past 90 years old. Both were well known to Coshocton County. Minnie Croy was on the Coshocton County Fair Board for years and Russell Maston was a school teacher.

Since 1980, we have kept the church in repair and enjoyed a lot of beautiful services. Since 2000 we had had five services each year. We have a Christmas, Easter Sunrise, May and July singspirations and September Homecoming service. There is a lot of history behind this church. We have pictures and a nice book with a lot more detailed account of what went on with the church. You can purchase one on Sunday, Sept. 21, during a 1 p.m. covered dish dinner and a 2 p.m. service. Hope you can come.

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GPS Coordinates: 40.18285, -82.01819

  • Added: 2 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2278105