Religion has deep roots in my family history, though today, I admit that I am not at all religious. Why is that? 60% of Americans have some sort of “faith” the polls tell us. I don’t know if that is a good thing, bad thing, or if it means anything at all.
Far back into history on my mother’s side one Robert Bedwell of St. Giles Parish, London, worked as a translator for King James to produce the King James Version of the Bible. Coincidently, much later, an ancestor on the George side of the family translated the English Bible into Welsh.
Then in 1779, Henry George and Mary Beven departed Talgarth Wales for the USA and landed in Chester Pennsylvania. There, they hooked up with a guide who would lead them and their ox drawn wagon into the western wilds of what would become Ohio Territory. The Baptists took up a collection and sent them in hopes they would establish a Welsh community, which they did.
Now, made possible by Google, HISTORY OF MORROW COUNTY, is on the web and captures the story. “The first religious denomination represented in the township was the Old School Baptists. Henry George was a Welsh preacher of that faith, was given a farm on condition that he would give four acres for church purposes. Accordingly, in 1819, a hewed-log cabin was erected on this land. About three years before this, however, Preacher George had formed a church organization. The first church edifice stood on a comer of the George farm, was about twenty by twenty-five feet and had greased paper windows and a huge fireplace at one end. In 1830 a frame building was erected. About 1836 there was a division of the church, the Old School part withdrawing and establishing a church in Harmony.” Henry George was my great-great ancestor who established the first church. Then my Great-Great Grandfather, Richard D. left for Harmony Township to establish an extension of the Welsh community and the George clan. I know many details about that. The family established another church in Granville Ohio and in the cemetery on Welsh Hills is where Great-Great Grandpa Richard lays at rest. My Great-Grandpa James Almond George devoted his life to farming. He had ten children and my Grandpa Oscar was one of them. He became the County Sheriff. Sunday school
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