Wesley Chapel Church, Peach Grove, KY

As my journey continued on Sunday along KY Route 10 I happened upon the WesleyChapelCemetery in Peach   Grove, KY.

The cemetery is also the former home of the WesleyChapelChurch.

In conversation with a couple of ladies who were there to cut the grass (voluntarily), they gave me a little bit of history on the church and the cause of its demise.

 

The church was built in 1856, but there had previously been another church on the site, so its history goes back much further.

The church was used as Union Headquarters during the Civil War.

Services ceased during the 90s, although there was at least one wedding held after that and some other celebrations.

Tragically, a tornado on March 2, 2012, closed the curtain on the life of WesleyChapelUnitedMethodistChurch.  The roof was torn from the little country church and the walls had begun to collapse… making saving her impossible.  Here is a news story about the tornado:

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/campbellcountyconnects/2012/03/05/tornados-path-hits-southern-campbell-and-pendleton-counties-hard/

 

Now, the “Friends of Wesley Chapel” (as they decided to be called after I told them about “Friends of Linden Grove”) are hoping to construct a memorial on the site.  The bell had been saved and they hope to erect it on the site.

Apparently, the “cemetery board” is less eager than the “friends” to see that the memorial is constructed, but they are hoping to begin construction in the spring of 2014.  I wished them luck before I departed.

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The little country church before the tornado of 2012.

The little country church before the tornado of 2012.

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~ by trippybeth on September 27, 2013.

12 Responses to “Wesley Chapel Church, Peach Grove, KY”

  1. You really got a lot out of your trip this time – nice post.

  2. The last pic is sweet. Love the contrast between clouds and grass.

  3. Hi🙂 I thought if lend some more info on the chapel.

    The first and second chapels were built by my ancestors, most of which are buried in the cemetery. Rev. Lockey Lancaster (my great-great-great grandfather) built the second church in 1865. He also built a farmhouse across the road in which the Lancasters lived for several generations. My grandfather was born in that house and my mother spent every weekend there growing up. In the 70s my great grandmother Goldie Carnes Lancaster (Carnes of Peach Grove just down the road) sold the house to the Fossits (from the first headstone you have pictured). Their son Chris still lives there and built a new house after the same tornado that destoryed the chapel took out the backside of the house and the remaining farm buildings.

    The chapel and the farm were both given to my family as a land grant from military service in the Revolutionary War.

    Hope you enjoyed your trip!

    • Thank you so much for the comment and the history!!!

      • Reverend Peter MAINS2 (George-1) was born on 22 Feb 1785 in PA.3 He appeared in the census on 6 Aug 1810 in Bracken Co., KY.7 Male age 16-26 with 2 males 10 and under. 1 female age 16-26. About 1815 he was Methodist Episcopal Minister in Methodist Episcopal Church, KY Conference.2 Southern Methodist Minister, Trumpet tooting and deaf He appeared in the census in 1820 in Bracken Co., KY.9 1 male age 26-45, 2 males 10 -16 and 3 males under age 10, 2 females under age 10 and 1 age 26-45 His presided at the wedding of John Wesley Mains and Susannah Boughner in 1835 in Augusta, Bracken Co, KY15 He appeared in the census on 10 Sep 1850 in Pendleton Co., KY.16 He was age 64, a farmer born in PA with $1000 as value of real estate. He died on 11 Jul 1871 in Stepstone, Bracken Co KY.2 He died at the home of his son, Joseph, at Stepstone, in Pendleton Co, KY and was buried by the side of his first wife in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where
        A daughter invalid since birth, no

  4. My Grandfather 4 generations back.
    His name is Rev. Peter Mains, this was his church.
    He is buried behind were the church was.
    Many of my family are buried there.
    All the Daniel’s in the grave are my family.
    Peter Mains daughter
    Sahra Mains married Thomas Jefferson Daniel
    They were my great great great grandparents.

    My name is Carol Reisenbeck Lemkuhl.

    I stood over Rev. Peter Mains grave and said I am your family.
    I didn’t get the honor to me you.
    But he knew I was there.

    The funny thing about it. And I feel god gave me this information.
    Right before my last living aunt , I had to go and visit her.
    I felt I had to see her. we went to visit her.

    She said you need to get to peach grove. a lot of are family is there.

    Soon after she told me this, she passed away. God pulled me to her.
    And now I can pass this information on. For Generations to come.

    Bracken County is full of history.

    And my aunt told me of the little country church in peach grove ky.
    The church was distorted by a tornado but the history will never go away.

    Any history you know please tell it. So the history can live on forever.

    Thanks Carol Lemkuhl of Kentucky

  5. Just leaving some history to carry on for generations to come.
    Threw studies
    I found out my
    Great Great Great Great Grandfather
    was the Preacher at this church.
    This was
    Rev. Peter Mains Church.
    He had church every sunday and married lots of people.
    He is buried behind his church.
    His daughter Sarah married
    Thomas Jefferson Daniel.
    They were my great great great grandparents.
    All the Daniel’s buried in the church are from my family.
    please carry this history,.

    Thanks so much
    Carol Reisenbeck Lemkuhl
    Hoping one day my family members
    will see this after I am gone.

  6. Reverend Peter MAINS2 (George-1) was born on 22 Feb 1785 in PA.3 He appeared in the census on 6 Aug 1810 in Bracken Co., KY.7 Male age 16-26 with 2 males 10 and under. 1 female age 16-26. About 1815 he was Methodist Episcopal Minister in Methodist Episcopal Church, KY Conference.2 Southern Methodist Minister, Trumpet tooting and deaf He appeared in the census in 1820 in Bracken Co., KY.9 1 male age 26-45, 2 males 10 -16 and 3 males under age 10, 2 females under age 10 and 1 age 26-45 His presided at the wedding of John Wesley Mains and Susannah Boughner in 1835 in Augusta, Bracken Co, KY15 He appeared in the census on 10 Sep 1850 in Pendleton Co., KY.16 He was age 64, a farmer born in PA with $1000 as value of real estate. He died on 11 Jul 1871 in Stepstone, Bracken Co KY.2 He died at the home of his son, Joseph, at Stepstone, in Pendleton Co, KY and was buried by the side of his first wife in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where
    A daughter invalid since birth, no
    3

  7. Rev. Peter Mains
    this was his church.

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