The Spears Chapel Methodist Church - Burkeville, Newton County, Texas
Directions: From Burkeville take SH 63 E to FM 2991, then S for 4 mi. to Spears Chapel & Church.
Marker #: 5351011146
Year Dedicated: 1968
Size, type: 27" x 42"
Last reported condition: No report
The Spears Chapel Methodist Church - Organized 1839 by the Rev. Moses Spear, for whom it was named. First church, a log building, was erected on a 1.7-acre site owned by William McMahon. The leading charter member was the man who had founded first permanent Methodist church in Texas (McMahan Chapel,Sabine County, 1834), the Rev. Henry Stephenson. Charter membership came mostly from his family: Including his wife, Ruth Cox Stephenson; His son John and wife, Luvicy Beard Stephenson; son Felix and wife, Sarah Hyler Stephenson; and son Ira and wife, Harriet Goode Stephenson; also his daughter Mary and husband, William McMahon; his daughter Betty Ann and husband, A. F. Allbright; granddaughter Lunetta and her husband, John C. Hall; and granddaughter Margaret and husband, Thomas Booker. The other charter members were John Byerly, Amos and Tobitha Dubose, and Sarah Rutledge. Original church (About 25 feet North) burned in 1883. It was replaced by a rough "box" structure. Cemetery was started when James H. Kerr died on Nov. 2, 1890. The present church building was erected in 1905. Site, then owned by J. P. McMahon, Senior, and Thomas Booker, was deeded to the chuch in 1906. Except for a few years just prior to 1920, services were held here continuously until 1939.
Decimal degrees:  N 30.976895   W -93.603331
Degrees, minutes: N 30 58.614   W 093 36.200
UTM: Zone 15, Easting 442388, Northing 3427197
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