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Posted by: Amy Schneider (ID *****7243) Date: March 21, 2003 at 20:31:03
In Reply to: BANTAM OHIO CEM. by Julie Berg of 798

Old Bethel Methodist Church (also known as Collins Chapel)is located within the East Fork State Park. From Cincinnati, you would take US 125 East to the Bantam area. It is only about a half-mile into the park. Although the old church is not used for services and is usually locked, it is open for special occasions and worth the trip. The cemetery has many old graves....some no longer identifiable, but most are ok. U.S. Grant's grandparents on his mother's side are buried there, as are many Civil War Soldiers The park is large and is on current day maps. The church was built by Rev. John Collins, who brought the "Jersey Settlement" from NJ in about 1803. The church is not that old, but was built early to mid-1800s. When the state decided to build the park and lake, some very old homes from those early settlers were destroyed. But I think at least one was moved to Sharon Woods' Heritage Village in Hamilton County. Which families are you researching? I had Doughty, Collins, Burroughs, in that group. Hope some of this helps. Happy hunting! Amy

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