The following was taken from “The History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio”
by Joseph B. Doyle.

Oliver’s Church, in Section 29, was organized before the formation of the township. Thomas Oliver emigrated from County Donegal, Ireland, in the spring of 1806, and settled on the headwaters of Rush Run, two miles above Sherrard’s mill. He was reared a Presbyterian and brought with him a certificate of membership from Ireland, and also from a Methodist class whose meetings he had attended. In his new home he found the nearest Presbyterian place of worship to be at Steubenville, ten miles distant, and the nearest Methodist at Hopewell, five miles. So he formed a Methodist class at his own house, where there was subsequent preaching by the circuit riders. Among the early preachers were William Argo, James Wheeler and Henry Oliver (an elder brother), the latter being too Calvinistic to suit his hearers. Oliver’s house was used for preaching until 1817, when a house of hewn logs was built on the edge of Oliver’s farm, which was used for about fifty years, when a frame building took its place. It is on Smithfield circuit, with Holmes and Hopewell.

We've tried to locate a picture of Oliver's Church, but have been unable to do so. Jack Neale Sr., who is a life-long resident of Rush Run, remembers attending this church with his family as a young boy. Jack was kind enough to sketch this church from his childhood memories. We would like to Thank him for taking the time to draw this wonderful sketch, which we now share with you. If anyone has a photo of Oliver's Church or Cemetery that you would share with us, we would appreciate it and would like to include it on our website.



Nickoson, Rhoda Stone, wife of David Nickoson, born 1826 - died 1900, Gone But Not Forgotten, stonemaker Archer.

Roberts, Benjamin, died 25 Aug 1871, 95 yrs 6 mos 10 dys

Leakins, Lydia, wife of Jacob Leakins, died 24 Feb 1881, 75 yrs

Traner, Sarah, daughter of P. & E. Traner, died 1 Sep 1845, age 3 yrs 20 dys

Purvinse, Hester, died 1853, 39 yrs 2 mos 3 dys

Roberts, Clarinda, wife of Benjamin Roberts, born 1800

Roberts, Elizabeth, wife of James Roberts, died 1 Apr 1877, age 60 yrs 3 mos 14 dys

Roberts, Infant, daughter of J. & E. Roberts, died __n 28, 1842

Cox, William, son of I & M Cox, born 25 Mar 1832, died 17 Jan 1833, age 9 mos 22 dys

Cox, John, son of I & M Cox, born 22 Jun 1829, died 25 Nov 1832, age 3 yrs 5 mos 3 dys

Cox, Margaret, died 25 Apr 1877, age 71 yrs __ mos 8 dys

Cox, Caroline, daughter of I & M Cox, died 1 Jan 1850, age 5 yrs 7 mos 15 dys

Cox, Pol_, son of I & M Cox, died 13 Jan 1850, age 3 yrs 1 mo 28 dys

Cox, Soney, son of I & M Cox, born 25 Mar 1836, died 15 Jan 1879, age 42 yrs 9 mos 20 dys

Money, Ann, wife of E. Money, died 2 Jan 1857, age 59 yrs

Cox, Israel, born 5 Nov 1806, died 9 Jan 1882, age 75 yrs 2 mos 4 dys

Amspoker, Charlott J., wife of J.A. Amspoker, daughter of Levi & E J Roe, died 14 Aug 1870, age 20 yrs 9 mos 29 dys

Carson, Jesse J. (Infant), "Death may the bands of life release, But can't dissolve my love millions of Infant souls compose the family above"

Roe, E. J. McCain, wife of Levi Roe, died 28 Jan 1884, age 59 yrs, "Gone from her earthly home to meet her loved ones and dwell with God"

Roe, Levi, born 27 Feb 1819, died 1 Dec 1900, Asleep in Jesus

Roberts, Martha J., daughter of J & E Roberts, died 26 Feb 1851

Roberts, Elizabeth A., daughter of N R & A Roberts, died 4 Mar 1880, age 7 yrs 8 mos 18 dys

Carson, John, born 15 Sep 1820, died 25 Jul 1902, Civil War 29 Reg OVI., Co. "F"
Carson, James A., born 10 Dec 1855, died 7 Jan 1908

Carson, Jemima L. T., wife of John Carson, died 18 Mar 1869, age 40 yrs 6 mos 20 dys, "For this God is our God for ever and ever he will be our guide even unto death"

McColaugh, Anna E., daughter of J & L J McColaugh, died 1860, age 15 yrs

Carson, Sarah, daughter of J. & M. Carson, died 15 Aug 1817, age 5 years 5 months 15 days.

Carson, Nancy J., daughter of J & J Carson, died 3 Apr 1869, age 2 yrs 3 mos 26 dys, "An angel came and claimed his own and bore her home to heaven"

Roe, David M., son of Levi & E J Roe, died 17 Dec 1854, age 2 yrs 10 mos 8 dys

McCain, David, died 16 Aug 1875, age 82 yrs 4 mos 5 dys

McCain, Sarah, consort of David McCain, died 3 Jul 1839, age 39 yrs 5 mos

Pierce, Chloe, died 5 Sep 1854, age 44 yrs

Oliver, Juliann, wife of John Oliver, died 12 Sep 1880, age 77 yrs 19 dys, "Why should our tears in sorrow flow when God reclaims His own and bid them leave a world of woe for an immortal crown".

McCain, William, died 19 Jun 1885, In his 56th yr, "Farewell my wife and children all, from your father Christ doth call, Mourn not for it is in vain, to call me to your sight again.", stonemaker Hickman, Steub, O

Cox, Eleanor, daughter of I & M Cox, born 27 Sep 1827, died 21 Jul 1828, age 9 mos 24 dys

Cox, Sophia, daughter of I & M Cox, died Jan 1850, age about 6 months

McCain, David W., son of D. & E. J. McCain, died 15 Feb 1849, age 1 month 25 days

McCain, James Wiley, son of D. & E. J. McCain, died 27 Nov 1860, age 10 years 6 months 7 days, a lamb on top of the stone, "Breathe not a sigh for the blest early dead".

Buckingham, Oliver Y. no dates

Runyon, Rebecca J., daughter of M. & E. Runyon, died 3 Apr 1845, age 3 years 11 months 7 days.

Runyon, Samantha Jos., daughter of M. & E. Runyon, died Feb 1849, age 5 months 3 days.

McCain, David, infant son of D. & S. McCain, age 8 days.

Oliver, Ann, died 28 Mar 1811, 49 years of her age.

Liddy, Mary, daughter of John & M. Liddy, died 6 Jan 1840, age 22 years 6 months, "And hast thou left me love, My fair sweet rose, Thoust joined the blessed above, Beyond earth's woes", stonemaker Kerr & Gardner, Gallipolis, Ohio.

Oliver, H., "Gone but not lost".

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