Salem Church is located in section 10 of Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, at the corner of Salem Church Road and Amanda Northern Road.
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Editorial note: I try and be completely objective about the data here on my Bloom township pages. I offer the internet user access to a huge database, maps, census records, and whatever else I can find pertaining to Bloom township. However, I feel the need to note here my experience while visiting the Salem Church. We had just left Rock Mill minutes before. I was somewhat bummed at the actual mill's condition, and was mulling it over while my husband drove and the golden retriever tried desperately to get in the front seat of our car. The sun was close to setting, and we were heading home when I hollered "Stop!" to my husband. On my left at the top of a hill sat a church, Salem Church, and I was awestruck. Perhaps it was the time of day, or the lighting was just right, but it was the first time I ever saw the church and I was overwhelmed by it's simplicity and beauty.

Salem Church sits atop a hill on a corner. A smattering of houses can be seen, but mostly farm fields. The church's yards all slope downward... two sides down to streets, and the back yard is the cemetery, called Slough Cemetery. The church is small, but it's significance seems much larger because you're always looking UP at it, making it seem larger than it really is. And I, the eternal sentamentalist since childhood, stood in various places on the grounds and wondered what ancestors had stood on this very same spot a hundred years ago.

The sun was starting to go down when these pictures were taken, so regrettably the photos don't do the church justice. The grounds were well kept, but many of the stones in the cemetery had fallen, were broken, or stacked. If you look at the brightest cemetery photo shown here, the trees on the left half of the photo are actually across the street, and the ones toward the right are at the back of the cemetery bordering a very small creek. Just a few feet out of sight to the right is what appears to have been perhaps an old tree removed; I really don't know. There was some brush growing on it, and a large hole probably dug by a groundhog (and still obviously in use) which was a little unnerving considering it was right beside several tombstones.

It appears the church is still attended. The only history thus far I've been able to find is as follows:

In 1970 Charles Goslin writes, "The Salem United Methodist Church is one of the interesting and historical churches of Fairfield County. The inscription over the door carries the dates of 1862 to 1963. The later date is probably when an addition was added. We are not sure about the 1862 date. That might be the date of the building of this structure or when it became United Brethren in Christ Church. If the dates on the grave markers at the rear of the church are any indication, then the present church was not the first church to stand on this spot. The earliest date we found on these markers in this small cemetery, once called the Slough Church Cemetery but now the Salem Cemetery, was 1817.

Maybe this was the site of the Salem Presbyterian Church mentioned in an early history but not verified by county records. Some say the land for this early church was given by John Rockey and his wife Elizabeth. John Rockey did acquire a quarter section of land in this section 10 from the government in December, 1812.

There are other original land owners of this part of Bloom Township interred in this small and well-kept cemetery in the shadow of Chestnut Ridge and almost within a stone's throw of the cracker-barrel postoffice known as Slough, named in honor of Judge Slough." Crossroads and Fence Corners, Charles Goslin, 1976 p 126.

Below is a list of individuals from the online searchable database that are shown being buried in this cemetery. This is NOT a tombstone transcription. Date of death and/or birth may have come from other records, such as probate or obituaries, or an approximate date figured from census records. Married females are listed in the left column under their MAIDEN NAME, if known, and spouse(s) name(s) are in the far RIGHT column.


         

     Salem Church, Slough Cem. - those known to be buried there from my database -     12 Jun 2010  
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     Name                                  Born            Died          Spouse(s) name(s)
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     ,E. Catherine                         28 Dec 1775     12 Jul 1853   BENSON,Abraham
     ,Magdaline                            Abt Sep 1776     2 May 1854   ECKHART,Daniel
     ALEXANDER,Jerry Eugene                15 Oct 1951     18 Oct 1951
     ALEXANDER,Judy Ann                    30 Jun 1949      7 Jul 1949
     ALEXANDER,Paul Eugene                 20 Dec 1923     23 Apr 1995   ZAAYER,Georgia S.
     ALSPACH,Caleb                         16 Oct 1846     21 Oct 1901   SMALTZ,Elizabeth
                                                                         BROSSMAN,Rachel Elizabeth
     ALSPACH,Elizabeth                      4 Jun 1849      1 Aug 1849
     ALSPACH,Elizabeth                     Abt Feb 1875    21 Apr 1875
     ALSPACH,Elizabeth                     Abt Jun 1849    Abt Aug 1849
     ALSPACH,Mary or Maria                 29 Mar 1839     27 Mar 1909   HUMMELL,William W.
     ALSPACH,Peter                         13 Jun 1853      3 Jul 1856
     ALSPACH,Sarah                         18 Nov 1837     22 Nov 1920   HUMMELL,Daniel W.
     ANNESHENSLEY,Minnie                   19 Jan 1868     14 Feb 1930   THRASH,Noah Elsworth
     ARNOLD,Christiana Catherine           25 Feb 1824     31 Jul 1874   GEARHART,Eli
     BALL,Clarence R.                      Abt Dec 1894    18 Jun 1896
     BENSON,Abraham                        05 Mar/Dec 17   22 Jan 1846   ,E. Catherine
     BENSON,Daniel                         20 Dec 1840      8 Jan 1841
     BENSON,Daniel                          2 Mar 1834     25 Feb 1917   HEDRICK,Elizabeth
                                                                         FISHPAUGH,Matilda A.
     BENSON,Jesse                          17 Aug 1809     12 Mar 1887   RUNKLE,Anna
                                                                         SAVAGE,Hannah
     BENSON,Katherine                      21 Nov 1843     11 Mar 1844
     BENSON,Sarah Ann                      Abt 1856
     BENSON,Susannah                       22 Sep 1806      2 Sep 1832   MILLER,John
     CARNEY,Emma Mary                      25 Mar 1862     22 Aug 1862
     CARTER,William                        27 Jun 1808     12 Feb 1863   ,Sarah Ann
     CLISE,Magdaline                       12 Mar 1825     30 Jul 1830
     CLISE,Simon Peter                                     Oct 1835/1838
     COFFMAN,Nancy Anna                     6 Aug 1794      3 Jul 1858   SHOWALTER,George
     COLEMAN,Dorothy                       10 Jun 1805     25 Jun 1866   SMALTZ,Michael
     CONWAY,Lester L.                      22 May 1910     14 May 1911
     CRITES,Elizabeth                      29 Nov 1828     12 Aug 1858   SWOYER,Jacob
     CRITES,Francis E.                     Abt Nov 1861    10 Sep 1862
     CRITES,John E.                        1859            13 Sep 1862
     CROSS,Charles                         1861            1883
     CROSS,Delbert                         1877            1884
     CROSS,John Edwin                      Sep 1859        1925          ,Lillie V.
     CROSS,John T.                         1830            1883          HOWARD,Catherine
     CUPP,Esther                           11 Dec 1803     16 Apr 1873   FOOR,George
     DARRH,Mary Ann                        Abt May 1812     5 Aug 1849   SMALTZ,George
     ECKHART,Daniel                        Abt 1782        15 Mar 1860   ,Magdaline
     ECKHART,Jemima C.                     Abt 1799/1808    3 Aug 1886   RUSSELL,Joseph A.
     FINNEY,Frank Albert                    6 Aug 1882      1 Mar 1963   ZAAYER,Mary Alice
     FLICK,Magdalene                       Abt May 1775     1 Apr 1857   SMALTZ,John
     FRENCH,Margaret                        6 Jun 1818     10 Jul 1847   SHOWALTER,Samuel C.
     GEARHART,Eli                          13 Apr/Nov 18   28 Jul 1873   ARNOLD,Christiana Catherine
     GEARHART,Louisa                       12 Mar 1842     15 Jun 1853
     GIERHART,Ann Marie                     5 Jul 1850     24 Jun 1852
     GIERHART,Arthur T.                    30 Jan 1865     13 Feb 1867
     GIERHART,Bertha I.                    12 Jun 1879      6 Oct 1885
     GIERHART,Carl G.                      15 Jan 1887     12 Feb 1888
     GIERHART,Carrie B.                    17 Sep 1868      2 Oct 1880
     GIERHART,Lillie D.                    31 Jan 1885     27 Jun 1886
     GIERHART,Minerva                      Abt 1845         1 Nov 1860
     HASTINGS,Nancy E.                      9 Dec 1858     10 Feb 1859
     HEIMBAUGH,Elizabeth                   13 Dec 1815     18 Jun 1849   ALSPACH,John D.
     HEMPLEMAN,Adam George [Rev]            9 Sep 1822     12 Mar 1907   HILLING,Angeline
     HEMPLEMAN,Hannah E.                    7 May 1843     15 Aug 1912   THRASH,Levi
     HEMPLEMAN,John E.                      3 Sep 1844     21 May 1895   ROCKEY,Angeline
     HEMPLEMAN,Sarah C.                     3 Jul 1864      7 Jul 1897
      
     Name                                  Born            Died          Spouse(s) name(s)
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     HILLING,Angeline                      27 Apr 1818     24 Nov 1901   HEMPLEMAN,Adam George [Rev]
     HOSHOR,Magdalina D. "Lena"             4 Dec 1872      5 Aug 1942   BEATY,John P.
     HOWARD,Catherine                      1837            18 Oct 1891   CROSS,John T.
     HUMMELL,Aaron                         12 Sep 1853      8 Oct 1853
     HUMMELL,Alice Jane May                1869            16 Jan 1889
     HUMMELL,Anise S.                      27 Aug 1880     23 Jan 1883
     HUMMELL,Chauncey F.                    5 Aug 1875     11 May 1880
     HUMMELL,Daniel W.                     14 Jan 1835      4 May 1914   ALSPACH,Sarah
     HUMMELL,Fannie S.                     Jun 1865/1870   19 Jan 1888
     HUMMELL,Isaac                         23 Oct 1803     30 Apr 1884   MILLER,Mary Magdaline
     HUMMELL,Julia Ann                      6 Jan 1842     13 Dec 1847
     HUMMELL,Julia M.                      11 Jan 1872     16 Jan 1883
     HUMMELL,Rufus L.                       5 Oct 1861     15 Dec 1867
     HUMMELL,William W.                    20 Apr 1861      1 Aug 1863
     HUMMELL,William W.                    Jul 1832         5 Aug 1903   ALSPACH,Mary or Maria
     HUSTON,Mary Margurite                 18 Oct 1899     18 Nov 1976   THRASH,John Albert
     JACKS,Maelan Reid                     13 May 1905      6 Aug 1905
     LEIGHTNER,Margaret E.                 31 Aug 1901      3 Jul 1956   ZAAYER,Leroy "Pete"
     MILLER,Mary Magdaline                 15 Sep 1810     22 Feb 1878   HUMMELL,Isaac
     MORRIS,John P.                        22 May 1815      1 Apr 1899   LUTZ,Harriet
                                                                         THRASH,Susanna
                                                                         MCPHERSON,Louisa Ann
     MORRIS,William P.                     10 May 1871     14 Apr 1877
     POWELL                                                30 Aug 1850
     POWELL                                Bef Apr 1843     1 Apr 1843
     POWELL,Elizabeth                      15 Oct 1841     15 Jan 1843
     POWELL,Henry Wilson                   21 Nov 1845     18 Jul 1849
     POWELL,Mary Isabella                  29 Dec 1851      2 Feb 1852
     POWELL,Peter                           8 Jan 1817     1841          SAVAGE,Hannah
     ROCKEY,Angeline                       17 Jul 1844      8 Jan 1897   HEMPLEMAN,John E.
     ROCKEY,Catherine Elvina               Abt Feb 1848    27 Feb 1884   HEDRICK,Rufus
     ROCKEY,Daniel                         29 Sep 1788      9 Jun 1852   BRODERSTONE,Kitty
                                                                         SMALTZ,Catherine
     ROCKEY,John                           Abt 1783        24 Oct 1824   SNYDER,Elizabeth
                                                                         DAVIS,Hannah
     ROCKEY,John                           Abt Jun 1820     3 Apr 1853   WEISER,Sarah A.
     ROCKEY,Samuel                         14 Feb 1842     25 Jan 1856
     RUNKLE,Anna                           28 Aug 1815      4 Mar 1846   BENSON,Jesse
     RUSH,Rebecca                          Abt 1800        10 Nov 1880   THRASH,Michael
     RUSH,Susan                            Abt 1820        19 Dec 1875   SHULTZ,John
     RUSSELL,Joseph A.                     26 Dec 1806     12 Feb 1881   ECKHART,Jemima C.
     SAVAGE,Hannah                         10 Sep 1816     16 Aug 1885   POWELL,Peter
                                                                         BENSON,Jesse
     SCHNEIDER,Chester                     14 Apr 1885     1886
     SHOWALTER,Elizabeth A.                15 Nov 1828     23 May 1854
     SHOWALTER,Ephraim S.                  14 Sep 1824     18 Nov 1852   THRASH,Susanna
     SHOWALTER,Malinda                     Abt Aug 1841    30 May 1845
     SHOWALTER,Margaret                     9 Nov 1852     26 May 1853
     SHOWALTER,Mary Ann                    17 Jan 1823     23 Sep 1908   SMALTZ,Elias
     SHOWALTER,Samuel C.                   17 Jun 1818     20 Oct 1846   FRENCH,Margaret
     SHOWALTER,Sarah C.                    Abt Aug 1839    12 Oct 1880   WRIGHT,Sylvester
     SHOWALTER,William E.                  21 Oct 1850      6 Mar 1864
     SHULTZ,John                            4 Jul 1808     21 Jul 1856   RUSH,Susan
     SLOUGH,Susannah Martha                Abt 1835        Abt 1859      FOOR,Solomon Louis
     SMALTZ,Catherine                      18 Jun 1800     13 Feb 1873   ROCKEY,Daniel
     SMALTZ,Elias                          11 Oct 1818      1 Jul 1891   SHOWALTER,Mary Ann
     SMALTZ,Elizabeth                      12 May 1851     25 Feb 1875   ALSPACH,Caleb
     SMALTZ,John                           19 Aug 1805     30 Sep 1817
     SMALTZ,Margaret                        9 Oct 1821     14 Apr 1835
     SMALTZ,Michael                        27 Dec 1796     17 Nov 1863   COLEMAN,Dorothy
     SMALTZ,Nancy                          13 May 1848     15 Jul 1849
      
     Name                                  Born            Died          Spouse(s) name(s)
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     THRASH                                                15 Nov 1863
     THRASH                                                20 Jun 1866
     THRASH,America                        1867            1881
     THRASH,Buddy Elsworth                  1 Jul 1890      9 Sep 1968
     THRASH,Charles Leroy                  29 Mar 1887     17 Feb 1979   HUMMELL,Maudella F.
     THRASH,Eliza C.                       20 Jul 1861     23 Dec 1911   CRAMER,Daniel
     THRASH,Emma                            1 Dec 1873     10 Jan 1960   ZAAYER,Virgil H.
     THRASH,Freddie                         5 Sep 1903      3 Mar 1907
     THRASH,John Albert                    23 Feb 1901     24 Mar 1972   HUSTON,Mary Margurite
     THRASH,Laura                           4 Jan 1870      9 Sep 1871
     THRASH,Levi                           22 Feb 1843     28 Sep 1924   HEMPLEMAN,Hannah E.
                                                                         SWITZER,Emmaline
     THRASH,Mary                           1884            1885
     THRASH,Michael                        Abt 1774         9 Jun 1863   WIANT,Barbara
                                                                         RUSH,Rebecca
     THRASH,Noah Elsworth                   1 Apr 1863     13 Sep 1895   ANNESHENSLEY,Minnie
     THRASH,Susanna                        13 Aug 1830     20 Sep 1874   SHOWALTER,Ephraim S.
                                                                         MORRIS,John P.
     WILLARD,Charles A.                    18 Nov 1880     15 Jan 1961
     WILLARD,Miles Edwin                   16 Mar 1883     17 Dec 1935   SWEET,Ida M.
     WILLIARD                               1 Jun 1909      1 Jun 1909
     WILLIARD                               1 Jun 1909      1 Jun 1909
     WILLIARD,Pearl David                  30 Jun 1916     10 Aug 1917
     WRIGHT,Mary                           Abt May 1858     9 Nov 1874
     ZAAYER,Georgia S.                     31 Oct 1927     29 Apr 2004   ALEXANDER,Paul Eugene
     ZAAYER,Gustena Amelia                 11 Nov 1923     15 Feb 1926
     ZAAYER,Lewis Levi                     30 Sep 1912      2 Apr 1913
     ZAAYER,Mary Alice                     28 Nov 1890      6 Mar 1975   FINNEY,Frank Albert
     ZAAYER,Virgil H.                      Aug 1862        20 Sep 1942   THRASH,Emma
    



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