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Religious Records Research at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection


The Episcopal Church was founded in Philadelphia by American Anglicans. The first Episcopalians arrived in the Northwest Territory in the late 1700s and played a vital role in Ohio's growth. The earliest Episcopal services in the region were conducted at Cleveland in 1797 by Rev. Seth Hart. James Kilbourne, an Episcopal clergyman, helped establish the communities of Worthington, Bucyrus, and Sandusky. St. John's Episcopal Church in Worthington, established in 1827, was the first recorded Episcopal parish west of the Allegheny Moutnains. Philander Chase, a church bishop, helped establish Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1828.

Below are lists of select archival and library materials related to the Episcopal Church, available for research at the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library. Review the catalog links below, or explore our Online Collections Catalog using a specific church name or related search terms for more information [example search terms: "Episcopal Church", "Episcopalians"]. 

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