Last week, I finally
stopped while returning from a trip down to the southwestern part of our
state. Here is what the marker reveals: “Just west of this marker is
the grave of John Andrew who was a Revolutionary War soldier who fought
in Georgia and South Carolina and served in the Georgia House of
Assembly in 1783. He was a very early native Georgian (some say the
first) to become an itinerant Methodist preacher and was the father of
Bishop Osgood Andrew.
“Bishop James O.
Andrew was the focal figure in the split of the Methodist Church and the
formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. This was the site of
Mt. Zion Methodist Church/community, ca. 1820-1856. John Andrew
preached here in the 1820s.”
Loran Smith: Roadside marker in Bishop provides history lesson