XENIA — John Sale was a Methodist minister born in 1769 in Virginia. He inherited several slaves, but was against slavery so he came to Ohio where his slaves were freed. “Woe to me if I preach not the Gospel” he said. He traveled considerably in his ministry, earing $64 per year. He was a Presiding Elder in 1805. He died in Piqua in 1827 and is buried In the Bonner Graveyard south of Xenia. John Sale Manor is named in his honor.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and weekly historical columnist.