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March 21, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: Records of the Baptist Association, Part II

Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In 1937, when Rosa G. Williams surveyed a surviving record book from the Baptist Association, she summarized the minutes concerning a meeting that took place in 1832:

This meeting or association was held on Sat. Oct. 1832 and continued through Monday Morning at 9 o’clock with constitution and rules of decorum and the meeting was adjourned to meet with Agola Baptist Church in Browns Meeting House in Cumberland County on 27th, 28th, 29th of July 1833 Sat. Sun. and Mon. here at Agola (now long extinct as a church) began the function of what we still call the James River Baptist Association and here in the script of a hand long since rested from its labors we read the delegates names as well as the churches they represent. The meeting was adjourned to meet the third session at Chestnut Grove church 3 miles above New Store in Buckingham. A motion was made for a Union Meeting to be held each year at a place selected by the Association.

The first Union meeting was held at Mulberry Grove.

March 18, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: Records of the Baptist Association, Part I

Buckingham Baptist Church. Photo by Joanne Yeck.

Typically, surveys created for the Depression-era Virginia Historical Inventory are of structures—dwelling houses, churches, mills, etc. Occasionally, researchers documented an artifact. Such was the case in 1937 when Rosa G. Williams wrote about the “Records of the Baptist Association.”

Buckingham County historian Lulie Patteson and her sister, Ann, were in possession of an “old book,” dated 1832. It was a minutes book which documented several early Baptist churches and their representatives. Rosa Williams noted:

Buckingham [Baptist Church] — Ed. Poindexter and James T. Smith

Chestnut Grove — Elder Thomas Saunders and Hobson Gilliam

Mt. Tabo [sic] — Silas Melton and Nathan Garrett

Mulberry Grove — Elder William Moore and A. Alston

Mrs. Williams added, “There were only four Baptist churches in Buckingham at the time (1832). Buckingham Church was sixty years old at that time.”

In 1832, Buckingham County was considerably larger than it is today, including much of what is now Appomattox County.

For more about Rev. Poindexter Smith, click here: Buckingham Notables: Rev. Poindexter Patteson Smith

Coming next: Buckingham Churches: Records of the Baptist Association, Part II

March 14, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: Glenmore Methodist Church

Glenmore Methodist Church.  Photo by Jeremy Winfrey.

In late 1903, Rev. Bullard joined Rev. T. Hugo Lacey at Glenmore Methodist Church. The Appomattox and Buckingham Times reported:

Our new Methodist Church at Glenmore has been completed, and it is one of the prettiest churches in the county. Our people are particularly blessed in having to such splendid ministers as the Reverend T. Hugo Lacey and Mr. Bullard. The new minister, Mr. Bullard is a widower, and is fat, fair and forty,” and it will be singular if he is not captured by some fair, beautiful Buckingham maiden before he leaves the circuit, for our girls are all pretty and attractive.

Visit Find A Grave to search for graves in the Glenmore United Methodist Church Cemetery.

March 11, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Weddings: Miles and Purvis


On December 23, 1903 the Appomattox and Buckingham Times reported the following nuptial in Glenmore, Buckingham County:

The marriage bells have wrung again in Glenmore, and on the 16th inst. Miss Mary Miles, the daughter of our chief magistrate, Mr. E. M. Miles, was married to Mr. John Purvis. The ceremony was performed by Mr. Bullard, our new Methodist Minister, who is winning golden opinions among the people. Miss Mary Miles is one of our belles, and was much admired. Her husband is a very handsome and intelligent young gentleman. The marriage was largely attended, many people from Hinton, W. Va., being present.

Coming next: Glenmore Methodist Church

March 7, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

 Buckingham County Notables: Henry Wesley Sprouse

Henry Wesley Sprouse and Family. Courtesy Vanessa Crews.

Front Row (left to right): Frank, Mary and Jane. Second row (left to right): Martha, Peggy (second wife), Edmund, Henry Wesley Sprouse, Fitzhugh and William. Back row (left to right): Thomas, Pocahontas, Nannie Belle, Charles, James, Elbon Booney, and John Josiah.

Henry Wesley Sprouse of Buckingham County was born on August 1826 and died on February 11, 1901. The Richmond Dispatch reported:

“Mr. H. W. Sprouce, an old and respected citizen, was buried at his home yesterday.”

Many thanks to Vanessa Crews for sharing this beautiful photo of the Sprouse family. Vanessa’s husband, Jesse Crews, has deep roots in Buckingham County.  Learn more at her website:

Cultivating Family: Discovering the ancestors of Jesse and Vanessa Sykes Crews


March 6, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Book News: “Randolph Jefferson’s Legacy”

Scottsville Museum. 

I am delighted to announce that my article, “Randolph Jefferson’s Legacy,” appeared in Scottsville Museum’s Spring newsletter.

Click here to download a PDF and read more about the descendants of Randolph Jefferson, particularly Peter Field Jefferson of Scottsville: “Randolph Jefferson’s Legacy”

I also encourage you to explore Scottsville Museum’s website. Its rich content often crosses over with the history of Buckingham County. Click here for the home page: Scottsville Museum.

Read all about Peter Field Jefferson and his siblings in my newest book: Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.


March 4, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Mysteries: The Appearance of Charley Ross

Buckingham County Natives, Alex Sharp (left) and Thomas Jackson Jamerson, CSA (right).

In 1932, the kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh baby sparked many heated conversations, including this one in Buckingham County between Alex Sharp and Thomas Jackson Jamerson, who recalled another famous kidnapping in 1874. That year, newspaper readers across the country followed the story of the kidnapping of Charley Ross of Philadelphia. Learn more about Charley’s fate at Wikipedia: Charley Ross


According to the caption accompanying this photo of Sharp and Jamerson, Charley Ross “appeared” in Buckingham County. Can a Slate River Ramblings reader expand on this comment?

Thanks to Andrea Potts for sharing this fascinating clipping.



February 28, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part III

Site of Planterstown.  Photo by Joanne Yeck.

Click here to catch up: The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part I

Randy Crouse shared the notice below in support of his understanding that, in the early 19th century, a “Buckingham Road” definitely ran through Buckingham County. He noted that while the 1912 article, “An Episode of ‘The Buck and Game Road’,” was interesting and warranted further research, his research, based on the historic newspapers, revealed mentions of a Buckingham Road—in Buckingham County—associated with farms, taverns, inns and stage lines, adding, “This gentleman’s statements do not make sense to me. Perhaps there was a Buck and Game road but I do not believe it is synonymous, contiguous or coincident with the Old Buckingham road.”
Crouse offered the following example, which ran in February 19, 1802 issue of The Examiner:


IN Buckingham County, on the main road called the Buckingham road, containing four hundred ten acres, and on the waters of Willis’ river, about four miles above Dobson’s Mill, ten miles from Caira, twenty miles from New Canton, and four miles from Planter’s Town on Appomattox. This land is well adapted for the culture of Corn, Wheat and Tobacco; on which there is about seventy-five or an hundred acres of low grounds, that will answer extremely well for meadows, &c. ; about one hundred fifty acres cleared. To any person inclinable to purchase, the terms will be made known by the subscriber living on the premises.

Daniel Jones

February 8th, 1802.


Was the Buckingham Road referred to in this and other advertisements an extension of the road that still exists today? Was it a completely separate thoroughfare?

Please add your comments below and keep the conversation going!

Curious about life in Planterstown or New Canton? Enter those terms in the search box on the right and enjoy the results.

February 25, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part II

Did the “Buckingham Road” once run through New Store?

Was it the stage line mentioned here?

Click here to catch up: The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part I

The conversation continued as to whether or not the Buckingham Road ever ran in Buckingham County, probably distinct from the thoroughfare studied by Dr. Agnes Gish in her exhaustive book, Virginia Taverns, Ordinaries and Coffee Houses: 18th–Early 19th Century Entertainment Along the Buckingham Road.

Slate River Ramblings reader Randy Crouse provided some fascinating information, writing:

I have been working on a new book, which is almost complete, that is a transcription of every news article regarding Buckingham county from 1736 to 1850. I have read thousands upon thousands of articles in dozens of newspapers, especially the Va. Gazette and numerous Richmond papers.

The Buckingham road is mentioned from very early on, including as part of a stage line that runs through Buckingham county, makes stops in Buckingham county (New Store and or New Canton I believe) and mentions Taverns and Inns in Buckingham county situated upon this road. Stage lines used the road going from Richmond to Lynchburg via Buckingham.

Coming next: The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part III

February 21, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part I

Traube Tavern, Old Buckingham Road

The December 6, 2018 post at Slate River Ramblings, “Buck and Game Road,” generated a lively conversation.

Click here to read the original post: Buck and Game Road

Today’s Old Buckingham Road starts in Midlothian, joining the current Hwy 60. After winding passed Powhatan County Courthouse, the road veers off towards Farmville. Several Slate River Ramblings readers attested that this highway, dotted with historic inns and houses, never went to or through Buckingham County.

Another blog follower pointed out that the exceptionally useful historic road orders, collected by the Virginia Highway Transportation & Research Council and originally edited by Nathaniel Mason Pawlett, contained no reference to a “Buck and Game Road.” These road orders do, however, contain references to “Buckingham Road” [1738–1748] in the relevant reports for Goochland County [1728-1744] and Albemarle County [1744–1748], the once much larger versions of these counties which encompassed today’s Buckingham County.

Slate River Ramblings reader Randy Crouse suggested that anyone interested in the history of the Buckingham Road should consult Agnes Evans Gish’s scholarly and definitive book: Virginia Taverns, Ordinaries and Coffee Houses: 18thEarly 19th Century Entertainment Along the Buckingham Road (Heritage Books, 2012).  I concur.

Then Randy Crouse shared some of his own research. . . .

Coming next: The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part II