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March 17, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: New Store Presbyterian


New Store Presbyterian Church (Courtesy Historic Buckingham) 

In 1854, the nineteen Buckingham churches mentioned in Thomas Baldwin’s Gazetteer of the United States included New Store Presbyterian founded in 1844 and located in, of course, New Store.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw surveyed the church for the Virginia Historical Inventory:

This is a conventional type country church built in a grove of large oak trees, surrounded by a large level yard, far enough from the highway for quiet, and close enough for convenience. ..

New Store Presbyterian Church was organized in 1844, but it had functioned as a free church some years before this.  Some changes have been made in the church since the War Between the State.  Closing the back entrance where the slaves entered the galleries is one change.

There is in the church a very handsome illustrated Bible, given to the church some years ago by Christian McKinney, oldest son of former Governor P.W. McKinney in memory of his mother, Nannie Christian McKinney. . . The Bible contains a good many family records.

There is a comparatively new cemetery in the side yard.

For the detail map featuring New Store see 31 January 2013.

This marks the halfway point in identifying the nineteen churches mentioned in Thomas Baldwin’s Gazetteer of the United States (1854). To catch up on previous posts, search “churches” using the search box at Slate River Ramblings.


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  1. Harry Stuart Holman / Mar 17 2013 10:31 pm

    Dear Reader,

    My grandmother’s family attended here from about the time that the church was built until they left Buckingham in 1900. I think I’ve seen copies of church minutes, church registry, or a roster with some of their names listed. However, I don’t know what dates this book covers. The earliest member of my family to attend here is some kin to many of the readers here; she was Permelia Moseley Hooper (b. 1803), daughter of Spotsford Lewis and Mary Marshall Moseley and widow of Capt. Benjamin Hooper of “Hooper’s Mt.” My late great-uncle preached here once in the 1940’s; he was The Rev. Dr. William Powell Hooper, Pastor of Highlawn Presbyterian Church of Huntington, West Virginia.

    Harry Stuart Holman

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 18 2013 8:51 am

      Thanks, Harry!

  2. Marion d. George / Mar 17 2013 7:04 pm

    I wonder if there is a record of who is buried in that cemetery. This was my grandparents church for a long time before they moved near the courthouse. Most of my immediate family was buried on family property but I expect there would be graves of distant relatives maybe

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 17 2013 8:49 pm

      The burials at New Store Presbyterian Church are listed in Janice J.R. Hull’s “Buckingham Burials, Vol. II.” Copies are available for sale at Historic Buckingham:


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