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May 12, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mystery: Dunn’s Chapel


Sharp’s Creek, Photo by Joanne Yeck

Dunn’s Chapel was a Methodist Episcopal church located in the northeastern section of Buckingham County.  Class Lists survive for 1869-1870 and for 1881.

In 1869, Walter A. Ford acted as Steward.  The Guerrant family was well represented.  Other surnames in the congregation included Snoddy, Norvell, Oslin, Woodfin, and Brown.

In 1880, Dunn’s Chapel was still viable.  It was one of six Methodist Episcopal churches in Buckingham County, all under the direction of Rev. J.W. Howard.  He is likely John Wesley Howard (16 January 1816 – 12 March 1887), buried in Longwood Cemetery in Bedford County, Virginia.

By 1881, the congregation had dwindled to thirty-eight members.  Peter B. Guerrant acted as Steward. At that time, the post office for the church was Virginia Mills, near New Canton.

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader tell us more about this church, particularly the location?

For more about Dunn’s Chapel:

Buckingham Mystery: Dunn’s Chapel

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