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August 19, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mysteries: Maynards Church, Part III


Deed Maps for John Patteson’s Land. Courtesy Les Campbell.

To catch up on the discussion of Maynards Church, click here:

Buckingham Mysteries: Maynards Church

Buckingham Mysteries: Maynards Church, Part II


Following my post on August 12, 2019, Slate River Ramblings follower Les Campbell help located John Patteson’s land holdings in Old Buckingham County (today Appomattox County).

An index for mapping software contains several entries for John Patteson beginning in 1746. Results show that Patteson’s land was scattered, though some of it lay near Nicholas Maynard’s property. We know that Patteson acted as Reader & Sexton at Maynards Church but the location of his residence remains unclear. By 1793, Patteson was deceased.

Nicholas Maynard also owned more than one property. Les noted that a 19th century map shows a branch or tributary of David’s Creek known as Maynard’s Creek.

Les Campbell shared the following:

I used several different search strings, but using the word “church” in Appomatox county’s metes/bounds file for Deed Mapper turned up a few mentions of pointers (lines or points) either on or crossing “church road”. These were in the 1796 deed for Robert Phelps and the 1781 deed for Wm. Patteson.

Exporting the coordinates onto Google Earth, it *looks* like (I’m no map expert) that what they’re calling “church road” is 616 highway / Wildway Road about 3/4 mile southeast of Liberty Chapel Baptist Church.

These locations are near lands owned by Nicholas Maynard.


It is always exciting when Slate River Ramblings readers are eager to solve a Buckingham County mystery. There is no doubt in my mind that Maynards Church of Tillotson Parish was established outside the boundaries of today’s Buckingham County and the location has continued to serve worshipers ever since. Thanks to all of you for sharing pieces of the puzzle!

In a future post, Nicholas Maynard will emerge as a Buckingham Notable.


To learn much more about the establishment of Tillotson Parish in Colonial Buckingham County and its first minister, Rev. William Peaseley, consult my book “At a Place Called Buckingham.”


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Aug 20 2019 8:05 am


    Many thanks for your comment and enthusiasm. It is wonderful to know that readers can learn from each others research.


  2. Les Campbell / Aug 19 2019 5:50 pm

    Thanks, Nancy, I was happy to help. The metes and bounds system can be downright maddening, especially since 1) it almost never describes square properties, 2) it uses landmarks like “dead tree” or “a springey place in Nicholas Mainyard’s line”, or “pile of rocks”. That’s why the plots don’t always quite line up in those maps. The program does the best it can and it does allow you to smooth things out to your own liking, but I chose to send unaltered maps just as they came out of the deed files.

    Other things I found are that most of the deeds in these files can be found at the Library of Virginia Archives, downloaded and printed for free, once you figure out their ‘system’, it’s pretty easy to get back to the original documents (yes, I’m one of *those* people who’d rather do my own interpretation than read a summary…case in point, one commercially available book concerning voter registrations said “all legatees live on the land” but the actual document said “all legatees live on the land but three..”, kind of an important distinction).

    Regardless, I love map puzzles. The current problem is inferring land parcel locations from property owners only mentioned in the descriptions, but whose deeds were not on file at Richmond.

    This 25 Dec 1863 map shows both Liberty Chapel and Maynard’s Creek:,0.268,0.24,0.104,0

    It’s dark and a bit hard to read but start at Bent Creek and work south. Maynard’s Creek on that map is south of Liberty Chapel.

    This one, at a map store, shows Maynard’s Creek but not LC:–Buckingham,-Appom?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=w4s:/where%2FAppomattox%2BCounty%2B%252528Va.%252529;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=1&trs=2

    Apologies for the ridiculously long links, just copy/paste/go in your browser.


  3. Nancy Ballew / Aug 19 2019 3:13 pm

    I am very excited about Les Campbell’s mapping! My ancestor John Brown, and his relations Joseph Brown and William Brown had land near the Pattesons, Maynards and Burnettes in the mid to late 1700s. I began a study of all the deed abstracts I could find along the meanders of David’s Creek from 1730-1850, listing all the associated surnames. I also came to the conclusion that their property may have been somewhere along Wildway Road. I am delighted at this validation!!!


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