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May 7, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Travelers Rest #3

Virginia Historical Inventory. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

It appears that the name Travelers Rest was almost as popular in Buckingham County as Locust Grove.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw wrote this for the Virginia Historical Inventory:

On the old Gilliam estate, known as “Travellers Rest,” three-fourths of a mile west of New Store, is the family burying ground. Here are overshadowed by large trees, and the grades and surrounding ground overgrown with lovely periwinkle are three large upright “period” tombstones of marble. These several broken stones and several unmarked graves. Following are copies of the inscriptions on the head stones.



To the Memory of


Born March 24, 1822

Died December 8, 1848

“The Cage was broke, to let us fly,

To build our happy, Nests on high”


Joham [?] Gilliam

Died November 10, 1859,

Aged 86 years.

He died in the hope of a blissful immortality.

Erected as a tribute of filial affection by his children.



To the Memory of

Caroline S. Gilliam

Born June 9, 1817 Died May 8, 1853

“Her soul has taken its flight,

To Mansions of Glory Above,

To mingle with the Angels of Light,

And dwell in the Kingdom of Love.”

Erected as a Tribute of filial affection by her husband.

Chas. W. Gilliam

May 4, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: William D. Jones, Part II

New Store Historic Marker. Photo by Joanne Yeck.

Need to catch up? Click here: Buckingham Houses: William D. Jones, Part I


In her 1937 survey of the William D. Jones house for the Virginia Historical Inventory, Mrs. Elizabeth McCraw included a short biography of William Dibrell Jones.  It reads as follows:

William Dibrell Jones married in 1818 and it is believed that he came to this house to live about that time. Whether he built the house is not definitely known. He lived here from 1818 until his death in 1875.

He was an extensive land and slave owner. It is said that he owned 10,000 acres of land and 100 slaves. He conducted a mercantile business before he was married, at New Store, Virginia, one of the oldest settlements in Buckingham County. He dealt extensively in the fur trade in those days. He sold furs to the Astors and to the Larillards in New York. He also sent great wagons to New York with country produce for sale. He is known to have had as many as 3000 hogs at one time to sell. Merchants of this type in those days were called peddlers.

During the War Between the States this home was visited by both armies. Some plundering was done by the Union soldiers, such as pouring out molasses and ripping open the feather ticks and mixing them together in the yard.

Mrs. Jones asked the Union officer to give her a guard for protection against straggling soldiers. This was done and the guard protected her home during the closing days of the war.

This house was on a road traveled by both armies to and from Appomattox, and about two hundred yards from “Keswick”, the Jones home where General Lee staid the night before “Appomattox”.


Learn more about the Jones store here: Buckingham County: Jones Store: Part I

Click here to learn more about Keswick: Buckingham County Houses: Keswick, Part I

April 30, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: William D. Jones, Part I

“William D. Jones House.” Virginia Historical Inventory. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw surveyed the former home of William Dibrell Jones for the Virginia Historical Inventory. Located at New Store in Buckingham County, William Dibrell Jones owned this property from 1818 to 1875, which was then passed to his son, L. D. Jones, and then to his heirs.

Mrs. McCraw described the house as follows:

This house close to the highway has the marks of the fine old house that it once was. The yard, while neglected, shows some of the old trees and the marks of the old flower beds.

This old house with its main part two and a half stories and the wings only one and a half stories each, is framed with beautiful beaded weatherboarding, smooth and well finished. On approaching one notices the different size windows on the front, the upper sash having only six panes of glass while the lower has nine. There is no porch. Two unusually large stones for steps are in front of the entrance. Double doors with transom, lead into the hallway, from which a two flight stairway leads to the second floor. The small square newels and balusters to the stairway and the paneled wainscoting are noticeable in the hall. The rooms are all large and beautifully finished with wainscoting and picture molding on the plaster walls. The six panel doors with large iron locks and small brass knobs are noticeable. All of the old mantles except one, have been removed; this is a very plain type. There are large closets and fireplaces in each room.

Coming next: Buckingham Houses: William D. Jones, Part II

April 27, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Jones Cemetery at New Store

Jones Cemetery at New Store. Photo by L. D. Phaup.

While conducting research concerning the Jones Family of New Store, Slate River Ramblings follower L. D. Phaup shared the following about his visit to the Jones Family Cemetery located on Rt. 636, near the intersection with Rt. 609 in the village of New Store.  The Jones house sat nearby and was removed about forty or fifty years ago. The cemetery is across Rt. 636 from the former location of the house.  Mr. Phaup wrote:

I visited the family cemetery on Sunday 11-11-2018 and did not have difficulty in locating it. My greatest surprise is the discovery of William D. Jones and the inscription on his tombstone. According to his stone it shows Virginia— PVT. Moseleys Co —1 Va Cav. —-War of 1812.

During the visit, he documented the following markers:

Louis Dibrell Jones 1837-1911

Orra Louisa Jones 1916–1917

Infant Sons 1921

Clinton H. Jones 1869–1947 and Lucy McFarland Jones 1880

Louisa T. Jones 1840–1915, wife of Louis Dibrell Jones

William D. Jones, died June 30, 1874

Louis Dibrell Jones D.D.S 1864–1930

Louis Dibrell Jones D.D.S., Jones Cemetery at New Store. Photo by L. D. Phaup.

L. D. Phaup added that there are additional burials in the cemetery, however, he is unclear about their relationship to the Jones family. There are also several graves marked only by field stones.

Some members of this family are buried at Trinity Presbyterian Church, including Rev. Plummer Flippen Jones.

More about these burials can be found at Find A Grave: Trinity Presbyterian Church, Plummer Flippen Jones.


For a survey of the cemetery consult Buckingham Burials, Vol 1, available online at Historic Buckingham.

For more about much Louis Dibrell Jones and his family, click here:

Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part I

Coming Next: Buckingham County Houses: William D. Jones, Part I

April 23, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest (Toga), Part III

Photo by L. D. Phaup.


Slate River Ramblings follower, L. D. Phaup kindly shared this photo of Michael Jones’ elegant gravestone.

For more details, see: Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest (Toga), Part II

Coming next: Jones Cemetery at New Store

April 20, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest (Toga), Part II

 Buckingham Burials, Volume IV

Need to catch up? Click here: Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest, Part I

In 1937, when Elizabeth McCraw surveyed this Jones graveyard, she described it as follows:

In what was once an orchard, a few trees remain, in this family graveyard. A cool shady spot covered with periwinkle, and nature has been kind for after years and years of neglect this spot is easily found and identified. There are many graves marked only by rocks, but only one tombstone in the graveyard.

The oldest grave was dated 1821 and the only marker that Mrs. McCraw found. It read:


Michael Jones


P. D. T. Mitchel’s Co.

12 Va. Regt.

Rev. War.



According to Buckingham Burials, Vol IV there were at least two other unmarked graves: Kitty Jones and Leanna D. Jones.

The complete set of Buckingham Burials is available online at Historic Buckingham.



April 16, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest (Toga), Part I

“The Jones Graveyard.” Virginia Historical Inventory. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

As is often the case with the naming of Virginia plantations and farms, there was more than one Travelers Rest in Buckingham County.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw of Andersonville surveyed “The Jones Graveyard” for the Virginia Historical Inventory. This spot was located 2.6 miles south of Toga on Rt. 24, then 1.4 miles east on a private road.

Mrs. McCraw noted, “This graveyard is on an estate known as ‘Travelers Rest’ and from data secured this place antidates the other ‘Travelers Rest’ near Warminster, in Buckingham County.” The dwelling house on the place was long gone and, in 1937, the land and hunting rights were owned by the Blue Ridge Hunt Club. The timber was the property of the “Lumber Company.” The graveyard remained in the family and J. L. Jones was in charge.

The property may have been owned by Michael Jones as early as 1776. Because Jones served in the Revolutionary War, Mrs. McCraw concluded that “he certainly must’ve resided here as early as 1775 or before.” She found no evidence concerning his arrival in Buckingham County.

Today, genealogists refer to him as Michael Jones, Jr., son of Michael and Ann Jones. He was born in Bedford County (now Campbell County) on July 5, 1750 and married Leanna (Dibrell). He was the father of William Dibrell Jones and the grandfather of Louis Dibrell Jones (1837-1911).

For much more about this family, click here: Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part I


Coming next: Jones Graveyard at Travelers Rest, Part II

April 13, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part IV

Travelers Rest, 2015. Photo by Vanessa Crews.

Slate River Ramblings follower Vanessa Crews shared this photo and some information about Travelers Rest. Thanks Vanessa!

“Following the Civil War, on 5 May 1876, James A. Crews purchased 25 acres, part of the tract of land lying in James River in Buckingham County known as ‘Travelers Rest.’ It was previously conveyed to John Horsley by Mary C. Horsley. Crews was a carpenter. This was his only land transaction, certainly a milestone in his life. The Civil War forced some large landowners, like Horsley, to break up the great estates and sell small parcels to individuals for whom property ownership had previously been only a dream.

“I visited Travelers Rest in September 2015. This stately home still displays signs of past grandeur. Ancient trees shelter the house.  Autumn crocus and lilies bloomed in the overgrown lawn. I’m still searching for the exact location of the Crews home. There was no one at Travelers Rest that September Day.  Perhaps one of your readers can offer a lead to the property location.”

April 9, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part III

Charles Yancey.


Need to catch up? Click here: Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part I


There are at least three cemeteries at Travelers Rest — a large Horsley-Yancey graveyard, a Horsley-Moon graveyard, and a slave cemetery. Burials include Buckingham County Notable Charles Yancey who died on November 9, 1857. His marker reads:

In this dark world of Sin and Pain

We only need to part again

But when we reach the heavenly shores

We then shall need to part no more

Other graves in this cemetery are documented at Find A Grave: Maj Charles Yancey

For a complete survey of the Horsley-Yancey cemetery, consult Buckingham Burials, Vol 1, available online at Historic Buckingham.


The Horsley-Moon Cemetery at Travelers Rest contains the following graves:

Channing Horsley Moon, son of Frank Russell Moon and Annie Horsley Moon (30 June 1902 – 2 October 1970)

Ida Yancey Horsley (7 April 1871 – 17 August 1937)

Annie Horsley Moon, Jr. (8 January 1910 – 6 April 1922)

Annie D. Horsley, wife of Frank Russell Moon (29 January 1875 – 15 June 1949)

Louise Brady Horsley (9 March 1869 – 2 March 1968)

Frank Russell Moon (2 February 1875 – 2 February 1955)

Rose Turner, “Our Faithful Servant,” (d. 22 October 1935)


In an Internet post concerning the Horsley-Moon cemetery, Barbara Daniel Pickett shared this:

An anchor fence was put around this cemetery by Ethel Daniel Moon, wife of Channing Horsley Moon in the 1970s. It is located to the left of “Traveler’s Rest” Residence. On a hill to the far left is another cemetery where slaves were buried. Traveler’s Rest was a James River Plantation in Buckingham County, Virginia which had been in the family since the 1600s. At the death of Channing Moon, the last of the Horsley blood line to live there, the home passed to his two nieces who sold it.

Learn more about this cemetery at Find A Grave: Horsley Cemetery

April 6, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part II

Travelers Rest. Courtesy Richard Nicholas.


Need to catch up? Click here: Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part I


In 1937, when Garnett Williams surveyed Travelers Rest for the Virginia Historical Inventory, she had little to say about its historic significance, writing:

William Horsley, the first settler at “Travelers Rest”, came over from Warminster Wilshire, England.

Nancy Spencer, a granddaughter of William Horsley, married Charles Yancey. Charles Yancey fought in the War of 1812 and was a Major. He was called the “wheel horse” of the Democracy, and serve to stay in the Legislature for 32 years. He was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Virginia.

The architectural description in the survey indicated the house was in good condition, including the preservation of its wide original floors with handmade nails. The mantels were high and simply carved. Mrs. Williams noted both old-fashioned brass and iron locks were still on the doors. The stairway was “very simple.”

The overall impression was that the dwelling house at Travelers Rest was designed to be comfortable rather than a showplace.


According to the “Yancey Family Genealogy” website:

“Travelers Rest” was owned by Major Charles Yancey during the early 1800’s. Major Yancey was one of the most prominent citizens of Buckingham County in the early 1800’s. Travelers Rest was called such, because it was located on the James River — the rivers being the main transportation highways of the time, with ferries bringing travelers that would stay at the place over-night or until they continued on their journey. Major Yancey and his wife are buried in the Yancey/Holman (sic) cemetery on the premises.


To learn more about Charles Yancey, click here: Buckingham Notables: Charles Yancey


Coming Next: Buckingham County Houses: Travelers Rest, Part III