Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Gorden Wilson Wheaton

Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill, Virginia
(photo by C. Lynn)

Feb. 10, 1908
July 12, 1940

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gorden (also spelled Gordon) Wheaton was the son of George W. and Millie L. Wheaton, who are also buried at Woodbine Church Cemetery.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Church Record Sunday: Woodbine Baptist Church

Woodbine Baptist Church (now Woodbine Family Worship Center) has served the spiritual needs of its congregation in Independent Hill, Coles Magisterial District, since May of 1875. 

Woodbine Baptist Church (1875)
(photo by C.Lynn)
There are currently two churches on site – the original frame, one-room church built in 1875 (the “Little Church”) and the present-day church built in the 1950s to replace it.  The Little Church was moved to the southwest corner of the cemetery lot in the early 1960s.  In 1973, spearheaded by Mrs. Mabel Carter, Ray Wood, and Gene Wells* (a 14 year old parishioner), the congregation raised enough funding to restore the Little Church.  It stands there to this day and remains in use for special occasions, like this morning’s Easter Sunrise Service.

Levi C. Lynn, son of Benson Lynn and his first wife, Emily Norman, donated the original land for the church in 1875 (PWCo Deed Book 30, pg. 207).  He served as one of the original Trustees, along with Deacon Sidney F. Teasdale, John H. Renoe, George W. Lowe, Charles W. Teasdale, and Aylett Nicol.  Over the years there has been some debate as to whether Levi Lynn also served as a Pastor at the New-School Baptist church that he founded.  On its 100th anniversary celebration, the original Bible was returned and donated to Woodbine, where it remained on display for many years.  The Bible’s dedication page strongly implies that Levi did, indeed, serve as its Pastor.

This Bible presented to L. C. Lynn by Willie
H. Flanders of Philadelphia for the use of
Woodbine Church & the Sabbath School
(attached thereto) as a token of approval
and regard.

October 30, 1875

*This industrious teenager, who according to a 1973 newspaper article “repainted the nameplate sign that swung over the door of the old church, proclaiming for all ‘Woodbine Baptist Church, 1875’” is still part of its congregation.  Today, 41 years later, Gene Wells serves as Woodbine’s Senior Pastor. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sibling Saturday: Howard and Dorothy Lynn

At first glance, it might be easy to think that the photo above is of two little girls.  This is the only photo I have of my father and his sister as children.  Howard Moore Lynn (b. 1927) and sister Dorothy Jean Lynn (b. 1925) were the only children of Earl Lynn (a native of Independent Hill) and Anna Bell Walton.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Slave Not for Sale

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
June 23, 1873


In the office of the Recorder of Deeds, this morning, the following paper -- a relic of the olden time -- was found:

District of Columbia, Washington county, to wit:  I have removed from Prince William county to the city of Washington one negro man, named Vincent, which negro man I have brought for my use, and not for sale.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this eleventh day of February, A.D. 1819.  [Signed]  George Mackey, [Seal].

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Kenworth Brandt

Manassas Journal
November 28, 1913


Kenworth Brandt, Youthful Son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. D. Brandt, Passes Away

Early on Wednesday morning, the angel of death entered "Bonnie View," the country home of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Brandt, and bore to the heavenly rest the youthful spirit of little Kenworth, their only son, who had known but eight summers of this life.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon in Asbury Methodist church, and the little body will be laid to rest in the cemetery near town.  The pastor, Rev. J. E. Slick, will conduct the service.

Mr. and Mrs. Brandt are tendered the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.  Though a newcomer the little boy had won a place in the hearts of his young companions.  May the little sister's grief be assuaged by the affectionate interest of her friends.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Military Monday: Called to Service

Manassas Journal
October 18, 1918


The following men have been called to go to Fort Caswell, Southport, N.C., on October 21:

Harvey Woodyard, Bristow
Owen Edw. Dove, Manassas
H. A. Hammill, Woodbridge
Clayton Liming, Joplin
Archy Ruel Milstead, Hoadley
Carroll M. Edwards, alternate, Gainesville

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PWCo Items: Canova (1919)

Manassas Journal
October 17, 1919


Rev. J. A. Golihew, of Washington, pastor of the Baptist Church, has moved with his family to this community. 

Owing to the inclement weather, no services were held at Woodbine Church on Sunday.  Sunday School will be held next Sunday at 11 a.m.

Many from this community attended an oyster supper at Independent Hill Friday evening.

Mr. Clifford Lowe, of Washington, spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Lowe.

Mr. W. H. Cornwell visited friends at Marshall during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Farquhar, of Washington, spent last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Lowe and visited friends in this community.

Mrs. George Purcell and her daughter, Miss Evelyn Purcell, went to Washington Sunday and will make their home in the city for the present.

Mr. T. M. Russell and family motored to Manassas Monday afternoon.

Mr. A. C. Storke passed through Canova Friday, en route to Independent Hill, where he spent the weekend with his mother, Mr.s George Copen.

Mr. I. J. Breeden, of Washington, recently visited at his former home here.

Mr. Joseph Lowe motored to Manassas Monday.