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Re: High Bridge Presbyterian Church cemetery list; near Natural Bridge
Posted by: B. Kline (ID *****3222) Date: September 17, 2009 at 07:43:47
In Reply to: Re: High Bridge Presbyterian Church cemetery list; near Natural Bridge by Rosemarie Beebe of 1300

Rosemarie,

Perhaps Carthagena Heck was a missionary. I found this mention below:

http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/opac/vhiarticle.htm
"James McClung reported that the High Bridge Presbyterian Church near Natural Bridge had traditionally taken considerable pride in its congregation's many foreign missionaries--those brave and devoted souls who labored abroad in especially strange and mysterious lands: China, Turkey, Greece, the Belgian Congo--and West Virginia."

Rev. Sam Houston was minister at High Bridge Presbyterian Church from 1791. He died 1834 or 1839. I have seen both dates, and don't know which is correct.

I would be interested in hearing your impressions of the High Bridge Church and cemetery area, when you return from your trip. My ancestor, William Pettycrew, supposedly owned 60 acres adjacent to the town of Springfield. His land was bought in 1806 by Matthew Houston, brother of Rev. Sam. The land the church is on was part of Matt's 300 acre plantation, or so I have read. The house he built in 1806, greatly enlarged, still stands at 20 Houston Tavern Lane. It is called Forest Oaks.

May you find everything you seek on your visit to VA.

Bev


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