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Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church

The land on which the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church stands is part of an original 150-acre royal land grant, issued to Samuel McJunkin (1725-1808) on 13 February 1768.  A son-in-law of McJunkin, Dr. Christopher Young, sold 5 acres of this land to the church trustees by a deed, dated 20 March 1850, for the purposes of building a Presbyterian Church on the site.  This church is no longer in use, having been closed in 1991.

This area, located just west of Tinker Creek, was first settled by Scotch-Irish immigrants who arrived in about the year 1755.  Among these early  immigrants were members of the McJunkin, Otterson, Bogan, Steen and Beatty families.

Major Joseph McJunkin (1755-1846), eldest son of Samuel McJunkin, was a well known soldier during the Revolution.  Major McJunkin's exploits during the Revolution are detailed in his Journal which is available at my South Carolina Rebels and Tories web site.  Joseph McJunkin, his wife Ann Thomas (d. 1826), and his son Samuel McJunkin (1759-1815), are all buried in the McJunkin Cemetery, which is located on a hill near this site, where SR163 intersects with US Highway 176.

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church Marker Sign.

 

The wood frame church building was constructed during the 1850's.

 

Photograph of the adjacent church cemetery; many members of the Beatty family are buried here, but no Revolutionary War veterans.

 

Tombstone of Colonel Samuel Beatty (1792-1867); Colonel Beatty, son of Captain Robert Beatty (1764-1827) was one of the first trustees of the Mount Vernon Church.

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