The second church that Buddy, Emily and I visited on September 16, was Boyd’s Chapel in Leckie. From what I have read on ancestry.com by contributor, Walter M. Bailey, the land that Boyd’s Chapel was built on was donated by John A. Bailey. Bailey had built a room onto his log cabin to serve as a church; however, the church grew quickly and there was need for a building. Bailey not only donated the land, but he also donated time and work for the building of Boyd’s Chapel. According to Walter M. Bailey, there was an article that ran in the Welch Daily News written by Reverend W.S. Barbery on May 27, 1952. The title of the article was “Pioneer Citizen Recalls Early Days In This Area”. This article was written about James Wesley Bailey, brother of John A. Bailey. This article explains the experiences of the Bailey family in the building of the Leckie and Anawalt areas.
Boyd’s Chapel was named after Isaac Charles Newton Boyd. Boyd had served as Chaplin for the Confederate Home Guard near Abington, Virginia, and came to Leckie in the fall of 1865. He was the first pastor of Boyd’s Chapel. He served there for 15 years. According to ancestry.com, Boyd had to temporarily retire from pastoring the church due to a fall from his horse.
The small road that leads up to Boyd’s Chapel is right in a curve. I was very cautious when pulling off the road. It leads straight to the top of the hill that the church rests on. There’s not a lot of space up there, so I’m sure the parishioners park on the roadside and then walk up the hill. The first thing I noticed when we got to the top of the hill was the cemetery. At first glance, I noticed the old graves. I did not have the time that day to walk through them all. There are many old ones that I would like to see. There is a lot of history to be learned in old cemeteries. Boyd’s Chapel is one of the few churches in the county that I am aware of that has a cemetery in the yard. Brewsterdale has been the only other church that I have visited that has an old cemetery.
I took several pictures of the cemetery and the church. The church was much larger than I thought it was. I’m not sure if this is the same building that was built by Bailey in the 1800’s. My guess is that it is and has been updated and restored throughout the years. As it was a Sunday afternoon, I was unable to go in the church, but would love to see inside and find out more history about the Chapel. If anyone has any more information about Boyd’s Chapel, please let me know. I understand it to be one of the oldest churches in the county. I wish I could have found out more about the church that day to share.
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