Stony Creek Presbyterian Church
McPHERSONVILLE

Stony Creek Presbyterian Church was founded in 1743 as The Independent Church of Indian Land, near Pocotaligo. The first minister was the Reverend William Hutson, who continued as pastor until 1750, when he removed to the Circular Church of Charleston.

The original building was destroyed by Union soldiers in 1865, but the summer chapel, built in 1832, was spared as it was being used as a hospital for the wounded. It is this chapel that stands today, among its tall pines, the only ante-bellum building of McPhersonville.

The Stony Creek Presbyterians have never rebuilt on their original site, but the congregation meets for one service each month in the church at McPhersonville, the site of the old church near Pocotaligo now being used as a cemetery. The two silver communion cups used today were presented by Evans Palmer, Esquire, in 1753, while the "fair white linen'' dates from 1847.

It is interesting to note that there is a record on the books of the church of the marriage at Roswell, Georgia, of President Theodore Roosevelt's parents, Theodore Roosevelt and Martha Bulloch, grandparents of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the ceremony being performed by the Reverend James B. Dumwody, a cousin of the bride and pastor of Stony Creek. Another interesting member was the daughter of the Reverend Edward Axson, who served the church through the early years of the Confederate War. In after years she became the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson.


BY HAZEL CROWSON SELLERS 
South Carolina Churches

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