Near the place I was born,
I dedicated Deep Branch Chapel.
Then I hastened and got off.

It’s 1874.  Here.

Bishop Wayman at Tuscola ILThe Legacy of A.M.E Bishop A.W. Wayman
of Tuckahoe Neck, Caroline County, Maryland

Bishop Wayman recollects:

When the [Missouri] Conference closed [in Kansas City], I turned homeward by the way of St. Louis, Cincinnati and Parkersburg; then home to Baltimore.

Sunday, October 4, found me near the place where I was born, “Tuckahoe,” and then and there I dedicated a new church called “Deep Branch Chapel.”

Monday, October 12, 1874, I received a dispatch from ex-Governor Palmer of Illinois, informing me that I had been selected the chaplain for the occasion of the unveiling of Lincoln Monument at Springfield, Illinois, and must be there. I hastened and got off.

Leaving Baltimore, I passed through Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Indianapolis, on to Springfield, Illinois.

Thursday morning at 10 o’clock the procession moved, and passed by the house where Mr. Lincoln used to live, and then out to the cemetery, Generals Grant, Sherman, Vice-President Wilson and ex-Vice-President Colfax leading the way.  …

Reaching the spot, the statue was unveiled, and I was introduced to make the opening prayer, which was short.   There were several speeches made on the occasion.   We then returned to the city.


Deep Branch Chapel on Tuckahoe Neck. The cemetery holds many Wayman family grave markers.