The Resource Christ Church Parish (Lancaster County, Va.) records

Christ Church Parish (Lancaster County, Va.) records

Christ Church Parish (Lancaster County, Va.) records, 1701-1953
Christ Church Parish (Lancaster County, Va.) records
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  • Vestry book, 26 November 1739-21 September 1786. In some printed sources this volume is referred to only as St. Mary's White Chapel Vestry Book. The first fifty pages are records of St. Mary's White Chapel, the minutes continuing to be so entered until 1743 when a joint meeting of the two vestries was held. After several later joint meetings, on 17 November 1752, the vestries agreed to merge. Accession 30090 is the manuscript copy of this volume. Printed sources refer to the existence of an earlier Christ Church Parish Vestry Book, since lost. (Accession 19747, Misc. reel 648)
  • Vestry book, 23 April 1832-27 December 1869. Minutes are inconsistent for the Civil War years. (Accession 20979)
  • Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783, and Wormeley estate papers, 1701-1710, 1716. The processioning records are returns of the orders entered in the vestry book. The Wormeley estate papers relate to the estate of Robert Wormeley (1650-1701), who served as secretary of the colony from 1693 until his death, and his family. For a detailed description of the Wormeley estate papers see the VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, Vol. 8 (1900): 179-183. Accession 30126 is the manuscript copy of this volume. (Accession 22711 and Accession 31026 are bound together and can be searched in Infolinx under Accession "22711, 31026". Misc. reel 648. Additional processioner's returns, [1734], 1819-1820, are kept in a separate folder. Search "22711" in Infolinx for these copies.)
  • Records, 1832-1953, consisting of: 1) Church register, 1924-1931; 2) Vestry book, 1832-1869; 3) Parish register, 1852-1886, including marriages, baptisms, burials, and confirmations; 4) Parish register, 1889-1928, including marriages, baptisms, burials, and confirmations; 5) Parish account book, 1856-1938; 6) Ladies of Christ Church, records of members and meetings; 7-14) Grace Church, United Women's Auxiliary, records of meetings and accounts, and lists of members, 1919-1953. (Accession 34340, Misc. reels 1124-1125)
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Biographical or historical data
Lancaster County was formed around 1651 and was at first extended to both sides of the Rappahannock River, containing an area which is now Lancaster, Middlesex, Essex (Old Rappahannock), and Richmond Counties. In 1654, the parish was divided, Upper embracing what became Rappahannock County in 1656 (Essex in 1692) and what was to become Richmond County in 1692; and Lower embracing Lancaster County, including areas on both sides of the river. In 1666 after some boundary changes, the Lower Parish became Christ Church Parish. With the creation of Middlesex County in 1669 on the south side of the Rappahannock River, Christ Church Parish became Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County. The formation of Middlesex County left two parishes in Lancaster County, St. Mary's White Chapel Parish and Great Christ Church Parish, of which the "Great" was soon dropped from its name. In 1752, these two parishes merged as Christ Church Parish absorbed St. Mary's White Chapel Parish. The early Christ Church sanctuary, built by "King Carter," has not only survived, but has also been restored.
Cataloging source
Christ Church Parish (Lancaster County, Va.) records
Early records of Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Va. are located with the records of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Va. (Accession 19772 and 20285)
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
Emulsion on film
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Brydon, G. MacLaren, Dr.
  • County Clerk
  • Episcopal Theological Seminary Library
  • County Clerk
  • Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.
Positive negative aspect
Reproduction note
  • Microfilm.
  • Photostats (negative).
Specific material designation
microfilm reel
Terms governing use
Permission for reproduction must be obtained from the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc., Box 159, Irvington, VA 22480.
Type of unit
  • 3 v. (299 leaves).
  • reels.

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