Elizabeth River Parish, Virginia

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History[edit | edit source]

Elizabeth River Parish has served New Norfolk, Upper Norfolk, Lower Norfolk, and Norfolk counties. These jurisdictions are now extinct and the parish church, known as St. Paul's, is situated in the Independent City of Norfolk. St. Paul's Church in Norfolk was originally a chapel of ease in Elizabeth River Parish.

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Cemetery[edit | edit source]

St. Paul's tombstones are transcribed and indexed in Dey's history.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Meade's 1861 history of Elizabeth River Parish is available online.[2]

The Bishop-Coadjutor of Southern Virginia's history of St. Paul's Church, Elizabeth River Parish, Norfolk, Virginia (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[3]

Dey's history includes a history of parish, description of the church, tombstone inscriptions, and a list of vestrymen:

  • Dey, Calvert R. St. Paul's Church 1832, Originally the Borough Church 1739, Elizabeth River Parish, Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk, Va.: Altar Guild of St. Paul's Church, 1934. FHL Book 975.5521 K2d

James published a list of parish vestrymen dated 1779:

  • James, Edward W. "Vestrymen of Elizabeth River Parish," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jan. 1893):162. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR - free.

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Most colonial parish registers have been lost, with the exception of a "register of Southern Branch from Octobr 1751 to Octobr 1752" discovered by James:

  • James, Edward W. "Births and Baptisms," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jan. 1893):160-162. Digital version at JSTOR - free.

Walter abstracted the vestry book:

  • Walter, Alice Granbery. Vestry Book of Elizabeth River Parish, 1749-1761. New York: A.G. Walter, c1969. FHL Book 975.5521 K2w.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Freddie Spradlin, "Parishes of Virginia," VAGenWeb, accessed 29 January 2011; Hening's Statutes at Large; Emily J. Salmon and Edward D.C. Campbell Jr., The Hornbook of Virginia History (Richmond: Library of Virginia, 1994).
  2. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  3. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 61-72.