King William Parish, Virginia

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History[edit | edit source]

King William Parish has served Henrico (1702-1749), Goochland (1728-1749), Cumberland (1749-1777), and Powhatan (1777-present) counties.

King William Parish served the French Protestant Huguenot immigrants and their settlement at Manakintown. Manakin Episcopal Church, near Huguenot Springs, is the parish church.[1]

Founded[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

The Powhatan County Historical Society has published an online listing of tombstones and burials at Manakin Episcopal Church.

Surveys of graves at Manakin Episcopal Church (pages 1-44) and Manakin Huguenot Church (page 46), published in 1996, which include tombstone photographs, are available in book form: FHL Book 975.5612 V3n v. 1.[3]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Many genealogies have been published on French Huguenot families that belonged to King William Parish. See Henrico County, Virginia Genealogy and Goochland County, Virginia Genealogy.

Cameron Allen, FASG, is a leading expert on early French Huguenot families in this parish. He has published many of his findings on the French origins of Huguenot immigrants in scholarly genealogical journals and books.

History[edit | edit source]

Meade's 1861 history of King William Parish or Manankintown is available online.[4]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

A list of many of the Huguenot refugees who came to Virginia is available on the National Humanities Center website.

Here is another list.

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1721-1753 - King William Parish Christenings 1721-1753. Batch C504711 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Vestry Books[edit | edit source]

The vestry books have been abstracted multiple times:

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The 1735 tithe list is available online:

  • Le Suer, David. "Tithables in King William Parish, Goochland County," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jul. 1899):31-32. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR - free.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Langston James Goree et al, Master Index to the Huguenot (Bryan, Texas: Family History Foundation, 1986), Intro. FHL Book 975.5 B2hm index
  2. 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).
  3. Catherine Lynn Nowery and Sharon Lee Nowery, Tombstone Inscriptions of Powhatan County, Virginia (Rock Hill, S.C.: the authors, 1996), Vol. 1.
  4. 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.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at