Petsworth Parish, Virginia

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History[edit | edit source]

Petsworth (earlier known as Petsoe[1]) Parish has served Gloucester County, Virginia Genealogy. The parish church was called Poplar Spring Church.[2] 

Founded[edit | edit source]

  • abt 1652[3]
  • The first actual reference to Petsoe Parish is found in a land grant to William Thornton dated 16 February 1665/6.[4]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

Several of the old graves at the parish cemetery are described at Find A Grave.

The Virginia State Library discussed Petsworth Church Cemetery in a survey of Gloucester County graves published in 1959, but did not mention any legible gravestones.[5] FHL Book 975.53 V3e.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Meade's 1861 history of Petsworth Parish is available online.[6]

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Parish registers do not survive.

Vestry Books[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. C. G. Chamberlayne, The Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia, 1677-1793 (Richmond: Division of Purchase and Printing, 1933), p. xiii; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 March 2019).
  2. Poplar Spring Church, The Historical Marker Database
  3. 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).
  4. Thornton, Wm. grantee, Land grant 16 February 1665/1666, Gloucester Co., Virginia, Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), p. 573 (Reel 5); Virginia. Colonial Land Office. Patents, 1623-1774, Library of Virginia; digital images, Library of Virginia ( : accessed 14 March 2019).
  5. Epitaphs of Gloucester and Mathews Counties in Tidewater Virginia through 1865 (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1959), 118.
  6. 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.