St. Marks Parish, Virginia

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History[edit | edit source]

St. Mark's Parish has served Spotsylvania, Orange, and Culpeper counties. Little Fork Church, which had originally been a chapel of ease, became the parish church.[1]

Founded[edit | edit source]

Boundary[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

Many of the graves at Little Fork Church are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Meade's 1861 history of St. Mark's Parish is available online at Internet Archive.[3]

  • Boyle, Andrew J. The Church in the Fork, a History of Historic Little Fork Church. Culpeper, Va.: Little Fork Preservation Committee, 1983. FHL Book 975.5392 K2b
  • Slaughter, Philip. A History of St. Mark's Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia: With Notes of Old Churches and Old Families, and Illustrations of the Manners and Customs of the Olden Time. Baltimore, Md.: Innes & Co., Printers, 1877. Original edition: FHL Collection; digital versions at Ancestry($), FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Thomas, Arthur Dicken and Angus McDonald Green. Early Churches of Culpeper County, Virginia: Colonial and Ante-bellum Congregations. Culpeper, Va.: Culpeper Historical Society, 1987. FHL Book 975.5392 K2e

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Parish Registers[edit | edit source]

The original parish registers (christenings and marriages 1794-1797) are kept at the Library of Virginia. Copies: FHL Film 33856 Item 1. The christenings have been abstracted:

Vestry Books[edit | edit source]

The original St. Mark's Parish Vestry Books (1730-1843) are kept at the Library of Virginia. Copies of vestry book (1730-1753) and treasurer's levies (1731-1785): FHL Film 33856 Item 2. Abstracts:

  • Davis, Rosalie Edith Rogers. Saint Mark Parish Vestry Book & Levies, 1730-1785: Spotsylvania, Orange and Culpeper Counties, Virginia. Manchester, Mo.: Heritage Trails, 1983. FHL Book 975.5392 K2d Contains records about the organization of the parish, elections of church officers, hiring of ministers, payments of fees and wages, upkeep of the "gleeb" house and church, care of the poor and orphans, and the raising of levies from the parish tithables.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Little Fork Church

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Contributors, "Little Fork Church," Wikipedia, accessed 28 February 2011.
  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. 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.