Truro Parish, Virginia

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History[edit | edit source]

Truro Parish has served Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Pohick Church fell within the bounds of Truro Parish.[1] The Falls Church fell within the bounds of Truro Parish for a time during the eighteenth century, before it became a part of Fairfax Parish.[2] Goose Creek Chapel (built 1736) served parishioners as a chapel of ease.[3]

Founded[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]


Cemetery[edit | edit source]

A survey of the graves at Pohick Church was published in 1981.[5]

Surveys of the graves at Falls Church and Pohick Church were published in the late 1990s by the Fairfax Genealogical Society.[6] FHL Book 975.5291 V3f v. 3.

Earlier surveys of Falls Church Cemetery were conducted in 1923, c1939, 1989, and 1995.[6]

An index of the graves at Goose Creek Burying Ground (select from Cemetery List dropdown) is available online at Thomas Balch Library.

Loudoun County, Virginia cemeteries, a preliminary index. c1996. Published by the Thomas Balch Library, Lovettsville, Virginia : Willow Bend Books. FHL Book 975.528 V32L, At various libraries (WorldCat).

Remey, Charles Mason. A Series of Twelve of the Preliminary Architectural Studies for a Mausoleum Known Now as the Remeum: For the Family of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, United States Navy, and His Wife, Mary Josephine Mason, Built at Pohick Church Glebe, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia. Washington, D.C.: C.M. Remey, 1954. FHL Film 1036144 Item 7.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Liddle, Chester A. and Patricia H. Osisek. Families of Pohick Church, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia. Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1991. FHL Collection has original edition and two supplements.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Meade's 1861 history of Truro Parish is available online.[7]

  • Hopkins, Margaret Lail and Nancy Hopkins Phillips. The Anglican Parishes of Loudoun County, Virginia, Truro, Cameron, and Shelburne, 1736-1805. Lovettsville, Virginia: Willow Bend Books, 1997. Available at FHL. Free Lookups Available!
  • Slaughter, Philip and Edward Lewis Goodwin. History of Truro Parish in Virginia. Philadelphia, PA: George W. Jacobs, 1907. Available at FHL. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($), FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books, World Vital Records ($).

Rev. Samuel A. Wallis's history of Pohick Church, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[8]

Rev. George S. Somerville's history of The Old Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[9]

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Parish Registers[edit | edit source]

Some births in the parish between 1730 and 1737 were recorded in the vestry book. Otherwise, colonial parish registers have been lost. Abstracts:

  • Lee, Ida J. "Births from the Truro Parish Vestry Book," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr. 1930):190. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Also published by Wright:

  • Wright, F. Edward. Early Church Records of Alexandria City and Fairfax County, Virginia. Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996. FHL Book 975.529 K2w.

Vestry Books[edit | edit source]

Digital images of the original Truro Parish Colonial Vestry Book (1732-1785) and the Proceedings of the Overseers of the Poor (1787-1802) are available online, courtesy: Truro Church website.

These records have also been abstracted and indexed:

  • Truro Parish and Pohick Church. Minutes of the Vestry, Truro Parish, Virginia, 1732-1785. Lorton, Va.: Pohick Church; Annandale, Va.: Baptie Studios, c1974. Available at FHL.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Pohick Church

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Contributors, "Pohick Church," Wikipedia, accessed 1 February 2011.
  2. "The Falls Church," in National Register of Historic Places Inventory, p. 8, accessed 17 February 2011.
  3. "Goose Creek Chapel", The Historical Marker Database.
  4. 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).
  5. Edna May Stevens, Lesba Lewis Thompson, and Sue E. Wood, Tombstone Records of Pohick Church, Fairfax County, Virginia (Owensboro, Ky., 1981).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fairfax County, Virginia Gravestones (Merrifield, Va.: Fairfax Genealogical Society, 1996-1998). Vols. III, V. (Falls Church appears in Volume III, pages FC-1 to FC-18; Pohick Church appears in Volume V, pages LR-35 to LR-131).
  7. 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.
  8. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 122-128.
  9. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 129-133.