Bristol Parish, Virginia

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Bristol Parish has served Charles City, Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie counties.

Bristol Parish was established in 1643, including all the Appomattox River valley. When Didwiddie County was partitioned from Prince George county 1752, Bristol Parish became the parish for Dinwiddie County.[1] Blandford Church belonged to this parish.



"An Act to divide those parts of the Parishes of Westover and Weynoake, which lie on the South side James River, from those parts of the said Parishes which lie on the North side the said River; and for uniting Westover and Weynoake Parishes; on the South side James River, to Martin Brandon Parish, in the County of Prince George; and for erecting a Chapel in Bristol Parish, in the said County" (1720) culled from sources available in London, is published in:

  • Chamberlayne, Churchill G. "Seven Parish Acts Heretofore Unpublished," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan. 1938):106-118. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR ($).


Parish History

Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne's history of Blandford Church, Bristol Parish, Virginia "The Brick Church on Wells's Hill" (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[3]

Parish Records

The original Register 1685-1798 and the Vestry Book 1720-1789 are available at the Library of Virginia. Copies: FHL Film 30625

Parish Registers
  • Chamberlayne, Churchill Gibson. Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798. Richmond, Virginia: C.G. Chamberlayne, 1898. Two published transcripts available at FHL: FHL Collection and FHL Collection; digital book at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
Vestry Books


  1. Edith F. Axelson, A Guide to Episcopal Church Records in Virginia (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Co., 1988), 37.
  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. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 73-86.