Early Virginia Religious Petitions, 1774-1802

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Topics of Early Virginia Religious Petitions varied from issues of separation of church and state, the rights of dissenters such as Quakers and Baptists, the sale and division of property in the established church, the dissolution of unpopular vestries and others.


The collection provides searchable access to the petitions' places of origin and a brief summary of each petition's contents, as well as summaries of an additional seventy-four petitions that are no longer extant.

Index and images from the 423 petitions include:

  • Dates ranging from 1774-1802
  • Petitions from more than 80 counties and cities
  • Summary of the petitions
  • Petitioners' names

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