Warwick County, Virginia, Colonial Court Records in Transcription

Genealogical Publishing Com
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The focus of this volume, published originally in 1907, is to gather together accounts of the various French pioneers and settlements established in the United States during the latter part of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The chapter on French Louisiana, for example, recounts the arrival in 1785 of a number of French Acadians whose transit was subsidized by the King of France. This comprehensive work includes entire chapters on French soldier-settlers; the Huguenots; French travelers and their memoirs; the Bonapartes and other famous exiles; French settlements in Kentucky, Indiana, and Iowa; and so forth. Appended to the text, which places hundreds if not thousands of French migrs in the United States at a particular moment in time, are an annotated bibliography, a list of French place names in America, and an index to names and subjects.
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Genealogical Publishing Com
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Dec 31, 2002
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697
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9780806351438
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English
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Law / Court Records
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St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish in Virginia was formed from St. MarkΓÇÖs Parish in 1740. The new parish encompassed present-day Orange, Greene, and a strip of southern Madison counties. Based on an extensive examination of primary sources, the work at hand is the first accurate description of the formation of St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish, its member churches, its ministers, and others who played a significant part in its colonial history. In the absence of surviving vestry books for St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish, or even an accurate map of the parish, the author was able to extract valuable information pertaining to St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish from the surviving vestry books of the neighboring parishes of St. MarkΓÇÖs and St. GeorgeΓÇÖs.
However, as Mrs. Papageorgiou explains in her Preface, Spotsylvania and Orange County road orders comprise the backbone of her study. The road orders for the construction and maintenance of roads, as recorded in county court order books, provide evidence to the existence of churches and chapels throughout the parish. The road ordersΓÇÖ value to the genealogist is that they identify the overseers and work crews assigned to maintain the road and any bridges along it. So, for example, the road orders tell us that, between November 1, 1726, and April 2, 1734, John Rucker, Thomas Jackson, Joseph Hawkins, Abraham Bledsoe, Henry Downes, John Davis, and George Eastham all served as overseers of roads near Southwest Mountain Chapel in St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish.

This work is an excellent example of historical reconstruction. The Introduction explains how, when, and why St. ThomasΓÇÖ was established from its parent and grandparent parishes, St. MarkΓÇÖs and St. GeorgeΓÇÖs. Next, the author uses the road orders and other sources to pinpoint the timing and location of each of the following places of worship: Germana Church, Southwest Mountain Chapel, Southwest Mountain Church, Upper Chapel, St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish, Upper Church, Middle (Brick) Church, Pine Stake Church, and New (Orange) Church. (Mrs. Papageorgiou has also appended a number of important court orders at the back of the volume.) The third chapter gives the tenure of every parish minister and his family members. The final chapter recounts how previous writers--notably Bishop William Meade and Philip Slaughter--have recorded the history of St. ThomasΓÇÖ Parish and where, more often than not, they went astray. Students of Virginia church history will welcome the comprehensive bibliography that follows the appendices.
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