VIRGINIA GENEALOGY EXPRESS
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Middlesex County, Virginia
History & Genealogy
Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va.
from 1653 to 1812,
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of
America in the State of Virginia
Wm. Ellis Jones, Steam Book and Job Printer
The section in Virginia comprised within
the present county of Middlesex, was at first included in Lancaster
county and parish. Some time before 1666 that parish was
divided into two portions, separated by the Rappahanhock river, and
the new parishes were named Lancaster and Pyanketank. In 1666
they were reunited under the name of Lancaster, but a few years
later again was separated and acquired the organization which they
retained through the Colonial period, as Christ Church, Lancaster,
and Christ Church, Middlesex. The register of the latter is
printed in this book.
The vestry-book of Christ Church, Middlesex, beginning
in 1663 and ending in 1767, which is now preserved at the 'Episcopal
Theological Seminary, Alexander county, Va., shows that a Mr.
Morris was minister from 1663 to 1666. He was succeeded in
1668 by Rev. John Shepherd, who at the time of his death in
1683, is described by his vestry as "our late worthy minister."
In November of that year Major-General Robert Smith, one of
the vestry, who had been commissioned to procure a minister,
returned from England, bringing with him Rev. Duell Pead.
This clergyman served the parish acceptably for seven years and then
returned to England, where, it is believed, he became rector of
Newland, St. Lawrence, Essex. Rev. Mathew Lidford, Mr. Pead's
successor in 1692, only lived about a year, and was in turn followed
by Rev. Samuel Gray, a most unworthy minister, who was tried
for his life, for causing the death of one of his slaves by a severe
whipping. This, it is presumed, caused his resignation or
expulsion, as in 1699 the minister was Rev. Robert Yates, who
continued until 1703 or 1704, when he returned to England in ill
health. He appears to have been esteemed by his vestry, who
continued his salary for some time in hope of his return. In
1704 he was succeeded by his son Bartholomew Yates, B. A.,
Brasenose College, Oxford, 1698, who continued to be the much
loved and trusted incumbent, until his death on July 26, 1734.
He was also a visitor and professor of William and Mary College.
A tomb erected by his parishioners at Christ Church, bears tetimony
to the high regard in which he was held. Rev. John Klug
succeeded to Mr. Yates in 1767, and, it is believed,
continued until his death in 1795. He is represented to have
been a pious and efficient minister.
The church now standing in the parish was built in
1712, and succeeded one, on the same spont, which was ordered to be
built in 1666.
Bishop Meade says of the parish: "This being an
early settlement, lying on one of hte finest rivers in Virginia, and
near the bay, we might expect to find here many of the ancestors of
some of the most respectable families of Virginia. As the
vestrymen were chosen from the leading citizens of each parish, we
shall give, in the order in which they appear on the vestry-book for
more than a hundred years, a full list of all who served the parish
in that capacity. Those who have any acquaintance with the
Virginia families, and with many who have dispersed themselves
throughout the West and South, will readily trace great numbers to
the parish of which we are treating. For the sake of brevity,
we shall only mention the surnames. Corgin, Perrott,
Chewning, Potter, Vause, Weeks, Willis, Cock, Curtis, Smith, Dudley,
Thacker, Skipwith, Beverley, Wrmeley, Jones, Miller, Scarborough,
Woodley, 5th; Corbin, 3; Smith, 4th; Brymes,
2d; Stanard, wd; Reid, Carter, 2d; Elliott, Miles,
Montague, Grymes, 3; Nelson, Smith,4th."
The register here printed, was, together with the
vestry-book, among those collected by Bishop Meade, and
deposited in the Episcopal Theological Seminary, where it now is.
The Virginia Society of Colonial Dames is indebted to the trustees
of the Seminary for permission to bring the register to Richmond for
the purpose of copying.
The copy here printed was made by one of the Virginia
Dames, Mrs. Sally Nelson Robins, of Richmond, and compared
with the original, and verified by Messrs. Edward W. James
and William G. Stanard.
PARISH REGISTER, MIDDLESEX COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
Novembr: the 19th. 1663.
At a Vestry held for the
parish of Lancaster at the House of Mr. Henry Corgin & c.
Whereas it doth apeare that there is an Act of Assembly
Injoyning all Parishes to keep a perfect Register of all
Christenings, Burialls and marriages, as by the said act will more
at large appeare, In obedience whereunto we the Vestry of Lancaster
parish being the Major part of us now mett together Doe hereby
Authorize and appoint Mr Henry Corgin to keepe a true
Register of Every thing Required by the Said Act for this Ensuing
year and it is further agreed that Every Vestry man shall take the
Charge of the said Register for a whole yeare, if a Clerk be not
provided in the Interim.
Register of Christ Church Parish
|1671 &c. CHRISTENINGS &c
|The Age of Severall Negroes of
Mr Richd Perrott
|July 22th 1673 Doodis Minor's
|Mr. Reeves three negros were
Entered July 6th 1672
|An accot of Christenings and
ages of Children for the yeare 1680 &c.
|An Accompt of Christenings &
Ages of Children For the Yeare 1681
|Christenings ffor hte Year 1681
An Accompt of Christenings ffor the Yeare 1682
|BURIALLS - 1678
|1681 WEDDINGS OR MARRIAGES &c
|WEDDINGS OR MARRIAGES 1685 &c
|CHRISTENINGS 1682 &c.
|CHRISTENINGS - 1683 & 1684
|CHRISTENINGS - 1684 &c.
|CHRISTENINGS - 1685 &c.
|WEDDINGS OR MARRIAGES 1686
|BURIALLS - 1686
|CHRISTENINGS - 1685 1686
|1686 CHRISTENED &c
|WEDDINGS OR MARRIAGES 1687
|BURIALS - 1687 - VIZt
|CHRISTENINGS - 1688 &c
|BURIALSS - 1688
|CHRISTENINGS - 1689 & 1690
|CHRISTENINGS - 1693 & 1694
|CHRISTENINGS - 1694 & 1695
|CHRISTENINGS - 1695 &c
Madam ffrances Wormeley
the wife of Collo Christopr Wormeley Esqr,
Departed this Life on the 25th of May 1685 & was buried at home.
In theire Garden the next Day following being 26th of May 1685.
Mrs Martha Boodle Departed this Life
10th and was buried 12th July 1685.
Thomas Allen (Smith of this County) Departed
this Life 10th of Augt 1685 being the same Day whereon he
was Married to Lucy Blake & Dyed before night and was buried
ye next day following.
Mr John Batcheldor Departed this Life 4th Xemb &
was Buried at home the 7th Xemb 1685.
Anthony Barlow Departed this Life 12th Xemb. and
was buried at home ye 15th Xemb. 1685.
Matthew Bentley Departed this Life 8th of
January & was buried 11th of January 1685.
Mrs. Agatha Robinson wife of Mr. Christopr
Robinson Departed this Life 25th of January 1685/6 & was buried
27th January 1685/6
John Dawd, Cooper & Servant to Major Robert
Bevereley Departed this Life 17th of Septemb 1686.
Thomas Beverely the Sone of Major Robert
Beverelly and Madam Katherine his Wife Departed this Life 20th
of September 1686 and was buried at the Lower chapll In
the Ile 22th September 1686.
Rachell Dewd the Wife of Richard Dewd
Departed this Life ye 29th of July 1681, and was buried in the
Church Yard of our Lower Chpall ye 30th July 1681.
Elizabeth Poticarie Servt Tho
Dudley died ye po Sept & was buried 2th 1681.
William Allen Departed this Life 4th of Septemb
1681 & was buried in ye Lower Chapll Church yard ye next
day following being 5th 9br 1681.
William Watson Departed this Life
6th Xemb. & was buried in the Church yard of the great Church 8th of
Xemb - 1681.
Henry Stalker Departed this Life 12th Xemb. 1681
& was buried next day.
Robert Stephens Departed this Life 21th of Jan'y
1681 & buried 23th following.
Henry Chichley Kt. & his Majts Deputy Governor
of Virginia Departed this Life on Munday morning Early being 5th of
ffebuary 1682/3 & was Buried in Christ church Chancell Middlesex
County neare the Comunion Table 9th of ffebuary 1682/3 following &c.
John Hunten Dyed at Major Beverley's &
was buried there 23th day of febr. 1682/3
Mr. John Sheppard, Minister of this parish
Departed this Life 30th of June 1683 about 5 or 6 of ye Clock
afternoone & was buried in ye Great Church at ye head of ye Ile on
ye Second day of July following &c.
Elizabeth Stamper ye Wife of Jno. Stamper
departd this life 29th Aprill 1683.
Thomas Williams ye husband of Bridgt
departd this Life 20th Xemb 1683 and was buried in ye Great
Churchyard 23th Xemb. 1683.
John Smith Servant to Collo Chr Wormeley Esqr
Departed this Life 10th March & was buried the 11th of March 1683/4.
Capt Henry Creyke Departed this Life po
June & buried at home 6th June 1684.
Amie Orphan Departed this Life 26th June & was
buried ye po July 1684.
John Slanter Departed this Life ye 18th & was
buried 19th of August 1684.
William Young Departed this Life 26th & was buried 28th
of Sept. at Ed. Dockey.
Mrs. Mary Bentley the wife of Mr. Matthew
Bentley Departed this Life ye 27th of Septemb. & was buried 29th
of Septemb. 1684.
Mr. Humphrey Jones Departed this Life 16th & was
buried 20th of Octob. 1684.
Margaret Ashton Departed this Life 24th & was
Buried 28th of March 1684.
The Honerable Lady Madam Katherine Wormeley Wife
to the Honble Ralph Wormley Esqr
Departed this Life 17th of May 1685 & was buried in the Chancell of
the Great Church betweene ye Honble ***** Chickley & ***
Daughter of John and Mary Batcheldor baptz Sept.
Sarah Daught of Jno.
and Mary Batcheldor born
Rebecca Daughter of Jno.
& Mary Batcheldr was borne Octor 2th 1658.
William Sone of Jno. &
Mary Batcheldr was Born July 22th 1667 of a Munday
betweene one and two of Clock.
Thomas Sone of Richard & Marg
Williams Baptz Sept 22th 1670.
Sarah Daughter of Jno.
& Jane Watts was Baptz Octobr 30th 1670.
Sarah Daughter of James &
Mary Hopkins baptz October 30th 1670.
Ann Daughter of Richd
and Anne Robinson baptz Novr 20th 1670.
William Sone of Wm
and Eliza Wood was baptz
July 17th 1670.
Sarah Williams was Baptized
the 5th of March 1670.
Alice the Daughter of Tho.
and Margt Weatherby baptz March 20th 1670.
Clemt the Sone of Mary
Sanders was Christened the 16th of Aprll 1671.
Aliza Daughter of
Daniell & Mary Banbry was Christ" Aprll 16th 1671.
Sone frances Porter and Lucy the Daughter of John and Jone
Blake was Christened the 7th of May 1671.
Ann the Daughter of Tho. and Eliz"
Conaway Christnd May 20th
Micoll the Daught of Jno. and Jone Blake was
born Sept. 13th 1658.
Sarah Daughter of the above said was born Aprill
George the sone of the ab. sd. the 8th of March,
Dianah Daughter of the ab. sd. borne 11th
Eliz" Daughter of ye ab. sd. was born 19th Sept.
Jone the Datr of the ab. sd. was born
10th of No" 1664.
Lucy the Dr of the ab. sd. was Christnd
the 7th of May 16**.
Being the age of seven Children of John and Jone
Blake above said &c.
Jone the Daughter of Thomas
and Grace Shoare and Amey the Daughter of Ralph and
Margt Smith were baptz Augt
Andrew the Some of William and Presilla Watson born feb
Erasmus the son of John and Barbara Allin Christnd
Sept 10th 1671.
Sarah Daughter of Richard and Margt Williams
Christnd Octobr 22th 1671.
Mary Daughter of David and Joane Allinson Christnd
Octobr 29th 1671.
Bryan the son of Bryan and Hannah Harkins born feb 20th 1663.
Cornelius the sone of ye afores'd Bryan & Hannah Harkins
was born August the 25th 1666.
William the sone of Wm. and Presilla Watson
was born Janr 17th 1671.
Cussandra ye Daughter of Jno. Sutton & Eliza
Ellis Christnd Decembr 25th 1671.
frances Daughter of frances and Erasmus Withers Chrd
March 17th 1671.
Edward the sone of Edward Michaell Christened April 28th
Edward the son of Thomas Williams and Bridgt Catt
May 19th 1672.
Richard Rumiger Servant to Mr. Robert Chowning Drowned
in his Creek Decembr the 12th 1660.
Alice Daughter of Tho. and Mary Tugwell Dyed & was buried
November the 22th 1660.
John Wilch dyed and was Buried 30th 1660.
Thomas Butterfield M. Boswel's Servant Dyed Decembr
Arthur M. Vaus man Dyed Jan' 1st 1660/1.
William Owen Servt to Henry Corbin Dyed July
Matthew Booker Servant to Mr Jno. Vause was
drowned May 26th 1661.
James Poynter Serv't to Mr Perrott Dyed Augst
William Green Servant to Mr Perrott Dyed Augst
Richard Travars Servant to Mr Perrott
Dyed Augst 30th 1661.
Rich'd Woodcock Servant to Mr Boswell Dyed
Octobr 10th 1661.
Alice Ripinge Servant to Mr. Boswell Dyed July
Mr Shereefes Servant to Mr Corgin Dyed Octobr 11th 1661.
John Gibbor Servant to Mr. Corgin Dyed
Decembbr 2th 1661
John Ballard Servant to Mr.
Christor Withnell Dyed ffebr 20th 1661.
John Thomas Servant to Mr.
Thacker, Dyed March 5th, 1662.
Hugh Williams Servant to Mr.
Curtis Dyed July th
Dorcas Stamper the wife of John
Stamper Dyed July 16th 1667
John Smyth Husband to Margt Smyth
Dyed Decembr 16th 1669
Capt. Wormley's Wife's Son Aylmer
Dyed the 16th and was Buried the 18th of January In the Chancell
near the South end of ye Communion Table 1669.
Mary wife to Tho. Reenes and her Sone
were Buried in ye Alley Novembr 27th (neare her Pew) 1669.
William Hill was Buried in the Church Yard
ffebruary 12th 1669.
Edward Thompson was Buried in the Entering into
ye Chancell May 21th 167_.
Lettice Corbin the Daughter of
Henry Corbin Esqr was born and Christened the 25th Day of ____
Alice Corbin Daughter of Henry Corbin Esqr
was borne halfe an houre after five o'clock in the evening Feby 14th
Robert Chowning Sone of Robert and Jone
Chowning was Christened ffebruary 23th 1660. Born 4th of
Mary Willis Daughter of Tho. and Mary Willis
Christened ffebr 23th 1660.
Thomas Willis Sone of Tho. and Mary Willis
was born Sept. 8th 1660.
Ellianor Willis Daughter of Tho. & Mary
Willis borne Aprill 18th 1655.
Richard Willis Sone of Tho. and Mary
Willis borne Novembr 24th 1658.
John Willis Sone of Tho. and Mary Willis
borne Novembr 24th 1658.
Elizabeth Daughter of Tho. and Maragt
Williams Christd Aprll 4th 1661.
Katherine Daughter of Abraham and Millicent Weekes
christened the 15th of December 166_.
Winifrid Corbin daughter of Henry and Alice Corbin was
borne the 3d Day of Novembr at 12 a Clock at night, and Christnd the
12th of Aprill 1662.
George the Sone of Jno. and ffrances Hazlewood borne
Diana Vause Daughter of Jno. and Ann Vause Christened
Aprill 9th 1662.
Henry the sone of Henry and Eltonhead Thacker
was borne the 9th Day of August 1663.
Ann Daughter of Henry and Alice Corbin
was borne ffebr 9th and was Christened the 29th of the same Month
Henry Son of Henry and Alice Corbin ffebr
12th At one a Clock in the Morning and was Christened on Easter
Tuesday March 22th, 1667.
Mary the Daughter of Andrew and Sarah
Williamson was Borne the ffirst Day of Novembr about 3 a Clock
in the After Noone 1669.
Ann Daughter of David and Jone Allinson
was borne March 12th 1665.
The age of 3
children of William Y Elton head Stanard:
Eltonhead Stanard was borne 2th of Septembr
Sarah Yates by marriage Sarah Stanard was
borne 12th of July 1680.
William Stanard was borne 15th of ffebruary
Ann the Illegitimate Daughter of George
Anderton by Sarah was baptized p. Mr. Pead
7th of March 1683/4
Walter the Illegimate Son of Walter Lewis
by Jane Burk baptized p. Mr. Pead 6th of Aprill 1684.
The age of 4 children of Alexandr & Mary
Ann Murrey was borne the 12th of Aprill 1673.
Mary Murrey was borne the 22th of
Rebecca Murrey was born the
28th of Octbr 1676
Francis the sone of ffrancis
& Eliza Dodson born 15th of July 1684.
Ann Smith Daughter of Anthony Smith & Ann
his wife borne the 10 day of July, and baptized 11th of August 1678.
Elizabeth Lee Daughter of Tho. and Eliza
Lee baptized 11th of Augst. 1678.
John Atwood Sone of James and Mary
Atwood was borne the 14th of July 1678, and was baptised 22th of
Thomas Jones Sone of Tho. & Mary Jones
baptz 33th of Novemb. 1678.
Richard Daniell sone of William & Jochebed
Daniell was borne Sept. 30th 1678.
John Lee Sone of Major Richard
Lee and Madn Lettice Lee
his wife was baptized 3th of Xember 1678.
George Davis the Sone of George &
Susanna Davis baptz 22th Xemb 1678.
Sarah Clay Daughter of George and Sarah Clay
borne 4th Xemb and was baptized 2th of ffebruary 1678.
Margret Askew Daughter of Richd
and Eliza Askew baptx 2th Janry
Christopher Sutton Son of Jno and
Eliza Sutton borne ffebry 27th 1678.
Mary Hill Daughter of Tho. & Ann Hill was
borne the 14th of ffebruary and baptized the 6 of Aprill 1678.
Dianah Young the Daughter of William and
Johanr Young borne the 19th of ffebruary 1678
and was baptised 6th of Aprill 1678.
Richard Allen the Sone of Richd and Ann Allen
borne 17th Janry 1678 and Baptized 13th of Aprill 1679.
Gerrat Minor the Sone of Doodis and Eliza
Minor was Baptized 13th of Aprill 1679.
Eliabeth Mins the Daughter of Thomas and Ann
Mins borne the 29th of March, and baptized 11th May 1679.
Mary Colless the Daughter of Ambr's and
Elizabeth Colless was borne the 25th of Aprill and baptized 18th
of May 1679.
John Burk the Sone of Jno & Jane
Burk borne 16th of Augst 1678 and baptized 18th of
Elizabeth Tuydey Daughter of Eliz. Tudey
borne March 24th 1678 baptz Apr 20th 1679.
Elizabeth Norman Daughter of Henry & Ann
Norman borne 29th May 1679 and baptized 15th June Ditto yeare.
Daughter of Wm. & Loretta Burnet borne 14th May
baptz 15th June 1679.
Susanna Gess Daughter of William and Eliza
Guess borne 7th Apr Baptz 13th July 1679.
Robena Hughs Daughter of Jno & Eliza Hughes
borne 30th July baptz 31th August 1679.
Sarah the Daughter of Peter & Ellinor
Brunwell was baptized 2th
Sarah the Daughter of Peter & Ellinor
Brunwell was baptized 2th of November 1679.
Joseph Micham Sone of John & Micall
Micham borne 17th Octobr baptz 23th Novr 1679.
John & Elizabeth Patre the Sone and Daughter of
Matthew & Eliza Patre baptz 7th Xmb.
Ann Thomas Daughter of Robert
and Ancoretta Thomas baptized 21th Xemb. 1679.
Margaret the Daughter of Andrew and
Sarah Williamson borne 16th of August 1679 and
baptized 25th Xemb. 1679.
Robert Smith Sone of Tho. &
Eliz. Smith baptz 18 Janry 1679.
Thomas Stacey Sone of Tho.
& Eliza Stacey baptz ffebr 18th 1679.
Mary Daughter of Wm &
Eliza Wood baptz 22th feb 1679.
Katherine Wormeley Daughter of Capt.
Ralph Wormeley Esq was Baptz 4th March
Winifrid Seager Daughter of Randolph &
Mary Seager baptz Mar 14th 1679.
Elizabeth Basket Dautr Jno.
& Eliza Basket baptz 14th March 1679.
Jno. Charles Richman Son of Tho.
and Eliza Richman borne 30th Janr 1679.
Winifrid Nichols Dar of
Henry & Alice Nichols baptz 14 feb.
An accot of Christenings and ages of Children for the
yeare 1680 &c.
Elizabeth Weatherston the Daughter
of Thomas & Elizabeth Weatherstone was baptised at the Lower
Chappell p Mr Sheppard the 28th of March.
Mary Slanter the Daughter of John and Sarah
Slanter was borne 4th of March 1679, and baptized 28th of March
Dorothy Long the Wife of Daniel Long aged
yeares was Baptized at the Upper Chappell p. Mr
Shepard 4th of Aprill, the above yeare.
Ann Petty the Daughter of Maxamilian and
Christian Petty was borne the 25th of March and was Baptized at
home p. Mr Sheppard 11th of Aprill.
Elizabeth Jones the Daughter of Thomas and Mary
Jones was baptz 2th of May.
Mary Slanter the Daughter of
Anthony and Dorothy Slanter was baptz 25th Ap".
Joseph Humphrys the Sone of John and Ann
Humphrys baptz 9th of May.
Johannah Bristow the Daughter of
Jno and Michall Bristow baptz 9th May.
Ann Mason the Daughter of Josiah and Eliza
Mason Baptized 30th of May.
James Williams the Sone of John and Mary
Williams baptized 6th of June.
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