There is something very important going on historically that I want to let you know about. The Elk Run Church site has been donated to the St. Stephens Episcopal Church and a preservation committee has been formed. The church was built in the 1750s and was the first church in Hamilton Parish. Rev. James Keith was the first minister and is said to be buried under the chancel (along with some church silver!). The building itself has completely disappeared over the years, but archaological excavation was begun last fall and is continuing. A website has been created for this project and it is extremely interesting. The address is http://home.us.net/~elkrun/. Part of the plan is to gather all historical and genealogical information available on this area of the county and publish it to the site. The time period of interest is from the early 1700s when the first inhabitants of this area began to appear through 1759 when the county was formed. This would tie in with the Fauquier Project that you have posted information about on your web site. Phylis Scott.Visit the
The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy had printed two articles on Fauquier County, Virginia Church records. I HIGHLYrecommend you review these two publications.
Rev. Bruce's register is (was ?) located at the County Library in Culpeper. I'm afraid what you are looking for predates Rev. Bruce's tenure. This minister covered Baptist churches of the Shiloh Association in Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison Counties. There are several entries listing Fauquier as the residence of the bride or groom. If the ceremony occured in Fauquier, which it doesn't appear to have been so, it would be recorded in the county register for the years in question.
This "register" is really a log of monies received for filing the return to the counties. There were over 480 such marriages performed by Rev. Silas between 1832 and 1881.
There is a 1975 compilation, "The Church Register of Rev. Silas M. Bruce for 1832-1881", prepared by Robert A. Hodge for the Germanna Community College in Locust Grove, VA. A copy of this is at the Akron Public Library here in Ohio and I'm sure it is available elsewhere as well. Hope this helps... Jim Ball
1832: Bealeton Baptist Church organized by Elders Broadus and Stringfellow. The latter was the first pastor.Jeanne Barton
The first Baptist church in Fauquier was Broad Run Baptist Church, 3 Dec 1762, with ten members: Edmund Hayes, Peter Cornwall, Joshua Dodson, Thomas Dodson, William Stamps, Elizabeth Hayes, Sara Cornwell, Ruth Dodson, Elizabeth Dodson and Betty Bennett. The first church house was situated on Barker's Branch, near Broad Run, and was used until 1798 when a new church was built on the same site. The present site, near New Baltimore, was devised tothe congregation by Wm Hunton in 1838, at which time a church was already standing on the property. Other early Baptist churches - Thumb Run, near Orlean, 1772; Goose Creek near Upperville 1775; Long Branch near Halfway, 1776; Goose Creek At Farrowsville (Markham) 1799. Source; Fauquier County, Viriginia 1759-1959; Fauquier Bicentennial Committee.Jeanne Barton
A paper noted in a mass of unarranged old papers of all kinds, existing amide dirt and rubbish, in a general storage room of the county clerk's ofice at Warrenton, Virginia.
"To the Worshipful Court of Fauqr, County---
The petition of us the Subscribers Sheweth, that we Being Desenters bearing the Denomination of Baptists & desireing to Worship God According to the Best light that we have in Holy Scriptures, and the Dictates of Our Consciences, Humbly Prayeth that your Worships would be Pleased to grant us liberty To meet to gether for the worship of God in our way the Prosecution of what We Believe to be Duty at the Meeting House Built for that Purpose on a Tenement of Land Occupied by Burr Harrison, and Also would beg leave futher to Pray that the same might be Entred on record And a Certificate thereof might be granted to the Barer of these Presents and Also that our Brother John Monroe might be Permitted to Qualify according to Law for the Attending on us with the Preaching of the Gospels And the Administrations of the Ordinances. And your petitioers as in our duty will Pray for you worship &c. "Burr Harrison "Alexa Holton "John Pepper John Hitt Matthew Smith Jeffrey Johnson William Hollen James Winn John Oldham James Winn Sam Pepper Joseph Neavel Dawson burgess John Elliot James Neavel William Elliot Richd Oldham John Wright Geo. Bennett Henry Snider, Jun William Hammon Richd Oldhan Junr Thomas Elliott (and others). William Lain" Tyler's Quarterly Magazine, page 329.
The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 26, Nov 1988, No. 4, p. 284. They published the Minutes from 1762-1783. The article says the Church was constituted Dec 3, 1762. A few years ago while searching thru a microfilm of misc data about Fauquier Co. at the LDS Family History Center, I found an article entitled "SAINT'S HILL CABIN". The article is more about the history of a tract of land, but the first page reads:
The log part of the house is most interesting. It was built in two sections; the oldest which is now used as the kitchen has the lovely old beamed ceiling and wide boards in floor which Peter Cornwell put there in 1745. The new part is frame, and while adding to the comfort, detracts decidedly from the looks. The center hall , which runs between the two log parts, has doors opening opposite each other, and is indeed a delightful retreat on a hot day. In 1745, Peter J. Cornwell, a pious Baptist preacher, built a log house on land which later was owned by the Carter family. Peter established a Baptist church at Little Georgetown and it is to this church than Nancy Hanks is said to have belonged. Petere Cornwell was so renowned for his piety that the land on which he lived was called "Saints Hill", and the name still survives.
Broad Run Baptist Church, Fauquier County. An entry on page 1 of Minute Book, 1762-1873, states that the church was organized December 3, 1762, by ten persons named in this entry.
21226 Minute Book, 1762-1873 157 leaves, photostat (also Misc These minutes cover the period from December 3, 1762, to January 1873. The problems of the times are Reel 472) are mentioned. The church was destroyed during the Civil War. A children's register, 1763-1777, giving the names fathers, appears on pages 153-155. Membership lists appear on pages 2-7, complete to August 1769. and there are also lists for 1785, 1804, 1817, 1838, 1854, 1872. The membership lists are unusually full and informative. In addition, there appear in the body of the minutes names of persons received for baptism or dismissed "to the South" and to the "Western States." Deaths of prominent members are noted.
Carter's Run Baptist Church Constituted in 1769 minute book covers 1816-1850 membership list on 97-105 #29806 on misc. reel 436 at Virginia Archives. Thomas Kendall
Carter's Run Baptist Church, Fauquier County. Vol 1 A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 17. Book # 975.5 - K23c CARTER'S RUN BAPTIST CHURCH, FAUQUIER COUNTY. 1 Vol
Carter's Run Church was constituted in 1769. Early records have been lost and the volume described below, found only with in recent years, and was in a bad state of repair. See "Carter's Run, Mother Church, in the Virginia Baptist Church Register, No. 2 (1963): 8629806 MINUTE BOOK, 1816-1850 (105) pages, microfilm (on Misc Reel 436) These minutes cover the period from October 1816 to January 1850. They are quite bried. However it is recorded that dissension occured with the development of the "Old School" movement, resulting in a split in the membership. After those opposing the movement who comprised the majority lost the meeting to the Old School member, they built a new church on Piney Mountain. A membership list about 1843 appears on pages 97-105.
Elk Run Baptist Church1822: Elk Run Baptist Church constituted, renamed Zoar in 1837 (Bristersburg). Jeanne Barton
Enon Baptist Church 18381838: Enon Baptist Church constituted, located four miles sw of Salem, on Carter's Run. The first pastor was George Love.
Goose Creek Near Upperville - 17754 Feb 1775: Goose Creek Baptist Church (sometimes called Upper Goose Creek, not to be confused with Goose Creek Church near Markham) organized near Upperville. This church later rebuilt in the town of Upperville and renamed Upperville Baptist Church (now the Primitive Baptist Church).  Jeanne Barton
Goose Creek at Farrowsville(Markham) 1799 - 17991799: Goose Creek Baptist Church at Farrowsville (Markham) orgainzed. From this church Pleasant Vale was organized. Jeanne Barton
Goose Creek at Farrowsville(Markham) 1799 - 1799
Grove Baptist Church - 18111811: Grove Baptist Church organized at Goldvein by 55 members from Hartwood Church. Jeanne Barton
I got this phone number of Grove Baptist Church off Rt. 813 old Rt. 17. If anyone is interested in Grove Baptist Church, maybe calling this number would help you obtain information of church members and cemetery listing. 1-540-752-5806 June
Grove Baptist ChurchDeath Records1811-1899
Hedgman River Baptist ChurchThere was also the Hedgman's River Baptist Church, originall located in southern Fauquier in the late 1770s until the new meeting house was built on the Culpeper side of the Rappahannock near Kelly's Ford. It was an offshoot of the Carter's Run Baptist Church a little further north. Prominent families attending were Pickett, Blackwell, Hopper, Craig, and Hickerson. John Hickerson was pastor of Hedgman's from 1790-1809. The church is now called Jeffersonton Baptist Church of Culpeper County. Have a great day! Thomas Kendall
Long Branch Baptist Church near Halfway, 1776;1776: Long Branch Baptist Church established by Elder John Monroe of Salem (now Marshall). The present building was erected about 1795. Jeanne Barton
Is this the same as the Long Branch written by John Gott?
Long Branch Baptist Church
History of Long Branch Baptist Church - Fauquier County, Virginia, From Centenial History by Rev. Wayland F. Dunaway, D.D. (1786-1886) and Sesquicentennial History by Rev. C. Wirt Trainham (1886-1936) Revised and Extended by John K. Gott, Richardmond, Virginia, The Williams Printing Co., 1967
Old School Baptist Church
See Carter's Run Baptist Church Mount Hope Baptist Church"A Brief History of Mt. Holly Baptist Church" by the Rev. C.W. Brooks, prepared for the Church's centennial service on October 20, 1935, where he outlines the founding of the church and each minister the church had. The first being the Rev. Thornton Stringfellow, who served as pastor from 1833 to 1848. This booklet is full of interesting facts, but I'll only quote this one paragraph on him and the church for those who are interested..."The Elder Stringfellow was ordained to the ministry in Grove Church on December 11, 1813. His first pastorate after his ordination was at Jefferson Church, where he preached from 1815 to 1818. In 1816 he was called to Grove Church where he preached until 1838, a period of 22 years. It was in this period of his ministry at Grove - in 1833 - that he organized a church at Providence in Culpeper County, and this church was later moved to Fauquier County and its name changed in 1850 to Mt. Holly. This church seems to have been the object of his special affection and love. In the same year, 1833, he organized the Stevensburg Church and became its first pastor".Thornton Stringfellow was born March 6, 1788, the youngest of a family of ten children. He was the son of Robert Stringfellow of Liberty Hill, Fauquier County, three miles west of Grove Church. Joyce Wolfe
Pleasant Vale Baptist Church, Fauquier County. 1 Vol
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 44. Book # 975.5 - K23c PLEASANT VALE BAPTIST CHURCH
The title page of Minute Book 1799-1851, states that the Church was constituted 24 November 1799 at Goose Creek and named Upper Goose Creek Church. In 1845 its name was changed to Pleasant Vale Church. It is generally understood to have been formed from Carter's Run Church.25156 Minute Book, 1799-1851 78 leaves, phostat These minutes cover the period from November 24, 1799, to February 1, 1851. They are well written and business like, consistently recording the problems and concerns of the church. Following the minutes are records of contributions, other financial records, subscription lists and membership lists. The latter appear on pages 142-150.
Potomac Baptist Association1856: Potomac Baptist Association, embracing the Baptist Churches of Fauquier County, organized by the union of the Columbia and Salem-Union Associations at Pleasant Vale Church near Markham. [I'm thinking Columbia may suggest a District of Columbia -Washington, D.C. - connection] Jeanne Barton
SHILOH BAPTIST ASSOCIATION CULPEPR AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES. 2 Volumes.
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 44. Book # 975.5 - K23
This association was organized as Culpeper Association in 1792 by a group of churces formerly members of the Orange Association. Its name was changed from Shiloh in 1812. Surrounding counties represented are Madison, Fauquier, Orange, Shenandoah, and Rappahannock. Greene and Albemarle were added later24747 MINUTE BOOK, 1807-1833 171 leaves, photostatThese minutes cover the period from October 2, 1807, to August 30, 1833. They are well written and thoroughly organized.These minutes cover the period from September 5, 1834, to August 29, 1850. They are quite lengthy. For each session data concerning churches, their locations, pastors, delegates, and statistical reports are tabulated. A summary report for years 1807-1847 (pp 214, 215) includes dates and locations of meetings and moderators, preachers of introductory sermons, writers of circular letters, number of churches, number baptized by each church, and total numbers of members. Beginnning in 1844 the clerk of each church and his post address were listed.
SILAS BRUCE, CULPEPER, FAUQUIER, MADISON, AND RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTIES
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 62. Book # 975.5 - K2326415 MARRIAGE REGISTER, 1832-1881 50 LEAVES PHOTOSTAT The Reverand Silas Bruce who served as the pastor of several of the churches in the area indicated, especially Carter's Run in Fauquier County. (See the Virginia Baptist Register), no 2 (1963) 68.) (Pages i-v) list baptismal statistics without names compiled for some of the churches by Elder Bruce. The marriage register beginning on page 1, list named of the couples, where the marriages took place, and fees paid. Beginning in 1854, additional information is recorded for each couple as required by law after the Bureau of Vital Statistics was established in 1853: age of each, place of birth, residence, names of parents and occupation of husband.
Thumb Run Baptist Church - 17721772: Thumb Run Baptist Church (first called the Manor Church) organized by Elders Daniel and William Fristoe. Jeanne Barton
Thumb Run Subscribers formerly Baptist Meeting at Broad Run in County of Fauquier & Colony of Virginia 9 Sep 1771; Signatures: John Rogers, Joseph Barbee, Peter Laurence, Clement Norman, Angus Cameron, Elizabeth Utterback, Jemmyma Norman, Peggy Wine, Catharine Shaw, Elizabeth ??, John Riley, Richard Martin, George Bailey, Jacob Utterback, William Allen, Matthew Neale, John Randol, James Jett, John Hambrick, Stephen Bailey, Ann Rogers, Lubina Weaver, Eleaner Jett, Catharine Duncan, Jael Riley, Phebe Bailey, Milner Strother, Elizabeth Dearing, Hannah Johnston, Elizabeth Camron, Elizabeth Barbee, Sarah Jett, Frances Allen, Letticia Ship, Molly Neale, Elizabeth Eliot, Sarah Bailey, Nancy Hambrick, Nancy Randoll, Susanah Hanley, Knie Garret, Nancy Bailey, Jane Moreley, Peggy Hailey, Nancy Hailey<>P>
[I copied the above many years ago on a trip to Richmond. I didn't note the location of the records, but it would have been either the Archives of the Library of Virginia or the University of Richmond, which has records for several early Baptist Churches. The above two paragrahps contributed by Joan Hackett
Mt Holly (Providence) Baptist Church 18331833: Mt Holly (Providence) Baptist Church organized by Broadus and Stringfellow - Stringfellow first pastor.
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 52. Book # 975.5 - K23c Thumb Run Primitive Baptist Church, Fauquier County. 1 Vol.
Thumb Run was first known as the Manor, from the Manor of Lord Fairfax, who gave the land for the meetinghouse. It was constituted in 1771 by persons formerly of the Broad Run Church. The name was changed at a later date/29813 MINUTE BOOK, 1771-1890 368 PAGES. MICROFILM (On Misc Reel 322)These minutes cover the period from April 4, 1772 to October 3, 1890. This volvume includes minutes entered consistently with few breaks. Apparently the church became "Old School" in the 1830's. Membership list appear on pages 3, 4 (subscribers to the Covenant), 172, 351-357. No adequate membership lists appear, but from time to time long lists of persons attending church conferences are recorded, and later years periodic subscription lists are entered. Some deaths are also entered.
Add - Rev Charles W. Brooks (baptist) Mt Holly Baptist church - J. Edwards
South Run Baptist ChurchFrom personal research I know that the South Run Baptist Church existed near the crossroads of State Routes 738 & 721. This was close to the "Poorhouse" South of Marshall, near what used to be Jett's Mill. All records, and the structure itself, have not existed for decades. But we shouldn't forget that it was once there!Tom in N. C. Thomas Kendall
Upperville Baptist Chruch (Second)- 1833Jeanne Barton
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 55. Book # 975.5 - K23c Upperville Baptist Church, Fauquier County. 2 Vols.
According to information on page 4 of Minute Book, 1775-1860, the church was organized February 4, 1775. The Covenant and subscribers thereto are recorded.20785 MINUTE BOOK, 1775-1860 69 LEAVES, PHOTOSTATThese minutes cover the period from March 3, 1775, to January 1842. Entries for some twenty years we3re abstracted from an earlier record book, but under what circumstances is not revealed. A second pagination follows page 36. The July 4, 1825, session records that the name Goose Creek was altered and "is now called the Church at Upperville." The minutes are not entered systematically, and later entries appear to be loose papers laid in. The date 1860 refers to data added to the membership lists after other records ceased being kept. Membership lists appear on pages 11-26. 26760 MINUTE BOOK, 1800-1809 42 LEAVES XEROXThese minutes cover the period from March 1802 to June 3, 1809. The records here are additional entries which were not included in Minute Book, 1775-1860. Several dismissals refer to persons going to Kentucky.
Upperville Baptist Church (Primitive)- 183824 Feb 1838: Upper Broad Run Baptist Church (Primitive) organized near Little Georgetown by members who withdrew from Broad Run Baptist Church at New Baltimore on 10 Jun 1837. Jeanne Barton
Warrenton Baptist Church 18491849: Warrenton Baptist Church organized in the "school room of Miss Swift.
Marshall Presbyterian Church, Fauquier County, Virginia
A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library Compiled by Jewell T. Clark and Elizabeth Terry Long. page 220. Book # 975.5 - K23c This church was organized in 1849, was originally Salem Presbyterian Chruch. The name was changed to Marshall when the name of the town was changes from Salem to Marshall. The church was discolved in 1949. 25949 - Session Book, 1883-1945 32 leaves, mimeograph of typescript
These minutes cover the period from May 13, 1883, to March 29, 1945. The items here are abstracts of the original sessional records. There are only two short membership rolls. At the end are brief biographical sketches of ministers who had served the church, showing places of origin, including Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas and West Virginia
Prince William County, Virginia
Dettingen Parish (Prince William County, Virginia: Episcopal). Vestry Book 1745-1802. Salt Lake City: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1947. 1 microfilm reel 35 mm. LDS CALL NUMBER FILM AREA 0031089 NOTES Microfilm of photocopy of original records at the Virginia State Library in Richmond.Contents The parish vestry was required by law to perform many civil governmental functions, such as land processioning, taxation, taking care of the poor, guardianship of orphans, road repair, etc.The descendants for several generations were given for Burr Harrison who was born in England in 1637 to Cuthbert Harrison. This information was taken from Overwharton Parish. Overwharton Parish is in Stafford County. Hamilton Parish is now in Fauquier County but before 1745 covered also Prince William County.Contains 2 pages from Hamilton Parish 1749, descendants of Burr Harrison (found at beginning of parish vestry records and the indentures), parish vestry records 1745-1785, overseers of the poor records 1788-1802, and servant indentures 1764-1782. Vestry records contain land processioning, church and poor accounts and other information. COPYRIGHT 1987 FAMILY HISTORY CATALOG A parish is a religious entity within a civic entity called a county
In colonial VA, immigrants moved in by the thousands. The men already there usually had several sons; to Will his farm to all of them would have left each with too small a portion to make economic sense. Many of ther sons moved west, looking for farmable land of their own.
The immigrants moved from eastern VA to central VA, to the western VA mountains, and beyond. Everywhere there were enough people, both civic and church bureaucracies were created, new large counties were erected, and other counties created later from them.
The civic and religious beaurocracies needed control of the land and the people; civic-wise, the county government had to control land deeds, claims, and many other things. The Anglican Church, via its Parish Vestry had to control people, their ministers and churches their morals, their poor and indigent people, and collect tithes, the only form of taxation which existed until much later.
To control all these things, and with more people moving into previously-unoccupied areas of the parish every year, the Vestry would appoint certain people living in certain areas, to "Procession" parts of the parish. I think this was done on a yearly basis.
The state government authorized erection of new counties, from existing counties, based on the recommendations and petitions of people in the new areas. With such an authorization, a new county was erected, and its boundaries specified. At the same time, the Anglican Church established a parish in those same boundaries, and appointed men to be Vestry members.
The Vestry was a church body, made up of prominent, trustworthy, and very influential members of the parish. Many of them were also commissioners of the new County Court. In other words. Civic AUTHORITY was needed for civic matters. The Vestry made its religious recommendations to the county court, which issued civic ORDERS, rubber-stamping those recommendations.
The Vestry recommended who was to Procession what part of the parish, and the court issued orders to this effect.
A man appointed by the court to Procession a certain area of the parish, knew the boundaries of the farms already there, and the boundary markers to view, replace as necessary, and confirm the names and ages of the people (including slaves) who lived on that farm. (Almost a CENSUS). He went to each farm, and physically walked its boundaries, and replaced missing boundary markers. Occasionaly, he made an entry: "No inhabitant found." He also recorded new settlers and their farm boundaries.
Court records contain the processioning appointment orders. The Vestry saw to collecting the tithes, but again, through court orders.
Because of increasing population some counties erected multiple parishes within a single county
Maybe I've bent your ear too far. Gordon Adams: GorAdams@aol.com
Going back to the 1600's, the Church of England (Episcopal -- according to my notes) has no central repository for old records. Only 11 registers have survived and all of them have been published. You can find copies at VA State Library. The registers have births, marriages and deaths. The Vestry Books were minutes of church meetings and would only mention individuals if they were participants in those meetings. I'm assuming the records that have been published have info from both the registers and the vestry books.The only remaining records in the area we're discussing are for Christ Church Parish (1653-1812) Middlesex Co. If you're trying to find resources to purchase a book like this -- check under Cyndislist under genealogy suppliers.
In my notes, I have that the church records are "for the most parts" records of the business of running a church, not records on individuals. Although -- the registers would have info on the births, deaths, etc that I mentioned above. Becky Reed Casagrande
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