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Bruton Parish has served James City and York counties.



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In 1903, Rev. Goodwin published "copies of all epitaphs visible in [the parish] church and church-yard." See Historical Sketch of Bruton Church (pp. 87-117).


  • Cary, Wilson Miles. "Descendants of Rev. Rowland Jones, First Rector of Bruton Parish, Va.," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jan., 1897), pp. 192-197. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish History

  • "Church Patronage in Virginia. Argument for Bruton Parish the Plaintiff," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 22, No. 4 (Oct., 1914), pp. 401-409. FHL Book 975.5 B2v; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Goodwin, William A.R. Bruton Parish Church Restored and Its Historic Environment. Petersburg, Va.: The Franklin Press Co., 1907. Digital versions at Google BooksInternet Archive.
  • Goodwin, William Archer Rutherford. The Record of Bruton Parish Church. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, 1941.
  • Goodwin, William A.R. Historical Sketch of Bruton Church. Petersburg, Va.: The Franklin Press Company, 1903. Digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online - free; Google Books - free. Includes parish register entries, cemetery transcriptions, list of ministers, list of vestrymen, a list of slaveowners who baptized slaves in the parish (slaveowners listed on pp. 154-157).

Meade's 1861 history of the five parishes of Williamsburg is available online.[2]

Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin's history of Bruton Parish Church (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[3]

For a history of a well-known plantation in the parish, see:

  • Campbell, Helen J. "Porto Bello: Bruton Parish, York County, Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct., 1961), pp. 460-468. FHL Book 975.5 B2v; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish Records

Parish Registers

In 1903, Rev. Goodwin published abstracts of all extant parish registers. See Historical Sketch of Bruton Church. For births (1739-1797), see pp. 121-131. For deaths (1662-1751), see pp. 132-143.

Chappelear also abstracted the old parish registers:

  • Chappelear, Nancy. Bruton and Middleton Parishes, James City County, Virginia, Parish Register, 1662-1797. Washington, D.C.: Chappelear & Baird, 1966. Available at FHL.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bruton Parish Church


  1. 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).
  2. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  3. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 55-60.


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