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Blisland Parish has served James City, York, and New Kent counties. There were two churches in colonial times.[1]

The lower church in Blisland Parish is known as Hickory Neck Church (see picture).[2]

The upper church, aka Brick Church, was known as Warranigh, Warrany, or Warrenay church.[3]


Variant Spellings

  • Blissland



Few tombstones could be found at the site of Warrany Church in the early 1900s.[1]


  • Evans, David. "Price Davies, Rector of Blisland Parish Two Letters, 1763, 1765," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 79, No. 2 (Apr., 1971), pp. 153-161. FHL Book 975.5 B2v; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish History

Meade's 1861 history of Blisland Parish is available online.[5]

Parish Records

Colonial parish registers have been lost.

Vestry Books

The original records are stored at the Library of Virginia. Copies: FHL Film 30624

These records have been abstracted:

  • Chamberlayne, C.G. The Vestry Book of Blisland (Blissland) Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, Virginia, 1721-1786. Richmond: The Library Board, 1935. Original edition: FHL Film 982042 Item 2; 1979 reprint: FHL Book 975.54 K2c 1979



  1. 1.0 1.1 Mrs. B.B.W. Turner, "Warrany Church in New Kent," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Jan. 1937):45-48. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  2. "History of Hickory Neck," Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, Toano, Virginia, accessed 26 February 2011.
  3. Tidewater Virginia Families, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Aug. 1994).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.


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