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Bath Parish has served Prince George and Dinwiddie counties. Sapony Church and Butterwood belonged to the parish.[1] Butterwood later became a Methodist Church.[2]




Many graves at Sapony Church are described at Dinwiddie Co., GenWeb. Includes transcripts and photographs. Some Sapony Church graves are also described at Find A Grave.

More than 500 graves at Butterwood Cemetery are described at Find A Grave.


  • Jarratt, Devereux and John Coleman. The Life of the Reverend Devereux Jarratt: Rector of Bath Parish, Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Printed by Warner & Hanna, 1806. Digital version at Google Books (full-view).

Parish History

Meade's 1861 history of Bath Parish is available online.[4]

Bath Parish reports:[5]

Parish Records

Colonial parish registers have been lost. Parish registers (1827-1897) are kept at the Library of Virginia. Included are a list of clergymen [1826?]-1899, baptisms 1827-1863, 1871-1897, baptisms for "coloured" persons 1826-1850, communicants 1827-1860, 1872, confirmations 1827-1862, 1873, "coloured" communicants 1832-1844, funerals 1826-1863, 1873, 1886, funerals for "colored" persons 1832-1852, marriages 1826-1890, and financial accounts 1839-1840, 1858-1863.

The records have been microfilmed: FHL Film 30623 and abstracted:

  • Cameron, John. Virginia Marriages in Rev. John Cameron's Register and Bath Parish Register. Richmond, Va.: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1963. FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 3
  • Hopkins, William Lindsay. Bath Parish Register (Births, Deaths & Marriages) 1827-1897 of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and St. Andrews Parish Vestry Book 1732-1797 of Brunswick County, Virginia. Richmond, Va.: W.L. Hopkins, 1989. FHL Book 975.55 K2hw



  1. Calder Loth, The Virginia Landmarks Register (Charlottesville, Va.: The University Press of Virginia, 1999), 144.
  2. Butterwood United Methodist Church, National Park Service.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. *Francis Lister Hawks, A Narrative of Events Connected with the Rise and Progress of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia: To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing the Journals of the Conventions in Virginia from the Commencement to the Present Time (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1836). Digital version at Google Books.


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