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Henrico Parish has served Henrico County, Virginia. In the early period, it was also known as Henricopolis Church. Between 1680 and 1714, it was also known as Varina Parish.[1] Also known as St. John's Church. Located in Richmond.

Patrick Henry delivered his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech at St. John's on the 23rd of March 1775.



Record Loss

  • Vestry book begins in 1730



Inscriptions of the graves at St. John's Church were published in Moore's 1904 history.

Parish History

  • Burton, Lewis W. Annals of Henrico Parish, Diocese of Virginia and Especially of St. John's Church, the Present Mother Church of the Parish, from 1611 to 1884. Richmond, VA, USA: Williams Printing Company, 1942. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Moore, J. Staunton. The Annals and History of Henrico Parish, Diocese of Virginia: and St. John's P.E. Church. Richmond, Va., 1904; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1979. Available at FHL [2 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive (1); Internet Archive (2); Internet Archive (3).
  • Robinson, Morgan P. "Henrico Parish in the Diocese of Virginia and the Parishes Descended Therefrom," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jan., 1935), pp. 8-40. FHL Book 975.5 B2v; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Rev. R.A. Goodwin's history of St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[2]

Parish Records

Parish Registers

The parish registers, which date from colonial times, are published in Moore's 1904 history.

Vestry Books

The original Henrico Parish Vestry Book survives for the years 1730 to 1773.[3] It has been published:

  • Brock, R.A. The Vestry Book of Henrico Parish, Virginia, 1730-1773, From the Original Manuscript, with Notes and Appendix. Bowie, Md., 1991.



  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 87-92.
  3. Review of History of Henrico Parish and Old St. John's Church, Richmond, in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Oct. 1904):220-221. Digital version at JSTOR ($).


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