Loudoun County, Virginia Church

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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):  
 
Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):  
  
#Ebenezer (1804)<ref name="baptist" />. A history has been published (see below).  
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#'''Ebenezer '''(1804)<ref name="baptist" />. A history has been published (see below).  
#Goose Creek (1775)<ref name="baptist" />  
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#'''Goose Creek''' (1775)<ref name="baptist" />  
#Frying Pan Baptist Church (see records below).
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#'''Frying Pan Baptist Church''' (by 1791) (see records below).  
#Ketocton (1766)<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 386-387. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>. Early minutes survive (see records below).  
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#'''Ketocton '''(1766)<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 386-387. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>. Early minutes survive (see records below).  
#Leesburg (1803)<ref name="baptist" />  
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#'''Leesburg '''(1803)<ref name="baptist" />  
#Little River (1769)<ref name="baptist" />  
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#'''Little River''' (1769)<ref name="baptist" />  
#New Valley (1767)<ref name="baptist" />  
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#'''New Valley''' (1767)<ref name="baptist" />  
#North Fork (1787)<ref name="baptist" />. Early minutes survive, see Hiatt's guide.
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#'''North Fork''' (1787)<ref name="baptist" />. Early minutes survive, see Hiatt's guide.
  
 
Loudoun County fell within the bounds of the Ketocton Association.  
 
Loudoun County fell within the bounds of the Ketocton Association.  

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Loudoun County Gotoarrow.png   Church

Contents

Introduction

Marty Hiatt, CG, delivered a lecture titled "Early Church Records in Loudoun County, Virginia," to the Loudoun County Genealogy Club Spring Seminar on 29 April 1997. The text is available online, courtesy: USGenWeb. Hiatt also published very useful abstracts to many of the earliest church records in the county:

  • Hiatt, Marty. Early Church Records of Loudoun County. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1995. Available at FHL. [Contains records from the Fairfax Monthly Meeting, Goose Creek Monthly Meeting, New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Shelburne Parish (vestry minutes), Reformed Church of Loudoun County, Frying Pan Baptist Church (minutes), Ketoctin Baptist Church (minutes), and North Fork Primitive Baptist Church (minutes). Unless stated, the records contain births, marriages and deaths, ca. 1745-1800.] Free Lookups Available!

Other resources include:

  • Church Files Index, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va., available online.
  • Jewell, Aurelia M. et al. Miscellaneous Records from Loudoun and Prince William Counties. Typescript, 1953-1954. Microfilmed reproduction: FHL Collection [Includes Early ministers in Loudoun County, Va.; Inscriptions from Mt. Pleasant M.E. Church Cemetery, Taylorstown, Loudoun County, Va.; Inventory of Shelburne Parish, 1785; Early officers in Cameron and Shelburne parishes.]
  • Kincaid, Nan Lin. "The First Churches in Loudoun County," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 3-14. FHL Collection Free Lookups Available!

Baptist

In 1810, Robert Baylor Semple published excellent histories of early Baptist churches in Loudoun County, Virginia. G.W. Beale revised and expanded Semple's work in an 1894 reprint, which is available for free online:

  • Semple, Robert Baylor and G.W. Beale. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia. 1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894. FHL Collection; digital version at Google Books [See chapters on the Ketoctin Association, which begin on page 386.]

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Ebenezer (1804)[1]. A history has been published (see below).
  2. Goose Creek (1775)[1]
  3. Frying Pan Baptist Church (by 1791) (see records below).
  4. Ketocton (1766)[1]. Early minutes survive (see records below).
  5. Leesburg (1803)[1]
  6. Little River (1769)[1]
  7. New Valley (1767)[1]
  8. North Fork (1787)[1]. Early minutes survive, see Hiatt's guide.

Loudoun County fell within the bounds of the Ketocton Association.

Additional Baptist resources for Loudoun County include:

  • A Church Book of Ebenezer, 1804-1896: Wherein is Concisely Recorded the Progress and Proceedings of that Church from Its Constitution to the Present Time. Original records, Frederick County Courthouse, Winchester, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL and Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • Frying Pan Baptist 1791-1879. Original records, Frederick County Courthouse, Winchester, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL and Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va. 
  • Ketoctin Baptist Church Minutes 1776-1890, microfilm, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • "Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Brownsville, Virginia," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 7, No. 4 (June 2000):3. Available at FHL.
  • "Thomas Jefferson and the Ketocton Baptist Association," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 93-96. Available at FHL. [1998 edition includes revisions.] Free Lookups Available!

Catholic

  • O'Connor, David J. "Virginians in the Baptismal Records of Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Georgetown) Washington, D.C., 1795-1833," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Apr. 1997):161-164. Available at FHL. [Includes persons born in Loudoun County.]
  • O'Connor, David J. "Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington: Register of Baptisms," [1830s] Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1998):3. Available at FHL.
  • O'Connor, David J. "Virginians in the Baptismal Records of Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Georgetown) Washington, D.C. 1834 through 1840," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jul. 1997):113-124. Available at FHL. [Includes persons born in Loudoun County.]
  • O'Connor, David J. "Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington: Register of Baptisms and Marriages," [1830s-1850s] Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Mar. 1999):3. Available at FHL.
  • O'Connor, David J. "Virginians in the Marriage Records of Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Georgetown) Washington, D.C. 1797 through 1871," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Apr. 1998):79-81. Available at FHL. [Includes residents of Loudoun County.]

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Cameron Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Shelburne Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Truro Parish

  • Hopkins, Margaret Lail and Nancy Hopkins Phillips. The Anglican Parishes of Loudoun County, Virginia, Truro, Cameron, and Shelburne, 1736-1805. Lovettsville, Virginia: Willow Bend Books, 1997. Available at FHL. Free Lookups Available!
  • Hopkins, Margaret Lail. Cameron Parish in Colonial Virginia. n.p.: M.L. Hopkins & N.H. Phillips, c1988. Available at FHL.
  • Moore, J. Staunton. The Annals and History of Henrico Parish, Diocese of Virginia: and St. John's P.E. Church. 1904, pp. 165-169. Digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($). [Biography of Rev. Dr. David Griffith, minister of Shelbourne Parish in 1770s.]
  • Shelburne Parish Vestry Book 1771-1805, microfilm, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • Slaughter, Philip and Edward Lewis Goodwin. History of Truro Parish in Virginia. Philadelphia, PA: George W. Jacobs, 1907. Available at FHL. Digital versions available at Ancestry ($); Family History Archives; Google Books (full-view); and World Vital Records ($).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS people trace their family trees. There were a few early LDS converts from the Loudoun County area. The information they recorded on their ancestors out in Utah in the nineteenth century can also assist other relatives whose ancestors remained in Virginia. The following early LDS converts, who were in Utah Territory by 1850, had connections with Loudoun County:

Name Lifespan Remarks Early LDS Ancestral File
John Cazier 1820-1890 Loudoun Co. ancestry Link Link
Armistead Moffett 1814-1891 Born in Loudoun Co. Link Link
Harrison Oliver 1800-1881 Loudoun Co. ancestry Link Link

Episcopal

  • Frain, Elizabeth R. "St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia Burial Records 1830-1855," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jul. 1998):119-127; Vol. 4, No. 1 (Winter 1999):228-242; Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring 1999):260. Available at FHL.

German Reformed 

  • Church Records of the German Reformed Church, Loudoun County, Virginia, 1764-1859. Original records, Evangelical and Reformed Archives, Lancaster, Penn.; also available on microfilm at FHL. [Later became St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, Va.]
  • German Bible Subscribers, 1819. Report: Journal of German-American History, Vol. 35 (1972).
  • Mower, Jerry et al. St. James United Church of Christ, Church Register (Reformed Church), Loudoun County, Virginia, ca. Sept. 17, 1789-August 23, 1823. Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, c1993. Available at FHL. Free Lookups Available!

Lutheran

Free Lookups Available! for Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Burials of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church from April 1899 (to October 1927).

Other Loudoun County Lutheran resources include:

  • Church Records of the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Loudoun County, Virginia, 1784-1836. Original records, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Penn.; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • "Saint Paul Lutheran Church Records Baptisms," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Dec. 1997):1; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1998):4; Vol. 6, No. 2/3 (Sep. 1998):2; Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec. 1998):4. Available at FHL.
  • Hiatt, Marty. "Burials, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Neersville, Virginia," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Summer 1999):317-328. Available at FHL.
  • Weiser, Frederick S. et al. New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia, Parish Registers, 1784-1836. 1970. Available at FHL.

Methodist

The first Methodist-owned property in America was situated in Leesburg. It was purchased in 1766 and the building constructed thereon is today known as the Old Stone Church.[2]

Presbyterian

  • Leesburg Presbyterian Church Records (Session Records and Church Register, various dates), microfilm, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • Paul, Joseph B. et al. Extracts from Minutes of the Sessions, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, Loudoun County, Virginia, 1804-1900. Typescript, 1971?; microfilm reproduction: FHL Collection

Quakers

  • Brown, Jane Douglas Summers and Jones Memorial Library. Jane Douglas Summers Brown (1903-) Quaker Records: Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Virginia); MS 1515. MSS, Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Va. Available on 26 microfilms: FHL Collection [Includes records of Loudoun County Quakers; Brown assisted "William Wade Hinshaw in the writing of the Virginia volume of the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy."]
  • Fairfax Monthly Meeting Minutes and Other Records, 1745-1939. Original records at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland; microfilm reproduction: FHL Collection and at the Thomas Balch Library.
  • Janney, Asa Moore. "A History of the Society of Friends in Loudoun," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 15-28. FHL Collection Free Lookups Available!
  • Janney, Asa Moore and Werner Janney. Ye Meetg Hous Smal: A Short Account of Friends in Loudoun County, Virginia, 1732-1980. Lincoln, Virginia: n.p., 1980. FHL Collection
  • Janney, Samuel M. Memoirs of Samuel M. Janney, Late of Lincoln, Loudoun County, Va., A Minister in the Religious Society of Friends. Philadelphia: Friends' Book Association, 1881. Digital version at Google Books (full-view).
  • Society of Friends. Fairfax Monthly Meeting (Waterford, Loudoun County, Virginia). Extracts from the Book of Marriage Certificates of Fairfax Monthly Meeting, 1760 to 1892; handwritten copy made in 1924. Original records, Loudoun County Courthouse, Leesburg, Va.; microfilm reproduction: FHL Collection

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 386-387. Digital version at Google Books.
  2. "Old Stone Church Site", The Historical Marker Database.