Bruton Parish, Virginia

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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).

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 version at Google Books. Includes parish register entries, cemetery transcriptions, list of ministers, list of vestrymen, a list of slaveowners who baptized slaves in the parish (pp. 154-157).

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).