Lynnhaven Parish, Virginia

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Lynnhaven Parish has served Lower Norfolk and Princess Anne counties. Also known as Old Donation Church. Emmanuel Episcopal Church was built after Old Donation Church burned in 1843.[1]

Eastern Shore Chapel fell within the bounds of Lynnhaven Parish.






In 1985, surveys of graves at Old Donation Church FHL Book 975.551 V3g (pages 1-8), Eastern Shore Chapel (pages 9-83), and Emmanuel Church (pages 161-164) were published.

Parish History

  • Mason, George Carrington. "The Colonial Churches of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul. 1938):270-285. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Perrine, Bob. "Old Donation History," available online.

Rev. C.B. Bryan's history of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia (1907) has been digitized by Google Books.[3]

Parish Records

Colonial parish registers have been lost, but the vestry book survives and has been published:

  • Mason, George Carrington. The Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1723-1786. Newport News, Va.: the author, 1949. FHL Book 975.551 K2m

Nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century parish registers have been published:

  • Walter, Alice Granbery. Lynnhaven Parish Register, 1838-1913, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Virginia Beach, Va.: A.G. Walter, 1986. FHL Book 975.551 K2L.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Old Donation Episcopal Church


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bonney
  2. 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).
  3. Colonial Churches: A Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia (Richmond, Va.: Southern Churchman Co., 1907), 264-285.