Old Donation History

Old Donation Church History
The History of the people and the three churches of Lynnhaven Parish, today known as Old Donation Episcopal Church by Bob Perrine, Church Historian.
Looking up at the roof of the historical Old Donation Church (photo by Andy Bygden)

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Old Donation Episcopal Church
4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 
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Today Old Donation Church provides abundant activities, supporting and participating in over 20 different outside ministries. As an Episcopal Church, Old Donation Church belongs to the American branch of the Anglican Communion which has its roots in England after the time of the Reformation and break from the Roman Catholic Church. Old Donation Church retains the Catholic sense of sacraments and worship with a reformed Protestant sense about the importance and role of the Holy Scripture. 

Table of Contents
1 - Introduction Summary
Today Three Separate Buildings
The Land
2 - The Chronology
1607 - Anglicans and Oysters
1634 - the Lynnhaven River
1637-1645 - (Church No. 1)
1635-1692 - Parish Survival Leads to Close Relationships
1692-1695 - Church No. 2 is Built
1695-1750 - The Courthouses
1735 – shipwreck
1733-1736 - Church No. 3 is Built
1736-1776 - The Church Prospers
1776–1856 – Demise of the Church
1882 - The Fire
1882-1912 - Rescue of the Church
1912-1916 - The Church is Rebuilt
1916 - The Cornerstone and Time Capsule
1916-1929 – the Church Struggles
1923 - Bell Tower
1957 - The Rectory
1954-1991 - The Parish House
1960 - Major Structural Repairs
1966 – More Repairs
1986 – The Driveway and Parking Area
3 - Significant Historical Topics Land Acquisitions
Witchcraft - 1655
Chapel-Of-Ease Churches
Seating Arrangements
Reverend Dickson’s Free School
Old Donation Gets Its Name
Locating Church No. 2
4 - Story of the People of the Church Introduction
Captain Adam Thoroughgood
Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley
The Construction Date of the Adam Thoroughgood House
The Keelings
The House That History Forgot (Thomas Allen and John B. Dey)
The Woodhouse Family
The Woodhouse House (Old Compfort)
The Lands
The Francis Land House
Grace Sherwood
Belinda Nash
Francis Thelaball
The Walkes
Captain John Saunders II and Colonel John II Thoroughgood
Sarah Thoroughgood II
Thurmer Hoggard IV
Benjamin Dey White
The Parks
The Nguyen Family – Refugees from War Torn Vietnam
Women Trailblazers
5- Items of Interest Inside and Outside the Church Notable Relics and Items Inside
Church Historical Cemetery
6 - Modern Activities History
1926 - The Christmas Pageant
1934 - The Oyster Roast
1958 - The Day School
1969 - Boy Scout Troop 375
1971 – Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
1975 - Judeo/Christian Outreach Center (JCOC)
1980’s - Card Senders
1984 - The Cursillo
1985 – Kairos Prison Ministry
1986 - Wednesday Morning Men’s Breakfast
1994 - Angel Tree Christmas Gifts for Children of Prisoners
1994 – Recovery Ministry
1995 - Food Bank
1998 - Office Angels
1999 - The Stephen Ministry
2001 - Parks Memorial Fine Arts Series
2002 - KnitWits
2004 - Paws, Prayers and Praise
2005 - Forever Friends Garden
2005 - Jimmy Buffet Night
2005 - The Gathering
2005 - Parish Health and Wellness Ministry
2005 - Care Packages for the Deployed
2006 - The Respite Care Ministry
2006 – EDMARC Hospice for Children
2006 - Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
2006 – The Bake and Take Committee
2007 - Transportation Ministry
2007 - Thirst
2008 - Camp Coast Care
2012 - The Donazione Labyrinth
7 - Timeframes of the Clergy
The 375th Anniversary Prologue 

Chapter 1 - Introduction

This is the history of Lynnhaven Parish Anglican/Episcopal Church and its people, today known as Old Donation Church. From its earliest seventeenth century beginning in a wilderness area populated by mostly Native Americans to the eighteenth century “Golden Age” with its prosperous Virginia gentry to an abandoned burned out church in the woods with no services for over fifty years, Old Donation has managed to rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

The Church was originally established as Lynnhaven Parish Church. The word “Donation” was informally added after 1776 when the last colonial rector, the Reverend Robert Dickson donated land to the church to continue the funding of his boys’ orphanage. “Old” first appeared in the Vestry Record in 1822, when the vestry ordered that the “church called ‘old Donation Church’ be put in repair.” Old Donation is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the stops on the Bayside History Trail. Today Old Donation Church stands as the oldest Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

The congregation built three churches: the first completed in 1639 at Church Point (Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 1), the second in 1692 on the West Branch of the Lynnhaven River (Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 2), and the third was completed in 1736 near the second building (present day Old Donation Church). Services ended in the early 1840’s as congregants switched to the more populous Kempsville Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The abandoned church caught fire in 1882 destroying the roof and part of the walls. Thurmer Hoggard IV (1819-1902), who attended services at Old Donation as a boy organized annual pilgrimages to the Old Donation's burned-out remains in the 1890’s. Then in the early 1900’s Reverend Richard J. Alfriend (1860-1923) began holding more frequent outdoor services in good weather and in the nearby Bayside School during inclement weather. By 1913 Reverend Alfriend was able to build a small membership (after a lapse of 57 years) at the newly completed parish house built prior to the 1916 re-construction of the burned-out church. From then through the Second World War the church struggled. Ann Parks in an Oct 4, 1987 Virginian Pilot’s “Beacon” article remembered Old Donation Church in the 1920’s when Sunday services were lucky to attract twenty-five. She said the church was very poor and the women of the church made preserves to raise money. In 1953 Reverend Tucker counted just 78 actual members. When he left in 1984, the congregation had more than doubled, and by the end of 2011 the membership had grown to over 800 with as many as 400 present on Sundays, and a 100+ member day school with children ages 2 to 6. Much of the latest surge in membership can be attributed to the current Rector, Reverend Robert J. Randall. Since his leadership began in 2004, the church has seen a dozen new programs started (see “Modern Activities History – Chronology” in this article).

Today Old Donation Church is full of life, providing abundant activities, and supporting and participating in over 20 different outside ministries. As an Episcopal Church, Old Donation Church belongs to the American branch of the Anglican Communion which has its roots in England after the time of the Reformation and break from the Roman Catholic Church. Old Donation Church retains the Catholic sense of sacraments and worship with a reformed Protestant sense about the importance and role of the Holy Scripture.

The Reverend John H. Emmert, Rector of Old Donation Church from 1985 – 1996 wrote the following; “The Judeo-Christian tradition has as its cornerstone the belief that God works in history. God has evidently seen fit to draw this congregation along in His providential care – blessing, guiding, prodding, chastising, leading. How could the congregation be here without Adam Thoroughgood, Robert Dickson, the Hoggard family, Richard Alfriend and a host of others, known and unknown? Would God have raised up others if it had not been for these?” (References 25, 127, and 197).

Milestone Dates of the Church

May 17, 1637. Captain Thoroughgood summoned Reverend William Wilkinson to hold the first services in his first home, a crude wooden structure on the shore of the Chesopean River (renamed Lynnhaven by Adam), a location on the edge of what is now Lake Joyce in Baylake Pines (Reference 1 – page 37).

1639-1640. Upon completion of church No. 1 at Church Point in 1639, Adam commissioned Reverend John Wilson to hold services, but he died less than a year later followed closely by Adam’s own death at the early age of 36 in Feb 1640.

Aug 3, 1640. The first Vestry is appointed. Thomas Todd and John Stratton are elected church wardens.

Sep 6, 1667. The dreadful hurricane of 1667 struck, which would eventually cause the waters of the Lynnhaven River to erode Church Point and undermine the foundation of Church No. 1.

Jun 1692. Church 2 was completed (to be known as the Brick Church or Mother Church). The new location was on two acres of land sold by Ebenezer Taylor, paid for in 1694 with 1,000 pounds of tobacco.

Jul 10, 1706. A jury from the church Vestry ordered Grace Sherwood (known as the Witch of Pungo) to a trial by ducking.

Mar 2, 1736 Anthony Walke put a motion before the Vestry “that the old church [church 2] would be a convenient place to make a public school for instructing children in learning and for no other use or purpose whatsoever.” The school was operated by the church as late as 1819.

Jun 25, 1736. Church No. 3 (present church) was received by the vestry from Peter Malbone, the builder.

Feb 14, 1777. Shortly after Reverend Dickson’s death his will was admitted on record donating his home, slaves, and more property to the church to be used to support and continue his free school for orphan boys in Church No. 2. The gifted property was called “Donation Farm,” but the term “Old Donation Church” did not appear until a Vestry Record entry in 1822 used that term to order that the “church called ‘old Donation Church’ be put in repair

Oct 11, 1916. Christening ceremonies of the rebuilt church were held, a cornerstone was laid, and in it a time capsule was placed.

Dec 19, 1926. The First Christmas Pageant was held and has been held ever since on the Sunday evening before Christmas.

Nov 24, 1934. The First Oyster Roast was held and has been held ever since on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

____________________Today - Three Separate Single Story Buildings

A plaque in front of the Parish Offices shows locations of the three buildings.

The Historic Church is listed as number 1 (above) and is referred to as Church No. 3 in this document since three churches were built; i.e., No. 1 at Church Point built in 1639, No 2 built in 1692 at a location between the Parish Building (noted as numbers 2-6 above) and Alfriend House, and No. 3 - the present church built in 1736.

1. The Historic Church. Old Donation Church, constructed in 1736, is a good example of colonial ecclesiastical architecture which combined elements of the first crude shelters in Jamestown with Early Georgian style. The rectangular 34 by 68 foot brick building was laid in Flemish bond, created by alternately laying headers and stretchers in a single course. The influence of Georgian architecture is evident with use of horizontal lines and rounded window headers and a slate-covered hipped gable roof. An altar and reredos are centered in the chancel with a communal rail separating the nave where the congregation is seated. Major renovations and structural reinforcement were completed in 1960 when the existing five interior tie rods were tied into new horizontal steel beams imbedded into the wall at the roof line to stop outward wall thrust and again in 1966 after much deterioration had occurred due to termites, crumbling concrete floors, and pews that sorely needed replacement. The old floor was found to be sloped six inches between side walls causing the north wall windows to become six inches higher from the floor than the south wall windows after the floor was leveled. The 1966 renovations also included the return of the church to its original Colonial “Prayer Book” design (the 1916 rebuilding reflected the then popular Gothic chancel design) by moving the choir and organ up to the balcony, adding kneelers, and relocating the lectern and prayer desk adjacent to the pulpit. The primary focal point at the head of the church is a 9 by 15 foot high solid wood reredos, a 1916 gift from Norfolk St. Paul's Church. On it are the Ten Commandments and at its top is the Hebrew word “Yahweh” or “God.”

2. Parish Building. Built between 1954 and 1991, this is a single story 15,853 square foot facility with class rooms for preschool children, a library, church offices, and a multipurpose room (Tucker Hall) for meals, services, and gatherings.

3. Alfriends House. Built in 1957, this single story 2,422 square foot facility used to be the Rectory Residence but is currently used for Sunday School and meetings (References 5, 31, 64, and 179).

The Land

In 1634 King Charles II of England directed the formation of eight shires (counties) in the colony of Virginia. In the fall of that same year Adam Thoroughgood, the father of Lynnhaven Parish Church, moved from Kecoughtan (today’s Hampton) to his 5,350 acre estate, on the other side of the James River, to a location beside the Chesopean River which he renamed the “Lynnhaven” after the town in England where he grew up (Grimston-King's Lynn, Norfolk County, England). He is also given credit for naming New Norfolk county, and the James River after King James I of England. In 1637 New Norfolk County was split and renamed Upper Norfolk and Lower Norfolk, and in 1691 Lower Norfolk County (which included Lynnhaven Parish) was split and renamed Norfolk and Princess Anne. In 1952 Virginia Beach was carved out of Princess Anne County as an independent city. In 1963 the modern city of Virginia Beach was created by consolidating Princess Anne County with Virginia Beach and divided into seven boroughs: Lynnhaven, Bayside, Blackwater, Kempsville, Princess Anne, Pungo, and Virginia Beach.

Chapter 2 - The Chronology

This cross is located inside Fort Story at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It reads, “Here at Cape Henry first landed in America, upon 26 April 1607, those English colonists who, upon 13 May 1607, established at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Erected by National Society Daughters of the American Colonists April 26, 1935.”

1607 - Anglicans and Oysters. Reverend Robert Hunt held the first Anglican service at Cape Henry in present-day Virginia Beach on 29 April, 1607. A granite cross was erected in 1935 to commemorate this historic occasion. After this first Anglican Christian service in Virginia, one of the first Anglican Christian Churches in Virginia (Lynnhaven Parish) would be built. Also of significance, these 104 men who sailed from England on the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery found natives roasting oysters and found them to be delicious. That April day would not only plant the seeds for a church, but also most likely the seeds for the Old Donation Church’s annual Oyster Roast, with both the oysters (Lynnhaven) and the church (Lynnhaven Parish) becoming celebrated. Old Donation’s yearly Oyster Roast held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, had its formal beginning in 1934, but from all indications, an informal roast goes back possibly as far as the church itself. Rufus Parks, member and later Church Lay Reader in the early 1920’s, invited Old Donation congregants to his home for oyster roasts just a mile north of the church, overlooking Witchduck Bay. He most likely inherited this tradition from his next door neighbor Senior Warden B. Dey White who had held an annual oyster roast at his estate down by Witchduck Bay, a tradition he certainly most likely acquired from C. M. Barnett (a member of the Vestry) who held oyster roasts for Lynnhaven Parish in the early 1900’s at his home (now Ferry Plantation House) near the church. And so it goes, a tradition most likely handed down from one generation to the next going back as far as that early landing party in 1607 that saw the natives roasting those famous Lynnhaven Oysters (References 16, 28, 47, 52, and 122).

1909 - One of many Oyster Roasts held by Charles and Stella Barnett at their Ferry Farm Plantation Home facing the Lynnhaven River.

1634 - the Lynnhaven River. The Native Americans called the river the Chesopean. In the fall of 1634 Captain Adam Thoroughgood moved to the shores of the Chesopean and built his first crude wooden home on the river at a location that is now Lake Joyce in Baylake Pines. Mr. Floyd Painter in April 1955, while searching for Indian sites and artifacts, discovered Adam’s first wood house on Battery Road in Baylake Pines. His first house was situated a distance of about two miles from Church Point, the location of Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 1. Being from the town of Grimston-King's Lynn, Norfolk County, England, Adam renamed the river after his hometown. In 1634 the entrance from the Chesapeake Bay was not at today’s Lynnhaven Inlet, where the Lesner Bridge stands, as that location was occupied by a huge sandbar forcing the river to take a westward course. The river either emptied into the Chesapeake Bay at the edge of what is now Lake Joyce in Baylake Pines or further west at Little Creek. According to Benjamin Dey White, in his 1924 book “Gleanings in the History of Princess Anne County,” Lake Joyce formed the mouth of the Lynnhaven River. However, a map by Gen. Benedict Arnold’s engineers made in 1781 denotes the early flow of the Lynnhaven River to be two miles further west to Little Creek. Whatever the mouth of the Lynnhaven, in 1634 travel on Lynnhaven was arduous, as the first several miles of the river were quite shallow, and at Church Point, now a half-mile wide, the river was narrow.

The story of Lynnhaven Parish Church has its roots in the Lynnhaven River. Notable people, important to Lynnhaven Parish and to local government, lived along the shores of the river, and, along with other congregants, came to church mostly in boats. When the first church foundation was eroded by the river in the late 17th century, the congregation moved their church one and a half miles up the western branch of the Lynnhaven. Folks who come to hear about the history of the church usually ask about the Church’s most infamous member, Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Pungo, who was ducked in the Lynnhaven River for witchery. The river has seen much - Native Americans, pirates, and slaves, but there could be nothing more grounded in the heart and soul of the river than the people of Lynnhaven Parish Church (References 103-f, 155, and 156).

1637-1645. (Church No. 1). Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640)shaped the area by leading the Lynnhaven residents in politics and in religious matters. Gathering citizens of the little Lynnhaven community, Adam Thoroughgood summoned Reverend William Wilkinson (1612-1663) to hold services in his crude wooden home on Sunday May 17, 1637. Assembling at this first service were local residences Thomas Keeling, William Kempe, Thomas Willoughby, Henry Seawell, and Henry Woodhouse. Reverend Wilkinson gave up his duties as priest less than a year later.

This monument at Church Point on Spring House Trail (looking west up the West Branch of the Lynnhaven River) reads, “Church Point – 1639. Near this site Lynnhaven Parish was built in 1639. The church and its graveyard were the victims of erosion by the waters of the Lynnhaven River. Among gravestones found were those of Adam Thoroughgood and his wife Sarah, and her last two husbands, John Gookin and Francis Yardley. Presented by Suffolk Chapter Virginia Society, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century 1995.”

Envisioning a town at Church Point, Adam in 1638 spearheaded the construction of Lynnhaven Parish Church No.1, a glebe (rectory), and court house; and in the next year a more substantial house for his wife and four children. Because Virginia Governor Wyatt had ordered all plantation homes sitting on 500 acres or more to be constructed of brick, all four structures were most likely built with brick. A newspaper article dated July 16, 1950 states, “the first Lynnhaven church, a brick building, was erected on Adam Thoroughgood’s land at what is now known as Church Point.” Furthermore, George Carrington Mason, a church historian, noted that remains of the Lynnhaven Parish Church were still visible as a mound of brick in 1850. Upon completion of the church in 1639, Adam commissioned Reverend John Wilson to hold services, but he died less than a year later followed closely by Adam’s own death at the early age of 36 in Feb 1640.

Seven months later on August 3, 1640, the first vestry was appointed. Those named in court minutes were Edward Windham, Henry Woodhouse, Bartholomew Hosskine, Thomas Todd, Christopher Burroughs, Thomas Bullock, Thomas Caussonne, Ensign Thomas Keeling, Robert Hayes, and John Lanckfield, along with Thomas Todd and John Stratton as churchwardens. Adam’s house(which remains standing today at 1636 Parrish Road Virginia Beach, Virginia) was completed after Adam’s death by his widowed wife Sarah in 1645. At present, a plaque commemorating the first Lynnhaven Parish Church is situated near the waterfront park at Church Point (see picture above). The Mayor and City Council of Virginia Beach have appointed May 20th of every year as Church Point Day.

Captain Adam Thoroughgood, the Father of Lynnhaven Parish Church, and Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley, the Mother of Lynnhaven Parish Church, along with their small band of English settlers, would leave an indelible imprint on the history of early Virginia Beach (References 1- pages 31, 37, and 42; 2; 19; 20; 27; 34; 52; 103c; 108; 110-page 37; 114 – pages 251 and 264; 180; and 196).

1635-1692. Parish Survival Leads to Close Relationships. In 1635 the lands of Lynnhaven Parish were still wilderness with large tracts of land owned by each settler, most of them coming from England as indentured servants. They worked hard forging a society modeled as closely as possible to the one they had left in England, setting up the same class distinctions and Anglican traditions. Tobacco culture dominated, but most landowners produced only a small quantity as its cultivation required numerous manual operations and labor beyond that of one’s own family if more than a few acres were planted. The most successful Lynnhaven Parish planters invested their tobacco profits in additional lands and laborers rather than in pretentious life styles. Gradual prosperity would be manifested in rooms added to existing homes that began as simple two-room structures. High rates of death during childbirth and other misfortunes caused the colonists to rear large families. No widow was a widow for long as they were paraded in front of eligible bachelors and, if not by mutual attraction, they were coerced by the Lynnhaven Parish Senior Church Warden and other church members to quickly choose a new husband. History shows that every woman, except two, obliged. One was way ahead of her time in having power that few women during that period welded (Sarah Thoroughgood), and the other befell a terrible fate in the Lynnhaven River (Grace Sherwood). Therefore, by 1692 just about everyone in Lynnhaven Parish was related.

The colonists had many hazards to overcome including wolves, nor'easters, droughts, hurricanes, floods, and intermittent pirate skirmishes.
* Wolves were in abundance, killing many farm animals. The court ordered a bounty of 50 lbs of tobacco for each wolf killed that was soon raised to 100 lbs as the wolf population grew.
* Native Americans. In 1639 the Native American population outnumbered the colonists by 4 to 1 with intermittent attacks by the Pumunkey and Menticoke tribes. When several plantations in isolated areas were attacked and settlers massacred, Captain Thoroughgood led 15 men against the Menticoke Indians in a harsh retaliation on July 17, 1639.
* Pirates. The settlers in Lynnhaven Parish suffered what might have befallen the original Jamestown settlers if they had not been ordered by King James I to locate up the James River, safe from possible attacks by pirates, French, Spanish and Dutch ships. The pirate Capt. Kidd had his rendezvous on Pleasure House Creek, then part of the Lynnhaven River. The English pirate Edward Teach (1680 –1718), better known as Blackbeard, buried some of his treasure in the sands of a hill near Cape Henry. In 1669, the ship Maryland Merchant, while anchored near the Lynnhaven River was seized and plundered by an unknown vessel carrying thirty guns and a large crew. Lookouts were established along the shore for all suspicious vessels, and later all ships coming to Virginia were provided with cannon and men trained to shoot them. In 1684 the English Government furnished a ketch for the protection of the Virginia coast, but in spite of the Governor’s instruction to the naval officers to capture Capt. Kidd, he openly walked the streets of Norfolk.
* The Weather. In 1649 a severe storm destroyed a large quantity of tobacco, but this was small in comparison to the storm of 1667. Ironically, a month before the storm, Adam Keeling, whose plantation was situated east of Captain Thoroughgood’s property just east of today’s Lesner Bridge, organized a group of people to dig a small pilot channel from the Lynnhaven River through a huge sandbar about a half-mile long to the Chesapeake Bay so boats would not have to make the long journey west to the mouth of the river. A month thereafter, on September 6, 1667, the dreadful hurricane of 1667 struck, a storm considered one of the most severe hurricanes to ever strike Virginia. The hurricane devastated the Lynnhaven area as no other storm has ever done. The 1667 hurricane lasted about 24 hours and was accompanied by very violent winds and tides. Approximately 10,000 houses were blown over. Area crops (including corn and tobacco) were beat into the ground. Many livestock drowned in area rivers due to the twelve foot storm surge. The foundation of the fort at Point Comfort was swept into the river, and a graveyard of the First Lynnhaven Parish Church tumbled into the waters. Twelve days of rain followed this storm across Virginia. This system was blamed for enlarging the small pilot channel dug the month before to the size of an inlet and re-routing the river permanently. The new channel flow eventually eroded Church Point and undermined the church foundation. Five years later during the winter of 1672-73 another catastrophe hit the small Lynnhaven Parish when an unusually severe cold spell with hail and wind killed half the small herds of cattle left from the storm of 1667 (References 1- page 32; 8; 24; 103d -page 3; 104; 105; 114 - page 259; and 145).

1692-1695Church No. 2 is Built. By 1692 tides and severe storms pouring in through the open channel near the church had caused the lands around the church to erode. First the cemetery collapsed into the river, followed by the undermining of the church foundation. Instead of rebuilding near the same location, the congregation decided to move from the mouth of the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay further up the Lynnhaven River for a number of reasons: (1) movement of the population center further up the Lynnhaven River, (2) lack of protection from the British Navy against pirates, (3) Native Americans raids, and (4) severe storms. The vestry approved the building of a new church (Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 2) which was completed in June 1692 (to be known as the Brick Church or Mother Church) but not before the Lynnhaven River overcame Church No. 1. Services had to be held elsewhere for a little less than a year. The new location was on two acres of land sold by Ebenezer Taylor, paid for in 1694 with 1,000 pounds of tobacco. No. 2 was situated on the West Branch of the Lynnhaven River at the end of Cattail Creek (Cattayle Branch on old maps) in a location adjacent to Ferry Plantation known as Church Quarter. Church No. 2, built by Jacob Johnson, was specified to be 45 feet in length and 22 feet in breath between walls with a 13 foot ceiling and wainscot pews. A large rock with a brass plaque stands at the doorway of the Day School (Parish Building) telling about the history of Church No. 2. (References 2, 52, and 1- pages 36 and 39).

The above plaque just outside of the Old Donation Parish Hall Library commemorates Church No 2  placed where the church is believed to have once stood. 

                                        17th Century Map of the West Lynnhaven River

The above map is a 17th century one showing the Lynnhaven River with post-17th century names written on the map, i.e., Witch Duck Point and Witch Duck Bay (Grace Sherwood was ducked in 1706) and the future locations of Independence Blvd and Virginia Beach Boulevard. The map shows Cattail Branch near Old Donation Church and the Lynnhaven House (listed as just “House” on the map). The map is significant because it shows how building supplies were brought in by water for construction of the two churches and the Lynnhaven House built in 1690.
1735 - On January 3rd, just as five hundred colonists anchored in Lynnhaven Bay, a storm arose and the ship was driven ashore. Two-thirds either drowned or froze to death.

1733-1736. Church No. 3 is Built. On November 13, 1733 the vestry ordered the Brick Church (No. 2) be abandoned and Church No. 3 built. This entry in the vestry records probably does not imply that services could no longer be held in the Brick Church (as they did until March 2, 1736) but simply that the Brick Church had reached a “dilapidated state” for a congregation that had progressed in wealth and social status. The new church, 68X33 feet, is 1,254 sq ft larger than Church No. 2, was received by the vestry from Peter Malbone, the builder, on Friday, June 25, 1736. The three years it took to build Church 3 was in part due to the fact that the bricks were sent from England and the timber was hand hewn from trees felled near the spot. There is a brick to the right of the front doorway with the date inscribed (References 73 & 6-pgs 274-276).

1736-1776. The Church Prospers. The eighteenth century was referred to as the “Golden Age,” a time of prosperity and economic growth. Lynnhaven Parish Church served as the “Mother Church” of a rich and aristocratic parish exclusively from English ancestry making up almost half the population, with a quarter of the population being slaves and a quarter Native Americans. Tobacco was king, and horseback riding and fox hunting were the predominant sports. The church prospered under the Reverend Henry Barlow (serving for 18 years) and then Reverend Robert Dickson (serving more than for 27 years). During this colonial period Lynnhaven Parish Church was more of a social institution than a religious one, and Sundays provided the occasion to socialize and transact business. Services were long and held only every other week as some had quite a distance to travel, the fastest way being by water. Being part of the Church of England, Lynnhaven Parish Church was supported by taxation, and the church vestry set tax rates and collected the money, usually in the form of tobacco. Beginning in the 1730’s Presbyterians and Baptists began to protest the tax and steal away poorer church members into their primitive churches while railing against the easy life of the Lynnhaven Parish Church gentry. By the 1760’s a number of Lynnhaven Parish Church members found themselves in debt due to their luxurious and extravagant way of living (References 65 and 41- page 248).

1783 - Demise of the Church. After the Revolutionary War (1783) the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S. took the place of the Church of England. With the British government no longer welding its Anglican authority over Americans, the church lost its tithing tax and the practice of younger sons entering the ministry or purchasing a commission in the army or navy. Without the protection of English church laws, new denominations drew people away from the Episcopal Church, and since there were no longer any bishops in the colonies to fight for the church, Princess Anne County confiscated some of the county's oldest historical Episcopal Church properties after the church membership had faded away.

1788. A Reprieve by a Colorful Priest. Reverend Anthony Walke (1755 - 1814) was responsible for keeping the church from closing its doors altogether. With a large inheritance from his father, he presided as rector over Lynnhaven Parish Church without a salary from 1788 to 1800 and again from 1812 to 1813.  Reverend Walke divided his time between preaching and the hunt. Not only was he noted for delivering sermons with a captivating mild mannered voice, but a more picturesque side of him was his love of fox and deer hunting. He conducted sermons with his horse Silverheels tethered near the door of the church. When he heard those hunting horns, he would immediately turn the service over to his clerk, Dick Edwards, and hurry off on Silverheels, not seen again until late in the day

1821. Reasons for Demise. On November 28th, 1821 at a meeting chaired by Thurmer Hoggard (the first entry in the vestry records since 1813), the Reverend Robert Prout was elected rector and long overdue repairs commenced. Lynnhaven Parish Church with a membership of about 80 was still the center of Protestant Episcopal worship in Princess Anne County, but for the next 35 years, Princess Anne’s population center gradually shifted to Kempsville on the banks of the Elizabeth River, a far superior channel over the silting up Lynnhaven. But this was not the only reason for its demise.  Sometime in the early 1850’s Author Bishop William Meade (1789-1862) wrote about a conversation he had with David Walke (1800 – 1854), son of Reverend Anthony Walke. “Formerly this was one of the most flourishing parishes in Virginia. The social class, the rich feast, the card-table, the dance, and the horse-race, were all freely indulged in through the county. And what has been the result? The causes of bankruptcy and ruin [were] cards, the bottle, the horse-race, the continual feasts, - these were the destroyers.”
1856. The Church Closes Its Door. On March 11th 1843 Reverend John G. Hull was forced to resign because of his failing health, but so entirely devoted was he, congregants refused to accept his complete resignation and insisted that he continue by going from house to house. Despite poor health, not only did he travel the distances between large farms, but he also managed to help build Kempsville Emmanuel Church in 1843, a little brick church in Kempsville, and by 1856 Emmanuel Church had drawn away the remainder of the Old Donation’s Church congregants. The Old Donation Vestry held their last meeting in March, 1856.  
Not long after the doors were closed, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a law that churches and chapels formerly owned by the Church of England and not used within a calendar year reverted to the ownership of the Commonwealth. There was so much love for the abandoned old church that different folks from Emmanuel made annual pilgrimages to Old Donation to hold services. (References 6-page 284, 9, 41-pages 249- 252, 46, 115-page 69).

Church 3 is depicted here prior to the 1882 fire and sometime after 1767 when the side door was moved about eight feet from the end of the long south wall to its present location. The entrance narthex and side sacristy were added during reconstruction in 1916.

1882 - The Fire. Abandoned for services in 1856 the church fell into a state of disrepair. Finally the sides buckled and the roof caved in. Then a woods fire burned most of the church in 1882. The roof and part of the walls were destroyed (Reference 195).

1901 – Congregants pose for a picture after a memorial service in the ruins of Old Donation Church. Standing in the foreground are Licia Williamson and Dr. F.C. Steinmetz (Rector of Christ Church). From left to right in the background are Lulie Sharpe, Reverend J. Alfriend, (unknown), Mary Wilson Hoggard, Benjamin Dey White, Fanny Hoggard, Dr. David W. Howard, and (unknown).

This picture was taken sometime before the church was rebuilt and is a view of the north front corner. Stables used by past parishioners remained and can be seen in the rear of the church.

1882-1912 - Rescue of the Church. The Commonwealth of Virginia passed a law that churches and chapels formerly owned by the Church of England and not used within a calendar year reverted to the ownership of the Commonwealth. After the vestry held their last meeting in March, 1856, there was so much love for the abandoned old church that different folks from Emmanuel Episcopal Church made annual pilgrimages to the church to hold services. This might have included Reverends John G. Hull, Lewis Walke and N. A. Okerson, and possibly others. In 1882, after the fire had all but destroyed the church, Reverend Thurmer Hoggard IV (1819-1902) took over this responsibility. As a loyal Episcopalian and young man he had worshiped at Old Donation in the early 19th century and kept alive a dream of restoring Old Donation. After Hoggard’s death in 1902 his son and two daughters Mary and Fannie Hoggard continued annual services. Shortly afterwards Reverend Richard J. Alfriend (Oct. 1 1860 - Jan. 6 1923), a lay reader from Kempsville Episcopal Church, built on the Hoggard family’s success by continuing these annual services until 1912 when he was ordained as Rector (References 1–page 95, 44, 75 and 255).

Reverend Richard Alfriend

1912-1916 - The Church is Rebuilt. Reverend Richard Alfriend (1 Oct 1860 – 6 Jan 1923) began to build a new congregation as plans for restoration of the burned out church got underway. Mrs. Jeb Stuart, widow of the famous Confederate general, started the building fund with a donation of one dollar. Even before re-construction commenced, Reverend Alfriend led the small congregation in services on the church grounds in good weather and in nearby W.E. Biddle School during inclement weather (located near the intersection of Independence Blvd and Haygood Rd).
Reverend Alfriend and Mary Emily Hume (June 10, 1869 – October 22, 1952) had 8 children; Emily Hume (1869 – 1952), Eliza Prentis (1889 – 1904), Margaret Bland (1891 – 1968), Richard Jeffrey (1894 – 1971), John Samuel (1897 – 1974), Virginia Blair (1901 – 1983), Mary Blair (1903 – 1995), and Theodoric (Thee) Bolling Sr (1906 – 1987).   John Samuel Alfriend was the president of the Commerce Norfolk Bank and helped start Old Dominion University in when it was founded in 1930 for which the Chemistry Building carries his name, the Alfriend Chemistry Building. 
Sometime in 1913 a saw mill was erected near the ruins of Old Donation, and huge trees that had grown up within the walls of the church were cut up and the lumber used to build a parish house and horse sheds (where Tucker Hall now stands). The below picture dated 1913 shows the parish house with two cars and two buggies (one hitched to a horse) in front.

After the erection of the parish house in 1913 services were held regularly indoors. By 1914 membership had grown to 50. Through the enthusiastic and tireless efforts of Reverend Richard Alfriend and Judge Benjamin Dey White, Senior Warden, plans went forward for reconstruction. Charles. M. Barnett, a member of the Vestry, and Judge White secured the necessary $7,000 when they traveled to New York in 1915 to borrow money from bankers. Mr. Barnett had connections there as his business was the shipping of the famous Lynnhaven Oysters to New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Grand Central Station. By May 15, 1916, at a re-consecrated or dedication ceremony, repairs were well under way and completed October 11, 1916 when the Church’s cornerstone on the northeast corner was laid. On May 15, 1918, the church held a consecration ceremony after the notes to the bankers in New York were paid off. Included in the rebuilding of the church was the addition of the narthex (10 by 12 foot vestibule entrance) and sacristy (16 by 14 foot services and storage area for altar vestments, linens, and other essentials for communion). One can tell the 1736 bricks from the new bricks by the color on the outside of the church.

The restoration included a large chancel area around the altar for the choir as seen in this 1920 picture above, the only Gothic characteristic. The choir would be relocated 50 years later to the balcony. Four stone plaques on the walls of the church honor those members who worked to restore the church, i.e., May Etta Belle Fentress, George H.H. Woodhouse, Josiah Woodhouse, William Etheridge Biddle, B.D. White, M. Absalom, W.S. Fentress, S.F. Charles M. Barnett. Included are the architect, J.W. Lee and builder, C. O. Sherwood (References 1-pg 96, 2, 3, 35, 52, 60, 61, & 64).

1916 - The Cornerstone and Time Capsule. At christening ceremonies of the rebuilt church on October 11, 1916 the cornerstone and a time capsule were laid. The gleaming white cornerstone of Old Donation Church hidden in the azaleas at the northeast corner of the old church has this inscription:
[Note] The 1694 date is incorrect and should read 1692. Confusion arose from the fact that the deed (Deed Book 1, page 68, Virginia Beach Circuit Court) transferring the property clear of debt to the Lynnhaven Parish Church Senior Warden Eban Ezer Taylor was dated September 5, 1694, two years after construction was completed.

The Ancient Free & Accepted Masons were invited to conduct the service by Senior Warden Freemason Judge Benjamin Dey White who began the ritual. Complete with elements of wine (the Wine of Refreshment), oil (the oil of Joy and Gladness) and corn (the corn of Nourishment), the participants followed the elaborate and formal readings. At the setting of the stone, the following passage appears: “Most Worshipful Master: It has ever been the custom of the craft on occasions like the present to deposit within the cavity within the foundation stone certain memorials of the period at which it was erected. Has such a deposit been prepared? It has been prepared and placed within a sealed box. You will read a list of the contents of the box. You will superintend and see that the box is deposited in the place prepared for its reception.” Judge White was a member of the Princess Anne Mason Lodge No 25 from 1908 to 1923.  Also Rev Alfriend was a member of Virginia Beach Mason Lodge No 274 and was one of their chaplains in 1917.

We know about one of the items in the time capsule from an entry in a notebook (one of a number of valuable documents, a copy of which is maintained in the Old Donation Library) by Richard J. Alfriend, Rector, and dated October 11th, 1916. “The cornerstone of Donation Church was laid by the Masons of Princess Anne Wednesday, October 11th 1916. In preparing the various records of interest – to be placed in the Stone the writer thought it only just to put in same a short sketch of one who was a faithful member of the parish of Lynnhaven, Lay Reader, and representative in the Diocesan Council for 60 years – Mr. Thurmer Hoggard late Senior Warden, Born 1819 – died 1902. This contribution to his relics placed in the box of this Sepns is offered in gratitude for the love friendship shown the writer by this godly churchman. Mr. Hoggard from his earliest youth, besides his interest in State & County affairs (he was at one time County Treasurer) showed a deep and pious interest in the affairs of his church of Old Donation. At the early age of 23 he was appointed Lay Reader (owing to the failing health of the Rector, the Reverend Mr. Hull) by the late Bishop Meade. At this time he was elected by the Vestry as a delegate to the Diocesan Council of Virginia, and represented his Church in the Councils faithfully for 60 successive years.”

2009 – A Historical Traditions Committee was formed by Pete Owens, and in 2014 the committee began discussing plans to remove the time capsule from the cornerstone for the 100th anniversary of the church reconstruction. In Feb 2016 Eloy Feliciano (Secretary, Virginia Beach Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Virginia Beach Lodge No. 274) became involved for the Oct 11, 2016 celebration since his lodge had held the ceremony 100 years earlier.  Mr. Feliciano’s research reveled that Senior Warden Judge Benjamin Dey White who helped organize the 1916 ceremony was a member of the Princess Anne Mason Lodge No 25 from 1908 to 1923. Also of significance, Mr. Feliciano found that Rev. Richard J. Alfriend was a member of Virginia Beach Mason Lodge No 274 and was one of their chaplains in 1917. On Friday morning, 16 Sep, 2016 church member and stone mason Mike Brunick cut the cornerstone from the church. The next day professional curator, Assistant Objects Conservator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Katherine McEnroe, painstakingly removed contents from a small completely rusted time capsule in the cavity of the stone.  The only contents proved to be a lock mechanism of the completely rusted capsule, an 1888 one cent Canadian coin, and a damaged and unreadable set of folded papers. Katherine could only make out two scrapes as “than - for - Light - he en.”  Katherine took both objects back to Williamsburg for cleaning and research. She returned them by mail on 30 September 2016 where they will be displayed in the Church’s new historical library when built.
Contents of Time Capsule carefully placed on white paper by Katherine McEnroe
The Historical Committee met on that morning 17 Sep 2016 and concluded that, unlike 1916, the objects replaced in the time capsule would be described and recorded so future generations may not want to open the capsule again.  On Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00pm, the stone was ceremoniously replaced by the Ancient Free & Accepted Mason Lodge. Church members had offered sacred reminders that were placed in the time capsule. Two books are in the historical library showing pictures of these items with a full description of the ceremony. The stone was actually replaced 20 Dec, 2016 as part of contract work to restore mortar between the brickwork by Mr. Lawrence Waller of Kayade Construction Company LLC. This was an unannounced date due to delay in getting the proper mortar color. 

1916-1929 - the Church Struggles. Rufus and Diana Parks joined the church just after the 1916 reconstruction. Their daughter Ann (May 11, 1917 - Jun 21, 2002) recounted in an Oct 4, 1987 Virginian Pilot’s Beacon article “Old Donation Church Still a Quiet Island of Beauty” her memory of growing up in the church in the 1920’s. “There wasn’t any electricity or running water. But they had a Christmas pageant that drew people from far and wide the week before Christmas.” Ann recalled that the church was heated by coal stoves, two in the church and one in the Sunday school. “Sexton John Wilson would go over there and spend Saturday night and fire up the stoves so they would be warm in the morning.” She remembered the community and church life. “There were only country roads and all down Independence Boulevard. There were only farms – six, I believe. We were lucky if we had 25 in the congregation. And if we didn’t go every Sunday we’d get a call to see if we were sick. The church was very poor and women would meet every month and pickle and preserve to raise money.”

1923 - Bell Tower. The church’s bell tower was erected in 1923. There was a bell tower or lychgate at the entrance to the cemetery (no longer standing). Bodies were placed here before being taken into the church for funeral services. (Reference 134).

1957 - The Rectory. A Rectory was built (Alfriends House) and the Reverend Beverley D. Tucker, Jr. was the first to reside there. Today the building is used for meetings, offices, and storage.

1954-1991 - The Parish House. Construction of the Parish House took place in four phases.
* 1954 - Phase One. A Christian Education building was constructed and completed in 1954. The original building had a large meeting area with fewer walls which were put up later for church offices. This is a 98 by 33 foot (3,100 sq ft interior space) single story brick building with a gable roof. After completion, the old frame parish house located where Tucker Hall now stands was torn down and donated to another small church, which hauled its lumber away in a truck (Reference 3).
* 1961 - Phase Two. A Day School was attached to the south side of Phase One, an 86 by 69 ft (4,735 sq ft) single story brick building, flat roof with double door opening to a 36 by 29 ft (1,044 sq ft) court yard surrounded on three sides by rooms and open to the east.
* 1969 - Phase Three. Rooms were added to the south side of the Day School which exits onto playground, a 70 by 46 ft (3,000 sq ft interior space) single story brick building with flat roof.
* 1991 - Phase Four. A multipurpose room with a room divider and three large storage areas was named Tucker Hall, for the Reverend Beverley Tucker (40 by 70 ft or 2,691 sq ft interior space). Also included in this last phase were the kitchen and two bathrooms (53 by 34 ft or 1,715 sq ft), library and hallway extension (29 by 23 ft or 615 sq ft interior space) connecting Tucker Hall and the Day School to then completely close off the east side of the courtyard, and bricking in the porch to the front of the Day School for five additional Day School rooms (69 by 10 ft or 612 sq ft interior space).

Existing steel rods were anchored into new steel beams 
buried into the side walls to keep the walls from buckling outward

1960 - Major Structural Repairs. During an Easter service conducted by Reverend Beverley Tucker, when Ruth Ann Campbell was playing as church organist, the walls and roof began to separate, creating a gap between the stairs to the organ loft and the wall. The church was “condemned” by the county building inspectors. Major structural repairs were made to the roof structure and brick walls to anchor the existing five steel spanner bars (visible inside) with steel beams built into the side walls to prevent outward thrust from the gabled roof.   (References 2 and 3).

1966 - More Repairs. Although major repairs to the roof and walls were made in 1960, the rest of the church was in a serious state of disrepair. The concrete floor was cracking and sinking in the nave area (central part of a church, extending from the narthex to the chancel), and the wood floor in the chancel area (space around the altar) was termite-eaten; the plaster on the side was falling; and the pews (a second-hand addition in 1916) needed replacing. The original brick work on the south wall was uncovered, and the holes and shadows of the hanging box pews of early wealthy parishioners were exposed. These deficiencies were corrected with re-furred, re-plastered and re-painted walls, termite treatment, and a new slate floor. New lighting, heating, and air-conditioning systems were added. To bring the church back in line with its original Colonial “Prayer Book” architecture (the 1916 rebuilding reflected the then popular Gothic chancel design) and add more space, the choir and organ were relocated from the chancel up to the balcony, kneelers added, and the lectern and prayer desk relocated adjacent to the pulpit. The Architect, Milton Grigg, estimated the cost at $45,000. A prominent Norfolk banker, Reverend Alfriend’s 5th child, John Samuel Alfriend (1897 – 1974), arranged for his bank, the National Bank of Commerce (a predecessor of the old Virginia National Bank), loaned the repair money to the church without a mortgage (deed of trust). John stated that he did not want a mortgage secured by a church in which his father was buried (Reference 48).

1986 – The Driveway and Parking Area. Up until this time this area was dirt and gravel with muddy potholes after a rain. Asphalting this whole area was a significant improvement. Sometime later a large oak tree standing in the middle of the driveway in front of Tucker Hall had to be felled. A large circle in the asphalt is visible where the tree once stood.

Chapter 3 - Significant Historic Topics

1655Witchcraft. Lynnhaven was caught up in one of darkest periods of seventeenth-century history, the persecution of witches. Women suspected of being witches were subjected to trial by water. The earliest known accusation of witchcraft in Lynnhaven Parish showed up in a court order of May 23, 1655. Ann Godby was ordered to pay 300 pounds of tobacco for slander for accusing Nicholas Robin’s wife of witchcraft (Reference 1- page 59).

1640-1952. Chapel-Of-Ease Churches. These crude church buildings were built within the bounds of Lynnhaven Parish (part of Lower Norfolk County until 1691 when it became part of Princess Anne County) for the attendance of those who could not reach the Lynnhaven Parish church conveniently. According to George Carrington Mason’s book, "The Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1723-1786" dated 1949, “Of all the eleven colonial churches and chapels of Lynnhaven Parish, only two survive: the Old Donation Church and the Eastern Shore Chapel.” He also says, “As there were three successive Lynnhaven Parish Churches and three Eastern Shore Chapels, so we find it recorded that there were also three chapels at Pungo.” Therefore, there must have been eight chapel-of-ease and three Lynnhaven Parish churches with only one original building standing today, i.e., Old Donation Church. When the last of the Chapel-Of-Ease Churches, the 3rd Eastern Shore Chapel, was condemned and disassembled in 1952, the congregation built a new Eastern Shore Chapel on Laskin Road, conforming as much as possible to the blueprints of the old structure (References 21, 44, and 114 pages 243-252).

1695 - 1750The Courthouses. The association between the colonial church and courthouse was always very close, and they were frequently built on adjoining sites. Adam Thoroughgood started the town of Lynnhaven with a church (church no. 1), a Glebe [rector’s house], and a courthouse. In 1660 a second courthouse was erected on Thomas Harding’s plantation at Broad Creek off the Eastern Branch Elizabeth River, and in 1689 the justices authorized the construction of two more courthouses, one in the town of Norfolk. For the other, Adam Thoroughgood’s grandson, Argall, obtained a court order for it to be built on Edward Cooper’s land near the first Eastern Shore Chapel. Then after Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 2 was completed in June 1692, in accordance with custom, the Eastern Shore Chapel Court House was torn down and moved by boat adjacent to Church No. 2. This courthouse, in which the famous Grace Sherwood was adjudged a witch, was torn down in 1735 to make way for construction of Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 3, and was rebuilt a mile away at Ferry Farm Plantation (References 1- page 36, 44- page xiii, 52, 74-page 109, and 155).

Land Acquisitions

* 1694. Two acres of land was purchased from Ebenezer Taylor for Church No. 2 (the Brick Church) and paid for in 1694 with 1,000 pounds of tobacco. This description of two acres was an approximation since the Virginia Beach Court of Records shows a plat dated June 20, 1913 of “Donation P.E. Church Lot on Bay Shore” with 2.776 acres of land. The plat shows the church bordered by two roads, “Public Road to Witchduck” (present day North Witchduck Road) and “C. M. Barnett’s Private Road” (present day south boundary of the church property and road to Ferry Plantation House).

* 1774 - 1777. Large areas of land were added to the church property through Reverend Robert Dickson’s donations and bequeaths to support and continue the free school for orphan boys. Called “Donation Farm” the land included today’s area to the south of the church encompassing Pembroke Meadows, Old Donation Estates, Old Donation Farm, and Hudgins Shores. When the church was abandoned in 1856, Church No. 2 and the land given to the church by Reverend Dickson was appropriate by Princess Anne County and sold.

* 1950’s (early). A smaller plot was purchased for a below market price from Virginia Hutchison where Alfriends House is now located.

* 1972. On August 18, 1972, the Virginia Beach Court of Records has on record the deed to property purchased for one dollar from the Terry Corporation of Virginia with the condition that for period of ten years the property be used solely for park, recreation, playground, and/or landscaped areas with no building construction allowed. On January 28, 2012 the church dedicated the Donazione Labyrinth pathway, the only thing done with these 1.958 acres of land on the north side of North Witchduck Road (across the street from the church) For details of the labyrinth see “Modern Activities History” below. In 2015 the land was sold for $300,000 to Sentara Independence Hospital with the stipulation the Labyrinth pathway would be re-built in the vacant field south of the Crape Myrtle tree line and that the parking lot Sentara built on the acquired land could be used by the church on evenings and week-ends.  
* 1983. James Carey Hudgins promised land to Old Donation Church - the current field south of the Crape Myrtle tree line. After his death his daughter, Ethel Virginia Hudgins Howren (1905 – 1983) bequeathed the land to the church with the provision it be used only by the church and could not be sold or used for any other purpose. If so the land would revert back to her heirs, a provision was imposed on her heirs. This brought the total land area to 6.587 acres. (Reference 35).

Seating Arrangements 

1736 - 1767.
Church No. 3 (today’s historic church) began June 25, 1736 with the traditional colonial seating arrangement, just as Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg was arranged. In the back half of the church the sexes were segregated during “Divine Worship” with men seated on the north and the women on the south if this could be arranged. Occupying the front half of the church were boxed off areas know as Great Pews with seats facing each other. A vestry order dated July 10, 1736, tells of six Great Pews and a seventh on the north side of the communion table. The Great Pews were reserved for congregants of wealth and importance.

The above picture shows locations of Great Pews for the Magistrates (1), their wives (2), the Thoroughgood family (3), the elder women of good repute and Magistrates’ daughters (4), vestrymen and their wives (5), such women as the Wardens chose (6), and Walkes family (7). Also in 1736 a private hanging pews was purchased and hung next to the north wall (left side when facing the altar) by Captain William Robinson (11) providing a better view and warmth in the winter. His hanging pew was accessible along a catwalk from the upper balcony and looked like a theater box seat suspended by iron tie-rods, decoratively twisted and tied into the roof beams.

The above picture shows the seating arrangement thirty-one years later in 1767. Captain James Kempe had another hanging pew installed on the same north wall (9), necessitating that his family walk through Captain William Robinson’s hanging pew to get to his. Walter Lyon (10) and Thurmer Hoggard (12) also had two more hanging pews installed on the south wall about that time. Small windows were cut into the wall (still in place today) to light the four hanging pews. Also in 1767 a private Great Pew was added by Colonel Edward Hack Moseley (1717 - 1783), the father of Lt Col Edward Hack Moseley Jr (1743 - 1814) (8) where the pulpit stands today. The pulpit had to be moved to the north side of the communion table and the side door moved about eight feet from the end of the long south wall to its present location. Also about this time the central altar window was bricked-up to make room for a reredos, a solid wood piece on the back wall of the altar (not the one currently in place).

Small windows cut to light the four hanging pews (two on each side of the church)

An October 16, 1736 entry in the Vestry Book revealed the strictness of these seating assignments. It was written, “The Vestry do hereby publish and declare, that who or whatsoever person shall assume to themselves a power: to take the liberty to place themselves or others in any other seats or pews in said church: shall be esteem’d a Disorderly person and may Expect to be dealt with according to law.” What fate befell them is not documented, but other sins such swearing, blasphemy or profaning the Sabbath dictated a trip to the stocks and pillory.
1822. The backs of the pews were cut down so the congregation could see each other. At this time the box pews and the hanging side pews were dismantled and the pulpit was moved back to the north side as it now stands (References 2, 5, 38, 52, 44-page xvii, and 179–page 28)
In 1634 the Governor of Virginia awarded Captain Adam Thoroughgood 5,350 acres of undeveloped lands located between the Chesapeake Bay and the western branch of the Lynnhaven River. This award was for paying the passage of 105 English citizens from London to Virginia. Just as Adam had been indentured in 1621, Englishmen were to be used by him as indentured servants for several years and then given freedom and 50 acres of land, terms the Virginia Company of London had established to help populate the colonies. They came in 17 different ships between 1628 and 1635.  By 1637 most of Adam’s indentured servants had been set free with 50 acres of land. Needing more help, on February 8, 1637 Adam bought three African men to be indentured under the same terms he had provided to his Englishmen. Once their indenture expired, they were given land and built their own homes. They were treated like any white man, able to testify in court and vote. They lived and worked among white settlers equally. But rights for blacks began to be taken away, and by 1670 a “slave law” stipulated that all blacks brought in by sea had to be slaves for life. This was the beginning of a cruel system of human bondage that would eventually strip Africa of fifty million natives, the largest genocide of a people, ever!  They were forcibly captured in Africa and taken to a lifetime of hard labor at the lash of the whip. Families were separated, never to be seen again. They had nothing to look forward to except an early death.
By 1731 the decline of indentured servants saw the steady increase in the slave population to about a quarter of Virginia's population. With this increase the white population became increasingly worried about the possibility of a slave uprising. Until 1731 slave owners were allowed to bring their slaves to Lynnhaven Parish Church, where they sat in the balcony and took communion outside. As worries mounted, the vestry made the decision to no longer allow slaves in the church at all. Not content to stand outside during the long services, they began to meet. In the winter of 1731 slaves in Lynnhaven Parrish assembled on a Sunday during church services and chose leaders for an insurrection, but the meeting was discovered. A trial ensued, and four black ringleaders were hanged and the rest harshly punished. But insurrection talk among the slaves continued to spread, and militia patrols were employed to break up slave gatherings. Further, every man had to carry his guns to church on Sunday less they be stolen by slaves. Virginia Governor Gooch told the Bishop of London that some of the blame for slave unrest fell on cruel masters who "use their Negroes no better than their Cattle." In “Gateway to the New World, History of Princess Anne Country, VA 1607 – 1824,” by Florence Kimberly Turner, 1884, on pages 153  - 155, a 14 Sept 1736 British Public Records report from Governor Goochy to the Council of Trade and Plantations, “Account of Negro Conspiracy.”
By the end of the 1730s Lynnhaven Parish saw the decline of tobacco and a gradual shift to grain, requiring fewer slaves. By the close of the eighteenth century Lynnhaven Parish had one of the smallest percentages of slaves in Virginia, but Virginia as a whole had the largest slave population of all the states with almost forty-five percent of its households owning slaves.
Our famous Reverend Anthony Walke (1755 - 1814) wanted to see the end of slavery and along with Thomas Jefferson was one of the early thinkers on how this could happen. Nevertheless, he was the largest slaveholding Episcopal minister in Tidewater Virginia. When he died he had over sixty-five slaves without a mention of their freedom in his will. But he must have left his thoughts with his grandson David (1800-1854) who stipulated upon his wife’s death that his slaves were to be freed which did not happen.

After the Civil War with the abolition of slavery, many former slaves had the opportunity to start their life anew with a family name of choice.  Those from the Thoroughgoods, a name of great prestige in the 18th century, chose their master’s family name. Even after receiving their freedom, life for blacks was a struggle under the south’s repressive Jim Crow laws. However, they were able to move freely, and some went north while many stayed behind in the south. Southern black communities experienced varying degrees of freedoms and progress. Virginia Beach’s Seatack is one such incredible story. Present day Seatack is an area just inland from the resort strip and south of Virginia Beach Boulevard. Today Seatack is recognized as the oldest black community in the United States. In the 1900s blacks were encouraged to settle in this area because whites didn't see the future value of the swampy wooded land.  They not only moved in but also thrived there. Even in the late 1700s freed slaves lived in this area.  They owned their own farms and built their own homes.  They were craftsmen, builders, farmers, fishermen, and hunters.  Whatever they needed, they built it with their own hands. Through hard work by Seatack black citizens, life flourished. (References 51, 74, 101-page 69, 116, 174-176, and 214).

Reverend Dickson’s Free School.

For some unrecorded time Lynnhaven Parish Church conducted a free public school for orphan boys in the adjacent court house. In 1733 the Vestry decided to tear down the court house and jail to make way for Church No. 3. In order to continue the school, on March 2, 1736 Anthony Walke put a motion before the Vestry “that the old church [Church 2] would be a convenient place to make a public school for instructing children in learning and for no other use or purpose whatsoever.” When Reverend Robert Dickson became Rector in 1748 he took over running the school and for 28 years invested his energies in seeing that the orphan children became prosperous respected citizens. In this day most facilities for poor children were not schools at all but work houses that provided little education and sometimes worked the children to death at an early age. When Reverend Dickson stepped down as Rector in 1776, the school continued under the management of churchwardens as indicated in numerous Vestry Book entries. In 1803 the Reverend George Holston was put in charge of the free school, and in later years Reverends James Simpson and Anthony Walke alternated as head masters. The public school was operated as late as 1819, but a separate private school house was never built using Reverend Dickson’s endowment as he had instructed. With the church losing funding and attendance to the Kempsville Emanuel Church, the Vestry was no longer able to continue with the school. When the church was abandoned in 1856, Church No. 2 and the land given to the church by Reverend Dickson was appropriated by Princess Anne County and sold.

As early as 1627 the British shipped orphans to Virginia as a way of alleviating a financial burden. Unmarried mothers and the children of impoverished families made up the balance of these unfortunate youth. There were two prospects for these children: workhouses or free schools. Bruton Parish, being less than fifty miles to the north of Lynnhaven Parish took the economical route and built a workhouse in 1755, a complex of buildings near Capitol Landing on a hilltop overlooking Queens Creek. Under Reverend Thomas Dawson the vestry record states that the facility would be a place “where the Poor might be more cheaply maintained and usefully employed," because "providing for the Poor of the said Parish hath always been burdensome” and the church should "compel the Poor of their Parish to dwell and work in the said House under whatever restrictions the House might impose.” There is no direct record of the fate of the children on the other side of the James River from Lynnhaven Parish, but in general the plight of children who lived in workhouses in Virginia was far from happy, and mortality rates were high.

Lynnhaven Parish Church was one of the first institutions (if not the first) in Virginia to take advantage of a 1727 Virginia General Assembly update to the colony's poor laws providing funds for church wardens to train poor children to become self-supporting craftsmen with the added benefit of book learning. When Reverend Dickson took over as Rector in 1748 he lead the way in Princess Anne County convincing other churches that training orphans in a productive trade was more economical than working untrained youth for limited profit.

Given eighteenth-century presuppositions about education (it was not thought necessary or proper to educate girls, even the daughters of the gentry), it was not surprising that Lynnhaven Parish Church focused on the placement of disadvantaged boys and not girls. Nevertheless, Lynnhaven Parish provided the wards of girls in such circumstances with material aid. Vestry Record expenses for 1773 included subsidies to Susannah Nicholas for “support of two children” (480 lbs.), to Frances Jobson for “keeping her two children” (600 lbs.), to Elizabeth Petree for “supporting a Child” (300 lbs.), and to Hannah Fallen for “support of her three Children” (900 British Pounds).

From all over Lynnhaven Parish poor and neglected children were indentured or bound out to the Lynnhaven Parish Free School for orphan they were 21 years of age when they were free to live in Lynnhaven Parish practicing the trades they were taught. Prior to, during, and after Reverend Dickson’s death Lynnhaven Parish Church wardens displayed an impressive capacity for independent, innovative, and extraordinary acts on behalf of boys. Vestry Records indicate that the parish was educating a high percentage of boys in carpentry, shoemaking, coopering, weaving, and tailoring. A few were even bound out to more elite or genteel craft trades such as silversmith, wigmaker, pewterer, sailmaker, and clockmaker. Captains Kempe and Keeling bound out ten children, all boys, nine of them identified as “orphans” and one simply as “poor.” Lynnhaven Parish also provided health care to the boys. Vestry Records show that 1,948 British Pounds was paid to Dr. Christopher Wright in 1754, and in 1757 the Church hired a Dr. Price “to serve the Parish the ensuing year,” a commitment that continued through 1762.

In 1774, three years prior to Reverend Dickson death, he gave property to the Vestry of Lynnhaven Parish, the income to be used in employing, "an able and discreet teacher in the Latin and Greek languages and the mixed mathematics, to teach and instruct therein such number of the poor male orphan children being natives of the parish, as rents and income would justify.” Upon his death in 1777, Dickson’s will stated that one half of his personal estate should go to his wife Amy, with the rest to be sold and the money to go to the Vestry of Lynnhaven Parish, and after the death of his wife the balance of the estate was to be sold to support the free school. His estate included his home, slaves, and property. In 1801 there was a claim to the land Dickson donated to the church that challenged Old Donation Vestry control, and in 1813 the church was involved in a claim for the Dickson land from Dickson’s relatives living in Scotland. These claims apparently came to nothing.

After the American Revolution ended Virginia's state-church relationship, Reverend Dickson’s free school continued and became a model for the Virginia General Assembly. In about 1784 the Assembly appointed a county overseer of the poor whose job was to encourage churches to train poor orphans in lieu of working them to death. After Reverend Dickson’s death (1777), using proceeds from his land, the Vestry continued funding the free school, but, as stipulated in Reverend Dickson’s endowment, never built a private building to replace what was considered public to insure the school’s continuation. Reverend Dickson’s free school ended sometime around 1820 after a century of operation to become celebrated as the first public school in Princess Anne County. (References 6-page 284; 35; 44-page xv; 73-page 10; 41-page 248; 86-pages 74-79; 75; 87-91; and 155).

Old Donation Gets Its Name

Upon his death in 1777 Reverend Dickson donated his home, slaves, and more property to the church to be used to support and continue his free school for orphan boys in Church No. 2. The gifted property was called “Donation Farm” but the term “Old Donation Church” did not appear until a Vestry Record entry in 1822 used that term to order that the “church called ‘old Donation Church’ be put in repair.” (Reference 25).

Locating Church No. 2

References (1-page 92 and 38) describe the location as being roughly 70 feet southwest of present-day Old Donation Church. Reference 44, page xv, states that sometime in the 1940’s, a “sounding rod reveals the outline of its foundation, parallel to the existing church and about 70 feet south and a little west of it, as marked by brick rubble in the soil. These remains lie due west of the present graveyard, which, although stripped of tombstones, is an ancient burial ground, and this would have been the most probable location for an earlier church.” Based on this information, Floyd Painter conducted a dig in this location in June 1986. He was only able to find an old dried up well used for garbage disposal and a few old bricks. The bricks he found may have been from other buildings on the property such as the jailhouse, stables, and/or stock and pillory, but the bricks could not have been remnants of the old courthouse which was moved to the Ferry Farm House when Church No. 3 was built, as the courthouse was wood with a limestone foundation. Also, some of the rubble may also have come from Church No.3 when it was in a state of ruin from 1882 to 1916.
With two acres of land, the “70 feet south of Church No. 3” location places Church No. 3 too close to Church No. 2 since Church No. 2 continued in operation as a public school for orphan boys until sometime after 1800. Belinda Nash (1946 – 2016) was responsible for installing a plaque “Brick Church 1692” just outside of the Parish Hall Library commemorating Church No 2 in her belief Church 2 was in this vicinity. 
The exact location therefore will remain a mystery.

(References 1-page 92; 38, and 44 - page xv, 52, and 54).

Chapter 4 - The Story of the People of the Church


The history of Old Donation could not be complete without giving an account of the church members who shaped local history in and outside the church. More than any institution, they are responsible for a large chunk of Virginia Beach’s past. Various roads, communities, and buildings were named after church members and their deeds, i.e., roads - Adam Keeling, Thoroughgood, Hoggard, Wishhart, Woodhouse, Burroughs, Windham, and Sewell’s Point; streets – Walke, Todd, and Warner; lanes - Kemp and Francis Land; mews – Hosskine, Lanckfield and Caussome (spelled differently); White Acres Court; Alfriends Trail; Yardley Landing; Hayes Avenue; Bullock Trail; Willoughby Spit; and Donation Drive and Old Donation Parkway (in honor of Reverend Robert Dickson’s 1776 land donation to the church).

From its first seventeenth century service in undeveloped lands with only a handful of English settlers in Adam Thoroughgood’s primate wooden house, to the eighteenth century “Golden Age” of the church with its prosperous Virginia gentry, to a burned out church in the woods with no services for over fifty years, to a small membership struggling throughout the first half of the twentieth century, growth and prosperity started to unfold in the early fifties when several parishioners made significant contributions for construction of a day school and parish hall. Then in 1999 Henry Keeling, a direct descendant of Thomas Keeling (1608-1664), originated the Old Donation Endowment Fund Trust with a one million dollar plus post mortem bequest from his estate. Shortly after Henry’s death, Margaret Milliken bequeathed over $800,000 upon her death.

The long history of the church would not be as dramatic without one legendary historic event, the ducking of Grace Sherwood, the “Witch of Pungo.” The street out in front of the church carries the name of this historic episode, i.e., “Witchduck,” and a statue honoring Grace is strategically placed not far from church grounds with Grace facing the church and casting a vigilant gaze on Old Donation. People who stop by to hear the history of Old Donation generally ask first about the “witch.”

From the earliest settler who started the church up to folks still living, this accounting is far from complete, but it represents what is known from their houses still standing, court records, what has been written in books, and interviews with folks still living.

Above is a sketch of the Lynnhaven River as Adam Thoroughgood knew it. Numbers 1–12 show the location of estates and significant events.
(1) 1634 - Adam Thoroughgood built a crude type of wooden house (destroyed by fire in 1660).
(2) 1639 - Adam Thoroughgood started construction of a brick house which was finished by his wife in 1645 (today’s Adam Thoroughgood House).
(3) 1639 - Adam Thoroughgood built Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 1 at Church Point (consumed by the Lynnhaven River in 1692).
(4) 1636- Adam Keeling built the Adam Keeling House (today a private residence).
(5) 1637 - Thomas Allen built his house (today’s John B. Dey House, a private residence).
(6) 1640 - Henry Woodhouse was a member of the first vestry (1640) and the road around his estate carries his name, but the house has long since perished.
(7) 1638 - The Francis Land Estate. Francis Land II arrived in the area about 1638.
(8) 1667 - Adam Keeling dug a small pilot channel here as a quicker way to the Chesapeake Bay (today’s Lesner Bridge site). A month later on September 6, 1667 the worst hurricane ever to hit the area widened the pilot channel to create the new flow of the river.
(9) According to Benjamin Dey White, in his 1924 book “Gleanings in the History of Princess Anne County,” Lake Joyce formed the mouth of the Lynnhaven River.
(10) However, a map by Gen. Benedict Arnold’s engineers made in 1781 denotes the early flow of the Lynnhaven River to be two miles further west at Little Creek.
(11) 1692 / 1736 - Lynnhaven Parish / Old Donation Church No 2 (1692) and No. 3 (1736) on Cattail Creek (Cattayle Branch on old maps).
(12) 1764 - Pembroke Manor was built by Captain John Saunders I (1726 – 1765).

At least five estates (Thoroughgood, Keeling, Allen, Woodhouse, and Land) were connected to each other and were among the first in Lynnhaven Parish. Other first members of the church probably also had houses built on their lands but their locations remain unknown (Thomas Bullock, Christopher Burroughs, Thomas Caussonne, Robert Hayes, Bartholomew Hosskine, William Kempe, John Lanckfield, Henry Seawell, John Stratton, Thomas Todd, Augustine Warner, Thomas Willoughby, Edward Windham, and George Yeardley). Between 1634 and 1651 Thomas Keeling (1608 - 1664), Thomas Allen (1607-1660), Henry Woodhouse (1608 - 1655), and Francis Land (1604 - 1657) acquired lands, all of which were relatively small in comparison to the 5,350 acre estate Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640) acquired for sponsoring 105 immigrants to Virginia in exchange for land. The story of the people of the church begins with these people and their houses (Reference 205).

The Reverend William Thoroughgood baptized his son Adam at St Botolphs, in Grimston Parish, England (as seen today in the above picture). Here young Adam worshiped prior to departing for Virginia.

Captain Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640) (also spelled Thorowgood, Thorogood, Througood, and Thorugood) was an English colonist and community leader who helped settle the area of Lynnhaven and form Lynnhaven Parish Church. He was the youngest son of seven of an influential family headed by the Reverend William Thoroughgood (1579 – 1625), a Puritan minister at Grimston-King's Lynn, England. The topography of Lynnhaven reminded young Adam so much of his homeland town that he gave the Chesopean River and her shore the name Lynnhaven (named after the town of Grimston-King's Lynn, Norfolk County, England, 115 miles north of London). He is also credited with naming New Norfolk County.

Adam Thoroughgood arrived in Kecoughtan (today’s Hampton), Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship Charles, an 18 year old indentured servant of Captain Edward Waters (in return for his passage). Waters was a wealthy plantation owner and astute businessman. In Kecoughtan Adam attended Elizabeth Parish Church as noted in a 1623 census. By that time Adam had worked off his indenture and in 1624 returned to London where he began carrying out an ambitious plan of sponsoring immigrants to Virginia in exchange for land under the same terms that he had accepted when he first came to Kecoughtan – up to five years of servitude in exchange for passage to the colony and fifty acres of land plus fifty acres to the sponsor. While in London on July 18, 1627 he married Sarah Offley, daughter of a financially successful mercantile family, and in 1628, 24-year-old Adam brought 19-year-old Sarah to Kecoughtan.

In 1634 for Adam Thoroughgood’s work in local affairs and for convincing 105 English citizens to leave for Virginia as indentured servants, the Privy Council directed a letter to the Governor of Virginia recommending that Adam be given a patent for 5,350 acres of undeveloped lands (today’s northern Virginia Beach) on the other side of the James River from Kecoughtan. The names of all 105 can be found at reference 209. Moving to his relatively isolated 5,350 acre estate in the fall of 1634, Adam brought with him his 105 indentured servants including Augustus Warner whose granddaughter became the grandmother of George Washington. Adam’s 10 square mile estate in Lynnhaven extended from Little Creek to the present day Lynnhaven Inlet (Lesner Bridge) and south for about two miles incorporating the land on which Old Donations sits today. Adam had a “crude type of wooden house” built the fall of 1634 on the shore of the Chesopean River (renamed Lynnhaven by Adam).

An address delivered by Jacob Heffelfinger at the 3rd centennial of the founding of Elizabeth Parish on July 19th, 1910 (reference 131), reveals that Adam not only acquired a large estate in Lynnhaven Parish, but also had lands Kecoughtan.
Listed as a servant in Mr. Edward Waters muster, he whose escape (Mr. Edwards) from the Nansemond Indians we have noted, is Adam Thorogood, aged eighteen years. He rose to a position of influence in the colony. He was a Burgess from Elizabeth City (in 1620 Kecoughtan was given a new name, Elizabeth City, in honor of the daughter of King James I) in the General Assemblies of 1629 – 1630 and 1632. In the session of September, 1632, he was made a member of the monthly court for Elizabeth City and in 1637 (after relocating to Lynnhaven Parish) was on the council of Governor Harvey. His land adjoined the lands of William Capp and William Clairbome. He also held large tracts of land in Lower Norfolk (Lynnhaven Parish), formerly lower part of Elizabeth City.”

Adam had many firsts in Lynnhaven Parish. One of those was the inauguration of the first public ferry service in 1636 transporting human passengers and, later, horses and wagons, across the Elizabeth River between what is now downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth. This was a simple skiff rowed by Adam’s indentured servants who brought everything from goods to people and animals across the river.

In 1636 Adam convinced the Virginia General Assembly to accept his Lynnhaven Parish as part of Lower Norfolk County (part of today’s Virginia Beach), and a year later he was appointed presiding justice of the county. An entry in the county records (Friday, May 15, 1637) ordered a service be carried out at Captain Thoroughgood’s residence. Therefore, it is logical to assume that the first service of the Lynnhaven Parish Church was held Sunday May 17, 1637. Also at that first session, there is record stating that Anne Fowler had insulted Adam Thoroughgood. She was sentenced to 20 lashes and required to attend the first services held in Adams house to publicly confess her sin and apologize to Adam. Gathering citizens of the little Lynnhaven community, Adam asked 25-year-old Reverend William Wilkinson from Yorkshire, England to hold that first service. County court sessions continued to be held monthly at Adam’s home and at other colonists’ homes. Church was held at Adam’s house every other Sunday until a church at Church Point could be built. Adam Thoroughgood was now, not only the Father of Lynnhaven Parish (Virginia Beach), but Father of the first church in Lynnhaven Parish.

In 1638 Adam had a church (Lynnhaven Parish No. 1) started at today’s Church Point and a year later a more substantial house to replace his crude wooden house. Adam’s second house was built just upriver from the church. The first Lynnhaven Parish Church was completed in 1639, but Adam’s house lacked one brick wall, and before it could be completed Adam died.

In February 1640 Adam and his servants set out to attend a Jamestown Burgess meeting. They all became ill during the trip and returned home. Adam, a few of the servants, and the attending doctor George Calvert died as a result of an unknown illness. At the age of 36 Adam was buried in the churchyard at Church Point and would be accompanied later by his children and Sarah. In 1819 Commodore Stephen Decatur described wading in the river and standing on the tombstone of Adam Thoroughgood.

The above plaque commemorating Adam and Sarah was placed on the back wall of Old Donation Church in October 2010 and consecrated at the All Saints’ Day service November 7, 2010 (References 1- pages 32; 18; 42; 43; 52; 56; 57; 59; 62; 103d-pages 6 and 10; 109-page 101; 103a&d; 107; 111-page 191; 112 pages 3 – 5; 113; 114 page 265; 117; 119; 129-133; 135; 143; 155; 157; 234; and 235).

What did Sarah Thoroughgood look like? No one knows, but from descriptions,

here is a portrait of a likeness showing a 1650 Virginia woman.

Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley (1609 – 1657). Of particular interest is Adam Thoroughgood’s wife Sarah, the founding Mother of Lynnhaven Parish. Her father, Robert Offley Jr., was a merchant, and her mother Anne Osborne, came from a politically powerful family. She would use her rearing to rise above the custom of the day for women to be subservient to men. She went on to exercise her wealth and her position in the budding colony in Virginia in a very strong and forceful manner over both men and women. While in Kecoughtan she had several children in rapid succession and watched them die. Then she gave birth to three girls Ann (1630-1703), Sarah (1631-1658), and Elizabeth (1633-1670), and later in Lynnhaven, Adam II (1638 - 1685); and finally at the age of 33 one daughter, Mary (1642 - ?), by her second husband Captain John Gookin.

When Adam Thoroughgood died in 1640 Sarah was named executrix in his will and inherited, among other things, the brick house for life which was then to go to their son Adam II. This shows that Adam had a lot of confidence in his wife, as wives in 1640 were considered the property of their husbands and participated very little in business affairs.

There is a record of Lower Norfolk Court proceedings on August 3, 1640, arising out of an argument over a cancelled note between Sarah and the wife of a Lynnhaven Parish Church vestryman who made insinuations against Sarah’s recently deceased husband Captain Adam Thoroughgood to which the widow Sarah exclaimed, "Why, Goody Layton, could you never get yours?" Goody Layton replied, "Pish!" To which Sarah replied, "You must not think to put off with a pish, for if you have wronged him you must answer for it, for though he is dead I am here in his behalf to right him." For this one word, “Pish,” Goody Layton was ordered by the court to ask Mistress Sarah's forgiveness on her knees, both in court and the following Sunday in the Lynnhaven Parish Church. Four years later on October 8, 1644, when again she was a widow, two excessively exuberant young men were tried in Quarter Court at James City for making insulting remarks against Sarah’s daughter, also named Sarah. One of them was sentenced to receive fifty lashes on his bare back and to ask forgiveness of the widow Sarah in the Lynnhaven Parish Church, as well as pay her court costs. These court rulings were indicative of her powerful social status in Lynnhaven Parish.

Sarah Thoroughgood remarried less than a year after Adam’s death at the age of 32 in the tradition of that time. The widow's new husband, 28 year old Captain John Gookin (1613 - Nov. 2, 1643), was the son of Daniel Gookin and Mary Byrd of the plantation at Marie's Mount, near Newport News (in most references Capt. John Gooking is spelled “Gookin.”). Upon marrying the influential widow, Captain Gookin assumed position in the community and soon became commander and presiding justice of Lower Norfolk County. Sarah was married to John Gookin little more than two years when he died in 1643.

Bucking the tradition to quickly remarry, Sarah would remain a widow for four years. During this time Sarah remained quite enterprising for a seventeenth century woman. She had Mr. Smyth complete the brick house Adam had started in 1639. In about 1645 she moved her family into it and used her old wood house for an ordinary (tavern) from 1645 to about 1647. It was a place where men could stop along the Lynnhaven River and discuss the politics of the day. Women were not allowed inside, except Sarah, adding to her reputation as being on an equal or even superior footing with the elite male gentry. The ordinary is possibly the source in naming Pleasure House Creek and Pleasure House Road many years later. The wood house burned down in 1660.

In 1647 Sarah married for the third time at the age of 38 to Colonel Francis Yeardley (1620-1655), a man 11 years her junior, son of the former Governor of Virginia. Although Colonel Yeardley had extensive land holdings on the Eastern Shore, he came to reside at Sarah’s new brick house.

In 1653 Sarah and her third husband, Francis Yeardley, sponsored a boat expedition into the unsettled Currituck and Albemarle sounds of North Carolina, then known as, “the south part of Virginia.” Frances and Sarah did not go but instead sent eighteen-year-old Adam Thoroughgood II, Sarah’s son. The expedition met with the leader of several area tribes including Chief Kiscatanewh of the Pasquotank River Yeopim Indians (related to the Weapemeoc Indians), representing himself as “the great commander in these parts.” The party was escorted to Roanoke Island and shown the ruins of Sir Walter Raleigh's fort (the Lost Colony of 1587). Yeardley’s party invited the Indians to “come in and make their peace with the English.” Indian representatives and Chief Kiscatanewh accompanied the expedition back to the Thoroughgood plantation where Chief Kiscatanewh saw Sarah’s children reading together and requested Yeardley raise and educate his only son as a Christian “to speak out of a book and to make a writing.” Mr. Yeardley agreed and also committed to build an English house for the chief in the Albemarle lands in exchange for the right to purchase some Albemarle lands. Sarah likely advised her younger husband throughout these negotiations, as she had intimate knowledge of the work of her two former brothers-in-law that supported Indian conversion. Yeardley was on the Patuxent River in Maryland when Chief Kiscatanewh returned the next time. Being a Sunday, Sarah escorted the chief to Sunday worship services at the Lynnhaven Parish Church -“in her hand by her side.” Sarah certainly was the only woman in those times that could have escorted into church a man who was viewed by the congregation to be dangerous and unwanted. Before and after the service Sarah had to fend off fellow parishioners who tried to intimidate the chief into not returning. Francis Yeardley returned from Maryland in March 1654 and promptly dispatched six men to Albemarle Sound to build the Chief’s English house along with a note requesting the purchase of land. Chief Kiscatanewh returned in May 1654 with his wife, son, and other Indians. The congregation and the visiting 45 Indians crowded into Church No.1 to witness the baptism of the Chief’s son at the baptismal font, the same font recovered from the Lynnhaven River in the early 20th century that had been used for many years as an anchor, and the same font now residing at the entrance to Old Donation Church.

After the service the Chief’s child stayed with Francis Yeardley to be brought up a Christian. However, no record remains of the Chief’s son as Frances Yeardley lived for only a short time longer, dying of illness in 1655, and followed by Sarah two years later. Sarah’s heroic actions were praised in England and later commemorated in the ballad “Lady Yeardley’s Guest” written by Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897). The ballad title suggests the Chief’s son was the “guest” and that her husband was again away in Maryland on the Patuxent River.

Lady Yeardley’s Guest
T was a Saturday night, mid-winter,
And the snow with its sheeted pall
Had covered the stubbled clearings
That girdled the rude-built "Hall"
But high in the deep-mouthed chimney,
‘Mid laughter and shout and den,
The children were piling yule-logs
To welcome the Christmas in.
"Ah So! We’ll be glad to-morrow,"
The mother half-musing said,
As she looked at the eager workers,
And laid on a sunny head
A touch as of benediction,
"For Heaven is just as near
The father at far Patuxent
As if he were here with us."

In August, 1657 the thrice-widowed Sarah died at the age of 48. She was buried at Church Point next to her three husbands. She left orders that she be buried beside John Gookin, her favorite. Her tombstone was still visible at Church Point as late as 1819 when its inscription was published in a Richmond newspaper. “Here lieth ye body of Capt. John Gooking & also ye body of Mrs. Sarah Yardley [nee Sarah Offley] who was wife to Captain Adam Thoroughgood first. Captain John Gooking & Colonel Francis Yardley, who deceased August 1657." Remains of the church were still visible as late as 1850. In 1997 underwater archaeologists identified areas in buried silt where the Lynnhaven Parish Church and the cemetery, including the gravestones of Adam and Sarah Thoroughgood, were located (References 1-pages 32; 8; 17; 43; 45; 48; 52; 62; 98; 99; 100; 101-pages 36-42; 102; 103 page 3 and 4; 106 pages 3 & 6; 114 page 253; 123; and 124).

The Keelings (References 162, 163, 237, and 243).

* Lieutenant Thomas Keeling (1608 - 1664) was one of 105 persons that Adam Thoroughgood persuaded to come from England to settle in the colony of Virginia. Thomas, at the age of 20, arrived in the ship Hopewell in 1628. Around 1635 Thomas was granted one thousand acres of land on the eastern shore of the Lynnhaven River for the transportation of various persons to Virginia. He served as vestryman in Lynnhaven Parish in 1640. He married Ann (1618 - 1682) in 1634 who may have been a niece to Adam Thoroughgood.

* Adam Keeling ( 1638 - 1683) was the son of Thomas Keeling and Ann Thoroughgood. He organized a group of people to dig a small pilot channel from the Lynnhaven River through a huge sandbar about a half-mile long to the Chesapeake Bay so boats would not have to make the long journey west to the mouth of the river.

The Woodhouses. Henry Woodhouse III (1607 - 1655) came to Virginia in 1630 and built his home on Linkhorn Bay shortly after a 1637 grant of 500 acres by the King of England. His estate was between those of Thomas Allen (1607-1660) and Francis Land II (1604 - 1657). Henry was a direct descendant of David I, King of Scotland, and his father, Capt Henry Woodhouse, was governor of Bermuda from 1623 to 1626. Henry's wife, Anne Bacon was a direct descendant of Edward I, King of England, and her father was Sir Nicholas Bacon the keeper of the Great Seal under Queen Elizabeth. Henry was a Lynnhaven Parish Vestryman and Justice from l642 to 1643 and member of the House of Burgess between 1647 and 1652.

Henry’s estate was willed from father to son for 269 years until 1906 with several houses being built on the plantation. The one standing today, “Old Comfort” at 1437 N Woodhouse Road, listed on Virginia Beach’s Historic Register, is just south of the original 1637 house (no longer standing). It was built using slave labor in 1832 by Henry Robert Woodhouse, the 8th generation from Henry Woodhouse III. It is called a Half House, common in this area in the early 19th Century, and thus named because Henry had planned to build the other half later, when he was prosperous enough to afford it. Because of a childhood illness Henry became stone deaf at 11 years of age. This physical handicap kept him from serving in the Confederate Army, but he was loyal to the cause of the south and was for years a friend of General Robert E. Lee who visited him at his home on Linkhorn Bay. When the war was over, and slaves freed, the Woodhouse slaves all stole off in the middle of the night leaving behind tiny baby Jim who was found the next morning in the kitchen and raised by the Woodhouse family. Henry Woodhouse died in 1890, and his wife Mary in 1907.

Generation after generation of Woodhouse’s helped shape Lynnhaven Parish Church. There were certainly more than the folks recorded on these pages. On July 10, 1706 Captain Woodhouse was on the jury that heard the case against Grace Sherwood, accused of being a witch. John S. Woodhouse was one of the vestrymen who in March 1856 signed the minutes for the last time until the church was restored in 1916. Vestryman George H.H. Woodhouse (1840 - 1915) was a soldier in the Confederate Army and his memorial plaque is on the wall of the church. Josiah Woodhouse (1863 - 1929) worked to restore the church from 1910 to 1916. Josiah, along with his wife and infant daughter, are the only Woodhouses buried in Old Donation historical cemetery (References 205, 207, 238, 239, 240, 241, and 242).

The Moseleys (the six generations in Princes Anne County)

William Moseley I (1601-1655) in 1649 came to Virginia from Rotterdam, Holland with his wife Suzanna, two sons, William II and Arthur, and a large quantity of family jewels. As a Cavalier opposed to Oliver Cromwell, the jewels were all he was able to get out of England when he fled to Holland. Trading jewels, primarily to Adam Thoroughgood’s widow Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley(1609 – 1657), in exchange for livestock, William I slowly gained prominence. As Commissioner of Lower Norfolk County from 1649 to his death in 1655 he built a sprawling Dutch- roofed house, Greenwich Plantation, later called Rolleston Plantation by his descendants.

William Moseley II (1635-1700), son of William Moseley I (1601-1655) married Mary Gookin (1642 - ?), the daughter of Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley (1609 – 1657), her last child by her second husband Captain John Gookin. William became Commissioner for Lower Norfolk County and was one of the investors that created Newtown in 1697. When William II died, Mary married Colonel Thomas Walke I (1642-1694), an immigrant from British-ruled Barbados and the first Walke in Princes Anne County (see the Walkes in this paper below). Two sons of William II and their descendants became leaders at Lynnhaven Parish Church and in local politics.

Descents of William II and Mary Gookin’s sons John (1670-1739) and Edward (1661-1736)
John (1670-1739)
Anthony (1689-?)
Francis (? - ?)
William (? - ?) and wife Betty Thorougood* (1747-1808)

Edward (1661-1736)
Hillary (1706-1736)
Edward Hack (1717-1782)
Col. Edward Hack (1740-1814)*

*Buried at Old Donation Cemetery, two of the oldest graves.

Edward Moseley (1661-1736), son of William II (1635-1700), married a widow, Mrs. Bartholomew Taylor. He was a Colonel in the County Militia, Justice of Princess Anne County, High Sheriff, and as Lynnhaven Parish Church vestryman a member of the court that tried Grace Sherwood. In 1697 he had the land around his estate established as the town of Newtown.

Edward Hack Moseley,Sr. (1717-1783), grandson of Edward (1661-1736), married Mary Bassett (1737-1775) who died at the age of 35. Edward then married Frances Wylle who survived him. His daughter, Mary, married Antony Walke II (1726 - 1779) of neighboring Fairfields. Being loyal to King George III, the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, Edward enjoyed the social life of Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore right up until 1775 when the unpopular Lord Dunmore was forced out of Virginia in skirmishes leading up to the Revolutionary War. He remained loyal to the King throughout the Revolutionary War but was too old to take an active part in the conflict and eventually returned to England. So prominent was he at Old Donation that in 1767 he had a private Great Pew built where the pulpit stands today causing the side door to be moved about eight feet from the end of the long north wall to its present location.

Col. Edward Hack Moseley (1740- 1814), son of Edward Hack (1717 – 1782), first married Ann Lovett (1745 - ?) and then Martha Westwood (1747 – 1824). Following his father, Edward was a member of the House of Burgess, Clerk of Princess Anne County, and a vestryman at Old Donation. He was a loyal patriot during the Revolutionary War. Father and son stood on opposite sides, but this obviously did not affect their relationship. A plaque was placed by his broken grave stone in the Old Donation Cemetery by the Princess Anne County Chapter of the NSDAR Bicentennial Project 1977. Edward and Martha’s third child, Burwell Bassett, (1788 – 1868), married Elizabeth Amy Boush (1792 – 1815), the daughter of William Boush (1759 – 1834), a direct descendant of Maximilian Boush II (1660 – 1728) who was the prosecuting attorney against Grace Sherwood (the infamous Witch of Pungo).

Today Rolleston and Newtown are no more. Rolleston stood more than 200 years until it burned down sometime in the late 19th century. At the Kempsville Pleasant Hall there is a pair of old wrought irons that once held the logs that burned in Rolleston. And the family jewels that once belonged to William Moseley I are scattered among Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley’s heirs. (References 246 – 254).

The Lands are one of the several notable families important to Lynnhaven Parish and to local government. Francis Land II (1604 - February 15, 1657) arrived in the area about 1638, and along with Thomas Walke, brought slaves to work the lucrative tobacco fields. By 1657 Francis had acquired 1,020 acres of land adjacent to Henry Woodhouse’s estate. He used flat bottom canoes to transport goods from Pine Tree Branch to the Chesapeake Bay. In 1640 he married Frances (1619 - 1646) whose surname is unknown. On 26 May 1647 Francis was nominated by the Court to serve as Churchwarden for Lynnhaven Parish Church. Francis’ oldest child, Renatus married next door neighbor Frances Keeling in 1665, the daughter of Thomas Keeling. Francis and Frances’ other two children were Francis III and Susan. Francis III had four more male descendants named Francis Land up through Francis Moseley Land VI. By the mid-18th century the plantation had around 20 slaves, typical for the tobacco plantations in the area.

Grace Sherwood - the Witch of Pungo (1660 – 1740). Grace’s father was John White, a carpenter and planter. She married James Sherwood at Lynnhaven Parish Church (Church No. 1) in 1680 and had three sons. Grace’s problems started in March 1697 when Richard Capps accused Grace of casting a spell on his bull, causing it to die. There were no findings, but the Sherwoods then brought suit against Capps for defamation, which by agreement of the parties was dismissed. Then in 1698 Grace was accused by John Gisburne of bewitching his hogs and cotton. James Sherwood brought an action for slander, but lost, and again was unsuccessful in an accusation of slander against Anthony Barnes, who charged Grace with riding his wife and then escaping through the keyhole in the shape of a black cat.

Grace’s husband James died in 1701 and left Grace to fend for herself in working the family's farm and raising her three sons. Bucking tradition by not re-marrying promptly, she unwittingly became exposed to hostilities she had created with her neighbors. Working the farm was hard work, and Grace often wore men's clothing (a rarity for women) while tending to the day-to-day activities on the farm. She was a skilled herbalist, and all of the rosemary growing in Virginia Beach is supposed to have come from a single piece Grace brought from England. As a skilled herbalist, she used her knowledge to cure church members and advise them on which herbs to use for their ailments (to her detractors – the work of a witch). She also served as a mid-wife for countless women. She was strikingly attractive, strong-willed, and a non-conformist by nature. All of these maverick traits plus the bad blood over the petty lawsuits filed by her former husband were more than enough to rekindle rumors about her witch-like behavior. She was accused of blighting gardens, causing livestock to die, and influencing the weather.

Sometime in 1704 Grace got into a fight with Luke Hill’s wife Elizabeth. With Grace getting the worst of it, she sued the Hills for assault and battery. Grace was awarded fifty pounds sterling. After that verdict Luke Hill and his wife resolved that Grace should pay dearly. So in February of 1706 Luke Hill and his wife Elizabeth formally accused Grace of witchcraft, and she was duly hauled before the county court on the charge of having bewitched the wife of Luke Hill. A jury of women was ordered to search her body for suspicious or unusual markings, thought to be brands of the devil, and naturally the jury found, "marks not like theirs or like those of any other woman." However, neither the local court nor the Attorney General in Williamsburg would pass judgment declaring her a witch. The case went back and forth between Williamsburg and Princess Anne County for the next five months. Each time Grace was required to appear in court next to Lynnhaven Parish Church (Church No. 2), she had to make a sixteen mile trek from her farm in Pungo to the court.

Grace finally agreed to have her day in court, and on July 10, 1706 Maximilian Boush, an early warden of Lynnhaven Parish Church (who gave the silver paten which bears his coat of arms to Lynnhaven Parish Church in 1711) prosecuted the case against Grace in front of a jury from the Lynnhaven Parish Vestry (Colonel Edward Moseley, Captain John Moseley, Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Thoroughgood, Captain Woodhouse, Sir John Cornick, Captain Chapman, William Smyth, and Mr. Richardson). Grace was first taken inside Lynnhaven Parish Church (Church No. 2), placed on a stool and commanded to ask for forgiveness for her witchery (see “Gateway to the New World, History of Princess Anne Country, VA 1607 – 1824,” by Florence Kimberly Turner, 1884, on pages 153  - 155, a 14 Sept 1736 British Public Records report from Governor Goochy to the Council of Trade and Plantations, “Account of Negro Conspiracy.”) She said, “I be not a witch, I be a healer.” Not only was this a travesty of justice but the Lynnhaven Parish congregation knew at the time that Luke and his wife were seeking retribution for Grace’s successful suit two years earlier. Instead of testifying on her behalf, they turned their backs on a widowed woman of five years who did not fit in with the norms of that day. The verdict from the jury was for Grace to undergo the ordeal of ducking to ascertain her witchery. If Grace would float in consecrated water she would be deemed guilty of witchcraft; if she drowned, she’d be innocent. Grace was then promptly led out of the church and marched down the dirt road (now Witchduck Road) around 10 a.m. This portion of the land and river where she was cast out of a row boat has since been named Witchduck Point and Witchduck Bay in memory of the occasion. This being a big event, hoards of people from all over the colony flocked to the scene as news of the ducking spread throughout the Commonwealth.

Five women of Lynnhaven Parish Church (Sarah Norris, Margaret Watkins, Sarah Goodaerd, Mary Burgess, and Ursula Henley) examined her naked body on the shoreline for any devices she might have to free herself. Six of the eight member jury (all Lynnhaven Parish vestrymen) rowed out in one boat. In another were the sheriff (Colonel Edward Mosely), the magistrate, and Grace. Just before she was pushed off the boat, the defiant and resolute Grace Sherwood spat out, “Before this day be through you will all get a worse ducking than I.” Grace, bound cross body (thumb to toe), was cast into the river where she quickly floated to the surface. The sheriff then tied a thirteen pound Bible around her neck. Sinking to the river depths once again she was able to untie herself and swim to the surface, proof that she was a witch. For this she spent seven years and nine months in the jail next to Lynnhaven Parish Church.

On July 10, 1706, the day Grace was tried and convicted, the vestrymen of Lynnhaven Parish Church met and voted funds for a proper ducking chair since the procedure used that day (being tossed overboard) was not the proper tradition used in Salem, Massachusetts and would provide no possibility of escape as witnessed in Grace Sherwood’s case. Because twelve years had passed since the infamous Salem Witch trials, interest in perusing other witches trailed off and the ducking chair was never purchased. Nevertheless, Lynnhaven Parish Church would continue to use their stock and pillory for those that perpetrated transgressions. Publicly shaming wrongdoers was customary in early Virginia and enlivened otherwise dull sermons.

Also on this day, July 10th, at the same hour, 10 a.m., 293 years later (1999), the ribbon was cut at Virginia Beach Recreation Center on First Court Road opening the Bayside History Trail that winds its way past Grace’s ducking place and Old Donation Church, two locations revealed to tour groups as places tied to each other in history.

After being released from jail, Grace Sherwood gathered her three sons, John, James and Richard, from a relative who had been looking after them, sued Princess Anne County to get her property back, paid back taxes, and lived out her life quietly on her 145 acres of land in Pungo near present day Muddy Creek Road, 16 miles southeast of present-day Old Donation Church. Grace died at the age of 80 in 1740. Her remains lie unmarked under a clump of trees in a field near the intersection of Pungo Ferry Road and Princess Anne Road.

Today a bronze statue of Grace Sherwood stands watch over Old Donation Church as the most infamous Lynnhaven Parish Church member of old and possibly the most wronged. Sometime about 2003, interim Rector Howard Hanchey talked about Grace from the pulpit admitting that the church had wronged her and that she was in fact a wonderful woman who most likely saved lives through her knowledge of herbs and as a mid-wife. In 2006 the Governor of Virginia officially admitting Grace had been falsely accused and was not a witch but instead an incredible woman, a woman the state of Virginia and Lynnhaven Parish Church wronged.

During the 1960 Easter service the church walls began to separate.  Luckily the church didn’t come down, but it was condemned by the county building inspectors until repairs could be made.  Inspection revealed that the five rods in the ceiling that were supposed to be holding the walls from separating were in fact not tied to anything!  Long horizontal beams had to be installed in the two side walls and tied to the rods. This should have been done back in 1916 as the construction of the roof was such that it was trying to push the two side walls outward.  The builder who restored the church back in 1916 was Charles Sherwood, a man who apparently did a very poor job of reconstruction using cheap floor wood that eventually became full of termites.  He built it at a six-foot slope from side to side and used cheap brick mortar that had to be repaired in 2018.  Was there revenge on his mind?  Besides having the same surname; Charles must have heard stories about Grace and her husband James from Judge Benjamin White, the senior warden in 1916. At the time White was doing research about Grace, and in 1924 published the “Gleanings in the History of Princess Anne County” which included accounts of her husband James bringing suit against Richard Capps, then John Gisburne, and then Anthony Barnes for slandering Grace. In 1701 strong and robust 41-year old James Sherwood somehow mysteriously died. There was certainly hatred toward James, and his hasty burial in the church graveyard was certainly not traditional as he would have been buried at his farm in Pungo.  The Virginian Pilot, June 1st, 1941, wrote about the grave stone of James placed in the Old Donation Church graveyard with these words, as reported by Roger Whichard:

The James Sherwood stone was never found, perhaps carted off by Capps, Gisburne, or Barnes. In those days graves were on plantations, and the only record of a grave stone in Old Donation’s cemetery prior to occupation of church #3 in 1736 was James Sherwood’s grave stone.
(References 10, 11, 12, 13, 28, 35, 40, 42-page, 53, 331, 137, 165, and 166).


The Walkes. This is the story of Thomas Walke I, his two sons, their descendants and the historic houses they built.

Colonel Thomas Walke I (about 1642-1694) was an immigrant from British-ruled Barbados. He was born before 1643. While his exact birth year is unknown, he witnessed a will in Lancaster County, Virginia in 1664 requiring an age of 21. He married Mary Lawson in 1690, also an emigrate from Barbados. Thomas died in 1694, only four years after his marriage, leaving three children, Thomas II or Jr. (1691-1723), Anthony I (1692- 1768), and Mary. Thomas held colonial distinction and was commissioned a colonel by the Governor of Virginia. He made his fortune shipping goods to Barbados from Hampton Roads and slaves back to Hampton Roads from Barbados.

Thomas Walke II or Jr. (first son of Thomas Walke I) and His Descendants

Thomas Walke III
- (around 1720– 1761) was the son of Thomas Walke II. He acquired land in Princess Anne County near London Bridge in the early 1700's. He had five daughters to his 1st wife Margaret Thorowgood and one son Thomas Walke IV (1760 – 1797) to his second wife Mary Ann Thorowgood. In 1759 Thomas III built a brick house, (preserved today at 2040 Potters Road, Virginia Beach) on Upper Wolfsnare Creek, an important waterway then. In 1761 Thomas III died, leaving Upper Wolfsnare to his infant son Thomas IV including seven thousand acres and fifty-five slaves.

Thomas Walke IV (1760 – 1797) was the son of Thomas Walke III. He grew up to be prominent in Princess Anne County. He fought in the Revolutionary War and was one of the two local representatives to the Virginia Convention. In Richmond in the spring of 1788 he helped Virginia, by a narrow margin, ratify the U.S. Constitution. He served as Vestryman and Warden of Lynnhaven Parish for many years. He had much to do with the designing and building of the third Eastern Shore Chapel which stood less than a mile from his home. Thomas IV had Communion Silver bearing the date 1759 shipped from England to Eastern Shore Chapel. The silver is now on exhibit at the Norfolk Museum. Thomas married Elizabeth (1797-1815), but had no children. In his will he left his estate to his wife Elizabeth and two of his sisters. Upper Wolfe Snare Plantation was purchased by the Commonwealth of Virginia to obtain right of way for the Norfolk-Virginia Beach Expressway in 1964, but members of the Princess Anne Historical Society, were able to save the house as a historic landmark.

Colonel Anthony Walke I (second son of Thomas Walke I) and His Descendants

Colonel Anthony Walke I
(1692- Nov 8, 1768) was a man of high standing and character in the Lynnhaven Parish Church serving as a vestryman for many years and contributing to its support. Through his efforts and contributions, Lynnhaven Parish Church No. 3 was built using imported brick. He was Colonel and Commander of troops in Princess Anne County under his majesty King George III. He married three times. His first wife was Mary Sanford. They married March 3 1711 and had a daughter, Margaret Walke. His second wife was Elizabeth Newton. They married after 1713 but she died in 1724. They had no surviving children. Anthony's third wife was Anna Lee Armistead. They married on April 4, 1725 and had four children: Colonel Anthony Walke II, William Walke, John Walke, Mary Walke and Margaret Walke.

Colonel Anthony Walke II (1726 - 1779) was the son of Colonel Anthony Walke I. Colonel Walke II was one of the wealthiest Virginians of his day, a great advocate of social dinking, extravagant social gatherings, gambling, and horse racing. When trouble with England began, as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he espoused the cause of the colonies, and united with Patrick Henry, Mason, Madison, Marshall, Jefferson, and other patriots in resisting British oppression and in establishing American independence. He married Jane Bolling Randolph (1729-1756) who was a direct descendant of Powhatan, the most powerful chieftain in Tidewater Virginia at the time of the arrival of the Jamestown settlers in 1607. This strain in her blood could account for her children’s horseback riding abilities. Reverend Anthony Walke was the only surviving child of these parents. After she died, Col. Walke II married Mary Moseley and had several children: William Walke (1762 - 1795) (who is buried on the property at Ferry Plantation), Edward Hack Walke, John Basset Walke, Mary Walke, Frances Walke and Anna Walke.

Reverend Anthony Walke (1755 - 1814) was the son of Colonel Anthony Walke II. He married Anne McColley McClenahan on January 15, 1776 and had six children: Anne M., Edwin, Jane Eliza, David Meade, Susan, and Anthony IV (1778 - 1820). On July 13, 1805, five months after Anne died, he married Anne Newton Fisher (1774 - 1840). They had three children: John Newton, Thomas, and Lemuel. They are all buried in the old burial ground in what is now Fairfield's subdivision, in unmarked graves.

Reverend Walke was 20 years old in the early winter of 1775 when he most likely witnessed troop movements and battles between Continental Army troops and Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore’s Loyalist troops (people who supported King George III) in battles at Kemp's Landing, 2.5 miles north and then at Great Bridge, 9 miles south of his Fairfields Manor House. The Revolutionary War (1775–1783) caught Reverend Walke at a time when he was coming of age into a Virginia gentry threatened by the loss of political power, wealth, and social prestige made possible by English control over the Virginia Colony. In his writings he blamed the north and their foolish Boston Tea Party actions.

Reverend Walke was a representative to the Virginia Constitutional Convention, and after the Revolutionary War, in early 1788 he was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and then served the following year as an elector from the State of Virginia to the first presidential election held in Philadelphia. Returning to Princess Anne County, Reverend Walke, with a large inheritance from his father, presided as rector over Lynnhaven Parish Church for many years without a salary (from 1788 to 1800 and again from 1812 to 1813).

Reverend Walke divided his time between preaching and the hunt. Not only was he noted for delivering sermons with a captivating mild mannered voice, but a more picturesque side of him was his love of fox and deer hunting. He conducted sermons with his horse Silverheels tethered near the door of the church. When he heard those hunting horns, he would immediately turn the service over to his clerk, Dick Edwards, and hurry off on Silverheels, not seen again until late in the day (see references 14-16, 25, 120-122, 145, 147, 151-154, 211, 214 – 216, 256).

Charles Mitchell Barnett (1869-1940)

Charles M. Barnett (1869 - 1940) and his wife purchased Ferry Farm Plantation in 1898. In Oct 1912 Stella died from toadstool poisoning.  This was one of his three homes (his others were a home in New York City and the Charles M. Barnett House at 521 Fairfax Avenue in Norfolk as listed on the Historical and Cultural Inventory of the City of Norfolk). Barnett was in the shipping and oyster business, and he shipped the famous Lynnhaven Oysters all over, including to New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Grand Central Station. Though his New York connection, the church was able to obtain a $7,000 loan from a New York bank. As a member of the vestry during reconstruction of the burned-out church he was close friends with Church Warden Judge White. He and his wife Stella Barnett held oyster roasts for church members at their Ferry Farm Plantation home alternating with Judge White at his White Acre home, both roasts located next to the Lynnhaven River (Reference 57).

Captain John Saunders II (1754 - 1834) was the great-grandson of Reverend Jonathan Saunders (Rector of Lynnhaven Parish from 1695 – 1700) and son of Captain Jonathan Saunders (1726 – 1765).
Captain John Saunders II (1754 - 1834) 
Photo from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Virginia

During the years preceding the war, there was much debate in the social circles at Lynnhaven Parish Church over the growing rebellion against Great Britain. John Saunders chose to be loyal to King George III and joined the Queen's Loyal Virginia Regiment. Captain John Saunders’ Regiment would eventually find its way to Yorktown in September 1781 under the command of General Lord Cornwallis, but Saunders was not among them as he was ordered to Charleston, after it had been captured, to command the garrison there.

Before the war ended, Captain Saunders II sailed for England in November 1782 and in 1789 married Arianna Jekyll. In the same year, John moved back to North America where, having been trained as a lawyer, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, Canada. Here he lived out the rest of his life.

As a result of his choosing to side with the British, in 1779 Captain Saunders II was called before the Princess Anne County Safety Committee, declared a British subject, and had Pembroke Manor confiscated.
In 1780 under the command of General Leslie who had easily taken Portsmouth, Captain Saunders returned to Princess Anne County to establish outposts along the coast. A year later in Yorktown under the command of General Lord Cornwallis, Captain Saunders’ Regiment was ordered to Charleston  to command the garrison after it had been captured. He therefore missed being in the October 1781 Siege of Yorktown against General George Washington.
Before the war ended, Captain Saunders II sailed for England in November 1782 and in 1789 married Arianna Jekyll. In the same year, John moved back to North America where, having been trained as a lawyer, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, Canada. Here he lived out the rest of his life.

The grave of Captain John Saunders I was moved from Pembroke Manor without remains to the Old Donation Cemetery and is the oldest grave site in the cemetery. The inscription on his tomb stone reads:

who was a person of great piety and a most
humane Disposition
being beneficent to all
as far as his ability Reached
An easy unoffensive, obligating behavior
adored all his actions
was a kind Husband
tender father a sincere friend
he died universally Lamented
on 21st January 1765
in the 39th year of his age.

(References 1-page 78, 74, 94, 95, 96, 102, 118, 130 and 160)

The 2nd Sarah Thoroughgood (1759 – 1851). According to Amy Waters Yarsinske in her book “Virginia Beach, A History of Virginia's Golden Shore,” (page 78), Colonel Adam Thoroughgood, a 7th generation descendant of Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640), i.e., 6th John Jr. (?-1803), 5th John (?-1763), 4th - Argall (1687 - 1719), 3rd - Argall (1659 - 1704), 2nd - Adam II (1638 – 1685) and 1st - Adam (1604-1640) was an officer in George Washington’s army who was wounded at the battle of Yorktown (October 1781). While Adam was off fighting, the British overran Adam’s plantation estate and commandeered it for a British headquarters. The British told Adam’s wife, Sarah, that they would provide her husband a “parole of honor” if he would return home from the battle. In the tradition of Thoroughgood wives, Sarah replied with rebellious indignation, “I would rather see him dead.” After the war and Thoroughgood’s death, Sarah went on to marry a gentleman named Ingraham, only to see him die. The parallel between the first Thoroughgood and his wife Sarah one century before ends here, as the second Sarah did not marry a third time but instead moved in with her sister in Norfolk until Sarah’s death in 1851 at the age of 92 (Reference 1 - page 78).

Thurmer Hoggard IV (1819-1902). (1819-1902). Serving for a time as Princess Anne County Treasurer, Thurmer was an influential citizen of the county. He lived in his ancient family home known as Poplar Hall and there had a shipbuilding business on Broad Creek. His shipyard is believed to be the first navy yard in America. At the early age of 23 he was appointed Lay Reader by the late Bishop Meade and later elected by the Vestry as a delegate to the Diocesan Council of Virginia. He worshiped at Old Donation until services ended around 1844 and then switched to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kempsville. There he continued as a delegate to the Diocesan Council for 60 successive years and also served as a Senior Warden. In 1882 he came to rescue the burned out Old Donation Church by holding annual pilgrimages to the open shell of Old Donation so the county could not take possession of the land. He was the only living Episcopalian who had worshipped at Old Donation before it burned. After Hoggard’s death in 1902 his son, Captain Thurmer Harding Hoggard V, a Confederate veteran, and two daughters Mary and Fannie Hoggard continued annual services at Old Donation. Thurmer Hoggard not only saved the church but also the vestry records which he handed to Judge White, who in turn handed them to the Richmond Court House. They were later edited and published by George Carrington Mason in 1949. Malcolm Higgins located these two vestry books (1723 – 1911) in the Library of Virginia (the official Commonwealth of Virginia depository) in Richmond and had the records photocopied. They now reside in the Rector’s office at Old Donation. In a cavity within the cornerstone of Donation Church, there is a time capsule, placed there in 1916, containing short sketches prepared by Thurmer. What is said on these documents remains unknown until they are uncovered in some distant and far off time (References 1–page 95, 3, 44, 75 and 157).

The above portrait of Judge White was unveiled and hung a year after his death in the Circuit Courtroom of the 1822 Courthouse building.

Benjamin Dey White (Dec 10, 1868 – Apr 5, 1946), Senior Warden of Donation Church during its reconstruction in 1916, was celebrated as the “first citizen of Princess Anne County.” He was an ardent preservationist of animals, books, history, and the law. Judge White was the only son of Caleb White, a lumberman, and Mrs. Alice Hatfield Dey White. His wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Walker White (1874 - 1971). He and his wife are buried at Portlock Cemetery at Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA. Judge White presided over the Princess Anne County 28th Judicial Circuit Court for 38 years, serving as attorney and judge in the courthouse until his death in 1946. He accumulated an extensive library, the largest in Princess Anne County, which held valuable Princes Anne County deeds and records. From this wealth of information, Judge White became known as one of the best authorities on the history of Princess Anne County. Judge White contributed liberally to the Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals and had a great love of trees, wildlife, and birds. In 1924 he wrote Gleanings in the History of Princess Anne County. The book includes one of the most exhaustive studies of the trial of Grace Sherwood for allegedly practicing witchcraft and historic sketches that cover the history of Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach) from 1606 to 1861. The book was re-published in 1991 on the 300th anniversary of the forming of Princess Anne County. Judge White’s hand was felt, unobtrusively, behind nearly all phases of the county's progress.
 (References 28, 155, 164, 177, and 181).
Note: References 28 (Ancsetry.com) and 155 (books.google.com) are available online.
28 - http://freepages.folklore.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ferry/trialrecord.htm
155 - http://books.google.com/books?pg=RA1-PA5&lpg=RA1-PA5&dq=gleanings%20from%20princess%20anne%20county&sig=aQ7Gwi_6Mzv3NoQON_5derey_A0&ei=YCEqTtvZM5G_gQed4difCw&ct=result&sqi=2&id=bBsdAQAAMAAJ&ots=plAJnIPdPC&output=text

John B. Dey,In 1914. John’s holdings extended from Broad Bay, across present-day North Great Neck Road, to the western branch of the Lynnhaven River in sight of his first cousin’s estate, that of Benjamin Dey White (Senior Warden of Donation Church during its reconstruction in 1916). Benjamin purchased his ancestral home, White Acre, about the same time. John’s land holdings were extensive and included Chesapeake Beach fronting the Chesapeake Bay, just west of today’s Lesner Bridge. In 1918 he allowed 25 girls from the Y.W.C.A. camp at Broad Bay Farm to use the beach for camping, crabbing, fishing, and boating. Later in 1922, the Girl’s Work Committee purchased the beach and established Y.W.C.A. Camp Owasia (a Native American name meaning “camp of happiness”) (References 110, 167, 168, 169, 170, and 194).

The Parks. Rufus Parks I (1880 – 1956), son of Rufus Parks and Aline Petty, was the husband of Diana Talbot Walke Parks (1887 – 1975), daughter of Richard Walke and Annie Nivison Bradford. Rufus Parks I and Diana Talbot Walke Parks had two sons, Littleton Walke Parks (1915 - 2007) and N. Gorham Parks of Pittsford, N.Y.; and two daughters, Ann Nivison Bradford Parks (1917 - 2002) and Diana Talbot Parks Hill (1920 – 2000). Littleton’s son Rufus Parks II lives today in Virginia Beach. Rufus Parks I and Diana Talbot Walke Parks joined Old Donation just after the 1916 reconstruction. Diana Talbot Walke Parks established the Altar Guild and served as its chairman until 1971. She originated the church Christmas pageant in 1926 and was instrumental in establishing Old Donation’s annual Oyster Roast and Bazaar in 1934.

_____________________________Young Ann Parks

Ann Parks (1917 - 2002), daughter of Diana Parks, dedicated herself to service at Old Donation for over 70 years. In the 1930’s, in addition to her long hours at fund raisers, she was active in rehabilitating the neglected historical Old Donation Cemetery by establishing a burial plot book and moving several historic tomb stones to the church cemetery that had been left neglected in other locations. Ann graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1939 and joined the Naval Reserve during World War II. She retired as a lieutenant commander and continued her service to the church, and in the 1960’s, along with Ethel Howren (1905 - 1983), was among the first women to serve on the vestry.

The Parks along with their daughter Ann dedicated much of their time to Old Donation helping to revive the struggling church. In 2003 Reverend Irwin M. Lewis christened the Parks Memorial Fine Arts Series in honor of the highly esteemed Parks family.

___Chapter 5 - Items of Interest Inside and Outside the Church__

Notable Relics and Items Inside Old Donation Church

The Reverend Beverley D. Tucker, Rector of the Norfolk St. Paul’s Episcopal Church from 1882 to 1906, Bishop of the Southern Diocese from 1907 to 1912, and grandfather of Reverend Beverley D. Tucker, Jr. (Rector at Old Donation from 1953 to 1984), was instrumental in persuading local churches to help furnish the restored Old Donation Church in 1916. These donations were recorded by Reverend Richard J. Alfriend in his “History of Lynnhaven Parish,” written on an old Royal typewriter sometime shortly after 1916. The one page history was unsigned but ended with “Respectfully submitted, Rector, Old Donation & Emmanuel Churches, Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne Co. Va.” Among other facts in this one page history Reverend Alfriend listed the gifts and furnishings from St Paul’s Church, Christ Church, St. Luke’s Church, the first Lynnhaven Parish, and private benefactors. Those paragraphs are quoted exactly as typed. “The Baptismal font, Communal service, and one pewter collection plate are [pewter alms plate] the same ones used in the original church at Church Point whose ruins lye under the waters of the Lynnhaven River.
The reredos, altar, chancel railing, choir stalls, pulpit, Priest’ chairs, and tiles in the aisle were the gifts of St. Paul’s Church, Norfolk-Va.
The pews, U.S. flag, prayer desk, chair, and many other things were given by Christ Church, Norfolk, VA.
The solid silver alms basin was the gift of Mrs. M.P. Robertson of East Orange, N.J.
The brass altar cross, Candelabra and large brass candlesticks were given by Mrs. Marybelle Heyer, of Wilmington, N.C.
The fine brass vases were the gift of Mrs. Fannie Hoggard of Elizabeth Park, Princess Anne County.
The handsome oak Bishop’s chair, and chancel bible was the gift of St. Luke’s Ch., Norfolk- Va
* One of the three Norfolk donating churches is no longer standing, i.e., St. Luke’s. St. Paul’s Church was built in 1739. In 1800 a group from St. Paul’s left to form Christ Church occupying two buildings before finally building a beautiful Greek Revival church in 1910 (today’s Christ and St. Luke's on West Olney Road). In 1871 a group from both Christ Church and St. Paul's Church formed a new congregation called St. Luke's on Bute Street in Norfolk. The church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 1921. St. Luke’s congregation then joined with Christ Church in the 1930’s changing the name of Christ Church to Christ and St. Luke's (References 126, 127, 128, 138, 139 and 140, 142).
* The Pews were replaced in 1966.
* The Baptismal Font from the original 17th century church (Lynnhaven Parish No.1) was recovered and returned to the church in the early 20th Century. Broken places remain from the time it served as a boat anchor in the river. There is great symbolism in a baptismal font going under the waters and raised to provide new life! This font was used to carry out the first integration into the white English aristocratic Lynnhaven Parish when Chief Kiscatanewh’s son was baptized in this font in 1654 and taken in by Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley (the Mother of Lynnhaven Parish Church) and her third husband Francis Yeardley to be raised a Christian.

The Pulpit

The Altar

* The Reredos Altar is a solid wood piece at the head of the church behind the altar quoting the Ten Commandments with a Hebrew inscription at the top reading “the Lord” or "Yahweh.” In 1916 St. Paul’s was undergoing its own restoration to its old traditional style. When completed, St. Paul’s asked for the return of the reredos. But Old Donation church members had grown to love the reredos, and so St. Paul’s relented when they found another reredos more suitable to the restored architecture of their church (Reference 5).

* The Bishop’s Chair (cathedra) was a handsome carved oak chair with an extremely beautiful high back used only for periodic visits from the bishop (first above picture). Sometime during Reverend Tucker’s ministry (1953 - 1984), probably in the 1970’s, the chair was stolen. Insurance money replaced it, and the new one, (above picture), has been used by the presiding minister since. When the bishop does sit in the chair, it becomes the bishop's cathedra (chair) (126 and 127).

* The Brass Cross was given by Mrs. Marybelle Heyer, of Wilmington, N.C. in 1916 and bears the inscription, “To the glory of God, and in loving memory of our parents Dr. James E. Bell (1824-1914), Ann F. Land (1832-1910), Lieut. Thomas Keeling (1640), and Col. Adam Thoroughgood (1628) I have kept the faith.”
Note: The cross sits in the Parish Building Library, next to the historic book section.

Altar Needlepoint. Through her perseverance Emily Peabody put together a small contingent of Episcopal Church Women to work many long hours hand-sewing embroideries on kneelers, chair cushions, and table covers. What is most astounding is the wording on the backs of these items. The names of fifty-two deceased church members are delicately hand-sewn, along with the inscriptions by family members (with exception of the names on the back of the Rector’s Chair which are etched on a gold plate). These precious articles were dedicated to the church Dec 18, 1988 Reference 70).

Pictured here are three embroidered altar kneelers - setting upright is the Celtic Cross over the Fleur de Lis (lily) and to the right, the Trinity.

* The Altar Rail Kneelers
- Alpha and Omega – the first and the last
- Ascending Dove – the Holy Spirit
- Baptismal Shell – the baptism of Jesus,
- Crown – Christ as Lord and King
- Queen Anne Chalice – Last Supper Cup
- Celtic Cross - endlessness of God's love
- Butterfly – the resurrection
- Trinity – unity
- Fleur de Lis (lily) - Mary Magdalen
* The Acolyte Kneeler
- Ship – heavenward voyage
- Fish – believers in Jesus
- Anchor – hope
* The Bishop’s Chair - on the seat a scroll design forming a cross in the center and on the back the Jamestown Tower on a Bishop’s Shield (the oldest symbol of the Anglican Church in North America)
* Bishop’s Chair Kneeler- Cross Fleuree (fully opened flowered cross) – the adult Christian
* Rector’s Chair Kneeler- Episcopal Church Shield -Cross of St. George, our descendant from the Church of England
* The Rector’s Chair- Seat and back of dogwoods – the wood of the crucifixion cross to never again grow large but to be twisted with petals showing blood stains marked in brown with a center thorny crown
* Tray Table Cover
- Twelve Small Crosses of the Apostle (Cross Ramon) - the twelve apostles
- The Cross Crosslet or Mission Cross - world evangelism of the Gospels
* Alms Basin Inserts
- Cross Iona – eternity
- Cross Pattee – solar light
- Maltese Cross - Cross of Calvary
- Cross Botonnee en Circle – the young immature Christian
* Receiving Basin Insert; Cross Jerusalem or Crusader’s Cross with four small crosses between the arms of a larger cross – the five wounds of Christ

The Silver Paten Plate. Maximilian Boush II (about 1660 – 1728) was the son of Maximilian Boush (1625 - ?) and Sarah Woodhouse.  He was an early warden of the church who was the prosecuting attorney against Grace Sherwood (the infamous Witch of Pungo). He served on the Crown Council for Princess Anne, Norfolk, and Nansemond counties and was a Lieutenant of the Colonial Militia. In 1711, he gave the church a silver paten (a small plate used to hold Eucharistic bread) which bears his coat of arms (Reference 244).

The Queen Anne Communion Set. In 1712 Queen Anne gave to the church a chalice of gold and silver alloy. In 1716 Queen Anne also gave a large two-quart flagon. These gifts from the Queen were common tradition at the time. Since 1711 the Altar Guild has been entrusted with these valuable relics, bringing them out for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, and for the Bishop’s visits. The Altar Guild members are unsung servants of the church, providing flowers, caring for the altar and its furnishings and linens, and preparing for communion at each service (Reference 53).

The Hand Bells were dedicated May 13, 2001 and were cast in the Schulmerick Handbell Foundry (1964). They are American copies of the world renowned English White Chapel hand bells. They range from C5 (middle C) to G6 (high G). Kings Grant Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach was the original owner. Ruth Ann Campbell, (organist and choirmaster from 1980 – 2001) acquired the hand bells to work with the hearing impaired. She graciously donated them to Old Donation Episcopal Church in March 2001. Each bell was polished, repaired and embossed with its identifying note by Tex Minter of Virginia Beach.

Windows for the Hanging Pews. Four small windows near the ceiling, two on each side of the sanctuary, were cut into the side walls of the church to give light to the hanging pews for the wealthy and influential church members. Two windows (one on each side) are a 2' by 2'-6" and the other two (one on each side) are 4' by 2'-2" with a fan glass treatment at the top.

The Wavy Glass Windows. The distortions and ripples in the antique glass panes are part of the historic charm of old windows, a result of how glass was made back in 1916 when the windows were installed as part of the reconstruction of the ruined church. The method used in 1916 was to take half round glass from its blowpipe cylinder and place it in a special oven where the glass would unfold onto a flat sheet. Faint ripples formed as the glass unfolded between the different inner and outer cylindrical circumferences. The face up rough side is buffed to show off the beautiful wavy glass (Reference 97).

The Good Shepherd Stained Glass Window. While Old Donation's historical church has no stained glass windows, the church is not without one. In 2014, St. Mark's in Alberta, VA (65 miles south of Richmond on I-85) merged with two small rural church’s leaving one vacant with a stained glass window in danger of vandalism. Like the other gifts of value - Bishop’s Chair, the Reredos Altar, the Altar, the Pulpit, and the Silver Communal Set (see above pictures), Old Donation was given the above valuable window which now hangs in Tucker Hall.

The Five Organs

Pictured above organist Miss Frances C. Hoggard strikes up “Onward Christian Soldiers” in the ruins of Old Donation Church on September 11, 1901.

The first record of an organ is given by an account of a memorial service held September 11, 1901 in the ruins of Old Donation in a bulletin of the Dioceses of Southern Virginia by Laura Herbert McAlpine. “About thirty Churchmen from Norfolk including Mr. R.J. Alfriend, the beloved and efficient lay reader of Emmanuel church, Reverend J.H. Dickerson and his former Huntsville choir, came by rail…At 5 o’clock quite a large congregation had assembled at ‘Old Donation’ and were seated on rude benches within the sacred ruins. A small organ had been placed there by Miss Frances C. Hoggard who is ever zealous in good works, and who planned this interesting event. As the organist struck the notes of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers,’ the choir in their vestments, proceeded by their leader bearing the uplifted cross, raised their well-trained voices in sweet accord, while they marched around the consecrated walls and stood beside the organ.” (Reference 75).

After the 1916 church renovation a reed organ (pump organ) was donated and installed in the front of the church.

In 1958 (or sometime prior) an electronic organ was given to the church to replace the reed organ. During the 1966-1967 church renovation the electric organ was moved to the balcony.

_____________________The Jesse Woodberry Tracker Pipe Organ

In November 1980, a Jesse Woodberry tracker pipe organ was purchased from a Roman Catholic Church in Andover, MA. though the Organ Clearing House (a national organization which saves important historical pipe organs from buildings which are going to be torn down or from churches which do not want them anymore). Born in England, Jesse Woodberry (1841-1922) was a pipe organ builder of some renown in New England. Old Donation paid $3,000 for the organ with an additional fee of $500 to have it moved to Mann and Trupiano Organ Builders in New York to be completely overhauled for $30,000. Many of the original organ pipes (over 600) had been lost or destroyed so Mann and Trupiano used pipes from other un-restorable old organs and built new ones. A compact German electric blower was installed in order to provide wind since the original bellows and pumping handle had to be worked manually. A new case had to be built for the pipes appropriate to the space in the balcony. The remaining parts of the original instrument contained pieces of wood (ebony, cherry, walnut, oak, maple, and mahogany), and the natural keys on the keyboards were ivory from African elephant tusks. Many well-known organ builders worked on the restoration of the Jesse Woodberry, and in 1983 after three years of reconditioning, it was installed in the balcony at Old Donation where it was used for twenty years.

The Digital Johannus Organ

In 2003 with a growing choir requiring the space that the organ pipes were occupying and with the many needed Jesse Woodberry organ repairs, the decision was made to look for a new and more modern organ. A digital Johannus organ from the Netherlands was found for the bargain price of $98,000 and was dedicated Oct 3, 2004. The Jesse Woodberry organ was given to Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano, Virginia (64 miles northwest on I-64 past Williamsburg at exit 231A), where it was first used at a consecration service on Saturday 24 June 2006. Being in the middle of a building project and financial strain, Hickory Neck Episcopal greatly appreciated Old Donation’s gift. In 2007 Hickory Neck Episcopal renovated and re-voiced the Jesse Woodberry (References 36, 37, 39, and 63).

Graves Inside the Church

Colonial Reverend Dickson was born in Northumberland, England in 1716 and was a graduate of Cambridge Peterhouse College. A program  celebrating Reverend Dickson at a service held sometime in the 1920’s noted that Reverend Dickson was buried under the altar, but that bulletin, most likely the only historical source confirming his burial, has been lost. A plaque at the foot of the altar rail was placed there in honor of Reverend Dickson by the Altar Guild sometime in the 1960’s. The plaque read “Rector 1752 – 1766.” Both of these dates are in error, and records show he became a priest Dec. 21, 1746 and served at Lynnhaven Parish Church nearly twenty-eight years from July 13, 1748 until February 23, 1776 at an annual salary of sixteen thousand pounds of tobacco. After retiring he lived for about a year longer. It is not known the exact day he died, but his will was admitted on record February 14, 1777.  In July 2012 the Reverend Dickson plaque was removed, and on Nov 21, 2012 a proper epitaph recording his service to the church, orphan boys’ school, and donation (for which the church is now named) was installed on the back wall of the church opposite the Adam Thorowgood plaque (References 41-page 249, 44, 54, and 86).

The Reverend Richard Jeffery Alfriend (Oct 1, 1860 – Jan 6, 1923) and his wife, Mary Emily Hume Alfriend (Jun 10, 1869 – Oct 22, 1952) are buried in the center aisle. When Reverend Alfriend died his funeral was conducted at Emmanuel. He was then buried in the central isle of the church. Twenty-nine years later his wife, a Catholic, was buried beside him. Because of restrictions, the Catholic priest would not step inside Old Donation’s doors for the interment (Reference 55).

1976 photo - Rev Bev Tucker, his wife Julia and their three children – Eleanor, Maria (youngest) and Julie (oldest)

When the time comes, former Rector Beverley D. Tucker and his wife Julia will be buried under the floor of the old church. The tradition to have the clergy buried in the church is taken from European cathedral church customs.

Old Donation’s Historical Cemetery

Much of William Dixon’s grave stone is covered by a large tree. He died Feb 16, 1853 at the age of 46. His wife, Sarah Dixon’s (1812 – 1873) grave was found between her husband’s grave and Fannie Williams (1829 - 1901) in the foreground (see above picture). The marker was broken off and only a stub is barely visible next to her husband’s marker.

Today an historical cemetery stands beside Old Donation Church containing church staff and members. The earliest grave stones date from 1768. Mr. Julian H. Granbery, in 1906, found some of his ancestors buried in the graveyard and had a small fence erected around the graves, but the graves and fence have since disappeared. Also gone are gravesites for the slaves and colored, reportedly buried in front of the Church along North Witchduck Road. There is one tombstone that is partially covered by a tree that has grown into it (see above picture), but the most famous and most prominent grave of all is the vault of Colonel Anthony Walke.

Pictured above, Colonel Anthony Walke’s vault with inscription plaque added at the top of the stone.

The Cemetery Committee of Old Donation Church asked Malcolm Higgins in 2002 to locate the exact wording of the inscription on the top of his vault in order that the Old Donation Cemetery Committee could install a plaque to preserve the barely visible original inscription, being nearly illegible from over 250 years of weather and damage. Higgins located the inscription in Family Underground, 1991 (page 11) by C. W. Tazewell, a prominent local historian. Lewis Walke also recorded the same wording in a trip he made to his famous ancestor’s grave site in October 1914. Having passed out of the Walke family ownership he was saddened to find the cemetery enclosure being used for hogs which had uprooted many of the tombstones. The inscription reads as follows:

A sincere friend and cheerful companion
Steady in the Practice of Christianity
and a zealous promoter of Virtue
he was for many years a member
of the House of Burgesses
and Judge of the Court of this County
in his public capacity he behaved himself
with a uniform regard to Justice
tempered with mercy and in all respects
consulted with interests of the county
over which he presided

Sometime in the 1930’s Ann Talbot Parks (daughter of Rufus and Diana Talbot Parks) had Colonel Anthony Walke’s vault along with other Walke family grave stones moved to the Old Donation Cemetery. Ann and members of the Princess Anne Garden Club found the Walke Cemetery enclosure in the same state that Lewis Walke had found it back in 1914, in a hog pen where the hogs were systematically destroying the markers. Today in the vicinity of Locke Lane, Virginia Beach, near Kempsville Park, what little is left of the Walke family cemetery is covered over, unprotected and unmarked. Further, at Ferry Farm, (another Walke property) houses were literally built over Walke remains. Besides Walke grave stones, other grave stones were moved from neighboring plantations during the same 1930’s time frame to the Old Donation Cemetery.

The most formidable and tallest gravestone moved was that of David M. Walke ( Jan 26, 1800 – June 9, 1854), 6th child of Rev. Anthony Walke, III (1755 – 1814)

Old Donation Church Member Carol Shrader has a website, Carol's House, which  is dedicated to the preservation of family history - see  http://www.carolshouse.com/cemeteryrecords/olddonation. There one can find most of the grave stones in the older part of the Old Donation Church Cemetery or the website “findagrave” @ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=2155612&/ for some of the more recent graves. The website http://1bob9.blogspot.com/2009/06/obituaries.html provides a complete listing of all the graves at Old Donation and obituaries of some church members buried in other cemeteries (References 3, 5, 16, 51, 75, and 145).

Chapter 6 - Modern Activities History – Chronology_

1926 - The Christmas Pageant is annual celebration that has been held every Christmas Eve at the 5:00 p.m. service since 1926. As the Christmas story is told, there are seven scenes that illustrate the birth of the baby Jesus, culminating in a red curtain being raised to show the manger. Visitors have commented that this special little church is a fitting place for the recreation of a miracle that took place in the little town of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago (Reference 214).

In 1952 Louise Kyle, author of references 40 (“The Witch of Pungo,” 1973) and 52 (“The History of Eastern Shore Chapel and Lynnhaven Parish, 1642 - 1969,” 2006) was so moved by the Old Donation Christmas pageant that she wrote the following beautiful poem which is most likely the only published poem about Old Donation Church (Reprinted from the Norfolk Virginian Pilot, Sunday – Dec 21, 1952).

Small ancient church, close to the woods,
Each Christmas draws us nigh,
To kneel within your quiet walls,
And pay to God on high,
While candles bright in fragrant pine Your chancel beautify.
Sheltered within your sanctuary
Year after year we see
In Holy Tableau portrayed
The Blessed Nativity,
And listening in the winter disk
Hear carols melody.
Thus in fancy across the years
Our pilgrimage we start
To Bethlehem and Jesus’ crib
Where shepherds stood apart
To bring to him His humble gift
The love within our hearts

Diana Talbot Walke Parks, (1887 – 1975), daughter of Richard Walke and Annie Nivison Bradford, was instrumental in establishing Old Donation’s annual Oyster Roast and Bazaar in 1934. She is seen here Nov 20th 1965 during the 32nd Oyster Roast (photo published in the Virginian Pilot  Nov 23rd 1965).  

1934. The Oyster Roast. The first formal Oyster Roast was held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and has continued to be held yearly. The Oyster Roast is the church’s annual fall festival featuring food, fun, and entertainment, fine crafts, and a White Elephant sale. (Reference 85).

1958 - The Day School. Since its inception, the school has grown with the community that it serves. It began with one class of five little girls and has grown to serve 116 children ages 2 – kindergarten. In the 1950’s a Sunday school room was set aside in the Parish building to accommodate kindergarteners. Money was scarce, so Old Donation Rector Beverley Tucker’s father, the bishop of Ohio, donated $500 as seed money, enough to provide the essentials. So began the Day School. During this period Rector Tucker’s wife, Julia, was instrumental in organizing mothers to take turns keeping pre-school children, devoting many hours of her service. In 1961 a wing was built as an attachment to the Parish Hall to properly house the growing day school. In 1969 more rooms were added to the south side of the Day School. Today the school is equipped with age-appropriate tables, chairs and classroom equipment. Preschool hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 12:20 P.M. with an early drop at 8:00 A.M. and an after school program from 12:30 P.M. to 2:20 A.M. The regular staff numbers approximately 24, and the school is in session from September through the end of May. The Day School has quietly become one of the most important and successful community outreach ministries. Operating funds come solely from tuition. In making a commitment that no child be denied admission to Old Donation Day School for lack of funds, Rector Bob Randall, with Vestry support, established the Julia Tucker Scholarship Fund in honor of Julia’s initial outreach to the Old Donation community.

1969 - Boy Scout Troop 375. Begun with meetings on the beach in 1958, Troop 375, part of Tidewater Council, is a scout-run troop that maintains an active year-round schedule that is scout-planned. Old Donation began providing a place to meet in 1969. The Scouts meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Tucker Hall (Reference 219).

1971 – Episcopal Church Women (ECW). The ECW is a national organization of women within the Episcopal Church. In 1872, women of the church formed the National Women's Auxiliary as a way to take part in church life. In 1958 the Auxiliary was renamed the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). The ECW in the Diocese of Virginia is over 100 years old. From 1971 to the 1990’s the Old Donation ECW were active in service projects and fundraisers. Besides sponsoring the autumn Oyster Roast (held in November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving), each year they made chocolate Easter Eggs for sale with profits going to various church improvements. In 1988 they dedicated altar needlepoint embroideries they had been working on for several years, and by 1991 they had raised enough funds to outfit the new parish hall kitchen to include an industrial gas stove, two ovens, industrial dishwasher, and large upright freezer and refrigerator. In the late 1990’s the group dwindled; however, two small groups continued to meet, the St. Margaret’s Circle and the 1st Circle of Women. Currently only the 1st Circle of Women is active (References 67, 93, and 221).

1975 - Judeo/Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) - Feeding the Homeless and Others. This outreach ministry was started by the Episcopal Church Women sometime in the 1970’s. Old Donation prepares meals five times a year to feed 100 to 200 homeless people, including many who are veterans, and families with children at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA. Volunteers are asked to drop off certain menu items with the remainder purchased with Old Donation funds. About six volunteers help prepare and serve the dinner. In addition, once a year Old Donation provides a dinner for college students at the Canterbury Center at Old Dominion University, 1526 W 49th St, Norfolk, and to the overnight guests at the Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Rd. Generally funds left over from the Old Donation Outreach JCOC budget provide needed JCOC improvement such as refurbishing the bathrooms or an emergency generator (References 83 and 221).

1980’s – Card Senders. Volunteers send condolence cards for sicknesses and funerals, congratulatory cards for births, and encouragement and support for military deployments. Also cards are sent just to say hello to folks in retirement and convalescent centers.

1984 - The Cursillo movement in the United States was organized on a national basis in 1965 and began at Old Donation in 1984 at Camp Chanco in Surry Virginia, 62 miles northwest of Old Donation on the southern shore of the James River. Camp Chanco is a youth camp and retreat begun in 1989 by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. The Cursillo Weekend is a seventy-two hour physically, emotionally, and spiritually intense time between Thursday and Sunday evenings where a team of religious and lay personnel present talks meant to inspire and strengthen the faith of the candidates followed by discussions (References 77, http://campchanco.org/, and http://cursillodsv.org/index.shtml ).

1985 – Kairos Prison Ministry. Vaughn Wilson started visiting prisons in 1985. Vaughn asks Old Donation parishioners to donate home-baked cookies for distribution to inmates. Kairos was started in 1976 and is now active in 33 states and in Australia, Canada, England, Costa Rica, and South Africa. Over 20,000 volunteers from various denominations now participate in the Kairos Prison Ministry by bringing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ into prison. Kairos is widely recognized as a highly effective program to positively change inmates’ attitudes (References 71 and 225).

1986 - Wednesday Morning Men’s Breakfast. Vaughn Wilson helped start a men’s 7:00 A.M. breakfast which has continued to be held weekly. From one to two dozen men get together with jokes and themes that are often religious but also can be anything the presenter chooses, each member having his time to talk and create discussion. Dave Arnold was the moderator until his death in 2008.

1993 - The Mission of the Holy Spirit (MHS) is a collaborative effort of a group of individuals, businesses, churches and the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Old Donation has provided volunteers and funding assistance almost since the inception of the ministry in 1993. The MHS vision is to offer spiritual, educational, and psychosocial services to at-risk, inner-city children, adolescents, and their families. Through Mission programs, many individuals who struggle with social, economic and family dysfunction are able to find hope, set goals, and change their lives. Participants (ages 5 to 18) meet three to four times a week for Sunday Services, homework and tutoring, dinners, and social activities, usually at St Stephen's Episcopal Church‎,1445 Norview Ave, Norfolk, VA and sometimes at Church of the Ascension‎, 405 Talbot Hall Rd, Norfolk, VA (References 78 and 226).

1994 - Angel Tree Christmas Gifts for Children of Prisoners is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families. The program is for children of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons. Gifts are presented to the children on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Old Donation entered the program in 1994 and presently serves around 70 children (up to 16). Leading up to Christmas, each child’s name, age, sex, and gift wishes are written on paper angels and hung on Christmas trees placed in participating churches (besides Old Donation there are around 10,000 participating churches nationwide). The giving of presents at Christmas time provides an opportunity to connect with those families through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities. During the past 27 years, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree volunteers have delivered more than 16.5 million Christmas gifts to more than 8 million children of prisoners nationwide (References 81 and 224).

1990-1999 – Recovery Ministry. Old Donation has provided for many years a meeting place, free of charge, for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). These programs reach out to people dealing with substance abuse. Key parts of substance abuse recovery are spiritual healing and the “twelve-step program” (Reference 92 and 227).

1995 - Food Bank. Started sometime in the 1990’s, food is collected, prepared, and dispersed to needy families qualifying through the Virginia Beach Social Services. Old Donation was one of five area churches that participated and provided five days of food every fifth week. In 1999 the program was changed from food to Farm Fresh Grocery Store vouchers. This gives the recipients the opportunity to shop for what they need. The program is supported by separate donations and the tireless support of Ellie Kreassig (Reference 66).

1998 - Office Angels. Volunteers assist the church staff by answering the telephone and receiving guests with a cheerful and welcoming smile and greeting. Sitting at the Office Angel Desk a volunteer works either from 9-12 or 12-3 each day of the week and 3-5 Monday - Thursdays. Office Angels have made a wonderful difference in the lives of visitors and church staff (Reference 245).

1999 - The Stephen Ministry. This ministry uses trained lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in crisis for as long as people need it. In 1975 Reverend Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a pastor and clinical psychologist at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in St. Louis, saw that people's need for care in his congregation and community far exceeded what he alone could provide. He developed materials to train nine of his congregation members to provide quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals experiencing a life crisis. Upon completion of their training, he commissioned them as "Stephen Ministers" and linked them with people with a variety of needs. "Stephen Ministry" was so successful in his church that other congregations wanted to become involved. Dr. Haugk then founded the Stephen Ministries organization and developed the Stephen Series, which now has been implemented in more than 10,000 congregations representing more than 150 Christian denominations. More than 500,000 laypersons have been trained as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have ministered to more than a million care receivers. Denominations participating in the Stephen Ministry include Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Baptists, and the Church of God (References 228 and 229).

2001 - Parks Memorial Fine Arts Series. This cultural outreach, comprised of local and international artists, was begun by Paul G. Hudgins (Organist/ Choirmaster) in November 2001 in an effort to pay tribute to Old Donation’s venue (both acoustically and architecturally). In 2003 the series was christened as the “Parks Memorial Fine Arts Series” in honor of the highly esteemed Parks family who served the church throughout the 20th century (Reference 69).

2002 - KnitWits. Started by Joyce Pettet this knitting and crocheting group meets weekly on Thursdays at 1:15 P.M. In 2006 the Knit Wits provides a knitted blanket to each baby baptized (Reference 67).

2004 - Paws, Prayers and Praise. This service, designed for pet owners, is held the 2nd Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the church. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets for a blessing as the owners receive Communion and a short sermon geared to God’s shepherds of His animal kingdom. Episcopal Bishop C. Charles Vache, (1926-2009) priest at Trinity Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, VA (1957 - 1976) and head of the Diocese of Southern Virginia (1978 -1991) was the first in the diocese (sometime before 1976) to lead a formal "blessing of the animals." The Portsmouth mounted police brought their horses to the service (Reference 84).

2005 – The Forever Friends Garden was dedicated with a “Blessing of the Animals” October 2nd, 2005 by the Animal Rescue of Tidewater (now known as the Animal Resources of Tidewater -http://artanimals.org) and Old Donation Episcopal Church.  As a celebration to pets and their owners, it rests behind Alfriend’s House near the entrance to Pembroke Meadows Neighborhood Park overlooking Cattail Creek.  Animal Resources promotes protection of pets to ensure humane treatment.  By making a donation to Animal Resources in the memory/honor of the donor’s pet (whether living or deceased) their cause will greatly assist this all volunteer organization. Contributions should be made to “Animal Resources of Tidewater,” P.O. Box 11535, Norfolk, VA 23517 with a request for a tulip bulb to be placed in the Forever Friends Garden in honor of a pet (living or deceased). A special  bulb will be planted at the yearly October “Blessing of the Animals” service (all pets welcome). Notices are placed in the church’s monthly “Bell Ringer” and weekly “Chimes Newsletter” - http://www.olddonation.org announcing the date and time.  For more information, the church’s organization leader is Bobbie Gribble @ 420-7677 - rgribble1@gmail.com. A Kousa Dogwood is at the center of the garden with tulips honoring pets.  There are three concrete benches and a statue of a friar holding a water dish with a baby deer nosing his sleeve. The garden is a wonderful place for reflection or just to be at peace with nature, pets and the wildlife that surrounds the garden. Behind the garden is a wooden bridge entrance to Pembroke Meadows Neighborhood Park, inviting people to walk along a shaded path to a small amphitheater in the woods behind Pembroke Meadows Elementary School. The entire area has been underused in the past and individuals who do find this place note its solitude so near the hustle and bustle of nearby goings-on (Reference 125).

2010 – Vaughn and Pat Wilson serve up Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Black Beans, Roast Corn Succotash, Savory Pepper Rice, and Adobo Fried Plantains at Jimmy Buffet Night.

2005 - Jimmy Buffet Night. The festive yearly event is open to anyone in or outside of the church to enjoy a cheerful Key West theme night featuring Key West Island decorations, margaritas, a Jerk Chicken dinner with other Jamaican cuisine, and Jimmy Buffett music and dancing to songs like "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Margaritaville." An MC provides plenty of opportunity for guests to participate in Karaoke. The night has steadily gained participation and has quickly become a signature Old Donation event comparable to the Oyster Roast and Christmas Pageant.

2005 - The Gathering. This modern worship service of the Holy Eucharist is held in Tucker Hall on Sunday mornings. The Gathering is a slightly shorter, less-formal, participatory service of communion with a blend of contemporary and traditional music that engages children, youth, and adults alike in worship, while employing creative authentic liturgies.

2005 - Parish Health and Wellness Ministry. Kelly Good began an Old Donation nursing program in 2005 which grew into the Health and Wellness Ministry in the spring of 2009 with a supporting committee. The committee has plans for a Health Fair to be held each year in February. The Health and Wellness Ministry offers the following services: health care advocacy, health education, health counseling, health referrals, and spiritual care giving (Reference 68).

2005 - Care Packages for the Deployed - The Outreach Commission at Old Donation discovered that a number of congregants had family and friends deployed in the military in all parts of the world. To help connect their lives with the church back home and to help Old Donation members be mindful of those who are in harm’s way defending our freedoms, Old Donation started in 2005 sending care packages containing homemade cookies, candies, toilet articles, religious books, and copies of Old Donation sermons at Thanksgiving and at Easter to those soldiers on freedom’s frontiers (Reference 79).

2006 - The Respite Care Ministry started under the Outreach Commission as a response to an emergency family crisis needing outside help. The Ministry offers temporary respite, a break for care givers and families who are experiencing difficulties. Respite can occur in out-or-home and in-home settings for any length of time, depending on the needs of the family and available resources.

2006 – EDMARC Hospice for Children - Founded in 1978, EDMARC was the first hospice in the nation designed specifically for children and now serves as the only pediatric hospice organization in Hampton Roads. EDMARC’s mission is to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death, and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement on families. The home base for EDMARC is London House, 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. Its staff dispenses medical care 24/7, counseling, home care and hugs to gravely ill children on the Southside and the Peninsula. Beginning in 2006, and continuing ever since, Old Donation has provided much needed repairs and support equipment to London House (References 82 and 230).

2006 - Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is a Sunday night activity for two groups, middle school and high school. Activities include bowling, movies, and ball games as well as special events such as beach parties and travel to Camp Chanco in Surry Virginia. Joint activities with nearby Episcopal churches have been held. Activities include prayer and religious discussions. Prior to 2006 and for many years an EYC Union was sponsored by other churches in the area. The program was resurrected in 2006 and built up to almost 50 participants, about 20 attending at any one event (References 80 and 231).

2006 – The Bake and Take Committee is part of the Congregational Care Committee. Volunteers transport members who cannot drive themselves to doctor’s appointments and church. This service has been a blessing for congregants and generous volunteers.

2007 - Transportation Ministry is part of the Congregational Care Committee. Volunteers transport members who cannot drive themselves to doctor’s appointments and church. This has been a much needed service for congregants who cannot drive themselves and generous volunteers with some spare time.

2007 - Thirst. Started in the fall of 2007, this is an off-site casual fellowship and discussion group which meets monthly at a local restaurant. Thirst welcomes individuals not normally drawn to Christian formation as well as newcomers and long-time members. Past topics have included: “The Curious Case of Father Cutie,” “What's so good about Good Friday?,” “The Best of Church and the Worst of Church,” “What would St. Patrick think of St. Patrick's Day?,” “The God Gene,” and many more.

2008 - Camp Coast Care was a joint Episcopal / Lutheran project providing a base for volunteers to help build, repair, and demolish unusable homes affected by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. Camp Coast Care operated recovery and reconstruction on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Biloxi area. Old Donation involvement started in the spring of 2008 with both youth and adults traveling to the area for a week (References 80 and 218).

2012 - the Donazione Labyrinth was located on the strip of land across the street from the church. The Parish Building (left) and Old Donation Church (right) can be seen in the background. A little white Maltese dog is seen sniffing at the entrance to the labyrinth.

In October 2015 the Labyrinth was relocated by Sentara Hospital to the field west of the church next to the cemetery as part of an agreement by Sentara when they purchased the strip of land for parking.

2012 - The Donazione Labyrinth pathway was blessed, dedicated, and named Donazione (Donation) on January 28, 2012. This was an Eagle Scout project of 17 year old church member Matthew Improta. The bricks and mulch were recycled from the church and the pathway shells are in keeping with historical paths and roadways. Winding slowly on the pathway towards a center, walkers meditate and reflect while experiencing solitude and inner peace. Besides Old Donation there is a labyrinth in Virginia Beach at the 67th Street Edgar Cayce Foundation Association for Research and Enlightenment and also one in Norfolk at the 405 Talbot Hall Road Episcopal Church of the Ascension (reference 217).

___Chapter 7 - Timeframes (Clergy)___

Timeframe of Rectors and Other Clergy (Reference 38)
1637 – 1638 - The Reverend William Wilkinson
1639 – 1640 - The Reverend John Wilson
1645 – 1645 - The Reverend Thomas Harrison
1645 – 1651 - The Reverend Robert Powis
1652 - 1657 - VACANT
1657 - 1657 - The Reverend Philip Mallory
1658 - 1662 - The Reverend George Alford
1663 - 1665 - VACANT
1666 - 1668 - The Reverend Edward Anthony
1678 - 1682 - The Reverend James Porter (non- Anglican)
1684 - 1691 - The Reverend Josias Mackie (non-Anglican)
1692 - 1694 VACANT
1695 - 1700 - The Reverend Jonathan Saunders
1700 - 1702 VACANT
1702 - 1702 - The Reverend Solomon Wheatley
1703 - 1713 VACANT
1714 - 1726 - The Reverend James Tenant
1726 - 1728 - The Reverend Nicholas Jones (non-Anglican)
1728 - The Reverend Thomas Bailey (removed)
1729 - The Rev Richard Marsden (non-Anglican)
1729 - 1747 - The Reverend Henry Barlow
1748 - 1776 - The Reverend Robert Dickson
1776 - 1785 VACANT
1785 - 1787 - The Reverend James Simpson
1788 - 1800 - The Reverend Anthony Walke
1800 - 1801 - The Reverend Cornelius Calwell lists Reverend Cornelius Calvert, Jr. and the Reverend John Wingfield of Portsmouth who also gave services.
1803 - 1805 - The Reverend George Holston 
1812 -1813 - The Reverend Anthony Walke (same Reverend from 1788 – 1800)
1810 - 1821 - The Reverend John Meade
1821 - 1824 - The Reverend Robert Prout 
1824 - 1826 - The Reverend Mark Chevers
1826 – The Reverend John Wingfield
1826 - 1829 VACANT
1829 - 1838 - The Reverend Isa Parker
1838 - 1841 - The Reverend David Falker (and the Reverend Upton Beall from Christ Church also gave services
1842-1843 - The Rev John G. Hull
1844 – 1846 No services held
1846 – The Reverend Henry C. Lay – served only a few months
1848 – 1852 - The Rev Lewis Walke 
1855 - 1880 - The Reverend N. A. Okerson  
1882 - 1900 - The Rev Thurmer Hoggard IV (pilgrimages to Old Donation's ruins once a year)
1900 - 1912, Mr. Richard J. Alfriend (lay reader) held annual services at church ruins
1906 – 1911 - The Rev James Owens (assisted in annual services at church ruins)
1912 – 1916 Mr. Richard J. Alfriend was ordained as Rector
1916 - 1923 - The Reverend Richard J. Alfriend (resumed regular weekly services)
1924 - 1926 - The Reverend Robert Archer Goodwin
1926 - 1926 - The Reverend H. P. Sloane
1926 - 1929 - The Reverend Richard Henry Lee
1929 - 1931 VACANT
1931 - 1936 - The Reverend Marshall E. Travers
1937 - 1940 VACANT (Mr. Rufus Parks, Lay Reader)
1941 - 1942 - The Reverend N.H. Laws
1942 - 1945 - The Reverend Francis A. Gray
1945 - 1947 VACANT (Mr. Rufus Parks, Lay Reader)
1947 - 1953 - The Reverend Webster Horstman
1953 - 1984 - The Reverend Beverly D. Tucker, Jr.
1976 – 1981 – The Reverend Gary Sawtelle, Pastoral Associate
1981 – 1983 – The Reverend Jeffrey S. Jones, Pastoral Associate
1984 - 1985 - The Reverend William L. Russell (interim)
1985 - 1996 - The Reverend John H. Emmert
1987 - 1991 - The Reverend Nancy C. Wood, Deacon
1992 - 1998 - The Reverend Donald W. Gross, Pastoral Associate
1994 - 1997 - The Reverend Joy E. Walton, Associate Rector
1997 - 1998 - The Reverend C. Thomas Holliday (interim)
1998 - 2002 - The Reverend Irwin M. Lewis, Jr.
2001 - 2002 - The Reverend Anne C. Brower, Deacon & Associate
2002 - 2003 - The Reverend John Williams, Deacon & Associate
2002 - 2004 - The Reverend Howard Hanchey (interim)
2002 - 2003 - The Reverend Al Wray, Pastoral Associate
2004 - Present - The Rev Robert J. Randall
2005 - 2006 - The Rev Fred Poteet
2005 - 2006 - The Rev Robyn Hoffman
2007 - Present - The Reverend Carlotta B. Cochran, Associate Rector for Congregational Care
2007 - 2011 - The Rev Elizabeth Felicetti
2010 – 2014 – The Reverend S. Drew Foisie, Curate
2011 – Present - The Reverend Peggy Luhring, Deacon
2014 – Present – The Rev Fred Poteet, Associate Rector
2015 – Present - AJ  Lambert, Youth Minister
2015 – Present – The Rev Ashley Urquidi
The 375th Anniversary Edition

The first complete history of Old Donation Episcopal Church was written in 2012 during the celebration commemorating 375 years since May 17, 1637 when Captain Thoroughgood summoned Reverend William Wilkinson to hold the first services in his first home. Following is the prologue introduction used in 2012.

Celebrate History to Move Strongly into the Future
The History of the People and the Three Churches of Lynnhaven Parish Today known as Old Donation Episcopal Church by Bob Perrine, Member of Old Donation and the Historical Tradition Committee
Old Donation Episcopal Church
4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 - Phone: (757) 497-0563
For comments, please e-mail Bob @ t1mperlake@yahoo.com
See pictures @ http://www.carolshouse.com/structures/olddonation

This first edition of Old Donation’s long history is released in conjunction with the celebration of the church’s 375th birthday, commemorating that May 17th Sunday when Adam Thoroughgood, Father of our Church, summoned Reverend William Wilkinson to hold services in his crude wooden home.

Nov 19, 2011 – Church members (left to right) Megan Wilson and Pete Owens, and guest Edward Douglas display their period dress on various occasions to celebrate the historic significant of Old Donation Church.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the church begins a weekend of commemoration with a Morning Prayer service at Church Point, site of the first church, followed by a reading at the nearby Adam Thoroughgood House. A complimentary lunch will then be served at Old Donation. In the afternoon there is a choir concert at Old Donation followed by a reenactment of the 358 years ago baptism of a Native American Chief’s son. That evening a banquet at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel will feature music and skits. Visiting guests include Bishops Holly Hollerith (Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia) and Katharine Schori (Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States). On Sunday the services will conclude with a reception for distinguished guests.

The church will be celebrating with four living past and present rectors: Robert Randall (2004 - present), Irwin Lewis (1998 – 2002), John Emmert (1985 - 1996), and Beverly (Bev) Tucker (1953 - 1984). Special honor will be given to Reverend Bev Tucker for whom Tucker Hall in the Parish Building was named. Reverend Tucker is the first of the 20th century rectors who was responsible for bringing new life into a struggling church at a time when the community was beginning to grow out of its agrarian posture. For 31 years along with his wife Julia they carried forward the outreach programs started by the Parks family, notably with the Mission of the Holy Spirit and the Day School. Bev and Julia now reside at the Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in their golden retirement years.

__________Old” may be in our name but we are young at heart!

Oct 2011 - 2-1/2 year old Evie is seen here raising her arms to praise the Lord. She was adopted as our “eight o’clock baby.

Saint Nicholas Day Dec 2011. Reverend Bob Randall looks on as Saint Nicholas (Gary Kline) hands out coins in accordance with the tradition of bringing gifts to the children.

June 2011 - Reverend Bob Randal and Music Director Leslie Fenter lead songs at Vacation Bible School.

Dec 17, 2011 - Judeo/Christian Outreach Center Christmas Supper. Curate Drew Foisie (top right) and members of the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) hand out care packages (toiletry items) and serve up dinner to 100+ homeless people at the JCOC.

Oct 10, 2009 – Young acolytes and liturgical dancers from Old Donation performed at Washington National Cathedral’s 30th Annual National Acolyte Festival.

________We celebrate important church days with inspiration and vigor!

May 15, 2011 Good Shepherd Sunday - Reverends Drew Foisie and Bob Randall tend to their flock

______________________May 30, 2009 - Pentecost Sunday

____________________2011 Shrove Tuesday - serving up pancakes

____________________2010 Easter Sunday – Spoils of the Hunt

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, one week before Christmas, focus is on the visit of the Magi who followed a star with “ westward leading” to the Christ child. Each Sunday in Advent the Magi figurines are moved to a window closer to the nativity display at the front of the church until they become part of the Nativity display on Christmas Day. The same window sills are used on All Saints' Day (the first Sunday in November) for church members to place pictures of their deceased loved ones.

On Veterans Day (the Sunday before Nov 11) current and former members of the military proudly wear their uniforms to church. Old Donation has a proud heritage of military and ex-military members, predominately Navy.

The Rev. Irwin (Win) Lewis
Reverend Irwin Lewis (1998 – 2002) – In his paper, “State of the Parish Report,” Dec 9, 2001, talked about the enthusiasm he has encountered at Old Donation. “I want to tell you I have felt the fire here since the moment I interviewed for the position of your rector almost four years ago. I have felt fired up from the moment I stepped across your threshold. The Spirit is here; fire is here – and miracles have happened – miracles that are not of my doing.” Reverend Lewis described all that has set the church on fire – the marvelous parish staff, the endowment making an expanded ministry possible, and the miracles of church members who worked enthusiastically building church ministries. He ended by saying, “Friends, this is a great time to be part of Old Donation. The Spirit is here, the fire is here, and God’s dwelling shall ‘be glorious’ in our midst. Come, join the Fun!

St. Cecilia Choir, led by Director of Music and Choirmaster Paul Hudgins, perform at the 10:30 service and other high holy days in the best traditions of Anglican music.


I want to thank Elizabeth Vogt, eighth generation descendant of Reverend Anthony Walke and his first wife Anne McClenahan for providing information on the Walke family found in her thesis on Reverend Anthony Walke, presented to the Graduate School of Clemson University. Another reviewer is a tenth generation descendant of Captain Adam and Sarah Thorowgood, W. Paul Treanor. He adds interest to my work by refuting recent claims made by the Virginia Beach Department of Museums and Cultural Arts, Historic Houses Office concerning the construction date of the most important landmark in Virginia Beach, the Adam Thoroughgood House in his book, The Adam Thoroughgood House, a Series of Essays.

My Chapter 6, “Modern Activities History,” would not have been possible if not for long-time church members Eleanor Kreassig, Kris McTague, Joyce Pettet, Kelly Good, Vaughn Wilson, Ann Butler, Lowell Davis, Ray Foberg, Franklin Marzullo, Earl Morris, Elizabeth Simpson, Florence (Flossie) Chandler, Paul Hudgins, Pete Owens, Reverend Julia Tucker, Reverend Bev Tucker, and Pat and Vaughn Wilson.

Starr Plimpton, former Historic Houses employee, provided critical input for the story of Francis Thelaball, a history that was in no other available source. More than any other person to give interest to my stories is Belinda Nash, the most distinguished authority on Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Pungo. The link between Judge Benjamin Dey White and John B Dey (first cousins) and their estates was made possible by Chet Ehrenzeller, owner of the John B. Dey House, and Ed Kramer, resident of the house where Judge White’s house once stood.

My thanks to Elaine Orne, Kris McTague, Reverend Barbara Blakemore, Reverend Patti Davis, Reverend Kaki Swann, and Lauryn Awbrey for their helpful assistance with the section on “Women Trailblazers.” Also, Reverend Blakemore provided the basis for the story of the Nguyen Family, “Refugees from War Torn Vietnam.” Then Joyce Pettet and Mrs. Luc Nguyen assisted in filling in important dates and facts. Along the way the Historic Traditions Committee made significant suggestions. Special recognition goes to Pete Owens, Pat Wilson, Reverend Don Wilson, Judy Pravecek, Brenda New, and Jackie Murray.

The church staff was most helpful in providing draft copies and other logistical support, especially Page O'Flaherty, Parish Administrator; Bob Reneau, Sexton; and Pam Campbell, Parish Assistant Administrator. Through the two and half years I worked on this document, Reverend Bob Randall provided me with encouragement and made the final decision to make my first publication a 375th Anniversary Edition. A special thanks to Teresa Breeden who so generously offered to make copies of this book available for sale, enabling 100% of the proceeds to be donated back to the church.

Many of the pictures in this book are from the camera of Joyce Barry who is always around when a picture is needed. Her photos have helped bring this book to life.

Finally, to Barbette, my wife: I could not have written this book without her encouragement. Not only did she devote many hours to grammatical review, but her editing provided a document that is more appealing to readers.

(*) after the reference number indicates the reference can be found in the Old Donation Church Historic Library.
(1)* “Virginia Beach, A History of Virginia's Golden Shore,”
by Amy Waters Yarsinske
(2) “The History of Old Donation” - http://www.vabeach.com/virginia-beach-history
(3)* “The History of Old Donation - the Consecration of Old Donation;
Rediscovering Our History: A Sermon For Four Hundred Pounds of Tobacco!; Anthony Walke Vault Inscription Old Donation Cemetery; and the Cornerstone at Old Donation,” by Malcolm Higgins, 2002 –
(4) “Brief Records and Recollections - Private Record of the Walke Family in the United States,” by Henry Walke, Rear Admiral U.S.N., 1887
(5) “Old Donation Episcopal Church,” from Form 10-300 United States Department of the Interior (July 1969) National Park Service National Register of Historic Places, Files of the Virginia Landmark Commission by James W. Moody, Jr., Director of Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission with Major Biographical References from “Colonial Churches of Tidewater Virginia,” by Mason, George Carrington, 1945, and “Virgina's Colonial Churches: An Architectural Guide,” by James Rawlings, James Scott, 1963. http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/VirginiaBeach/134-0025_Old_Donation_Church_1972_Final_Nomination.pdf
(6)* (same as reference 30) “Colonial Churches, a Series of Sketches of the Churches in the Original Colony of Virginia” - http://books.google.com/books?id=RLqROPGJwsYC&pg=PA274&lpg=PA274&dq=old+donation+June+25,+1736+architectural+style&source=bl&ots=XqFkMWhzOm&sig=N2y8itRPgVvw-ty_FggpWqPC820&hl=en&ei=_BzSSZ73J-rwnQfXlsnHBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result
(7) “Research into Thalia Neighborhood” by Deni Norred-Williams, Jun 2, 2002 - http://www.virginiabeachhistory.org/thaliaprogram.html
(8) “What is the Bayside History Trail – Significant Site 1 - First Church Site off Thoroughgood Drive,” City of Virginia Beach, Department of Museums and Cultural Arts, 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, Phone: 757-385-5100 http://www.vbgov.com/file_source/dept/parks/Projects-design_development/projects/Document/Bayside_History_Trail.pdf
(9) Emmanuel Episcopal Church Website http://www.carolshouse.com/cemeteryrecords/emmanuel
(10) “Grace Sherwood,” by the Ferry Plantation House, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, 473-5182 - http://www.ferryplantation.org/news/grace-sherwood.html
(11) “Grace Sherwood & The Witch of Pungo,” by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 -
(12) “Grace Sherwood: The Witch of Virginia Beach,” by VaBeach.com database - http://www.vabeach.com/virginia-beach-history
(13) “Grace Sherwood: The Witch of Virginia Beach,” by the White Moon Gallery –
(14-17) “The Walke Family Scrapbook,” by C. W. Tazewell, Jr. (ed.) 1982 -
(14) “Walke - The Minister on Horseback,” page 20
(15) “Walke - Death Of A Venerable Citizen,” page 20
(16) “Lewis Walke Visit,” page 37
(17) “Thoroughgood,” page 7
(18) “Wilkinson” compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2002 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/southern/wilkinson.html
(19) “Wilkinson Family,” http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~marshall/esmd244.htm
(20) “Gabriel Wilkinson,” http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mysouthernfamily/myff/d0037/g0000083.html (21) “A History of Eastern Shore Chapel,” http://www.easternshorechapel.org/history.htm
(22) “Ferry Plantation House,” http://www.ferryplantation.org/
(23) “Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Virginia,” from Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, ed. George Lincoln Burr, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1914, pp. 435-442 - http://www.samizdat.com/sherwood
(24) “Seventeenth Century Virginia Hurricanes” - http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/research/roth/va17hur.htm
(25) “Ferry Plantation House” - http://www.carolshouse.com/structures/ferryfarm
(26) “Witch of Pungo Statue becomes Girl Scouts' Community Project,” the Virginian-Pilot, Jul 18, 2008 http://hamptonroads.com/2008/07/witch-pungo-statue-becomes-girl-scouts-community-project
(27) “Lynnhaven Parish Chapter NSDAR” (picture of site of Church No. 1) - http://members.cox.net/lynnhavenparish
(28)* “Where the Wild Goose Goes,” B. Dey. White, 1991 – see an extract @
(29) “Emmanuel Episcopal Church, History
(30)* (same as reference 6) “Colonial Churches, a Series of Sketches of Churches in the Original Colony” W. M. Clark, 1907 - http://books.google.com/books?id=TSISAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA265&lpg=PA265&dq=Lynnhaven+parish+history+princess+Anne+county&source=bl&ots=3AcjSKxGoC&sig=UbU3ui2N8h6YkJy1aAaYTTFjnrc&hl=en&ei=xy0ZSuLHIoG-NMDP6Z8P&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1
(31) “Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Website 2009” - http://www.saintpaulsnorfolk.com/history_saint_pauls_church.php
(32) “Princess Anne County, Virginia,” from Wikipedia -
(33) “Virginia Beach,” from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Beach
(34) “Church Point,” from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Point,_Virginia_Beach
and “Church Point History” @ http://www.churchpointonline.com/historyc.html
(35) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Belinda Nash (former Old Donation Church Historian), May and Jun, 2009
(36) “Hickory Neck Church, Making a Joyful Noise unto the Lord,” Hickory Neck Web Site –
(37) “Old Donation Episcopal Church Netherlands Johannus Organ Gift to Hickory Neck Church,” Hickory Neck Web Site - http://organsociety.bsc.edu/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=23779
(38)* “Old Donation Episcopal Church,” a pamphlet, 1999
(39) Information received from Paul G. Hudgins, Old Donation Church Organist, May & Aug 2009.
(40) “The Witch of Pungo,” Louisa Venable Kyle, 1973
(41)* “Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia” by William Meade,” http://www.archive.org/stream/oldchurchesminis01meaduoft#page/248/mode/2up/search/lynnhaven+Parish (42) “The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume V,” Jul 1897
(43)* (same as reference 114/115) “History of Lower Tidewater Virginia,” by Rogers Dey Whichard, 1959.
(44)* “The Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1723-1786,” edited and published by George Carrington Mason, 1949.
(45)* “Lynnhaven Parish Vestry Book, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1723 – 1892
(46)* “Lynnhaven Parish Vestry Book, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1838 – 1911”
(47) “First Landing - God’s Work Stands: A Legacy Worth Remembering,”
by David J. Gyertson, Ph.D., April 2007 http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/churchandministry/churchhistory/Gyertson_Gods_Work_Stands_CBN.aspx (48)* “Proposed Reconstruction and Interior Revisions for Old Donation Episcopal Church,” 1966, a pamphlet by the Vestry and Building Committee
(49)* “Old Donation Episcopal Church, Rectors of Old Donation” (around 2000).
(50)* “Debates of the Virginia Convention of 1788,”
(51) “Old Donation Cemetery,” Carol’s House, Dedicated to Family History - http://www.carolshouse.com/cemeteryrecords/olddonation
(52)* “The History of Eastern Shore Chapel and Lynnhaven Parish, 1642 – 1969,” by Louise Venable Kyle, 2006
(53) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Reverend Bob Randall, Jun, 2009
(54) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Chris McTague, Jun, 2009
(55) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Malcolm Higgins, Jul, 2009
(56) “The Bellamys of Early Virginia” by Joe David Bellamy (page 31)
http://books.google.com/books?id=XggfG3i-8pIC&pg=PA31&lpg=PA31&dq=Captain+Adam+Thoroughgood+named+norfolk&source=bl&ots=XTz7QBu51B&sig=ze8S2u9idPWQTvxfiAjoet8GX6s&hl=en&ei=DrdjStCwJpGSsgOzveVm&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1 (57) "Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, Historic Houses"
(58) “Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach, VA Old Princess Anne County
(59) “Adam Thoroughgood House” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Thoroughgood_House
(60) “Virginia Beach Public Schools, Historical Overviewhttp://www.vbschools.com/schools/history.asp
(61) Map showing W E Biddle School (historical) in City of Virginia Beach County, Virginia - http://www.us-places.com/map-places.php?placeid=2092499
(62) “What's in a Name? - Pleasure House Road” The Virginian-Pilot Jul 20, 2007 http://hamptonroads.com/2007/07/whats-name-pleasure-house-road-virginia-beach
(63) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Ruth Ann Campbell (organist and choirmaster from 1980 – 2001), Aug, 2009
(64)* “Old Donation Episcopal Church,” a pamphlet, no date but probably before Reverend Lottie Cochran left and after Reverend Elizabeth Felicetti arrived (say 2008).
(65) “Myths and Realities – Societies of the Colonial South,” by Carl Bridenbaugh, 1963
(66) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Eleanor Kreassig, Aug, 2009
(67) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Joyce Pettet, Aug, 2009
(68) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Kelly Good (Church Nurse), Aug 2009
(69)* “The Dedicatory Organ Recital,” a pamphlet, Oct 3, 2004
(70)* “Altar Needlepoint,” a pamphlet, Dec 18, 1988
(71) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Vaughn Wilson, Aug, 2009
(72)* "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia” by William Meade
(same as Reference 41)
(73)* “Old Donation Episcopal Church,” a pamphlet, 1911
(74)* “Gateway to the New World, History of Princess Anne County, VA 1607 -1824,” by Florence Kimberly Turner, 1984.
(75) “A History of Old Donation Church, Princess Anne County, Now Virginia Beach,” by Alice Granbery Walter, 1916.
(76) “Bake and Take,” Oct 15, 2009, e-mail Guy Watkins to Bob Perrine.
(77) “The Cursillo,” Discussions between Ann Butler and Bob Perrine (author of this article
Oct 19, 2009
(78) “Mission of the Holy Spirit,” Discussion between Lowell Davis and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 18, 2009.
(79) “Care Packages for the Deployed,” Discussion between Jack Barry and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 19, 2009.
(80) “Camp Coast Care” and “Episcopal Youth Community,” Discussion between Ashley Scruugs and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 19, 2009.
(81) “Angel Tree,” Discussion between Vaughn Wilson and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 20, 2009.
(82) “EDMARC,” Discussion between Ray Foberg and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 21, 2009.
(83) “JCOJ,” Discussion between Franklin Marzollo and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Oct 20, 2009.
(84) “Retired Episcopal bishop Vache dies at 83,” the Virginian Pilot, Nov 3, 2009
(85)* “Old Donation 40th Annual Oyster Roast and Bazaar,” The Virginian Pilot Beacon, Nov 8, 1973
(86)* “A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia
by John Kendall Nelson http://books.google.com/books?id=I2o5W3whNacC&dq=A+Blessed+Company:+Parishes,+Parsons,+and+Parishioners+in+Anglican+Virginia,+1690-1776&source=gbs_navlinks_s
(87) “Women and Education in Eighteenth-Century Virginia” - http://research.history.org/Historical_Research/Research_Themes/ThemeFamily/WomenEducation.cfm (88) “Apology for Kids Shipped from Britain to Colonies,” The Associated Press, November 15, 2009 - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091115/ap_on_re_us/child_migrants_apology
(89) “The Treatment of Neglected Children in American History,” from “Mostly Water,” Nov 10, 2008 - http://mostlywater.org/treatment_neglected_children_american_history
(90) "The Illusion of Caring," Robert L. Geiser, 1973
(91) “Richman, Poorman, Beggarman, Thief: Down but Not Out in Colonial Virginia,”
by Martha W. McCartney, Autumn 2000
(92) “Recovery Ministry,” Discussions between Keren Pernini and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Nov 15, 2009.
(93) “First Circle of Women and St. Margaret’s Circle,” Discussion between Elizabeth Simpson and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Nov 1, 2009.
(94) “Siege of Yorktown,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yorktown
(95) “Pembroke Manor,” by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, http://virginiabeachhistory.org/pembroke.html
(96) “The Virginians: United Empire Loyalists in America, Captain John Saunders,” by Hugh Bibbs - http://www.medievalhistory.net/page0014.htm
(97) “Glass In The Past - Old House Journal,” by Gordon Bock, Aug 1998 -
(98) “Colonial Ballads, Sonnets, and Other Verse,” by Margaret Junkin Preston http://www.archive.org/stream/colonialballadss00presrich/colonialballadss00presrich_djvu.txt
(99) “The Lost Colony of Roanoke” - http://www.archercousins.com/ArcherAssn/lostcolony
(100)* “Sarah’s Story: It’s Our Story, Too,” by Jorja Jean, the Virginian Pilot Beacon, Apr 25, 2010.
(101)* “Norfolk, the First Four Centuries,” Thomas C. Parramore, 1994 pages 38-41
(102)* “For One Man, House’s Age Is Much More Than Just a Number,” the Virginian Pilot, Jul 5, 2007 by Marc Davis - http://www.tarvinfamily.org/thoroughgoodarticle.pdf
(103)* "Chesopiean, A Journal of North American Archaeology,” by W. Paul Treanor, Vol 38, 2000 -
a. “The Adam Thoroughgood House, the Truth about Its Age," pages 1-13
b. "The Air Conditioning of the Adam Thoroughgood House," pages 16-18
c. “A Jamestown Brick Kiln," Treanor, pages 20-26
d. “Adam Thoroughgood - the Man Historians Forgot," pages 1-14
e. “The Last Will and Testament of Adam Thoroughgood II," pages 11-19
f. “The Chesapeake Shore,” pages 7-14
(104) “The Dreadful Hurricane of 1667" - http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/research/roth/va17hur.htm
(105) “Ancestry of John D Newport,” http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=john_d_newport&id=I18270
(106)* “Journal of the Thorowgood / Thoroughgood Family,” by John Harve Creecy (recors at the Norfolk Library Sargeants Memorial Room, 301 East City Hall, Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510, tel (757) 664-7323
(107)* “The Chesopean Site,” (Adam Thoroughgood’s First House in Lynnhaven) from the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Virginia (13(3) 1959, by Floyd Painter
(108) “Washington & Northern Virginia Company -- Biographies of Ancestors of Members, Adam Thorow(ough)good,” by the Jamestowne Society, Nov 2005 - http://www.jamestowne-wash-nova.org/AdamThorowgood.htm
(109)* “A History of Chesapeake, Virginia,” by Raymond L. Harper, 2008 –
http://books.google.com/books?id=vuyDe3QZlaAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=A+History+of+Chesapeake,+Virginia&source=bl&ots=Q-GQn60y3y&sig=mKGssE0yvr8IOjRErSR7Q-XpPb4&hl=en&ei=b6ACTML1M53iM_uh_a0E&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CD0Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false (110)* “Old Houses in Princess Anne Virginia,” by Sadie Scott Kellam and V. Hope Kellam, 1958 http://www.archive.org/stream/oldhousesinprinc00kell#page/n5/mode/2up
(111)* “Old Virginia Houses Along the James,” by Emmie Ferguson Farrar, 1957
(112)* “Domestic Colonial Architecture of Tidewater Virginia,” by Thomas T Waterman and John A. Barrows, 1932
(113) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and W. Paul Treanor (10th generation Thoroughgood), Jun 2010 – Mar 2011.
(114)* “The History of Lower Tidewater Virginia,” Vol I, Rogers Dey Whichard, Ph.D., 1959
(115)* “The History of Lower Tidewater Virginia,” Vol II, Rogers Dey Whichard, Ph.D., 1959
(116)* The Virginia Pilot, Sep 6, 2009
(117) “Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography,” Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Volume IV, 1915, page 35
(118) “John Saunders, Judge,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Saunders_(judge)
(119) * “Then and Now, Virginia Beach,” Amy Hayes Castleberry, 2010
(120) "Pocahontas-[2] Archives, Family Tree of Jane Bolling & Richard Randolph, Item 251 Reverend Anthony Walke III, (1752-1814) the 'Fox-hunting Parson'," RootssWeb, Dec 30, 2006
(121) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Elizabeth Vogt, Central SC, tel 864-506-1140, Oct 2010
(122) "Ferry Plantation House," Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferry_Plantation_House
(123) “The Gookins of Cork Family Tree” -
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bowlesfamily/GookinOfCorkFamilyTree.htm (124) “George Yeardley” Wikipedia, ref 9 -“Narratives of Early Carolina,” by J. Franklin Jameson 1911 ref “W.G. Standard, Virginia Colonial Registry,” 1900.
(125) “Forever Friends Garden,” Animal Rescue of Tidewater, Inc, Oct 2, 2005 http://www.artanimals.org/Media/CelebrationGardenflyer.pdf
(126) “National Register of Historic Place, Christ and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk,” Jun 18, 1979 - http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Norfolk/122-0075_Christ_and_St_Luke's_Church_1979_Final_Nomination.pdf
(127) Discussion between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Bev Tucker, Feb 2011, Sep 2011, Oct 2011, and April 2012.
(128) “St. Paul's Church (Elizabeth River Parish)
(129) “Making, Baking, and Laying Bricks,” Colonial Williamsburg Journal: Winter 2005-2006, by Ed Crews
(130) “Thorowgood Family,” Mar 20, 2005, by Barbara Cox - http://www.ghotes.net/thorowgd/index.htm#si
(131) “Kecoughtan Old and New, Three Hundred Years of Elizabeth City Parish,” by Jacob Heffelfinger, July 19, 1910, with Appendix B, “Lists of Livinge & Dead in Virvinia Feb. 23, 1623” (listed among the 349 names of living were Thomas Thorugood (page 44) and Adam Througood (page 47) (note spelling difference), dated (reprinted from Colonial Records of Virginia) - http://www.archive.org/stream/kecoughtanoldnew00heff#page/n1/mode/2up
(132) “How Firm A Foundation: The 400-Year History of Hampton Virginia's St. John's Episcopal Church the Oldest Anglican Parish in the Americas,” 2009 by James Tormey .
(133) “History of St. John’s / Elizabeth Parish Church,” http://www.stjohnshampton.org/history.shtml
(134) “Lychgate,” from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lychgate
(135) Adam Thoroughgood House http://www.virginiabeachhistory.org/thoroughgoodhouse.html
(136) “Historic St. Luke's Church & Museum in Smithfield Virginia
is ‘America's Oldest Gothic Architecture
,’" http://www.historicstlukes.org/
(137) "The Witch of Pungo,” Carol’s House - http://www.carolshouse.com/witch
(138) “Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (Norfolk, Virginia),” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Paul)
(139) “Christ & St. Luke’s Church, constructed between 1909 and 1910 as Christ Church,” http://seeker312.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/christ-st-lukes-church-07-january-2011
(140) "Church of the Epiphany, historic district of Lafayette-Winona in Norfolk, Virginia." http://epiphanynorfolk.org/epiphany-history
(141) East Bute Street occupied by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, destroyed by fire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_E._Hoffman_United_States_Courthouse
(142) In the 1930s, St. Andrew’s, Christ’s Church, and St. Luke’s Church functioned as a single unified parish. http://www.saintandrews-norfolk.org/history.html
(143) “Kecoughtan, Virginia,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kecoughtan,_Virginia
(144) "Peterhouse, a Constituent College of the University of Cambridge" - Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterhouse,_Cambridge
(145) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Elizabeth Vogt (lizvogt@bellsouth.net), great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Reverend Anthony Walke and his first wife Anne McColley McClenahan - Apr 2011.
(146) “The Law of Freedom and Bondage in the United States,” Volume 1, by John Hurd, 1858,
http://books.google.com/books?id=1VcSAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Law+of+Freedom+and+Bondage&source=bl&ots=KX2j0ELJjJ&sig=2DeSul6rFTPpe7rKeOHodSeZI_Q&hl=en&ei=stqqTaH6GdDTgAfr78HzBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q&f=false (147) “Anthony Walke, Jr. of Princess Anne Co.” Geneology.com., Sep 06, 2001
(148) “Eleven Year One Name Study – Walke,” Geneology.com., May 02, 2009 http://genforum.genealogy.com/walke/messages/104.html
(149) “Ferry Plantation House and Old Fairfield House,” by the Fairfield Civic League, Virginia Beach, Virginia - http://www.fairfieldcivic.org/history.html
(150) "The Adam Thoroughgood House" - The Virginia Department of Historic Resources, National Register of Historic Places - http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/VirginiaBeach/134-0033_Thoroughgood,_Adam,_House_1966_Final_Nomination.pdf
(151) “The Papers of Calvert Walke Tazewell,” by Old Dominion University Libraries, http://www.lib.odu.edu/special/manuscripts/tazewell.htm
(152) “Gleanings on Walke Family Homes,” by Calvert Walke Tazewell, 1988, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ferry/walkehou.txt
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ferry/walkehomes.htm (153) “Hampton Roads Chronicles,” by Paul Clancy, 2009, pages 22 and 23.
(154) “Historic Landmarks of Princess Anne County,” by C.W Tazewel, 1998
(155) “Gleanings in the History of Princess Anne County,” by Benjamin Dey White, 1924
http://books.google.com/books?pg=RA1-PA5&lpg=RA1-PA5&dq=gleanings%20from%20princess%20anne%20county&sig=aQ7Gwi_6Mzv3NoQON_5derey_A0&ei=YCEqTtvZM5G_gQed4difCw&ct=result&sqi=2&id=bBsdAQAAMAAJ&ots=plAJnIPdPC&output=text (156) "Virginia Beach History Guide," VaBeach.com, the first and #1 tourism website for Virginia Beach, Virginia - http://www.vabeach.com/virginia-beach-history
(157) “Lost Virginia Beach,” by Amy Waters Yarsinske, 2011
(158) “Hampton Roads Chronicles,” Paul Clancy, 2009
(159) “What's in a Name? Poplar Hall, Norfolk,” Virginian Pilot, August 17, 2009 - http://hamptonroads.com/2009/08/whats-name-poplar-hall-norfolk
(160) “Pembroke Manor, Virginia,” Wikipedia
(161) “Old Houses in Princess Anne VA,” by Sadie Scott Kellam and V. Hope Kellam, 193, page 210
(162) * “Dendrochronology Reports,” Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory, Virginia, 2011 - http://www.dendrochronology.net/va.asp
(163) “Adam Keeling, Son of Thomas Keeling and Ann Thorowgood,” Genealogy.Com - http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/g/u/t/Elizabeth-A-Guthrie-San-Antonio/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0235.html
(164) Discussion between Florence (Flossie) Chandler and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Aug 2011.
(165) “Grace Sherwood: The Witch of Pungo,” by J. Moehring, Oct 6, 2010 http://followingthepaganheart.blogspot.com/2010/10/grace-sherwood-witch-of-pungo.html
(166) "Church and Political Apologies: Chronological List," - http://www.upenn.edu/pnc/politicalapologies.html
(167) “Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: a Biographical Dictionary,” By Martha W. McCartney, 2007 - http://books.google.com/books?id=orDbMGpInaQC&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=thomas+Allen+1636+Lynnhaven&source=bl&ots=WHU47hm-XQ&sig=mqsDidGk7nvFrxWaU5mNyJXTQQw&hl=en&ei=qGM8TumHBqTY0QHwqO3aAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=thomas%20Allen%201636%20Lynnhaven&f=false
(168) “Currituck County Wills, Caleb White of Norfolk, VA.,” http://www.ncgenweb.us/currituck/wills/whitecaleb1872.html
(169) Discussion between Chet Ehrenzeller (owner of the John B. Dey House) and Bob Perrine (author of this article), Aug 2011.
(170) “History with a View,” The Virginian Pilot, Nov 19, 2009 - http://news-business.vlex.com/vid/70718342
(171) “Dendrochronology,” Answer.com http://www.answers.com/topic/dendrochronology
(172) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Starr D. Donlon (Virginia Beach Depart of Museums, Adam Thoroughgood House) – Jul 2011.
(173) “The Beach: A History of Virginia Beach, Virginia,” Toni Lohman, 2006 (page 22)
(174) “In 1619, First Africans Landed in Virginia,” by Paul Clancy, the Virginian Pilot, Aug 28, 2001.
(175) “A History Of The American People,” by Paul Johnson, 1928 - http://amstd.spb.ru/Library/A_History_of_the_American_People.pdf
(176) “The Middle Passage and Slavery in America,” by Larissa Juliet Taylor, Nov 2005 - http://salempress.com/store/samples/great_events_from_history_seventeenth/great_events_from_history_seventeenth_slavery.htm
(177) “Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach, a Pictorial History,” by Stephen S. Mansfield, 1989
(178) “History Museums, Lynnhaven House” - http://www.museumsvb.org/museums/pages/lynnhaven-house.aspx
(179)* “Old Donation Church, an Example of Early American Architecture,” Cay Drachnik, Jan 1969
(180)* “Lynnhaven Parish to Observe 310th Year Sunday,” The Virginian Pilot, July 16,1950 (information provide by the Reverend Webster Horstman, reverend of Old Donation Church from 1947 to 1953).
(181) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Ed Kramer (resident of part of the land formally White Acre) – Sep 2011.
(182) “Ferry Plantation House,” U.S. Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places, Section 8, Page 6 - http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/VirginiaBeach/134-0011_FerryFarmPlantation_2005_Final_Nomintation.pdf
(183)* “Oxford Dendrochronology Interim 2005 Report for the Adam Thoroughgood House
(184)* “Archaeological Assessment of the Adam Thoroughgood House Site, Virginia Beach, Virginia” by the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc, dated May 2006.
(185) “Female Ordination in the Episcopal Church, USA (ECUSA),” Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, Jun 22, 2006 http://www.religioustolerance.org/femclrg14.htm
(186) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Reverend Tucker – (see ref 127).
(187) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Elaine Orne – Sep 2011.
(188) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Kris McTague – Sep 2011.
(189) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Phyllis Awbrey – Oct 2011.
(190) “Francis Land,” Web Site Geni - http://www.geni.com/people/Francis-Land-II/5245093994450105704
and http://www.geni.com/people/Frances/5245094013680105710
(191) “Francis Land,” Genealogy.com - http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/i/l/Mary-A-Miller/GENE14-0008.html
(192) "Francis Land House," Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Land_House
(193) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Fairly Tull (8th generation Land of Francis Land II) Oct 2011.
(194) “Virginia Beach in Vintage Postcards,” by Alpheus J. Chewning, 2004, page 79.
(195) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Sandy Everton, Emanuel Church Historian, Jan 2012.
(196)* “The Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach, Virginia,” W. Paul Treanor, 2011
(197)* “Old Donation: a Gift and a Trust,” The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Jamestown Churchman, Volume 49, Number 6, June 1986, page 7 (in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the completion of the present church).
(198) Discussion between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Mrs. Luc Nguyen, Feb 2012.
(199) E-mail discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Lauryn Awbrey, Feb 2012.
(200) E-mail discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Barbara Blakemore (bkb2007@comcast.net) – Feb and Mar 2012.
(201) E-mail discussion between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Catherine Swann (kakiswann@gmail.com) - Feb 2012
(202) E-mail discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Karen M. Meridith (kmmeridi@sewanee.edu) – Feb 2012
(203) E-mail discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Patti Davis (Revpattid@aol.com) – Feb 2012
(204) “Retired Episcopal Bishop Vache Dies at 83,” the Virginian Pilot, Nov 3, 2009 - http://hamptonroads.com/2009/11/retired-episcopal-bishop-vache-dies-83
(205) “Henry Woodhouse (b. 1608, d. 15 Nov 1655)”- Geneology.com
(206) “Dendrochronology Report for Virginia Houses,” Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory, 2011 http://www.dendrochronology.net/va.asp
(207)* “Woodhouse Family,” by Melinda J. Lukei - mjlukei@aol.com
(208) “1658-1758 Charles County MD Families ‘The first 100 years,’" Rootsweb -
(209) “Captain Adam Thoroughgood (Immigrant),” Rootsweb, the Scott/Dines/Duncan/Dickson Website, 2011-11-15 - http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jimscott&id=I15074
(210) “Adam Thoroughgood House,”, Form 10.100 - United States Department The Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Inventory, July 1969 -
(211) “Thomas Walke, III,” Master of Arts in Military History, Norwich University
(212) “Upper Wolfsnare,” Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
(213)* “Ferry Plantation House,” Friends of the Ferry Plantation House - http://www.ferryplantation.org/
(214)* “Short Remarks on the Political and Social Writings of Reverend Anthony Walke of Princess Anne County, Virginia & a Concise & Impartial Account of the Causes of their Origin & Progress,” a thesis presented to the Graduate School of Clemson University by Roberta Elizabeth Vogt, December 2011
(215) “Battle of Kemp's Landing,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kemp
(216) “Battle of Great Bridge Historical Marker,” http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/hiway_markers/marker.cfm?mid=4093
(217) “Labyrinth,” from Wikipedia Encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth
(218) “Mission on the Bay, Camp Coast Care,” the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi -
(219) “Boy Scout Troop 375” -
(220) “The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center” - http://www.jcoc.org/
(221) “National Episcopal Church Women” - http://ecwnational.org/twentytwelve
(222) “Camp Chanco on the James” - http://www.chanco.org/
(223) “Cursillo in the Diocese Of Southern Virginia” - http://cursillodsv.org/index.shtml
(224) “Angel Tree – a Program of Prison Fellowship” -http://www.angeltree.org/angeltreehome
(225) “Kairos Prison Ministry Internationalhttp://www.kairosprisonministry.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=23761&PID=148688
(226) “Mission of the Holy Spirit” - http://missionoftheholyspirit.org/
(227) “Twelve-Step Program,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-step_program
(228) “History of Stephen Ministries” - http://www.stephenministries.org/aboutus/default.cfm/721
(229) “Denominations Represented in the Stephen Serieshttp://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/929
(230) “EDMARC Hospice for Children” - http://www.edmarc.org/home.html
(231) “Episcopal Youth Community,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Youth_Community
(232) “The Christmas Pageant,” Old Donation Episcopal Church Website
(233) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Pete Owens – Apr 2012.
(234) "William Thoroughgood (c.1560 - 1625),” Geni.com - http://www.geni.com/people/William-Thoroughgood/6000000009669078926
(235) "Adam Thorowgood (c.1604 - 1640),” Geni.com -
(236) “Descendants of Sir George Yeardley (Ancient Planter),” Eastern Shore Public Library -
(237) “Construction Date of the Adam Thoroughgood House,” May 10, 2012, e-mail from Mark Reed, Historical Resources Coordinator for the Department of Museums and Cultural Arts, City of Virginia Beach, to Bob Perrine.
(238) “Virginia Beach Subdivision of Alanton at Linkhorn Bay,” DiscoverHomes.com - http://discoverhomes.com/alanton___virginia_beach
(239) “Virginia Beach Hosts Historic Holiday Homes Tour,” the Virginian-Pilot, December 6, 2010 - http://hamptonroads.com/2010/12/virginia-beach-hosts-historic-holiday-homes-tour
(240) “The 2010 Virginia Beach Holiday Historic Homes Tour – Old Comfort,” December 11, 2010 - http://www.museumsvb.org/about-us/Documents/Holiday%20Homes%20tour%20brochure%202010%20Final.pdf
(241) “Old Comfort For Sale,” Prudential Towne Realty, Jan 2012, http://www.trulia.com/property/photos/3047749527-1437-N-Woodhouse-Rd-Virginia-Beach-VA-23454#item-8
(242) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Jim and Bet Vermillion, owners of Old Comfort – the Henry Robert Woodhouse House, Jun 2012.
(243) “Keelings and Thorowgoods,” Genealogy.com - http://genforum.genealogy.com/keeling/messages/1031.html
(244) “Our Family Genealogy Pages, Col. Maximillian Boush” - http://www.ewellfamily.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I6172&tree=ewellcombo
(245) “Office Angels,” Jul 24, 2012, e-mail Pam Campbell to Bob Perrine.
(246) William Moseley (1635- 1700) http://hdhdata.org/cgi-bin/showpage.pl?d0036&f00150
(247) Col Edward Moseley’s tombstone at Old Donation Cemetery
(248) Edward Hack Moseley (1742 – 1814)
(249) Elizabeth Amy Ann Boush (1792 – 1815)
(250) “Yadkin County and Caswell County,” Rootsweb,
(251) “Descendants of William Mosley Provide Princess Anne County with Proud Heritage,” by Louisa Venable Kyle in the Virginian Pilot, Jan 22, 1956.
(252) “Princess Anne County’s Foremast Cavalier, William Moseley, Came to Colonies in 1650,” by Louisa Venable Kyle in a “Country Woman’s Scrapbook,” 1980.
(253) “History of Norfolk, Virginia,” Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Norfolk,_Virginia
(254) E-mail discussions about the Moseleys between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Carol Shrader, Sep 2012.
(255) Discussions between Bob Perrine (author of this article) and Col. James Carver, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Historian, June 2013.
(256) Short Remarks on the Political and Social Writings of Reverend Anthony Walke of Princess Anne County, Virginia & a Concise & Impartial Account of the Causes of Their Origins & Progress
Roberta Vogt, Clemson University, Dec 2011, rvogt@clemson.edu http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2238&context=all_theses
(*) "The History of Old Donation Church" - Transcribed and edited by George C.Mason,  Historiographer, Diocese of Southern Virginia, 1949
(*) "The Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish, Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1723-1786"
 The entire book is on web site http://archive.org/stream/colonialvestrybo00lynn/colonialvestrybo00lynn_djvu.txt
The first complete history was written in 2012 during the celebration commemorating 375 years since Captain Thoroughgood on May 17, 1637 held the first services in his first home. Along the way additions, deletions and correction have been made as noted below.
Changed - The prologue introduction used in 2012 has been moved to the end and deleted on the 2nd printing with only a few of the prologue pictures shown.
Added - Picture of Rev. Win Lewis.
Added - Plaque of Church no.2 at the entrance to the Day School.
Added - Picture of the 1920 front alter with the large chancel area including the choir.
Added - Pictures of Rev. Tucker.
Correction - The five steel spanner bars were not added but already in place as shown on the 1920 picture. Bev Tucker explained in 2011 that beams were encased in the wall so the rods could be tie to them.

Added -  Picture of Rev. Randall 2004.
Added -  Picture of Diana Parks 1965.
Correction - No source document found stating those sitting in someone else’s pews in 1736 were punished with a trip to the stocks and pillory.
Added - Picture of the original Bishop’s Chair.
Corrected - A 17th century map helped clarify the location of Church no.2. Cattail Creek was thought to be behind the Day School garden, but that turned out to be a Robinson Neck spur.  This only solidified the location of Church no.2 being east of Church no.3 (present church). Cattail Creak is much larger and is about 1/4 mile northeast along Witchduck Road where it can be seen today on both sides of Witchduck Road.
Added - Picture of a 1650 Virginia Woman the likeness of Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley and while she was in Kecoughtan she had several children in rapid succession and watched them die, per Florence Kimberly Turner’s book, “Gateway to the New World,” (page 51).
Added - July 10, 2014 addition of the Grace Sherwood stone in the Herb Garden.
Added - The Adam Thoroughgood who fought at Yorktown (Oct 1781) was identified as a 7th generation direct descendant of Adam Thoroughgood (1604 – 1640).
Added - Picture of Alice Granbery Walter.
Changed - Next to William Dixon’s grave stone partly covered by a large tree, we stated that his wife Sarah Dixon (1812 – 1873), has no visible marker and her grave stone is most likely in the tree. Not so - the marker was broken off and only a stub is barely visible next to her husband’s marker.

Added - 2015 - the Labyrinth was relocated by Sentara Hospital.

Added - Recent clergy since 2012.
Added – On the web page, “Old Homes,” from Florence Kimberly Turner’s book, “Gateway to the New World,” (pages 48-57) 132) more proof that the Adam Thoroughgood House was built circa 1640.
Changed On the web page, “Old Homes,” from Florence Kimberly Turner’s book, “Gateway to the New World,” (page 132) proof that the Francis Land House was first built in 1732.

Changed 21 Feb 2016, the story about Belinda Nash

Added 21 Feb 2016, below the March 14, 1976, baptism of Baby Marguerite Nguyen, added pictiuures of Joyce Pettet and Mary Anne Gibboney,

Added 21 Feb 2016, picture of Winn Haines (1916 - 2008)

Added 18 Mar 2016, picture of stained glass window (The Good Shepherd Stained Glass Window) in Tucker Hall, 

Added April 2, 2016  - picture of Ethel Howern.

Removed April 8 2016 - story of Francis Thelaball. See "Old Homes" in this blog.

Removed April 15, 2016 - Created a new blog, Notable Church Women - http://1bob9.blogspot.com/2016/02/temp.html and moved those women plus sum.

Added April 24, 2016 reference for Rev Walke (no. 256)

Changed 12 Aug 2016: 1733-1736. Church No. 3 is Built. is 1,254 sq ft larger than Church No. 2, not 800 sq ft .

Added 12 Aug 2016: 17th century map of the area after describing church No. 2.

Added / Changed 19 Jan 2017: Information about Rev Alfriend's family. He had eight children. In 1960 in financing repairs the Alfriend mentioned was not a descendant, but Rev. Alfriend's 5th child, John Samuel Alfriend.

Added  12 April 2017 picture of Captain John Saunders II (1754 - 1834) 

Changed  25 Aug 2017 - The article on slavery replaced with a more accurate history.

Added  27 Sep 2017 - Alyssa Penick, a Ph.D. a candidate in history at the University of Michigan working on a dissertation about parishes in the colonial Chesapeake, asked for references to two areas in this document which I have added in those paragraphs and repeated here.
*For my reference to prohibiting slaves from attending church in 1731 – In “Gateway to the New World, History of Princess Anne Country, VA 1607 – 1824,” by Florence Kimberly Turner, 1884, on pages 153  - 155, a 14 Sept 1736 British Public Records report from Governor Goochy to the Council of Trade and Plantations, “Account of Negro Conspiracy.”
*For Grace Sherwood’s confession on a stool in Lynnhaven Parish Church, “A Place in Time (Grace Sherwood)” by Belinda Nash, 2012, published by W.S. Dawson Co. Virginia Beach, 801 Cathedral Drive, 757-490-2504 – pages 119-120.

Added - at the last paragraph about Grace Sherwood, A Time Bomb? The conspiracy theory of how a builder named Sherwood got revenge on the church 200 years after James and Grace Sherwood were wronged by the church. On 4 March, 2020 the story was updated and included the James Sherwood Grave Stone with inscription as reported in the Virginian Pilot, June 1st, 1941