Thursday, April 5, 2012

Parish Church

The parish church at Jamestown was supported by the gifts of private individuals to ensure it's construction.  This fact emerged from a letter addressed by Governor Harvey and his Council to the Committee of Plantations in England, in which it was stated that, previous to January, 1639-40, they had not only presented out of their own purses a large sum to be expended for this purpose, but had induced numerous shipmasters and planters to imitate their example.  In his will dated 1636, William Beard left 500 lbs. of tobacco to a "new church at James City".  Source: British Colonial Papers, vol. x, 1639-43, No. 5.

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