Posted By:Greg Matthews
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Subject:Re: Meherrin Parish records
Post Date:June 21, 2008 at 07:15:25
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Forum:Brunswick County, VA Genealogy Forum
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It depends on what time period you are talking about. If you are talking about the time period where Brunswick was pretty much comprised of its current area and Greensville county then yes St. Andrews and Meherrin Parish were its two parishs.

The parishes were geographical areas established for church oversight by the British crown. There was no mandate for them to record vital records but they did do so (marriage and birth/christening). Each parish would also take care of their poor citizens and there are records that exist showing this. The parishes were also responsible for assigning (usually prominent and respectable) men to keep the roads clear and well maintained and parish records exist illustrating this as well.