Hello. In the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 3. (Jan., 1895), pp. 169-180. Section on BRUTON CHURCH, it states:
"There is a deed, dated March 5, 1659, from Ralph Simkins and Susannah, his wife, to SAMUEL FENN (whose daughter SARAH married THOMAS CLAIBORNE, a son of the renowned WILLIAM CLAIBORNE), conveying 37 acres of woodland, "except two acres, part thereof, given formerly by the said Simkins to the use of parishioners of Middletown Parish, and on which a church is now building". In 1674 the parish of Marston was joined to that of Middletown, and the united parishes became known as "Bruton Parish".
It is an interesting article, with insight into the community, and mentioning such names as ARCHER, BARBER, CLAIBORNE - all founding families of the church.
Good luck~! These are some of my ancestors, too. Ginga (Bham, AL)
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