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Transcription of Another Religious Petition, Lunenburg Co., VA, 6 Nov 1786
Posted by: LaVelda Faull (ID *****9234) Date: October 30, 2007 at 20:19:18
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Here is another transcription of an early religious petition from Lunenburg County, Virginia, this one for 6 Nov 1786.

Early Religious Petitions (obtained from the Library of Congress, American Memory) Abstracted by LaVelda Faull
(These are original signatures and I had extreme difficulty reading a lot of them on this document. I put a question mark besides those names and/ or initials of which I was not sure. If anyone believes they know what a surname should be, I will be glad to check the original to determine if that indeed is the correct name and change the petition below.)

6 Nov 1786 Lunenburg County, Virginia
To the honorable the Speakers and other members of the General Assembly the Petition of the Church wardens & Vestry and other Members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the County of Lunenburg dutifully(?) presents(?)
That your Petitioners have Reason to apprehend that at your ensuing Session an attempt will be made to prevail with the General Assembly to repeal the Law for incorporating the said Church. And although no Change of Circumstances has intervened to require the Repeal of an Act which was judged necessary when passed.; yet lest the Silence of the Members of the said Church amidst the various and zealous attacks with which she is threatened, may by any means operate to her Prejudice, your Petitioners think it proper to request that they may not be deprived of those Conveniences which the said Act procures to them. Some have affected to consider the Act here referred to, if not as an Establishment, yet at least as tending to an Establishment of the Episcopal Church and strange(strong?) Fears have been excited for the Safety and Independence of the other Christian Churches without her Pale. But these Fears must appear to be groundless when it is considered that the Members of the said Church wish to see the other Protestant Churches enjoy the Benefits arising from being incorporated.
---Your Petitioners declare with the greatest Sincerity that however their Opinion of the Purity and Excellence of their own church must naturally give them a Degree of Zeal for its Support; yet that Zeal is not embittered with any Rancour against their Protestant Brethren of other Denominations. Nor do they wish to possess any Authority or Domination over them. --- Thus affected towards them, your Petitioners hope for a Return of equal benevolence and Christian Forbearance; and thus by a continual Interchange of brotherly Love and friendly Offices render quite unimportant all the little Differences of Opinion which may still keep them separate ---but if contrary to this Hope, Your Petitioners should meet with Opposition from those who wish to see any Act repealed which is judged convenient for the good Government of the Episcopal Church, and which can affect the Rights of no other, they leave it to the World to determine what church it is, which has most Reason to dread a tyrannous Exertion of Power & a Suppression of its dearest Interests. ----Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that any such unreasonable Interference may be rejected.
Thos. Buford, C. W.
Sam(?) Garland
Edwd Brodnax
Sterling Neblett
William Buford
Covington Hardy
Henry Stokes
Lydal Bacon
James Buford
Anthy Street(?)

Abram Maury
Joshua Ragsdale Jr. (or Sr.?)
Jas.(Jno?) Billups
___? Voles(?)
Tho. Garland
John Ragsdale
P--? Garland
Jeffrey Elwell(?)
John Cureton
LeRoy Buford
Thos E. Milles(?)
John Neblett
William Johnson
John Connall
Humphrey Garratt
Phillip Morgan
Danl Epperson
Jeremiah Morgan
Thos Hardy
Charles Pruitt (or Parrott?)
John Bigram(?)
Henry Freeman
John Connell
John Wyatt
Overstreet Wyatt
John Rudder
Mont(?) Garland
Wm Ambrose
Saml Rudder
Bart Phillips
David Thompson
Barrat(?) Brown
Hincha Gilliam
William --ill-?
NATHL LAFFOO (last N was left off of surname or is too light to see)
Peter Lamkin Jr.
John Wilkinson
Henry Buford Cut__?
Benj Tomlinson
Nevil Gee
Peter Andrews
Wm Ty___ll?
C___? Eppes?
Wilson Walker
Joshua Ragsdale
Jesse Gee Jr.
Benj Moore
Benj Frazier?
____? Sish?
Joel Pewit
William Worsham? Or Marshall?
Wm Johnson
Benj G---?
James Green?
Clared? Or Edward? Williams
Henry Gee
Clark G__?
Chappell Singleton
Benj Strange
Jas Kingerford? or Hungerford?
Samuel Hardy?
Thomas Hardy?
Benj. Gunter
John Patton? Junr
Wm Deupree? Or Demfrees?
Archibald ____b____d?
Robert Elwes?
David Street
Hugh Helm(?)
Minor Wilks Senr.
James Hamblett
James Hiatt(?)
William Tisdale
John Ingerson (or Ingram?)
Wm Calaham
W Stone Sr
John Hightower Sr
E__? Brown
Jno Ponell(?)
John C. Brown
Thos Neal
Jessie Bragg
Wm Miloy(?)
John Hardwick
Clark Taylor
Edwd Wilson
Samuel Cheatham
Richard Knott
Wm F Barry
Thos Ellis(?)
Valentine Brown
Travis(?) H. McClure
Willm Morrow
Michael Johnson
Isaac Brizendine
Will _____
John Carbis? Junr.
John Moon
John Johnson
Robt Willson
John Willson
Robert Willson Senr
Wm Fisher
James Thoneyson(?)
Jere(?) Hooper?
Jos(?) White
Wm Irby
Isham Rainey
George Grizle(?)
William Ball
Robert Parrish
J.(or I?) Yarbrough
Joshua Chaffin
Joel Tresher(?)
Thomas Marey(?)
Ellexander R___hen(?)
John Bowers(/)
John Ragsdale
John Moore
Thos Hardy, Jr.
William Dicks
Edward Rudder
J___? _____?
John Hayes
Wm? Hamlet(?)
B. Snead
Tyree Glenn
Richd Stone
Thos Estes(?)
William Pettipool
Abraham Patillo(?) or Cuthillo?
Bartlett Estes
Saml Estes
Banner? Or Branch? Tucker
Thomas Penick
John St__m__ony(?)
John B___ssenn?
Edward Ragsdale
Thom? Penick Jur.
Nathan Penick
Wm Hamblon or Hamilton?
Jn Ellington
Samuel(?) Hamblen or Hamilton?
Michaus Cunningham
Henry Cook
Benja Estes Jr.
John Knight
Goodson Knight
Jones M ___?
John Bennet
Barkers(?) Potts?
Coleman L__ffefs?
Elisha ____?
Rawleigh Parker
Thomas Leffess(?) Jun.
David ___y?
John Barnes
Thos Hudson
George Barnes
Isaac Brizadine
Richard R? Cralle(?)
Benj B___dom?
Grief Green
Elisha Botts(?)
M___? Stokes
John Long?
Henry Walker
James Etham? Atham?
Jno W Foster?
Saml Horne?
Sam Ward
Mich Carroll
Robt Crafton
John Claughton
John Wright
John Elmore
John Davies
Saml Sneed
Sam Sneed Senr
John Pross?
Robert Chapel
Edward Chambers
Wm chambers
Elisha Winn
Thos Winn
James Scott
Ashley Davies
Copland Davies
Thos Jones
Thos Hamlin
George Hightour
Thomas Chambers?
H____lmish? Or Jeremiah? Davies
Wm Liveret(?)
Wm Pulley
Ellio. Moore
Saml Hardie
Wm Boulden(?)
Thos Pettis(?)
Jno Hightour
James or Daniel? Johnson
John Lock?
John Settle(?)
Daniel Goinghaus
James Foster? Or Thornton?
James Williamson Junr
John Patton? Or Pettis?
Thomas C---horne?
Overton Pettus
Thos Pettus
John Pamplin
William Stokes
Jonathan Davis
Bryan Luster(?)
Benjamin Taton(?)Tatum?
Karon(?) Bayes?
Wm Henry Tatum
Reuben Tatum
Nathaniel Hix
John Stanton
John Crafton
Richard Janson? Sanson?
James Williams Jur.
Jacob Stow
Nathaniel Sullavant
Anthony Fullilove
James Radford
Robert Basley? Rasley?
John Coleman? Or Pitman?
Lewis Hawks
Robert G. Tucker
Wm Fullilove
Scott Pertusson(??)
Daniel Harper?
John Shelburne
John Colbank or John C. Eubank?
Samuel Furman
Alexr Lucke?
John ___?
Thomas Crafton
John W. ____?
Jeremah Farmer
John Claiborne
Anthony Crofton
Benjamin Jackson
James Hamlet
William Moore
William Doshier
Tras__? Smith Sr.
James Johnson
William Wrenn
Richd Stone Junr
Benja Estes Senr or Junr?
Jno Harleaves(?)
Rich? Johnson
Jas Smith
Doug? Morrell
John Estes
Curtis Meath?
Charles Cabiness
Wm Stokes
Thos Willson or Wilton?
Edward Welch Sr
Wm Whitlock?
John S___ting?

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