St. John's Episcopal Church vestry books, 1730-1900.

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At a Vestry held at [struck: the ordinary at Mr. Jefrie Roper] Richmond on Thursday [struck: Wednesday] the 25th Day of [struck: October] November 1770. For Laying the Parish Levy. 153 Present The Revd [Reverend] Miles Selden Ryland Randolph} John Ellis Richd [Richard] Adams } S. Duval } Richard Randolph } Wm [William] James Lewis } Gent Vestrymen Geo [George] Cox }

The Parish Dr To the Revd [Reverend] Miles Selden his Annual Sallory 17150 To Wm Street Clk of deep Run 1789 To Jas Sharp do Curls 1789 To John Bryan do. Richmond 1789 To Agness Holmes sexton at Curls church 536 To Rich'd Wmson [Williamson] do @ Richmond 536 To Jos Ellis do Deep Run 536 To Fortu Sydnor Clk Vestry 500 To Church wardens for Church elements 300 To Tho's Alley & wife 500 To Hannah Clark 500 to Chwdns for Mary Bridgman 500 To do for Marg. Childers 700 To do for Marg. Brown 500 To do For Eliz'a Dalton for Liggons wife 1000 To do for Tho's Rice 600 To do for John West & his daughter Moly 600 To John Grimstead for his wife 500 To chwdns for Ann Spurlock 800 To do for Wm Hogg 800 To do for Nath Bridgwater for his wife 600 To do for Eliz' Childers 600 154

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38 [13] Parish, by which it shall be stipulated and declared that he holds the appointment subject to removal upon the determination of the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State. Provided, that any person who hath been ordained by the Bishop of the Church of Rome may also be received as a Minister, who shall produce satisfactory testimonials respecting his ordination, morals, and conduct, renounce the errors of that Church, take the oath, and subscribe as aforesaid. XIV. No Minister shall hereafter be received into a Parish who does not first produce to the Vestry satisfactory testimonials of his morals, conduct and conversation, from the person or persons appointed by the Convention to enquire into such matters, and grant such testimonials. XV. The right of presentation or appointing Ministers to serve in the Parishes shall continue in the Vestries, and each Vestry shall choose its own Minister. XVI. Every person to be ordained Priest, or Deacon, by any Bishop of this Church shall produce testimonials of his good morals and orderly conduct from the Clergy assembled in the District where he for some time last resided, and from the Vestry of the Parish where he last lived, provided there be in the District and sufficient number of Clergymen to form a Presbytery; otherwise a testimonial from the Minister and Vestry of his parish, or from the Vestry alone, if the Parish is vacant, shall be deemed sufficient: Provided also, the candidate is not an inhabitant of some other State, and intended to Minister in some Parish or congregation in a neighbouring State. No person shall be ordained until due examination had by the Bishop and two Priests. XVII. No person shall be admitted to Priests Orders until he shall have compleated the twenty-fourth year of his age, and is assured of the willingness of some Parish or congregation to receive him as their Minister, to be certified under the hands of the Church-wardens, and attested by the Clerk of the Vestry. XVIII. Every person, who shall be admitted either to Priests or Deacon's Orders, shall be ordained according to the form prescribed in the book of common Prayer. XIX. No person shall be ordained Deacon until he shall have compleated the twentyfirst year of his age. XX. No person having Deacon's Orders only, shall be allowed to hold a Parish, but a Deacon may, during a vacancy, officiate in a Parish, if chosen by the vestry to do so; he shall preach the Gospel, and Baptize, he may asist in administering the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, but not consecrate the elements, he may solemnize marriages, and shall attend to the situation and circumstances of the poor when it may be necessary. XXI. A person may be ordained a Deacon though he shall have no assurance of being called to Minister in a Parish or congregation, provide his testimonials and qualifications are satisfactory. XXII. A Deacon may Minister as a probationer or missionary under the direction of the convention, or Bishop. XXIII. The Parish Clerk shall be appointed by the minister and Vestry and displaced by them whenever his services are not satisfactory to the people, whenever he shall neglect his duty, or otherwise misbehave himself.

XXIV. Sextons shall be appointed by the Vestries, and dismissed by them when they think proper.

XXV. Bishops shall be amenable to the Convention, who shall be a Court to try them, from which there shall be no appeal; on all such occasions a President, who shall be a Bishop, shall be chosen by the Convention to sit as judge, and they shall also appoint a Clerk to the Court.

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XXVI. All accusations against a Bishop, as such, shall come from the Vestries, but no accusation against a Bishop shall be received unless three Vestries join in the complaint, but all complaints against a Bishop shall be lodged with such persons, as may be appointed to call a Convention, and a copy of the charge or charges to be brought against him shall be employed on both sides, and none but viva voce evidence shall be admitted.

XXVII. Disorderly, scandalous, and immoral conduct, neglect of duty, a disregard to the rules and Canons of the Church, or taking a bribe to grant either ordination, or a recommendation for a vacant Parish, shall be considered as offences in a Bishop, for which he may be brought to trial, and on his being convicted of any of these, he shall be reproved, suspended, or dismissed at the discretion of the Court.

XXVIII. Courts shall be instituted to examine into complaints exhibited against Ministers or Deacons, which Courts shall be composed of one Clergyman and one Vestryman from each Parish of the District in which the accused Minister resides, the Parish excepted to which the Minister belongs. The appointment of the Vestrymen shall be by lot, and the visitor of the District, unless he shall be the accused person, shall preside as Judge, and in that case, the oldest Clergyman in orders shall be the Judge: Provided nevertheless, that where the number of settled clergymen in the District be less than two, the visitor shall call for a Clergyman from a neighbouring district; and, moreover, if, when the Court assembles, the number of Vestrymen shall be found to exceed the number of Clergymen present, so many Vestrymen shall be withdrawn, by lot, as shall be necessary to equalize the numbers of the two orders.

Any number of members, not less than three, two of whom shall be Clergymen, shall be sufficient to constitute a Court.

On Conviction of a Minister, the Court shall proceed to pass sentence; which shall be none other than reproof, or suspension, and in all cases where the offence shall be thought to deserve suspension, the Court shall without delay report the facts and state the evidence to the Bishop, or until a Bishop shall be consecrated for the Church in this State, to the Chairman of the standing committee, who, with the standing committee, or three fourths of the same, shall be, and are hereby constituted and appointed a Court, in the last resort; to try the offender, and who if they do not acquit him, shall either confirm the sentence of the examining Court, or pass such other sentence as a majority of them shall think the offence deserves; which shall be either reproof, dismission, or degradation.

XXIX. Complaints against a Minister shall be received from the Vestry of the Parish where the Minister officiates, and from no other person, or persons whatever: they shall be signed by a majority of a Vestry, without which no complaint shall be received: they shall be directed to the visitor, or if the visitor be the person accused, to a member of the Presbytery in the same District who shall forthwith appoint a convenient time and place for the trial; and take care that the members who are to compose the Court shall have timely information thereof.

In every complaint, the offence, or offences shall be stated; and the Minister shall be furnished with a copy of the charges brought against him, and with notice of his intended trial, at least one Month before the trial; viva voce evidence only shall be admitted, and that upon oath; and counsel may be employed on both sides.

The visitor, or person to whom the complaint shall be made, shall cite the accuse[d] person before the appointed Court; which shall (unless the person accused is prevented from

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40 [15] attending by sickness) proceed to the trial, examine the testimony against the offender, and the deposition of the witnesses

XXX. No vestryman shall sit on the examination of a Minister belonging to the Parish wherein such vestryman resides, the examination shall be held in the parish where the accused Minister officiates, and at a place to be appointed by the Vestry, the Judges shall appoint a Clerk occasionally for such examinations.

XXXI. Disorderly, scandalous, and immoral conduct, neglect of duty, a disregard to the rules and Canons of the Church, or taking a bribe to recommend either for ordination or a Parish, are to be considered as amongst the offences, for which a Minister, whether beneficed or no, may be brought to trial. Complaints against a Minister who has never been inducted into a Parish, or having been inducted shall have vacated the same, shall be received from the Minister as is herein after directed, or from the Vestry of the Parish where the offence is said to have been committed. They shall be signed by the Minister of such Parish and four of his Vestry at least, or by a majority of the Vestry where the Minister is not included as a complainant, without which no complainant shall be received; and all other proceedings shall be the same as for the trial of a beneficed Minister, except that the parish wehrein [wherein] the offence is alledged to have been committed shall be considered as the Parish where the offending Minister resides: Provided always that where the visitor or his Vestry make the complaint, the next eldest Minister in the district shall act in the place of such visitor; and the Court shall have the same power to pronounce sentence as against the beneficed Minister.

XXXII. Deacons behaving in a scandalous, disorderly, or immoral manner, or who neglect the duty they have undertaken, shall on full and satisfactory proof, be suspended or silenced by the Bishop until the sense of the Convention shall be known. And the salary accruing during the suspension of a Minister or Deacon, who is afterwards found guilty, shall go to the Vestry for the use of the Church.

XXXIII. Bishops shall visit the different parishes under their inspection once in three years at least; of which visitation, the Clergy or church wardens shall have timely notice; in their visitation they shall confirm such as choose to receive confirmation, they shall inspect the state of the Parishes, and the conduct of the Clergy, who shall give them what information they can respecting such ecclesiastical matters as they may choose to be informed of.

XXXIV. Bishops shall hold ordinations at such times and places as they may judge necessary and convenient.

XXXV. Bishops after every visitation, shall report the state of the Church in the different Parishes to the Convention.

XXXVI. No Minister of Bishop shall be allowed to hold more than one Parish at the same time. Nevertheless a Minister may, if called thereto by the Vestry, preach in a neighbouring Parish or Parishes during a vacancy in such Parish or Parishes and may receive a compensation for his services, provided he has the consent of his own vestry, and shall not neglect the duties of his Parish.

XXXVII. Every Minister shall reside within his Parish, unless a Majority of his Vestry shall agree to dispense with his residence, and shall at no time leave it for more than one Month without the consent of the said Vestry.

XXXVIII. Ministers shall at their Churches and other convenient places instruct children and such ignorant persons as may require it, in the Catechism, and the principle of the Christian religion as maintained by this Church; provided this duty may be dispensed

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42 At a meeting of the vestry of Henrico parish at the capitol on Saturday the July 1790

Present The Reverend John Buchannan, Jaquelin Ambler John Barratt Alex'r McRobert Wm Wiseham Philip McRae Thomas Nickolson Robert Pollard

Mr Ambler presented his acc't for the receipt & payment of Money as Treasurer to the Vestry from the 3rd of April last to this date, The balance remaining in his hands £2.7. 3/4

The collectors of the different wardships are requested to lodge with the Clerk of the Vestry a full state of their Transactions for the last years subscriptions, on or before the 20th day of August next, stating the amount of the subscription. the Money received & the respective persons that are delinquent and sums owing by each in the meantime all collections made to be paid immediately into the hands of the Treasurer

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46 A meeting of the vestry of Henrico parish at the Capitol on Monday 26 April 1791 Present The Rev'd Mr Buchanan, Wm Wiseham, John Barrett, Jaquelin Ambler, John Harvie, Philip McRae, Thomas Nicholson & Robert Pollard.

Ageeable to a requisition of the Standing committee of the Protestant Episcopal church bearing date the 9th day of March 1791, it is resolved that the following communication be made to the Reverand Mr Buchanan, That The Glebe of Henrico parish consists of 196 acres of land by an old patent, the Houses out of repair, it rents for £40 per annum, and the supposed present value £1000, personal property, one Silver cup & Salver, Resolved that Twelve dollars be paid to the Reverend Mr Buchanan, to be applied by the convention to the general purposes of the Protestant Episcopal church in this State. Resolved that Doctor

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49 At a meeting of the vestry of Henrico parish at the House of Mt Thomas Nicholson on Monday 19th March 1792

Present The Reverend Mr Buchanan, John Harvie, Jaquelin Ambler, William Foushee, Anthony Singleton, Philip McRae Thomas Nicholson & Eldridge Harris

Resolved that Eldridge Harris be appointed clerk to this meeting.

Resolved that Doct'r William Foushee be appointed a Lay Deputy for this year with the Rev'd Mr Buchanan Minister to represent this parish in the next General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, to be held in the City of Richmond.

Resolved that the sum of Sixteen dollars be paid to the Treasurer of the Convention to be applied to their fund for the general purposes of the Church agreeable to a resolution of the last Convention,

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51 At a meeting of the Vestry of Henrico Parish at Mr Thomas Nicholous on Saturday the 13th day of October 1792 Present The Reverend John Buchanan, Jaquelin Ambler, John Barrett, William Wiseham, Philip McRae, John Harvie Thomas Nicholson, Robert Pollard & Eldridge Harris

Resolved that Mr Thomas Nicholson be requested to make out a list of balances due on the subscriptions to the end of the year 1791, and deliver the same to the Town Sergeant for him to proceed to the collection thereof and where immediate payment cannot be obtained that he propose to the debtors to give their notes to William Wiseham and John Barrett Churchwardens for Henrico parish payable at three months from this date, and that he have a Commission of Six per cent for all money he may receive or Bonds he may obtain, and that he make report to the next Vestry of his proceedings therein

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55 At a meeting of the vestry of Henrico parish at the House of Mr. Thomas Nicolson on Tuesday the 30th day of april 1793 Present The Reverend Mr Buchanan, William Wiseham Philip McRae, Thomas Nicolson, Samuel Sherer, Eldridge Harris, Alexander McRobert, John Hague, Robert Pollard & William Foushee

William Wiseham & John Barret were chosen Churchwardens

Resolved that Doctor William Foushee be appointed a Lay deputy for one year with the Reverend Wm Buchanan Minister, to represent this parish in the next general Convention to be held in the City of Richmond.

Resolved that the sum of Fifteen dollars be paid to the Treasurer of the Convention, to be applied to their fund for the general purposes of the Church, agreeably to a resolution of the last Convention.

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68 Vestry at their next meeting . Resolved that Doct. John Adams be appointed a lay deputy to represent this parish in the Convention to be holden in May next and that the Treasurer do pay to him thirty dollars for the last and present years dues from this Parish to the General Church of the state.

Resolved that the Treasurer do pay to the order of the Wardens twenty dollars for the use of the Sexton

At a Meeting of the Vestry of the parish of Henrico held at the house of the Rev's Doct. Buchanan in the City of Richmond on Saturday the 30th April 1814 Present The Rev'd Jno Buchanan [stricken: president] Chairman Doct: John Adams warden Mr. Robert Pollard } William Marshall } John Williamson } Vestrymen Henry S. Shore } Samuel Greenhow }

Resolved that Doct: John Adams be and he is hereby appointed the Lay Deptuty to represent this parish in the next convention of the Diocese. Resolved taht the sum of $15 be and the same is hereby

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