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St. Pauls Parish, Hanover, Virginia


St. Paul's Parish has served New Kent and Hanover counties. "The Old Church," also called Immanuel Church, belonged to this parish.[1] Slash Church (erected 1729-1732), served as the parish's Upper Church.[2]



"An Act for dividing the Parish of Saint Paul, in Hanover County" (1726) culled from Colonial Office at the National Archives in London, is published in:

  • Chamberlayne, Churchill G. "Seven Parish Acts Heretofore Unpublished," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan. 1938):106-118. FHL Book 973 H25w; digital version at JSTOR ($).



Some of the graves at Slash Church Cemetery are described at Virginia Includes transcripts and photographs. The site also includes entries for Immanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Parish History

Meade's 1861 history of St. Paul's Parish is available online.[4]

Parish Records

Colonial parish registers have been lost.

Vestry Books


  • Cocke, William Ronald. Hanover County Taxpayers, Saint Paul's Parish, 1782-1815. Columbia, Va.: W.R. Cocke, 1956. Compiled from personal property tax lists.



  1. "A Detailed History of Immanuel," Immanuel Episcopal Church, The Diocese of Virginia, accessed 28 February 2011.
  2. Slash Church, The Historical Marker Database
  3. Freddie Spradlin, "Parishes of Virginia," VAGenWeb, accessed 29 January 2011; Hening's Statutes at Large; Emily J. Salmon and Edward D.C. Campbell Jr., The Hornbook of Virginia History (Richmond: Library of Virginia, 1994).
  4. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.