Vestry of Blisland Parish | Gilliams of Virginia

Vestry of Blisland Parish
Updated March 1, 2016

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Hickory Neck Church

Background
Blisland Parish has served James City, York, and New Kent counties. There were two churches in colonial times. The lower church in Blisland Parish is known as Hickory Neck Church. The upper church, also known as Brick Church, was known as Warranigh, Warrany, or Warrenay church.


Overview
The records of Blisland Parish refer to Gilmans. Whether this is a corruption of Gilliam is not yet known. Gilliams are found in adjacent Saint Peter’s Parish. These Gilmans could possibly be the Gilmans that are found later in the records of Hanover County, VA.



Page 81
To Richard GILMAN, 525

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To Richard GILMAN, 800

Page 85
At A vestry held for Blisland Parish at the Upper Church, October the 3rd 1752
To Richard GILMAN in the churchwarden’s hands, 800

Page 85
To the support of John GILLMAN in the church warden’s hands, 400

Page 87
At a vestry held for Blisland Parish at the Lower Church October the 9th 1753
To Majr William Hockaday for John Taylor’s family, 800
To Majr William Hockaday for Richard GILMAN, 800

Page 88
To Grissell Sanders for keeping John GILMAN two months, 150

Page 90
To Majr William Hockaday for John Taylor’s family, 800
To Majr William Hockaday for Richard GILMAN, 800

Page 93
At a Vestry help for Blisland Parish, at the Lower Church Octobr 15 1755
To Sarah Pitblado for keeping Richard GILMAN, 400
To Majr William Hockaday for John Taylor’s family, 666

Page 95
To John Jeffers for keeping Richard GILM, 5 months at 900lb & Ann, 375
 

Sources
  • The Vestry Book of Blisland (Blissland) Parish, New Kent and James City counties, Virginia, 1721-1786, Blissland Parish (Va.) Clearfield, 1999.
  • Chamberlayne, Churchill Gibson. The Vestry Book of Blisland (Blissland) Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, 1721-1786.