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History of Cople Parish, Virginia 1664-1964: The Life of Cople Parish 1664-1964 in Westmoreland Cou
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Bertha Lawrence Newton Davison. Softcover, originally published between 1990 and 1995 and reprinted here in 1999, as new, bibl., Illus., 154 pp. A compilation of five articles originally published in the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine. This book is filled with names and events that bring this community to life and has been extensively researched using vestry minutes, old diaries and Westmoreland County Court House records. According to the publisher, 'The First Fifty Years in the Life of Cople Parish (1664-1714)', details the development of Cople Parish as it grew from a newly settled land to a community with churches, highways and a court house. A brief history is given of individual early landowners. 'The Life of Cople Parish, 1709-1764' opens with Mr. Breechin, the popular 4th rector, and includes a brief history of his successors. A short excerpt from the journal of John Fontaine (1715-1717) records cargo, names and impressions of his journey from Cork, Ireland to purchase land in Virginia. 'The Life of Cople Parish 1864-1964' is a picture of life after the Civil War and includes 'passed down' stories, many land foreclosures and the arrangement of the share-cropping system with former slaves. Includes a chronicle of religious leaders. [D082-H]