Here is another transcription of an early religious petition from Lunenburg County, Virginia, this one for 6 Nov 1786, with Laffoon signatures.
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 againsttheir 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 acontinual 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 tyrannousExertion 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 Vestrymen: 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 JOHN LAFFOON 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 HenryBuford 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. M___Cokis(?) 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 Cock? Banner? Or Branch? Tucker Thomas Penick G____? 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?