One of my ancestors came from Cornwall, England and I have searched Great Britain's A2A Archives Online a number of times.Today, just for the heck of it, I keyed in "Laffoon".I was so excited to find that a William Laffoon evidently was one of the Wilmington Parish, Virginia, inhabitants who in 1724 petitioned Bishop Gibson of England to protest the dissolution of Wilmington Parish.Wilmington Parish was in James City County, Virginia and included parts of New Kent and Blisland Parish.This would appear to tie William Laffoon of Henrico/Goochland Co, VA (if it is the same William Laffoon and the odds are probable that it is) with John Laffoon of New Kent County (1704 Rent Rolls) and of the Blisland Parish Register together.What do you think?
I have written for the document and heard back from Lambeth Palace Library in the UK that they will send me information within ten days as to how to obtain a document or a transcription.See information below:
FULHAM PAPERS item - ref. FP XII. 10 Laffoon, William Full description: FULHAM PAPERS, LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY PART ONE, GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE SECTION A. CONTINENTAL COLONIES XI. Virginia (i) 1626-1723 (1-319) XII. (ii) 1724-43 (1-309) Reference: FP XII VOLUME XII Creation dates: 1724-1743 Scope and Content VIRGINIA 7-10. Vestry, freeholders, and principal inhabitants of Wilmington Parish to Bishop Gibson, May 23, 1724. Protest dissolution of the parish by recent act of the legislature (xi. 300-1). item - ref. FP XII. 10 Laffoon, William
According to the book Religious Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century, by George MacLaren Brydon, there were 51 parishes in Virginia as of July 8, 1702. This list is beneficial in locating parishes that are listed in deeds, wills, etc when the county is not noted. : James City County: Wallingford Parish (no clergy listed): Wilmington Parish (John Gordon, clergy): James City Parish (James Blair, clergy): Martin's Hundred Parish (Stephen Fouace, clergy): Bruton Parish - part (Cope D'Oyley, clergy).
Wilmington parish included a large part of New Kent north of the Chickahominy River, and for which no records survive. The part of Wilmington lying between the Chickahominy and the ridge crossing New Kent was added into St. Peter’s (on the west) and Blisland (to the east) when Wilmington parish was dissolved in 1725. However, the inhabitants of the former Wilmington parish who had been annexed into Blisland parish petitioned the House of Burgesses on 8 February 1727/8 to be transferred from Blisland parish to St. Peter’s, owing to its convenience.