A while back I began some informal research on my family's property, which led me to spend an entire afternoon nosing around the county clerk's office. I was
The long story short is I learned, not surprisingly to me, that our property once belonged to the estate known as Clifton, which is right across the cove from us by water and right around the corner by road, within reasonable walking distance of where we live.
While poring through all the records, I swear I saw where someone in the line of people I was researching was buried at Trinity Episcopal Church, shown here. I wrote down about ten pages of notes in a binder, and when I got home tossed the binder in the corner never to pick it up again until last night.
I am highly proficient at starting a project but rarely able to finish one. I'm also exceptionally gifted at coming up with ideas for projects. Implementation, however, presents quite the problem. As a result my life is one great big To Do list that is never completed.
The primary name associated with Clifton is Hudgins, which not coincidentally is also the name of the area in which we live. This group at Clifton is responsible for
The other name that stood out was someone by the name of Christian, who married one of the Hudgins girls and subsequently inherited a piece of the Clifton family estate--i.e. the property on which we now live.
All this is a very
I didn't see a single Hudgins and not one Christian.
Last night, knowing I was going to put up these pictures, I decided to pull out my binder of notes. As it turns out, most of the people I am looking for are buried either on the Clifton property or in the Haynes cemetery, which is across from Mathews Chapel down near Hesse plantation. I couldn't find a reference to Trinity.
I swear I remember reading that someone connected with that Clifton family was buried here though.
A church on this same site is referenced in very early vestry books of Kingston Parish. According to History and Progress, Mathews County, Virginia, the books contain "records of fourteen meetings, dating from ...1679 to 1725...When these records began, there were already two church buildings in the parish, referred to as the upper and the lower churches, or sometimes as the new and the old churches...the book reports only the meetings of the upper, or new, church, which stood on the site of the present Trinity."
(The lower church referenced was on the site of the present day Christ Church.)
So, this property has been affiliated with a church from the very beginning of the history of Mathews.
In conclusion, Trinity has deep roots in this county, and Chesapeake Bay Woman needs to remember to reference her notes prior to
Tomorrow I'll post a few more pictures of this quaint church.
Sorry for all the side trips, but straying off course seems to be another forte. Thanks for coming along on this longer-than-really-necessary excursion today.