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Petition to Virginia Legislature from Occoquan Baptist Church

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Location: Occaquan, Prince William County, Virginiamap
Surname/tag: Morris, Peak, Hampton, Williams, Mackontosh, Haney, Harper, Calvert, White, Kelley, Knight, Reid, Barnet, Dowel, Rookard, Bland, Walden, Smith, Cotrel, Renfrey, Bird, Darvel, Cooksey, Mills, Moon, Jacobs, Conner, King, Brent, Mosley, Hamtorn, Gwin, Roland
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From Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 35, No. 2

[The first petition is the October 12, 1776, petition from the meeting of the Convention from the Baptist Church at Occoquan in Prince William County.][1]

To the honourable Speaker; and other Members of the honourable Convention of Virginia, the petition of a Baptist Church at Occaqon, Pr. William County, hereby sheweth That whereas this Colony with others, is now contending for the civil rights and liberties of mankind against the enslaving schemes of a powerful Enemy. We being convinced, that the strictest unanimity among ourselves is very necessary in this most critical conjunction of public affairs; and that every remaining cause of animosity and diversion may if possible be removed, have thought it our duty as peaceable Christians, to petition for several religious privileges which as yet, we have not been indulged with in this part of the World. Viz. 1. That we be allowed to worship God in our own way, without interruption. 2. That we be allowed to maintain our own Ministers &c. and no other. 3. That we and our friend who desire it, may be married, buried and the like, without paying the Parsons of any other denominations, and to the utmost of our ability promote the common cause of Freedom, always praying for our welfare & success. In behalf of the Church, this 19th day of May 1776.

  1. John Peak
  2. John Hampton
  3. Nicholas Anderson
  4. James Peak
  5. Edward Williams
  6. Danniel Mackontosh
  7. William Haney
  8. John Harper
  9. Obediah Calvert Sr.
  10. Obediah Calvert Jr.
  11. John White
  12. Mordacai Kelley
  13. Hammon Morris
  14. John Knight
  15. John Reid
  16. Daniel Barnet
  17. John Dowel
  18. Thomas Rookard
  19. Thomas Bland
  20. Charles Smith
  21. Thomas Dowel
  22. Peter Cotrel
  23. Richard Renfrey
  24. William Bird
  25. Danniel Peak
  26. Vincen Cooksey
  27. William Mills
  28. John Moon
  29. William Jacobs
  30. Jesse Peak
  31. Osborn Bland
  32. William Calvert
  33. Sammuel Conner
  34. William Williams
  35. John King
  36. James Smith
  37. Thomas Smith
  38. Robert Bird
  39. Joseph Hampton
  40. Jesse Calvert
  41. Jeremiah Dowell
  42. John Brent
  43. Robert Mosley
  44. John Hamtorn
  45. Pton Gwin
  46. Gilbert Roland
  47. john Chester

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