Welcome to St. George’s History

St. George’s History comprises individual articles, documents and collections around the 300 year history of St. George’s Episcopal Church, located in Fredericksburg Virginia. This site is unrelated to St. George's main website.

Supplementing them are a category-based search, a content index and a timeline. We have two tour documents - a building summary and a 15 minute walking tour you can take in the church. We also have a sister site just about the graveyard.

If this is your first visit, check out the 2 tours - building summary and a 15 minute walking tour.

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Recent articles

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Community Comes Together 1968

A quiet three-block march and a packed memorial service at St. George’s Episcopal Church were held in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on April 7, 1968—three days after the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. The sidewalk processional began with about 350 people outside Mount Zion Baptist Church and swelled to an […]

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Rev. William Meade Clark, 18th Rector at St. George’s: Dec. 1890 – Aug. 31, 1896

By Trip Wiggins Born: 5 May 1855/Halifax Co., VA son of Rev John T Clark/Mary Wilson Marr. First Laura M Walker 8 June 1881 in Fairfax Co., VA (she died 1883) Following her death he married again to Mary Alice Peirce on 7 Dec 1899 in Lancaster Co., VA Died 29 Apr 1914/Richmond, VA Buried […]

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Rev. Robert James McBryde, 16th and 20th rectors at St. George’s (1877-1883) and (1905-1912)

By Trip Wiggins Born 1 Jun 1845/Abbeville, SC Died 6 Sep 1916/Raphine, Rockbridge Co., VA 16th and 20th Rector of St. George’s St. George’s: July 1877 – April 1883 & Nov 1905 – Oct 1912 Related Content Rectors of St. George’s Rev. John Kercheval Mason, 17th Rector at St. George’s 1883-1890 Rev. William Meade Clark, […]

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Rev. John Kercheval Mason, 17th Rector at St. George’s 1883-1890

By Trip Wiggins Born: 3 Dec 1847/”Westview” in Brunswick Co., VA Married: 19 Nov 1879/Alexandria, VA to Claudia Hamilton Norton (5 kids) Died: 18 Dec 1910/Louisville, KY; Burial: Alexandria, VA/St. Paul’s Church 17th St. George’s Rector At St. George’s May 15, 1883 – Dec. 1, 1890 Related Content Rectors of St. George’s Joseph Walker (1854-1943) […]

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Rev. Edward C. McGuire, Twelfth St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Oct, 1813 to Oct, 1858 (his death

By Trip Wiggins Rev. Edward C. McGuire Born: 26 Jul 1793/Winchester/ Died: 8 Oct 1858/Fredericksburg, VA Burial: St. George’s Churchyard Twelfth St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Oct, 1813 to Oct, 1858 (his death) Married Judith Carter Lewis b. 4 Oct 1816/Fredericksburg, VA/d. 26 Mar 1882/VA (she was in his first confirmation class) married on […]

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Rev. Alfred Magill Randolph 13th St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Oct. 1858 – Nov. 1862

By Trip Wiggins b. 31 Aug 1836/The Meadows (Eastern View), Fauquier Co., VA d. 6 Apr 1918/Norfolk, VA (lived there for 25 years – seat for the Southern Va Diocese) 13th St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Oct. 1858 – Nov. 1862 Assistant Rector summer 1858 “acting” Rector Oct 1858 until ordained priest in 1860 […]

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Rev. George Strebeck Born abt. 1772/Baltimore, MD – Died abt. 1832/Perquimans Co., NC

By Trip Wiggins Rev. George Strebeck Born abt. 1772/Baltimore, MD – Died abt. 1832/Perquimans Co., NC m. 24 Oct 1793/NYC to Jerusha Mott of NYC (abt 1772/NYC – abt 1811/NYC) They had at least 6 children (1810 census). m. 20 Oct 1812/Fredericksburg, VA to Sydney Susannah Graham of Fredericksburg, VA by. Rev. Woodville At St. […]

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Rev. James Marye, Sr. 7 June 1692/Parish of Bertreville, Saint Ouen, France – abt. Jan 1768/Spotsylvania County, Va.

By Trip Wiggins Rev. James Marye, Sr. 7 June 1692/Parish of Bertreville, Saint Ouen, France – abt. Jan 1768/Spotsylvania County, Va. Fourth St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Oct. 1735 – abt. Jan 1768* Related Content Rev. James Marye, Jr. (1731-1780) The Maryes’ School for slaves 1765-1770 Church-State Ties in Early St. George’s Parish Rev. […]

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Rev. Rodham Kenner 28 Sep 1707/Northumberland Co., VA – 1734/1735

By Trip Wiggins Rev. Rodham Kenner 28 Sep 1707/Northumberland Co., VA – 1734/1735 Second St. George’s Rector At St George’s: Mar 1729 – Oct 1730 (continued as “supply” or temporary until 1733) Related Content Rev. Theodosius Staige 1696/London, England – 26 Dec 1747 Rectors of St. George’s Baptisms 1858-1914, St. George’s Records Trip Wiggins Archives […]

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Rev. Theodosius Staige 1696/London, England – 26 Dec 1747

By Trip Wiggins Rev. Theodosius Staige 1696/London, England – 26 Dec 1747/Charles Parish, York Co., Va First St. George’s Rector At St George’s: late 1725 – about Nov. 1728 Related Content George Hume (1698-1760) Colonial Parishioners The Colonial Churches of Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties Baptisms 1858-1914, St. George’s Records St. George’s Burials, 1859-1913 Trip Wiggins […]

Getting Started in St. George's History - 6 essential resources

Selections from several categories of our history that are a great starting point.

1. Carrol Quenzel's History of St. George's

Quenzel's 1951 history is still the standard for the church. He was a librarian for Mary Washington College as well as being active at St. George's, helping to create the St. Georgian newsletter as well as a part of the Vestry. We have the entire book online which was published by St. George's

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2. The Three Churches of St. George's - Barbara Willis

Barbara Willis was a local historian and writer and long time St. Georgian with her husband Mac. This paper is a detailed summary of the evolution of St. George's church from its wooden colonial church to the impressive 1849 brick building we have today.

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3. St. George's Civil War

The Civil War may be the most popular historic topic in all of our history. The church served in 3 capacities - as a fortress, center of revival and as a hospital. We have a 9 part series on our role and relationship to Fredericksburg.

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4. Rev. Edward McGuire

McGuire served all 3 churches over the course of 45 years. He is probably the most influential of all our rectors in all phases of ministry from preaching, teaching, and outreach. Trip Wiggins, our archivist, wrote this for a Sunday school class and has been teaching classes for years

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5. Charles Syndor on Social Policy

Charles Sydnor served St. George's from 1972-2003 and was responsible for furthering Thomas Faulkner's outreach ministries and creating new ones. This paper he wrote in 2009 was for an adult forum in that year.

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6. Tom Faulkner confronts the Vestry on race

Faulkner served St. George's for 30 years from 1946-1976. During these years racial policies were paramount, especially 1954, in the year of Brown vs. Board of Education, Faulkner was challenged by the Vestry on the role of Blacks in our service. He was able to move St. George's toward racial justice that other rectors would further

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