History of Saint David’s

Although the Parrish of St. David was created in 1745 and was served by Reverend Alexander White until his death in 1776, the two existing churches, Mangohick and Cattail were declared free churches for use by all denominations in that year.  In 1859, St. David’s Church was built.  It was consecrated on November 9th. of that year.  Assisting Bishop John Johns[1], attending.  Reverend J.T. Points[2] delivered the Sentence of Consecration, Reverend Mr. Carraway led the service with Revered Mr. Nelson delivering the sermon. (Diocese of Virginia, 1860).  Although modern conveniences have gradually been added,[3] the sanctuary remains an example of the architectural style of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the mid-19th century, one of the few buildings in Aylett to escape destruction during the Civil War.

In 1861, The Reverend Sewell Stavely Hepburn, Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Hanover Courthouse also assumed duties at St. David’s, Immanuel, and St. Peter’s New Kent.  This pairing of parishes, sometimes referred to as twining has been a pattern throughout the life of St. David’s.  In 1853, St. David’s became a companion parish of Immanuel, a union that lasted twenty-five years.  In 1963, The Reverend Morton Townsend took the position and the “yoked” churches separated in 1970.  After that, St. David’s became an entirely separately managed parish.

The graveyard of St. David’s reflects the history of King William county and Virginia.  The earliest burial reflects the tragedy of war.  Dr. William Pollard, CSA doctor, was killed at the Battle of Sharpsburg in 1862.  A survivor of Pickett’s Charge, vestryman of the parish and generous donor to St. David’s, Colonel William Roane Aylett rests beneath the trees with many of his family members.  The last interment was in 2018.

  1.  Bishop of Virginia William Meade was ill and so did not preside.
  2.  St. John’s Church, Richmond, VA
  3. 1884, Vestibule; 1884 Steeple; 1957 Pulpit donated by St. James the Lesser, Ashland, VA; 1957 Running water, heat, and basement; 1962 bathroom, extended basement; 1978 re-plaster and insulation; 1993 central air

St. David’s Graveyard
Those who rest among the trees include some of the original members such as Colonel William Roan Aylett.  If you wish to visit, you can park behind the church building.  We ask that you treat the site respectfully.