|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1843|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1922|
First Company - Richmond Howitzers. He became an Episcopal Priest.
Rector of Christ Church Smithfield
In June, 1887, the Rev. David Barr, rector of Christ Church,
Smithfield, attended a convocation held at Old St. John's Church near Chuckatuck. On the Sunday of that convocation a very severe storm of wind and rain came up, which, with its thunder, shook all that neighborhood. On Monday, as he was returning home, when he came in sight of the Old Brick Church, he observed that the storm had so shaken that Old Church that its roof had fallen in, and that a large part of the eastern wall had fallen on that roof. With a sad heart he stopped and surveyed the distressing scene, but, plucking courage from disaster, he resolved,then and there, that the Old Church should be rebuilt, and that
the most ancient building in all America of European construction should be preserved to the State and to the Church which had erected it.
Mr. Emmet W. Maynard, formerly a citizen of Surry, had
recently moved into the immediate neighborhood, and Mr. Barr
at once engaged him, as chief workman, to remove the fallen
roof and the encumbering bricks. Mr. Maynard entered promptly upon the work, and after he had removed the debris of the roof, he then began upon that of the fallen wall and the scattered bricks. Whilst so engaged, he, one day, found in the southeast corner of the Church, where the wall had chiefly fallen, a curious brick, which upon examination seemed to have something cut into it, which, by accident or design, was filled with mortar. With a sharp-pointed stick he removed the mortar until first dimly, and then clearly, and then still more clearly, was seen the figures 1632. Mr. Maynard had so recently become a citizen of the county, that I doubt, if he knew the significance of that brick. Mr. Barr told him rapidly and excitedly something of the ancient history of the Church and of the importance of the brick, and then, they both, with the zeal of the antiquary, fired by the discovery of the buried city or lost treasure—the proof of his faith—began a search inside and outside of the Church to see what further they could find. Presently they came upon a piece of broken brick inside of the Church, and not far from the spot where the whole brick had been found, with a figure I upon it. Being still more
excited by this discovery, they increased the energy of the search,and after some hours of scrutiny and toil, they found on the southeast side of the Church, on the outside of it and near the tower, another piece of brick with a figure 2 on it. On putting these two pieces of broken brick together they were delighted to see that they fitted perfectly. The brick had been broken in two. On one part was the figure I, on the other part was the figure 2, and the middle figures was destroyed by the violent separation of the brick in its fall. These broken pieces that belonged to the middle of the brick were two small to be then found, for nearly the whole of the rubbish had been removed and thrown away. But here were the pieces of the second brick, in its make and shape exactly like the first, with the same figures upon either end. The conviction was then, and is now, absolute, on inspection, that the middle figures were 6 and 3, making 1632, like its companion brick. Both had been made by the same parties, at the same time, from the same clay, burnt in the same kiln, put in the same wall
near the same place by the same workman, and both had been
deeply and firmly concealed from all human sight and knowl-
edge from 1632 to 1887, when they were, simultaneously, dis-
closed to the world by the voice of God speaking in the storm. And thus the Church, by its very brick and mortar, confirms the ancient tradition of the people, the truth of the crumbled record, and of the Vestry book still extant, and they all join in one consistent and harmonious acclaim that—The Old Brick Church was Built in 1632.
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jul 02, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6569176