The last colonial rector of Lynnhaven Parish was the Reverend Robert Dickson. Born in Northumberland, England, he graduated from Durham school as a scholar in 1734. He then became Admin sixar (intern) at Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1734. He recieved his license for Virginia in 22oct1746, and then settled in Lynnhaven. He served as rector of the Lynnhaven Parish for 25 years, 13jul1748-23feb1776. Upon his death he left his Lynnhaven home, slaves, and property to the church. This property, which was to be used as a free school for orphan boys, became known as "Donation Farm." It is from this reference that the church became known as Old Donation Church. The Reverend Dickson was buried under the altar in the 1736 church.
Gravesite Details buried under altar of 1736 (2nd Church) which burned in 1882 and was rebuilt as 3rd Church