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About Richard Watson Arnold

Our regular meeting was held at Christ Church, 203 East Main Street, Waverly, Virginia. Gary Williams, Clerk of Sussex County and a parishoner of the church, presented the history of Christ ChurcH.

From its inception in 1883 until 1931, this church was located on West Main Street in the building first built as a Township Hall in 1870. Later on this former church building became the town library. Around 1980, a parish fellowship hall was added to the building when the Reverend Brian C. Hobden was rector. Thus, it was named Hobden Hall. The first minister was The Reverend Valentine Jones of Petersburg, Virginia. Richard Watson Arnold and his wife, Ida Prince Arnold, who lived next door, were insrumental in starting this church, along with C. J. Gibson and the said Reverend Valentine Jones. Unfortunately, the original records of the church disappeared around 1940. The church was formed because there were enough prospective communicants in proximity of the town of Waverly, chartered in 1879 to establish a church at this place. Another Episcopal church, Emmanuel, was established at Wakefield in 1888. When it closed in 1932, its assets were turned over to Christ Church, where its pews, communion vessels and bible, survive. The pulpit bible at Christ Church orginially belonged to Emmanuel which was located in the vicinity of Sussex Courthouse in 1840s.

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Richard Watson Arnold's Timeline

1845
February 1845
VA, USA
1871
1871
Age 25
1872
1872
Age 26
1874
1874
Age 28
1876
1876
Age 30
1878
1878
Age 32
1880
1880
Age 34
1883
1883
Age 37
1884
June 5, 1884
Age 39
1885
January 26, 1885
Age 39
Christiansburg, Montgomery, Virginia