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Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Chinn Family
 
The Chinn Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Phyllis Prats, February 11, 2007
1. The Chinn Family Marker
 
Inscription. Near this site lived six generations of the Chinn family, one of Prince William County’s early African-American families. The family traces its heritage to Nancy, a slave born in 1794 on the William Roe farm in Fauquier County. William Roe’s nephew, Henry Fielder Roe, who owned land near present-day Lake Ridge, eventually became the owner of Nancy and her children through inheritance. One of Nancy’s daughters, Mary Jane, married Thomas Chinn, another slave, and they had eight sons. After Emancipation, the Chinns bought several hundred acres of land along Telegraph and Davis Ford Roads (now Minnieville Road). They built homes in the area known as Agnewville, or sometimes known as Chinntown. The family has a long history of service to the County. John Chinn owned a general store, and Robert and William Chinn donated land on which Mt. Olive Baptist Church stands. Several Chinns are buried in that church’s cemetery. (Marker Number 28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 40.607′ N, 77° 16.612′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Minnieville Road (Local Route 640) and Old Bridge Road
 
The Chinn Family Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2009
2. The Chinn Family Marker
 
(Local Route 641), on the right when traveling north on Minnieville Road. Click for map. It is at the end of the bus stops of the park-and-ride lot across from Tackett's Mill Shopping Center. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22192, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s First Journey to the Frontier (approx. ¼ mile away); Odd Fellows Hall (approx. one mile away); Commerce Street (approx. one mile away); Old Hammill Hotel (approx. one mile away); Rockledge (approx. one mile away); Occoquan River Bridges (approx. one mile away); The Dogue Indians (approx. one mile away); Ellicott’s Mill (approx. one mile away).
 
Additional keywords. Tacketts Mill
 
Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Front Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
3. Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Front
 
 
Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Back Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
4. Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Back
 
 
Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
5. Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery
The stone on the left is for Mary J. Chinn, one of Nancy's daughters and wife to Thomas Chinn.
 
 
Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
6. Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery
The stone in the background is for John Chinn, who owned the general store, and his family.
 
 
Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
7. Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery
Rebecca Chinn, wife to Robert Chinn who donated land for the church.
 
 
Mt. Olive Baptist Church Corner Stone Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
8. Mt. Olive Baptist Church Corner Stone
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Organized Oct. 17, 1915
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,342 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on February 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2. submitted on July 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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