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Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Chinn Family

 
 
The Chinn Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
The Chinn Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2009
2. The Chinn Family Marker
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Churches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1794.
 
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 (Local Route 641), on the right when traveling north on Minnieville Road. It is at the end of the bus stops of the park-and-ride lot across from Tackett's Mill Shopping Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22192, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Odd Fellows Hall (approx. one mile away); 306 Commerce Street (approx. one mile away); Commerce Street (approx. one mile away); Old Hammill Hotel (approx. one mile away); 205 Union Street (approx. one mile away); 206 Union Street (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
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Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Front image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
3. Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Front
Tacketts Mill
 
Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Back image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
4. Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Back
Chinn Family Graves in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
8. Mt. Olive Baptist Church Corner Stone
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Organized Oct. 17, 1915
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 6,625 times since then and 284 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 11, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2. submitted on July 12, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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Aug. 12, 2022