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St. Paulís Roman Catholic Church

 
 
St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 12, 2007
1. St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church was first built by French and Irish immigrants between 1811 and 1815 and was the first Catholic congregation established in Portsmouth. Increasing membership necessitated the building of new structures in 1831 and 1851. Fire destroyed the third building in 1859; that same year the congregation began construction a fourth structure, completed in 1868. It burned in 1897. The current Gothic Revival church here, noted for its stained glass windows, was designed by John Kevan Peebles and dedicated in 1905. It was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-8-v.)
 
Location. 36° 50.14′ N, 76° 18.222′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Washington Street north of High Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 518 High Street, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reverend Francis Devlin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's School (about 300 feet away); Monumental Methodist Church
The Church image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 12, 2007
2. The Church
(about 400 feet away); Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (about 400 feet away); The Commodore Theatre (about 600 feet away); The 1846 Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Norfolk County Court House (about 800 feet away); Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Brief history of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Portsmouth VA. (Submitted on October 12, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
The Church image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 12, 2007
3. The Church
St. Paulís Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
4. St. Paulís Roman Catholic Church
St. Paulís Roman Catholic Church Burial Site plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, February 12, 2014
5. St. Paulís Roman Catholic Church Burial Site plaque
(Plaque is mounted to a stone next to the marker)

A burial ground for early parishioners and clergy of St. Paul's Catholic Church was located on this site during the nineteenth century. Among those buried here were:

Patrick Robertson, who bequeathed the funds to purchase this property in 1810 and construct the first St. Paul's; Rosalie and Bartholomew Accinelli, founding members of this congregation; Antonio Sylvestre Bilisoli, a founding member of this congregation who fought during the American Revolution; Rev. Francis Devlin, pastor from 1844 to 1855, who died ministering to the citizens of Portsmouth during the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1855; and Rev. Joseph Plunkett, pastor from 1855 to 1870 and during the construction of the fourth St. Paul's.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,309 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on July 27, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   5. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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