In 1975 soon after the fall of Saigon, a Vietnamese family who had worked for the Americans fled the country. Arriving in America they needed a sponsor. 1975 – Mary Anne Gibboney (Nov 25, 1938 – Dec 30, 2010) and Joyce Pettet (Oct 2, 1933 – Oct 28, 2016) immediately answered the call from the Lutheran Immigration Service. They found a few who volunteered to help despite an initial negative response from the church. With only days before their arrival, the small church group worked around the clock to prepare for the family, finding an apartment and a job for the father driving a delivery truck. Finally people in the church came around to the projects with an outpouring of gifts, time, energy, and money. For many years the family flourished in the church and in the community. The lives of the Nguyen Family and those who knew them were richly rewarded, and for the church, the Nguyen’s left a profound understanding of why we fought in Vietnam, with the relocation of a family made possible by Mary Anne Gibboney and Joyce Pettet.
Joyce Pettet and Mary Anne Gibboney
1621 – Captain Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640) was an English colonist and community leader who helped settle the area of Lynnhaven and form Lynnhaven Parish Church. He was the youngest son of seven of an influential family headed by the Reverend William Thoroughgood (1579 – 1625), a Puritan minister at Grimston-King’s Lynn, England. He arrived in Kecoughtan (today’s Hampton), Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship Charles, an 18 year old indentured servant of Captain Edward Waters (in return for his passage). By that time Adam had worked off his indenture in 1624 he returned to London where he began carrying out an ambitious plan of sponsoring immigrants to Virginia in exchange for land under the same terms that he had accepted when he first came to Kecoughtan.
Adam persuaded Augustus Warner (1610 – 1674) to come from England to settle in the colony as an indentured servant. After he had worked off his indenture in 1635 he followed Adam’s example by bringing twelve new settlers to Virginia and for that was given headrights to 600 acres in the Northern Neck’s Gloucester County, an area still sparsely populated. Three people trace their lineage back to Augustus Warner. His daughter married Lawrence Townley, ancestors of General Robert E. Lee (1610 – 1674). His son, Augustine Warner, Jr.(1642-1681) had three daughters. One of them, Mildred Warner (1671 – 1701) married Lawrence Washington (1659–1698) in 1690, grandparents of George Washington (1732 – 1799); and another, Elizabeth Warner (1672-1720) married Colonel John Lewis in 1691, great-grand parents of Meriwether Lewis (1774 – 1809), leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest.
1649 – The Moseleys (the six generations in Princes Anne County)
William Moseley I (1601-1655) in 1649 came to Virginia from Rotterdam, Holland with his wife Suzanna, two sons, William II and Arthur, and a large quantity of family jewels. As a Cavalier opposed to Oliver Cromwell, the jewels were all he was able to get out of England when he fled to Holland. Trading jewels, primarily to Adam Thoroughgood’s widow Sarah Thoroughgood-Gookin-Yeardley(1609 – 1657), in exchange for livestock, William I slowly gained prominence. As Commissioner of Lower Norfolk County from 1649 to his death in 1655 he built a sprawling Dutch- roofed house, Greenwich Plantation, later called Rolleston Plantation by his descendants.