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April 6, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: 19th Century Newspapers


Old newspapers can be endlessly fascinating. They also are a fundamental source of information for historians. During the 19th century, local newspapers in Virginia came and went with great regularity. To my knowledge, Buckingham County never had a newspaper of its own in the 19th century.

This does not mean that the citizens of Buckingham were without news. Many subscribed to Richmond newspapers. Buckingham native, Col. Thomas M. Bondurant owned the Richmond Whig, and his cousin, Alexander Moseley was its Editor for many years.

The Scottsville Register (published 1859-1872) carried Buckingham news; however, surviving issues are scarce. There were multiple Farmville papers, including The Farmville Herald, which began publication in 1890.

The Appomattox and Buckingham Times was published from 1891–1909, at Appomattox Courthouse. Its masthead announced that it was “devoted to the local and industrial interests” of the two counties. In 1909, it became The Times-Virginian and is still published today. Many pre-1909 issues of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times survive and, in the months to come, Slate River Ramblings will highlight tidbits from various Buckingham correspondents who wrote for the paper.

Coming Next: Robert G. Flippen’s gleanings from The Farmville Herald in his books: Historical Notes on Buckingham.


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  1. Bill Davidson / Apr 6 2013 1:06 pm

    Joanne…..Do you know the ancestry of Robert G. Flippen? Does he “trace back” to the Phillip Flippen who married Martha Cox (a daughter of Stephen Cox and Judith Woodson)? Thanks!

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 6 2013 2:02 pm

      BIll, I don’t know Bob Flippen’s ancestry. There are Flippens in Northern Cumberland, I know that much. Perhaps the next post or your comment will generate some discussion.

    • Miranda Burnett / Apr 7 2013 7:18 pm

      Bill, if you give me some dates for Robert, I can certainly look up the family tree for you on Ancestry.

      • L. R. Garrett / Apr 13 2013 12:31 pm

        Perhaps another piece to puzzle: Mary (Page) Hobson, b 1821d 1860 as widow Flippen m Richard Holland Gilliam. Refer Maben Jones Papers, Swemm Library College of Wm & Mary. Correspondence all digitalized. Scroll abourt 1/2 way down.

      • Joanne Yeck / Apr 13 2013 3:15 pm

        Thanks for this!

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