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June 5, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Schools: Oak Grove Academy


Buckingham County, 1850 Census, Oak Grove Academy

Across two decades, John T. Claiborne operated Oak Grove Academy in the northeastern corner of Buckingham County.  In 1850, the following advertisement ran in the Richmond Enquirer:


The exercises of this School (situated near the Female Collegiate Institute, on the road leading from New Canton to Buckingham Court House.) will resume on the 13th of January next, and terminate on the 13th of November following. The course of instruction embraces the common English branches, Latin, and first branches of Mathematics.  The subscriber, grateful for the confidence heretofore reposed in him, respectfully solicits a continuation of the patronage of his former friends and the public generally, and pledges himself that no pains will be spared in the morals and mental culture of those entrusted to his charge.

Terms —For Board and Tuition per session of 10 months $100.


Address Gravel Hill Post Office, Buckingham county, Virginia.


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  1. / Jun 5 2013 4:46 pm

    Joanne, Double checked and made one slight mistake, John Tanner Clibourn was born in Amelia County, Virginia. Leonard Clibourn, Frances Tanner Clibourn my 3rd Great Grandfather & 3rd Great Grandmother were married in Amelia County, Frances’s home and then moved to Buckingham County. Leonard was from Chesterfield County, Va. Ted Kinker

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 5 2013 5:55 pm

      Ted, Thanks for this information about John Tanner Claibourn’s parents.

  2. Nancy Baldwin / Jun 5 2013 11:13 am

    Oh wow, to have that document is awesome. I hope one day that someone finds a similar document for the Institute. I would love to see my Lavinia’s name as a student, it would be priceless.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 5 2013 2:28 pm

      Nancy ~ You never know what may turn up. Perhaps, someone will see their ancestor here at Oak Grave Academy.


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  2. Buckingham County Schools: Oak Grove Academy Incorporated | slate river ramblings . . . .
  3. Buckingham Schools: Col. John M. Harris | slate river ramblings . . . .
  4. Buckingham Schools: Rev. Thomas N. Johnson | slate river ramblings . . . .

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