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July 18, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Huguenots: Bondurant Clan


Variety Shade, Courtesy Historic Buckingham

Summertime means family reunions and Buckingham County is no exception.  Occasionally, news of reunions in Buckingham made the Richmond papers.  On 16 August 1936, the Richmond Times-Dispatch ran the following:

Bondurant Clan Holds Buckingham Reunion

BUCKINGHAM Aug. 14 – (Special)

Descendants of the late Alexander J. and Mrs. Emily Morrison Bondurant held a family reunion at their ancestral home, Variety Shades (sic), last week.  Present were Professor Alexander L. and Mrs. Bondurant of the University of Mississippi, George P. Bondurant, an attorney-at-law, and his family from Birmingham.  Mr. and Mr. Samuel R. Bondurant of Buckingham, Miss Fannie Bondurant of Buckingham and Dr. Gros Harrison and Mrs. Loula Bondurant Harrison and their children and grandchildren. 

Variety Shade was founded by the late Colonel Thomas Lee Bondurant, a prominent farmer and political leader of his day.  It is said that the name Variety Shades (sic) was given [to] the place because of the variety of shade trees that grew on the lawn of several acres.  Colonel Bondurant represented his district in the State Senate, having been elected over the late Thomas S. Bocock of Appomattox.

Learn more about this widespread family with deep Buckingham roots:

The Bondurant Family Association

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