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August 3, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mystery: The Norvell House, Part II


Norvell Family Photo, c. 1897, Courtesy Carole Jensen

This wonderful photo was given to Carole Jensen by Stanley Baber Andrews, daughter of Lily Norvell.  It captures not only the beauty of the Norvell home, but also the era and family relations.  The photograph may have been taken upon the death of Thomas B. Norvell (d. 22 January 1897), which was his wife’s birthday.  When the photograph was made, this house was the home of Thomas B. and Mary “Molly” Evelina Miller Norvell, located on today’s Spreading Oak Road, post office, Well Water or Tucker, Buckingham County, Virginia.

In front of fence, left to right:

Bernard Miller Norvell, 5, 1892-1981, m. Bessie Bransford, Grace V. Moore

John Harold Norvell, 7, 1890-1958, m. Eva Booth Baber

Gracie Norvell, 12, 1884-1965, m. Robert E. Lee Stinson

Lily Leigh Norvell, 10, 1886-1972, m. Clinton Timothy Baber

Mary Elizabeth Tapscott, 6, 1890-1976, m. James Benson Tindall

Behind fence, left to right:

Unknown man

Frances M. Norvell, 18, 1878-1936, m. Fletcher Tindall

Mary Gertrude Norvell, 24, 1874-1956, m. William Reginald Walker

Hay Booth Norvell, 17, 1880-1952, m. Emma Blackwell

Alice Walker Norvell, 24, 1872-1937, m. Nelson Tindall

Mary Evelina Miller, 51, 1846-1919, widow of Thomas B. Norvell

Kate Elizabeth Norvell, 26, 1870-1928, m. George Allen Tapscott

Unknown man

On porch:

Catharine Neighbours, 76, 1821-1900, m. William T. Miller, mother of Mary Evelina Miller Norvell

 In front of brick chimney:

Unknown servants


If anyone can help identify the unknown individuals in the photo, please comment.

A Buckingham mystery no longer, click here for more about the Norvell House.


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  1. Elizabeth Fortune / Aug 3 2013 9:34 pm

    Catherine Neighbors (on the porch) is my third great grandmother (descended through another daughter, Sarah “Sallie” Ann Elizabeth Miller, who married William T Payne)

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 4 2013 3:30 am

      Elizabeth, it is completely coincidental that my Payne’s Pond post was followed by the photo of Catherine Neighbors, proving the amazing interconnections in Buckingham County!

  2. onestitchatatime / Aug 3 2013 2:19 pm

    Wonderful photo!

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 3 2013 2:59 pm

      Isn’t it !

  3. Carole Jensen / Aug 3 2013 2:13 pm

    I spoke at length to my Aunt Stanley this morning before I saw this. She asked about our visit to this home two weeks ago. The owner was not at home but has kindly offered to show us the inside on our next visit. His family has owned the property for 50 years. We believe it was built around 1830.


    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 3 2013 3:00 pm

      Carole, Thank you for the update and the approximate date of the house.

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