Teaching School in Buckingham County
Courtesy Library of Virginia
Above is an example of the annual “census” taken of teachers working throughout Virginia in the late 19th century. This one enumerates White teachers in Buckingham County during 1894-1895. The “First Grade” Certificate (far right) was Virginia’s highest classification for a teacher. This Certificate was valid for teaching in any county or city in the state when endorsed by the superintendent of that place. A teacher had to be over 21 to hold one and had to have taught successfully for ten months
Less experienced and/or younger teachers held “Second Grade” Certificates.
Note that Mrs. Julia Moseley’s brother, George Allen Tapscott (1850-1935), was also a school teacher. At one time, Tapscott lived at and helped operate Hatton Ferry. When his first wife died, his daughters, Annie and Julia, went to live with Matt and Julia Moseley.
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Coming next: “Census of Colored Teachers”