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July 28, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Surprise Inheritance


Continued from 24 July 2014 . . .

On May 25, 1902, the Richmond Dispatch went on to explain how Miss Laura E. Gregory of Buckingham County became an heiress as a result of her romantic correspondence.


[Even in Alaska, Charles E. Wilmot] had not forgotten the throbbings of his early love, as his will testified. The administrators of his estate wrote to Buckingham and asked if such a person as Miss Laura K. Gregory was living. The letter was forwarded to the lady in question, who replied. The second letter brought the tidings that her friend, Mr. Charles E. Wilmot, had died in Alaska, leaving his immense fortune to be equitably divided among three legatees–Miss Laura E. Gregory, her name sake, Laura E. Van Etten, and Mr. C. A. Harbrenck. The last two are the niece and nephew, respectively, of the deceased.  

Miss Van Etten, who is a young lady of sixteen summers, is now travelling in Europe.  

Steps were taken on May 3rd, by the administrator, to settle up the estate, which is reported to be worth sixty thousand dollars.


Miss Gregory, who is forty years of age, is well known in our locality, where  she has taught for twenty years.  She holds a teacher’s professional certificate, but on account of the feeble condition of her widowed mother, she resigned her post, and became the Florence Nightingale of our rural locality. . . . This story reads like fiction, but the truth of the facts can be fully substantiated by the best people of the community.

Coming Next: Mr. Emmet D. Gregory


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  1. Linda Doerger / Jul 29 2014 8:24 pm

    That is an amazing story!! It does read like fiction.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 29 2014 8:53 pm

      It does read like fiction. Somebody needs to write it!


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