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October 6, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Schools: Enonville

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Enonville School (1972)

Photo by Wilson D. Coleman, Courtesy Bill Coleman

In 1894, the teachers working at the public school at Enonville, Buckingham County, were Mr. J. L. Coleman, Miss Rosa Coleman, Miss M. L. Coleman, and Miss L. H. Gillespie. Slate River Ramblings reader Hal Coleman recognized them all: Mr. J. Lee Coleman (1845—1920), Rosalind Coleman (1869—1934), and Minnie Lucy (a.k.a. Lucy Mildred) Coleman (1871—1931). Lelia Gillespie, Hal added, was “my dad’s favorite teacher.”

In 1900, Lelia H. Gillespie was living with her parents, brothers, and sister in Buckingham County’s Maysville District.  She was thirty-nine years old, born in August of 1860. That year, she was included in the Virginia State Teacher’s Directory. In 1910, she remained in the household with her unmarried siblings, James, who worked as a farmer; her sister, Annie; and Robert Gillespie, who worked as a merchant.

Click here to see: Buckingham County School Teachers I and Buckingham County School Teachers II.


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  1. mcmitton / Oct 6 2014 4:11 pm

    You can’t be surprised to learn that Miss Lelia Hamner Gillispie was my first cousin, 3x removed, via my paternal grandmother Virginia Lelia [Smith] Steger. She used her two names as written, and sometimes as Lelia Virginia. xox, mc

    Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:33:33 +0000 To:

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 6 2014 4:19 pm

      Nice to know that the “H” stands for Hamner. Joanne

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