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November 3, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Post Offices: Well Water

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Winfrey Store and Post Office (2007), Photo by Jeremy Winfrey

The first Postmaster of Well Water in Buckingham County was Frank N. Maxey who established a mill and a small collection of services at his farm called Well Water in northern Buckingham County.  He was appointed Postmaster on December 31, 1858.

John R. Agee, George D. Maxey, John C. Turner, Jr., Robert M. Agee, and Samuella W. Maxey spent time in the job. F.N. Maxey’s second wife, Alice (Spencer) Maxey, also acted as Postmistress.

On December 6, 1905, Annie E. Tapscott (1878–1972) took over the position.  As a married woman, she continued at her job as Postmistress from August 13, 1912 to December 31, 1943, when the Post Office closed and Annie retired. Beginning in 1944, Well Water’s mail was processed at Wealthia.

Prior to her marriage in 1910, Annie taught school. She and her husband, Harvey St. Elmo Winfrey (1874–1955), also operated a store at their farm.


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Nov 4 2014 10:03 am

    Thank you, Coz. Harry. And I will add that Mattie Woodson (my ancestor’s sister) married “the boy next door” — George Nathan Winfrey!

  2. Harry Stuart Holman / Nov 4 2014 8:49 am

    Dear Reader,

    We are pleased to see some notes on the Winfrey family. Harvey was one of the younger brothers of Dr. Willie Winfrey–the noted Baptist clergyman of Culpeper. They were the sons of the Confederate veteran George Hill Winfrey, son of Sarah Holman Winfrey–originally of Cumberland County. The Winfreys were memebrs of Sharon Baptist Church. These boys had a brother Joe who was a physician in Glen Allen, Virginia.

    Harry Stuart Holman

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