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December 22, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Schools: Beesville School

SRR_Beesville School Picture 1920s

 Beesville School, late 1920s,

Hugh Charles Baber Collection, Courtesy Lynda Anderson

Identification: Back row: Hugh Charles Baber, far right; Next row: Elwood Thomas Baber, far left.
Hugh Charles Baber, son of John Lawson Tyler Baber and Eliza Steger Baber, was born in 1915. His daughter, Lynda Anderson, used his age to date this photo.


Lynda Anderson, who taught in the Buckingham County schools for twenty-five years, also commented that Ruby Walton taught the Baber boys at Beesville. In 1952, Ruby Walton was still teaching at the old school in Dillwyn and was Lynda’s second grade teacher.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Beesville was a small, but stable, community. From 1877–1903, there was a post office there. In 1880’s, T.H. Baber ran a general store and served as Postmaster. Robert L. Baber, of Baber’s Mill, represented the area as a Magistrate. George Booker (1,870 acres) and Mathew W. Brown (630 acres) were the principle farmers.

In the 1917 Virginia Business Directory and Gazetteer, Beesville was no longer included in the Buckingham County entry as a functioning community.

Click here for more about Beesville.


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  1. Dawn Reinas / Jan 3 2015 9:50 pm

    Does anyone know the names of the other students?

  2. Joanne Yeck / Dec 22 2014 4:26 pm

    Louise, Many thanks for adding this information about Ruby Davis Walton. Teachers certainly run in some families. Including mine! Joanne

  3. Louise Davis Hume / Dec 22 2014 4:21 pm

    Ruby Davis Walton , my father’s 1st cousin, died 24 April 2007 at age 97 At the family home in Curdsville. She had 1 son, John, Jr. Her older sister, Nellie Davis Walton, (they married brothers, John and Walker) was also a teacher, but in Appomattox as are 2 of her 3 children.

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