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April 30, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Murder

Buckingham Murder 1911

On December 4, 1911, Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch announced a shocking murder in Buckingham County:


State and County Together

Offer $350 for Slayer of

Curtis Branch.

Arvonia, Va., December 3—Officers and citizens of the upper end of Buckingham county are putting forth every effort to locate and capture the bold thief and burglar who so brutally murdered the old Confederate soldier, Curtis Branch, at Manteo, on last Monday night.  The reward offered by the Governor, at the instigation of Commonweath’s Attorney Edmund W. Hubbard, has been supplemented by the county Board of Supervisors until the total amount offered is now $350.  Besides the work of local authorities, the United States government is expected to send a detective to help ferret out the crime, as the robbery which followed the murder, included the looting of the post-office at Manteo and the carrying away of post-office funds and stamps.  As yet those who are working upon the case are unwilling to give out any information, though it is known that there are suspects of the crime.  The murder was the most brutal and revolting known in this section since the two Stewart brothers were murdered and burned [at] their home three years ago.

To Be Continued . . . .


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  1. Danny Newton / May 4 2015 7:03 pm

    How about 1908 my two great uncles, William and Charles Thomas. I think they were involved in an incident around Arvonia around that time.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 4 2015 7:21 pm

      Danny: In a few weeks, I’ll put up a series of posts covering the story of William and Charles Thomas. It’s quite a story! Joanne

    • Joanne Yeck / May 19 2015 9:14 am

      Danny: The story of the murder of the Stewart brothers has turned into an epic (posts begin in June). I’m saving story of the Thomas brothers and the Arvonia crime spree for a later date. It’s a long complicated tale, as well. If you have any family stories about it, please contact me at Joanne

  2. Jeremy Winfrey / May 4 2015 9:14 am

    so how ’bout those poor Stewart brothers? I couldn’t find anything in a quick search.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 4 2015 10:41 am

      Jeremy, Be patient! The sad story of the Stewart brothers will take up several posts. Late May? Early June? Joanne


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