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August 13, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Edmund Wilcox Hubard

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Edmund Wilcox Hubard, who headed the prosecution in the 1909 murder of the Stewart brothers, held that office in Buckingham County for over forty years.

Hubard was eighty-three years old at the time of his death in July of 1936 and was living in Richmond at 1602 Grove Avenue. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

Hubard, a native of Buckingham, spent most of his life in the county. According to his obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

He was active in State and county politics and served a number of years as a State senator and as member of the House of Delegates. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1902 and for more than 40 years was Commonwealth’s Attorney in Buckingham County. Mr. Hubard and his wife moved to Richmond in recent years.

According to the Library of Virginia, Edmund Wilcox Hubard was born on August 6, 1853 in Buckingham County, Virginia. His parents, Edmund Wilcox Hubard (1806–1878) and Sarah A. (Eppes) Hubard, sent him to public and private schools. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1876. On January 27, 1897, Hubard married Mary E. May (1866–1910) of Buckingham County. They had one son.

The 1910 census, indicates that Edmund and Mary Hubard may have separated before her death. That year, he was living at Spencer’s boarding house in Maysville, Buckingham County, without his son. He is enumerated as divorced. His second wife, Margaret Leake Hubard (1873–1937), was over twenty years his junior. According to the 1930 census, they were married in about 1921.

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  1. Harry S. Holman / Aug 14 2015 1:11 pm

    Dear Readers,

    Who is Margaret Leake? Everyone in Buckingham who descends from Col. Nathan and Mary Leake Ayres has Leake blood. Is this Margaret kin to us?

    Harry S. Holman

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 14 2015 2:04 pm

      Harry, This is a good question. Let’s hope a reader knows! Joanne

    • Page Nichols / Feb 21 2016 2:59 pm

      According to Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940 – Margaret Leake b. 1873 in Goochland Co. and was the daughter of Andrew K. Leake and Violet H. Leake. She was single at the time of her marriage and Edmund Wilcox Hubard was widowed. Edmund was 47 years old when he married 2nd to Margaret. The marriage took place on November 27, 1920, in Richmond, Va.

      Edmund was married 1st to Mary E. May on Jan. 27, 1897, in Buckingham Co., and they had one son, Dabney May Hubard born in 1898. I have no death date for Mary Hubard. Dabney worked for many years, as a clerk, for the United States War Department (Surgeon General’s Office) in Washington, D.C. He resigned from that job in April 1940, and withdrew his entire interest in his government retirement fund. At that time he lived at 2120 G Street, Washington, D.C

      The City Directory for Washinton, D.C. has the following entries:
      1920: Dabney M. Hubard, clk War r 900 17th St N.W.
      1925: Dabney M. Hubard res Alexandria, Va.
      Mary K. ” ptrs asst bur eng & prnt Alexandria, Va.
      1928: Dabney M. Hubard, clk war Alexandria, Va.
      ( No Mary K. Hubard)
      1931: Dabney M. Hubard, clk War Aexandria, Va.
      1932: (No Dabney M. nor Mary K. Hubard)

      Dabney married Mary Katherine Page on Aug. 9, 1923, in Staunton Va. His marriage license was obtained in Alexandria, VA.

      Edmund’s father, Edmund Wilcox Hubard (1806-1876) who married Sarah Ann Eppes was my gg grandfather.

      • Joanne Yeck / Feb 21 2016 3:04 pm

        Page, Many thanks for these details about Edmund Wilcox Hubard and his marriages. He will be featured, again, in the next Buckingham County true-crime serial, coming this spring. Joanne


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