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March 30, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Tavern For Sale


In the early summer of 1845, John Bland offered his Buckingham County tavern for sale in the Richmond Enquirer:



IN MY own right, as agent for John Bland, I shall on August 11, 1845, offer for sale, at public auction, on a credit of one, two and three years, the Tavern, Stables, &c., at Buckingham Court House, heretofore in the possession of E. L. Scruggs; the purchaser giving bonds with approved security; and a deed of trust on the property. Possession will be given immediately after the sale. If a sale cannot be made, it will be rented out from that time until the 1stday of January, 1847. At the same time will be sold fifty acres of forest land, about five miles from the Court House, on the New Canton Road.


Does a Slate River Ramblings reader know who else owned this tavern or who the purchaser was c. 1845.  If so, please comment.

Speaking of Taverns, if you are interesting in Prohibition in Virginia, visit the new exhibit at the Library of Virginia: “Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Virginia’s Prohibition Experiment” — opening April 3, 2017.


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  1. Alice Owens / Mar 30 2017 9:40 am

    Buckingham County Virginia Records Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds 1841-1870Volume 3  by Roger G. Ward page 27BLAND, JOHN H.  In 1846 bought 1/2 lot in Maysville from Ed. S. Puryear.  in 1851 Overton and Bland sold to Norvelle Cobbs. page 239 PURYEAR, EDWARD S.  1843 TO 1870, From Nelson County, 1851 to 1854, 1866 to 1870.  Bought: 1843 – 50 AC on Troublesome CK (4E) from Edward L. Scruggs.  1865 – 375 AC from Clifford Cabell and sold to M. P. Dixon.  In Maysville, in 1844 bought lots from Ed L. Scruggs; in 1846 sold lot to William G. Overto, and 1/2 lot to John Bland——————- page 65 COBBS, NORVELLE P. ? (same as below) 1848 – 1866.  Bought:1848 38 AC on Walton Fork CK (8NW) from E. H. Moseley, ?cont? and c.  1851 lot in Maysville from Overton and Bland.  1853 lot in Maysville from N. H. Thornton.  Sold: 1850 37 AC to William M. ELDRIDGE.  1856 lot in Maysville to Robert K. HOCKER.  1858 Lot in Maysville to Sarah Howell.  in 1866 he sold Sarah Howell estate estate in Maysville to H.T/F? Moseley. COBBS, NORVELLE P.  1853 TO 1867.  From Farmville. 1860 to 1867.  Bought: 1853 397 and 1/4 AC on SRR adjacent Maysville from N. H. Thornton.  Sold: 1863 236 AC to A. A. Walton.  1867 –  157 3/4 AC to N. F. Bocock and Puryear survey then made from Puryear to Bocock, sold Puryear interest.

    ========John Bland does not appear in Volume 1

    From: slate river ramblings . . . . To: Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:58 AM Subject: [New post] Tavern For Sale #yiv5234013437 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5234013437 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5234013437 a.yiv5234013437primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5234013437 a.yiv5234013437primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5234013437 a.yiv5234013437primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5234013437 a.yiv5234013437primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5234013437 | Joanne Yeck posted: ” In the early summer of 1845, John Bland offered his Buckingham County tavern for sale in the Richmond Enquirer:TAVERN AT BUCKINGHAM COURT HOUSE FOR SALE. IN MY own right, as agent for John Bland, I shall on August 11, 1845, offe” | |

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 30 2017 10:11 am

      Alice, Thanks for tracking the implied deeds for the tavern at Buckingham Court House. Now. I wonder how long the tavern was active and who held the license. Joanne

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