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August 17, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mysteries: Dead Man Found

Buckingham County Postal Routes, 1896.

In 1896, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times ran a short article about a mysterious death in Buckingham County, Virginia.

An Unknown Young White Man Found Dead.

Mark P. O., Buckingham, Co., Va.,

July 14th, 1896.

Near Mark Postoffice this morning a young man unknown was found dead having nothing in his pocket or about him with any name on except a little memorandum book of which had the name written in it N. S. Lewis supposed to be his name. Age about 25, weight 150 or 170, neatly dressed, neatly shaved and light complexion. The writer would be glad to have this published so his friends may know this fact. The body will be kept for a few days,

W. J. Bailey.

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader expand on this mystery?  Does anyone know the location of Buckingham County’s Mark P.O.?

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  1. ffvofva / Aug 22 2017 5:09 pm

    Where is Mark post office located?

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 22 2017 5:23 pm

      At this point, it is a mystery. If you solve it, let us know. Joanne

      • ffvofva / Aug 22 2017 5:41 pm

        How many post office locations were there in Buckingham at that time? My family had several post masters, and post mistresses in the 1800’s.

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 23 2017 6:34 am

      The map above shows the Buckingham County post offices in 1896. Many post offices came and went, some very quickly. Here is a list of Buckingham post offices over many years. I don’t know if it is complete but, as you will see, there is no Mark, P.O. Happy hunting and let us know which post masters were in your family. Joanne

      https://www.postalhistory.com/postoffices.asp?task=display&state=VA&county=Buckingham&searchtext=&pagenum=1

  2. Kathryn Mann / Aug 17 2017 9:25 am

    PS- Bent Creek used to be Diuguidsville- which I know you’ve heard of. : )

  3. Kathryn Mann / Aug 17 2017 9:16 am

    Joanne,
    There was a family by the name of “Marks” who ran a store and a ferry in the Bent Creek area of Appomattox (formerly Buckingham). I wonder if they also housed a mail stop?
    Kathie Phelps Mann

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 17 2017 10:43 am

      Thanks for the clue! I’ll look around in Appomattox County. Joanne

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