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November 30, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Reconstruction in Buckingham County, Part VII

Richmond Hospital Map.  Courtesy Civil War Richmond.


To catch up, follow this link: Reconstruction in Buckingham County, Part I

The last white man named on Lt. Col. Jordan’s list was “Dr. E. C. Davidson.” His first initials are reversed in the document. He was Dr. Charles E. Davidson of Maysville (a.k.a. Buckingham Court House). The 1860 slave census indicates that Dr. Davidson owned no slaves. Not being a planter, he had no need of field labor and, apparently, did not own a domestic servant.

A small collection of letters written by Dr. Davidson survives, archived at the Virginia Historical Society.

During 1861–1862, Davidson was an Assistant Surgeon for the Confederate States Army, working at the Globe Hospital (a.k.a. General Hospital No. 11) and at General Hospital No. 21, both in Richmond, Virginia. By September of 1865, he served in the medical department of the U.S. Army and became a Freedman’s Bureau agent in November of 1865.

In 1870, he reported $1,800 worth of real estate and $300 worth of personal property. He lived with his wife, Eveline, and four young children in Maysville Township, Post Office: Curdsville.   He died later that year.

Of all the white men listed by Jordan, Dr. Davidson appears to have the longest involvement in Buckingham County politics and county government. In 1860, he was named among the county’s prominent Whigs.  During 1865, he publicly expressed loyalty to the Federal Government and was appointed to join the Overseers of the Poor. Additionally, he was a delegate to a convention held in Fluvanna County for the purpose of nominating a candidate to represent Buckingham’s Senatorial District. In 1868, he served the county as a Superintendent, representing District 1.

An obituary for his charming widow, Eveline (Parrack) Davidson, appeared in the March 22, 1905 issue of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times:

Buckingham, Va. March 20. — Departed this life on Tuesday night, March 14, 1905, at her late home in this village [Buckingham Court House], Mrs. Eveline Davidson, widow of the late Dr. C. E. Davidson, and sister of Mrs. Mary E. Shaw and the late David A. Parrack, at the ripe old age of eighty years. Mrs. Davidson would have reached her eightieth year had she lived until April 11, 1905. She was possibly one of the most widely known ladies of this section. Of a striking genial and cheerful disposition, with happy expression for every one with whom she came in contact, and was an inspiration to “look on the bright side.” Mrs. Davidson leaves two sons — Mr. D. Elwood Davidson, now of Boydton, Va., and Mr. T. J. Davidson, of this village.

Coming Next: Reconstruction in Buckingham County, Part VIII


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  1. Janet Goode / Nov 30 2017 7:30 am

    This has nothing to do with this history even though I enjoy reading them.
    My family came from Buckingham Co. Goode Napier Hackett Ripley.
    My question is I sent a letter to the museum about two months ago. Never got an answer. I did get a letter asking for a donation. So what’s the problem. Don’t mind giving a donation but I would like so.e answers to.

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 1 2017 8:08 am

      Janet, Thanks for your kind words about Slate River Ramblings. Historic Buckingham and its museum operates with a volunteer “staff,” which can get spread pretty thin. It never hurts to ask your questions again. Best of luck in your research. Joanne

    • Margaret Thomas / Dec 1 2017 9:44 am

      Hi Janet, Historic Buckingham is glad to do genealogical research using the information in our research library. For this service we charge a $20 fee which also includes a membership in Historic Buckingham. This entitles you to receive our Historic Buckingham newsletter, and it also entitles you to place a genealogical query in our newsletter. If you are interested in having Historic Buckingham do research for you, please mail your genealogical questions to Historic Buckingham, PO Box 152, Buckingham, VA 23921 along with your check.
      -Margaret Thomas for Historic Buckingham

      • Joanne Yeck / Dec 1 2017 12:05 pm

        Thanks, Margaret, for the information. Joanne

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