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December 7, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Reconstruction in Buckingham County, Part IX

Stanton Family Cemetery, Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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

And what of the African Americans on Lt. Col. Jordan’s list? With one exception, evidence of these men participating in government remains elusive.

In 1870, a man named Woodson Washington (“Mulatto,” age 40) lived in Curdsville Township and Peter Fontaine (Black, age 56) was enumerated in Marshall Township.  The John Stanton on the list is likely John Stanton (“Mulatto,” age 34), living in the northeast section of Buckingham County, a member of the well-known and established “Free Black” Stanton family. For more about the family and their cemetery, click here:

Buckingham Notables: The Stanton Family & Stanton Family Cemetery

There were multiple John Scotts living in Buckingham County in 1870. One John Scott (Black, age 40) was enumerated in Curdsville on the same page as Solomon Brown (Black, age 57). Living between them was John W. Eppes (White, age 53), of Millbrook, and an African American named Allen Eppes (Black, age 25).

In 1866, Solomon Brown was contracted by Eliza J. Eppes (with her brother-in-law and agent E. W. Hubard) to serve for one year as “headman and supervisor” at the Eppes plantation Millbrook. Perhaps, his record as a foreman came to the attention of Lt. Col. Jordan.  Any government service by Solomon Brown is yet to be found.

Coming Next: Reconstruction in Buckingham County, Part X

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