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June 7, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Hatton Ferry

Hatton Ferry (c. 1910), Courtesy Historic Buckingham

Occasionally at Slate River Ramblings, an old post gets a new comment, shedding light on its content.

In the June 22, 2013 post concerning Hatton Ferry, I wrote: “I have a special fondness for the Hatton Ferry and for the photo above.  My ancestor’s brother-in-law, Matt Layne, is sitting in one of the buggies.  He married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Lavity Harris on July 7, 1886 in Buckingham County.”

Recently, Janet B. Goode, commented, “I just wanted to say this is one of my favorites also. The lady in the middle of the picture is my Grandmother Sarah Frances Ripley/Brown. The boys behind her are her grandsons.”

In 1900, a woman named Sarah F. Ripley, age thirty-three, was enumerated in Buckingham County, living with her husband and five children, ages twenty-one to four. Is she our ferry rider?

Can anyone (including Janet) date the photo above and name the grandsons?

If you enjoy reading about ferries, please consider, “Ferrying across the James,” in “At a Place Called Buckingham” Volume Two.

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