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August 27, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part I

Envelope addressed to L. D. Jones, New Store. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

From time to time, Slate River Ramblings readers contact me with interesting stories and tidbits about their Buckingham County ancestors. Such was the case when L. D. Phaup wrote concerning the Jones family, relating the following: “I have enclosed a copy of a small envelope addressed to L. D. Jones at New Store, Virginia. The envelope includes four calling cards as follows: Plummer F. Jones, Alice M. Jones, Clinton H. Jones and Harry L. Jones.”

It is likely that L. D. Jones ordered samples of calling cards, possibly to sell in his general store. The samples were provided by Murray & Co. located in Beverly, New Jersey.

Even in rural Buckingham County, in late Victorian and Edwardian days, calling cards (a. k. a. visiting cards) were standard equipment for the upper and upper-middle classes. As Wikipedia states in “Visiting card”: “Visiting cards became an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use.” Silver plates and, perhaps, butlers waited by the front door to receive a visitor’s embossed or decorated card.

In addition to being a storekeeper, Louis Dibrell Jones (1837-1911) operated a post office at New Store. He was a Justice of the Peace, a deacon at New Store Presbyterian Church, and served on the Board of Supervisors, representing Buckingham County’s Francisco District.

L. D. Jones was the son of William Dibrell Jones and Judith Baker LeGrand. According to the 1900 census, his wife, Louisa Thomas (Flippen), gave birth to eighteen children (her obituary mentions twelve). They included Clinton (b. 1869), Henry (b. abt. 1870), Plummer (1875), and Alice (b. 1879).

Coming next: Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part II

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  1. Joanne Yeck / Aug 28 2018 5:11 am

    Michele, I couldn’t agree more! Not only might a young lady leave a card at her friend’s house in Dillwyn, she traveled to far off places like Lynchburg and Richmond with calling cards tucked in her bag. Cast your mind back to the glory days of Buckingham Collegiate Female Institute. . . . In the coming posts, we’ll learn how educated and sophisticated the Jones family of New Store is.

    • missshellbelle / Sep 3 2018 2:45 pm

      Joanne, I’m loving these posts! Thank you for all you do!

      • Joanne Yeck / Sep 4 2018 6:42 am

        Great news! More to come! Joanne

  2. Michele Beller / Aug 27 2018 11:06 pm

    This is great info! I never imagined the people of rural Buckingham Co would have had a use for calling cards, even in elite circles. They were more sophisticated than I’m giving them credit for. Thanks, Joanne!

    My great great grandfather, Robert Haskins, was owned for the early part of his life by John Wiley Haskins and his wife, Eliza B. (Jones) Haskins. Eliza’s father was William Dibrell Jones of New Store.

  3. Joanne Yeck / Aug 27 2018 12:48 pm

    Thanks Glenn. More to come concerning this Jones family. Joanne

  4. glenn garrett / Aug 27 2018 9:27 am

    Two men named William Jones lived in Buckingham Co. VA and need not be confused. If the two families were related, no records have been found to verify. William D. Jones used the middle initial D. and lived at New Store which helps differentiate the other families. The other William Jones d 1804 and son William Jones d 1823 resided on the forks of the Slate River in Buckingham Co., with land also in Prince Edward and Campbell Counties. L R Garrett

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