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October 18, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Osceola Restored

Osceola, 1940-1950. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

Osceola, 2004. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

Historic houses in Buckingham County may be the most popular posts at Slate River Ramblings.

Tangible reminders of both the past and the people who inhabited it, houses stir the imagination, suggesting pictures of everyday life in the county. This is what local history is all about. The commonplace made real once more.

Osceola is one of the oldest houses in Buckingham, once home to the Gilliam family and located about four miles west of Sheppards.

Click here to learn more: Buckingham County Houses: Osceola



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  1. Joanne Yeck / Oct 19 2018 5:07 pm

    Here is a link to a transcription of the WPA Survey of Oceceola, with some Gilliam owners and dates. Remember dates are difficult due to the 1869 courthouse fire and lack of deeds. Also, explore this rich Gilliam website, you may find more gold!

  2. glenn garrett / Oct 19 2018 2:54 pm

    Thank you so much for providing the information you find.Questions about Oseceola house: 1)Are there any Gilliam first names of the owner(s) 2)Possible date of ownership by Gilliam 3)County enumeration district Rather frustrated Gilliam descendant but have enough to know they resided there, had a “gold mine,” a fewnames. Any help or suggestions for sources appreciatedL. R. Garrett

    • L. D Phaup / Oct 20 2018 4:56 pm

      This home Osceola was purchased by my great grandmother (Sally E. Wilkerson) in 1900 and I lived in this home as a child. The cemetery is near the home and the graves are marked. To find more information on these Gilliams search under John R. Gilliam Buckingham. You will see several sites to include Gilliams of Vlirginia, Osceola the home of John Robertson Gilliam, Gilliam Cemetery # 2 – US Gen Web Archives, Also search Reconstruction in Buckingham County. Part II Slate River Ramblings, Also searchthrough several pages under John R. Gilliam Buckingham and you will eventually see Pages 88-97 -Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography and it will give a great deal of information about this family. L.D. Phaup

      • Joanne Yeck / Oct 20 2018 7:59 pm

        Many thanks for expanding on the post! Joanne

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