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October 22, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County’s Poor, 1805-1820: Part V

LDS Family History Center. Charlottesville, Virginia.

To my surprise, Part V of “Buckingham County’s Poor, 1805-1820” failed to post.  Here it is. Better late than never!


Roger G. Ward has abstracted images from the Buckingham County Virginia Loose Papers available at PCs located at LDS Family History Centers. Be sure to read to the end of the series where there will be a link to a PDF with his complete document.

Click here to catch up:

Buckingham County’s Poor, 1805-1820: Part I


In the early nineteenth century, poor women abounded in Buckingham County. Many were doubtless widows without providers. Likewise, there were always numerous orphans and children of indigents to support. Here are some examples:

Elizabeth Webb’s children, Sarah [?] Curry’s children, Finch Dean’s children, and Barbara Lewillan’s children appear in the lists.

William Vest was paid for keeping John Porter’s children; Thomas Garnett was paid for furnishings provided for the children of Mary Wright and of Robert Smith; and James Tapscott, an Overseer of the Poor, collected $30.00 for Nancy Staton’s children.

Other dependent individuals mentioned were mentally ill. Dicey Meanley’s insane son received regular support and Capt. Edward Jones was paid for aiding Joseph [?] Rakes, “a poor insane young man.”

To learn more about the history of Buckingham County’s poorhouses, consult my essay “Stewards of the Poor: Buckingham County’s Poorhouses” in “At a Place Called Buckingham” Volume Two.

Don’t miss: Buckingham County’s Poor, 1805-1820: Part VI, with a link to Roger Ward’s complete document


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  1. Amelia Wallace / Oct 22 2018 5:24 pm

    Joanne, Do you know about the “Buckingham Memorial 1780” or the “Stinson Petition”. I have copies of it and it is signed by my Anthony Dibrell and son in law Michael Jones. I am submitting a supplemental app to NSDAR on Michael Jones and I have his muster rolls from the Rev War. My question is by his signing the petition does it show his patriotism new country? The reading of it certainly implies opposition to the Church of England whose head was the King. I am ordering a book entitled, “so Obscure a Person” by Edna Barney. Supposedly the petition is transcribed in the book by the author. Have you ever researched this? The signers all look like names you would know from Buckingham Co: Stinson,Bondurant,Jones, Dibrell,Patterson,Spencer, etc. Thanks for your time and attention. If you have any written info on this I would be happy to receive it. Amelia Wallace

    Sent from my iPad


    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 23 2018 6:40 am

      Amelia, Many thanks for your comment. These are indeed familiar Buckingham County names. I have not done deep research concerning this petition and will write to you to discuss it further. Joanne

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