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March 4, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Mysteries: The Appearance of Charley Ross

Buckingham County Natives, Alex Sharp (left) and Thomas Jackson Jamerson, CSA (right).

In 1932, the kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh baby sparked many heated conversations, including this one in Buckingham County between Alex Sharp and Thomas Jackson Jamerson, who recalled another famous kidnapping in 1874. That year, newspaper readers across the country followed the story of the kidnapping of Charley Ross of Philadelphia. Learn more about Charley’s fate at Wikipedia: Charley Ross


According to the caption accompanying this photo of Sharp and Jamerson, Charley Ross “appeared” in Buckingham County. Can a Slate River Ramblings reader expand on this comment?

Thanks to Andrea Potts for sharing this fascinating clipping.




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  1. Kathy Rondeau / Mar 4 2019 2:41 pm

    The caption states that Thomas Jackson Jamerson (without glasses) was in the civil war but actually he wasn’t born until 1862. He was my great-grandfather. There were many “sightings” of Charley Ross across the US. I believe I have the entire article if anyone is of interest.

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 4 2019 4:25 pm


      I would love to see the entire article. You can send it to me at

      Thanks for your comment and the offer to share!


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