Skip to content
May 21, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notable: “Hon. Thomas S. Bocock Dead”

Thomas S. Bocock.

On August 7, 1891, Buckingham born Thomas S. Bocock died at his home in Appomattox County. The Daily Virginian, published in Lynchburg, ran the following obituary:

Hon. Thomas S. Bocock Dead

His Peaceful End At His Old Appomattox Home.

A special telegram to the VIRGINIAN from Appomattox, received yesterday morning, announced the death of Hon. Thos. S. Bocock, ex-Speaker of the lower house of the Confederate Congress, at his home in that county at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening. His death had been expected daily for two weeks or more, owing to his prostrated and enfeebled condition remitting from the wearing out of life’s forces, and his end was peaceful and painless. He was stricken with paralysis some years ago and has been an invalid ever since.

Mr. Bocock was born in Buckingham county, which then included Appomattox county, in May, 1815, and was therefore over seventy-six years of age. His long life was passed in the place of his nativity except when absent at Washington or Richmond in the discharge of his public duties.

Five children survive him, namely; Miss Belle Bocock, Mrs. James M. Booker, Jr., Mrs. C. D. Price, Miss Sallie P. Bocock, and Mr. Willis P. Bocock. His funeral will take place at 4 o’clock this afternoon from his residence and will be attended by a large concourse of friends from far and near.

An excellent sketch of Mr. Bocock as a citizen and statesman, by Mr. C. W. Button, of this city, who was for years, his intimate friend, will be found on the editorial page.

Unfortunately, I have only a transcription of the obituary.  We will have to imagine the “excellent sketch” of Thomas S. Bocock.


For more about Thomas S. Bocock, click on these links:

Buckingham Notables: Thomas S. Bocock

Buckingham Notables: Thomas S. Bocock (Fire at the Virginia State Capitol)




Leave a Comment
  1. Don Allen / May 21 2020 3:32 pm

    Hoping you can write-um faster than I can read-um.:)
    Don Allen

    • Joanne Yeck / May 22 2020 6:52 am

      Well Don, I’m doing my very best.

      The archive at Slate River Ramblings is full of Buckingham County history. If you haven’t already read them, try one of the crime series!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: