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December 12, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Happy Anniversary Slate River Ramblings

My grandmother, Minnie Garland (Harris) Sanger, born in Buckingham County, Virginia.


This week, Slate River Ramblings celebrates its eighth anniversary.

Thanks to all of you — over 780 enthusiastic followers — for your continuing interest in the history of Buckingham County, Virginia.

As many of you know, the Slate River Ramblings archive is a rich depository of Buckingham County gold. As of December 2020, there are over 1,050 posts and nearly 3,300 comments by thoughtful readers.

To explore the archives just enter your favorite topic or surnames in the search box.

If you aren’t already familiar with my books, click on the titles at the top of this page or on the covers on the right to learn more. Titles from Slate River Press are always available online at Braughler Books.

My newest book, Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon: A History of Settlement at the Horseshoe Bend, is available at Amazon.

Please invite your family and friends to join us as we continue to ramble through Buckingham County’s history. More to come in 2021!


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  1. Virginia Bower / Dec 19 2020 9:21 am

    Love the picture of your grandmother



    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 19 2020 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Virginia. So do I. A few years ago, I discovered it in a Virginia cousin’s collection. The Harris family, who were living in Iowa, had sent it home to Minnie’s aunt who still lived in Buckingham County.

  2. kellvnp / Dec 13 2020 6:05 pm

    Happy Anniversary Joanne–Always enjoy learning new things about Buckingham County and look forward to future posts!

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 14 2020 6:38 am

      Thanks! More to come in 2021!


  3. Bill Davidson / Dec 13 2020 8:53 am

    Congratulations on the anniversary! By the way, is your Sanger family related to Dr. William Sanger who was once the head of the Medical College of VA? My mother was his secretary “back in the day.”

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 13 2020 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Bill. I’m probably not related to Dr. William Sanger. My line arrived in Massachusetts in 1636 and never lived in the South. They met my Harris family in Iowa, finally bringing North and South together.

  4. missshellbelle / Dec 12 2020 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on eight years, Joanne! I’m so grateful for your blog–it’s been helpful and inspiring in my own research. xo
    Wonderful photo of your sweet grandmother! What year was it taken?

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 12 2020 5:46 pm

      And thanks to you for your ongoing support! Minnie Garland Harris was born in 1891. There is no date on the photo. Does she look about 10 or 12 years old? It was probably taken in Leon, Iowa where she grew up with a large collection of family from Buckingham County. One of my very first posts was about her. Follow this link:

  5. Harry Stuart Holman / Dec 12 2020 10:09 am

    Dear Joanne,

    I want to be the first to congratulate you on this major achievement. This has been a most valuable tool for the Virginia researcher. We are looking forward to many more years of rambling with Slate River.


    Harry S. Holman

  6. Harry Stuart Holmna / Dec 12 2020 9:58 am

    Dear Joanne,

    I want to be the first to congratulate you on this major achievement. This has been a valuable tool for all Virginia historians and genealogists. We are all looking for many more years to come of research with you and your readers.


    Harry S. Holman

    • Joanne Yeck / Dec 12 2020 10:08 am

      Many thanks, Harry. Your support is always welcome!


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