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January 14, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part I

Well Water, Virginia. Postal Map, 1896.

In the spring of 1913 a shocking murder took place near Well Water in Buckingham County, Virginia. On May 5, Mott Robertson Glover shot and killed Meade Hanes. The following day, the news was reported in Richmond under the headline: “Confesses Crime And Surrenders: Mott Robertson Glover Tells Officers Of Shooting Meade Hanes.”

A short article introduced readers of Richmond’s Times-Dispatch to a story that they would follow well into the summer. Details were sketchy and this report, sent from Buckingham, was printed on May 6:

Mott Robertson Glover came here this afternoon [Buckingham Court House] and stated that he had shot Meade Hanes in a field on the Hanes farm. Young Hanes is a boy about sixteen years old, and son of Supervisor J. B. Hanes. Mr. Glover gave himself up to the officers of the law and was placed in jail. He made no statement as to why he committed the deed, but it is current rumor here that Glover and young Hanes were pleased with the same young woman. Mr. Glover is a son of Charles L. Glover, of this county, and the nephew of R. G. Robertson, of Lynchburg. Sen. Hanes Gale (sic) has been employed as counsel for defense.*

There was a large crowd here in attendance at the good roads meeting, but there was so much excitement caused by the shooting that the meeting broke up at once.

*Sen. Sands Gayle.

This report, though brief, was essentially accurate and would be repeated and elaborated in many articles to follow.

Over the coming weeks, Slate River Ramblings readers have the opportunity to experience this lengthy and tragic story just as it unfolded in 1913. Here’s hoping it will capture your interest as it did mine.

Coming Next: Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part II


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  1. buckctyva / Jan 20 2021 3:00 pm

    I am excited to see how this plays out.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 20 2021 3:51 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Lots to come!


  2. Doug Wright / Jan 14 2021 7:31 am

    You’re right, this is interesting. Anxiously awaiting the rest of the story.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 14 2021 7:33 am


      Thanks for your comment. Many, many installments to come.



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