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January 28, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

Buckingham County: Humanity Hall Academy

Humanity Hall. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

Need to catch up? Click here to begin the series: Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part I

Who was Meade Hanes?

In 1910, Meade C. Hanes was recorded as an eleven-year-old, living with his parents, J. B. (James “Blackwell”) and Ada C. Hanes, and his younger brothers, James C. (6) and John B. (3). Living with them were an orphan, Delta Seawright (11), J. B. Hanes’ sister Sallie (37), and a servant named Thomas Childress (50). Sallie Hanes was a teacher in the public schools and James. B. Hanes was school supervisor, as well as the general farmer. They lived on Hanes Chapel Road, adjacent the Holman family.

The Hanes family was committed to excellence in both public and private education in Buckingham County. They founded Humanity Hall Academy and, in the 19th century, James C. Hanes was the superintendent of schools in Buckingham.

It is unknown where Meade Hanes attended school the spring of 1913. Had he advanced to high school?

By May of 1913, public school had concluded until fall, with commencement exercises at the Well Water school were held in late March. May 5, 1913, the day Meade Hanes was shot and killed, was a Monday. He was working in his father’s field, a typical occupation for a boy his age.

For more about the Hanes family, search the archives at Slate River Ramblings. Or consider starting with these two links:

Hanes Chapel

Humanity Hall Academy

Also see, “Elijah G. Hanes and Humanity Hall Academy” in my book “At A Place Called Buckingham,” Volume Two.

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

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