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January 6, 2022 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: S. R. Morris

Buckingham Springs (Courtesy Historic Buckingham)

On August 16, 1894, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times ran the following notice for a tragic death in Buckingham County:

A few days since Mr. S. R. Morris, of Buckingham Sulphur Springs, accidentally shot and killed Mr. W. J. Phauk.* Mr. Morris was squirrel hunting and had just killed a squirrel when Mr. Phauk rode up. Mr. Morris was using a breech loader and had put in another shell and was in the act of snapping the gun together again when the gun discharged, the charge striking Mr. Phauk in the heart, killing him almost instantly. Mr. Phauk was buried the following day at Smyrna Methodist Church of which he was a constant member. Mr. Phauk leaves, besides a wife and seven children, a mother and three brothers to mourn his ultimate end

*”Mr. W. J. Phauk” is William J. Phaup.

Click here to learn more about Smyrna Methodist Church.

For much more about the Morris family and Buckingham Sulphur Springs, please search the archive at Slate River Ramblings and consult “’Going to the Springs’ in Buckingham County” in my book, At a Place Called Buckingham,” Volume Two.

“At a Place Called Buckingham,” Volume Two is currently discounted online at Braughler Books.


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Jan 6 2022 7:22 am


    I’ve noted the error in the “Appomatox and Buckingham Times” and will follow this post with the much longer and interesting report in “The Farmville Herald.”

    Thanks, as always, for your pioneering work with the newspaper.


  2. Bob Flippen / Jan 6 2022 7:08 am

    Hey Joanne
    I think it is Phaup not Phauk.
    This story was in my Vol 1 Notes on Buckingham.
    Feel free to use any of those Herald articles in both vols. They can make
    interesting comparisons in reporting.
    Keep up the good work.


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