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February 11, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

Buckingham County Courthouse, 1914, before the concrete fence was proposed.

Courtesy Small Special Collections, University of Virginia.


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The article printed in Richmond’s Times-Dispatch on May 7, 1913 continued as follows:

Yesterday, while Blackwell Hanes, the boy’s father, was at Buckingham Courthouse attending a good roads meeting, young Meade Hanes, with the assistance of a hired man, was engaged in plowing and cleaning up a field near his home. While he with a mattock was cutting down some bushes his companion with the plow saw a man approach on horseback and fire repeatedly at the boy. The boy fell, and his companion saw the man ride off. He immediately ran to notify the family, but when they arrived the boy was dead, or died within a few minutes thereafter. Three of the five shots took effect in the boy’s back, piercing his vital organs.

Mott Glover then deliberately rode to Buckingham Courthouse, where a large number of the County citizens were gathered, and he gave himself up to the sheriff, saying he had killed a man. Blackwell Hanes, the father, was at the time in the courtroom listening to a good roads speech, and when he was taken aside and told of the horrible tragedy he collapsed and had to be carried to his buggy and driven home.

No motive whatever is known for the murder except jealousy on the part of Mott Glover. It is reported that he has already employed Senator Sands Gayle as counsel, and will also employ an array of counsel for his defense.

Both families stand high in the county they have wide connections on every side, and there are hundreds of near kinsman of the families in the county and adjoining counties.

Later reports will vary little from this early version.

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

February 4, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7 May 1913.


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By May 7, Richmond’s Times-Dispatch published a much fuller version of the unfolding story under the headline “No Known Motive Except Jealousy: Killing of Young Meade Hanes by Mott R. Glover Stirs Buckingham County.” Sent from Arvonia on May 6, the substantial article began:

The funeral of young Meade Hanes, son of Blackwell Hanes, who was shot dead yesterday by Mott Robertson Glover, was held at the home of his father this afternoon at 4 o’clock, a large number of people flocking to the funeral from various sections of the county to offer sympathy to the stricken parents.

The tragedy was one of the most remarkable ever heard of in the section of Virginia. The whole matter was fully ventilated over the various telephone lines of the county last night, and it appears that the details are about as follows: Young Meade Hanes, though a boy of about fifteen or sixteen years of age, was paying boyish attentions to a young woman, a near neighbor, about his age, or possibly younger. His rival, if he could be said to have a rival, was Mott Robertson Glover, of Well Water, Buckingham County, a man in the neighborhood of thirty years of age. It is told here that Glover had invited the young girl to ride with him in his buggy a few weeks ago, but that she refused, saying she had promised to walk with young Meade Hanes. Later she again showed preference for young Hanes. That is all that can possibly be gathered at this time any difficulty which might have existed between the two men.

Interestingly, it will be some time before the name of the “young woman” was revealed. Was the correspondent protecting the family? After all, this might have been simply a rumor.

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

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

January 21, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

Well Water School. Courtesy Carole Jensen.

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Who was Mott Glover?

Less than two months before the murder, Mott Glover had participated in a school entertainment in Well Water, Buckingham County. Remarkably, an announcement about the event was printed in Richmond’s Times-Dispatch.

The commencement exercises of the Well Water public school took place on Friday evening, March 14, the teachers of the school, Miss Annie Floyd and Miss Ella Patterson, having charge of program. A large number of visitors were present, and the entertainment was opened with the chorus by the school, after which little Albert Maley delivered an address of welcome. There was a comedy sketch by Misses Cora Ola and Mary Agee and Messrs. Dewey, Ashby Maley and Ellyson Rush, and a recitation by little Melvin Eldridge. This was followed by a drama entitled, “Our Awful Aunt,” those taking part in the play being Miss Ella Patteson, Misses Pauline Patteson, Osie Agee, Helen Novell, Mott Glover, Rolfe Rush, Oscar, Augrey, Lenonard Maley and Buford Patteson. Six small girls took part in a butterfly drill, and others taking part in recitations and tableaux were Miss Inez Eldridge, Miss Ola Agee, Miss Thelma Agee and Rolfe Rush. The exercises were concluded with a chorus by the school and a farewell address by Charles Maley.

In 1910, Mott Glover was living in Slate River District with his parents, Charles and Anne Glover, and his younger brother, Cory. The census records that Mott was twenty-eight years old. He was about thirty years old when the murder was committed.

The fact that he appeared in “Our Awful Aunt” indicates that Mott Glover was included in community actives and behaved in a socially acceptable manner . . . at least in March, 1913.

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

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

January 7, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part VI

Howard Martin removing the slate roof at Locust Dale. Courtesy Mercedes Ludlow.

Need to catch up?  Click here: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part I

The photo above was taken in about 2009. According to Mercedes Ludlow, “This is the west side of the home. My dad is working removing the slate roof. There was a chimney on this side and on the east side.”

A land plat dated 1974 shows a section of the divided Brooks farm.  Mercedes’ family owned tract 7. The old house sat right in the middle of their property. The graveyard was located behind it, on an adjacent tract.

Mercedes recalls that the house stood until 2011. She explained, “The slate on one side had fallen from the roof and the water damaged the home on that end. My father was concerned about the weight of the slate roof and removed it.”

Eventually, carpenter Albert Miller disassembled the house, using pieces in the construction in his own home. At the time, Miller noted that he had never seen a house built like Locust Dale. The timbers were labeled with Roman numerals, or carpenter’s assembly marks, often used in timbered homes. There must have been something unusual about them for Mr. Miller to comment.

Mercedes’ father, Howard Martin, also observed that under some of the numerals, dates were carved in the beams. He recalled one beam was dated 1716.

Did Locust Grove contain salvage from former dwellings in Buckingham County? Was the entire house moved and reassembled sometime before the Brooks family purchased the farm?


The Miller Home. Courtesy Anna Miller.


On August 10, 1864, Vincent R. Brooks, Sr. married Maria Susanna Agee in Buckingham Co, Virginia, making all of his descendants my distant Agee cousins. Years ago, while searching for clues to my Agee line, I met with Ruby Mae (Agee) Agee in her home in greater Richmond. She kindly shared her memories and photos with me.

Many thanks also go to Mercedes Ludlow for contacting me and adding significantly to the history of Locust Dale. She warmly recalls her home as “the most peaceful and restorative place.”

And, as always, thanks to Jeremy Winfrey for his work on land deeds and the Brooks family cemetery.

Mrs. Susie Putney and Miss Mattie Brooks at Locust Dale, 1930.  Courtesy Ruby Agee.

December 31, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part V

 Brooks Family Cemetery. Buckingham County, Virginia. Courtesy Jeremy Winfrey


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In addition to her survey of the house, Elizabeth McCraw recorded information about the cemetery on the property, writing:

There is an old graveyard on the place about half a mile from the house. This is overgrown with vines and periwinkle. Four or five graves are marked with slight slabs. Some of these are so weathered that it is impossible to read the inscriptions. Only three could be read which are as follows;

Reid Brooks

Died July 7, 1842.


Erected to the memory of

Catherine Brooks Nuckols

Died June 16, 1847

Departed this life in the 30th year of her age.


Emeline Ayers Brooks

Died Nov 26, 1922

In the 78th year of her age.


Emeline Marshall (Ayres) Brooks was the wife of Vincent Reid Brooks, Jr.  Born on January 22, 1843 in Buckingham County, in 1850, she was a student at Humanity Hall, the noted school operated by Elijah G. Hanes. She was enumerated there again in 1860. She married Brooks on August 10, 1864. Land taxes indicate that Vincent R. Brooks owned property on Rocky and Green creeks.


When Mercedes Ludlow was growing up at Locust Dale, roughly 45 acres of the farm had been divided in such a way that the cemetery and house were no longer in the same tract. Mercedes recalled additional graves, which Jeremy Winfrey has recorded for Find-A-Grave, including this comment:

Vincent Reid Brooks Sr bought this property in 1804, and it remained in the hands of descendants well into the 20th century. There are multiple generations buried in this rather large cemetery, located about 50 yards behind a home. In a lightly wooded area, covered in periwinkle, there are three rows of graves. At least 26 graves are present, possibly more. There are only six marked burials, the rest are field stones and blank slate markers.

Click here to read Jeremy Winfrey’s survey: Vincent Reid Brooks Cemetery


For more about Humanity Hall, consult the archives at Slate River Ramblings and my book,

“At a Place Called Buckingham,” Volume Two.

Coming Next: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part VI


December 24, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part IV

Thomas M. Agee. Courtesy Ruby Agee.

Need to catch up?  Click here: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part I

The Brooks and Agee family were long intertwined at Locust Dale.  Slate River Ramblings follower Jeremy Winfrey offered this brief family history:

Vincent Reid Brooks Sr. (1781-1842), son of William Wilson Brooks (1742-1825) and Mary Gilliam, married Maria Susannah Agee, a daughter of Revolutionary soldier Jacob Agee (1756-1837) and Elizabeth Garrett (1763-1829) of Buckingham County, Va. Jacob was a son of James Agee Sr and Maria Ford (Faure), the first Agee couple to settle in Buckingham. In 1805, Vincent Reid Brooks bought approximately 200 acres from Agee, as well as the adjacent acres from James Ramsey, which included the dwelling house.

According to Jeremy, the couple had eleven children!

By 1900, Thomas M. “Merry” Agee, his wife Elizabeth G. “Lizzie” (Brooks), and their three children were living at Locust Dale with the Brooks family.  Merry Agee was the half-brother of my ancestor, John T. L. Woodson, and likely was helping his widowed mother-in-law manage the farm. The Agees were married in Buckingham County on November 18, 1887 and, in 1907, moved to Richmond, Virginia.  Sometime before 1910, they were joined by Lizzie’s siblings, Emma and Sidney L. Brooks, who had taught school in Buckingham.

In 1923, sisters Mattie and Emma still owned 134 acres, which included the dwelling house at Locust Dale.

1923 plat.  Courtesy Jeremy Winfrey.

Born on February 28, 1869, Martha Walker “Mattie” Brooks remained in Buckingham County and died in 1934 of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was just shy of sixty-five and may still have been teaching school. Her sister, Emma, reported her death and, on February 10, 1934, Mattie was buried at home at Locust Dale.

Martha W. Brooks, gravestone.  Courtesy Jeremy Winfrey.

Emma Brooks died in 1966 and was buried in Richmond, Virginia.

Emma Vincent Brooks, gravestone. Courtesy Jeremy Winfrey.


Coming Next: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part V

December 17, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part III

Dwelling house at Locust Dale, 1930.  Courtesy Ruby Agee.


Need to catch up?  Click here: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part I

In 1799, when Locust Dale was sold to James Ramsey, Peter Guerrant, Jr. (1737-1819) was likely the owner. By 1813/1814, Pierre Guerrant, Jr. was a non-resident of Buckingham County. He died in Kentucky in 1819. He also had a son called Peter, who might have owned or resided on the Locust Dale property.

The land left to Peter Guerrant, Jr. by his father was described as “lying and being on Hunts Creek, one of the branches of Slate River,” which is the rough location of Locust Dale.

Ramsey did not own the property long and it was the Brooks family, beginning with Vincent Reid Brooks, who would become the long time owners of Locust Dale and the historic house. In 1937, when Elizabeth McCraw surveyed the property for the Virginia Historical Inventory, she described the house as follows:

Just back from the highway in a grove of locust trees is the story and a half house. A narrow flagstone walk leads from the front gate to the house. The unpainted beaded weatherboarding on the house is noticeable as one approaches. Through a one story porch one enters a large front room which is about twenty square feet. The side walls are ceiled with planks fourteen inches wide. The ceiling is unfinished, that is, the sleepers are left showing. The ceiling is twelve feet high. From a small hall in the back of the house a narrow cased-in stairway leads to the second floor. The two rooms here are half story ones, lighted by gable windows. On several of the six panel doors the original hand latches are to be seen.

Mrs. McCraw continued, “The present owner says she always understood from her father V. R. Brooks, Jr., that the house was built by either Guerrant or Ramsey. The house is about as it was when her grandfather bought it from Ramsey in 1804.”


As with so many early Virginia families, names were often repeated by the Guerrants. This line included several men named Pierre or Peter. Can anyone knowledgeable about the Guerrant family further untangle these Peters? I descend from Magelene (Guerrant) Moseley, daughter of Pierre Guerrant Sr. and his wife, Magdalene Trabue, and am particularly curious!

Coming Next: Buckingham Houses: Locust Dale, Part IV

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.

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