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August 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part II

Sample calling card, Clinton Hobson Jones. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

Click here to catch up: Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part I

When L. D. Jones ordered samples of calling cards from Murray & Co. in New Jersey, he received a variety of images and type faces. The images did not necessarily match the personality or gender of his child’s name printed on the card. It seems highly unlikely that Clinton Jones would have chosen pansies as his signature image.

According to L. D. Phaup, Clinton Hobson Jones was born at New Store, Buckingham County, Virginia. On August 26, 1915, he married Lucy Mae McFarland and lived at “Keswick.”

Jones’ death record gives his birth date as March 19, 1868. He died at the age of seventy-eight years, ten months, and twenty days, on February 8, 1947 at 3:30 AM of pulmonary edema, a result of heart disease which had afflicted him for ten years. His occupation was given as farmer.

His wife, Lucy, was the informant and he was buried in the family cemetery. J. C. Dunkum and brothers, of Dillwyn, Virginia, handled the funeral and burial.

Coming next: Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part III

August 27, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part I

Envelope addressed to L. D. Jones, New Store. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

From time to time, Slate River Ramblings readers contact me with interesting stories and tidbits about their Buckingham County ancestors. Such was the case when L. D. Phaup wrote concerning the Jones family, relating the following: “I have enclosed a copy of a small envelope addressed to L. D. Jones at New Store, Virginia. The envelope includes four calling cards as follows: Plummer F. Jones, Alice M. Jones, Clinton H. Jones and Harry L. Jones.”

It is likely that L. D. Jones ordered samples of calling cards, possibly to sell in his general store. The samples were provided by Murray & Co. located in Beverly, New Jersey.

Even in rural Buckingham County, in late Victorian and Edwardian days, calling cards (a. k. a. visiting cards) were standard equipment for the upper and upper-middle classes. As Wikipedia states in “Visiting card”: “Visiting cards became an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use.” Silver plates and, perhaps, butlers waited by the front door to receive a visitor’s embossed or decorated card.

In addition to being a storekeeper, Louis Dibrell Jones (1837-1911) operated a post office at New Store. He was a Justice of the Peace, a deacon at New Store Presbyterian Church, and served on the Board of Supervisors, representing Buckingham County’s Francisco District.

L. D. Jones was the son of William Dibrell Jones and Judith Baker LeGrand. According to the 1900 census, his wife, Louisa Thomas (Flippen), gave birth to eighteen children (her obituary mentions twelve). They included Clinton (b. 1869), Henry (b. abt. 1870), Plummer (1875), and Alice (b. 1879).

Coming next: Buckingham Notables: The Jones Family of New Store, Part II

August 23, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Nelson County Mystery

At the time of his death, Zachariah Nevil owned the beautiful Cabell-built home, Bonaire.

Courtesy Virginia Department of History Resources.

For many, if not most of us, research concerning Buckingham County families spills over county lines, even across the James River. When Randolph Jefferson’s daughter, Anna Scott, married Zachariah Nevil, records about that branch of the Jefferson family extended to Nelson County.

In 1812, Randolph Jefferson’s son, Robert “Lewis” Jefferson, married M. Jordan, also of Nelson. Her first name is not given in the abstracted marriage records. We know her father was William Jordan of Elk Island Creek, who remembered his grandson, Elbridge Gerry Jefferson, in his 1846 will. M. (Jordan) Jefferson likely died soon after her son’s birth in about 1814. Where, when, and how?

History is never finished, leaving many mysteries unsolved. Still, you’ll find lots of new information about the descendants of Randolph Jefferson in my most recent book Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

Can a Slate River ramblings reader help solve the mystery of M. Jordan? Please comment below.

August 20, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part VI

Personals were not typically included in the collected correspondence of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times. However, the December 16, 1908 issue included this notice from Glenmore, Buckingham County:


A Beagle female, black and white spots, answers to the name of Mistletow. A liberal reward will be paid for any information leading to her recovery. Address MISS MARY TURNER, Glenmore, Virginia.

If a Slate River Ramblings reader recognizes this Mary Turner, please let us know more about her family.

August 16, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part V


Occasionally the 19th century news of Buckingham and Appomattox counties crossed over. After all, the territory was once all Buckingham County. In the December 1908 issue of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times, one article mentioned several Buckingham-Appomattox families. Can a Slate River Ramblings reader familiar with Appomattox help identify any of those mentioned?

An Old Resident Visits Us — News from Hubard.

Well Mr. Editor I want to tell the readers of the Times about my trip through old Appomattox.

On the 5th Saturday I assisted New Hope church. There were so many vacant seats that it made me feel sad. I met with many of my old friends. I also met with Bro. Davis and Bro. Harris, of Buckingham, which made me feel at home.

After morning service there was a bountiful dinner served after which I drove to the surrender ground, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Reynolds and children and Mrs. M. E. Decker, of Rockbridge. We drove from the surrender grounds to Appomattox, where I met many old friends. I tell you, they were all smiles, and so was I. I also found the editor in his office, attending to his own business. Well I forgot, I went down to Purdum & Caldwell’s and there I found Miss Maud, who reminded me of our friend Mr. P. R. Wooldridge. Many other friends I saw, but I have not the space to mention them. I was advised then to drive to the new school building, which I thought was grand, with many other improvements around your town since I left the county.

During the time I was in the county I visited several homes around Wildway, there I was made sad again seeing the vacant seats that were once filled. I found the same hospitality in those christian homes as it was in the past.

Now I must tell you the news of this neighborhood.

There was a large congregation at Mt. Tabor the 1st Sunday expecting to hear the new preacher, Mr. Valliant, but he failed to come, but we were glad to say that people did not wait. They had a nice prayer meeting and returned home.

Mr. Geo Bolton, who has been sick for some time is improving.

Mrs. Chas Turner, who has been sick for several days is improving, under the skillful care of Dr. Morris.

Mrs. Susan Harris has returned home after a long visit to her daughter, Mrs. Roberts, of Roanoke.

Mrs. Albert Ragland returned home Saturday from the slate quarry.

Mrs. W. O. Ragland is still ill at this writing.

Mr. Alic Stinson and wife are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ragland.

Mrs. Eugene Spencer is no better.

What has become of the Andersonville correspondent? We would like to hear from him, also the writer of West Buckingham. They some interesting letters.

I forgot to state that our neighborhood was made lively Saturday by a fox chase. They captured him after about six hours run.

A loss for posterity, this colorful correspondence is unsigned.

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1908: Part VI

August 13, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part IV

Correspondence from Buckingham County printed in the December 1908 issue of the Appomattox and Buckingham Times featured notices about the Hopper and Fones families:

Mr. Charles Hopper, Jr., will move to a farm near Fredericksburg with the beginning of the new year, accompanied by his family and also his father, Mr. C. Y. Hooper. They will be greatly missed when they leave the county, however Mr. Hooper is not burning any bridges behind him by selling the old home place.

News of the Fones family was startling:

Mr. W. A. Fones, who was so unfortunate as to [lose] his house and contents by fire last week, is a good citizen and has the sympathy of the entire community. It is not known exactly how the fire started, but it seems to [have] caught from the inside of the house and had gained such headway when the flames were discovered that but few thing[s] were saved. Mr. Fones made a narrow escape of being burned himself in his effort to save something out of his home. Mr. Robert Fones was there and his twin babies were promptly rescued and carried a distance from the house and placed on a bed tick and covered up with a mattress or tick that had been saved. Mr. Fones and his family went to the home of a neighbor—Mr. George Holman. Ms. Nora Sheppard, who was boarding in the house by heroic effort managed to save her trunk which she dragged out after her when she left the room. Kind friends made up a purse at Dillwyn for the sufferers and many more kindnesses will be extended by the good people of this county.

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1908: Part V

August 9, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part III

In December of 1908, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times printed lengthy correspondence from Buckingham County, including news of deaths and illness.

The sad intelligence of the death of one of her brothers has come to Mrs. Dr. Morris and she has gone to Charlotte, her old home county to attend the burial.

Mrs. W. E. Pratt, who was so painfully hurt by a fall in Lynchburg, continues to improve that she is not able to work yet.

The many friends of Hon. E. W. Hubard regret to learn of his indisposition and hope that the surgical operation he went to Richmond to undergo may result in his restoration to health. He was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hubbard. Later—Mr. W. J. Hubard has come home and reports his brother is doing well but two more operations will have to be made to cure him.

For much more about E. W. Hubard, click here: Buckingham Notables: Edmund Wilcox Hubard

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1908: Part IV

August 6, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part II

Photo by Joanne L. Yeck

In December of 1908, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times printed lengthy correspondence from Buckingham County, including news of the successful tobacco market.

It is a matter of congratulation that the Dillwyn tobacco market has afforded such good prices for tobacco as were paid there last week. The prices seem to have been better than those reported from any market in the State and it is to be hoped that the prices may continue good and that a home market may be built up there that will save the long haul over bad roads to other markets. I for one will take pleasure in giving the market a trial, and from the list of farmers who have patronized this market it seems that some of the very best planters in the country have already sold there. There is no doubt that the fact that the bulk of the tobacco crop has been sold in Farmville for many years, but the bulk of what is now in the hands of planters will go to Dillwyn if the prices are up there, and down in Farmville.

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1908: Part III

August 2, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County, 1908: Part I

In December 1908, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times reported on Buckingham County’s participation in the Jamestown Exhibition of 1907:

I am requested by Mr. J. H. Noble, who had charge of the Buckingham exhibits to be sent to Jamestown to say that the perishable exhibits were either sold or given away and that the mineral exhibits were distributed among real estate men in Virginia and elsewhere. Some samples were sent to one of the departments at Washington. A nice lot went to Commissioner Koiner, of Richmond. Mr. Clement, the editor and owner of this paper was given an order for a lot of mineral samples and this distribution seems to have been better than having been sent back here.

The following question was also raised:

[Correspondent] Quoit has already touched on, and stuck his probe into some of the questions asked, namely: Who paid the freight to Newport News—money spent on cutting up the courthouse and Jamestown exhibits.

Click here for more about the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition of 1907 published in Encyclopedia Virginia.

Coming next: Buckingham County, 1908: Part II

July 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Mystery

In early 1859, the advertisement above was published by John A. Shackleford of New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia.

In it, he promoted his New Canton Hotel, convenient to James River and to persons traveling to Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute. To date, no more has been found about the establishment.

What follows attempts to decipher a faint, illegible clipping:


JOHN A. SHACKLEFORD having purchased this property respectfully informes the public that is now open for their reception and accommodation.

He intends by strict attention to business to [earn] a share of the public patronage.

He will also keep horses and buggies, and a hack for Hire.


New Canton, April 9, 1858

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader recognize the New Canton Hotel? If so please comment below.