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September 26, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Genealogy

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Courtesy Hartman-Cox Architects.

Annually, the Virginia Genealogical Society partners with a local genealogy society for their fall conference.

This year, the co-sponsor is the Central Virginia Genealogical Association.  If you are conducting research in Buckingham County and environs, consider attending—Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Friday focuses on research. Like-minded researchers can work side by side at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library on the University of Virginia campus. VGS and CVGA are providing a consulting room, where you can talk to fellow genealogists and seek advice.

Saturday’s program features lectures. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at The Inn at Darden, University of Virginia, 100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville.

Click here to learn all the details:  Virginia Genealogical Society: Learning to Research in Charlottesville, Virginia


September 24, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Keswick, Part Two

Library of Virginia. Photo by Joanne Yeck.

To catch up, click here: Buckingham Houses: Keswick, Part I

When Elizabeth McCraw surveyed “Keswick” for the Virginia Historical Inventory, she wrote about the property’s historical significance.  In addition to the primary dwelling house, there were several old buildings, one of which was a store. In 1937, it was used as a voting place was known as “New Store Precinct.”

According to Mrs. McCraw, the first store at this location was opened long before the Civil War. She wrote:

A Mr. Venable from Cumberland County moved to near here and opened a store in this old building. As he had a store in Cumberland he named this last one New Store, which name it still remains, though it is one of the oldest places in the county. Records show that this was New Store Voting Precinct as early as 1837.

Due to the burning of Buckingham County Courthouse, Mrs. McCraw lacked access to deeds for the property. She believed the dwelling house was built in about 1830 by Dr. Peter Hales, who lived there only a few years. William D. Jones was the next owner and the Jones family had occupied it ever since. It’s possible that Jones bought out Venable’s store and, following William D. Jones’ death, his oldest son took over the business. The last and present owner in 1937, C. L. Jones, moved the business to Sheppards.

Click here to learn the history of Jones Store: Buckingham County: Jones Store: Part I

For much more about the Jones family of New Store, follow this link:

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

Many thanks, as always, to the Library of Virginia for making the Virginia Historical Inventory available online. You can search this digital archive at the Library’s online catalog: Virginia Historical Inventory.


September 20, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Houses: Keswick, Part I

“Keswick,” Virginia Historical Inventory. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw surveyed “Keswick” for the Virginia Historical Inventory. Built in about 1830, it became the home of William Dibrell Jones c.1840. McCraw describes the house as she found it in the twentieth century:

The old brick walk from the gate to the porch is covered in some places with soil and grass, but it still leads to the house as in days of old. In the yard there many old flower beds, shrubs and large shade trees. The original brick house has been covered with cement and a modern porch 60 feet long has replaced the original one story porch. There is an ivy covered chimney at each end of the house. The large windows with upper and lower sashes different in size are noticeable as one approaches the house. The entrance to the front hall is through double doors. From this broad hall with wainscoting and an elaborate two flight stairway, five doors open into the other rooms, and a stairway leads to the cellar. The rooms are about 20 ft. square, have very high ceilings, large fireplaces and hand carved mantels. A third stairway leads from the second story to the attic. Several of the old doors have been replaced with modern doors. Several pairs of old HL hinges are still to be seen here. Four rooms have been added in the rear of the house to form an “L”.

Coming next: Buckingham Houses: Keswick, Part II

September 19, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Books News: “A Lunatic in the Family”

While working on my own family’s genealogy, as well as the history of the extended Jefferson family, I had the opportunity to explore the wonderful collection for Western State Hospital (a. k. a. Western Lunatic Asylum) housed at the Library of Virginia.

A taste of what I learned is highlighted in my recent article, “A Lunatic in the Family,” published in the Library of Virginia’s quarterly, Broadside (Summer 2018), pages  6-7.

Click here to download a colorful PDF: Broadside (Summer 2018).

September 17, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

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

The Presbyterian of the South. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

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

Following the death of Lewis D. Jones, his widow Louisa died in 1915. It is unsurprising that she was educated at Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute; her daughters all received advanced education. Her obituary, printed in The Presbyterian of the South is exceptional in length.


passed away quietly at her home, at New Store, Va., in the early morning of July 15th, after an illness of only a few days. Mrs. Jones was born January 5, 1840, in Missouri, but spent most of her life in Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Thomas D. and Mary Hobson Flippen, of Powhatan county, Va. She was educated at the old Buckingham Institute, which was one of the leading schools of Virginia in ante-bellum days.

In 1859 she was married to Mr. Louis Dibrell Jones, of New Store, where she spent more than fifty years of married life. The heart of her husband did safely trust in her. She did him good and not evil all the days of her life. Her husband preceded her to the grave four years.

Twelve children were born and reared in this home, eleven of whom survive her: Mr. Paul M. Jones, of Sheppards; Mrs. Cleveland O. Forbes, of Cumberland; Dr. Louis D. Jones, of Kentucky; Mrs. Matthew J. Cox, Sheppards; Mr. Clinton H. Jones, New Store; Mr. William H. Jones, of Columbia, S. C.; Rev. [Plummer] F. Jones, of New Canton; Mrs. Ethelyn J. Morris, of Boston, Mass.; Mrs. William F. Horner, of Rosemary, N. C.; Mr. Maben Jones, of Columbia, S. C.; Mr. Ernest Jones, AltaVista, Va., all of whom came home to see their mother laid to rest beside their father in the family cemetery In the beautiful grove in front of the house. Both graves were literally hidden under a wealth of exquisite flowers, the gifts of many sorrowing friends. Her sons acted as pallbearers. A large concourse of friends attended the burial service, which was conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. M. Barrell, and Rev. N. W. Kuykendall.

Mrs. Jones’s character has nowhere been better portrayed than in her splendid children. Through their lives has been the influence of a mother who opened her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue was the law of kindness. Not only was she a good wife and mother, she was also one who loved her neighbor as herself. Her heart was big enough to take in all. Her influence was felt even to the negroes in the cabins on her farms. Her home was always open to friends and strangers found a hearty welcome. It was a place all loved to go, for there they found old Virginia hospitality in the truest form.

Old New Store has lost one of her most devoted members. She was always glad to go up into the house of the Lord. She always held up the hands of her pastor; her home was his home and a place he loved to dwell.

Her heart was kept young by the interest in the young people in the church. She was a member of the church society and worked faithfully in it until her death.

She ever stretched out her hand to the poor and reached forth her hands to the needy. She looked well to the ways of her household, and ate not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praiseth her. She hath been given the fruit of her hands, and her own works praise her within the gates.

Many thanks to the Library of Virginia’s newspaper project, Virginia Chronicle, for preserving and making available online The Presbyterian of the South, and to L. D. Phaup for sharing his research concerning the Jones family.

September 13, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

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

The Presbyterian of the South. Courtesy Library of Virginia.


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

A deacon of the New Store Presbyterian Church, Louis Dibrell Jones rated a lengthy obituary in The Presbyterian of the South, published on July 19, 1911.


Was one of the most widely known citizens of Buckingham county. His sudden death, which occurred at his home at New Store, Va., removes from our midst one who will be greatly missed by his family, church and community.

Mr. Jones was born near the home in which he died on January 2, 1837, and thus was at the time of his death in his 75th year. In 1859 he became united in marriage with Miss Louise Flippen of Powhatan County, who for fifty-two years has been a true [help-mate] to her husband, and a wise and helpful as well as affectionate mother to her children. Soon after his marriage Mr. Jones united with the membership of New Store Presbyterian Church. Connection with the church has been marked by faithfulness in attendance upon the services of the sanctuary. He was very seldom absent from his accustomed place, and sometimes he would be present when many would have pleaded the excuse of sickness. At the time of his death he held the office of deacon, in which office he had served his church for many years.

In his home life Mr. Jones was a kind and thoughtful husband, and indulgent father. The home has been one of refinement and culture, in which the most lavish and generous hospitality has always prevailed.

New Store Presbyterian Church.  Courtesy Maysville Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Jones was an interesting conversationalist, and his store of information concerning Buckingham County and her citizens for many generations was very extensive. He took a great delight in entertaining his friends and showing them his relics of which he had a large collection. All who came to his house were made to feel welcome. Many of the ministers in our church cherish a pleasant remembrance of the kind hospitality which they have enjoyed in this New Store home.

From early manhood Mr. Jones held the office of Justice of the Peace. In this office it was his custom, whenever possible, when disputes were brought to him for settlement to use his influence to get the parties to settle their difficulties by agreement among themselves and thus avoid the expense and publicity of a trial. For several years he served efficiently as a member of the county board of supervisors from Francisco district.

He leaves a widow and twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, all of whom have received the advantages of good education and are men and women of wide influence. Six of his sons are professional men, one of them, Rev. Plummer F. Jones is a Presbyterian minister and resides in Arvonia, Va. Three of his daughters are graduates of the State Normal School at Farmville, Va.

Burial services were held at his late home on June 24, which were present a large number of friends and acquaintances. All his children were present except his son Henry, who was very ill at his home in St. Charles, Mo. His remains were interred in the old family burial grounds near his late home, his grave was literally covered with flowers.

By his pastor, C. M. Barrell.

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

September 12, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Randolph Jefferson: The Next Generation

Photo by Joanne Yeck.

If you are already member of Historic Buckingham, don’t miss my article, “Randolph Jefferson: The Next Generation,” in the Fall 2018 Newsletter.

For Slate River Ramblings readers who don’t receive the newsletter, here’s a link for a PDF:

“Randolph Jefferson: The Next Generation”

Not a member? Consider joining Historic Buckingham!

This fall, the membership meeting and stew will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Historic Village, Lee Wayside.  Stew will be served beginning at 5:30 PM.

The 2019 Buckingham County Calendar will be for sale!

This year, the popular “Vino in the Village” will host wines from five vineyards on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Don’t live near Buckingham County?  Visit Historic Buckingham online and learn how you can enjoy the county’s rich history at a distance.

Click here for more information: Historic Buckingham Inc.


September 10, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

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

Sample calling card, Alice M. Jones. Courtesy L. D. Phaup.

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

The samples of calling cards L. D. Jones received from a New Jersey printer represented a variety of available images and type faces. The selected images did not necessarily match the personality or gender of the name of the Jones child printed on the card.

Two cards were found printed with daughter Alice’s name, one with a tropical scene and one with a noble stag.  The pansies that appeared on her brother Clinton’s card might have suited Alice better.

Alice Maud Jones was born on July 7, 1879 and, on June 29, 1904, married William Ferebee Horner (1877-1944) at New Store Presbyterian Church.

Courtesy Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity

In 1900, Alice was enumerated on the Federal Census enrolled at Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia.  While in school, Alice acted as Business Manager for the school’s publication The Normal Light and was a founder of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity on October 10, 1898.

Alice (called Maud) was elected the fraternity’s first president. She went on to teach school in Virginia and Halifax County, North Carolina.

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

September 6, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

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

Sample calling card, Plummer F. 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 for possible sale in his general store, he received a variety of images and scripts. Son Plummer F. Jones might or might not have chosen a tropical scene—complete with palm trees, river, and mountains—for his personal card.

Plummer Flippen Jones lived an impressively long life, dying on February 23, 1968 at the advanced age of ninety-two. His death was recorded in New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia. The cause was reported as senility and natural causes. Despite the fact that he had long been ordained as a Presbyterian minister his occupation was given as “weather observer.” Plummer Jones also served as Superintendent of Schools and lived in Arvonia. The informant was his wife Lottie (Pitts) Jones. His parents were given as Louis D. Jones and Louisa Flippin.

Rev. Jones was buried in the Trinity Presbyterian Church cemetery at New Canton. The Smith Funeral home in Bremo Bluff, Fluvanna County, Virginia and funeral director, Leland W. Smith, were in charge of the burial.

Plummer F. Jones has previously appeared in several posts at Slate River Ramblings. To learn more, enter his name in the search box at the right and enjoy the results.

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

September 5, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Happy 200th Anniversary Scottsville!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scottsville celebrates its 200th anniversary!


Scottsville Museum has posted the schedule of events.  See below.

Take a break from the heat.

Drop in at the museum.

Browse the exhibits and the books available for sale, including my newest from Slate River Press: Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons.

Signed by the author!


The Town of Scottsville invites everyone to attend our next Community Day, The River Town Fest, on Saturday, September 8th.  This year, our Community Day marks 200 years since Scottsville was incorporated as a town and the 100th anniversary of the opening of Victory Hall, which now serves as the offices of the Town of Scottsville.  River Town Fest celebrates local community history and health.

Following is the schedule of River Town Fest events on Saturday, September 8th:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Scottsville Farmer’s Market

9:00 am – 11:00 pm: Kids Soccer Opening Day at Dorrier Park (Sponsored by SOKS)

10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Scottsville Community Health & Civic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Family Event Area
10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Uptown and Downtown Business Events
Child ID Program and Lodge Open House (Sponsored by Scottsville Masonic Lodge)

11:00 – 3:00 pm: Historic and Nature Trail Walking Tours

3:00 – 7:00 pm: “Taste of Scottsville” (Sponsored by SCAN)
4:00 – 9:00 pm: Food Trucks
3:00 – 9:00 pm: Kids Activities and Outdoor Music Fest, Dorrier Park

Scottsville Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm during the River Town Fest.  Additionally, several free walking tours through Scottsville are being planned; more details to follow here shortly.

Weather: All events will be under structures or tents, except for the music.  If rain or severe weather occur, outdoor music will be canceled.  Tent events will be closed due to lightning and/or severe winds.  All other events will continue as planned.

Parking will be available at the following locations: Scottsville Community Center; public parking lots; James River Reeling and Rafting and at the public boat landing; Uptown Shopping Center; and other locations to be identified.