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JoLee Gregory Spears


This page was updated April 17, 2008


Meherrin School

From the above, "Joseph E. Knight At Meherin [S]chool," one might assume there was a school of that name in the Knight neighborhood in 1872.

Possibly the Meherrin School was conducted in the same structure as Old Meherrin Baptist Church 1771 - 1844, which Carter Thompson has placed on Rt #719 (Adam's Rd) near #623 (Plantersville Rd.). See Topozone map. Carter recalls as a child playing on the foundation of the old church. I have no record of how long the structure existed after 1844, but it is logical that it was used as a school house after 1844, as long as the structure survived and if a teacher was available.

The confederate map (1860's) of Lunenburg shows two Knight families at Pledger's Fork (now Knight's Creek) near "Old Ch" - the old Meherrin Baptist Church. The confederate map shows east of Pledger's Fork a name that could be Watson, about where there is an old Watson plantation today. - JoLee Gregory Spears 8 Jul 2001

Names found on various pages of this book:

 

Joseph E. Knight
At Meherrin School
John W. Knight
Joseph W. Knight
August 17 or 11 1872
David H. Knight
A G. Williams
Miss Mattie Fowlkes
W. H Knight
William H. Knight
Planters P.O.

 


From Lunenburg 1860 online census transcription
Corrections made 7-8-01 by JoLee from online census image of same page. 24 44 43 Watson Jese A, Jesse A. 65 M Farmer 2,000 15,850 Virginia 25 44 43 Watson Sarah 60 F Virginia 26 44 43 Watson Minirva 38 F Virginia 27 44 43 Watson Thos B. 34 M Overseer 2,100 Virginia REMARKS: First name hard to read 28 44 43 Watson Robert J. 29 M Carpenter 2,200 Virginia 29 44 43 Watson John E. 24 M Mechanic 125 Virginia --- 30 45 44 Knight Sherwood W. 50 M Farmer 1,200 1,500 Virginia 31 45 44 Knight Martha 50 F Virginia 32 45 44 Knight Matthew W. 9 14 M Virginia --- 33 46 45 Knight Robert E. 43 M Farmer 2,000 5,875 Virginia 34 46 45 Knight Martha A. 34 F Virginia 35 46 45 Knight Jms. W. Jno W. 9 7 M Virginia X 36 46 45 Knight Wm. H 6 M Virginia X 37 46 45 Knight Thos P. 3 M Virginia REMARKS: First name hard to read 38 46 45 Knight Joseph E. 11/12 M Virginia 39 46 45 Knight Pettus John H. 19 M School Teacher Virginia