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Notes on Education in Early Mecklenburg County - submitted by June Banks Evans

Item 1:
In the article "Sesquicentennial of Methodism in Southside Virginia," The Richmond Christian Advocate, 21 June 1934, it was noted that in "1874 the first free school in this section was held in old Providence Church. Jesse Q. Gee was principal and his daughter, Miss Alice, assistant."

Item 2:
Quoting from The Journals of William Emmanuel Bugg, 1848-1935, transcribed by June Banks Evans, New Orleans: Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, 1986, with additional material on lines Bugg, Davis, Hudgins Nicholson, Smith, and Walker:

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Preface: Written Forksville, Virginia, March 28, 1928 The first school I ever went to was taught by Miss Bettie Nash in 1857 and 1858, near the Union Mills on the Meherrin River three quarters of a mile south of the Harper place. The schoolhouse was built of pine poles or logs and had only a dirt floor. Its stick and dirt chimney had a fireplace, five or six feet wide, covered with three-foot riven pine boards.

Every Monday morning I went on horseback from the old Hundley Hudgins place, where I lived with my grandmother Ann Harper Hudgins, to her brother Davie (David) Harper’s place, where I boarded from Monday to Friday with my great-grandmother Harper. Mr. Billie (William K.) Nash attended to Davie Harper’s business as overseer. Armistead, a Colored boy, always went with me, to carry the horse back, and on Friday he would bring me the horse so I could return home. I loved him very much.

During the third year of my schooling, when my grandmother died, I went to school in the old South-Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, near the Benjamin (Jenkins) Smith place, which was then occupied by Wesley McAdden. The teacher was William A. Wilder, a Yankee from Petersburg, Virginia.

In 1860 and part of 1861 my teacher at the South-Hill school was James A. Riddick, but in June he closed the school and enlisted in the Confederate War between the States, which lasted four years, 1861 to 1865. For the remainder of 1861 and 1862 I went to school in North Carolina, to my Uncle Aaron’s wife, Mrs. Caroline [Williams] Hudgins, who only taught her sister, Miss Pattie Williams, and myself.

The next year, 1863, I went to school to the widow Mrs. Sarah Moseley Jeter, a daughter of E. J. Moseley, deceased. She taught at South-Hill in the old Wilson place and in a house in the yard, later called the Loveland place.

In 1864 I went to school in the old Providence Methodist Episcopal Church. My teacher was Mr. James Northington, who lived at Forksville. The next year I went to school near Forksville to Virginius Q. Gee at the house of his father J. Q. Gee. In 1866 and 1867 I went to school to Mr. Jesse Q. Gee at his house, Safe Retreat, and this was the last of my going to school, except for the four or five months in 1874 when I went to Maj. W. C. Drake in Oakville, North Carolina, for a review of studies in order to teach.

Mecklenburg Co., VA Schools

Current pitcture of former Booker School, Forksville, Mecklenburg County, VA, submitted by June Banks Evans 15 Apr 2015

Buckhorn School
36° 44' 31"N, 78° 14' 02"W (Topo map) - SOUTH HILL quad. Submitted by June Banks Evans 8 Aug 2003
See Buckhorn Class of 1935. July 10, 2007

Chase City High School Class of __?__; three identified

Easter's School

Finneywood School - Jo Lee Spears

Forksville School [demolished] -Wilson Road, route #639, Mecklenburg County. Submitted by June Banks Evans 8 Aug 2003.
36° 45' 24"N, 78° 03' 24"W (map)

Thyne Institute - article on Margaret Elizabeth Campbell, Matron Thyne Institute, Chase City, Virginia 1903-1908. Submitted by Joanne Nurss, great-great niece.

LVA Collection of Virginia Dept. of Education School Buildings Service Photographs - beginning about 1925. Link was invalid 29-mar-08