January 13, 1881, From Sarah Alexander Lawton’s Diary; Or, A Mention Of Mrs. Basinger

Mrs. Basinger is Sugar’s g-grandmother, Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger from Virginia.  She and Sarah Alexander Lawton were neighbors in Savannah.

(Page 121)

Jan. 13 (1881).  Mr. Greenough arrived &

stayed with us 24 hours.  That

evening, A. R. L. & I went to see a

spiritualistic performance at the


Mrs. Basinger came over & used

her Electric Battery for Nora, who

had been sick off & on for ten days

with neuralgia.  It gave great relief

& next day I bought a battery.

Jan 18.  I have been to Dr. Haber-

sham’s funeral.

Mr. Kerr commences his minis-

try here, preaching our morning ser-

mon. Jan 9.  His first night ser-

mon was Jan 16 & a good number

of attentive hearers.

Al went to Burnside, Sat. night

15.  Returned Monday morning.

Exciting city election to day.

Jan 15 we had 4 little girls to dinner,

Louise Haskell, Page Wilder, Maggy Basinger & Minnie


Maggy Basinger is Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger’s oldest child, Margaret Amelia.  She was named for her mother, of course, and for Amelia County, Virginia, where M.R.G. Basinger and William Starr Basinger met at The Oaks.

The Oaks was moved almost one hundred years ago from Amelia County to 307 Stockton Lane, Richmond, Virginia.  Spoiler alert:  On our trip to Richmond, we found the Oaks!


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