King’s Chapel School

King’s Chapel School
Portions reprinted from Shaw Family Newsletters courtesy of Bryan Shaw

King's Chapel School

King’s Chapel School

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King’s Chapel School

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King's Chapel School

King’s Chapel School

Several schools in lower Berrien county provided the basic education for local families around the turn of the century. The Pine Grove and Kings Chapel schools were filled with the children of Rachel and Marion Shaw. The Pine Grove schoolhouse is no loner standing, but the Kings Chapel school is still weathering the years. It is located just across the county line, and sits just around the corner from its original location.

The two-room schoolhouse has tongue-and-groove wallboards which were covered with a mixture of charcoal and egg whites to create a dull black surface. This sufficed as a blackboard. Each classroom had a wood burning stove for heat. One room has doors opening to each side, while the other has two doors to the front side. A single door joins the two rooms in the center wall. The structure formerly had a porch on the front wall, which was used as a stage for plays and graduation days.

The school also served as a voting precinct. It was in use until the school districts were combined in the mid-1930s.

Today the schoolhouse serves as a storage shed, owned by David Fields. His mother, Eva Pearl Gaskins, taught there a number of years.

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1905 Staff

  • M.G. Knight, Principal
  • Susan Parish, 1st grade license, former principal of River Bend School
  • Lillie Brown, Assistant teacher

1905 Students

  • Neta Bradford
  • Susie Mathis
  • Carrie Lou Williams
  • Pearl Smith
  • Ilah Peters
  • Perry Swindle
  • Johnnie Mathis
  • Frank Shaw
  • Lonnie Smith
  • Eugene Mathis
  • Caulie Smith
  • Mansfield Smith

1906 Staff

  • Mr. James B. Peters, Principal
  • Mr. Thomas E. Casey
  • Miss Susie Parrish

1906 Student Officers of the Kings Chapel School Literary Society

  • J.W. Deans, President
  • Leon Parrish, Vice President
  • Lillie McDonald, Secretary
  • Callie Hightower, Assistant Secretary

Other 1906 students:

  • David Mathis, 4th Grade
  • Maggie May Smith, 4th Grade
  • Lonnie Swindle, 4th Grade
  • Arlie Gaskins, 4th Grade
  • Cora Shaw, 4th Grade
  • Mary Deane, 4th Grade
  • Alma Smith, 4th Grade
  • John Deane, 5th Grade
  • Tom Smith, 5th Grade
  • Martha Hall, 5th Grade
  • Caulie Smith, 5th Grade
  • Idella Williams, 5th Grade
  • C.C. Smith, 7th Grade
  • Clarence Bradford, 7th Grade
  • C.W. Bradford
  • Martha Hall
  • Eva Williams
  • H.E. Mathis
  • Charles Dean
  • Ilah Peters
  • Iva Williams
  • F.H. Gaskins
  • Shelly Mathis
  • Susie Mathis
  • Cora Webb
  • Eugene Mathis
  • Billie Peters
  • Perry Swindle
  • Mansfield Smith

1907 Staff

  • John Smith (of Nashville), Principal

Other Kings Chapel Students and Staff

  • Susie Bullard
  • Fannie Bullard
  • Sallie Bullard
  • Jesse Shelby “Dock” Shaw
  • Fondren Willie Mitchell Shaw
  • Mary Idell Shaw,  attended 1918-1924
  • Charles Bruner Shaw, Jr, attended 1930
  • Ina Weaver Brown, taught 1930

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4 Comments

  1. Bryan Shaw said,

    January 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I believe the school house is actually owned by David Fields’ brother, Julian Fields of Alapaha.

  2. Bryan Shaw said,

    January 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    My father, Charles Bruner Shaw, Jr. attended Kings Chapel School in 1930 while living on Old Valdosta Road just across the road from the then John Strickland farm, later the Weaver farm. My father was in the 5th grade that year and his teacher was Ina Weaver Brown, daughter of Ike Weaver I believe. She had just finished her schooling the year before at Kings Chapel and as was permitted back in those days, she could teach lower grades without a certificate for two years. My daughter, Kristin Shaw Morley and I visited Ina Weaver Brown when she was living over in Baptist Village in Waycross back in 1993. She still had recollection of my father and grandfather and said she thought she was too strict for the youngsters she was teaching.

  3. Bryan Shaw said,

    January 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    According to Julian Fields, the school was a four room school house, but my father only recalls it being two rooms.

  4. Bryan Shaw said,

    January 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Mary Idell Shaw, daughter of Jesse Shelby “Dock” Shaw attended the Pine Grove two room school beginning in 1918, after attending school in Valdosta for her first few years. She finished her formal schooling at Kings Chapel School in 1924, finishing the eighth grade. The “Dock” Shaw home was on Possum Branch Road, halfway between the two schools. Mary Idell passed away February 4, 2014 at the age of 104.


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