Baskervill was born a slave in October 1863 in Mecklenburg County. He was the eldest of five children, all sons, of Britton Baskervill, a stonemason, and Sallie Baskervill. Neither of his parents could read or write, but his father's hard work enabled Baskervill to obtain an education, graduating first in 1883 from the Boydton Academic and Bible Institute, in Mecklenburg County, and then in 1885 from the Wayland Institute in Washington, D.C. He returned to Union Level, in the Flat Creek District of Mecklenburg County, and taught school, farmed, and served as a superintendent of the Sunday school at Bloom Hill Baptist Church.
A year later the county's Republicans remained divided and disaffected, but Hamilton managed to repair his relationship with Mahone sufficiently to receive the nomination to the General Assembly, and he subsequently won the election. Baskervill returned to teaching and farming. He probably already had tuberculosis when he contracted influenza in December 1891. Britton Baskervill remained ill until his death on April 25, 1892. He never married but was engaged to an unidentified woman from Richmond when he died. His younger brother William H. Baskervill honored his memory by naming his firstborn son after him.
October 1863 - Britton Baskervill is born a slave in Mecklenburg County. His parents are Britton Baskervill, a stonemason, and Sallie Baskervill.
1883 - Britton Baskervill graduates from Boydton Academic and Bible Institute, in Mecklenburg County.
1885 - Britton Baskervill graduates from the Wayland Institute in Washington, D.C. He returns to Mecklenburg County, where he teaches school, farms, and serves as a superintendent of the Sunday school at Bloom Hill Baptist Church.
September 26, 1887 - At its convention in Boydton, the Mecklenburg County Republican Party nominates Britton Baskervill for the General Assembly. He easily defeats the Democratic candidate in the general election.
1888 - Britton Baskervill loses his bid for reelection to the General Assembly.
December 1891 - Probably already suffering from tuberculosis, Britton Baskervill contracts influenza.
April 25, 1892 - Britton Baskervill dies.
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Kneebone, J. T., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Britton Baskervill (1863–1892). (2014, August 10). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Baskervill_Britton_1863-1892.
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First published: February 5, 2014 | Last modified: August 10, 2014