monday confusion or news day tuesday? — rev. nixon s. buckner’s forename is actually nickerson??



I am befuddled.


Or as one genealogy colleague and cousin “graphically” ūüėČ put it,

(Couldn’t-a said it better myself…)

WHAT what: ¬†In a¬†decade-&-a-half-plus of Buckner-surname genealogy research, I have only¬†seen¬†Methodist circuit-riding preacher Rev. Nixon S. BUCKNER‘s forename given as, “Nixon.” ¬†Almost always followed by the mysterious “S.” middle initial which nobody [alive today anyway] seems to know for what stands.

Rev. Nixon S. (Oct. 11, 1840 Clark County, Illinois ‚Äď Apr. 18, 1918 Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California; buried George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, Yountville, Napa County, California), seventh [known] child of William Robert BUCKNER & Nancy EVANS.

But in doing¬†my last blog¬†post here, what did I find but, a memorial for¬†Rev. Nixon under,¬†‚ÄúCapt Nickerson S Buckner.‚ÄĚ[1] ¬†With,¬†sputter sputter, an Apr. 19, 1918, Momence Progress Reporter¬†obituary for, “Rev. Nickerson Buckner:”

BUCKNER, Nixon S. (Obit.)_FAG, Momence Genealogy Corner

That’s odd,¬†I thought…Minion at table full of research materials



Hmmm— ?

But then, what did I virtually stumble upon, today?!?

WHAT_giphyMore of the same for heavens sake.

I’m seriously¬†surprised, quite confused.Minions, confused



See the¬†screen shot below —¬†the website,, has a blurb¬†next to the author’s book reading, “Copyright, All Rights Reserved,” so, I was at a loss how else to legally include it here —¬† from¬†Veterans of the George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, by Denise Ratterman¬†Jackson:

BUCKNER, Rev. Nickerson (Nixon) of the Geo C Yount Pioneer Cemetery, by Denise Ratterman Jackson [Copyright All Rights Reserved]

Veddy inneresting, verrry confusing… ¬†(New fact, or, a mistake?…)


1. memorial no. 23129624, ‚ÄúCapt Nickerson S Buckner,‚ÄĚ at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

2.¬†Veterans of the George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, Denise Ratterman¬†Jackson, “Rev. Nickerson (Nixon) S. BUCKNER,” at¬†, accessed July 18, 2016.




what a tangled tree got weaved, or, william robert buckner & wives nancy evans & elisabeth (betsy) spencer


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William Robert BUCKNER [3]

(Revised July 17, 2016.)

William Robert BUCKNER (Aug. 26, 1808 Siler City, Chatham County, North Carolina[1] – Nov. 7, 1887 Clark County, Illinois[2]; buried Bailiff Cemetery, West York, Clark County, Illinois[1]), is a son of my 4th great-grandparents Elisha BUCKNER & Sarah Elizabeth STEELE, and thus, falls among my 3rd great-granduncles.

Nancy (EVANS) BUCKNER Grave Marker [4]

Uncle William Robt. married first, my 3rd great-grandaunt Nancy EVANS (Oct. 27, 1809 Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina РOct. 2, 1852 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery)[4], daughter of my Quaker 4th great-grandparents Benjamin EVANS & Rebekah WILLARD, on Dec. 10, 1829, in Crawford County, Illinois.[5]

He married second, on Mar. 8, 1853, in Clark County, Illinois[5], Elizabeth (Betsy) SPENCER (Dec. 16, 1828 Kentucky – Feb. 22, 1917 West York, Crawford County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery[6], daughter of Thomas SPENCER & Sarah [PRESTON?].

Nancy & William Robert had these 11 children together:

Col. Allen BUCKNER Grave Marker [7]

(i.) Col. in the American Civil War, 79th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union allegiance, Methodist minister Rev. Allen BUCKNER (Oct. 8, 1830 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois РNov. 9, 1900 Douglas County, Kansas; Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas)[7].

Allen married first, on Nov. 14, 1850 in York, Clark County, Illinois, Emely HUNGERFORD[5].  He married second, on Aug. 26, 1856 in Shelby County, Illinois, Maranda Ellen WALLER[5];

Dr. Benjamin Franklin BUCKNER [8]

(ii.) Medic in the American Civil War, 62nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union allegiance, Dr. Benjamin Franklin BUCKNER (Mar. 24, 1832 Clark County, Illinois РJuly 11, 1895 Texas; Cumby Cemetery, north of Chico, Wise County, Texas); married Dec. 23, 1852 in Clark County, Illinois, Dr. Rachel Belle KENDERDINE[9, 10];

(iii.) Harlan BUCKNER (Oct. 1, 1833 Illinois Р)[10];

(iv.) Nancy Ellen BUCKNER (Apr. 24, 1835 Melrose, Clark County,  Illinois Р1905 Siskiyou County, California; Henley & Hornbrook Cemetery, Hornbrook, Siskiyou County, California); married first, Charles SHETLER Sept. 8, 1850 Will County, Illinois; second, about 1860, Arthur John HILT[10, 11];

Nancy Ellen (BUCKNER) SHETLER HILT, Circa 1895 [12]

Atty. William Henry BUCKNER Grave Marker [13]

(v.) Atty. William Henry BUCKNER (Jan. 26, 1837 [Per gravestone] РJuly 9, 1903 Momence, Kankakee County, Illinois[13]; Bailiff Cemetery)[14]; married, Aug. 26, 1858 in Clark County, Illinois[5], a 6th cousin of mine three times removed, Susan WILLARD, daughter of my Quaker cousin Cyprian WILLARD & his wife, Hannah HENDY;

(vi.) Elisha Evans BUCKNER (Dec. 1, 1838 Illinois – June 3, 1920 Ganeer, Kankakee County, Illinois[15]; Momence Cemetery (Plot: Block 8 lot 5), Momence, Kankakee County, Illinois)[16]; married, Jan. 1, 1862 Clark County, Illinois, Emily RALSTON[5];

Elisha Evans & Emily (RALSTON) BUCKNER [12]

Rev. Nixon S. BUCKNER [8]

(vii.) Corpl. in the American Civil War, 21st & 79th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiments, Union allegiance, Methodist circuit-riding preacher Rev. Nixon S. BUCKNER (Oct. 11, 1840 Clark County, Illinois РApr. 18, 1918 Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California; George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, Yountville, Napa County, California)[17]; married first, Aug. 25, 1869 Piatt County, Illinois, Mary E. McDOWELL[5]; second, Apr. 2, 1871 Hancock County, Illinois, Annette Clarissa (Nettie) HUSE[5];

(viii.) Pvt. in the American Civil War, 79th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union allegiance, Enos BUCKNER (Sept. 22, 1842 Illinois РAug. 3, 1898); married Rosella Caroline (Ella) HENDRICKS[10];

(ix.) Emily Jane BUCKNER (1845 Clark County, Illinois РDec. 7, 1874 Hilt, Siskiyou County, California; Henley & Hornbrook Cemetery); married Charles Wesley (West) HILT[18];

Emily Jane (BUCKNER) HILT & Son Allen [12]

(x.) Newton BUCKNER (Aug. 30, 1847 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois – July 21, 1852 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery)[19];

Laura Mary BUCKNER Grave Marker [20]

(xi.) Laura Mary BUCKNER (Jan. 11, 1850 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois РJuly 26, 1860 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery)[20];

With second wife Elizabeth (Betsy) SPENCER, William Robt. BUCKNER had these four more children:

(xii.) James Henry BUCKNER (Aug. 12, 1854 Clark County, Illinois РJan. 6, 1943 West Union, Clark County, Illinois[21]; Bailiff Cemetery)[21, 22]; who married, abt. 1879 Clark County, Illinois, my 2nd cousin three times removed, Florence DOLSON[10], daughter of James DOLSON & Minerva (Manervy; Minervy) BUCKNER, whose father Elisha is a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather Henry George BUCKNER;

James Henry BUCKNER [3]

(xiii.) Charles Newton BUCKNER (Feb., 1856 Clark County, Illinois Р1921 Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery); married, Nov. 29, 1881, Elremetta May (Dolly) BURNER[23];

Charles Newton BUCKNER & Elremetta May (Dolly) BURNER’s Wedding Photo [3]

Matilda Alice (Alice; Sissy) (BUCKNER) RALSTON Grave Marker [19]

(xiv.) Matilda Alice (Alice; Sissy) BUCKNER (Nov. 15, 1858 Illinois – May 26, 1882; Bailiff Cemetery)[24] married, Feb. 22, 1881 in Clark County, Illinois, Prevo RALSTON[25]. ¬†Matilda was Prevo’s second wife.

Prevo married first, Mar. 15, 1868, in Clark County, Illinois[5], my 1st cousin four times removed, Angeline EVANS, another fellow descendant of my Quaker 4th great-grandparents Benjamin EVANS & Rebekah WILLARD; and, third, Alfreda UNKNOWN[10];

(xv.) Abraham Lincoln (Abe) BUCKNER (Apr., 1860 Illinois – Apr. 19, 1940 Paris, Edgar County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery), married my 7th cousin twice removed, Sarah Ellen WILLARD)[26].

Abraham Lincoln BUCKNER & Sarah Ellen WILLARD [3]

William Robert BUCKNER’s 2nd Wife Elizabeth (Betsy) SPENCER [3]

William Robert & “Elisabeth” (SPENCER) BUCKNER appear together in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census in York Township, Clark County, Illinois, occupation farming, the household composed of¬†the couple¬†and children Elisha 21, “Nickum” 20, Enos 16, Emily J. 13, James H. 6, Charles N. 4, & Matilda A. 1.[27-A]

The 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, records William Robert farming yet¬†in York, Clark County, his household including wife Elizabeth and children James 16, Charles 13, Matilda 11 & Abraham 8. The value of his real estate is recorded as $1,300, personal estate $216. Right next door to William Robert in 1870 is son William Henry BUCKNER’s family.[27-B]

In the last U.S. Federal Census William Robert appears in, Melrose Township, Clark County, Illinois, occupation farming, his household includes himself, wife Elisabeth, and children Charles N. 24, Matilda A. 21, & “Lincoln” 19. Next door resides son James BUCKNER & his wife¬†Mary.[27-C]

Where are¬†William Robert BUCKNER, first wife Nancy EVANS, & their youngest chilluns in 1850?? I haven’t found them yet and I don’t see any other trees “out there” with that census inclusion. Please give a holler if you’ve found/find it. ūüėČ


1. memorial no. 36568668, “William Robert Buckner,” at¬†, accessed¬†July, 2016.

2. > Departments > Illinois State Archives > Databases >¬†Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases > “Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre‚Äď1916,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

3. Sandra (Buckner) Cirullo family photograph; used with permission.

4.¬† memorial no.¬†36568631, “Nancy Evans Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016; grave marker photo contributed by Felicia (Foltz) Hoffman.

5. > Departments > Illinois State Archives > Databases >¬†Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases > “Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763‚Äď1900,” at , accessed July, 2016.

6. memorial no. 36568693, “Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Spencer Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

7. memorial no. 31501948, “Col Allen Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016. Photo of¬†Allen’s military grave marker used above¬†contributed to FindAGrave by “MrPeepers.”

8.¬†“Duff Crotchett Maupin Wallace Family Tree,” owner gkradcliffe,¬†, at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

9. memorial no. 38621492, “Pvt Benjamin Franklin Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

10. Utah State Senator E. LaMar Buckner (1922-2012) genealogy databases (formerly) online.

11.¬† memorial no. 71179113, “Nancy Ellen Buckner Hilt,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

12. “Descendants of Thomas STEELE 1757 PA-1838 NC & Nancy Ann PYLE 1762 PA-1839 NC,” Kit WITHERS RootsWeb free pages at¬†¬†, accessed July 15, 2016; photo credit given Steve Combs.

13.¬† memorial no. 36568992, “William Henry Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016. ¬†Grave marker photo used above¬†contributed by Felicia (Foltz) Hoffman.

14.¬†“U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935,” “William H Buckner,”¬†Union Monthly Meeting, Hamilton County, Indiana, at,¬†¬†, accessed July, 2016.

15.¬†“Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” “Elisha Buckner,”¬† at,¬†¬†, accessed July, 2016.

16. memorial no. 59071328, “Elisha Evans¬†Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

17. memorial no. 23129624, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

18. memorial no. 92196991, “Emily Jane Buckner Hilt,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

19. memorial no. 36568563, “Newton Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

20. memorial no. 36568599, “Laura Mary¬†Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016. ¬†Grave marker photo contributed by¬†Felicia (Foltz) Hoffman.

21. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” “James Henry Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July 15, 2016.

22. memorial no. 132155146, “James H. Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

23. memorial no. 27542399, “Charles Newton Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

24. memorial no. 36606546, “Matilda Alice ‘Sissy’ Buckner Ralston,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016. ¬†Grave marker photo used above contributed by Vada L. Long.

25.¬†“Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900,” “Matilda A Buckner,” at¬†¬†, accesed July, 2016.

26. memorial no. 36570844, “Abraham Lincoln Buckner,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

27-A.¬†“1860 United States Federal Census,” “Wm Buckner,” at¬†;
27-B.¬†“1870 United States Federal Census,” “William Buckner,” at¬†; &,
27-C. “1880 United States Federal Census,” “William Buckner,” at¬†, all, at, accessed July, 2016.





philip buckner of louisa co. va, & jane aylett his wife


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About my 6th great-granduncle Philip BUCKNER, Sr. (circa 1705-’10 –¬†1762 Louisa County, Virginia Colony, America), son of my 7th great-grandparents Richard BUCKNER & Elizabeth COOKE:

Philip Buckner of Louisa County

“Philip BUCKNER was the second son of Richard Buckner, Clerk of Essex County, and Elizabeth [COOKE], his wife, and the grandson of John Buckner… His residence was in Louisa County where he died in 1762. He married Jane AYLETT, widow of Christopher ROBINSON and sister of John Aylett of King William County. This connection is proved by a deed dated 1767 from Jane Buckner of Orange County to William Hughes of Louisa, conveying part of a tract of land formerly belonging to Mr. John Aylett of King William County and by him left to Jane Buckner his sister.

“Philip Buckner’s will is dated July 14, 1761, and was proved Aug. 10, 1762. In it he mentions his wife Jane; son William, to whom he leaves land in Orange County; daughter Ann; son Thomas; daughter Mary; son Philip; daughter Elizabeth; son Aylett. It is probable that his children are given in the order of their birth:

“I. William BUCKNER of Spottsylvania County.
“V. Philip BUCKNER.
“VI. Elizabeth BUCKNER.
“VII. Aylett BUCKNER.”[1]

Philip Buckner’s wife, Jane AYLETT (circa 1705-’10 Fairfield Plantation¬†aka Montville, King William County, Virginia Colony, America¬†– 1787-’89 Virginia, USA) is widely presumed to be the daughter of Col. William[2] or, William Philip[3], AYLETT, Jr.¬†(circa 1662¬†–¬†1728[3]),¬†&,¬†Anne TAYLOR.[2,¬†3]

As regards Jane & Philip’s children,

  1. William BUCKNER married, abt. 1764 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia Colony, Sally Pendleton THOMAS (Abt. 1744 – )[2];
  2. Ann BUCKNER (abt. 1745 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Colony Рabt. 1785 Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA) married, abt. 1768 in the Virginia Colony, William CONNER (abt. 1742 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Colony Р)[2];
  3. Thomas (abt. 1747 – )[2];
  4. Mary (abt. 1749 Р)[2];
  5. Philip BUCKNER, Jr. (Jan. 13, 1753 Louisa County, Virginia Colony, America – Mar. 15, 1819 Bacon’s Creek, Hart County, Kentucky), married, Oct. 27, 1789 in the Virginia Colony, Elizabeth WATSON[2];
  6. Jane (abt. 1754 – )[2];
  7. Elizabeth (abt. 1755 Р)[2];
  8. Aylett (abt. 1757 – )[2]; &,
  9. Judith (abt. 1760 – )[2].

The Last Will & Testament of Philip BUCKNER, Sr., dated July 12, 1761, and, proved in Louisa County, Virginia, reads:

In the name God amen I Philip Buckner being week & C __ body but thenks be to almighty God sound & perfect __ [<- “mind” is my guess] doth make this my last Will in manner & form follo__ Give & be Luuve my sole to god who gave it in shore sertin hope of a Joyfule Resurection through Jesus __ our lord and as to my worldly estate I give & Devise __ Followeth that is to say to witt

“I give and Device to __ Loving wife Jane all my land Lying in Louisa County & the following slaves, Tom, Peter, Nend, Frank – Fullar, old Ester, Nelly, Sally to her & her heirs forever an__ one of the Plantation at the mountains which she she __ shale make choice of for her life time

“Item I Give & bequeath to my son William all that Tract of land Bought of Benj__ie Gryms Es.q lying on the Mounting in Orang County & Two slaves John the son of Fullor & Sam __ him & his hirs forever

“Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Ann one negro Garl namd Bett with her Increes for Ever

“Itam I give To my son Thomas one negro boy Nand John the son of Errow to him & his heirs forever

“Itam I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary one negro Garl Namd Cold Little Bett with her Increes forever

“Itam I give & bequeath to my son Philip one negro boy namd Hary to him & his hirs forever

“Itam I give & bequeath to my Daughter Jane one negro Garl namd Nanny to her & her hirs forever

“Itam I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth one negro garl namd Judy to her & her hirs Forever

“Itam I give to my son Aylett one negro boy Nand Solomon to him & his hirs forever

“Itam I give all the Remander of my Estate after my just Debts are paid to be Equally Divided between my Loving wife Jane all my Eight I constitute my __ Jane & my Good friende the Rev. James Murry & Doc.t Tho.s Walker my Exc.res & Exc.r Hicks July 14: 1761 Phil Buckner

“At a court held for Louisa Countyon the 10th Day of August 1762
“This will was this day presented in Court & it appearing to the Court that it was wrote by his own hand as several of the Members now here were well acquainted with his hand. It was admitted to Record & is Recorded
Teste Thomas Perkins Dep.ty Cl: curt.”[4]


1. The BUCKNERs of Virginia and the Allied Families of STROTHER and ASHBY, 1907, edited by William Armstrong CROZIER; published privately for William Dickinson BUCKNER by the New York Genealogical Association:  Higginson Book Co. reprint, Higginson Book Co.: Salem, MA, page 41.

2. Utah State Senator E. LaMar Buckner (Apr. 27, 1922 Provo, Utah РDec. 26, 2012 Utah) genealogy databases at and, RootsWeb; accessed July, 2006.

3.¬†Wikipedia, “Aylett family of Virginia,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

4.¬†“Piedmont Virginia Digital History: The Land Between The Rivers,” Cheryl Holzbach, transcriber, ‚ÄúLouisa County Will Book 1746-1761,‚ÄĚ at¬†, accessed July 12, 2016: ¬†“PHILIP BUCKNER,”¬†Will Book 1, p. 51.

an ode to my likers and my commenters


Y’all Likers and, OH,
you Commenters ūüėģ —
you make me wanna hug ya. ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

Right through this laptop screen,
I’d reach my arms straight out, and
(hoping it wouldn’t bug ya),
I‚Äôd big-like,¬†thanks-heaps¬†hug ya. ūüôā

It’s like this:
you Commenter, and, you Liker peeps?
You land a sparkle in my eyes with each comment
that you write ūüėČ ,
the biggest smile on my face with each click
of that wee “Like” star. ūüôā

You don’t have to click that star.
You don’t have to write that comment.
(You don’t have to read my blog, Gasp.)
But¬†you¬†do, you darlinks. ūüėÄ

(Me? Call me old-fashioned; I¬†am so touched. ūüė• ūüôā )

Bless you, blog peeps. ūüėČ

sentimental saturday: 50th wedding anniversary photo, nathan noble & alida pruyn


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Alida (PRUYN) & Nathan NOBLE 50th Wedding Anniversary [1]

Nathan NOBLE (June 17, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 15, 1928 Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota; buried Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket, Sanborn County, South Dakota)¬†— a 1st cousin four times removed to me —¬†son of David Johnson NOBLE[2] & Sarah Elizabeth RADER[2], married¬†Alida PRUYN (Nov. 7, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 13, 1929 Vayland, Hand County, South Dakota; Eventide Cemetery), daughter of¬†Walter Van Vechten PRUYN[2] & Sarah Nancy KIBBEY[2], on October 17, 1872; 50 years later, in 1922, the above photo was taken in¬†celebration of their 50th¬†wedding anniversary.

About Nathan & Alida:

Nathan NOBLE

“Nathan NOBLE, banker and ranchman, controlling important business interests and a¬†citizen whose interest in all progressive movements finds tangible expression, was born in Mercer county, Illinois, June 17, 1851, a son of D. J. and Sarah (RAEDER) NOBLE, both of whom are now deceased. The father was a native of Indiana but the ancestral line is traced back to Ireland, whence came the great-great-grandfather of Nathan NOBLE, who settled in South Carolina in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

“In the public schools of his native county Nathan Noble acquired his preliminary education and later became a student in Hedding Seminary, a Methodist school at Abingdon, Illinois. In early manhood he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for a short time, and in 1872, when twenty-one years of age, he came to Dakota, settling on a homestead claim in Lincoln county. On his removal here he was the first to ship goods over what was then known as the Dakota Southern Railroad, now the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, and paid the first freight to that road and still has the receipt for the same in his possession. The road permitted Mrs. Noble to ride in the cab of the engine, as it was a construction train, no regular train having been put on the road at that time. This was the first railroad built in what is now South Dakota.

“For nine years Mr. Noble followed farming and then removed to Canton, where he established a lumberyard which he conducted successfully for ten years. At that time the Northwestern Railway was built and the town of Centerville was founded. He removed to that place, having there acquired a homestead and other lands that aggregated eight hundred acres. He continued for five years in the lumber business there and then engaged in general merchandising and also did some drainage engineering. In 1913 he removed to Woonsocket and became president of the Citizens National Bank, which had been founded in 1902. In 1914, when the institution became a member of the Federal Reserve, the name was changed to the First National Bank. It is capitalized for thirty-five thousand dollars and a general banking business is conducted along legitimate lines, the policy of the officers being to carefully safeguard the interests of depositors, so that the course of the bank has been such as has won public confidence in an unusual degree. In whatever business Mr. Noble has engaged he has displayed adaptability and enterprise which, combined with close application and keen sagacity, have won for him a most gratifying measure of success. He has a large ranch in Hand county comprising twelve hundred acres, on which he raises Hereford cattle.

“On the 17th of October, 1872, Mr. Noble was united in marriage to Miss Alida PRUYN, a daughter of Walter and Sarah (KIBBIE) PRUYN, of Mercer county, Illinois. They have five children, as follows: William P., who is a ranchman of Hand county and a breeder of blooded cattle; D. Walter, of Chehalis, who is president of the Chehalis National Bank; Harriet, the wife of Fred D. Henderson, who is conneatcd with the Security National Bank of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Edith, the wife of R. A. Carhart, who acts as agent for the Methodist Book Concern at Mexico City, Mexico; and Ralph C, who is a graduate of the Dakota Wesleyan University and also of Purdue University of Indiana. The last named formerly served as engineer under Samuel H. Lee and is now cashier of the First National Bank of Woonsocket.

“Mr. Noble votes with the republican party nor does he regard lightly the duties of citizenship. He served as a member of the councils of Canton and Centerville and was mayor of the latter place at the time of his removal to Woonsocket.

“He has also been county commissioner of Lincoln county, was county surveyor of Turner county for six years and is now filling the position of deputy state surveyor. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp, and both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist church. He is serving on its board of trustees and does much to further and promote its work. He is a contributor to and member of the board of trustees of the Dakota Wesleyan University and stands for all that is progressive and helpful. His wife is very active in the Ladies Aid Society of the church and also in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Mr. Noble possesses scholarly tastes and devotes considerable time to the study of current events which indicate the world’s advancement. He is interested in all progressive movements and keeps in touch with the vital and significant problems of the day that have to do with the upbuilding and development of city, state and nation. He believes that it should be a matter of personal concern to every public-spirited citizen to aid in the work of general improvement and he actively indorses [sic] those projects which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.”[3]


1., memorial no. 90716696, ‚ÄúAlida Pruyn Noble,‚ÄĚ at¬†, accessed July, 2016. Photo contributed to FindAGrave by Trudy Lindaman.

2. GREENE, Richard Henry; STILES, Henry Reed; DWIGHT, Melatiah Everett; MORRISON, George Austin; MOTT, Hopper Striker; TOTTEN, John Reynolds; PITMAN, H. Minot (Harold Minot); DITMAS, Charles Andrew; De FOREST, Louis Effingham; MANN, Conklin; MAYNARD, Arthur S; New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1886).  Page 272 online at , accessed July, 2016.

3. George Washington KINGSBURY; George Martin SMITH, History of Dakota Territory (Volume 5) (Chicago, IL, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915); pages 470-473. Online at , accessed July, 2016.

throwback thursday: what’s the model & year of this great old car, hey?


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Great Old Car! ūüėČ — With, L.-R., Granville S. GREGER, Nell BUCKNER, & Euin SWYERS [1]

Just look at the running board on this old baby…¬† Luv luv luv. ūüôā

Somehow I’m thinking Euin Aaron SWYERS (Sept. 24, 1907 St. James, Reynolds Co., MO – Feb. 27, 1974 Salem, Dent Co., MO[2]; buried Cherryville Baptist Church Cemetery, Crawford, MO)[3], on the right,¬†may be the car’s owner, but¬†that’s only my best guess.

Standing with Euin are my great-grandfather Granville Smith GREGER (Jan. 20, 1864 Vandalia, Owen, IN РOct. 17, 1961 KS; Anderson Cemetery, McDonald Co., MO[4]) and, my paternal aunt, Nell Alta BUCKNER (Sept. 29, 1915 TX РJune 26, 1976 Indianapolis, Marion, IN[5]; Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, MO[6]).

One relative reminiscenced¬†of Aunt Nell’s 2nd husband, Euin,¬†“…he turned out to be ¬†mean as hell… ¬†I don’t know how long they were married. ¬†He came out to the farm one time looking for Ed [Aunt Nell’s twin brother]¬†—¬†he had a pitchfork in hand. ¬†I told him Ed had gone to town. ¬†It was a scary incident.”

1. Susan M. Buckner family photo.

2. Monte Kessler emails to me, Sept., 2003.

3., memorial no.¬†62980824, “Euin A. Swyers,” at , accessed July, 2016.

4. Larry G. GREGER (1944-2007).  R.I.P. cousin; God bless.

5., “Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011,” “Nell Alta SWYERS,” at,%20USA&cp=12&cpxt=1&msrpn__ftp=Normandy,%20St%20Louis,%20Missouri,%20USA&msrpn1__ftp=Beggs,%20Okmulgee,%20Oklahoma,%20USA&msgdy=1933&msgpn__ftp=St%20Louis,%20St%20Louis%20City,%20Missouri,%20USA&msfng=Jesse%20Grant%20(Grant)&msfns=BUCKNER&msmng=Golda%20Emmeta&msmns=GREGER&msbng0=Perry%20Jesse%20(Buck)&msbns0=BUCKNER&msbng1=Edd%20J.%20(Eddie)%20%5Btwin%5D&msbns1=BUCKNER&mssng0=Raymond%20Eugene&mssns0=FIELD&mssng1=Euin%20Aaron&mssns1=SWYERS&mscng0=Alta%20Rhea&mscns0=FIELD&_83004003-n_xcl=m&MSAV=1&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=4199458&db=IndianaVitalsDeaths&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1 , accessed July, 2016.

6. Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; “Burial¬†Search,” at¬†¬†, accessed¬†Aug., 2005.


“a poor, frightened, hungry woman came into camp with her clothes hanging in rags and tatters, with bare and bleeding feet, and a wild look in her eyes”


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A 3rd cousin of mine five times removed, Priscilla Aylette BUCKNER (May 6, 1821 Kentucky- May 13, 1908; buried Mount Holly Cemetery in the Lambert Reardon Lot, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR), wrote a wonderful genealogical & personal memoir that provides great glimpse into life in early America, as well as sharing some rather incredible stories.

A daughter of Simeon & Nancy (WATSON) BUCKNER, Priscilla married, Mar. 7, 1839 in Arkansas, Lambert Jeffrey REARDON (1813 Easton, Talbot, Maryland РOct. 24, 1854; Mount Holly Cemetery), son of Lambert REARDON & Ann JEFFREY.[1]

This blog post is not meant to serve as¬†a biographical sketch of¬†either Priscilla or her husband; rather, as an introduction so to speak, to her 1901 book.[2] ūüôā

REARDON, Priscilla Aylette (BUCKNER); Tuley, Katherine Edmondson, Reminiscences of the Buckner family (Chicago, 1901)_COVERREMINISCENCES of the
by Mrs. Priscilla Aylette [Buckner] Reardon

Compiled, Enlarged and Edited
by Katherine Edmondson Tuley (Chicago, 1901).


“Two months ago when these chronicles (the work of several¬†summer vacations) were nearing completion, I was much pleased¬†to learn that Mr. Wm. D. Buckner [i.e., William Dickinson BUCKNER (Aug. 4, 1856 VA – Aug. 27, 1938; buried Graham Cemetery, Orange, Orange Co., VA) of the Virginia stock, of which ours is a branch, had for ten years been collecting data for¬†a history of the family, which, with our assistance he wishers to put into book form as soon as possible. It was a great relief to me, as I had felt that before putting this brief chronicle into your hands, I ought to go further back into the genealogical account of Thos. Buckner’s Virginia ancestors, and this involved more time and labor than I felt able to bestow. About the same time Mr. Buckner, hearing of the work I was doing through Dr. Dibrell of Little Rock, wrote asking for the use of my manuscript for his first book to which I replied that I would feel honored if I might contribute to his work even in the smallest degree. I understand that Mr. Buckner is a Civil Engineer and has taken up this family history for the mere love of it in the interims or business;‚ÄĒ that he has employed the services of a reliable genealogist and author. Mr. Stuart C. Wade of 152 W. [unreadable] street, New York,‚ÄĒand that Mr. Buckner has made himself responsible for the printer’s bills for the forthcoming book. The gratitude we owe him for the work he has thus instituted and carried on, (so far, alone), will no doubt be a strong inducement to each of us to lend a hand according to our respective means, helping to bear the expense¬†of the research‚ÄĒon the principle that ‘Many a Mickle Makes a Muckle.’

“Our dear kinswoman’s reminiscenses were [sent?] me some years¬†ago with no thought save of entertaining my husband and myself. ¬†I have tried to arrange them in some sort of chronological order,¬†and have woven through them, in and out, much matter gathered¬†from various letters of hers, and delightful talks with her, together with some matter of my own, and facts and dates from other members of the family. To her also we owe a debt of gratitude for the graphic pictures she has given us of the past, and the light thrown on that portion of the family life coming under her observation. She deserves the first place among our western Buckners¬†as ‘the family historian’ of our branch per se. I hope her delightful reminiscences if I have not spoiled them in the telling‚ÄĒ may serve to increase your desire to avail yourselves of the more complete knowledge to be gained in Mr. Buckner’s book of our Virginia and English relatives beginning with the Rev. Wm. Buckner, Chaplain to the Archibishop of Canterbury 1632, and coming down to those of the present day.

“Katherine E. Tuley.


“MY children have often urged me to write what I can remember of my own early days and the stories told me by my grandmother Hannah Burton Buckner, and by my own father and mother. My father, Simeon Buckner was the seventh child of Thomas Buckner, who was born in Virginia, probably about 1765 or ’66 I think, since he married Hannah Burton in 1787, who was also a Virginian by birth. Eight years later,‚ÄĒin 1795 they gathered together their little ones and goods and chattels and emigrated to Kentucky. Other children were born to them, twenty in all. They owned a fine farm in Jefferson county, not far from Louisville. [I remember? grandmother as a beautiful old lady, always dressed in black, wearing spotless white cap, with high crown and ruffles around the face, sitting by the open fire-place, with its tall, brass andirons, and red painted hearth‚ÄĒand I remember the reflection of my face in the shining brass of the andirons and fender. I remember aiso the ‘Love Apples’‚ÄĒor tomatoes, which grew in her garden, and later, it was at her table that I first ate them cooked, and what a dainty and well furnished table¬†she kept. At the time of which I speak grandfather Buckner was dead, and the three youngest children Aunt Louisa, Uncle Eliphalet and Aunt Helena were¬†living with her, and Uncle Eliphalet was studying law.

“I was her oldest grandchild, and I think a favorite one, for I was an absorbed listener to her stories. You can fancy us sitting round the fire, while she told this¬†story which was as nearly as I can remember, about as follows:


” ‘When our family emigrated from Virginia to this country, we traveled in emigrant wagons, those big covered things sometimes called “Schooner” wagons. The country was full of Indians, most of them hostile to the whites, who were taking possession of the hunting.grounds, and some of them had old grudges to¬†settle after their encounters with Simon Kenton and Rogers Clark, and so the men of our party were well armed and constantly on guard. When we camped at¬†night the wagons were arranged in horseshoe form, the wheels chained together, the cattle in the center and the men [unreadable] by night, taking turns, two at¬†a time. The roads were awful, and we crawled along, the feet of horses and oxen sticking in the mud at every step. Sometimes we would hear the whoops and¬†yells of Indians, which terrified the women and children almost to death; for there were several families of us traveling together for mutual protection. We had¬†been wittiin the borders of Kentucky some time, when at one of our camping places, a poor, frightened, hungry woman came into camp with her clothes hanging¬†in rags and tatters, with bare and bleeding feet, and a wild look in her eyes which made us afraid of her.

” ‘We gave her food, and some articles of clothing and allowed her to take a good sleep, before she told her story.

” ‘She said she had been captured by the Indians the year before, who kept such close watch on her, that it was impossible to escape. During that time she had¬†to perform the hardest labor, and was often beaten when her strength failed. A few days previous the Indian braves had gone on a big hunt leaving her guarded by an old Indian, who kept close watch on her. To put him off his guard she pretended to be cheerful and contented. When he finally fell asleep she made her escape noiselessly and in all haste. She had no idea which way she should go to reach the neartst settlement, but ran on in frantic haste to escape pursuit. For several days she subsisted on roocs and berries, and was growing very weak when she came to a swamp, there hearing the whoops of the Indians in pursuit she crawled inside of a big hollow log lying in the swamp and prayed fervently for deliverance. She heard the Indians running, and one of them stood on the log within which she was concealed, whooping and calling. At last she heard them going a way, and after a long time, when all was quiet, she crawled out and walked for hours till she came to a road which she followed till it parted in two directions. Fearing that one of them might lead her to the Indian camp, she hid in the bushes and prayed to be directed. Soon a little bird came chirping and fluttering about her, then flew off¬†up one of the roads. Believing the Lord had sent the bird to guide her, she followed that road till it brought her to our camp. We were the first white people she¬†had seen for a year and she cried for joy‚ÄĒpoor thing. ¬†For awhile she journeyed with us, theft with our assistance, she finally reached her home and kindred.’

“The farm which Thomas Buckner selected was in a beautiful and fertile region twenty miles from what is now the city of Louisville, but which must have been a small town then as it was founded in 1778, only seventeen years before grandfather emigrated to Kentucky. On that farm his children were raised, and¬†later I myself was born there. I have heard some of the aunts and uncles say it was a busy community, where besides the farm work, in which grandfather and the bigger boys took part, as well as the negroes, there was the weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting and sew-‘ng to be done for that large family of whites and¬†[blacks?]. The shoemaker in those days traveled from farm to farm making and repairing shoes for the family, for his board and wages, and he must have found¬†the Buckner farm the most profitable one in that region. Uncle Ben one of the youngest sons used to tell of how the mischievous ones, of whom he was the leader, would beg the shoemaker to put ‘squeaks’ in father’s mother’s and [unreadable]other’s shoes, that the children might have warning of their approach, when they were in mischief. For all that they grew up a fine looking, energetic and capable set of men and women much respected in the communities in which they lived. After my father and mother had settled in Louisville, a distant cousin of the family called Col. Nick or Nicholas Buckner used to come to our house and he told us many stories about the Indians. He was a great Indian fighter, and hated ‘the red devils’ as he called them, and we children were spell-bound listeners to his¬†tales. He had a dramatic way of acting them out, taking aim with his gun at an imaginary foe in a way which thrilled us to the marrow. One of these was¬†about the…


“Not far from the Buckner farm was a beautiful spring of water called the ‘Chineworth Spring’ from the family who owned the place. One day a report¬†reached Col. Nick that a party of Indians had been seen near Chineworth place. In great haste he started with his company of Indian fighters, armed with shot guns and rifles for the Chineworth farm. No Indians were found at the Spring, but when they reached the cabin, seeing no signs of life about they pushed open the door and there to their horror saw Mr. Chineworth on the floor dead, and his murdered children around him‚ÄĒall had been scalped. One child only had escaped death. Pursuing their search they found in another room this child, a little girl, trying to kindle a flame by blowing on a few coals left in the fireplace. With sobs she told of hearing the dreadful cries and blows, and knew that the Indians were killing them all and had slipped out ot bed on the side next the wall and hid behind the bed curtain, by which means she escaped the tomahawk and scalping knife of the Indians who passed through the room without seeing her. Being asked about her mother she said ‘They are all dead but me!’ Pursuing their search they found in the yard traces of blood, following [unreadable] they reached the spring house, a rude cabin built over the outlet to the spring in which milk and butter were kept. Here they found Mrs. Chineworth covered with blood from a wound in the body, and her head scalped. She said the Indians drove a spear through her body as she ran, which pinned her to the earth, and taking her scalp left her for dead. Bye and bye she returned to consciousness and managed to pull the spear from her body, then swooned again; but finally crawled on hands and knees to the spring, bathed her wounds and with a piece of her skirt managed to bind them up and¬†waited for help.”[2]


ūüėģ OMGosh. am I going to just leave you hanging here?! Well, yes, actually, that’s the plan… ūüėČ ¬†For the rest of the book, go to¬†¬†via the¬†link in my Endnotes below… ūüôā ¬†(You can resume the story at page 10 of either the full-book-view top of the url-page below, or, the pdf version.)


1.¬†, memorials no.¬† 90324204, “Priscilla Aylett Buckner Reardon,” at¬†,¬†created by P. V. Hays;¬†and, no.¬† 6689587, “Lambert Jeffrey Reardon,” at¬†, created¬†by “K.”

2. REARDON, Priscilla Aylette (BUCKNER); Tuley, Katherine Edmondson, Reminiscences of the Buckner family (Chicago, 1901); online at at , accessed July, 2016.  Downloadable in several formats.  Not in copyright per


tell me again about our great-grandpapa whose skull was made into a silver drinking cup, grandmama


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I like to imagine an eagerly interested great-grandchild one day finally sharing my interest in family history, perhaps asking with most genuine enthusiasm, Tell me again about our great-grandpapa whose skull was made into a silver drinking cup, grandma??

At which I will launch into the tale of my 31st great-grandfather Prince Svyatoslav I Suitislaus of Kiev[1], so appreciative of this wee grandboy or girl who shares my interest in the family tree.

Prince Svyatoslav I Suitaslav of Kiev [2]

Well, I will say beaming, According to Nestor the monk in the Russian Primary Chronicle, Prince¬†Svyatoslav I, son of Grand Prince of Kiev Great-Grandpapa Igor the Wise, “was a skilled warrior who overthrew the Khazars (Turks of the North Caucasus). ¬†While on an expedition along the river Dneiper he and his men were set upon by Patzinaks, a tribe of hostile Slavs. ¬†After fierce fighting Syvantoslav was killed, his skull then used to make a silver mounted drinking cup.”[3]

Ohhh! my rapt audience will exclaim wide-eyed.  Poor great-grandpapa!

No kidding! my rolling eyes would most certainly respond.

Reads the 14th-century Russian Primary Chronicle,

“Beginning of the reign of Svyatoslav, Igor’s son. ¬†In the year 6454 (946). Olga and her son Sviatoslav attracted many brave warriors and went on Derevskoy ground. ¬†… ¬†And when the clash between the two armies to battle, Svyatoslav threw a spear in Drevlyane and the spear flew between the horse’s ears and struck the horse’s legs, for he was still a child Svyatoslav. ¬†And they said Sveneld and Asmud: ¬†‘The prince has already begun, follow, the squad, for the prince.’¬† And won Drevlyane. ¬†Drevlyans also ran and shut in their cities.”[4]

Here I will pause to share sadly with my young audience the fact that,¬†Svyatoslav’s mother, Olga,¬†Regent of Kiev, was a very wicked woman who murdered — I lower my voice — hundreds, hundreds of men, because she was mad at them for¬†her husband’s murder. ¬†Dramatic pause. ¬†But of course, I add, Two wrongs don’t make a right, correct?¬†as my imaginary, open-mouthed-at-this-point great-grandchild shakes his/her head.

But an amazing thing happened, I relate.  Olga later turned very very good and, became a saint!

And then,

“Olga lived as with [her] son Svyatoslav, and taught him to be baptized, but he did not think to listen to this; …only sneered…” ¬†“And Olga used to say: ¬†‘I know God, my son, and rejoice; and you will …too…’ ” ¬†But Svyatoslav would not listen, “saying, ‘How can I accept another faith alone And my squad will scoff?’ ” ¬†His mother Olga kept hopefully¬†encouraging him to be baptized but,¬†“He did not listen to his mother, continuing to live by the customs of the heathen,…”[4]

As if unaware¬†that the child who fails to listen to their mother “falls into trouble, as it is written: ¬†‘If the [child does not listen to the] father or mother does not listen, then death will,’¬†” Svyatoslav continued to ignore his mum…[4]

Olga¬†“prayed for his son and for the people every day and night, bringing up his son to manhood and to his age.”[4]

“In the year…964…when Svyatoslav grew and matured, he began to collect a lot of brave warriors,…and [do] a lot of fighting. ¬†In campaigns [there]¬†drove behind him no carts, no boilers, not boiled meat, but thinly sliced horse meat, or animals, or beef and roasted on coals, [to] eat; He did not have a tent,” and he slept in crude conditions,¬†“as¬†[did] the rest of his men,…”[4]

Our way-back great-grandpapa Svyatoslav is said to have fought “incessant campaigns” [<- fancy words for fighting lots & lots of wars, just one after the other, after the other].

Until, at only age 28 years of age,

“in the year…972…when spring came, Svyatoslav went to the rapids…Prince Pecheneg…killed Svyatoslav, and took his head, and took the cup from the skull,…and drank from it.”[4]

Eyes ever-astonished at this, my imaginary great-grandchild concurs, So young… ¬†Tsk tsk… ¬†He should have listened to his mother…

He rEally should have, I¬†murmur in agreement. ūüėČ

The Death of Prince Svyatoslav I Suitaslav of Kiev [2]


An illustrated audio called,¬†“The Life And Death Of Sviatoslav I of Kiev,” now at YouTube, may appeal to interested adults. ūüėČ ¬†(Exactly who uploaded it is not clear to this blogger, but, it’s quite good.)[5]



1. Norwegian genealogist and historian Signe Elisabeth Zijdemans, “Ahnentafel of Sally Marie Eilertsen Fjelse,” prepared 23 Oct., 2001; in possession of Susan M. Buckner.

2. Public domain photo; artist unknown.  [Educate me.]

3. Merlindale Diorama Company website [apparently no longer in existence]:  text accompanying [THE most WONDERFUL!] diorama poses of Prince Svyatoslav I Suitislaus.

4. Russian Primary Chronicle [author historically presumed to be Nestor, a monk], at, , accessed July, 2016.

5. “The Life And Death Of Sviatoslav I of Kiev,” YouTube [contributor not known to me], accessed July, 2016.

avery buckner, son of rev. benjamin buckner & sarah avery



A 1st cousin six times removed from me, Avery BUCKNER (1775 Virginia Colony, America[1] РAbt. 1856 Georgia[2]), is the 5th child of Baptist minister Rev. Solomon Benjamin[6] or Benjamin[3] BUCKNER &, Sarah AVERY.[3][6]

Professional genealogist Jeannette Holland Austin writes in her book The Georgians: Genealogies of Pioneer Settlers,¬†“Avery BUCKNER,…m. ca 1801 Mary DANIEL, dau. of Thomas DANIEL and Mary BARROW (dau. of John BARROW),… ISSUE:
‚¶Ā “Sarah m. Wiley J. HARRIS 11/1823 Putnam Co.;
‚¶Ā “Amanda m. Henry STRICKLAND 7/9/1823 Putnam Co.;
‚¶Ā “Eliza [Elizabeth] m. Seaborn ELLIS 11/1/1832 Putnam Co.;
‚¶Ā “Parham, b. 1817 m. Eliza Ann MIDDLEBROOKS, dau. of Alfred MIDDLEBROOKS and his w., Sarah ELLIS;
‚¶Ā “Leroy m. Prudence CHAPMAN, dau. of Isaiah CHAPMAN and Prudence P. SLAUGHTER 7/6/1839 Monroe Co., Ga., [who] m. 2d, Richmond DAVIS, 12/24/1835, Putnam Co., Ga.”[3]

Omitted from¬†Austin’s book are the ADDITIONAL ISSUE¬†of:
‚¶Ā Firstborn son Freeland BUCKNER[4][5][6] (May 8, 1802 North Carolina – Apr. 15, 1896 McCaysville, Fannin County, Georgia)[4][5], who married, Mar. 21, 1833, Nancy HARVEY[4][5] (Sept. 5, 1811 Georgia – Nov. 19, 1895 Fannin County, Georgia)[7], daughter of Evan HARVEY & Ursula JACKSON.[8]
‚¶Ā Urania (Laurany)[4] or Lourana (Lourainy) BUCKNER[5] (Abt. 1814 – Jan. 3, 1887 Monroe County, Georgia)[4][5]; married Richard[4] or Richmond[5] DAVIS (1816 Georgia – ) on Christmas Eve 1835, in Georgia.[4][5]
‚¶Ā Candis BUCKNER (Abt. 1824 Georgia – );¬†married Albert N. MIDDLEBROOKS May 18, 1837 in Georgia.[5]

PROPERTY– ¬†Avery Buckner “owned 45 acres of land in January 1807 on the west side of Peeler’s Creek adjacent to the Solomon Benjamin Buckner and Jessee Buckner properties. Avery purchased this land from Hailey/Haley Tatum for $90.

“On September 8, 1807, Avery sold 78 3/4 acres of land on the west side of the Yadkin River to Hailey/Haley Tatum. The land was adjacent to the Jesse Tatum (Hailey’s father), Edward Yarbrough, and John Poyer properties.”[6]

An 1851 Georgia Property Tax Digest includes “Freeland,” “Leroy” & “Avery BUCKNER” listed one after the other, leading me to speculate that the record is for “this Avery.” ¬†Avery shows to own¬†six slaves; 262 acres “Oak and Hickory Upland,” “3rd Quality;” “Number of Lot of Fraction, District and Section,” “6,” “District;” “County Lands Lie In,” Monroe.[9] ¬†(It’s extremely¬†faint, or, I would include it here.)

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION– “Avery joined by letter dated 12 July 1839, pg 61 a Buckner Baptist Church of Christ at Smyrna GA, was a Mason, data from Tift Baptist College at Forsyth GA. Records from 1823-1889.”[5]

PROBATE of Avery BUCKNER’s Will occurred on Mar. 26, 1856 in Monroe County, Georgia, and for your viewing/reading/research pleasure are included here, jpegs of pages from the source indicated.[10] ¬†(I’m happy¬†to oblige if readers would like me to email¬†them jpegs of the Will & probate pages below: ¬†just make a request in this post’s comment section and I¬†will respond pretty much forthwith. ūüôā )

Avery BUCKNER Will Probate (1of2) [10]

Avery BUCKNER Will Probate (2of2) [10]

Avery had siblings…
‚¶Ā Freeland BUCKNER (Abt. 1767 – ).[4]
‚¶Ā Tillman BUCKNER (Circa 1770 – 1810 Putnam County, Georgia); married, in 1803 Putnam County, Elizabeth FREENEY (1783 Maryland – ).[3]
‚¶Ā Charles BUCKNER (Circa 1772 – 1817 Putnam County, Georgia).[3] Married (1.) Mary Clairborne BANKS; married (2.) on Apr. 12, 1863, Martha Jane GRIFFIN.[5]
‚¶Ā Parham BUCKNER (Circa 1776 – 1843 Monroe County, Georgia); married Sarah DEVEREAUX.[3]
‚¶Ā John BUCKNER (Circa 1785 – 1820 Putnam County, Georgia); married, on June 24, 1807, in Rowan County, North Carolina, Lucretia DANIEL.[3]
‚¶Ā Henry BUCKNER.[3]
‚¶Ā Daniel BUCKNER (Jan. 22, 1788 Rowan County, North Carolina – ); married Charlotte UNKNOWN.[3] Died Jan. 5, 1854 Baldwin County, Georgia.[5]

1., “Avery BUCKNER,” “Family Data Collection – Births,” at , accessed July, 2016.

2., “Avery BUCKNER,” “Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992 [“Wills, Vol A-B, 1824-1866”], at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

3. The Georgians: Genealogies of Pioneer Settlers, by Jeannette Holland Austin [professional genealogist]; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984, pages 45-46, online at , accessed July, 2016.

4. RootsWeb, World Connect Project Family Tree: “Judy Buckner’s Genealogy Homepage,” contact, Judy Buckner <> — E. LaMar Buckner’s genealogy research — accessed July, 2006.

5. Buckners From England to America, Naomi Ellis Buckner, 1998 (self-published).

6. Avery BUCKNER descendant Joel Barry BUCKNER email to me dated June, 2007.

7. “Cemetery Surveys Inc.,” Copyright ¬© 1999, Rose M. Birdwell, Nikki Leigh Neblett & Nema Hunter Mobley, at¬†[“Nancy Buckner”], accessed Jan., 2005.

8., genealogy compilation of Bernice (Brooks) Casey & her son Robert Brooks Casey, “Olliff Family History 9-277,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

9., “Avery Buckner,” “Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

10., “Avery Buckner,” “Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992,” “Wills, Vol A-B, 1824-1866,” at¬†, accessed July, 2016.

of mules and other people: remembrances of life on a georgia farm, by thomas (tom) ernest buckner

Of Mules And Other People: Remembrances Of Life On A Georgia Farm
“By Thomas (Tom) Ernest BUCKNER

“These events/remembrances took place on the Ernest Calhoun Buckner (1880-1958) & Lois Newton Buckner (1904-1991) Douglas County [Georgia, U.S.A.] family farm.

Ernest Calhoun BUCKNER & wife Lois (NEWTON) [1]

“You will likely find a variety, or should I say an abundance, of animals on farms. ¬†At least that was true when I grew up on a farm. ¬†Many were the domesticated versions of cats, dogs, cows, mules, horses, and perhaps chickens. ¬†I say ‘‚Äúperhaps chickens’ because I could never decide whether they should be called ‘domesticated’ when they were so hard to catch. ¬†And that reminds me of the tale of a farmer who developed a three legged chicken so he, his wife, and son could all enjoy a drumstick with their dinner by killing only one chicken. ¬†As the story goes the chicken was so fast on its feet it could outrun a speeding car. ¬†When asked ‘How good are the drumsticks?’ the farmer quipped, ‘Don‚Äôt know, never caught one.’

“Then there are the mostly undomesticated animals such as rabbits, squirrels, mice, rats, snakes lizards, toads and such, and I must not forget mosquitoes and flies. ¬†And that reminds me of the time the farmer, his wife, and son, not having succeeded in catching a chicken, went to town and ordered chicken at the local eatery. ¬†Upon finishing their drumsticks the farmer when asked if they would like dessert and having noticed a pie sitting on the counter answered, ‘Yes, a slice of that raisin pie would be nice.’¬† The waitress as she waved her hand over the pie remarked, ‘not raisin, apple.’

“Some of our animals had names. Dogs had names like Spot and Red (my favorite) and others long forgotten. ¬†Unfortunately, Red and Spot were destroyed by the county sheriff due to a rabies scare in the community. ¬†The sheriff would have quarantined them but they became suspicious and would not allow me or any other person to approach them. ¬†That left no choice but for the sheriff to destroy them. ¬†An act, for which my sister, Mary, never forgave him.

“We had cats which appeared from nowhere and proliferated at rates at which rabbit families would have been proud. ¬†If our cats had names I am not aware. ¬†That was my sisters‚Äô domain. ¬†The cats were not allowed in the house. ¬†Keeping them out was no easy task for they would back up against the kitchen door like water behind a dam and spill in if the door was left ajar or not closed fast enough. ¬†Our dogs never had such expectations except Spot, who disappeared for several weeks one year and upon returning home would not take ‘no’ for an answer regarding house entry when it heard a loud noise like thunder or a gunshot. ¬†On such occasions it was hazardous to be between the dog and a door. ¬†If it succeeded in achieving entry it could usually be found hiding under a bed somewhere in the house. ¬†We surmised that spot had been shot because upon his return, his friendly wagging tail had drooped to the floor and never wagged again. ¬†Evidence of scarring near his spine attested to that theory.

“Our Mules were named but not just any names. They were named for family members such as myself and my siblings. ¬†I suppose their naming in such a way was because they were so much a part of the family, an honor reserved for hard working contributors to the welfare of the farm. ¬†Tom, Mary, and Joe got us through a number of years. ¬†I don‚Äôt know why we never named a mule Elizabeth or David, the youngest and oldest of my siblings, maybe because they already held special places of honor as the alpha and omega or maybe we just ran out of more easily articulated names before we ran out of mules or before we discovered we could have abbreviated them Liz or Dave; something that never occurred to country folk like us so isolated from such worldly nickname practices.

“All that about names brings to mind our last mule, Mary, who was replaced by a Ford tractor in 1949. ¬†Mary was an exceptionally large mule who was bought at a quite reasonable price because she was very skittish, and too, she had a slow-healing injury to a forefoot which required several months of treatment requiring three strong men to control her for daily treatments. ¬†Whether it was that experience or some other experience or inbred quality that caused her to be so nervous and skittish I‚Äôll never know. ¬†Whatever it was contributed to a character that, to refer to her as ‘nervous’ and ‘skittish,”¬†is an insult to an animal of such intelligence and spirit. ¬†Therefore; I will no longer refer to her in those terms which should become obvious in the upcoming discussion as well as why I keep calling her a ‘who’ rather than a ‘what’ or ‘it.’

“Hoof Beats in The Night

“Late many a night it was not unusual to be awakened by thundering hoof beats. ¬†They were barely audible as Mary galloped through the woods behind our farmhouse and then increased in volume as Mary came up the side yard finally reaching a crescendo as she pounded across the front yard, a sound which must have been reminiscent of Paul Revere‚Äôs midnight ride through the streets of Concord. ¬†It can only be imagined that Mary, like Paul Revere, was trying to warn us of some impending attack. ¬†Most likely; however, she, like many of us, would rather risk insults than be ignored.

“We soon learned that her efforts to warn us or, I suspect, merely gain some attention, need not require us to get out of bed and try to round her up. ¬†That response would prove to be an exercise in futility. ¬†When we would awake mornings she would be grazing contentedly in the yard or in a nearby farm field but never far away. ¬†One memorable occasion is illustrious of Mary‚Äôs personality.

“But first, a short tale I thought was a joke until I knew Mary.

“It seems a farmer had a mule which would not stay inside the fence. ¬†It would always jump the fence and no solution was found until the farmer learned that he merely had to release the mule outside the fence and it would jump in.

“A Memorable Occasion

“One morning after one of Mary‚Äôs typical ‘midnight rides’ I found her grazing in a field about a hundred yards from our house. ¬†Gathering up her bridle I approached her whereupon she stopped grazing and stood eyeing me sideways as I slowly approached. ¬†When I got within an arms reach of her she bolted, stopping a few hundred feet away. ¬†That behavior was repeated until we reached a neighbor‚Äôs barn whereupon she jumped over a six-foot fence into that barn lot leaving a few belly hairs on the top fence strand. ¬†Upon cornering her she jumped out and disappeared across the fields in the direction of the next farm about three quarters of a mile further away. ¬†When we reached that farm she had jumped the fence into that lot and at that time the chase had taken us about a mile from our barn. ¬†When cornered there, however, she easily cleared the fence and disappeared in the direction of our farm. ¬†Upon returning home we found her waiting in her stable with an ‘AHA! GOTCHA! WHAT KEPT YA!?’ attitude.

“Skittish” Mary BUCKNER The Mule, Circa 1944 On The Douglas Co., GA, Farm [1]

“If possible, I would apologize to Mary for suggesting that she was skittish. ¬†She, like many of us, simply had a very sensitive nature. ¬†When hitched to a plow, wagon or other tool you might damage the appliance or destroy some crops if you spoke other than softly to her. ¬†A barely audible suggestion (not command) like a soft cluck to start or softly spoken whoa to stop was all that was necessary. ¬†Anything louder and her head would jerk back and you had better have a good grip on the reins and the plow or other tool to which she was hitched.

“Other Mules

“All our mule stories weren‚Äôt about Mary although the most memorable were about her. ¬†I remember one event surrounding one of our mules when I was about nine years old. ¬†It involved a mule but it wasn‚Äôt about a mule. ¬†Me, my older brother, and two friends from a neighboring farm were playing in our pasture one fine Sunday afternoon. ¬†Momma and Daddy were away for the afternoon. ¬†In that pasture there was a gully about ten feet deep and fifteen feet across and hanging from a tall tree on the edge of that gully was a wonderful vine swing on which we swung across the gully pretending we were Tarzan. ¬†That afternoon we had tired of being ‘Ape Man’ and began to explore other avenues of excitement. ¬†It occurred to someone in the group we ought to be cowboys. ¬†Having no horse, the best thing available was one of our mules. ¬†My older brother and the older of our two friends bridled the mule and were taking turns pretending to be Gene Autry or some other notable cowboy. ¬†My brother, when it came his turn felt he ought to prod the mule into a gallop (a trot at best) because what kind of cowboy wouldn‚Äôt gallop. ¬†He, with some difficulty, prodded the mule to a trot and the area being wooded and rough it wasn‚Äôt long before he fell to the ground landing on a tree root. ¬†Upon hearing his cries we converged on him lying on the ground moaning and holding his arm. ¬†From the obvious distortion of his arm we guessed that his arm was broken or dislocated.

“The mule was hastily returned to the barn lot and because of an unspoken but perceived prohibition of riding our mules we concocted the story that the injury was caused by a fall from the vine swing and that is what we told our parents when they returned. ¬†The culmination of that lie led to the demise of our fine vine swing which daddy mercilessly chopped from the tree. ¬†If we had told the truth I don‚Äôt think daddy would have destroyed the mule and we would have still have had our swing. ¬†To my memory we never told him about riding the mule. ¬†I will never know what punishment would have been exacted had he known. ¬†Probably little, except a severe reminder, ‘stay off the mules, you might get hurt.’¬† In those days of little or no money any injury was serious if it cost anything. If a doctor was involved, it was very serious.

“Mules and Watermelons

“The major crop on our farm was home grown tomatoes, the next being large watermelons of a variety developed by my grandfather (William Ernest Buckner 1842-1923¬†a civil war veteran)¬†and referred to as Buckner melons, the seeds to which have long been lost. ¬†They were developed for the local market and had a thin rind no thicker than about one half inch. ¬†The red, sweet meat extended from the heart to the rind and it was fabled at least by family that many grew as large as 100 pounds. ¬†We never thought to use our steelyard to weigh them, never occurring to us that scales used for weighing cotton could have been used to weigh watermelons. ¬†The largest and best of our melons were enjoyed by ourselves, relatives and neighbors because they provided seeds for next year‚Äôs crop. ¬†Needless to say because of their size and fragility they could not stand the rigors of bulk handling and long distance hauling in large truck loads. ¬†Daddy, in his old melon-laden beat up pickup truck, was pulled over by the Atlanta Police to buy a melon on at least one occasion.

“Depending on the variety and quantity of our crops we would make up to five trips per week to the Atlanta Farmer‚Äôs market but three was most common.

“On one occasion daddy had taken a load of produce to the Georgia Farmer‚Äôs market located in Atlanta leaving me and my older brother to haul a load of watermelons from the field in our two horse (mule) wagon. ¬†As we were loading the melons, our two friends of the mule-riding fiasco showed wanting us to go to the movies with them. ¬†We explained that we couldn‚Äôt because of the need of hauling the melons to the house whereupon they insisted on helping us get done in time to accompany them to town (a three-mile walk). ¬†Upon loading the wagon we chose to ascend a rather steep and rutted field road to save time. ¬†But the mule team consisting of Mary and Tom didn‚Äôt cooperate. ¬†Mary was high spirited and energetic but Tom was just the opposite. ¬†No sooner had we started up the hill when Tom decided he wanted to stop but with the load being too heavy for Mary alone progress halted. ¬†It was necessary for both of them to start together but that became impossible since Tom had to be lashed with the reins and yelled at to get him to move and as you may recall Mary insisted on a quiet cluck to start. ¬†I leave it to your imagination to describe the scene. ¬†The two mules alternately started and stopped in fits and jerks until finally the two lunged together in a mighty heave. ¬†The tail gate splintered with a crunch and an avalanche of melons spilled onto the ground. ¬†Rivulets of melon juice trickled down the ruts. ¬†I remember virtually nothing about the rest of the day except there was no movie that day. ¬†I don‚Äôt even remember daddy‚Äôs reaction when he returned that evening. ¬†Perhaps there was little since sometimes parents must just shake their heads and move on.”[2]


Residing In 2016 In Thomas Ernest BUCKNER’s East TN backyard: A Wheel From The Douglas County Farm Melon Wagon [1]


Thomas (Tom) Ernest BUCKNER¬†is a¬†5th cousin twice¬†removed from me, the 2nd son of¬†Ernest Calhoun BUCKNER (May 27, 1880 Cobb County, Georgia, USA – May, 1958 Douglas County, Georgia; buried Mount Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Mableton, Cobb County, Georgia) &¬†Ernest’s 2nd wife, Lois NEWTON (Feb. 28, 1904 Georgia – June 6, 1991 Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee; Mount Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery),¬†daughter of Thomas Norman NEWTON & Emma Harriett (Hattie) ALLEN.

Ernest married 1st, Minnie Beatrice EASON (Jan. 24, 1883 Georgia – July 22, 1924 Cobb County, Georgia; Mount Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery), daughter of Nathaniel Manuel EASON & Sarah Ann SMITH.

A biGGG Thank you!, shout-out to Tom¬†Ernest BUCKNER… ūüôā ūüėČ


1. Joel Barry Buckner family photo; used here with permission.

2. Thomas (Tom) Ernest BUCKNER; June, 2016.