I am befuddled.
Or as one genealogy colleague and cousin “graphically” 😉 put it,
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 – 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 FindAGrave.com memorial for Rev. Nixon under, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner.” With, sputter sputter, an Apr. 19, 1918, Momence Progress Reporter obituary for, “Rev. Nickerson Buckner:”
But then, what did I virtually stumble upon, today?!?
See the screen shot below — the website, scribd.com, 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:
Veddy inneresting, verrry confusing… (New fact, or, a mistake?…)
1. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 23129624, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=BUCKNER&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1918&GSdyrel=in&GSst=6&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=23129624&df=all& , accessed July, 2016.
2. Veterans of the George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, Denise Ratterman Jackson, “Rev. Nickerson (Nixon) S. BUCKNER,” at https://www.scribd.com , accessed July 18, 2016.
William Robert BUCKNER (Aug. 26, 1808 Siler City, Chatham County, North Carolina – Nov. 7, 1887 Clark County, Illinois; buried Bailiff Cemetery, West York, Clark County, Illinois), is a son of my 4th great-grandparents Elisha BUCKNER & Sarah Elizabeth STEELE, and thus, falls among my 3rd great-granduncles.Uncle William Robt. married first, my 3rd great-grandaunt Nancy EVANS (Oct. 27, 1809 Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina – Oct. 2, 1852 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery), daughter of my Quaker 4th great-grandparents Benjamin EVANS & Rebekah WILLARD, on Dec. 10, 1829, in Crawford County, Illinois.
He married second, on Mar. 8, 1853, in Clark County, Illinois, Elizabeth (Betsy) SPENCER (Dec. 16, 1828 Kentucky – Feb. 22, 1917 West York, Crawford County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery, daughter of Thomas SPENCER & Sarah [PRESTON?].
Nancy & William Robert had these 11 children together:(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 – Nov. 9, 1900 Douglas County, Kansas; Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas).
Allen married first, on Nov. 14, 1850 in York, Clark County, Illinois, Emely HUNGERFORD. He married second, on Aug. 26, 1856 in Shelby County, Illinois, Maranda Ellen WALLER;(ii.) Medic in the American Civil War, 62nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union allegiance, Dr. Benjamin Franklin BUCKNER (Mar. 24, 1832 Clark County, Illinois – July 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 – );
(iv.) Nancy Ellen BUCKNER (Apr. 24, 1835 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois – 1905 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];(v.) Atty. William Henry BUCKNER (Jan. 26, 1837 [Per gravestone] – July 9, 1903 Momence, Kankakee County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery); married, Aug. 26, 1858 in Clark County, Illinois, 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; Momence Cemetery (Plot: Block 8 lot 5), Momence, Kankakee County, Illinois); married, Jan. 1, 1862 Clark County, Illinois, Emily RALSTON;(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 – Apr. 18, 1918 Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California; George C. Yount Pioneer Cemetery, Yountville, Napa County, California); married first, Aug. 25, 1869 Piatt County, Illinois, Mary E. McDOWELL; second, Apr. 2, 1871 Hancock County, Illinois, Annette Clarissa (Nettie) HUSE;
(viii.) Pvt. in the American Civil War, 79th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union allegiance, Enos BUCKNER (Sept. 22, 1842 Illinois – Aug. 3, 1898); married Rosella Caroline (Ella) HENDRICKS;
(ix.) Emily Jane BUCKNER (1845 Clark County, Illinois – Dec. 7, 1874 Hilt, Siskiyou County, California; Henley & Hornbrook Cemetery); married Charles Wesley (West) HILT;(x.) Newton BUCKNER (Aug. 30, 1847 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois – July 21, 1852 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery); (xi.) Laura Mary BUCKNER (Jan. 11, 1850 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois – July 26, 1860 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery);
With second wife Elizabeth (Betsy) SPENCER, William Robt. BUCKNER had these four more children:
(xii.) James Henry BUCKNER (Aug. 12, 1854 Clark County, Illinois – Jan. 6, 1943 West Union, Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery)[21, 22]; who married, abt. 1879 Clark County, Illinois, my 2nd cousin three times removed, Florence DOLSON, daughter of James DOLSON & Minerva (Manervy; Minervy) BUCKNER, whose father Elisha is a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather Henry George BUCKNER;(xiii.) Charles Newton BUCKNER (Feb., 1856 Clark County, Illinois – 1921 Clark County, Illinois; Bailiff Cemetery); married, Nov. 29, 1881, Elremetta May (Dolly) BURNER; (xiv.) Matilda Alice (Alice; Sissy) BUCKNER (Nov. 15, 1858 Illinois – May 26, 1882; Bailiff Cemetery) married, Feb. 22, 1881 in Clark County, Illinois, Prevo RALSTON. Matilda was Prevo’s second wife.
Prevo married first, Mar. 15, 1868, in Clark County, Illinois, 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;
(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).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. 😉
1. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568668, “William Robert Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36568668&ref=acom , accessed July, 2016.
2. Cyberdriveillinois.com > Departments > Illinois State Archives > Databases > Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases > “Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916,” at http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/death.html , accessed July, 2016.
3. Sandra (Buckner) Cirullo family photograph; used with permission.
4. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568631, “Nancy Evans Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36568631 , accessed July, 2016; grave marker photo contributed by Felicia (Foltz) Hoffman.
5. Cyberdriveillinois.com > Departments > Illinois State Archives > Databases > Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases > “Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900,” at http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp , accessed July, 2016.
6. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568693, “Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Spencer Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36568693 , accessed July, 2016.
7. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 31501948, “Col Allen Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31501948 , 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, Ancestry.com, at http://person.ancestry.com/tree/79831532/person/180016014510/gallery?_phtarg=MRC7578 , accessed July, 2016.
9. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 38621492, “Pvt Benjamin Franklin Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38621492&ref=acom , accessed July, 2016.
10. Utah State Senator E. LaMar Buckner (1922-2012) genealogy databases (formerly) online.
11. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 71179113, “Nancy Ellen Buckner Hilt,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=71179113 , 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 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kitwithers/steele/steele.html , accessed July 15, 2016; photo credit given Steve Combs.
13. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568992, “William Henry Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36568992 , 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, Ancestry.com at, http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2189&h=583487&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=180016015319&usePUB=true , accessed July, 2016.
15. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” “Elisha Buckner,” Ancestry.com at, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2542&h=1215221&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=180016016684&usePUB=true , accessed July, 2016.
16. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 59071328, “Elisha Evans Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59071328 , accessed July, 2016.
17. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 23129624, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=BUCKNER&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1918&GSdyrel=in&GSst=6&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=23129624&df=all& , accessed July, 2016.
18. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 92196991, “Emily Jane Buckner Hilt,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92196991 , accessed July, 2016.
19. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568563, “Newton Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=BUCKNER&GSfn=Newton&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=16&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=36568563&df=all& , accessed July, 2016.
20. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36568599, “Laura Mary Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36568599 , accessed July, 2016. Grave marker photo contributed by Felicia (Foltz) Hoffman.
21. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” “James Henry Buckner,” Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2542&h=83621&tid=79831532&pid=34405381505&hid=65020975234&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7585&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true , accessed July 15, 2016.
22. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 132155146, “James H. Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=132155146 , accessed July, 2016.
23. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 27542399, “Charles Newton Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27542399 , accessed July, 2016.
24. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36606546, “Matilda Alice ‘Sissy’ Buckner Ralston,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36606546 , accessed July, 2016. Grave marker photo used above contributed by Vada L. Long.
25. “Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900,” “Matilda A Buckner,” Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7857&h=75071&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405381627&usePUB=true , accesed July, 2016.
26. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 36570844, “Abraham Lincoln Buckner,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36570844 , accessed July, 2016.
27-A. “1860 United States Federal Census,” “Wm Buckner,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7667&h=37807345&tid=79831532&pid=34405381755&hid=63737710317&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7589&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true ;
27-B. “1870 United States Federal Census,” “William Buckner,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1870usfedcen&h=17028828&tid=79831532&pid=34405381755&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7589&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true&rhSource=7667 ; &,
27-C. “1880 United States Federal Census,” “William Buckner,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1880usfedcen&h=29778731&tid=79831532&pid=34405381755&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MRC7589&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true&rhSource=7163 , all, at Ancestry.com, accessed July, 2016.
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.
“II. Ann BUCKNER.
“III. Thomas BUCKNER.
“IV. Mary BUCKNER.
“V. Philip BUCKNER.
“VI. Elizabeth BUCKNER.
“VII. Aylett BUCKNER.”
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 or, William Philip, AYLETT, Jr. (circa 1662 – 1728), &, Anne TAYLOR.[2, 3]
As regards Jane & Philip’s children,
- William BUCKNER married, abt. 1764 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia Colony, Sally Pendleton THOMAS (Abt. 1744 – );
- Ann BUCKNER (abt. 1745 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Colony – abt. 1785 Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA) married, abt. 1768 in the Virginia Colony, William CONNER (abt. 1742 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Colony – );
- Thomas (abt. 1747 – );
- Mary (abt. 1749 – );
- 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;
- Jane (abt. 1754 – );
- Elizabeth (abt. 1755 – );
- Aylett (abt. 1757 – ); &,
- Judith (abt. 1760 – ).
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.”
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 – Dec. 26, 2012 Utah) genealogy databases at Ancestry.com and, RootsWeb; accessed July, 2006.
3. Wikipedia, “Aylett family of Virginia,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aylett_family_of_Virginia , accessed July, 2016.
4. “Piedmont Virginia Digital History: The Land Between The Rivers,” Cheryl Holzbach, transcriber, “Louisa County Will Book 1746-1761,” at http://www.piedmontvahistory.org/archives14/items/show/666 , accessed July 12, 2016: “PHILIP BUCKNER,” Will Book 1, p. 51.
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 – Oct. 24, 1854; Mount Holly Cemetery), son of Lambert REARDON & Ann JEFFREY.
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. 🙂
“Compiled, Enlarged and Edited
“by Katherine Edmondson Tuley (Chicago, 1901).
“TO THE DESCENDANTS OF THOS. BUCKNER.
“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;— that he has employed the services of a reliable genealogist and author. Mr. Stuart C. Wade of 152 W. [unreadable] street, New York,—and 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—on 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— 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.
“A STORY OF THE PAST
“FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
“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,—in 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—and I remember the reflection of my face in the shining brass of the andirons and fender. I remember aiso the ‘Love Apples’—or 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—poor 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…
“CHINEWORTH SPRING MASSACRE.
“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—all 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.”
😮 OMGosh. am I going to just leave you hanging here?! Well, yes, actually, that’s the plan… 😉 For the rest of the book, go to Archive.org via the link in my Endnotes below… 🙂 (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. FindAGrave.com, memorials no. 90324204, “Priscilla Aylett Buckner Reardon,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90324204 , created by P. V. Hays; and, no. 6689587, “Lambert Jeffrey Reardon,” at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6689587 , created by “K.”
2. REARDON, Priscilla Aylette (BUCKNER); Tuley, Katherine Edmondson, Reminiscences of the Buckner family (Chicago, 1901); online at Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/reminiscencesofb00rear , accessed July, 2016. Downloadable in several formats. Not in copyright per Archive.org.
A 1st cousin six times removed from me, Avery BUCKNER (1775 Virginia Colony, America – Abt. 1856 Georgia), is the 5th child of Baptist minister Rev. Solomon Benjamin or Benjamin BUCKNER &, Sarah AVERY.
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:
⦁ “Sarah m. Wiley J. HARRIS 11/1823 Putnam Co.;
⦁ “Amanda m. Henry STRICKLAND 7/9/1823 Putnam Co.;
⦁ “Eliza [Elizabeth] m. Seaborn ELLIS 11/1/1832 Putnam Co.;
⦁ “Parham, b. 1817 m. Eliza Ann MIDDLEBROOKS, dau. of Alfred MIDDLEBROOKS and his w., Sarah ELLIS;
⦁ “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.”
Omitted from Austin’s book are the ADDITIONAL ISSUE of:
⦁ Firstborn son Freeland BUCKNER (May 8, 1802 North Carolina – Apr. 15, 1896 McCaysville, Fannin County, Georgia), who married, Mar. 21, 1833, Nancy HARVEY (Sept. 5, 1811 Georgia – Nov. 19, 1895 Fannin County, Georgia), daughter of Evan HARVEY & Ursula JACKSON.
⦁ Urania (Laurany) or Lourana (Lourainy) BUCKNER (Abt. 1814 – Jan. 3, 1887 Monroe County, Georgia); married Richard or Richmond DAVIS (1816 Georgia – ) on Christmas Eve 1835, in Georgia.
⦁ Candis BUCKNER (Abt. 1824 Georgia – ); married Albert N. MIDDLEBROOKS May 18, 1837 in Georgia.
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.”
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. (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.”
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. (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. 🙂 )Avery had siblings…
⦁ Freeland BUCKNER (Abt. 1767 – ).
⦁ Tillman BUCKNER (Circa 1770 – 1810 Putnam County, Georgia); married, in 1803 Putnam County, Elizabeth FREENEY (1783 Maryland – ).
⦁ Charles BUCKNER (Circa 1772 – 1817 Putnam County, Georgia). Married (1.) Mary Clairborne BANKS; married (2.) on Apr. 12, 1863, Martha Jane GRIFFIN.
⦁ Parham BUCKNER (Circa 1776 – 1843 Monroe County, Georgia); married Sarah DEVEREAUX.
⦁ John BUCKNER (Circa 1785 – 1820 Putnam County, Georgia); married, on June 24, 1807, in Rowan County, North Carolina, Lucretia DANIEL.
⦁ Henry BUCKNER.
⦁ Daniel BUCKNER (Jan. 22, 1788 Rowan County, North Carolina – ); married Charlotte UNKNOWN. Died Jan. 5, 1854 Baldwin County, Georgia.
1. Ancestry.com, “Avery BUCKNER,” “Family Data Collection – Births,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5769&h=659421&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405381360&usePUB=true , accessed July, 2016.
2. Ancestry.com, “Avery BUCKNER,” “Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992 [“Wills, Vol A-B, 1824-1866”], at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8635&h=525277&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405381360&usePUB=true , 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 https://books.google.com/books?id=4RCglni-o4IC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=Avery+BUCKNER+%26+Mary+DANIEL&source=bl&ots=uQDSx6-vHM&sig=cVN5KScU_fDO5likoPgZtCz6fV4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiX54mVx9bNAhUo9IMKHZT-AIwQ6AEIIzAB#v=onepage&q=Avery%20BUCKNER%20%26%20Mary%20DANIEL&f=false , accessed July, 2016.
4. RootsWeb, World Connect Project Family Tree: “Judy Buckner’s Genealogy Homepage,” contact, Judy Buckner <jbuckner@@myrealbox.com> — 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 oldcemsurveys.mybigfamily.us/albums/FanninGA/Mobile/mobile12.html [“Nancy Buckner”], accessed Jan., 2005.
8. RCasey.net, genealogy compilation of Bernice (Brooks) Casey & her son Robert Brooks Casey, “Olliff Family History 9-277,” at http://www.rcasey.net/olliff/olljcksn.htm , accessed July, 2016.
9. Ancestry.com, “Avery Buckner,” “Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1729&h=3192568&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405381360&usePUB=true , accessed July, 2016.
10. Ancestry.com, “Avery Buckner,” “Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992,” “Wills, Vol A-B, 1824-1866,” at http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8635&h=525277&ssrc=pt&tid=79831532&pid=34405381360&usePUB=true , accessed July, 2016.
NOTE TO SELF: Reminder– you told Donna you’d help work on this ancestor of hers this cold season. 😉
What I know about my 3rd great-grandfather, John Buckner, Sr., is limited, as is the case for most of my ancestors born in the 1700s. I found an obituary for John in the June 16, 1877 edition of the Nashville Christian Advocate. It was brief but gave some much wanted details:
“JOHN BUCKNER born east Tenn., Oct. 12, 1798, married Rachel Lindsy, 1818; about 1836 moved to Blount Co., Ala; died Dec. 16, 1876. He left a large family.”
Although that information provides the beginning and ending and even 3 brief pieces of information about everything between 1798 and 1876 [he married, he moved, he bore children], it’s still pretty limited. So, what else have I been able to discover about him?
The earliest Buckner record I found for a John Buckner in east Tennessee is for 1830 and there are two Buckners listed: John and what is likely…
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