the first house i lived in: the old homestead…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 13 prompt:  The Old Homestead.
Six-fifty-one Knickerbocker Street.  The old homestead.  Sigh.  The first place in which I have recollections of being.  In my mind it’s a grand place, that grandness only slightly diminished by seeing it in recent decades and realizing its smallness and complete lack of grandeur.

Below, how it was in 1948:  barely visible, really, my tiny summer-born self the center of attention in this particular photo, but unfortunately this pic is all I have to remember the old homestead by photograph-wise.

1948: Me & my mum in front of the old homestead — 651 Knickerbocker Street.1

And, how the old homestead looked more than six decades later, in 2015:

A 2015 Google Earth image of the old homestead1

Initially I feel sobered by the 2015 image.  Confused.  My mouth opening in that “O.”  This isn’t 651 Knickerbocker, my mind protests.  Except it is.

But childhood memories win out:  as the image above fades from my head, 1948-through-early-1950s ones rise to the surface triumphantly, too strong to be vanquished by a little reality.

See those four windows across the front of the 2015 pic?  They didn’t used to be there.  Behind them is a huge porch that for us was open wide.  It contains my very earliest memory, in fact:  “Why do I have this faint memory of sleeping in a baby stroller on the Knickerbocker front porch in the dead of winter?” I asked my father one day as an adult.

“Because you did,” he laughed.  “Your Norwegian grandmother Rosalie was convinced it made babies hardy.  No-one could talk her out of it.  All you kids were set out on the porch for an hour or two for winter naps.”  Talk about one’s mouth falling open in that “O.”  (This is an actual custom in Scandinavian countries, I later learned.2)

The old homestead was the greatest place to play.  See those three windows above the four lower, in the 2015 image?  That was my and my two sisters’ bedroom.  A vast, long room with sun streaming in from near all along the front and, one side.  A play heaven.

Our yard out back of the old homestead was fenced in, our wonderful collie Mitzi always up for some playing; concord grapes for snacks climbing all over a wooden grape arbor with a bench to sit on underneath; an old-fashioned clothesline:  the yard seemed to go on & on.  Flowers dotted it, my mom being the gardener.  Lots of old-fashioned types flourished, peonies and hollyhocks and such.

And right down the street from 651 Knickerbocker?!  Oh my:  a whole lake.  A park to go along with it and, one edge of the university arboretum adjacent, where faeries were alleged to live in trees and, actual deer ran & grazed.  A “wild place.”  (What child doesn’t love, wild places?  Especially a child whose first playmate is an older brother…)

Adorable, teeny tree frogs were abundant in those days right in one’s front yard, and, take a hike with an older brother into the swampy depths of the arboretum and there were BIG frogs, turtles — all sorts of interesting creatures, bugs and wonders.

Stroll UP Knickerbocker and, there were railroad tracks running behind the houses on Gregory Street.  TRAINS — which I love to this day — made their wonderfully noisy way along the tracks several times daily.  (These days, it’s a hiking path.)

To the west, maybe six short blocks away, sat the imposing building I would go to kindergarten in:  Dudgeon Elementary School.  The older kids called it “Dungeon,” but I thought it looked like a castle.

Dudgeon Elementary School, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin.3

The world was different then, so I walked alone, to and from Dudgeon each day.  (My brother now an attendee of Blessed Sacrament, my own next stop after kindergarten.)

In the wintertime, the Dudgeon School hill was the best sledding.  Launching from off the small hill way top, we’d often be carried by the momentum clear to the bottom.  The whole neighborhood came to sled there:  big kids, little kids, grown-ups.

Nothing measuring up to fond memories, there will simply never be as grand a place to grow up in as, that old homestead… 😉
1 Family photos of the author’s.
2 “Why Norwegian Parents Let Their Kids Nap In Below-Freezing Temperatures,” at , accessed Apr., 2018.
3 Dudgeon Elementary School, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, USA:  photo source, year taken, unknown.


Celebrating Poetry

This Amistad Research Center reblog features poet John Langston Buckner (Apr. 8, 1836 Canada–Nov. 27, 1908 Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA; buried Mount Hope Cemetery (Plot: North Memorial V), Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas), son of Thomas Jefferson Buckner (Abt. 1810 Kentucky, USA–Abt. 1875 Junction Twp, Osage County, Kansas) & Elizabeth Kirk (July 15, 1815 Kentucky–Apr. 21, 1904; buried Dean Cemetery, Pomona, Franklin County, Kansas).

See my own July 22, 2016 post here at The Mix That Makes Up Me, “born in slavery: thomas jefferson buckner,” for background on John Langston Buckner’s parents.

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First page of "Margaret Garner and Her Child" by John L. Buckner. First page of “Margaret Garner and Her Child” by John L. Buckner.

April is National Poetry Month in the United States. This recognition of the poetic arts was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, and in celebration of all things poetry, as well as Amistad’s literary holdings, we will be posting multiple blog entries regarding our poetry-related holdings this month.

There is no better announcement to make as part of our poetry series than the posting of the new online finding aid to the Buckner-Barker Family papers. The Buckner-Barker Family papers pertain to several generations of an African American family with multi-generational ties to Kansas. The collection consists of typescripts of poems authored by John L. Buckner, but also contains photographs; newspaper clippings; a privately published book of poems by John D. Barker, son-in-law of John L. Buckner; as well as an interview and other documents that…

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from switzerland to the pennsylvania colony: john gebhard / gerhardt hibshman

Immediately below is a repost of a February 13, 2015, post from Janice Harshbarger’s “Happy Genealogy Dance” blog:  “Harshbarger line:  Johann Gebhart (John Gerhardt) Hibshman 1708-1771 Immigrant.”1  Johann falls among my own 6th great-grandfathers.

Following Janice’s blog post, a brief biographical sketch from the 1904, Biographical annals of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical sketches of prominent men and representative citizens and of the early settled families,2 by J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, Ill., on Johann Gebhart (John Gerhardt) Hibshman’s great-grandson William H. Hibshman.  I’m including it here as it gives information on Johann as well as William.

“Johann Gebhart (John Gerhardt) Hibshman 1708-1771 Immigrant”1

“This is a hard line to research and document, partly because the surname is spelled so many different ways in so many different records.  The simplest spelling (and the one I will use) is shown above.  From there it can go into Huppman or Huebschmann or any number of other spellings.

“Johann was born in Switzerland in 1713, or in Bavaria in 1708.  If he was born in Bavaria in 1708 then his parents have been identified as Christoffel Hupshmann and Anna Barbara Van Hoffen, who were married on November 22, 1701 in Pfalz, Bavaria.  If he was born in 1713 in Switzerland, no one has yet identified parents for him.  I tend to go with the 1708 date, pending further research, because it makes possible the married of Johann to Anna Elisabetha Brunner on July 4, 1730 in the Evangelish Lutherische, Bad Duerkheim, Pfalz, Bayern.  A 1713 birthdate would make this marriage very early.  Even a marriage at the age of 22 would have been early, in Bavaria, but it would be possible.

“All we really know for sure is that he was born and that he was married.  It is stated that he came to America in 1732, but I haven’t found documentation for that.  The story is that he went back to the Old World in 1732, and returned with a wife.  Had Anna Elisabetha Brunner been waiting for him in Bavaria all that time?  It’s possible that he was indentured and had to work off the debt before returning for his wife.  Did he also save enough money to make the trip and to bring his wife to America, or did he have another indentureship to serve after arriving for the second time?  Or was he really from Switzerland, and did he go home to marry a woman his family had picked out for him?

“We don’t know much more than that he arrived on the Saint Andrew Gallery, in Philadelphia, in 1737 with Anna Elisabetha (nee Brunner?).  They settled in Lancaster County and raised a family of at least five children, Anna Margaretha, Catherine Elizabeth, Maria Catherina, Wendel, and Henry (Heinrich).  Johann Gebhart died in July of 1771 in Lancaster County, possibly Cocalico Township.  The land he had purchased was about 4 miles north of Ephrata.

“We only have hints and guesses about his life.  Because he was married in a Lutheran church, we can guess that he was Lutheran by belief and attended a Lutheran church in Lancaster County.  We can guess that he farmed, but we don’t know what else he might have done to support his family during the winter months.  We can guess that he was a hard working man, because what we can find by looking at the lives of his sons shows that they had a good work ethic and were ‘successful’.  We can hope he and his wife were happy and that they raised a happy, close family, as most Germans (and Swiss) did.  We can hope that he was not involved in Indian frontier wars, and we can assume that he was in the militia at some point.  Finally, we can hope to learn more about him as more documents and more research notes are put on line!

“The line of descent [i.e., Janice Harshbarger’s] is:

“Johann Gebhart Hibshman-Anna Elisabetha poss Brunner
“Catherine Elizabeth Hibshman-Conrad Mentzer
“John Mentzer-Margareth
“Conrad Mentzer-Elizabeth Tullapen or Duliban
“Catherine Mentzer-Lewis Harshbarger
“Emanuel Harshbarger-Clara Harter
“Grover Harshbarger-Goldie Withers
“Cleveland Harshbarger-Mary Margaret Beeks
“Their descendants.”1
~ ~ ~

My own line of descent from Johann/John Gebhart/Gebhard HIBSHMAN goes like so:

John Gebhard HIBSHMAN (Johann Gebhart HIBSHMAN); spouse Anna Elisabetha UNKNOWN.
John Henry (Henry) HUEBSCHMAN (1748 Pennsylvania Colony, America–June 2, 1818 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA); spouse Catharine LEISE.
Henry HIBSHMAN (1778 Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA–1823 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania); spouse Elizabeth KUMLER.
Elizabeth HIBSCHMAN (1803 Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA–1882 Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois); spouse William M. (Uncle Billy) FASIG.
Catharine Ellen FASIG (1826 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA–1915 Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois); spouse 1st cousin Christian FASIG.
Mary Elizabeth (Elizabeth) FASIG (1848 Clark County, Illinois, USA–1886 Clark County, Illinois); spouse Richard (Rich) BUCKNER.
Jesse Grant (Grant) BUCKNER (1882 Melrose, Clark County, Illinois, USA–1941 Missouri Baptist Hospital, St Louis, St Louis County, Missouri, USA); spouse Golda Ametta GREGER.
My father (1913 El Paso County, Texas, USA–2002 Four Winds Manor nursing home, Verona, Dane, Wisconsin, USA)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Title Page, Biographical annals of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania…, Archive.org3

And now, from the 1904 Biographical annals of Lebanon County…2:

“WILLIAM H. HIBSHMAN.  Jackson township, Lebanon county, is the home of manv excellent farmers and highly esteemed citizens, and one of these is William H. Hibshman, now retired from active labor.  Mr. Hibshman was born September 10, 1832, in Jackson township, a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lesher) Hibshman, the former of whom was a native of Lebanon county, and the latter of Lancaster county.

“The founder of the family in America was Johann (or John) Gebhart Hibshman. a native of Switzerland who came to America in 1732, at the age of nineteen.  Five years afterward he returned to his native land for his wife, returning with her to America September 24, 1737, in the ship ‘St. Andrew’, which sailed on that date from Rotterdam, Holland, for New York.  Upon landing in the New World, he located in Lancaster county, Pa., and purchased a tract of land four miles north of the borough of Ephrata.  He and his wife had four children : Wendel, born in 1740, married Hannah Heffley, and settled at Ephrata; Henry settled in Lebanon county; Catherine married an Albrecht, and lived in Selinsgrove, Pa., and Elizabeth married Conrad Mentzer.

“Henry Hibshman, the grandfather of William H., was the first of the family to locate in Lebanon county.  He married Catharine Leisey and became the father of three sons and five daughters : Henrv. who had two sons, Samuel (who married Mattie Gibble, and had three sons and two daughters), and Daniel, and one daughter, Mary; Wendel, who had two sons and one daughter, Frank (married to Sarah Reiter), John (married to Sarah Bomberger) and Lucetta (married to John Philip); Jacob, mentioned below; Maria, who married Adam Bassler; Elizabeth, who married John Lehman; Christina, who married Henry Creek; Eva, who married Daniel Weist; and Hannah, wife of Jacob Gockley.  Henry Hibshman and wife are buried in the old Schaefferstown cemetery.

“Jacob Hibshman of the above family was born as early as 1790, and he died in 1838.  In 1812 he was married to Elizabeth Lesher, and they became the parents of nine children: (1) Catherine married Henry Mace, and had three children, living: John H., who married Amanda Yingst, and had ten children; Sarah, who married John Smaltz, and had two daughters and one son; and Amanda, who married William H. Hunsicker, and had no children.  (2) Curtis married Rebecca Miller, and had no children.  (3) Elizabeth died unmarried.  (4) Henry married Elizabeth Spayd, and died May 16, 1880; she died in October, 1882.  They had ten children: Henry W., of Tremont, Schuylkill county; Jacob, of Strausstown; Samuel, of Philadelphia; Anna, of Jackson township, Lebanon county; Rachel, of Shillington, Berks county; Lizzie, of Philadelphia; Catherine, who died unmarried at the age of twenty-seven; George and Sarah, who both died in infancy; and Christina, who died at the age of twenty-four.  (5) Sarah married Christian Hostetter, and had two sons, one of whom died unmarried, and the other married but died without issue.  (6) Mary (Polly) died unmarried.  (7) Jacob married Henrietta Swope, and had seven children: William and John of Lebanon county; Frank and Augustus of Philadelphia; Amanda, who married and died in 1899; and Sarah and Elizabeth.  (8) Lydia married Moses Becker, and had two children, a son and a daughter.  (9) William H. is the only one of the family now living.  Jacob Hibshman and his wife Elizabeth sleep their last sleep in the old cemetery at Schaefferstown.

“William H. Hibshman was reared in Jackson township on his father’s farm, now owned by John H. Krall, and in boyhood attended the public schools of the township and the Myerstown Academy, securing an education which gave him a certificate to teach school.  This profession he followed for four years, and then began to farm.  In 1848 he was united in marriage to Miss Sariah Loose, daughter of William and Leah (Bicknel) Loose, of Berks county, and one child was born to this union, Harrison W., who was married to Agnes Zinn, of Jackson township, lately deceased.  The children born to this union were: Lillie, Mary, William H., Henry Z., Catherine, Howard, Clinton, Mabel, Bertha and Walter.

“Mr. Hibshman during his early life found it necessary to practice economy and to be industrious, and he has had the natural reward, owning now a fine farm along the Lebanon and Dauphin pike road, between Lebanon and Myerstown, on the line of the Lebanon & Myerstown Street Railway, whither he came in 1873.  This is one of the very productive farms of the locality, and on account of its location is very valuable.  When a boy of seventeen he learned the milling business with Peter Reist, of Annville, and followed it for some time, residing in Berks county from 1863 to 1873.

“In politics Mr. Hibshman is a zealous and interested Republican, and he has most efficiently served his township in the office of tax collector.  His connection with the Reformed Church has covered many years, and he has been deacon, trustee and elder.  Although Mr. Hibshman is approaching the age when both mental and physical powers usually show signs of failure, such is not the fact in his case.  His memory is excellent, and his reminiscences of old days in this section of the State are very interesting.

“Mr. Hibshman has many friends, his exemplary life and high moral
character giving him the respect and esteem of all who know him.”2

A “Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s” at does show  a “Gerhardt Hubschman” arriving in America in 1737 on the ship “Saint Andrew Galley,” offering possible substantiation for this from Biographical annals of Lebanon County…:  “Five years afterward he returned to his native land for his wife, returning with her to America September 24, 1737, in the ship ‘St. Andrew‘,…”

And the search / research continues.
1 Janice Harshbarger blog, “Happy Genealogy Dance,” post titled “Harshbarger line:  Johann Gebhart (John Gerhardt) Hibshman 1708-1771 Immigrant,” at , accessed Feb., 2018.
2 A, Biographical annals of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical sketches of prominent men and representative citizens and of the early settled families, by J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, Ill., “William H. Hibshman,” pages 131-133, at , accessed Feb., 2018.
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itle page, Biographical annals of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical sketches of prominent men and representative citizens and of the early settled families, 1904 J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, Ill.,, at , accessed Feb., 2018.

starting your family history research

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks, 2018; week 1 prompt:  Start.
When I first delved into researching my family history, I quite literally didn’t know where to start.  This was back in the 1990s when the internet was young and, before became synonomous in the minds of millions, with,genealogy research…  (And, hint:  But one source of many, folks.)

Even now, in this age of genealogy websites all over the internet; PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow; &, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., if I bring up genealogy research — my latest discoveries, a particularly neat find — I’m met frequently with, “That sounds so fascinating but I wouldn’t know where to begin…”

First step?  S t a r t.
Beginning is mostly
a, Just Do It, kind of thing.

Start with what, though?
What you already know and, have on hand.


FAMILY PAPERS (see gold box above)  They truly are, gold.  Scrounge for all you can find.

I will add to this one, medical records of deceased family members.  Ones I unearthed revealed trivia I’d learn nowhere else…

ELDERS IN YOUR FAMILY  That’s right; the old coots.  The furthest-out-there generations still living that you can find.  They can provide facts and, wonderful anecdotal information & stories you just will not find elsewhere.  By the time I began my research, my mother & maternal grandparents were long dead; my paternal grands were deceased; and my father had the beginnings of dementia; etc.  That made for a harder road.  Talk to those people while they are yet alive!  (Take a page from Native American culture:  Value your elders.)

They drop like flies after a certain point. 😐  For heavens sake, interview them while you can.

When I began my family research in the 1990s, my mother’s siblings were gone; my father’s, also long gone.  I did however make brief contact with a paternal aunt, Geraldine (Geri) (McGinnis) Buckner — who abruptly died (old people simply do that; be fast) after we’d exchanged a couple of letters and were in process of arranging a visit.  This experience “learned me” in regard to older kin:  Waste no time!  And, Act with expedience!  Seriously.

But before she did leave this world, Aunt Geri told me an astounding fact:
I had a paternal first cousin I was completely unaware of!  (I have a mental image of myself circa, Hmmm, 1st or 2nd grades, standing in our living room asking my father, who was virtually 100% estranged from his family, “Does Aunt Nell have any kids?”  I can still “see” the both of us — center of the room, standing to one side of the staircase — my father sort of chewing his lips and frowning slightly before answering, “No, she doesn’t.”  Well, I learned from Aunt Geri that that was a blatant fib.)

“Oh yes,” Aunt Geri told me over the phone, she in Missouri, me way up in Wisconsin, “Nell had a baby daughter.  She lost her, looked and looked for her for years & years…  It was so sad.”

My aunt Nell, only sister of my father, had a daughter; “lost” her; and, my own father somehow didn’t know of this tragedy??  (Or, had purposely kept it from me?…  Why?)

Much digging turned up a near-made-for-tv-movie type story on this very-much-not-lost, yet, only-discovered-through-genealogy-research first cousin, but, that I will save for another blog post.  Suffice it to say, you will be surprised at some of what you find in your ancestral attic.

ONLINE MESSAGE BOARDS  Without these?!  I might not have learned (so soon, anyway) that among my 6th great-granduncles is an infamous cryptid 😮 known as “the Jersey Devil.”

Third cousin once removed Larry G. Greger (1944–2007 Illinois), whom I met online in a message board and learned more of my Greger-side ancestry from than anyone or any place else since — Larry was one of those walking encyclopedia types where family history was concerned — turned me on to this fact.  (It so alarmed me when first I heard it that I would not hear, or, even peek at anything regarding it for over a year.  “Don’t start, Larry,” I would say if he tried to bring it up. 😀 )


This alleged offspring of my 7th Great-Grandparents Japheth Leeds, Sr. (circa 1682-’88 New Jersey–abt Feb. 5, 1735-’36 New Jersey), & Deborah Smith (abt 1685–1748 New Jersey), per the The New Jersey Historical Society, is generally traced back to my very own 7th Great-Grandmum Deborah, “who emigrated from England in the 1700s to marry a Mr. Leeds [Grampa Japheth].  The Leeds family lived in the area of the NJ Pine Barrens…  Mrs. Leeds had given birth to 12 children and was about to give birth to her 13th.  The story goes that Mrs. Leeds invoked the devil during a very difficult and painful labor and that when the baby was born, it either immediately, or very afterwards, (depending on the version of the story), grew into a full-grown devil and escaped from the house.”  Other versions of the story give variations on this account, one being that the child was born “a monster,” i.e. deformed.  “It may be that indeed Mrs. Leeds gave birth to a child with a birth defect and given the superstitions of the period, the legend of the Jersey Devil was born.  People in the 1700s still believed in witchcraft and many people of the period felt a deformed child was a child of the devil or that the deformity was a sign that the child had been cursed by God.”1

Nevertheless, “In the last 200 years or so, there have been a number of ‘sightings’ and the hearing of eerie noises/wails in the forests which have been attributed to the Jersey Devil,…”  Poor uncle. :-/  (And poor Grandmama Deborah, to go down in history so “memorably?” :-/ )1

Over the years, “People have found ‘strange’ tracks and attributed them to the Jersey Devil. One instance of such tracks was reported, (along with loud shrieks), near May’s Landing in 1960. Also in 1960, merchants in Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil. They said they would build a private zoo to display the creature if anyone could capture it. The reward is unclaimed.”1

SNAIL-, E-MAIL & PHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH KIN MET ONLINE  Just invaluable.  Absolutely invaluable.

Multiple cousins from Clark & Crawford Counties, Illinois, have provided me so much background on the huge number of my Buckner kin in those areas:  from photos to anecdotal data to history to you-name-it.  From one of them I first learned of my paternal grandfather Jesse Grant (Grant) Buckner’s (1882 Illinois–1941 Missouri) orphan background, along with that of his siblings after their mother’s sudden & unexpected death.

I first learned the following factoid regarding my paternal grandfather, Jesse (Grant) Buckner and, his parents/my great-grands, from several Clark & Crawford County, Illinois, cousins met online:

…Richard and Mary Elizabeth Buckner were living on their farm between West Union and Martinsville in Clark County, Illinois…  The mother, Mary Elizabeth, became ill while visiting friends on a nearby farm on Dec. 20, 1886, and died on December 24.  [Christmas Eve.  Can you imagine?]  Dora and Lula [ages 13, &, six at the time] were taken to the home of [their maternal grandparents] Christian and Catharine Fasig.  The boys [Perry Comodore, age 11; William Frederick (Fred), age nine; Grant, age four; & Edward D. (Eddie), age two & 10 months], except Homer [six months], were taken to a soldiers orphanage at Normal, Illinois, where Edward died at the age of two.  Edward’s grave has never been located.  Homer was taken by the family of Jacob Serwise.  …”

Major genealogy data!

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES  Even teeny small ones.
MUSEUMS  Yes, museums.  A recreational drive in the Wisconsin countryside in 2001 took me into Mt. Horeb and into the Mt. Horeb Area Museum, such a little-bitty hole-in-the-wall at the time that I almost missed the entrance.

What did I see sitting on the counter in the museum gift shop but, the bright red cover of a Mt. Horeb-Presettlement to 1986 book.

Now, while I did know that Grandunk Dr. Homer Buckner supposedly lived & had a clinic at one time somewhere around Dodgeville or Mt. Horeb, that was the extent of my knowledge.  But serendipity led me to pick up the book; turn to the index; and look for, Buckner.  I was floored to read:

“On November 4, 1918, five Mt. Horeb businessmen went to Prairie du Sack to induce Dr. Homer M Buckner to set up an office here [in Mt. Horeb].  The prospect of having an operating room was a proposition he could not resist.  Dr. and Mrs. (Marie) Buckner arrived in Mt. Horeb on Armistice Day, 1918.  He used St. Olaf Hospital to perform many surgeries until December 1921, when he purchased the spacious three story residence at 408 East Main Street, built by Onon B. Dahle in 1895.3

“In 1922, he opened a 22 bed hospital with offices…on the first floor.  …3

“….H. M. Buckner…retained several of the elegant rooms on the first floor for living quarters for himself and his new bride, Marie Pierstoff.  His skill as a surgeon gave him a large practice and he performed major surgery as well as countless tonsillectomies, which were almost routine during that period for children with sore throats.  One pleasure that usually followed the tonsillectomy was that the patient got a malted milk, for it soothed the throat as it provided nourishment.  …3

“In 1939, the Industrial Commission complained that the hospital was not sufficiently fireproof and early in 1940 informed Dr. Buckner it could no longer function as a hospital.  Dr. Judson A Forman purchased the property for an office and consultation rooms.  Dr. Buckner moved May 1, 1940, to Dodgeville where there were hospital facilities.  …3

“….[Dodgeville’s] larger hospitals provided better facilities for his surgery.  He became especially adept at removing gall bladders.  Many of his Mt. Horeb patients continued to seek his services after the move.”3

The museum even had glassed-in “reproductions” of what his offices looked like at the time.

CENSUSES  Census images reveal more than just names.  Value of property owned; educational level; year of immigration; year of marriage:  different census years offer a variety of information.

OLD BOOKS  Googling turns up all sorts of things.

AND MANY, MANY, MORE  Imagination helps.  (Never give up.).
The New Jersey Historical Society, at , accessed Jan., 2018.
2 PHOTO, the Jersey Devil:  public domain.
3 Mt. Horeb-Presettlement to 1986, Mt. Horeb (WI) Area Museum* gift shop; pages 47 & 121; 1986 softcover edition; purchased fall, 2001.  *[Now called the Driftless Historium; website, .]

born in slavery: thomas jefferson buckner


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Thomas Jefferson BUCKNER (1810-’15 Kentucky[1] – Abt. 1875 Junction Twp, Osage County, Kansas[2]) is the son of an enslaved woman known only as Polly, and, the man who enslaved both Thomas & Polly, John BUCKNER[3] (Abt. 1762 Virginia Colony, America[4] – Abt. 1822 Green … Continue reading

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” 😉 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 – 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, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner.”[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, “Capt Nickerson S Buckner,” at , accessed July, 2016.

2Veterans 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

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 – Oct. 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 – Nov. 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 – 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 – )[10];

(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[1011];

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] – July 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 – Apr. 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 – Aug. 3, 1898); married Rosella Caroline (Ella) HENDRICKS[10];

(ix.) Emily Jane BUCKNER (1845 Clark County, Illinois – Dec. 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 – July 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 – Jan. 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 – 1921 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. 😉


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–1916,” 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, 1763–1900,” 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

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.[23]

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 – abt. 1785 Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA) married, abt. 1768 in the Virginia Colony, William CONNER (abt. 1742 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Colony – )[2];
  3. Thomas (abt. 1747 – )[2];
  4. Mary (abt. 1749 – )[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 – )[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]


1The 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 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, “Louisa County Will Book 1746-1761,” at , accessed July 12, 2016:  “PHILIP BUCKNER,” Will Book 1, p. 51.

“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”

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.[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] 🙂

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;— 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.


“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…


“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.”[2]


😮 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 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., 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


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

A 1st cousin six times removed from me, Avery BUCKNER (1775 Virginia Colony, America[1] – Abt. 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:
⦁ “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.”[3]

Omitted from Austin’s book are the ADDITIONAL ISSUE of:
⦁ 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]
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]
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. 🙂 )

Avery BUCKNER Will Probate (1of2) [10]

Avery BUCKNER Will Probate (2of2) [10]

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