Saturday, October 11, 2014

Corrected Buchanan Genealogy

I love it when someone reads the blog and finds a mistake, because that means:
1.       Someone is actually reading the blog  and
2.        We can correct the mistake before it becomes another bit of incorrect history.

B. Ross who did such a terrific job on researching the Lawrence Co. War of 1812 veterans wrote:
“I am a little confused by some of the information contained in this article—
Charter members of Pisgah Church --which was posted Oct 8. 

Caroline Buchanan is listed as daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Allison) Buchanan.  It appears that
Thomas Buchanan’s wife is Elizabeth Anderson.
Elizabeth Buchanan 1775 is listed as 20 years older than husband Thomas Buchanan—1794, although possible, not likely.
 Victor Buchanan b. 1762 d. 1881 this would make him 120 years old

What do you think?”

Confession Time:  I unknowingly re-published the work of the late Geraldine Satterthwaite without checking the  sources or the content. (The document was not identified as to who the author was.)  So I forwarded Ms. Ross’s comments to John King whom I knew could set us all straight.

According to John, the entry should read:
Caroline Buchanan (abt 1820 - 1844) was the daughter of Thomas B. Buchanan (1794 - 1876) and his wife Elizabeth (Anderson) Buchanan (1795 - 1863).  She married the Rev Isaac Bennett, the minister of the Pisgah Church, on July 5, 1836, but died March 8, 1844, the mother of Stephen Bliss Bennett and Whitfield Bennett.
Elizabeth (Anderson) Buchanan, wife of Thomas B. Buchanan, was born December 25, 1795 and died December 25, 1863.
Victor Buchanan, Sr (1762 - 1843) was first married to Elizabeth Allison, the mother of Thomas B. Buchanan and William Buchanan.  His second wife Rebecca (Tucker) Buchanan was the mother of Elizabeth (Buchanan) Bell, Walter B. Buchanan, Victor Buchanan Jr (1807 - 1881), Rebecca (Buchanan) Galloway, Mary (Buchanan) Marney, and James Hex Buchanan. 

John also copied and forwarded the following obituary:

Obituary of Thomas Buchanan, from Maurice G. Buchanan's "Buchanan Ancestry":
"Thomas Buchanan, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Lawrence County, Illinois, and a ruling elder in the Pisgah Presbyterian church of said County, died on Sabbath morning, November 26, 1876, at his residence about six miles south of Lawrenceville, at the advanced age of 81 years, 11 months, and 1 day.
                The leading facts, embodied in the following notice of his early life, have been copied by himself, written, and dated May 13, 1875.
Mr. Buchanan was born on the 25 of December, 1794, in an Indian Garrison, in the town of Port William, situated on the bank of the Ohio River in Gallatin County, Kentucky.  He was the first child born in that place.  He was brought up on Hunters Bottom, about six miles below the place of his birth.  In his youth, his time was principally occupied with hard work.  He enjoyed but little of the advantages of early education.  But in after years he so improved his opportunities by reading, that he became possessed of much general information.
                In August 1813, Mr. Buchanan, though quite young entered his country's service.  He volunteered and went with Governor Shelby's expedition into Canada.  He was in the battle of the Thames where at times he was greatly exposed to danger, but he escaped unhurt.
                On the 18th day of May, 1815, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Anderson of Shelby County, Kentucky, with whom he lived happily for nearly fifty years.  Their union was blessed with ten children--five sons and five daughters, most of whom are now living.  Mr. Buchanan always spoke tenderly and affectionately of his wife and mourned her death to the end of his days.  He survived his wife about thirteen years.
                In April, 1819, Mr. Buchanan with his wife and two little children, accompanied also by his father, and the rest of their family, left Kentucky for Illinois.  After a long disagreeable and dangerous journey, they all arrived safely in what is now the Buchanan neighborhood, and Uncle Tommy (by which name the subject of this sketch was familiarly called) settled on the same farm on which he died.  The region in which he settled was, at the time of his settlement, a wilderness--wet, marsh, infested with Indians, robbers and counterfeiters, wolves, wild-cats and mosquitoes.  By and by however, the nuisances were abated, extirpated, and the country improved, and the "country began to blossom like the rose."
                In November, 1828, Mr. Buchanan was received into the communion of the Wabash Presbyterian church, on profession of faith in Christ Jesus, for salvation.  In 1833, he was elected a ruling elder of that church.  In 1835, he became one of the organizing members of the Pisgah church, and was at that time elected to the office of ruling elder of that church in which he was the senior elder at the time of his death.  Mr. Buchanan was for many years, engaged as a colporteur.  He traveled very extensively in Southern Illinois, and was known more or less in every county in that section of the state.  He labored very efficiently and succeeded in circulating thousands of dollars’ worth of Bibles and other religious books and tracts.
                In his day he was honored with office in church and state.  He has served as magistrate, captain and major, and has many times represented the church in its presbyteries, Synods and general Conferences. . . ."

And now for the rest of the story from the Civil War Round Table researchers: 

Thomas B. Buchanan was the grandfather of several Civil War soldiers - Whitfield Bennett, John M. Buchanan, Andrew J. Gould, Victor H. Gould, & Thomas B. Gould.  His full-brother William Buchanan returned to Kentucky after being an early settler of Lawrence County.  This William Buchanan was the father of two Confederate soldiers - William Buchanan (1827 - 1910) & James Thomas Buchanan (1837 - 1918), both of Co E, 4th KY Cav (CSA).