Archive | September 2008

PLANT A FAMILY TREE; it never stops growing

…just can’t seem to get enough of my family tree. The more I dig, the more it grows, so if you ever decide to plant a tree, be sure you have enough time to stay with it. Obsessed, or so my family says, about finding as many relatives as possible, I want more than just the particular data, I want pictures, stories, and obituaries. These things bring to life a family I never knew, but have had huge impact on my life.

Now, while I continue to hoe around the tree, take a look at this special picture. Grandmother Buckland (Mary Jane Davidson) with Gail, Larry & Ellis. She died in 1960 when I was only a little more than six, so I don’t remember much about her. She allowed me, and I say that guessing she may have been a bit picky, play in the “colonade”. Colonade was her reference to those small built-in bookcases behind glass doors between the foyer and living room. Also, I remember her thick stockings and large black shoes as she pushed her rocking chair to the rhythum of her crochet needles.

Diggin’ up sum roots

Obsession may be the key word since I have returned from my mountain roots adventure in August. It seems that I am so busy recording data that I uncovered, that I have forgotten my blog. Here is a tidbit that might put a smile on your face. The above picture of my grandparents with their first six children is one of my favs. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Notice the hair bows, the skinny ties, the shoes, AND THE TEDDY BEAR! Wow!

Asa Davis worked with the N&W railroad about 48 years and began in Russell County in 1905. While Altha was pregnant with JoElla, he was promoted to section foreman in Tazewell County. Asa loaded his family belongings into a boxcar for the move. Can you imagine?
When the couple went to house keeping Asa’s Uncle Henry gave them a primitive pie safe made of poplar and joined with wrought nails. I suppose that treasure was moved from Cleveland to Tazewell via RR because Grandma Davis gave that to me before she died. I still have it and hope that one of my girls will someday take a likin’ to it.

Martha W. Compton Buckland

Thanks to John Pratt for sending me to

Compton Cemetery in Falls Mills

Martha W. “Patsy” Compton married Jacob W. Buckland. He was born Abt. 1809 in W. Va. (1920 Census); died August 29, 1880 in Tazewell County, Virginia. He was the son of 2. Thomas Buckland and 3. Margaret Wickline.

Among the property Jacob W. Buckland owned included:
25 Jul 1841; 150 acres on the Bluestone River, Tazewell County, Virginia (Book 7, Page 432), from Allen and Martha McCoy.
22 May 1856; 200 acres north of Stony Ridge, Tazewell County, Virginia (Book 12, Page 178), from C.F. and Jane Tiffany.
24 May 1860; 8 acres on Mud Fork, a tributary of the Bluestone River, Tazewell County, Virginia (Book 13, Page 514), received from Bartley and Sarah Belcher.
28 Jul 1860; 140 acres on the Bluestone River, north side of Stony Ridge, Tazewell County, Virginia (Book 13, Page 514, received from William and Jane Compton.

Children of Jacob Buckland and
Martha Compton
i. Nancy J. Buckland, born September 30, 1837; married Elihue “Hugh” Compton January 28, 1858.

HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA states, “Elihue Compton (Nancy’s husband) 16th Virginia Cav., sounded at Gettysburg, July 1863.

ii. William Jasper Buckland, born Abt. September 1839; died April 5, 1899 in Buried Falls Mills, Va. 4/7/1899; married Emily Emma Tabor March 14, 1865.

According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph obituary, Jasper Buckland was buried April7, 1899 at Falls Mills. He was an aged and highly respected citizen of Tazewell County struck by a freight train and instantly killed. It seems that Mr. Buckland was walking along the eastbound track, and observing a train approaching stepped onto the opposite track to get out of the way, unaware of the fact that a train was approaching from the east also. He was struck by the engine, knocked from the track and instantly killed.

Mr. Buckland, who was a successful farmer, lived on his farm near Falls Mills, where he owned considerable property. He was a prominent Republican politician, having taken a prominent part in every campaign for many years past.

Jasper married Emily Emma Tabor, March 14, 1865, Tazewell County, Virginia. She was b. September 1846, Tazewell County , Virginia, the daughter of James H. and Nancy Tabor. In the 1900 Census, she reported giving birth to 6 children, 3 of whom were still living.

Confederate Civil War records state:
William J. Buckland enlisted 2 Jul 1861 Wytheville, Virginia with Company C, 50th Virginia Infantry as a Private. Height 5’10” Age 25 Complextion fair, Eyes Blue; Hair, Black. He was given Parole of Honor, 22 June 1865, Charleston, W. Va. for Confederate Veterans wounded in battle.

W.J. Buckland, 50th Va. Inf., wounded at Wilderness, May 1864.

iii. Hugh A. Buckland, born April 20, 1840 in Tazewell County, Virginia; died June 5, 1866 in Tazewell County, Va. House fire; married Josephine Harless October 2, 1861.

Hugh Buckland, his wife Josephine and brother Leander died in a house fire 6/5/1866.

Confederate Civil War records state;
Hugh enlisted July 2, 1861, Wytheville, Virginia, with Company C, 50th Virginia Regiment as a Private. In May 1863, he got a receipt for clothing while he was in 1st Division Hospital, Camp Winder, Richmond, Virginia. Height 5’8″ Age 23 Complexion Fair; Eyes Hazel; Hair dark. On September 27, 1864, he got a receipt for clothing while he was in General Hospital, Montgomery Springs, Virginia. He was given a Parole of Honor, June 22, 1865, Charleston, W.Va. for Confederate veterans wounded in battle.

HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA states; “Hugh Buckland, 50th Va. Inf., wounded at Chancellorsville, May 1863.”

iv. John R. Buckland, born 1842 in Tazewell County, Virginia; married Elizabeth N. Turner March 6, 1873.

Confederate Civil War records state:
John enlisted October 9, 1862, Tazewell County, Virginia, for a 3 month period with Company F, 16th Virginia Cavalry as a Private. He was captured by the enemy, 20 or 25 of October 1863, Greenbrier, Virginia, and confined to Atheneum Prison, Wheeling, West Virginia. His description was Height 5’11” Age 18 Complexion light; Eyes blue; Hair
dark; Occupation farmer. He was transferred to Camp Chase, Ohio on November 13, 1863, and arrived November 15, 1863. He was admitted to Chase General Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, January 29, 1864, after contracting smallpox. He was to return to prison on February 29, 1864 but escaped on February 27, 1864. He was again arrested March 27, 1864, in Putnam County, W. VA. , by Captain Bell, and sent back to Camp Chase, Ohio, April 4, 1864, arriving April 5, 1864. He was then described as Height 6’1 1/2″ Age 19 Complexion Dark; Eyes Grey; Hair Black Occupation Farmer. He was transferred to Johnson’s Island, Ohio, September 13, 1864. He took to oath of allegiance to the United States on June 11, 1865, at Johnson’s Island, Ohio. Height 6′ Age 20 Complexion Dark; Eyes Grey; Hair dark; Occupation farmer. Residence, Bluestone, Virginia/

HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA states; “John W. Buckland, 16th Va. Cav., wounded at Gettysburg, July 1863.”

John R. Buckland was selected Constable in Clear Fork Township, Tazewell County, Virginia, June 29, 1870.

v. Margaret Buckland, born 1844.
vi. Amanda E. Buckland, born 1848.
vii. Jacob Alexander Buckland, born November 26, 1849 in Tazewell County, Virginia; died November 1, 1919 in Falls Mills, Harry Cemetary; married Sarah Jane Tabor March 2, 1871 in Mudfork.

viii. Egan O Buckland, born November 28, 1853.
ix. Rebeckah Elizabeth Buckland, born March 13, 1856.
x. Leander G. Buckland, born March 17, 1859; died June 5, 1866 in Tazewell County, VA house fire.
xi. Louisa Buckland, born 1862.

Martha W. “Patsy” Compton Buckland
b. January 1816

Remains of Jacob Buckland’s Mill at Falls Mills

The Bluestone River is a tributary of the New River, 77 mi (124 km) long, in southwestern Virginia and southern WV, and it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. (Wikipedia)

It rises on East River Mountain in Tazewell Co., VA and flows generally northeastwardly through Mercer & Summers Counties in WV, passing the towns of Bluefield in Virginia and Bramwell and Montcalm in WV.

Norfolk & Western’s mainline has been planted by the Bluestone running through Falls Mills, VA and overlooking the “falls” where Jacob Buckland had his mill. As the story goes,

Jacob ran a water mill there. People came from miles around

to grind corn and wheat. He died of pneumonia caused from

entering the icy water in winter to fix the mill.

The color images were taken in August 2008 at the location of Jacob’s mill. The older picture is said to be of his mill. Others say it is the mill once worked by the falls at the damn near Mudfork. I want to believe that rock structure seen in modern day images of the falls seems to resemble that of the old likeness. What do you think?

Jacob Alexander Buckland (right)

November 26, 1849-November 1, 1919

Husband of Sarah Jane Tabor

Father of L.W. Buckland, Sr.

Happy 87th Birthday Mom

“Happy Birthday” means much more
Than have a happy day.
Within these words lie lots of things
I never get to say.
It means I love you first of all,
Then thanks for all you do.
It means you mean a lot to me,
And that I’m proud of you.
But most of all, I guess it means
That I am thinking of
Your happiness on this, your day,
With pleasure and with love,


Happy 87th Birthday Mom

“Happy Birthday” means much more

Than have a happy day.

Within these words lie lots of things

I never get to say.
It means I love you first of all,

Then thanks for all you do.

It means you mean a lot to me,

And that I’m proud of you.
But most of all, I guess it means

That I am thinking of

Your happiness on this, your day,

With pleasure and with love,

GREAT News! Another Piece of the Puzzle

Having received information today from Robert J Scott, Knoxville, TN regarding David A. Daugherty & Nannie L. Daugherty, I can say with reasonable confidence and total excitement that David is the brother of Mary Jane Daugherty (my second great-grandmother). The information is as follows:

Hannah3 Letcher (John2, Giles1) was born 05 Nov 1771 in St. James,
Goochland Co., VA, as listed with LDS Records, and died before 1849
in McMinn County, TN. She married John Dougherty 11 Jun 1799 in
Rockbridge Co., VA, son of John Dougherty, NOT CONFIRMED. He was
born 1776 in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, and died before Jun 1849
in McMinn Co., TN.

Children of Hannah Letcher and John Dougherty are:

  • Mary Hannah Dougherty, died before 25 Sep 1870.
  • William Houston Dougherty. He married Louisa Hurt 08 Dec 1852 in Tazewell Co., VA.
  • James Thompson Dougherty, born 1799 in VA; died before 1880 in Tazewell Co., VA.
  • John L. Dougherty, born 1799 in Tazwell Co., VA; died Aft. 1868 in Texas (?) Registered voter in 1868, Hunt Co., TX
  • Clarinda Julia Dougherty, born 1801 in Tazwell Co., VA; died about 1882 in Arkansas.
  • Julia Ann “Julian” Dougherty, born about 1804. She married Manuel Parkinson4 06 Jan 1842 in John Jenkins, JP,McMinn Co., TN; born 17 Jul 1782; died 12 Mar 1847 in McMinn Co., TN. Manuel Parkinson: Burial: Eastanalle Graveyard, McMinn Co., TN
  • Giles Dougherty, born 1805 in Rockbridge Co., VA; died 03 Nov 1883 in Molalla, Clackamas Co., OR.
  • Mary Esther Dougherty, born 1810 in VA.
  • Sallie Houston Dougherty, born 1812 in Tazwell Co., VA.

John L. Dougherty and Nancy Ward had at least four children, three sons and one daughter.

  • George C. b. July 12, 1829 m. Mary J. Gillespie
  • Issac W. b. July 30, 1828 m. Nancy Hoops
  • David A. b. 1836 m. Nancy Nannie” L. Moore
  • Mary Jane b. May 24, 1826 m. Daniel Parham Gregory

So that translated by Robert equals Mary Jane Daugherty and David A. Daugherty were 1st cousins, once removed to Governor John Letcher. They were 1 st cousins, twice removed to General Sam Houston. Cool huh?

Thank you Robert for the accuracy in your research.

Asa Davis – Annuals of Tazewell County

At the Tazewell County Library and probably the Historical Society
are a series of books named Annuals of Tazewell County.
Inside are wonderful, one of a kind, snapshots of our local
history preserved through the years and contributed
to the publication by family.
Two such photos are of Asa Davis, my mother’s father.
Evidently, he worked on the Maintenance of Way
for Norfolk & Western Railway and loved his job.
Everyone that I have ever heard speak of
him, has some railroad snipet in the memory.
See if you can find him, front row left and
somewhere on the trestle near Whitten’s Mill.