Generations of Pioneering and Railroading Family Gather for Reunion

The BUCKLAND-DAVIDSON-TABOR FAMILY REUNION was held Saturday, May 8th at Graham Recreation Park on 460 west of Bluefield, VA. From ten states, nearly 100 relatives of L.W.,Sr. And Mary Jane Davidson Buckland shared a beautiful spring day in celebration of their pioneer heritage and told stories from their childhood. The ancestoral couple resided in Falls Mills from the early 1920’s until 1967 when Mr. Buckland passed away. His only living child, Robert Cecil Buckland (92), owns and lives in the old foursquare brick homeplace on Mudfork Road. Larkin Watson’s father, Jacob Alexander Buckland, husband of Sarah Jane Tabor, owned land and operated a grist mill on the Bluestone River and was a horse breeder throughout the county.

The group’s ancestry is English from the Buckland line, Scotch-Irish from the Davidson, Daugherty and Ward lines and German through the Harman line. Pioneers from these families immigrated and settled these lands through violent Indian attacks. These descendants are directly related to John Goolman Davidson, original settler of Bluefield who fought Indians alongside the Bailey’s at a fort near the current day Westgate Shopping Center and Bluefield College at the state line. Ties also connect Davidson’s son Joseph, whose log home is on view near Mitchell Stadium. Pioneer David Ward of Tazewell’s Ward’s Cove and Col. Henry Harman, key officers in the establishment of Tazewell County are also connected. If first cousins, five or six times removed count, this long standing family is related to both General Samuel Houston and Virginia’s Civil War Governor, John Letcher. There is talk of this being the “first annual” Buckland-Davidson Family Reunion, but there is no future date set as of yet.

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2 thoughts on “Generations of Pioneering and Railroading Family Gather for Reunion

  1. Hi, Im searching for the parents of Artamesa Doughtery, spelling in 1800 varied..I see your Clarinda is from Tazewell County about the same time frame.. maybe thats a clue for me.. any ideas? I have searched everything I can find and never come up with her name, other than a marriage bond and a husband.Might you have ANY ideas on how to find her parents?Thank so much for any ideas or info, Patti Waldron———————————————————Artamesa Dougherty1. 1850 Census, Tazewell Co, VA, Family 439, page 247.2. 1860 Census, McDowell Co, VA, Family 219."First Families of McDowell Co, West Virginia", Evans, page 38.3. "Annals of Tazewell…", Harman, Vo II, page 154. WB #4, page 572, Tazewell.Husband's will probated May 1874. Names wife, Mesa; son-in-law, RobertCrockett; son, Enos; and daughter Lydia, wife of James Dillon.4. 1870 Census, McDowell Co, WV, page 1, taken 14 July 1870.Big Creek Township, Family #7.Listed as Artemicy Doughton, age 61, in household of husband, JasperDoughton.5. Familysearch.com, LDS Web Site, 29 Feb 2000, Jesse Doughton search.Jesse J. Doughton married Artamesa Dougherty in 1830 in Ashe Co, NC.she married:Jesse Jasper Doughton1. 1850 Census, Tazewell Co, VA, Family 439, page 247.2. 1860 Census, McDowell Co, VA, Family 219."First Families of McDowell Co, West Virginia", Evans, page 38.3. "Annals of Tazewell…", Harman, Vo II, page 154. WB #4, page 572, Tazewell.Will probated May 1874. Names wife, Mesa; son-in-law, Robert Crockett;son, Enos; and daughter Lydia, wife of James Dillon.4. 1870 Census, McDowell Co, WV, page 1, taken 14 July 1870.Big Creek Township, Family #7.Listed as Jasper Doughton, age 59, as head of household, a farmer.5. Familysearch.com, LDS Web Site, 29 Feb 2000, Jesse Doughton search.Jesse J. Doughton married Artamesa Dougherty in 1830 in Ashe Co, NC.Patti…

  2. Patti,Thanks for checking out the blog. I've looked through my data bsse and unfortunately can find nothing on your Artamesa. Keep looking though and good luck to you.sk

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