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Samuel BUCHANAN

Male - Bef 1783


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  • Name Samuel BUCHANAN 
    Born Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 11 Oct 1774 
    Died Bef 20 May 1783  Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Shauna Fairbanks, "George (1746-1813) and Margaret (McAfee) Buchanan - His Ancestors and Descendants" <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fairbanks/buchanan/ history.htm>:

      Samuel Buchanan, m. Martha Edmiston. He had a number of children. They lived near the Old Providence Church in Augusta County, Virginia, then moved to the Lodi section of Washington County, Virginia, between the Middle and South Fork of the Hoston. Some descendants lived in Washington County, Virginia; others went to Tennessee and on west.

      (2) Allison, Elizabeth Kelly, Early Southwest Virginia Families, Auburn, AL: 1960, pp. 52-55:

      Samuel Buchanan and his sons were in Washington County, Virginia, in the year of 1772 while it was still a part of Fincastle County.

      They were among the signers of the petition from the Ebbing and Sinking Springs congregations on the Holston in Fincastle County calling the Rev. Charles Cummings from the Presbytery of Hanover in the year 1772.

      Samuel Buchanan's will was dated October 11, 1774; however, it was not recorded until March 18, 1783.

      He was of the Buchanan clan of Sterlingshire, Scotland. Many members of the clan emigrated to Ireland and later to America at the breaking up of the clan. He bears one of the recurring names of the clan - Samuel.

      The Buchanans came from Ulster, Ireland, to America early in the 1700's first settling in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1702. William Buchanan with his sons, one named Samuel, were in this group.

      Samuel Buchanan was in Augusta County, Virginia, about 1746. The Rev. John Blair organized the New Providence Congregation in that year. A list of the elders is given as follows: "Mr. Millar, Andrew Hays, John Logan, Samuel Buchanan, Alexander Walker, John Houston, and Andrew Steele."

      In 1753 Samuel Buchanan signed the call to the Rev. John Brown inviting him to the pastorate of the New Providence Meeting House. His name is third on the list following the names of John Houston and Andrew Steele.

      In 1757 Joseph Kennedy and wife Elizabeth sold to Samuel Buchanan, Joseph Walker, Robert Reagh, John Logan, Alex Miller, and Wm. Kennedy, trustees of New Providence Congregation 3A. 1R. 27P. of land on West side of Moffitts Creek for six pence where they started building a church.

      Foote also gives the names of the contributors to the Rev. John Brown along with the amounts paid in the year of 1757. Samuel Buchanan paid 1 pound, 1 shilling and 2½ pence.

      It is an interesting fact that some of those who called the Rev. John Brown to New Providence later signed the call to the Rev. Charles Cummings In Washington County. The following names are signed to both calls: Thomas Berry, William Berry, Robert Gamble, John Robinson, Samuel Houston, Samuel Buchanan, and others.

      In 1771, a second deed was made to Samuel Buchanan, Alex Walker, Sr., Andrew Hays, Jos. Henry, Jos. Campbell, Thomas Hill, John Huston, and Alex Walker, Jr., for eight acres, which was across Moffitts Creek from where the first church stood.

      The story of the construction of the New Providence Church as told by Foote is most interesting. The women carried sand on horseback a distance of six miles. The nails and glass came from Philadelphia. A housewife apologized for the lack of knives and forks by saying that all was given for the construction of the church. These dissenting churches, as they were called, were registered and licensed in the County Court.

      Samuel Buchanan was also interested in the affairs of the community. He is mentioned as witness to wills and deeds in a number of instances. He also was called to appraise the property of his neighbors. He bought land from John Buchanan of Reed Creek in 1756, paying 132 pounds for 393 acres.

      In his will he mentions only his wife, Martha, and four sons; however, he had five sons. They were Andrew, Robert, Samuel, John, and Moses. His will is on record in Abingdon, Virginia. . . .

      Samuel Buchanan . . . married Martha Keys; lived first in Pennsylvania, later in Augusta and Washington Counties, Virginia; will dated 1774, recorded Abingdon, Virginia, 1783. Children: Andrew, Robert, Moses, John, Samuel.

      (3) Allison, Elizabeth Kelly, Early Southwest Virginia Families, Auburn, AL: 1960, p. 65-66:

      The Will of Samuel Buchanan

      I, being weak in body but perfect in memory I do bequeath to my wife Martha one negro wench named Alice. I do bequeath to my son John one negro boy named Will, as also to Warrant for land from Robson to my son John. And to collect my debts here on Holston, to pay the said warrant and clear off all debts. I bequeath to my sons John and Samuel the Bonds due from John Huston the date 75 and 76 half to each equally divided and to my wife the 78 Bond. And to my sons Andrew and Robert the Bond dated 79 equally divided. The wagon also my household furniture I leave to my wife. I also appoint Samuel Edmondson and Thomas Wilson to be the executors of this my last will and testament. As witness my hand the Eleventh Day of October.

      Samuel Buchanan

      In the year 1774

      Teste
      William Edmiston Andrew Buchanan

      At a court held for Washington County this last will and testament of Samuel Buchanan was exhibited in court and proven by oath of William Edmondson and Andrew Buchanan - witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

      Recorded 20 May 1783.
    Person ID I40972  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2020 

    Father Alexander BUCHANAN,   b. Abt 1650, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1728, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha KEYS,   d. Aft 11 Oct 1774 
    Children 
     1. Robert BUCHANAN,   b. 1741,   d. Abt 1818  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     2. Andrew BUCHANAN,   d. Bef 20 May 1794, Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Moses BUCHANAN  [natural]
     4. John BUCHANAN  [natural]
     5. Samuel BUCHANAN  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F17564  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart