Talk:Buchanan Family in Southwest Virginia

Patrick Buchanan is listed in the Wythe County 1810 census. The name Buchanan is spelled wrong. On ancestry.com there is a correction to the misspelled name. I was wondering why he wasn't listed on the Southwest Va. Buchanan Family page as there seems to be extensive family info listed. Could it be an oversight or does somebody know that there was no Patrick, son of John? Would appreciate any comments on Patrick Buchanan. Trying to find the connection to the Seifer family.

Thanks for the input. There are probably two reasons he's not included in the Buchanan Family pages---
a) The focus of most of the current effort is with the early settlement through the immediate postwar Revolution. Patrick generally seems to have flourished toward the end of that, and so wouldn't have necessarily been examined in detail
b) perhaps more importantly, this is part of the Tapestry Project, and a work in progress. There are relatively few people actively working to build The Tapestry and much is left to be done. Patrick is perhaps among those.
Relatively little work has been done on the Sifers line (at least here), though I'm somewhat familiar with them. Recently Teressa Hasty provide some information on the court case you referenced below. Her information is contained in one of the notebooks that you can reach from the Sifers Tapestry page. The reference to John Stanger is of interest in the materials you quoted...Stanger was a Lutheran minister who settled near Wytheville. He performed at least one Sifers marriage (that of Eve Sifers, daughter of John Sifers, to Abner Willis) in the locust cove area. While Locust Cove was then within Wythe County, its in the area that eventually became divided between Washington and Smyth County. Abner and Eve Willis lived in the portion in Washington County, and her father just across the Washington/Smyth County line. The fact that Stanger was involved in this lawsuit as a witness suggests that he was more familiar with the comings and goings of this area, than you might expect from someone who lived near Wytheville.
I don't know if there's family significance to the Buchanan Testimony in the Sifers lawsuit. There may well be, or it may be that they were simply neighbors. Locust Cove Valley is a fairly narrow strip of land, and I presume everyone knew everyone else. Of course, with a small population to begin with it wouldn't be surprizing to have a Sifers-Buchanan marriage involved someway.

In anycase, thank you for the additional information. You are certainly welcome to add any information you think relevant---expanding the information available on Person:Patrick Buchanan (3) page would be a good place to start, and would certainly help fill a void. FYI, you might wish to join the Tapestry mailing list. There's also a Buchanan specific mailing list for the Tapestry, though its not especially active. Q 09:54, 3 January 2011 (EST)




April 14, 1819 in the case of John Seifer vs Andrew Seifer, John Stanger listed witnesses in the case as Patrick Buchanan, George Buchanan, Cyrus Adams and George Seifer and claims one day's attendance on behalf of plaintiff. (Taken from orig. copy found at Wythe County Courthouse).

A Patrick Buchanan is listed on WeRelate as the son of John Buchanan. I have copied and pasted it below with the contributor's name and website:

iii. JOHN BUCHANAN, CAPT., b. Abt. 1732, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1806; m. MARTHA BUCHANAN, Abt. 1756; b. 1738, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Prob. Wythe County, Virginia. Notes for JOHN BUCHANAN, CAPT.: http://www.tombuchanan.net/gene/pages/c2-4.html Captain John Buchanan

He was born about 1732 (other sources state 1724 or 1730) in Chester County, Pennsylvania and moved to Augusta County, Virginia about 1743. He was a weaver and farmer.

On March 19, 1753, he bought 370 acres on Walker's Creek adjoining his father, James Buchanan, from Benjamin Borden. He then sold that land to James McCown.

On August 20, 1754, he bought 240 acres in Beverly Manor on the patent line from James and Margaret Roseborough for L63 (another source states L50). He Married about 1756 (another source states 1758) making the connection with the Augusta County Buchanans who were already living there.

In 1761 he posted bond for the administration of the estate of James McFerrin. On August 20, 1771, he and his wife sold their 240 acre plantation to Charles Berry for L90.

(Family record written by Alexander Buchanan, 3rd son of this John Buchanan. Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 6, page 347. Deed Book 17, page 282. Will Book 3, page 23)

In 1771, John and his wife moved to Locus Cove in Rich Valley in what is now Smyth County, Virginia. When he aquired his lands there has not been determined and since there were several men with the same name in Augusta County and Southwest, Virginia, it is difficult to determine which references are to him.

Note:There is a John Buchanan who was a Captain of a Virginia unit, according to American Geneaological Research Institute- "Buchanan Family History" page 63. This John Buchanan who also married a Martha Buchanan was born 1724 and died 1783.

On September 8, 1774 an Indian raid through Locus Cove caused his family and that of his brother Archibald to take refuge in Royal Oak Fort- now Marion, Virginia. (Botetourt County, Virginia, Tax List, 1772; Goodridge Wilson, "Smythe County History and Traditions" (Kingsport, Tennessee, Kingsport Press, 1932, page 53).

In 1776, as a resident of the western part of Fincastle County, he signed a petition to divide the county; on November 25, 1795, he signed a petition to form what became Tazawell County, Virginia.

On November 14 and 15, 1784, John had surveyed two tracts of 90 and 160 acres in Rich Vally on the North Fork of the Holston River. On June 21, 1806, he gave his son Patrick 274 acres on the North Fork. On June 26, 1806, he gave John Buchanan, Jr. 128 acres in Locus Cove and he gave his son James Buchanan 148 in Locus Cove and 148 acres on the North Fork of the Holston River. (Washington County, Virginia Entries and Surveys, Book 1, pages 104, 113. Wythe County, Virginia Deed Book 5, pages 236, 131, 132. Book 4, page 387)

Family tradition has long stated that John died in 1781 of wounds received at Guilford Courthouse, but these deeds of 1806 would seem to refute that. No record has been found of his death or the settlement of his estate. Children 1)James Buchanan

2) John Buchanan, Jr.: Born June 4, 1761 at Plasterco, Washington County, Virginia, married Nancy Wright (1771-1860), he died 1831. Children: James Buchanan (1793-1875), Mary Randolph Buchanan (1795-1870 Texas), Wilson Buchanan (1797-1873), Patrick Campbell Buchanan (1799-????), John Buchanan (1801-????), Martha A. Buchanan (1802-????), Ann P. Buchanan (1805-????), John R. Buchanan (1808-1840), Nancy Buchanan (1810-????), Thompson Buchanan (1817-1890).

3) Alexander Buchanan: Born January 28, 1763, Married 1st Anne Turley (????-????). Children: Solon Buchanan (1800-1855), David Buchanan (1802-????), Martha Buchanan (1804-1833). Alexander then married Janie Lamie (July 4, 1772-December 7, 1853) Agnes Lamie's sister. Children: John Buchanan (1809-1882), Samuel Lamie Buchanan (1812-????). (Note: Samuel's son by Elizabeth Watson (not married), Flavius Jerome Buchanan married Itura Webb Emily Webb's sister) Alexander died 1858.

4) Archibald Buchanan: Born May 4, 1767, Married Mariah Elizabeth Young (???? - ????) in 1836. He died 1843. Children: Archibald Thompson Buchanan (about 1808 - ????). By 1850, Archibald Thompson Buchanan and family had moved to Lee County, Virginia.

5) George Buchanan

6) Patrick Buchanan: Born August 13, 1777, Married Elizabeth Hayter. Child: Patrick Campbell Buchanan (1822-1877


correction: [3 January 2011]

John Stanger was not a witness but the Commissioner who took the depositions of the witnesses in the Seifer vs. Seifer case April 14th, 1819.  Sorry If info wasn't clear.--Ruthnevada 18:20, 3 January 2011 (EST)
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