Person:Robert Buchanan (15)

Robert Buchanan
b.1733 Ireland
m. ABT 1731
  1. Probably A Daughter
  2. Capt. Andrew Buchanan1732 - 1793
  3. Robert Buchanan1733 - 1818
  4. John BuchananABT 1746 - bef 1820
  5. Samuel Buchanan, IIABT 1748 - ABT 1835
  6. Moses Buchananabt 1749/51 - 1823
m. June 1761
  1. Esther Buchanan1763 - 1851
  2. Martha Buchanan1764 - 1835
  3. Samuel Buchananabt 1765/66 - 1836
  4. Mary Buchanan1767 - 1809
Facts and Events
Name Robert Buchanan
Gender Male
Birth? 1733 Ireland[based upon dates on headstone]
Marriage June 1761 Augusta County, Virginiato Mary Unknown
Burial[2] 1818 Thompson-Shelton Cemetery, Williamson County, Tennessee
Death[4] 4 October 1818 Williamson County, Tennessee


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Robert Buchanan's birthdate is listed as being variously between 1733-1741, likely closer to the former date, which would agree with the headstone on his grave in Williamson County, Tennessee. He is very likely the Robert Buchanan that obtained a license to marry in Augusta County in May 1761 [Chalkley's Vol. 2]. The name of his wife was "Mary", but her maiden name and parentage has not been established {note some claim she was "Mary Ann Wilson", others claim she was "Mary Jamison", without attribution other than that of a Family Group Sheet].

Shortly after his Augusta County marriage in 1761, Robert obtained a tract of 208 acres in the Borden Tract from James and Mary Henry on 8 May 1762, but sold it just a few years later on 18 May 1765, perhaps as a result of the Indian hostilities during that time period. It is unknown where Robert and Mary migrated to after the sale of their land in 1765, although it is certainly possible that they may have migrated to nearby Washington County, Virginia, where other members of the Buchanan family were living at that time. He also may have migrated to Tennessee (possibly Davidson County), with other members of the Buchanan family. His will or estate records have not been located as yet, although his grave has been located in Williamson County, Tennessee. Additional research/sources are needed on this family, collaboration (with sources) is welcome from researchers.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Image:Robert Buchanan from James Henry BordenNE208acres.jpg

Robert Buchanan's land (Borden Tract NE, 208 acres acquired from James Henry and his wife Mary on 8 May 1762) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. [Note: the 208-acre tract was part of James Henry's original 408-acre patent. The portion sold to Robert Buchanan is listed as bordering that of Andrew Steele, who had an adjoining 463½-acre tract to the northwest. The other 200-acre tract that James Henry owned was sold to Robert Telford on 21 March 1759].

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 247.--8th May, 1762. James Henery and Mary ( ) to Robert Buchanan, £32.10, 208 acres in Borden's tract; cor. Robert Telford; cor. Andrew Steel. Delivered: Robert Buchanan, April, 1765.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 292.--18th May, 1765. Robert Buchanan and Mary ( ) to William Alexander, £100, 208 acres, part of Borden's 92,100; corner Robert Telford; corner Robert Steel. Teste: James Henry.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - MARRIAGES LICENSES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY. - 1761-- May __, John Dunlop, James Ewing; June __, William Lockhart, William Thompson, Robert Buchanan. (Note: bride's name not listed in record).
  • Page 289.--9th October, 1765. John Edmiston and Margaret to John Berry, £43, 170 acres, part of Borden's 92,100; corner John Stewart ( ). Teste: Samuel Buchanan, George Dougherty, Robt. Buchanan, Samuel Edmiston.
  • Vol. 1 - Vol. 1 - OCTOBER 15, 1765. - (7) Mary, wife of Robert Buchanan, private examination commission.

Personal Data

Personal Data
Father:Person:Samuel Buchanan (15)
Mother:MarthaSome give it as Edmiston, some give it as Keyes/Keys
Spouse:MarySource:Allison, 1960 without proof
Children per Allison, 1960
Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Dispersion and Notes
Esther 1763 Augusta County, Virginia 1851 Jesse Woodruff 1783 Washington County, Virginia To KY, then Lincoln Co TN
Martha 1764 Augusta County, Virginia 1835 Thomas Edmiston 1782 Davidson County, North Carolina (later Tennessee) To the Cumberland Settlement


  1.   Matthew Buchanan.FTW.

    Date of Import: Aug 8, 2003

  2. Find A Grave.

    Robert Buchanan
    Birth: 1733
    Death: Oct. 4, 1818

    Based on the marker, birth would be about 1733.

    Robert Buchanan
    Died Oct 4th AD
    Aged 85 years


    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Name: Robert Buchanan
    Gender: Male
    Birth Place: Ir
    Birth Year: 1741
    Spouse Name: Mary Jamison
    Marriage State: of VA
    Number Pages: 1
    [] Source listed: Family Group Sheet