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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Judge William H. Buckner, associate judge from the Southern District of Dallas County, also postmaster and merchant at Thorpe, was born in Cocke County, Tenn., January 24, 1842, and is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Carter) Buckner, natives of Cocke County, Tenn., and Virginia, respectively. The father was born March 23, 1819, and is now living on the farm of his son, Judge William H. The mother was born April 14, 1822, and is also living. They were married in Cocke County, Tenn., and lived there until the fall of 1869, when they came to Dallas County, Mo., where they have since resided. He for years was a minister in the Missionary Baptist Church, but of late years, on account of ill health and old age, has stopped preaching. He served over two years in the Third North Carolina Mounted Infantry, Federal service, and was in different battles. The Buckner family is of English and Irish descent, but the Carter family is of French and Irish. To Mr. and Mrs. Buckner were born four children: William H., John W. (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased) and Nancy E., wife of Reuben I. Carter, a farmer of Dallas County, Mo. William H. received his education in Cocke County, Tenn., and in March, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Eighth Tennessee Infantry, Federal Army, as orderly sergeant, and later as commissary sergeant, being honorably discharged at Knoxville, Tenn., August 18, 1865. He was in the siege of Knoxville, Dandridge and Blue Springs, Va.; then with Sherman to the sea; was at Buzzard’s Roost and Resaca, Cartersville, Ga., and numerous other engagements, serving with honor and credit. After the war he began farming for himself, which he continued during the summer, and worked at the carpenter trade during the winter time. This he continued until June 6, 1884, when he formed a partnership with J. H. Davidson, and opened up a store at Thorpe. Here, after merchandising for a year, Mr. Buckner bought out his partner, and continued the business alone until 1886, when he formed a partnership with S. C. Robertson, and in March, 1888, the latter gave up his partnership interest, and J. W. W. Thompson took his place, where he has remained since. In 1882 our subject was elected justice of the peace, and in 1888 was elected judge from the Southern District of Dallas County. He has been school director and district clerk for twelve years. December 24, 1865, he married Miss Mary Eliza Holt, a native of Cocke County, Tenn., and the daughter of Josiah and Millie Holt. She was born in 1844, and died in her native county August 7, 1868. Two children were born to this union: Joseph A., a farmer in Henry County, Mo., and another son, who died in infancy. January 20, 1869, Judge Buckner married Miss Martha J. White, who was born in Cocke County, Tenn., October 30, 1843, and who is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth White. To Judge and Mrs. Buckner were born ten children: Sarah E., born October 23, 1869, and died October 1, 1888, wife of N. S. Binkley, of Dallas County, Mo.; David W., James D., born October 13, 1873, and died April 4, 1874; Eliza J., John H., Margaret A., Levi A., Lavina, born in February, 1881, and died August 10, 1881; Charles C. and Ira P. In 1885 Judge Buckner was appointed postmaster at Thorpe. He is a Republican in politics, and an enterprising citizen.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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