William A. Buckner

                 Goodspeed 1890


William A. Buckner, prominently identified with the material interests of
Pike County as planter, is a native of Tennessee, born in Giles County,
June 4, 1835. His parents, Thomas C. and Elizabeth (Merrill) Buckner,
natives of Kentucky and North Carolina, respectively, had a family of six
children, viz: James C., William A., Roland W., John W., Luther C. and
Abner. The father was a farmer by occupation. In 1828 he emigrated from
Kentucky to Tennessee, where he remained until his death, which occurred in
1840, his widow following in 1865. He took quite a prominent interest in
the establishment of churches, schools and society. At the time of his
death he was serving as clerk of Giles County. He and wife were both
members of the Missionary Baptist Church. The subject of this sketch was
reared in Tennessee, receiving a liberal education in Mississippi and
Kentucky. After finishing his education he began traveling. He traveled all
over the country, then went to Europe, and was located at Liverpool for
some time. He then returned to the United States, coming to Arkansas, where
he accepted a position in the mail service of the country. In 1861 he
entered the Confederate army, under Gen. Price, in Company I, Gates'
regiment, and in his first battle was wounded by having two fingers shot
off of his left hand. He was at Galveston, Tex., when his regiment
surrendered. December 24, 1866, he was married to Miss Delia Crosby, a
native of Pennsylvania, who bore him four children, viz: Elizabeth
(deceased), William (deceased), Maryland (deceased) and Victoria
(deceased), and died in 1878. He afterward married Mrs. Emily (Wingfield)
Kirkham, nee Wesson, and by her has one child, John M. By her first
marriage to Mr. Wingfield, Mrs. Buckner is the mother of one child, Henry
C., and by her second marriage to Mr. Kirkham, she is the mother of three
children: Joseph, Ida E. and Quincy. Mr. Buckner resides in Missouri
Township, where he owns 280 acres of good land, with forty acres under
cultivation. Both he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Pike County,
1890, page 317-318.

Update 03.26.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0021.HTM