BUCHAN, William P.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1186-1187
William P. BUCHAN, who is engaged in general farming on section 6, Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County [IL], was born in Ontario County, NY, in 1814, and is descended from an old MD family. His boyhood days were spent in his native state, and there he acquired his education. Hoping to better his financial condition, he came to the West in 1848, and with the exception of a few months, has since resided in Winnebago County. In Cherry Valley Township Mr. BUCHAN was united in marriage with Mrs. Susanna J. (STILSON) ROWLEY, who was born in Broome County, NY, and with her parents came to IL in 1844, settling in Rockford [Winnebago County, IL]. Her father, Harley STILSON, was a native of CT, and in NY he married Retta BURTON, also a native of CT. Subsequently they came to the West and for two years resided in Rockford, where Mr. STILSON followed his trade of carpentering and bridge building, at which he had worked in the East. He helped to build the first bridge that spanned the Rock River at Rockford and also the first Court House. This was in 1845. Later he purchased a farm near Rockford and there he and his wife spent the remainder of their days. He was born 17 Jan 1800, and died in Mar 1874. Mrs. STILSON, who was born 17 Feb 1803, passed away in Apr 1876. They were both members of the Methodist Church. Three of their children are yet living, of whom Mrs. BUCHAN is the eldest. Her brother, Nathan L., is a carpenter of Elgin [Kane County], IL, and a prominent member of the Masonic order. Her sister, Lucy L. BURT, resides in Lake City [Calhoun County], IA, and by her marriage has become the mother of the following children: John, Jane E., Sarah, deceased, Kate L., Betta, Lucy J., Frank E., William, Charles, and Thomas.
An uncle of Mrs. BUCHAN, Rev. James W. BURTON, came to IL with her father, and on 18 Mar 1850, started for CA. He crossed the plains with teams, and after engaging in mining for some time, again began preaching. He was one of the first Methodist ministers CA, and died while serving as pastor of the church of Woodland [Yolo County, CA; or Woodlands, San Bernadino County], when about 40 years of age, leaving a wife and four children. His widow afterward again married. Of his children, Retta J. died at the age of 26 years; Thomas H. married Georgia BEST, of Dixon [Lee County], IL; Frank wedded Ida FOWLER, of CA, and they live in CA; Eliza L. is the wife of Isaac WICKS, of Fresno [Fresno County], CA.
Prior to her marriage to Mr. BUCHAN, his wife wedded Franklin LEWIS, who started to CA [p 1187] in 1850, and died on the way in the prime of life. She then married Daniel ROWLEY, who died a few years later. By the first union she had two children, Sarah A. and Philo E., and by the second marriage was born one daughter, Retta J., but all are now deceased.
Mr. BUCHAN is an enterprising and successful farmer and a well-to-do citizenof this community. His home farm comprises 160 acres of arable land, highly cultivated, and he also owns 104 acres of land near the city limits of Rockford, together with 25 acres of timber land in Guilford Township and a 10-acre timber tract in Cherry Valley Township. He is a Republican in politics, and himself and wife attend the Centennial Methodist Church of Rockford.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.