Robert H. Buckner, who is closely associated with the farming and stock-raising interests of Cole County, Mo., was born in that county in 1832, and is the youngest of ten children born to Henry and Elizabeth (Holliday) Buckner, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. Henry Buckner moved with his father to Kentucky at an early day, bought land, and was there married to Miss Holliday. About 1817 he moved to Missouri, settling first in Jefferson City, after which he bought a farm in Jefferson Township, and there remained for some time. He then sold out, went to Cooper County, but after remaining there a short time returned to Jefferson Township, Cole County, and purchased the tract of land on which his son, Robert H., is now living. This consisted of about 300 acres, and Mr. Buckner began making improvements, built houses and out-buildings, and opened up about fifty acres. He died in 1851, and the mother in 1854. Robert H. Buckner assisted his father with the farm labor until 1850, when, in company with his brother John, he went to California, making the trip overland, and after reaching the land of gold, engaged in mining, at which they were very successful. They returned to their home in 1852, and began farming again. After the death of the mother the old homestead and eighty acres fell to Robert Buckner, on which he is living at present. In 1857 he married Miss Sarah Newman, a native of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of Jacob Newman, who had moved to this county from Pennsylvania, and afterward to Cooper County. Mr. Buckner has been engaged in general farming, and raises a great deal of stock. To the original farm of eighty acres he has added about 200 acres, of which some 150 are under cultivation. He has served as school director for about twenty years, and is recognized as an active and enterprising citizen. He is not at all active in politics, and votes with the Democratic party. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Buckner were born twelve children, six sons and six daughters. All the sons are deceased: Robert was killed in a railroad accident on the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the summer of 1888, Richard died in 1887, Christopher died in 1888, Elliot died in infancy, John also died in infancy; Charlotta, wife of George Hughes, resides in Sedalia; Elizabeth; Margaret, wife of Mr. McBride, resides in Pettis County; Mary, Alice and Grace. In 1881 Mrs. Buckner died in childbirth. Mr. Buckner is a highly respected citizen, and lives at ease on his fine farm near Scott Station, on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. John Buckner, who went to California with the subject of this sketch, followed mining for about fifteen years, and has since been engaged in stock-raising, and owns a ranch in Eldorado County. He was married in 1867 to Miss Mary Andrews, a native of Ireland, and to them were born two children, both deceased. In the many years that Mr. Buckner has spent in California many changes have occurred, and, he has not only been an observer, but has taken an active part in all enterprises for the good of his adopted State. In the spring of 1889 John Buckner, after being absent for over thirty years, made a visit to his old home in Cole County, Mo. There he was welcomed by many of the friends of his boyhood, and, after a pleasant visit of two months, returned to California, convinced that, though time makes many changes in the life of all, it can never change the friendship of our youth.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries, and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Company (1889).
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