Jesse Avery Buckner
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Jesse Avery Buckner
By Kent Buckner (1982)
Jesse Avery Buckner was born 26 Aug 1836 in Washington, Daviess Co., Indiana. He was the third of seven children born to Jesse Buckner and Rhoda Grimsley. His brothers and sisters were James, Enos, Thomas, John, Mary, and Lavina.
Jesse Avery’s father was born about 1819 in Kentucky. His mother was born about 1814 in Tennessee. At times she went by the nickname of Rhody.
It is not known when or why Jesse and Rhoda went to Indiana to settle. It is known that at least by 1836 they were residents of Washington, Indiana since this is the year and place their son Jesse Avery was born.
They owned land in Daviess County. It is described as “SW ¼ of SW ¼ of fractional 26 of the township N5 of 7W of land containing about 40 acres.” This property was sold 2 Oct 1838 to Martin Grimsley for $75.00. They also owned another piece of property described as “SW ¼ of NW ¼ of township N range 7.” This land they sold to Daniel Miller on 27 Sep 1839.
Jesse died about 1845 in Daviess County. He left his heirs, among other things, $27.98 cash and $135 in land.
Rhoda remained a widow until she met and married Amasa Wheeler on 22 July 1854 in Daviess County. A death date for Rhoda is not known, however, Amasa married Margaret J. Buckner on 25 May 1871, so it is assumed that Rhoda was dead by this time.
When Jesse Avery was 22 years old he married Martha Cawood. The marriage took place 7 Mar 1858 in Daviess County. A daughter was born to them in 1860 and was name Margaret. At this time Jesse was a farmer.
The Civil War began on 12 Apr 1861. On 15 Aug 1862 Jesse enlisted to fight with the Union forces. He enlisted at Edwardsport, Indiana. He was a private in Company C of the 80th regiment of the Indiana infantry, Captain James L. Culpertson’s company. He enlisted for three years. His brother, Thomas, enlisted with him on the same day, in the same company, and for the same amount of time.
His Civil War records give two descriptions of his physical features, as follows:
Height: 5 ft. 6 in. or 5 ft. 7 in.
Hair: Dark or Light
From the enlistment office at Edwardsport he was transported to Princeton, Indiana where he was mustered in on 3 Sept 1862 and was paid $27.00.
On 8 Oct 1862 he was in a battle at Perryville, Kentucky. He lost his gun, cartridge box, coat, and accoutrements. By October 24 he was sick and in a hospital in Labanon, Kentucky.
From November to December, 1862 he was in Covington, Kentucky in the Greeup Street hospital. From January through July, 1863 he was in a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jesse deserted on 31 July or August 1863 with his brother, Thomas, at Cave City, Kentucky. Jesse took his gun and accoutrements. Jesse was later arrested in Knox County, Indiana on 19 Oct 1863. Thomas didn’t return until 18 Jan 1864.
Jesse was again wounded in battle on 14 May 1864 and was in a hospital until July. In July he is also found in a hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In August 1864 he was wounded again and in a hospital. In September he was in a battle at Resaca, Georgia where he was wounded a third time. Thomas was wounded in the right shoulder in a battle at Resaca on 14 May 1864.
In October 1864 Jesse was in a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. From December 1864 to April, 1865 he was in a hospital at Louisville, Kentucky.
The War ended on 9 Apr 1865, but Jesse did not end his service then. In May 1865 he was still in his country’s service working in a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He was discharged soon after his service there.
During the War it appears that Jesse and Thomas were always in the same area, and they both served a great amount of time in hospitals. It is known that Jesse was in them because of illness and wounds, and also because he worked and helped in them as part of his military service. It may be assumed that Thomas was in them for the same reasons.
After the War, it is assumed that Jesse returned home but found things had changed. It was because of these changes that Jesse left Indiana and went west. Perhaps he and Martha couldn’t get along, so perhaps they divorced. (There is a marriage of a Martha Cawood to a Charles L. Holland 17 Oct 1868 in Daviess County.) Perhaps, too, by the time he arrived home his wife and daughter were dead. There is apparently evidence that a Martha Buckner and Margaret Buckner were buried in Daviess County during 1864-1865.
Jesse went west with Thomas, his brother. They both went as far as Denver, Colorado. At this point, Jesse continued to Utah where he settled in Provo. Thomas returned east and reported he didn’t see Jesse again after Jesse left Denver. Thomas supposed Jesse was killed by Indians.
In Provo, Utah Co., Utah Jesse met and fell in love with Emily Anner Davis. She was a daughter of Joshua Davis and Susan Ann Cole. Emily was born in Provo 23 Dec 1850, being the first girl born in that town. She and Jesse were married 10 Marr 1867 in Provo.
After Jesse moved to Utah he didn’t speak much about his former life, or anything, for that matter. He had nothing to say about the war, except that he didn’t like it because he fought too many people he knew on the Southern side; some even his own relatives. Probably his past was so filled with sadness because of the war and his first family that there were no happy memories for him to share.
Jesse and Emily made their home in the area of 6th West and 7th North in Provo. Jesse became a rock mason for a living and may also have been a farmer.
Six children were born I Provo to this couple: Jesse Martin b. 4 Oct 1868; George Raymond b. 4 Oct 1870; John Wesley b. 2 Jan 1873; Arthur Lamond b. 1 Jun 1874; Joshua Delenzo b. 29 Sep 1876; Rhoda Alberta b. 20 Apr 1882. Two of these children died in childhood: John Wesley d. 9 Feb 1879; Joshua Delenzo d. 3 Feb 1879.
Jesse’s mother, Rhoda, must have been a great influence on her children. It is interesting to note that both Jesse and Thomas named their only daughters Rhoda, after their mother. This is a great complement to her.
Jesse liked horses and horse races. He was able to recognize a good horse. He also liked liquor. Once he was so drunk while making a bet that he bet his team of horses and lost it. This would have been quite a loss in those days. On another occasion, while drunk, he hired a band to come to his house and serenade his family.
At times during this marriage Jesse would leave his family for up to six months. Jesse apparently didn’t explain where he went, but it is assumed that he traveled back to Indiana to visit with family members.
Jesse was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 25 Aug 1880 by Mads P. Madsen. He was confirmed the same day by Peder Madsen. Emily and their boys, Jesse Martin and George Raymond were also baptized and confirmed members of the Church the same day.
Jesse was a very strict man. He had a large and beautiful garden every year. He became very upset if he caught children playing in it.
Jesse made his home available to those in need. On several occasions his children and their families came to live with him until their situations improved.
On 24 Oct 1811 Emily died in Provo. Jessed 30 Jun 1915 in Provo from apoplexy caused from asthma. The notice of his death in the Deseret News said:
J.A. Buckner’s Funeral
The funeral services held for Jesse A. Buckner in the Third Ward meeting house yesterday were attended by many relatives and friends. The speakers were Elders John D. Dixon and Evan Wride and Bishop T. M. Taylor. Vocal selections were rendered by Murray K. Roberts, Walter Daw, and Misses Marva Carter and Laila John.
Jesse Avery Buckner was buried 2 Jul 1915 in the Provo City Cemetary.
1. Civil War records
2. Conversations in 1982 by Kent Buckner with Lamar Buckner, Earl Buckner, Ralph Buckner, and Verl Peay.
3. Provo Third Ward records, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4. Lake View Ward records, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
5. Deseret New 3 Jul 1915
6. Death cert. Of Jesse Avery Buckner
7. Abstract of will of Jesse Buckner dated 9 Sep1845
8. Copies of documents pertaining to the Buckners in Indiana in possession of Lamar Buckner.