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Charles N. Buchanan, Biography

from Hancock County, Kentucky – Biographies

Charles N. Buchanan, jailer, Hancock County, was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, January 20, 1831, the son of William and Florinda (Brent) Buchanan, both parents natives of Virginia.  His paternal ancestors were English people, and among the early settlers of Virginia, his grandfather coming to America in the war of the Revolution, as a soldier in the British army.  At the close of the war, he located in Caroline County, Virginia, where he lived until his death, in 1824.  William Buchanan, subject’s father, was a farmer.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, holding the commission of lieutenant in the American army, and served with distinction throughout that struggle.  His death occurred in 1872.  William and Florinda Buchanan reared a family of five children, whose names are as follows:  Thomas G., William S., Charles N., John L. and Mary A.  Charles N. Buchanan was reared a farmer, and remained with his parents until sixteen years of age, attending the common schools for a few months during the winter season, in which he received the mere rudiments of an education.  He commenced life for himself as a tradesman, in the town of Gordonsville, Virginia, where he engaged in the cabinet business, which he followed four years, and in which he was reasonably successful.  In 1854 he came to Hancock County, Kentucky, settling at Hawesville, where he engaged in the milling business, which he followed with varied success for a period of twenty years.  In 1874, he removed to Pellville Precinct, and was shortly afterward elected magistrate of that district, a position he held four years, after which he moved to Daviess county, where he followed farming until 1880.  In the latter year he returned to Hawesville, and in 1882 was elected jailer of Hancock County, which position he has since filled.  Mr. Buchanan was united in marriage, December 13, 1856, to Miss Sarah, daughter of Alexander and Mary Osborne, of Hancock County.  They have a family of eight children, namely:  Josephine, wife of William L. Sterrett; Belle, wife of Walter Brown; William, Nettie, Florinda, Brentie, Birdie and Griffin.  Mr. Buchanan belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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