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REV. JAMES S. BUCKNER

1832-1907

 

Religious Activity in Missouri  1871-1907

J. C. M.

 

            Rev. J. S. Buckner was born in Meigs County, Tennessee, August 7, 1832.  His father was a Baptist preacher, but the writer has been able to gather no facts concerning his life.

            In 1839 the family became residents of Dade County, Missouri.  Here the subject of this sketch was converted and united with the Baptist Church near his home.

            In 1850 he went to California, where he was ordained to the ministry and where he was diligent in this high and holy calling.  After some 21 years of ministerial work on the Pacific coast he returned to Missouri and made his home in Greene County.  Thence forward until his crowning day, he devoted his time most industriously to the Gospel ministry in Southwest Missouri.

            He assisted in the organization of the Greene County Baptist Association, and if my memory is not at fault, he was made moderator of that meeting.  From that day until his death he presided at every meeting of the Association except one, when he was not present because of his absence from the state at the time of the meeting.

            He served as pastor of many of the churches in that part of Missouri where he resided.  Among these churches the following may be mentioned, Ash Grove, Brookline, Mount Pleasant, Old Liberty, Friendship, Friendship Chapel, Central Baptist, Union Hall, Marshfield and perhaps some others.  When the town of Marshfield was wrecked by a cyclone he canvassed a large portion of the state and raised funds to erect a Baptist meeting house in that county seat.  He thus secured a permanent home for the church in that place and its future growth was made possible.

            My impression is that Baptists there had not owned a house of worship prior to this great calamity that came upon the town.  But this wise servant of the Lord saw the opportunity and his great energy and tact carried the enterprise to success.  He served as Sunday School Missionary in Southwest Missouri for some years.  As a speaker to children his plainness and simplicity of style always engaged and held their attention.

            Mr. Buckner’s educational opportunities in his youthful days were very limited, but by care he attained to a high degree of accuracy in the use of his native tongue.  Blessed with a large measure of common sense, he was both prudent and wise in his conversation in the home, and in his public addresses.  At the session of the district associations which he attended, at ministers’ meetings or at Sunday School conventions his speeches were always well timed, and instructive.  He was very successful in raising money for the building of church houses, for missions or other causes where it was needed for the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven.  These facts illustrate his executive ability and his large measure of honest purpose in life.  He had little patience with anything that showed pretense without real foundation.  Any sermon or address must, in order to receive his approval or endorsement, be made up of a good sense and not merely of ornamental periods of showy sentences.  He was always plain and practical.  He would not speak unless he had some thoughts to express, and then these thoughts must be expressed in a few and simple words as clearness would permit.  The result of this was that this plain spoken man was always heard with profit by the thoughtful portion of his auditors.

            He reached the advanced age of 75 years and 3 months, when the summons came to enter the Mansion prepared for him, by the Divine Redeemer whom he loved and diligently served.  Mr. Buckner was twice married.  To the first marriage there were born to him four children and by the second union eleven.  At his death all of his living children were members of Baptist churches except one.  For some years his home was near Ash Grove, Greene County, and from here he was called to the “home beyond.”  He died November 6, 1907.

            Rev. E. T. Sloan, who was baptized by Mr. Buckner into the fellowship of the Friendship Baptist Church many years before and who had been for quite a while the pastor of his Spiritual Father conducted the funeral services.  The body of the old veteran was placed in the cemetery at Sinking Creek in Dade County by the side of his loved ones who had preceded him to the “better land.”

            A suitable obituary was published in the minutes of the Greene County Association, as well as a picture of their faithful moderator.

            Few men with the small advantages for early mental training have equaled him in their contributions to advancement of the Master’s Kingdom.  To the earnest, unselfish and unrequited labors of such men as J. S. Buckner the Baptist churches of Missouri owe a great debt of gratitude.

(Source: Missouri Baptist Biography A Series of Life-Sketches Indicating the Growth and Prosperity of the Baptist Churches As Represented in the Lives and Labors of Eminent Men and Women in Missouri Prepared at the Request of the Missouri Baptist Historical Society by J. C. Maple A.M., D.D. and R. P. Rider, A.M. Volume III; Published for The Missouri Baptist Historical Society, Liberty, Missouri by Schooley Stationery and Printing Co, Kansas City, Missouri (1918) transcribed by Mary Saggio)

REV. BURROW BUCKNER

1796-1861

 

Religious Activity in Missouri  1840-1861

R. P. R.

 

            From my meager data, I am able to glean only a small sheaf of facts with regard to the life of this worthy brother.  It is simply a gleaning.  The full harvest of his useful life is garnered with Him whom he so faithfully served while on earth.

            The Buckners of the United States are the worthy descendants of worthy British yeomanry.  They derive their origin from three brothers, Jesse, John and Benjamin, who came to America in the Colonial days.  It is not known from which of the three brothers Burrow Buckner descended.  We do know, however, that his immediate parents were Henry Buckner of Georgia and Katharine Koons Buckner of Virginia, each having moved into East Tennessee.  The brothers, Burrow and Daniel, were the fruit of this union, a second marriage contracted in his old age.  These two sons became useful Baptist preachers, Burrow in Missouri, Daniel in Texas.  The three ancestral brothers were Baptists, and Benjamin, the youngest, was a Baptist preacher.

            The physical type of these men was of the stalwart kind – to quote from a description furnished by a descendant - “large men, having large ears, high cheek bones, large blue eyes, and straight black hair;” men built for physical conquest.

            Burrow Bruckner was born in Lawrence District, South Carolina, in 1796.  When he was a few years old, the family moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, and three years thereafter, to East Tennessee and settled on a farm, where the boys grew up together, having only the meager educational advantages offered by that state at that time.

            In 1815 Burrow made a profession of religion, and though leaning towards the anti mission principles of the Old School Baptists joined the Lick Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Green County, Tennessee.  Later in life he saw the error in the Old Baptist belief and became a zealous Missionary Baptist, and so remained for the rest of his life.

            In 1818 he married Miss Matilda Matties, a native of Virginia.  She evidently was the woman destined of the Lord for the man.  A relative speaks of her as “one of the best of wives.”  In 1822 he was licensed to preach the Gospel; soon thereafter was ordained.  He preached for a few years in Tennessee, but felt his soul drawn out in the desire for the salvation of the Cherokee Indians, so without any official appointment in obedience to the Commission given by the Great Head of the Churches to preach the Gospel to every creature, he obtained leave of the Nation to move into their midst.  This he did and settled in the woods.  He soon opened a good little farm and he and his boys made a comfortable support for the family.  He worked during the week and preached every Sunday, and soon had gathered together a sufficient number of those who had embraced the Christ to organize a church to which he continued to minister until led of the Spirit, he sought a new field of labor, and in 1842 came, bringing a family of goodly size, to Dade County, Missouri, purchased a farm on Turnback Creek, and repeated the activities of his former life, in working during the week and preaching on Sundays.  This he did in harmony with the general custom of the day, without specified remuneration.  He was said to be an average preacher, but an apparently inspired exhorter.  Two or three of his sons became prominent ministers of the Gospel.

            In 1861 while preparing to go to the meetings of his Association, he was stricken with apoplexy and died before his faithful wife could reach his side.  He died at the age of sixty-five years, forty-three of which had been spent in trying to serve the Lord.  His remains were interred in the burying ground of Sinking Creek Baptist Church, Dade County, Missouri.  What members of his family are living at this time (1917) is now known, but whoever and wherever they may be they have a noble heritage in the reputation of the honored head of the family.

(Source: Missouri Baptist Biography A Series of Life-Sketches Indicating the Growth and Prosperity of the Baptist Churches As Represented in the Lives and Labors of Eminent Men and Women in Missouri Prepared at the Request of the Missouri Baptist Historical Society by J. C. Maple A.M., D.D. and R. P. Rider, A.M. Volume III; Published for The Missouri Baptist Historical Society, Liberty, Missouri by Schooley Stationery and Printing Co, Kansas City, Missouri (1918) transcribed by Mary Saggio)

 

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