Buchanan, Jane (1804-1888)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 3/31/2018 at 12:13:17
(June 1, 1804 - July 6, 1888)
Indianola Herald, Indianola, Iowa, Thurs., June 9, 1887, p.2, col.5
Honor to the Aged
Mrs. Jerome Duncan and Wm. Edmundson, of our place were the moving spirits of a well planned and happily executed surprise to Grandma Buchanan on her eighty-third birthday, June 1st, 1887. The majority of the town’s people aided the scheme and were present to do her honor, also a few guests from Carlisle. Mrs. Jane Buchanan has been a resident of Warren County for many years, through a Kentuckian by birth. She was the daughter of Col. John Knox, an officer in the Revolutionary War, and but for failure to apply before the law of limitation went into effect; would have been the possessor of a valuable, accrued pension that has reverted to the government. Her claim as a pensioner had been honored however, as she sent six sons to the call of Abraham Lincoln for the late war. Two sons died as a result of the war, and the surviving ones are all sufferers from the same army experiences, and more or less invalids. Grandma as she is familiarly called is in delicate health from a fatal disease, yet is able to enjoy her friends and surroundings with some degree of pleasure. The meeting came near disturbing her equanimity for there were relatives present that was almost too much of a surprise for the aged mother. It was an affecting meeting to see two brothers take each other by the hand after thirty-two years of separation with mingled tears of joy and amazement, one exclaiming as the handshaking continued and continued, “You don’t like I ___.” The other remarking, “I shouldn’t have know you H___.” And then it was like listening to pages of historical and geographical accounts, to hear reminiscences of the people, and places, and events of early days in Kentucky and Indiana. As memory turned over leaf after leaf, “Don’t you remember” – and a few words of explanation, brought to mind incident after incident, some replete with mirth and the hearty laugh; others hallowed with tender memories, that brought forth the sympathizing tear. Thus the day passed, dinner was served, and an ice cream supper, the latter a gift of those in attendance from Carlisle, and nightfall found all loath to separate. The relatives present were, three sons, J. H. Buchanan, Chattanooga, Tenn., Wm. Buchanan and wife, Monroe, Ia., J. M. Buchanan and wife, Carlisle, Ia., three grandchildren, Josephine Woods and husband, of Swan, Wm. Edmundson of Hartford, and Dora Buchanan, of Monroe; six great grandchildren, Walter Edmundson, of Hartford, Mabel Perrin of Monroe, Harry, Ida and Olive Woods of Swan, and Merle Buchanan of Carlisle, one nephew, Jerome Duncan and wife, of Hartford; one grand niece, Mrs. Dora Guthrie, of Hartford; one great grand nephew, Hershel Guthrie, of Hartford; and one great grand niece, Hallie Guthrie of Hartford. Among the tokens of love and gifts left Mrs. Buchanan were, a cashmere dress from a granddaughter in Tennessee; a beautiful apron from two granddaughters, Dora Buchanan and Mrs. Perrin, of Monroe, towels, from a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Buchanan, of Monroe; hose, from Mrs. Duncan; hose and towels, from Mesdames Anderson, Gywn and Smith, and a lovely print dress from Mrs. Early.
M. – Hartford, Iowa, June 4th, ’87.
[Jane Knox Buchanan is buried in Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, Iowa]
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