|Vol. 1, No. 1 - March 2003
Joseph F. Buchanan
Last Summer, in the family reunion, I was asked to be the family genealogist. I felt it an honor to follow in the steps of my father. Since that time, I have been doing a little research and a lot of thinking about what I should do for the family. For a while now, I have considered putting together a quarterly newsletter for the family. I have several purposes for this. The primary reason is to help remind the descendants of Archie Earl and Flo Buchanan of their rich and interesting heritage, including the great sacrifices made with respect to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. A second reason is to help bring the family together so that we can work together on family history and genealogy. I am hoping that this edition of the newsletter can find its way to the hands of all the families descended from Archie Earl Buchanan and Florene Davis. Please make copies or tell others about it so that we can make this work. I will be making three version of this newsletter: print, email and web page. I have only a few email addresses and mailing addresses do not number much more than that. Probably the best thing you can do to help the genealogy and family history process work is to help me gather names, addresses and email addresses. My address, phone and email address are all listed at the top of this publication. Please contact me about anything to do with the family. If you are sensitive about having your name and information passed about, please let me know. I am sensitive to privacy issues and will respect your wishes.
This issue contains some of the thinking and research that I have been working on. I don't want to make these issues so big that they are overwhelming. In this issue I have three sections: 1) A basic overview of where our ancestors come from (mainly Europe); 2) Information about some research I did on the mother and aunt of Nancy Ann Bache, dispelling some incorrect information that is prevalent; and 3) Providing a bit of history of one of our ancestors. I will probably follow the same form in future newsletters. I am open for any suggestions and welcome anything you would like to include in these newsletters.
You can follow this link to the web page about Buchanan origins in Europe. I thought it would be interesting to note the distances separating the ancient homelands of our ancestors. Many of the ancestors came through New England and a good number of them are without information as to their earlier origins, though it is believed that they came from England, for the most part.
Children of Harmon Back, Jr. and Margaret or Martha (all of Lexington, Kentucky):
Last summer I enjoyed the experience of pulling handcarts across Wyoming near Martin's Cove. This was a stake youth activity and helped give us a taste of the suffering of our pioneer ancestors. In the process we studied the journals and histories of many of the Willie and Martin handcart companies. I was pleased to read in one account (written by Martin Hardcart pioneer Patience Loader) that one of the men who came to rescue these poor saints was a young man named Joel Parrish. Our ancestor, Priscella Parrish had a brother named Joel Parrish. He was almost 29 at the time of the rescue and had a recent bride back home in Utah when Brigham Young's rescue call came in October conference of 1856 to help the handcart pioneers.
WHISPERINGS OF THE SPIRIT
"Shadrach Roundy, a pioneer of 1847, settled in the Sixteenth Ward, Salt Lake City, where he presided as bishop from 1849 to 1856. Lorenzo Wesley Roundy, his son, who lived in Centerville was in the barn loft getting hay for the horses when he slipped and fell on the floor, breaking several bones in his hip and back. A surgeon from a surveying crew working in the area, helped carry him to the house and said Lorenzo could not possibly live until morning.
"At this very hour a voice told Bishop Roundy to go to Centerville. He asked his sons to hitch the team to the buggy and take him there, but they complained, saying it was too cold to travel. He insisted but they continued to demur, asking him why he was so anxious and in such a hurry. He replied, 'I do not know, but I must go.'
"When they arrived and saw Lorenzo's condition, he turned to his sons and said, 'Now you see why,' whereupon he administered to the injured man. The next morning the surgeon from the camp called at the house while the family was having breakfast. In full sympathy he inquired if the man had 'managed to pull through the night.' Lorenzo, who was at the table eating with the others, answered, 'I guess I'm the man and I'm all right this morning.' The surgeon went back to camp and said to his comrades, 'You can kill one of these d--- Mormons at night and the next morning he will be up eating his breakfast."
-- Annie C. Kimball, quoted in "Our Pioneer Heritage" Vol. 7 p. 560, compiled by Kate B. Carter