Archie Earl Buchanan/Florene Davis Genealogy

Vol. 4, No. 2 - June 2006
Prepared by

Joseph F. Buchanan
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The Quimby (Quinby) Family in America

Betsey Quimby, wife of Shadrach Roundy, mentioned in the previous Newsletter, comes from a family of Quimbys in New England going back 6 generations. Her Forefathers are:

Moses Quimby (1755-1840)
John Quimby (1720- )
John Quimby (1688- )
John Quimby (1665-1717)
Robert Quinby (1625-1677) born in England, emigrated to Massachusetts
William Quinby (1606- )born in Engl., emigrated to Connecticut/Massachusetts

There is a book compiled covering the Quimby (and Quinby) family, mainly as they came to America and the generations that followed after arriving here.

(The bulk of this information is from "Genealogical History of the Quinby (Quimby) Family In England and America" by Henry Cole Quinby)

Note: This book is available in its entirety from the BYU Family History Archives at
. Just go to that site and search for Quimby. I just found out about it and expect to do some searches for other documents as well.

[from Quinby/Quimby history - pp. 60-61]
William Quinby is said to have been a grandson of Thomas of Farnham, county Surrey, England, and was born probably about 1600. He married in England and came with his sons John and Thomas and perhaps other children to Massachusetts about 1638, landing probably at or near Salem. He may have been accompanied by a brother, the father of Robert Quinby, or Robert may have been a young son of his own. William and his sons, John and Thomas, joined the emigration of about 1638 to the new settlements in Connecticut, and appear among the first seventeen families at Stratford, Conn., in 1639 ( Orcutt's History of Stratford, pp. 184-5). They left young Robert Quinby at Salem, and he first appears on the records there in 1646.

Charles L. Andrews, ... , records a definite family tradition to the effect that William Quinby was an elderly man with a grown-up family when he came to this country, and that he fled from England on account of having been an officer in the army of Oliver Cromwell. But Cromwell was in power from 1649 to 1660. Orcutt suggests that he was one of the party who accompanied Rev. Adam Blakeman of Derbyshire and Leicestershire on his arrival in this country in 1638. Rev. Adam was one of the original company of settlers at Stratford the following year, and was minister of the church there until his death in 1665. At any rate, William Quinby was of the Massachusetts company "that came from Wethersfield (Conn.) through the wilderness to Stratford on foot and horseback, and traditions says forded the Housatonic river somewhere above Stratford village. These families settled on the plain, then an Indian field ... . They were probably all communicants of the English or Episcopal church, and on arrival at Stratford they organized themselves into a 'church of Christ' with the recognition of neighboring churches, all of whom about 1669 were styled Congregational." (Orcutt, p. 187). Wethersfield, mentioned above, had been settled in 1634 entirely by Massachusetts families, and it was quite natural for pioneers from that state to Connecticut to stop first at Wethersfield to get their bearings before moving on to new territory.

[from Quinby/Quimby history - pp. 64-65]
[ concerning Robert Quinby of Massachusetts]
The next record we have of him in when he bought for 16 a house and ten acres of land in Salisbury, Massachusetts, on the west side of the Powwow river, bounded by land of William Sargent, a lane, street, and highway, 28 Feb., 1658. ... William Osgood, a rnillwright, who had recently become Robert Quinby's father-in-Iaw, went on the latter's bond to pay the purchase price. Robert Quinby was even then a shipbuilder, a calling followed by some of his descendants....

[from Quinby/Quimby history - pp. 65-66]
At a general meeting in 1667 to arrange the seating in the new church, Robert Quinby was "to set in the 3 seat in the nor-west side in the metten house."
Robert married Elizabeth Osgood, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Osgood, residents of Salisbury, Mass., till 1660, thereafter of Amesbury, where they had seats in the meeting houses. ... Robert and Elizabeth probably married in 1656-7 as their first child was born 1657-8. A family record in the possession of Thomas Weed Quinby gives the date of their marriage as 7 Jan. (or June) 1653.
Robert Quinby and his wife Elizabeth lived in the most stirring times New England has ever known, and took a very active part in some of those events. The witchcraft trials summoned Elizabeth's father and mother as witnesses; her father and mother also had the notorious Indian Symon living with, who subsequently wounded the daughter of his hosts, Elizabeth Quinby herself and killed her husband Robert Quinby, the immigrant ancestor, in the Amesbury massacre of 7 July, 1677 (Merrill's Amesbury, p. 105; Drake's Indian Biography; Chase's History of Haverhill, p. 126). In a letter dated Amesbury, 9:5 mo : 1677, it is set forth how Symon, the Indian, knocked our ancestress on the head; she related that, when he came to her, she asked him not to kill her. He said,
"Why, goodwife Quinby, do you think that I will kill you?"
"Because you kill all the English" said she.
"I will give quarter to never an English dog of you all," said he, and gave her a blow on the head; where upon she called him "Rogue!" and threw a stone at him; and then he gave her two more and settled her for dead.
The foregoing, is the very language of the letter, which is still preserved in the Massachusetts Archives, vol.. 67, p.
142, at Boston, ....
[ end of quotes]

Betsy Quimby Roundy's Blessing

Betsy received a blessing in Nauvoo. I include that blessing here:

Betsy daughter of Moses and Hannah Quimby born 27 June 1793 Lunenburg, Essex, Vermont.

I lay my hands upon thy head and confirm a Father's blessing upon thee. Thou art of the same lineage with thy companion entitled to all the benefits of the Melchezidek Priesthood in common with thy companion with faith to heal the sick in thy house or in other places by the laying on of hands when there is no Elders present. Also to redeem all thy dead friends by the help of thy companion and bring them up in the resurrection and reign over them with him to all eternity and shall have thy desire with regard to the salvation of thy living friends and shall share equally in all the blessings sealed upon the head of thy husband. You shall be a comfort to him all his days and shall be satisfied with the riches of earth and heaven. Thy sons and daughters shall be very great the least of them shall be like David for strength and courage. Thou shalt have every desire of thy heart and shall see the end of this generation inasmuch as thou art humble and watch and pray. Every word of this blessing shall be fulfilled for I seal it upon thy head with eternal life by the authority of the Holy Priesthood. Amen.

Given at Nauvoo August 29, 1844

Relief Society of Nauvoo - Record of Betsey Roundy

On page 178 of Women of the Nauvoo Relief Society there is an entry about Betsy (from Maurine Carr Ward - "This Institution Is a Good One": The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, 17 March 1842 to 16 March 1844 ):

ROUNDY, Betsey; 14 Apr 1842; Betsy QUIMBY; b. 29 Jun 1795, Lunenberg, Essex, Vermont; parents Moses QUIMBY and Hannah KENNEDY; m. 22 Jun 1814, Rockingham, Windham, Vermont, to Shadrach ROUNDY; d. 28 Mar
1880, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. (AF, BAP, FWR, NAU, NJ2, NTER, SEB, WFF)

Family Health History

I am sure you have had questions asked by your physician concerning hereditary conditions and illnesses. It seems that I am learning something new all the time about the health history of our family. I think this should be something that we should catalogue because it is important for us to know what we need to be careful about. I recommend that you contact me about these matters and I will place a list of concerns in the restricted section of the web page or at least make available upon demand. For example Grandma Buchanan (Florene) had allergies - they always had artificial Christmas trees because of her asthma. She also had glaucoma (which I and my brother also have and our father had). Grandpa had a heart condition as well as possible colon cancer.

Call For Newsletter Articles

I am doing a little research still in some areas, but there is not enough information to fill a newsletter. I would love to include stories and information provided by anyone in the family (IF this is something you wish that I continue). The following are the things I am currently researching:

I have a number of ideas that would make good articles. For example: humorous stories - I remember Grandpa Buchanan was always ready with a good story or joke; family reunion materials - I have a number of packets given out at reunions; other family histories, for example, the one at the end of this page; maps and pictures; family recipes - Grandma Buchanan made the best bread-and-butter pickles, as well as many other great things;

Anna Delilah Buchanan Poole's Description of Their Early Family Life

Anna Delilah was an older sister to Archie Earl. This is part of her autobiography that describes the early family life and conditions leading up to the time Grandpa Buchanan was born.

"I was born at Glenwood, Sevier, Utah, 27 April 1881, the second child of Archibald Waller Overton Buchanan and Caroline Sophia Sorensen. My father had entered the principle of plural marriage and my mother was the fourth and youngest wife. I well remember the trials and persecutions they went through for this principle. My mother, having the youngest children, the U.S. Marshalls would hold that as evidence against her husband, so she had to go into hiding.
"They moved to Lyman, Wayne County, when I was six years old. It was while in hiding there that my brother, Parley Ammon died with diptheria, and my sister Mary and I were ill with the same disease. Mother made a coffin and lined it with some choice silk she had. They buried the baby on a little hill south west of Lyman, the first to be buried there.
"In the fall of 1887 we moved to Manti where we lived for two years. Mother had to use an assumed name. It was hard for her to be in hiding, but it was also hard on father's other families to be left without a father's guidance.
"We later moved to Mancus, Colorado, where father got a job as a miller in a grist mill. While there one of the Apostles asked father to take mother and her family and move to Mexico to help colonize there. Father refused to do this and he was stricken with sciatica rheumatism so badly he was almost helpless. This condition lasted until he finally decided to obey council. The pain left immediately. I heard my father tell this experience many times.
"The first of October 1889 we, along with other families from Mancus, began the long journey to Mexico. The wagons were loaded with provisions and other things we would need when we reached our destination. We took along cows for fresh milk, a pen of chickens on the back of the wagon. Butter was made by putting milk in a large churn and the movement of the wagon churned it into butter. There were wild game along the way.
"I recall how my sister Mary and I enjoyed ourselves as we trudged along, gathering wild flowers, searching out birds nests, eating mesquite beans, etc. along the way. The scenery was beautiful and it impressed me so much that I have always loved the beauties of nature. The desert sands, the cactus, mesquite, the steep rugged mountain passes we went through, the towering cliffs, the roads so steep that they had to block the wheels of the wagons to hold them back, the tall grasses, the wild flowers, rivers, mountain streams, the flat-roofed adobe houses with strings of red peppers hung on the walls. These are the pictures hung in my mind about that trip.
"We always rested on the Sabbath, and had devotional services. There were eighteen in our group.
"Our first home in Mexico was a tent and wagon box set on the ground. A door was cut in one end of the tent connecting it with the wagon box, giving us a kitchen and bedroom. By Thanksgiving of 1891 we were living in an adobe house. After living in a tent so long, it was like a mansion.
"I attended school in Mexico and learned to speak some of the Spanish language.
"On the 25th of March 1892 my twin brother and sister, Earl and Myrl, were born in the little house we had. How we loved our baby brother Earl who suddenly became ill in the fall of 1892, with Cholera Infantum, and apparently stopped breathing. Father said, 'Don't touch him. As I asked God to spare his life, I saw two roads side by side which I know are the lives of these twins. He will live.' Earl is a living testimony of that prayer.
"When the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated, father went to the dedication exercises, and to visit his other families. After he came back to Mexico be decided to move his family back to Utah. We lived with Grandma Sorensen for some time before going back to Glenwood."