|Birth: ||May 13, 1747|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1820|
Philip Buckner was born on May 13, 1747 in Port Royal, Caroline County, Virginia. He was the son of John and Sarah Buckner.
He was adventurous at a very young age, and started his pursuit of business and commerce. He traveled often between America and England.
He courted the beautiful and refined young daughter of Captain William and Elizabeth Daniel of Caroline County, Virginia. And on September 9, 1772, Philip Buckner married Tabitha Ann Daniel. Together they had nine children.
When the Revolutionary War came, Philip Buckner's loyalty and patriotism knew no bounds. He spent his energy and his personal fortune in support of the cause of Virginia. He held the position of Commissary, and he supplied the troops with what they needed with his own private funds.
In return for his generosity and his unwavering loyalty, the Commonwealth of Virginia awarded several very large land grants to him...amounting to thousands of acres. One of the grants alone was for 7000 acres which encompassed present-day Fayette County. He also owned the area of present-day Bracken County, as well as land that lay north of the Ohio River.
After visiting his land on at least two occasions, in 1796 he finally brought his family and servants, and a large party of his friends and neighbors to settle his new holdings. He had originally chosen a beautiful spot for his home on the South side of the Ohio River, but upon returning there, he found the area inhabited by Indians. So he took his family and their party further down the river to Bear Station which is present-day Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. At that time, Bear Station was a frontier military post. Leaving his family where they would be safe, Philip Buckner, along with some of the other early settlers returned to the spot of his original choice, and established a colony that was safe and habitable. After securing a safe place for his family, he brought them to the settlement and established the town of beautiful Augusta there on the banks of the Ohio River.
Philip Buckner donated 600 acres to the city of Augusta, and made land available to buy. He was well-known for his generosity as one can readily see today by looking through the old records. Those records prove that he made farms available to poor men who had no means of buying property by selling the land for such considerations as a hunting dog, a spotted calf, or a young colt.
He built the first brick house in the town of Augusta for his family in 1795. The officers for the first court of Bracken County were appointed, and consisted of sons-in-law of Buckner. The first office of Judge was held by John Blanchard, the first Clerk was Willis Hord, the Attorney was John Pickett, and the office of Sheriff was held by Dickinson Morris.
Captain Philip Buckner represented Bracken County as their State Representative for two terms. He then served Bracken as their State Senator for four years. In 1799, he signed the second Constitution of Kentucky.
The Buckner home was known for its' hospitality, and he often hosted huge feasts for his friends and neighbors. It was also a place of haven and respite for the poor and the needy.
As the years passed, Captain Buckner longed for a place of quiet and solitude, and so he built another home deeper into the wilderness. It was there that he enjoyed the solace of nature, and enjoyed the sport of hunting and fishing. It was also the place where he entertained his old friends on a grand scale.
It is said the he felt a premonition of his impending death, and so he had a great feast prepared and called his friends to his lodge. At the end of that merry evening, he said goodbye to his friends, and told them that he would be going to his final resting place. He calmly retired to his bed, and died during that night. It was October 24, 1820. Captain Philip Buckner was dead at the age of 73.
He is buried in the old Buckner Cemetery near Powersville in Bracken County, Kentucky. His grave is marked with a modest time-worn headstone. There is nothing denoting the greatness of the man that lies beneath that simple stone. But his legacy can be witnessed in the beauty of the surrounding area, and in the lives of his many descendants.
Polly Buckner Hord (1778 - 1865)*
William Buckner (1780 - 1854)*
Capt. Philip Buckner
Note: His modest stone simply reminds us that he served the Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War.
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Record added: Oct 02, 2010
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