|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1835|
|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1915|
Son of Hezekiah & Elizabeth Buffington, Husband of Sarah Byers.
Since 1854 this gentleman has been a resident of Mills county and has therefore witnesed the greater part of its development from the period when its wild lands were still in their primitive condition, many acres being yet in the possession of the government. There came to the west men and women of strong purpose to claim the rich gifts of nature and to aid in laying the foundation for the present advancement in Mills and other counties of the great western empire. The parents of our subject were among the number that came with their families forty-six years ago and throughout the intervening period Francis M. Buffington has been a representative of the agricultural class. Splendid success has been achieved by him and today he is the owner of one thousand acres of valuable land.
He was born March 12, 1835, in Meigs county, Ohio, a son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth (Barringer) Buffington. The family is of English lineage and was founded in America by three brothers, who located in Virginia, one of whom was the great-grandfather of our subject. The grandfather was born in the Old Dominion and married a lady who was a native of Maryland. Hezekiah Buffington, the father, was born in Ohio and in 1837 removed from the Buckeye state to Adams county, Illinois, where he remained until 1854, when he came to Mills county, Iowa, here spending his remaining days. His death occurred in 1864. His wife was a native of Pennsylvania and died in 1897.
Francis M. Buffington was the fourth in order of birth in their family of ten children, seven of whom are yet living. He was but two years of age when his parents left Ohio and was about twenty years of age when they came to Iowa. After arriving at years of maturity he was married, on the 16th of May, 1861, to Miss Sarah Byers, a daughter of William and Nancy Byers, natives of Ohio, whence they came to Mills county in 1856. Six children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Buffington, but only two are now living: Carrie, wife of Oliver Hammers, a resident of Center township, and Effie, the wife of Richard Jackson, of Oak township, Mills county. those who have passed away are John, who died in February, 1898, at the age of thirty-two; Jennie E., Francis M., and Clark.
Mr. Buffington is today the owner of one thousand acres of land in Center and Oak townships, and also has other town property and other interests, owning forty shares in the Mills County Bank. Industry and careful management have been the salient points in his career and he has won his success along the lines of the old-time trite maxims: "Honesty is the best policy." and, "There is no excellence without labor." He votes with the Republican party and is a public-spirited and progressive citizen and gives hearty support and cooperation to all movements which he believes will prove of public benefit.
Hezekiah Buffington (1805 - 1865)
Elizabeth Barringer Buffington (1807 - 1897)
Sarah Byers Buffington (1840 - 1926)
John Clarence Buffington (1866 - 1899)*
Catharine Price Buffington Meadows (1833 - 1902)*
Francis Marion Buffington (1835 - 1915)
Rebecca J. Buffington Byers (1841 - 1874)*
Elijah Harvey Buffington (1843 - 1936)*
Mary Elvira Buffington Cattron (1848 - 1903)*
West Liberty Cemetery
Plot: Sec.1-Row 6
Maintained by: Don DeWitt
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Aug 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20948264