Exerpt from his son, Samuel David BUCK's Autobiography:
Milligan College, located in East Tenn about five miles S.E. of Johnson City, is where my Father, Cephas Buck and my Mother Katherene Shelborn (sic) were attending school in the year of 1880. I do not know the details of this romance. But the records show they were married in this year. Milligan is a Christian College and Papa had been studying for the ministry. [After their marriage,] they went to housekeeping with Grandma [Mary E.] Buck. Her husband had died some time before that. Papa [Cephas] contracted to buy the other children's interest in the estate, and he and Mama [Kate] began teaching school.
In 1881, Minnie was born, which put an end to the mother's teaching. In Nov. 26, 1883, Samuel David was born and named after both his grandfathers.
In 1886, Mary Fannie was born and named after her two Grandmothers.
Then Roy McGarvey was born in 1888.
In 1890, Cephas Jr. was born. He died one year later, 1891. Mama also died in that year. [After contracting pneumonia.] Papa had gone to Hopson,Tenn. about 1889 and was running a store. I was left with Grandma at the farm because I was getting big enough to help with the chores. Shortly after Mama and the baby died, the store burned to the ground, and Papa had no insurance. He was busted. He came back to Grandma's place with the children where she could look after them while he taught school. During the winter of 1892-3, when he was teaching at a place called Gravley point he fell in love with one of his students, Nora Foglesong. They were married in 1893. Nora was a beautiful girl, with fair skin and very black eyes and hair. Grandma was very mad because Nora was not much older than Sister Minnie and Papa was a teacher and a minister and should be dignified enough to find some one near his own age. She raised such a fuss about it that Papa rented a store building at McConnell Switch, a few miles East of Abingdon. There he took his bride and all the children except me. Grandma needed me to help her on this big farm. There were cattle, hogs and sheep to feed.
The store at McConnell Switch was not a success. So Papa rented a store building at Brumley Gap, which is about 10 miles North. Here he moved his family and store. This was in 1893. I was then 10 yrs. old and still helping Grandma.
Papa had purchased the children's interest in the place but she had full control of it during her lifetime. Uncle Ephraim had a place about half mile east of Papa's new location in Pore Valley. Typhoid fever had gone through Uncle E's family and taken his wife and one child. So he traded Papa this place for Papa's equity in Grandma's place. then it became Uncle's duty to look after Grandma. So he married his first wife's sister and moved in with Grandma. This relieved me so I could go and live with Papa and my new mother. This was in 1894, and Papa soon moved into the place where Uncle had lived and had Typhoid. He used the front room for a store until Papa could build a store house. We never took typhoid, perhaps it was the turpentine he gave us about once a week."
How Cephas got his middle name.
Prominent Virginia Christian Minister. Rev. David M. Buck, 36351392, and Rev. Samuel Shelburne were preachers in the same circuit of churches in southwest Virginia and Tennessee and adjoining states. David so admired preacher Shelburne that he named his son for him - Cephas Shelburne BUCK. When this son grew to manhood he fell in love with and married Emma Kate Shelburne ,66067734, the daughter of the man for whom he was named. From "Shelburne The Book of Silas”
We will meet you,
Where the surges
cease to roll,
Where in all the
Sorrow ne'er shall
press the soul.
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Samuel David Buck
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Roy MCGarvey Buck
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Leona Myrtle BUCK HAYTER
Mabel Ovella BUCK BAILEY
Cephas Crockett Buck
Helen Kate Buck
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