COL Algernon Sidney Buford


COL Algernon Sidney Buford

Davie County, North Carolina, USA
Death 6 May 1911 (aged 85)
Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 18752113 View Source
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Algernon Sidney Buford was the son of Susan Robertson Shelton Buford (1785 - 1846) and William Buford
(1785 - 1848).

He married first in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, December 5, 1854, Emily Whitmell Townes, daughter of Elizabeth Barker Tunstall and George Townes, and niece of Whitmell P. Tunstall. Emily was born in 1831, died in 1859.

He married second in December 1869 Kate Aubrey Wortham, #136828366, b. Mar 13, 1843; d. Dec 28, 1875; daughter of Julia A. and A.G. Wortham (Physician) of Richomond, VA.

He married and third in Richmond, Virginia, May 21, 1879, Mary Cameron Ross (widow of Robert Quarles Strother), #78412854, b. 1848, d. 1916.

Algernon was listed in the 1860 US Census in Pittsylvania Co., VA, as: A.S. Buford, m, 34, b. NC, Lawyer; and W.E. Turner, m, 18, b. VA, Student. [His daughter Emily T. Buford was listed in Pittsylvania Co. VA, in the household of her grandparents as: George Townes, 67, b. VA; Elizabeth B. Townes, 64, b. VA; Emily Buford, 1, b. VA; and Judith Starr, 70, b. VA.]

Algernon and Mary C. were listed in the 1880 US Census at 414 N. 8th St, Richmond, Henrico Co., VA, as: A.S. Buford, self, 54, b. NC, President R&D RR; M.C. Buford, wife, 32; E.T. Buford, dau, 20; Susie Buford, dau 21; E.M. Strother, m, 11; Kate Buford, dau, 9; Lizzie Buford, dau, 7; and four servants; all except Algernon born in Virginia. [Lizzie Buford name was marked through as she had died two months before the census was taken.]

Algernon and Mary C. were listed in the 1900 US Census at 20 Franklin St, Richmond City, Henrico Co., VA, as: Algernon S. Buford, head, 74, b. NC Jan 1826, m. 21 yrs, General Business; Mary C. Buford, wife, 53, b. Mar 1847, m. 21 yrs, 6 children, 6 living; Catherine T. Buford, dau, 20, b. May 1871; Algernon Buford, Jr., son, 20, b. Dec 1880; Mary R. Buford, dau, 17, b. Jan 1883; William E. Buford, son, 12, b. July 1887; and five servants; all except Algernon born in Virginia.

He was a lawyer, owner and editor of the Danville Register, member of the Virginia Legislature, CSA soldier, and President of the Richmond and Danville Railroad.

A.S. and Emily had three children:

1. Lizzie T. Buford, #178629563, b. VA Mar 10, 1856, d. Oct 10, 1859

2. Susan A. Buford, #178629379, b. VA Dec 5, 1857, d. Oct 21, 1859

3. Emily Townes Buford, #122567735, b. 1859, d. 1938; m. Clement E. Manly, #26776669, b. 1853, d. 1928

A.S. and Kate had two children:

4. Catherine Thomas "Kate" Buford, #20679834, b. May 2, 1871, d. Dec 13, 1963; m. Walter Tryon Livingston Sanders, #20679846, b. 1871, d. 1930

5. Lizzie Gilmer Buford, #178669538, b. VA Mar 2, 1873, d. VA Apr 9, 1880

A.S. and Mary C. had three children:

6. Algernon Sidney Buford, Jr., #43651328, b. 1880, d. 1958; m. Elisabeth Lanier Dunn, #43650885, b. 1884, d. 1980

7. Mary Ross Buford, #93378646, b. VA Jan 6, 1883, d. Feb 1962; m. VA 1907 Frederick Ernest Nolting (Natting), #93378636, b. 1872, d. 1955

8. William Erskine Buford, #78413497, b. VA Jul 2, 1887, d. Sep 21, 1954; m. VA 1916 Sarah Sergeant Oppenheimer, #78413604, 1894-1972

From LDS Family Search, obituary below, and findagrave contributors Rich Kreiss, Garver Graver, L. K. Perry (#47129998), and Jack Mitchell (#46600245).

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Buford Algernon Sidney



The Manassas Journal
Manassas, Virginia
May 12,1911 (page 1)


Former President of the Old Richmond and Danville Railroad Passes Away.

Col. A. S. Buford died in his home, in Richmond, after a prolonged illness, Saturday [May 6, 1911] night.

Colonel Buford was formerly president of the old Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, now the Southern, and was a candidate for the office of governor of the state in opposition to Col. Chas. T. O’Ferrell.

He was at the time of his death, a member of the firm of Leake and Buford, of Richmond, and has been closely connected with the business and political affairs of the state since the civil war, in which he served with distinction and gained his title as Colonel.

Some of the older citizens of this community will probably recall the incident when Col. Buford, soon after the close of the civil war, and when Col. W. S. Fewell was station agent at this place, drove some drunken passengers from the ladies’ coach at the point of his revolver when an early morning train, upon which he was riding, arrived in Manassas.

-- Transcribed by Morgan Breeden, RELIC Volunteer, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA


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