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William Alexander Buchanan

  • Birth 1739 Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 13 Jul 1817 Avoca, Steuben County, New York, USA
  • Burial Avoca, Steuben County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 7770269

The story goes, William was taken captive by Indians at the age of 7 or 8, and he returned to his family at about 17, speaking very little English. He was pressed into service aboard an English cargo ship, making the trip to England and back several times before finally jumping ship. In 1794 he built a cabin at the 8 Mile Tree near Bath, NY and founded the town of 8 Mile Tree or Buchanan Town, now Avoca. He married Mary McWhorter, sister of Hugh McWhorter, the town's co-founder. They had 7 children. Unfortunately, his stone is either gone or completely unreadable.


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  • Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 16 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7770269
  • Clinton Hiley
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Alexander Buchanan (1739–13 Jul 1817), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7770269, citing Hubbard Stanton Farm Cemetery, Avoca, Steuben County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Kristen Conrad (contributor 4768226) .