Early Days of Greenbush: Squire Jenkins Buzan



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S. J. Buzan was born in La Rue county, Kentucky, September 21, 1829. La Rue county was named after Jacob La Rue, who was a grandfather of S. J. Buzan.Mr. Buzan came with his parents to Monmouth, Illinois, in 1831. In 1843, he went to Macomb, Illinois, where he was engaged as clerk or salesman in the store of N. P. Tinsley untilthe fall of 1849, when he came to Greenbush and commenced business for himself, running a general store the most of the time up to 1862, when he went west and settled in Missouri. He was married to Mary E. Walker, August 4, 1854. She was born September 25, 1834, and was a daughter of Abner and Jane (Damron) Walker who kept hotel in Greenbush for many years. To Mr. Buzan and wife the following-named children were born:

  • Harry Arthur, born September 4, 1856; died February 27, 1879.
  • Eva, born March 10, 1860; married Galen B. Anderson, November 12, 1884. She died February 12, 1885.
  • Chauncey, born June 27, 1862.
  • Nellie, born September 1, 1866; married Charles E. Spooner, October 8, 1902.
  • Frank, born October 6, 1870.
  • Pearl, born October 11, 1873; married Frederic W. Kaster, February 10, 1894.
  • In politics Mr. Buzan was a republican. He died at St. Joseph, Missouri, June 30, 1893.
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