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Thursday, February 08, 2018

1887 :: The Last of the Bufords



On this date in our extended family history . . . in The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana), February 8, 1887 . . . "The death is announced in Lexington, Ky., of Major G. Henry Buford, who was a wealthy and prominent farmer. Major Buford was a brother of Gen. Abe Buford, and also of Col. Tom Buford, who killed Judge Elliott, of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. A singular fatality seems to have attached to this family. Many years ago [1851], before the war, Sinkley [Sinclair] Buford, another, brother, was shot and killed in the courthouse at Versailles, Ky., by George Carter. Gen. Abe Buford, depressed by the loss of his fortune, committed suicide in Indiana, and Tom Buford, smarting under the conviction that he had been unjustly deprived of his legal rights by the courts, slew Judge Elliott in the streets of Frankfort. The death of Major Henry Buford removes the last of the brothers. The family was one of the earliest to locate in Kentucky, and from father to son have always been among the foremost supporters and patrons of the turf, having bred some of the finest thoroughbreds ever turned out in America." 

This "last of the Bufords" and his brothers were 3rd cousins four times removed to the Keeper of this family history blog.


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