Tuesday, June 7, 2016

William Woods Buster: I- IV

William Woods Sr.(1752-1829) is a son of William Buster and Jane Woods. He had changed his name from William Bracken Buster to William Woods. William and Mary lived in Washington County, Virginia where he and his brother owned 379 acres of land, later his brother sold his half of the farm to William,  William moved the family to Pulaski County, Kentucky and was living there in July 1805. Evidently Mary died between 1805 and August 7, 1808 when William married Millie in Pulaski County.  William received a deed for land 7-27-1808 and gave a deed 7-23-1812. Deed signed by William and X, her mark, Millie. William died in 1830. Adms. 

John Buster and Michael Buster. Estate appraised 6—21—1830, Recorded 8—16—1830. By order of the Court, 1830. Thomas Gibson — John Cown — G. W. Saunders — Samuel Tate, or any three of them shall meet and allot to Milly Buster, widow of William Buster, her dower in real and personal property of the estate of William Buster, deceased. They did as follows: 

  • 61 3/4 acres to include the mansion house where William Buster formerly lived, on Sinking Creek. 
  • Also slaves Sindy and Caesar, valued at $650.00 leaving $33.33 1/3 in the hands of the Adm. for the widow.  7—2—1830 — 
  • Sale of slaves of William Buster, deceased. 
  • James $452.00 to Charles Buster Jacob 490.00 to Stephan Buster Green $451.00 to William W. Buster 
  • Hannah $279.00 to Emelia Buster  10—19—1833. 
  • The two negroes allotted to the widow of William Buster, have since her death fallen into my hands as Administrator of the estate of William Buster and have been sold by me at public auction. 
  • Caesar for $561.00 and Lucinda for $478.00 to John Gibson. 
  • Michael Buster, Adm. Children of William: John, Michael, William W, Claudius, Charles, Stephan, Elizabeth, Sarah, Jane, Folly, Peggy.




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         b. 1751, , Orange, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 1814, Madison, Madison, Alabama, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
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         b. 1754, , Orange, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 15 Nov 1829, Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
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         b. 1755, , Orange, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 12 Dec 1820, , Scott, Virginia, United States  (Age 65 years)
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         b. 6 Aug 1757, Caswell, Orange, North Carolina, United States
         d. 14 Oct 1839, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 82 years)
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         b. 1760, Caswell, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. 1806, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 46 years)
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         b. 24 Nov 1763, Caswell, Orange, North Carolina, United States
         d. 20 Aug 1826, , Greene, Tennessee, United States  (Age 62 years)
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         b. 10 Dec 1765, Caswell, Orange, North Carolina, United States
         d. 12 Nov 1802, Monticelo, Wayne, Kentucky, United States  (Age 36 years)
         b. 1768, Caswell, Orange, North Carolina, United States
         d. 19 Oct 1836, Smythe, Wythe, Virginia, United States  (Age 68 years)
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         b. 13 Apr 1780, , Wythe, Virginia, United States
         d. 13 Dec 1855, Monticelo, Wayne, Kentucky, United States  (Age 75 years)


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William Woods II, the Patriot. (1754-1829) Like many of the early settlers in the area William Buster was often on the move. We know something of William's movements from a statement made by his son Michael in his application for a pension: "I was born in Caswell County North Carolina on the 6th of August 1757 ... my Father with his family moved from Caswell in 1772 to the State of Virginia, then Fincastle County afterward Washington now Russell ... After the Revolutionary War I continued to live in the State of Virginia Montgomery County until it was divided and in Wythe County after it was taken off from Montgomery County until the year 1812 when I removed to Pulaski County Kentucky and settled on the farm where I now live ..."



         b. 19 Mar 1793, , Washington, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 21 Aug 1877, Bevier, Macon, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
         b. 1797, , Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 17 Aug 1838  (Age 41 years)
         b. 26 Jun 1798, , Washington, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 1876, , Clay, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
         b. 1800, Wythe, Elizabeth City, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. date unknown
         b. Abt 1800, , Wythe, Virginia, United States
         d. 1872  (Age ~ 72 years)
         b. 1801, , Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 1872  (Age 71 years)
         b. Abt 1801, , Wythe, Virginia, United States
         d. 20 Jul 1876  (Age ~ 75 years)
         b. Abt 1803, , Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. date unknown
         b. 26 Apr 1804, , Wythe, Virginia, United States
         d. 1838  (Age 33 years)
         b. 1805, , Wythe, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
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Pulaski Co, KY

William Woods V. (1782-1831) As recorded in Russell County, Kentucky, Deeds “C”: 541 — 3 Jan. 1838 Williamm. W, Buster & wife Margaret of Pulaski relinquish ‘all my rights etc. in undivided estate of Samuel Vaughan decd, on which the widow now resides in Russell Co. Ky. on lower end of long Bottom on North side of Cumberland R. ‘signatures to same acknowledged before clerk of Pulaski County, Kentucky, who certified same to clerk of Russell Co. recorded 14 July 1838 in Russell Co.  This would raise a question as to whether William. W. Buster brought all his family when he first came to Texas in 1836-7 or whether he brought them later. 

Major Buster and family came to Texas in 1836-7. Traveled by water and landed at Velasco, then the chief harbor of Texas. William W. and Margaret Buster made their home place 5 miles west of Brenham. Buried in the yard of the old plantation home. Simple stones mark the graves and an iron fence surrounds the small plot. The house standing in 1956, no longer used as a residence, shows evidence of its age despite the modifications through the years. The beams are mortised with wooden pegs, and square nails are present in the timbers. 1997 update - The Busters are buried on their land near their old home, now gone, about 4 miles west of Brenham, Washington County, Texas on Lange Lake Rd 2 miles west of Berlin community. The 2 graves are inside and iron fence in a small pasture used as a feeder lot or trap pasture. The graves cannot be seen from the road, but the top of a hackberry tree which grows within the iron fence can be seen from the iron gate entrance to the farm on the north side of Lange Lake Rd. A newer house stands where the old house was, 500-600 yards from the road. Fifty acres of the home place was deeded to their son-in-law and daughter, John C. and Temperance Davis, in 1869. Claudius Buster bought the 1/2 interest of Temperance, 1.4 interest each of her children Emma and Howard Davis, and the remaining 140 acres of the home place from his father in January 1872. Claudius Buster moved to the place, built a new house near his parents and cared for them in their later years. 

MILITARY: William enlisted in the War of 1812 from Pulaski County, Kentucky, and there follows his (1) Application for bounty land, statement of (2) the adjudicating officer, (3) and his widow's application for pension. These three documents are in the Archives of the United States, Washington, D.C. PENSION: In Margaret Vaughan Buster's application for pension on William Woods Buster service records. She states his name is William Woods Buster. Their marriage record shows William to be a junior.

Claudius Buster’s (1816—1889) account of his own experiences states that he came with his father to Texas from Kentucky in 1836. The family tree of Frances Buster Armstrong indicates that she came to Texas in 1838. However, all of the family was in Washington County in 1842 as evidenced by Claudius Buster’s letter from the Castle of Perote.  The first land record in Washington County, Texas for W. W. Buster was dated 9-11-1845, filed March 25, 1847, when he bought 1/4 league of land from John Stamps for $2100., the deed witnessed by C. Buster and Wayne S. Bishop.

On December 29, 1862, William W. Buster sold 16 1/2 acres to John Stamps for $2200. On October 3, 1849, W. W. Buster sold 320 acres to John Estes for $ 1000. and on October 4, 1849, he bought 320 acres from John Est.es for $ 1000.  By Certificate No. 438, dated April 23, 1847, William W. Buster received a grant of 1,280 acres of land which was located in Limestone County and was Patented December 20, 1847. The certificate states that he had resided in the Republic three years and performed all the duties required of him as a citizen.

In the Limestone County records, Volumn F, page 87, is Deed dated March 8, 1848, from William W. Buster to Alfred J. Smith, for and in consideration of $ 400. conveys 1280 acres patented to Wm W. Buster on the 20th day of Dec. 1847, and describes by metes and bounds the W. W. Buster survey. Also, in Volume H, page 21 is Deed dated July 2, 1850 from W. W. Buster to M. C. F. Barber, for and in consideration of $ 1500. conveys 1280 acres and describes by metes and bounds the W. W. Buster survey.  
Washington Co.

In Washington County records, from January to March, 1845, there are a number of deeds for lots in the town of Brenham signed by W. W. Buster, and the following explanation is given. “Know all men by these presents — That whereas an act of Congress of the Republic approved the 31st day of January, 1844, entitled an act for fixing the county seat of justice for the County of Washington, and whereas under and by virtue of said acts the following named persons were appointed commissioners to wit: William W. Buster. . . (the first of several names) . . to lay off and sell lots in the county seat selected under act aforesaid,..”  

W. W. and Margaret Buster made their home place five miles west of Brenham, Fifty acres of the home place was deeded to their son-in-law and daughter, John C. and Temperance Davis, in 1869. Claudius Buster bought the 1/2 of Tempe, 1/4 interest each of her children Emma and Howard Davis, and the remaining 140 acres of the home place from his father in January 1872, Claudius moved to the place, built a new house near his parents, and cared for them in their later years. Margaret and W. W. Buster are buried in the yard of the old plantation home. Simple stones mark the graves, and an iron fence surrounds the small plot. 

The house, standing in 1956, no longer used as a residence, shows evidence of its age despite the modifications through the years. The beams are mortised with wooden pegs, and square nails are present in the timbers.



         b. 1780, , Washington, Virginia, United States
         d. Sep 1857, , Andrew, Missouri, United States  (Age 77 years)
         b. 13 Dec 1782, , Washington, Virginia, United States
         d. 26 Mar 1831, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 48 years)
         b. 1784, , Washington, Virginia, United States
         d. 1874, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 90 years)
         b. 6 Oct 1788, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. 1848, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 59 years)
         b. 1789, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. 1838, , Pulaski, Kentucky, United States  (Age 49 years)
         b. 10 Dec 1792, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. 16 Jul 1871, , Washington, Texas, United States  (Age 78 years)
         b. 1795, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. 1797, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. 6 May 1798, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. 1873, , Macon, North Carolina, United States  (Age 74 years)
         b. 1801, , Russell, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. 27 Mar 1805, Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States
         d. 26 Sep 1869, , Macon, Missouri, United States  (Age 64 years)

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