Monday, July 11, 2016

Uncle & Nephew Claudius Buster

*SIDENOTE: Within the last hundred years of the Buster clan, there had been 13 members who were named "Claudius" after their fathers and uncles, until the last one died in 1976. 11 of the 13 are listed HERE.

Claudius Ceasar (10 B.C.-54 A.D.)
Meaning & History
From a Roman family name which was possibly derived from Latin claudus meaning "lame, crippled". This was the name of a patrician family prominent in Roman politics. The ancestor of the family was said to have been a 6th-century BC Sabine leader named Attius Clausus, who adopted the name Appius Claudius upon becoming a Roman citizen. The family produced several Roman emperors of the 1st century, including the emperor known simply as Claudius. He was poisoned by his wife Agrippina in order to bring her son Nero (Claudius's stepson) to power. The name was later borne by several early saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Besançon.

The Roman invasion of Britain was arguably the most significant event ever to happen to the British Isles. It affected modern language, culture, geography, architecture and even the way Westerners think. Britannia has a Roman name, its capital is a Roman city and for centuries (even after the Norman Conquest) the language, religion, and administration was a Roman one. In AD 43, Claudius sent four legions across the sea to invade Britain. Claudius arrived in Britain to enter the Catuvellaunian capital of Colchester in triumph. He founded a temple there, containing a fine bronze statue of himself, and established a legionary fortress. He remained in Britain for only 16 days. The influence of Claudius had remained a popular name for British men, carrying over that tradition into America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Major Claudius Buster, Patriot, married Dorcus Sumpter

  • Second eldest son of William Bustard
  • 1733-1807 Goochland & Albemarle, Virginia

Claudius's Will:

In the name of God amen, I Claudius Buster of the County of Albemarle and State of Virginia, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testiment as follows to wit in the first place all of my just debts, and my funeral expenses to be paid then I give and bequeath 
  • to my son John Buster five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hays five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son William Buster five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son Claudius Buster five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Buster five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Buster five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my daughter Patience Bailey five Shellings Sterling, 
  • I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Garlands first child Robert sixty pounds (£60) out of the sale of my personal property as my Executors may think best, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son Robert Buster and his heirs forever one half of all my land to be laid off to him as soon as he shall be of age by my Executors, agreeable to quantity, 
  • I give and bequeath to my son Charles Franklin Buster the other half of all my land in the same manner as I have to my son Robert to him and his heirs forever 
  • and it is my desire that all my personal property (Negroes excepted) should be sold upon and terms as my Executors may think best and after paying all my just debts my funeral carges 
  • and sixty pounds (£60) which I have given my daughter Nancy's child Robert the balance to be equally divided between my three children Robert, Charles Franklin, and Betsy, the two boys to have three parts as they become of age 
  • and Betsy to remain in the hands of my Executors to be appropriated as they may think for her maintenance and that my Negroes should be hired out and my land rented until my son Robert becomes of age and then for the Negroes to be sold and the money equally divided between my three children Robert, Charles Franklin and Betsey, or the Negroes to be divided between them, 
  • as my Executors may think best, and case my Executors should think best to divide the Negroes, I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and Charles Franklin Buster, such of the Negroes as may fall to them by said division to them and their heirs forever an in either case my daughter Betseys part to remain in the hands of my Executor to be aplied in the same manner as I have directed before & to give Robert his part of the land as I have directed and rent out Charles Franklin's part until he shall become of age, 
  • And I do appoint and ordain John Buster, Sr., William Woods (father of Jane Woods) (Baptist) and Rice Garland whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and do by these presents revoke all former wills Given under my hands and seal this sixteenth day of December eighteenth hundred five.

In the presence of Henry Williams, Richard Burch, Francis Taleaferrs, Thomas Devers
Signed: Claudius Buster

         b. 9 Jan 1762, Caswell, Albemarle, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 12 Nov 1802, , Wayne, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
         b. 1763, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. 1820, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
         b. 1764, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. Yes, date unknown
         b. Abt 1767, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. date unknown
         b. 1772, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. Kanawka, Fayette, West Virginia, United States
         b. 1773, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. 1820, , Warren, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
         b. 1775, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. Abt 1777, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. 17 Mar 1779, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
         d. 23 Oct 1842, , Greenbrier, Virginia, United States  (Age 63 years)
         b. 1780, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown
         b. Abt 1783, , Albemarle, Virginia, United States
         d. date unknown


Claudius Jr., Patriot, married Isabella Woods, his first cousin

  • Son of William Buster Jr and Elizabeth Woods, and nephew of the first Claudius to be named in the Buster clan.
  • 1763-1842 Albemarle & Augusta, Virginia
  • He was the third member born during the 18th century to be named Claudius, aside from his uncle and cousin.

From the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Claudius was pensioned while in Augusta CO, Virginia in 1835. He enlisted in 1780 in Albemarle under Capt. William Grayson and was discharged in March of 1781. He served at Yorktown, the Half Way House, and Hampton, but was not in any battle. In May of 1781 he re-enlisted and only served three months before being discharged again. Afterwards he served as Justice and Sheriff of Augusta.

On this 25th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of the Court of Augusta County (and State of Virginia) now sitting Claudius Buster a resident of said County in the State of Virginia aged Sixty Eight years, on the twenty fourth day of November last, agreable to his father (John Busters) family record – Who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June seventh 1832 — that he Entered the service of the United States in the Month of December 1780 (as well as he recollects) he entered the service under the following named officers from in Albemarle County; Captain William Grason [sic: William Grayson], Lieut. Wm Gooch, Ensign Francis Montgomery, and Orderly Sergent Tarlton Woodson [Tarleton Woodson], he entered the service agreable to his [illegible word], on the Muster role, in Albemarle County, in the State of Virginia in which county this applicant was born. Was discharged in the latter part of March 1781 having served three months either from the time they received their arms at Richmond, or from the time they were received by Colo. (or Gen’l.) Nelson [Gen. Thomas Nelson] at yorktown, he does not recollect which. there were two other Companies from Amherst County joined with Capt Graysons, one under Capt. James Barnet [James Barnett], the other under Capt. Tucker. Our Field officers were Colo. [Charles] Dabney and Major Campbell, all under the Colo. (or General) Nelson; the service was at different places: York town, the half house [Halfway House between Yorktown and Hampton], and near hampton. Once the british sailed up York river, in night, landed near the half Way house, and destroyed some property, at that place, which place we marched to from the evening before. A Colo. Mallory collected some men, and gave them battle, in which he and some of his men were killed [Francis Mallory, killed at Tompkins Bridge near Big Bethel, 8 Mar 1781]. — This Applicant further states, that about the month of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty one, it was rumered that the british were on their way to Richmond and there was a call for a great many of the men from Albemarle County, this applicant recollects the following companies that went into service at that time from the County of Albemarle, (and thinks there were more) Capt. Daniel White’s, Capt Mark Leak’s, Capt Benjamin Harrises [John Harris’s], Capt John Burks [sic: John Burke’s] and Capt Lensy’s [probably Lindsay’s], at that time there was a proclamation that if any of those who had served the Winter before would volunteer for six weeks it should stand as a tour of duty, this applicant and many others did volunteer. his Company officers were Capt Daniel White, Leut Nathaniel Garland, and Ensign Francis Montgomery. the latter officers volenteerd. the whole marched and served under Colo. Ruben Linsey [Reuben Lindsay]. We join’d the main army under Gen. Lafatte [sic: Lafayette] as theay retreated out of Richmond [27 May]. When Colo. Linsey made a return of his men he made no discrimination in favour of the volunteers, so all served the three months after joining the main army. after marching and counter marching for some days our army took a Northwesterndly direction untill theay got about as far as the County of Fauquier, theay then turned a more Southerly direction, through Orrange [sic: Orange] and Luisia [sic: Louisa] Counties untill theay reached Albemarle County. on that rout theay were join’d by Generals Wayne and Steuband with their forces [see note below]. After we join’d the main army there was a Colo Toler put over Linsey as first Colo. of the regiment. there was also a Major McAlhenny [sic: James McIlhaney] attached to the regiment who was (or had been) an officer in the Regular army. While our army were on the rout I have mentioned, the british advanced as far as Charlottesvale [sic: Charlottesville, 4 Jun] in Albemarle County, routed the Assembly then siting there, destroyed some property, and then retreated. our Army then followed them, but no fighting took place until they got near to Williamsburg, then there was some scrimageing. One at a place called hot watter [Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (Hot Water Plantation) 6 mi NW of Williamsburg, 26 Jun] and another at hicory nut Church [sic: Hickory Nut Church, 8 mi NW of Williamsburg]. Shortly afterwards the british went aboard off their vessels at Jamestown, at which time and place here was a considerable battle [Green Springs Plantation, 6 Jul]. at that time the Americans lost a number of men both of Malitia and Regular troops. this applicant though near the scens of action, never was in battle. Shortly after the british went aboard of their shiping, our army mooved up James River to a place cald Maubin hills [sic: Malvern Hill] about sixteen miles below [SE of] Richmond, where they continued at the time this applicant was discharged, which was in the month of August 1781 after having served two full tours of three months each, at the different times, as stated. he has no docamintry evidence, and the most of those he was best acquainted with in the army are either dead or removed to the Western Country — he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pention or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on any pention Role whaever This applicant states that he has resided since the War of the Revolution cheifly in the Counties of Abemarle and Augusta in the state of Virginia, that he has followed different occupations. About the last thirty six years he has lived in Augusta County out of which time he has [illegible word] upwards of twenty six years as a justice of the peace for the County, and the two [illegible word] last years was the Sheriff of the County and further saeth not Signed Claudius Buster NOTES: Gen. Anthony Wayne joined forces with Lafayette on 10 Jun 1781. Gen. Baron von Steuben was already in Virginia. On 21 July 1854 Elenor or Eleanor Buster, 77, applied for a pension stating that she married Claudius Buster on 28 Nov 1815, and he died 20 Nov 1843. On 26 Sep 1855 she applied for bounty land. Other documents indicate that her name before marriage was Eleanor Paul.

Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 50

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