Mary Jane Watts and Joseph Buffington married November 5th, 1885. Joseph’s family came to Dade County around the late 1870’s. Joseph was born April 1859 in Walker County Ga. To Jacob (b. 1826) and Adaline (b. 1831 in GA). Jacob and his family are listed in the 1880 Dade Co census, listing 6 children at home. Jacob Buffington was the son of Austin Buffington born before 1800 and maybe 1795. His wife was Mary? Austin’s father being Jacob born in York Dist. S.C., His father was John the oldest of Richard Buffington Jr. and Phebe Grubb. Richards Jr’s father was also Richard Buffington. The family trail leads back to Richard Boveington Emigrant founder of the Pennsylvania branch of Buffington’s.
This information taken from “The Buffington Family in America“. A newspaper article says 03-05-1898 “Worley Chapel, GA July 31st, The quarter conference of the M. E. church at Shiloh was a complete success. Among those who attended church services were Mr. and Mrs. J. M Cantrell, Joseph White and Family, Green Hale and the Misses Hale of Rising Fawn, W. C. Cureton, Joseph Buffington and Walter Austin of Byrd’s Chapel.
In the 1900 Dade County census Joseph and Mary are listed with their children; James b. Nov, 1886, John b. April 1888, Lucinda b. Aug. 1889, Lula b. Jan. 1890, Mike b. Nov. 1892, May b. May 1894, Clark b. Oct. 1895 or 96, Charlie b. Jan 1898, Lawrence b. Nov. 1899. The census writer states Joseph is a farmer, he can read and write, he owns his farm free and clear.
In the 1920 Dade County census shows Mary head of household with 6 children at home the youngest being 8yrs. I was told that Joseph trained and raised horses, and that he was kicked in the head and killed by one, but that is just hearsay. I don’t have an obituary for Joseph, but I do for Mary and it says: Mrs. Mary J. Buffington 78 died at her home near Deer Heads Cove March 30th, surviving her are 3 daughters Mrs. Lucinda Reeves, Mrs. Mae Long of Rising Fawn and Etta Jenkins Trenton. 8 sons Jim, JF, MC, and Larence of Rising Fawn, GC Buffington Trenton, Clark, Ernest and Lewis of Chattanooga, For sisters Mrs. Daisy Kellogg, Mrs. Delia Harris, Mrs. Maude Gavit and Mrs. Cyndia Walden, 4 brothers John, Henry, Bud and Lum Watts, 61 Grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at the Deer Head Cove cemetery, pallbearers were Arthur Buffington, Thomas Reeves, Marion Buffington, Middelton Buffington, William Buffington and Raymond Steele. Mary and Joseph are buried at Cagle cemetery also known as Deer head cove cemetery.
Lucinda “sis” Buffington Reeves married William Clenton Reeves on June 26th, 1904 in Rising fawn Ga. They are buried at Cagle cemetery also known as Deer head cove cemetery in Dekalb Co AL. Their children were: Willie, Empress, Lucy, Thomas, Manuel, Edmond, Judy, Elda, Stella, Beatrice and Jesse.
As you can see Joseph and Mary Buffington’s decedents are abundant in Dade County.