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This family begins with Bone January insofar as any record is concerned.  It has no known previous history because the family, as such, was not officially recorded nor even maintained among Negroes in the South until after the period of slavery.

Bone January was born in 1814 and lived nearly half of his life in slavery.  We, therefore, knew nothing about his ancestry, where he come from nor even what his true name was.

It is known only that his last owner was a man by the name of Walker Buckner and his children were all born as slaves on the Buckner place in Cane Ridge, Kentucky sometime during the 1840s and 50s.

In his later years, he settled near Flat Rock, Kentucky and it was there in the year 1900 that he fell dead, apparently of a heart attack, at the age of 86 while in the act of chopping wood with an ax.

In the 99 years since his death, he has become the ancestor and patriarch of a host of descendents which, like the seed of Abraham, is as numerous as the sands on the seashore and which is scattered throughout the length and breadth of this land.....


We hope this record will serve not only to remind us of who we are but also to instill within us a spirit of family unity and pride.  Whether we realize it or not, our heritage is one we can be proud of because our forbearers, one and all, were noted for their honesty, integrity and a deep religious faith.  

If we, the present generations of this family, bequeath to our descendents nothing more than these qualities, we too will go down in history as respected and honored ancestors.



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