Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887 Taylor Co.
GEORGE H. BUCHANAN was born September 1, 1838, and is the fifth of five sons and two daughters, all living except one, born to Thomas G. and Janie (Caldwell) Buchanan, who were born in Green, now Taylor County, January 1801, and September, 1802, respectively. Thomas G. Buchanan was a farmer and slave owner, and died in 1867; his widow in 1883. He was a son of John and Jane (Gants) Buchanan, who were born in Wythe and Botetourt Counties respectively. She came to Kentucky with her parents, Thomas and Mary
(McAfee) Gants in 1779 and located on Salt River. Thomas Gants was in the battle of Blue Lick, and escaped, but was killed by the Indians a few weeks after the battle in 1783. He was a man with a strong constitution and iron
will, and of more than ordinary intelligence, of English extraction, went from New England to North Carolina, and thence moved to Virginia. John Buchanan was a farmer and stock trader, and did considerable freighting with wagons in an early day. He was born May 17, 1768, and came to
Kentucky in 1782, and settled on the Salt River, and in Green County in April, 1800. He was under Gen. Logan against the Indians, was a robust and healthy man, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. He acquired considerable property, but his conscience would not permit him to hold slaves. He died September 20, 1834. He was a son of George and Margaret (McAfee) Buchanan, natives of Virginia and South Carolina respectively. George Buchanan was a soldier of the war for independence, and settled on the Salt River, four miles below Harrodsburg, in 1782. He
was a farmer, but never would own slaves or allow his children to own any. He died in June, 1813, at the age of sixty-seven years. He was a son of James Buchanan, who emigrated from Scotland, and was a member of the
Presbyterian Church, to which the family still cling. The Buchanans first settled in Green, three miles east of Campbellsville. Mrs. Thomas Buchanan was a daughter of James Caldwell who was a soldier in the war of 1812, and
an early settler just east of Campbellsville; was born in Taylor County, Ky. G.H. Buchanan grew to manhood on a farm and received a good English education. At the age of twenty-two he engaged in the mercantile business with his brother, continued two years, after which he located on a farm of 300 acres on the banks of Green River, near Roachville. He lost the old residence by fire, but has rebuilt and now is the possessor of the finest modern residence in the county. In October, 1862, he was united in
marriage to Sallie Shively, a daughter of John W. and Jane (Roach) Shively, who were born in Green County, but whose parents came from Virginia in an early day. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan had born by their happy union five children, three now living: Corae H., Emma S. and Hattie A. Mr. and Mrs.
Buchanan are members, respectively, of the Presbyterian and Methodist Episcopal Churches. He was a member of the Grange, and in politics is a Democrat. His first presidential vote was for Bell, in 1860.