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John M., Eunice and Jane. This family moved to Ray County,

Mo., in 1841.


John Carroll located in Greensboro in 1821. He married

Margaret, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Donnell-Donnell,

in 1822 and united with Buffalo Church. There were no chil-

dren. John Carroll died in 1839.


William T. Shields came from Augusta County, Va., in 1822,

and bought 200 acres from the heirs of Robert Doak on North

Buffalo and became a member of Buffalo Church. His wife was

Jane, and their children were Robert M., A. W., James and

Martha M. He was a brother of Mrs. Martha Moderwell, wife of

Robert.
Nathaniel Kerr, Jr., son of ruling elder Nathaniel, Sr., of

Alamance Church, married Hannah, daughter of Samuel and

Margaret McMurray Mitchell, in 1822, and located here. He

built the old brick dwelling across the road from the church.

Their children were Malinda, Louisa, Elizabeth J. and Samuel M.

Malinda died in 1842 at the age of twenty years ; Louisa married

Adam M. Rankin, son of Robert and Margaret Scott Rankin, in

1842 ; Elizabeth J. married Samuel D. Wharton, son of Elisha,

in 1846; Samuel M. married Elizabeth C, daughter of Samuel

E. and Jane Mitchell Shelton, in 1850, Nathaniel Kerr, Jr.,

died in 1830.


58 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


James Mclver came from Ireland in 1824 and located here.

He married Mrs. Polly Finley Cunningham, widow of John, Jr.,

and daughter of James Finley, in 1828. He lived four miles

north of the church for a while, then moved to Greensboro.

Their only child, William, died in 1831. James Mclver died in

1857.
David G. Forbis, son of Hugh and Elizabeth Gorrell Forbis,

of Alamance Church section, married Asenith, daughter of

David and Sarah Donnell Woodburn, in 1826, and located on

South Buffalo and united with Buffalo. Their children were

Sarah S., David Washington, Elizabeth and Hugh Rufus. Sarah

S. married Alfred Lewey, in Illinois, in 1851 and died in 1855 ;

David Washington married first Nancy Hannah, daughter of

William and Anna Hatrick Donnell in 1872, and second Julia,

daughter of Moses and Caroline Hanner Rankin, in 1883 ; Eliza-

beth married Preston W. Weaver ; Hugh Rufus was killed in

battle in the Civil War.


David Wharton, son of Elisha a ruling elder in Bethel

Church, bought of William Rankin Wilson a farm between

Greensboro and North Buffalo in 1826 and located there. In

1831 he sold this farm to his brother Watson and bought of

Allan Denny a farm on the north side of the creek (the Textile

Dairy place) and located there. He married first Elizabeth,

daughter of Major John and Elizabeth Denny Donnell, in 1826,

and second Rachel D., daughter of William and Anna Hatrick

Donnell, in 1881. His children were by the first marriage and

were Elizabeth, Julia P., Mary Ellen, John E., and William D.

Elizabeth married Dr. Joseph A. McLean, son of Marshall, Sr.,

in 1850 ; Julia P. married Rev. Cyrus K. Caldwell in 1849 ; Mary

Ellen married John C. Cannon, son of Ibson and Martha Rankin

Cannon, in 1855 ; Captain John E. married Pattie J. Cole in

1866 ; William D. married first Mary Eliza, daughter of Col.

Newton and Eleanor McMurray Wharton, in 1865, and second

Jennie S., daughter of James R. and Nancy Smith Gilmer, in

1876. David Wharton died in 1902 in the 99th year of his age.


James and Robert M. Sloan, Sr., sons of John and Mary

Shields Sloan, of Augusta County, Va., located in Greensboro

in 1827 and united with Buffalo, They later moved their mem-

bership to the First Church, Greensboro. They were nephews


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Rev. William Denny Paisley
1770- ISv

Members of the Congregation 59


of William T. Shields and Mrs. Robert Moderwell. James mar-

ried Sarah Johnson, of Orange County, in 1833, and their chil-

dren were Daniel G., Robert M., George J., Thomas J., James A.,

and Mary Elizabeth. Daniel G. died yonng. Robert M. Sloan,

Sr., married Sarah, daughter of Rev. William D. Paisley, in

1836, and their children were William P., John A., Fannie,

Sarah, Roberta, Robert, Jennie, Julia P., Ida and Martha M.

William P. and Robert died young.


Reuben Dick, son of James, of the Rock Creek section, bought

of Simeon and Abraham Geren 654 acres on North Buffalo in

1827 and located here and united with Buffalo Church. He

married Lucretia, daughter of John and Patsy Galbreath, in

1821. In 1836 he sold this farm to James Wharton, grandfather

of Edward P., and moved to Tennessee some time later. We

have the names of only two of his children : Julia and Isabella.

Julia married William F. Jean in 1841, and Isabella married

Dr. John A. Moring, son of Christopher, in 1847.
William H. Gumming, son of William, of Hillsboro, bought

a farm near the church in 1829, and located here. A little later

he bought the George Nicks place, where J. Al. Rankin lived, and

located there. He married Lavinia Rose in 1828, and their chil-

dren were Eliza G., James D., William A., Henry A., Preston,

Mary, Lavinia, and Beverly Rose. Eliza G. married James G.

Morrison in 1865 ; James D. married Kate, daughter of William

S. Rankin, in 1856 ; William A. married Mary A., daughter of

William S. Rankin, in 1859 ; Mary Lavinia and Beverly Rose

died young. This family moved to Greensboro.


William Permar bought the Robert Rankin place, one mile

west of the church, in 1829, and located there. He married

Sarah Black in 1810, and their children were Elizabeth, Allen,

Rebecca, Eliza, Pleasant, Martha and Jane I. Elizabeth mar-

ried Phillip Thomas in 1850 ; Eliza married George D. Coleman

in 1854 ; Pleasant married Polly Andrews ; Martha married

Joshua Ricks ; Jane I. married Joseph Carter.
Marcellus Jordan came from Louisburg, N. C, and located

two miles north of the church in 1829. He was a brother of

Green D. Jordan, a ruling elder in the First Church, Greens-

boro. He married Maria Wright, of Caswell County, and their

children were William, Mary T., Elizabeth, Marcellus, Jr.,

60 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


Martha A., Cornelia and Benjamin F. William married Emma

Jane Washburn and died leaving one child, Alice, who married

Hawkins Rudd; Mary T. married Jack Tatum; Elizabeth never

married ; Marcellus, Jr., married Mary M., daughter of Samuel

Thomas ; Martha A. married John L. Hendrix, son of Edward,

in 1856 ; Cornelia married A. I. Coltrane ; Benjamin F. married

first Elizabeth Dickey in 1867, and second Tempie Osborne.
Joseph Kirkpatrick came from Orange County in 1829. In

1831 he married Docie, daughter of Samuel and Margaret

McMurray Mitchell, and located near the church. Their chil-

dren were Julia W., Hannah E., David N., Margaret J., and

Samuel A. Julia W. married Daniel E. Albright, son of Jacob

and Sarah, in 1855 ; David N. married Susan Bain, of Orange

County ; Margaret J. married John G. Efland, son of John, and

moved to Tennessee ; Hannah E. and Samuel A. died young.

Joseph Kirkpatrick died in 1859.
John Perdew married Mary, daughter of Adam Mitchell, in

1830, and located here. We know but little of this family. In

1839 Mrs. Perdew resigned as sexton of the church, giving as

her reason for resigning that they were moving away.


Samuel H. Denny, son of William and Jane Gray Denny,

located on the north side of South Buffalo in 1832 and became a

member of Buffalo Church. He married Sarah G., daughter of

Robert and Rachel Denny Hatrick, in 1830. Their children were

Margaret J., Elizabeth A., Joseph and Alexander Calvin. Alex-

ander Calvin married Cornelia, daughter of Alfred and Jane

Brown Gray, in 1867, and moved their membership to Bethel

Church. The other children never married. Samuel H. Denny

died in 1888.
William Vanstory, son of John, Jr., and grandson of Dr.

John, bought of John McClintock a farm near Brown Summit

in 1833 and united with Buffalo. He married Nancy, daughter

of James M. Hughes, and their children were Jennie, Lelia,

Julia, Dora and Lizzie. Jennie married Daniel W. Corl ; the

other girls moved to Newton.


Levi Houston (1771-1862) united with Buffalo by certificate

from Alamance Church in 1833. He was the son of John

Houston, a Scotchman, who was living on South Buffalo in

Members of the Congregation 61


1783. Levi lived two miles south of Greensboro. He married

Anna Boyd in 1805, perhaps a daughter of James Boyd, who

was living on North Buffalo at that date. Their children were

Nathaniel B., William M., John B., Joseph A., Margaret M.,

Polly B. and David B. Nathaniel B., a physician, married

Lucinda Ryan in 1853; John B. married Mrs. Harriet Barnes,

nee Puryear, in 1840 ; Col. Joseph A. married first Catherine A.,

daughter of John and Agnes Gorrell Stewart, in 1835, and sec-

ond Margaret Fox in 1869 ; William M., Margaret M., Polly B.

and David B. never married.


G. C. Townsend moved to Greensboro from Cabarrus County

in 1834, and united with Buffalo. He had married Catherine L.

Caruthers, a sister of Dr. Eli W. Their children were Cornelia,

Eli C. and Laurence (Tobe). Cornelia married George M.

Adams in 1853 ; Eli C. married Mary Short ; Laurence moved

from Greensboro.


John H. Clapp married Elizabeth Anne, daughter of John

McMurray, of the E-ock Creek section, in 1832. In 1835 he

bought of George Denny a farm just east of the David Wharton

home place and located there. Their children were Cora, Wil-

liam, Charles, Madison, Daniel, Mary Jane, Kate Emma, and

Frank. In 1841 he sold this farm to John F. Donnell and moved

to Greensboro.
Andrew Weatherly, son of James, and grandson of Jesse,

who settled on South Buffalo in 1779, located in Greensboro in

1832. He married Margaret, daughter of Robert and Nancy

Hanner Gillespie, in 1833, and their children were Mary Eliza,

Nancy L., Robert D., William John, Andrew, Margaret, Celia

and Alice. Mary Eliza married Levi Scott, son of John D., in

1861 ; Nancy L. married Walter P. Caldwell in 1857 ; Robert D.

never married ; William John married Lucy Roseboro ; Andrew

married Lizzie Payne ; Margaret married William Rufus Mur-

ray in 1867 ; Celia married Samuel Jordan ; Alice married Mr.

Davidson. This family was dismissed to the First Church,

Greensboro, in 1848.


Lorenzo D. Orrell bought of Samuel Mitchell his half inter-

est in the old mill on Church Street extension, in 1837, and lo-

cated there as the miller. He married Eliza, daughter of James

and Margaret Lester Spence, and their children were Daniel W.,


62 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


William C, Emma E., Robert M., Aseph, James, Mary Eliza

and Jeff. Daniel W. married Leanna, daughter of Albert and

Polly McMurray Rankin, in 1867 ; William C. married Mar-

garet E., daughter of James M. Hughes, in 1868 ; Emma C. mar-

ried Jesse T. Abbott, son of William, of Virginia, in 1869 ; Rob-

ert M. married Roxanna, daughter of Caleb and Anne White,

in 1870 ; Mary Eliza married McKinzie J. Bodenhamer, of

Winston, in 1868. L. D. Orrell died in 1870.


John Carson Rankin, son of Joseph and Mary Donnell Ran-

kin, of the Alamance Church section, located on the south side

of North Buffalo in 1837. In 1847 he bought the Bryant Piercy

farm (the Sikes place) and located there. He married Betsy A.,>

daughter of Thomas and Hannah Rankin Denny, in 1837, and

their children were Mary Ladosca, Cornelia and William T.

Mary Ladosca and Cornelia died rather young ; William Thomas

married Mary, daughter of James and Hannah Burnsides, in

1871. This family moved to High Point.
Pleasant McAdoo, son of David and Elizabeth Nicks McAdoo,

of the Alamance Church section, married Euphrasia, daughter

of John M. and Eliza Ryan Gilchrist, in 1842, and located two

miles north of the church. Their children were John L., Gran-

ville Ryan, Ella Dora, Albert, Adolphus S. and Brantley P.

Ella Dora married William E. Bevil, son of Archie ; Albert mar-

ried Nannie, daughter of Alfred and Sarah Mimms Summers ;

Adolphus S. married Emma V., daughter of Archie and Jane

Rankin Bevil, in 1873; John L., G. Ryan and Brantley P.

died unmarried. Pleasant McAdoo died in 1886.


Moses M. Rankin, son of Thomas and Patsy McQuiston Ran-

kin, of Alamance Church section, bought the George Nicks place,

one mile north of the church, and located here in 1844. He

married Sarah Caroline, daughter of John and Sarah McAdoo

Hanner, in 1843. Their children were S. Corinna, Martha E.,

Josephine R., Tabitha, Julia, Nelson Eugene, A. Mack and J. Al.

Tabitha died young; Corinna and Martha E. never married;

Josephine R. married Dr. William M. Albright, son of Jacob, in

1867 ; Julia married David Washington Forbis, son of David

and Asenith Woodburn Forbis, in 1883 ; Nelson Eugene married

Allie, daughter of John W. and Nancy Donnell Kirkman, in

1886 ; A. Mack married first Annie, daughter of General W. T.


Members of the Congregation 63


Prince, of Cheraw, S. C, and second Mrs. Maggie Murphy

Prince, of Baltimore, Md. ; J. Al. married Leila, daughter of

Thomas B. and Martha Wilson Donnell, in 1890. Moses M.

Rankin died in 1879.


Martin Bruce Weatherly, son of Martin and grandson of Ed-

ward Weatherly, who settled on Reedy Fork in 1778, married

Elizabeth, daughter of Col. William and Jane Ryan Denny, in

1844, and their children were William H., Julius M., Robert 0.,

David M., Lelia, Claudia and Betty. William H. married Nancy,

daughter of D. D. and Caroline Woodburn Gillespie, in 1870 ;

Prof. Julius M. married Laura, daughter of John J. and Lydia

Hill Armfield, in 1882 ; Robert 0. married first Bettie Redout

in 1873, and second Flora Stanley ; David M. married first

Safronia Atwater, and second Mary C. Bagwell; Claudia mar-

ried Thomas Archer ; Bettie married W. R. Butler in 1880 ; Lelia

died young.


Thomas S. Sandridge, of Albemarle County, Va., bought of

James McKnight 234 acres on the headwaters of North Buffalo

in 1844 and located here. His first wife was Louisa, and he

married Laura M. Ferrell, of Rockingham County, in 1848.

There were no children. He died in 1872.
John Efland, of the Kimesville section, located south of North

Buffalo in 1844. His wife was Elizabeth, and their children

were Sampson, John G., Rebecca, and perhaps others. Sampson

married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Albright-

Albright, in 1843, and he died in 1847, leaving one child, Madi-

son L., who married Miss Sarah Bain, of Orange County, and

Madison L. located there. The village of Efland is named for this

family ; John G. married Margaret J., daughter of Joseph and

Docie Mitchell Kirkpatrick, in 1857, and in 1873 he moved to

Winchester, Tenn., his mother and sister going with him.


John Rhodes lived near Summerfield. He married first

Sarah Witty in 1830, and second Parmelia, daughter of George

and Lydia Forbis Donnell, in 1845. His children were by the

first marriage : Paulina, Elizabeth, Pascal, Gozeal, Mary Anne,

Cammie and John T. John Rhodes, Sr., was a member of the

congregation and paid on the pastor's salary.


64 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


George W. Climer, son of Noah, married Nancy E., daughter

of Erwin Donnell, in 1846, and became identified with Buffalo.

Their children were Joseph, Margaret V., Mary E. J. and Noah

E. Joseph married Mrs. Emma Cobb Buchanan, daughter of

Hiram Cobb ; Mary E. J, married Henry A. Wilson, son of

Andrew, Jr. ; Margaret V. and Noah E, died young. George

W. Climer died in 1853.
Alfred Summers, son of Jacob, of Alamance County, located

on Reedy Fork in 1847. He may not have been a member of

Buffalo, but he was a member of the congregation and both of

his wives are buried here. He married first Amanda C. Rice,

of Caswell County, in 1854, and second Sarah E. Mims, also of

Caswell County, in 1858. There was one child by the first mar-

riage, Rufus A. A., and by the second marriage, Thomas, Nannie,

Jacob, Jane and Alfred. Rufus A. A. was a member of Buffalo,

and later moved to California ; Thomas moved to Florida ; Nan-

nie married Albert McAdoo, son of Pleasant and Euphrasia

Gilchrist McAdoo ; Jacob married Annie L., daughter of Robert

W. and Rebecca J. Foushee Anderson, of Orange County ;

Alfred married Ethel, daughter of William Henry and Jennie

Brown Rankin.


Noble G. Cryer bought a farm from the executor of Col.

James Denny's estate, on the Moore road, in 1847, and located

there. He married Margaret, a sister of Alfred Summers, Sr.

They had no children, but reared Sidney N. Smith, who located

at Guilford College.
Franklin L. Gorrell, son of Robert and Rebecca Doak Gor-

rell, married Caroline C, daughter of Robert and Nancy Hanner

Gillespie, in 1848, and united with Buffalo. Their children were

Robert and Franklin L., Jr. Robert married Flavia Ingold;

Franklin L., Jr., married Carrie L., daughter of John H. and

Mary Thorn Thacker.


Phillip Thomas, whose father came from Virginia, married

Rebecca, daughter of William Permar, in 1850, and located

west of the church. Their child was Cyrus N., who married first

Lou Ozment, and second Elizabeth Wheeler.


John W. Kirkman, of Pleasant Garden community, married

Rebecca, daughter of Samuel G. Hamilton, in 1855, and located


Members of the Congregation 65


on North Buffalo. Rebecca died in 1856, and in 1858 Mr. Kirk-

man married Mrs. Nancy E. Donnell Climer, widow of George

W., and daughter of Brwin Donnell, and their children were

Charles W. and AUie H. Charles W. married Georgia, daughter

of Thomas Rankin and Hannah Hardin Greeson ; and Allie H.

married Nelson Eugene Rankin, son of Moses M. and Caroline

Hanner Rankin.
Albert Rankin, son of Thomas and Patsy McQuiston Rankin,

of the Alamance Church section, bought a farm of 328 acres

northwest of the church in 1856, and located there. This farm

was where Hamtown is now located. He married Polly, daugh-

ter of John and Mary Baker McMurray, in 1837, and their chil-

dren were Martha J., John H., Leanna B., Isabell A., Mary C,

James T., William C, Robert W., Loula E. and Albert C.

Martha J. married Council Tucker in 1860 ; John H. married

Mrs. Caroline Buchanan Donnell, daughter of Thomas Buch-

anan, in 1866; Leanna E. married Daniel W. Orrell, son of

Lorenzo D., in 1867 ; Isabell A. married Mebane Lamb in 1872 ;

Mary C. married John E. McKnight, son of William and Eliza-

beth Albright McKnight, in 1869 ; William C. married Julia,

daughter of John C. and Mary Wharton Cannon, in 1881 ; Loula

E. married William A. Clapp, son of Asa, in 1879 ; Albert C.

married first Ella C, and second Emma J., daughters of John C.

and Mary Wharton Cannon. James T. and Robert W. died

young.
Robert Wharton, son of Elam and Elizabeth Rankin Whar-

ton, former owners of the Doggett Mill, bought a farm four

miles north of the church and located there in 1856. He mar-

ried Malinda, daughter of John and Margaret Rankin Nelson,

in 1833, and their children were James M., Margaret E., William

Plummer and Mary Jane. James M. married Margaret, daugh-

ter of Solomon Armfield, in 1864, and located at Jamestown;

Margaret E. married Adam Walker Scott, son of Donnell and

Elizabeth Walker Scott; William Plummer married Anne Eliza

Lewis ; Mary Jane married James H. Motley in 1877.
John C. Cannon, son of Ibson and Martha Rankin Cannon,

of Cabarrus County, married Mary Ellen, daughter of David

and Elizabeth Donnell Wharton, in 1855, and in 1857 they

located on North Buffalo, four miles east of the church. Their


66 History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People


children were Julia M., Bessie W., Ella C, Mollie H., Howard L.,

Frances R., Emma J., and John D. Julia married AVilliam C.

Rankin, son of Albert, in 1881 ; Bessie W. married John W.

Paisley, son of James and Minerva Wliarton Paisley, in 1887 ;

Ella C. married Albert C. Rankin, son of Albert, in 1889 ; Mollie

H. married W. Julian Hendrix, son of John L., in 1883 ; How-

ard L. married Jennie, daughter of Rev. Richard Webb, in 1901 ;

Frances R. married H. Cicero Rudd in 1891 ; Emma J. married

Albert C. Rankin in 1896 ; John D. died unmarried.
William P. Moore, son of Samuel, of Rockingham County,

married Ladosca A., daughter of Thomas Barr and Mary Thorn

Scott, in 1858, and located here. Their children were Wilson S.,

Artelia J., Walter Magruder, James P., William S., Wallace E.,

Dora, Watson and Belle. Wilson S. moved to Missouri and

married Julia Shaver; Walter Magruder married Georgia,

daughter of Harrison and Kate Coble Fields, in 1900 ; William S.

married Myrtle, daughter of Charles A. and Maggie Denny

McNeely, in 1914; Artelia J., James P., Wallace E., Dora and

Watson died unmarried.


George W. Rich, son of Thomas H., married Mrs. Delana

Mitchell in 1860, widow of Joseph G., and daughter of Col.

Nehemiah Whittington. His wife was a member of Buffalo

and he united there also. They had one child, Alice, who mar-

ried Eugene Hegwood, a brother of John A., and they had two

children, Inez W. and Edna 0. Inez W. married Charles Rob-

bins and Edna 0. married Earl Clarida.
Rev. James C. Alexander (1831-1886) located here as pastor

in 1861. His wife was Elizabeth Ann Blake, of Greenwood,

S. C, and their children were Hattie, Adger G., Charles B.,

J. William, and Rosa A. Hattie married Captain Claude Mor-

rison, of Charlotte ; Adger G. married Berta, daughter of John

D. and Susan Bencini Donnell ; Charles B. married Carrie Clary,

of Greenwood, S. C, and lives at Shelby ; J. William married

Fannie Plowden, of Greenwood, S. C, and lived at his father's

homeplace ; Rosa A. married J. A. Murray, son of A. H. Murray.




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