Biography of Leander Buxton
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This truly representative citizen of Fulton county, a scientific farmer, a man of marked individuality and wide experience, has for several years made his home in Section 3, Town 10 S., Range 1 E., Franklin township.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Buxton was born October 1, 1842, in Knox county, a son of John and Elizabeth (Todd) Buxton, both natives of Maryland, the father born in June, 1804, the mother on September 4, 1803. When John was a boy his father moved the family from Maryland to Coshocton county, Ohio, where they became pioneer settlers, and where Grandfather Buxton died. He had children as follows: Sons; Alvin, Francis, John, William, Noah and Thomas; daughters; Susan and Mary all now deceased. The mother of these died in Knox county, in 1858.

John and Elizabeth (Todd) Buxton were married in 1825, in Coshocton county, and had a family of eleven children, towit: (1) Francis married Rosana Pearson, and they live in Knox county, Ohio, where he follows agricultural pursuits; they have two children, Rev. E. O. Buxton, of Cincinnati, being one of them. (2) Rebecca Ellen is the deceased wife of S. A. Larason, of Delaware, Ohio; she left five children, John (since deceased), Enseba M. (wife of a Mr. Parsons), of Delaware, Ohio; Almira E. (also married) is an old school teacher; Alfred A. is also married; Sarah Ellen is a school teacher; and Edward (married) makes his home in Xenia, Ohio. (3) Sarah Ann married Jacob Long, late of Knox county, now deceased; she lives in Kansas; children, John, Noah W., Benjamin, Newton and Almira. (4) Noah W. married (first) a Mrs. Butler, by whom he had two sons, Dr. John Butler, of Homer, Licking county, Ohio; and James, a resident of Mt. Vernon; by his second marriage, with Miss Candis Buxton, Noah W. had four children; William, Ollis, Mary (deceased) and Gertrude. (5) Mary Jane wedded a Mr. Frazier. (6) Minerva is deceased. (7) John W. (Rev.) is a minister of the Gospel at Yuba City, California. (8) Louisa married (first) a Mr. Montour, and (second) Erasits Bell, of Xenia. (9) Thomas W. lives in Utica, Ohio. ( 10) Leander is our subject. (10) Elizabeth (twin of Leander) died in infancy. The father of this family in his younger days was a blacksmith by trade, later following farming in Knox county, Ohio, where he settled in 1839. He was ordained a minister of the M. E. Church, and preached on Sundays, the rest of the week being devoted to labor. Politically he was first a Whig, later a Republican.

Leander Buxton received his education in Knox county, Ohio, and at the age of sixteen commenced life for his own account, working on farms at thirteen dollars per month. After his marriage (which will presently be referred to) he and his wife located temporarily on a farm in Knox county, thence moving to Morrow county, where he enlisted, in 1863, in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, one of the regiments that did guard duty near Washington. At the close of the war, in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Buxton settled on their present farm in Franklin township, Fulton county, which he cleared and improved with good substantial buildings. He now owns ninety acres, having sold eighty.

On Christmas Day, 1861, Leander Buxton was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. Brown, a native of Knox county, Ohio, born in 1837, a daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Larison) Brown, highly respectable farming people of Knox county, both now deceased To our subject and his wife have been born three children, a brief record of them being as follows: (1) Florence A., born July 18, 1862, was married to Rev. D. L. Woods, of Ohio, and they have two children; Homer E. and David Elmer. (2) Xalia A. married Robert R. Johnson, of Detroit, Michigan; have one son Harvey Leroy. (3) Elmer E. wedded Rhoda Prickett, and they have two children Henry Leland and Florence; they live in Detroit, Michigan.

In his political preferences our subject is a Republican, has served in various township offices; was a justice of the peace some eighteen years; and in 1896 was elected county commissioner for a three years' term. Socially he is affiliated with the K. of P. and G. A. R. In religious faith he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and they rank among the leading and most influential citizens of Fulton county.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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