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Bruner, Archibald Anderson, 1829-1907


Biographical Note

Archibald Anderson Bruner was born September 7, 1829 in the Lost Mountain Community of Greene County, Tennessee. His grandfather, Jacob Bruner, was a Revolutionary War veteran who had moved to the Lick Creek bottoms from Maryland around 1800. The Bruners were a Palatine family, who migrated to Maryland in the 1720s and intermarried with other German families in Frederick County. Reverend John Hamilton Bruner, his first cousin, was president of Hiwassee College for thirty-three years. Bruner’s mother, Mahalia McCollum, was a granddaughter of Revolutionary War veterans who were pioneer settlers in Greene County.

Bruner attended Tusculum College, although there is no record of him having completed a degree. In 1852, he traveled from Greene County to California seeking his fortune in the gold fields. At some point, he returned without a fortune to Greene County. By the late 1850s, he had purchased a farm in Sullivan County, where he opened a store and served as postmaster at what is now called Campbell’s Rest, Tennessee. Bruner sided with the South during the secession crisis and continued to serve as postmaster under the Confederate government. He is also listed as a sergeant on the muster list of the Harris Guard, a Confederate Home Guard Company organized at Double Springs during the Civil War.

He married Matilda Crouch, a teacher and daughter of a Baptist minister. They had five children. After Matilda Crouch died of consumption, Bruner married Matilda Perry Jones and fathered nine more children. Bruner died on July 2, 1907 and is buried at his old farm at Double Springs, Tennessee.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

A. A. Bruner Journal

 Collection — Box: I (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-528
Scope and Contents The A. A. Bruner Journal consists of one file folder that contains a photocopy of Bruner’s 1852-1859 journal of his planned travel from Greene County, Tennessee, to the California goldfields. The journal documents Bruner’s travels through North and South Carolina, where he caught a ship at Charleston and sailed to Cuba. Bruner describes his stay in Cuba before sailing on through the Atlantic Ocean bound for California. The journal ends abruptly shortly after leaving Cuba and does not follow...
Dates: circa 1998