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Buchanan, Ella Pierce, 1921-2003



  • Existence: 1921-2003

Ella Rowena Pierce Buchanan was born April 14, 1921 in Delco, Idaho. She was a daughter of Herman W. Pierce and Louisa Brown Pierce, who were originally from Washington County, Tennessee. Ella and her family moved to Jonesboro, Tennessee in the mid-1920s. She graduated from Lamar High School, where she later taught, and East Tennessee State University. Ella was a teacher in the schools of Washington County and Knox County, Tenn. (where she taught for many years at Oakwood Elementary School). She married George W. Buchanan on August 29, 1952. Upon her retirement from the Knox County schools, the Buchanans returned to live on the family farm in the Lamar community of Washington County.

Mrs. Buchanan was related to several important early Tennessee families. She was a direct descendant of General John Sevier, being a great-great-great-granddaughter of the only governor of the State of Franklin and the first governor of Tennessee. The descent came through John Sevier, Jr., son of Sevier and Sevier’s first wife, Sarah Hawkins. John, Jr.’s daughter, Louisa Rebecca Sevier married Major Byrd Brown. Byrd Brown was the grandson of Colonel Jacob Brown, the founder of the Nolichucky Settlement, and a negotiator with the Cherokee of the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals in 1775 that opened upper East Tennessee and Kentucky to settlement. Mrs. Buchanan’s grandfather, John Jacob Brown, owned and operated Brown’s Mill, a general store, and managed a post office named Mayday in Washington County. Another ancestor of Mrs. Buchanan’s was Elihu Embree. Embree was the founder and editor of the Emancipator, the first newspaper devoted exclusively to the subject of the abolition of slavery. In 1995, she edited and provided the introduction to a book reprint of The Emancipator (Jonesborough, Tenn.: Embreeville Publications). Reflecting her notable family heritage, Mrs. Buchanan was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Huguenot Society.

Ella Pierce Buchanan died on October 17, 2003 and was buried in Bethesda Cemetery.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ella P. Buchanan Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-657
Scope and Contents The Ella P. Buchanan Papers document Mrs. Buchanan’s family and personal life, as well as that of some of her illustrious ancestors in the Sevier, Brown, Pierce, and Embree families. With documents spanning across three centuries (1785-1999), the collection provides a rich source of research material for local and family history of Washington County and Tennessee.The collection includes correspondence, legal documents, scrapbooks, account books and ledgers, genealogical files,...
Dates: 1785-2002; undated