Filed under: Buffington Family | Tags: Adams County, Asheville, Dallas, England, Illinois, Independence, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Salina, Texas, Wyoming
ABRAHAM BUFFINGTON of England immigrated to Ohio. He and his wife (name is unknown) had three sons: Abraham, Jr., John and James. Their parents died when the boys were quite young, and relatives reared the boys.
ABRAHAM BUFFINGTON, JR. was born in Adams County, Illinois, in 1847. He married Susan Ann Pettit, daughter of Harvey and Phoebe Pettit.
Abraham Buffington, Jr. engaged in farming and stock raising and being a tool maker, owned a blacksmith shop. Several years after their marriage, Abraham and Susan and other farmers of their area, motivated by the pioneering spirit, moved west to Kansas. Abraham and Susan, with their first boy, travelled, as did the others, in a covered wagon, settling in Independence, Kansas. They later moved to Ogallah, in western Kansas. The son died enroute. At Ogallah, Abraham again engaged in farming and also operated a blacksmith shop, for shoeing horses and making tools. He was a strong healthy man with coal black hair. For relaxation he played the violin and sang bass with groups. Susan died in 1891; Abraham died in 1920. Abraham, Jr. and Susan Ann Buffington had three children:
- Mary Buffington, born at Independence, Kansas, on May 13, 1875. She married Joe Marquand, farmer and banker. Mary died February 15, 1943.
- Bertha Elinor Buffington, born at Independence, Kansas, in 1879. She married James R. Smart, Mayor of Evanston, Illinois. He was also a banker.
- CULVER W. BUFFINGTON, born at Ogallah, Kansas, on May 2, 1885.
Culver’s mother (Susan) died when he was six years of age. His father and his sister, Mary, reared him, while Bertha lived with her grandmother Pettit. Culver (Cully) was named for an army officer friend of the family, Capt. Jas. F. Culver.
In the winter, Culver attended school in Hill City, Kansas; in the summer, he lived on the farm and at times attended a normal school for teachers. Later, Culver attended business school at Salina, Kansas, for a year, after which he was employed by H. D. Lee Hardware Company, in Salina. The president, who hired Cully, left the hardware company, moving to Dallas, Texas, where he engaged in the wholesale paint manufacturing business. He offered Cully a position with the Dallas company as credit and office manager. Cully accepted. In 1918, Cully joined Walraven Brothers, Dallas. Two years later the A. T. Walraven Book Cover Company was organized—Cully was later named President of the company. The Walraven Book Cover Company expanded its business into some 20 states and one foreign country—Canada. Cully is still President of the company.
Cully is a member of the First Baptist Church, Dallas, being a deacon. He is a member of the American School Administrators, the Masonic Lodge and belongs to the Rotary Club and Salesmanship Club. He actively participates in the civic and cultural affairs of his city.
Culver W. Buffington married Nevva Scott, daughter of George E. Scott and Sarah Alice Heywood Scott. Nevva was born on August 20, 1882, at Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois. Culver met Newa Scott in Wyoming, Illinois, in 1911, while visiting his sister, Bertha. After a five year courtship, they were married on July 4, 1916. Nevva died on May 5, 1961, at Dallas, Texas. Nevva was talented in the musical field as were other members of her family. She had a beautiful contralto voice. She sang as soloist and in the choirs of churches at Asheville, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas.
Culver and Nevva Buffington had one child, Betty Sue. Betty Sue was born at Dallas, Texas, on June 22, 1925. She graduated from Highland Park High School, Dallas, as valedictorian with highest honors of the class, in 1943. Betty Sue attended Texas University and Southern Methodist University and received her B. A. degree at L. S. U. in June, 1947.
Betty Sue married Hall M. Lyons on June 29, 1948. See Lyons family for children of Hall and Betty Sue Lyons.
The Buffington family thus merges with the Lyons family.