Individual Record -- Buchanan, William
Age: 21, credited to Isle La Motte, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/16/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. K, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65
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Birth: 02/14/1842, Canada
Burial: North Cemetery, Isle La Motte, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 134567840
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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North Cemetery, Isle La Motte, VT
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MURDER IN BURLINGTON
A shocking fratricide was committed in Burlington on Sunday last. George Buchanan, formerly of Eden, fatally stabbed his brother William in a fit of rage induced by a quarrel.
Upon hearing of the murder, Mayor Blodgett ordered an inquest to be held over the body of Buchanan. It took place in the rooms occupied by the deceased, before Justice H. O. Wheeler, States Attorney Burnap conducting the examination of the witnesses. The following was the testimony of the inquest:
WILLIAM GROGAN: Lives on the corner of Champlain and Pine Streets; was at Wm. Buchanan's after gift concert at City Hall Saturday night; George and William Buchanan, their wives, Daniel Wall, and his boy were there; George wanted to sell Wall a concert check; William told George not to be selling such tickets, as they were good for nothing; when George snapped him up with a short answer, telling him to mind his own business; both were perfectly sober; went to Wm Buchanan, s again Sunday afternoon; Wm was sober, George was not there; Dan Wall and his boy were present; heard Walls boy say that George's wife said that William was a s--n of a b---h; William said he hated to have anything to do with George he was so, treacherous; nothing was said about any trouble between George and William; George was not in the room during the forenoon; I had been out of doors, and as I was coming in heard George, s wife say that William was a white headed bastard; am slightly acquainted with her; a girl named Maggie Gancy was present at the time; after a while George, s wife went upstairs; when I came into the room Bill says; "What, is the matter?" Somebody, I said, as been calling you pretty rough names out there. "who's that" he inquired, I said I suppose it is Ellen; he again asked me what she said, and I told him, when he said "They want to get a chance to put me in jail", (referring to George and His wife). I said "let him be, if you don't touch them they won't put you in jail;" Bill then said "I don't care what the do, I won't stand all these names I have heard of, so he opened the door and went outside; he went to the foot of the stairs and hallooed for Ellen; then he ran up the stairs; his wife then said to me "go up there and tell him to come down" I went up and saw William and George on the inside of George's bedroom; think George told him to go out of the house or he would knife him; George appeared to be holding up a jack-knife; the were about four feet apart. but George's hand which held the knife was pretty close to William; William stood next to the door; Mrs. Wm. Buchanan again called to her husband to come down, and I took hold of his sleeve and said, Bill, come out and keep still, "he said Let me be". George then says to me "you leave my house too "I said "yes sir, I'll leave right away ", and stepped outside the door, met Dan Sullivan coming upstairs and told him he better stop those fellows, or they would get a fighting; "I've been ordered out of the house; when in this room I heard William say to George "you are calling me out of my name (bastard); there was no swearing on either side; heard no threatening language used by William; don't suppose I was in the room the first time more than a minute; Dan says "let us go up and see about it." I then turned and went up, and found William on the floor and George on top of him; saw George, s wife holding George; she seemed to be taking a jack-knife out of his hand; think it was his right hand; think William, s head lay away from the door; Dan said "keep still George." I the went back and stood so I would look into the door. Then went down stairs, and when in the ally heard Bills wife say that Bill was stabbed and for me to run for the sheriff; Wall ran for him, heard nothing said by either William or George when George was on top of William; there was no struggle' Georges wife said "let him go."
DANIEL SULLIVAN lives in basement of building, where the Buchanans live. "I own the building "; between ten and eleven o'clock today, had a talk with George Buchanan, outside the south part of the building, about a dispute he and William had Saturday night; I asked him what it was, he said "Willie ordered me out of the house and told me to go home." I said "It didn't amount to much, did it? No George says, but I'll fix him. A boy named Brown was sitting with us at the time; about half past ten Saturday evening I heard a loud talking between the two brothers and Dan Wall; the talk was in Williams rooms; there was evidently a dispute, which lasted a half an hour; heard Mrs Wm. Buchanon ask them to leave the house; after I had talked with George Sunday afternoon, the next thing I heard was William's wife saying he had gone up stairs to George's room, and that George had a big knife in his hand; went out on Battery Street, and said to John Ganey "lets go up and see- perhaps George will stab Willie with a knife "I went upstairs, met George; went into the room and saw Willie down and George on top of him; took George off Willie; before I lifted George off Willie George, s wife had hold of Willies hair; I said to her "what do you want to get hold of his hair for?" and he down; when I took George off he had hold of Willie, s collar. Willie got up and says "he's after stabbing me" I asked "where are you stabbed, Willie ", and he showed me; saw blood on his shirt; said to *********( few words can't read ") George said "I guess I would buy the ticket ": there did not seem to be any angry talk or quarrel between the two brothers; do not remember Williams wife telling us to go home; came to Williams room Sunday forenoon about half past nine; had a talk with him and his wife and Grogan; my boy who lives with William, came in and said he heard George Buchanan's wife say that William was a white headed s-n of a b--ch, and a bastard; William spoke out, seemingly quite mad, and snapped his fingers and said "There's blood here somewhere today "; he said, "he'd find out;" can't remember what else he said; remained at Wm. Buchanan's until nearly one o'clock; but was not there at the time of the fight; heard talk between Wm. and George or their wives while I was there; went to Robarge's grocery, and when I came back met somebody who said Bill was stabbed, and wanted me to go for a doctor.
NANCY Buchanan is wife of William Buchanan. We all came home from the concert Saturday, and George and his wife came into our room, all were pleasant. and sat down on the lounge; George asked Dan how much he would give for a reserved ticket for the concert, and Dan said fifteen cents. Bill said, Dan don't buy those old tickets when they are worth nothing; George then said something which I did not fully hear; think it was "none of your business." Bill says "I don't want so much talk in the house;" he had got mad about George trying to sell the ticket; then I told them all to go home and they did so; the talk was not very loud, though both were pretty mad; Sunday morning my husband and I were alone when Dan and Grogan came in together; after a while Grogan went out and saw Georges wife (Ellen); who was on the stoop; Mikey Wall ( Dan Walls boy) soon came in and said that Ellen said that Bill must be a bastard because George says he is, or else he wouldn't want to be fighting all the while; I said laughingly, "then both must be." Grogan soon came in and said that Ellen said to him "Bill is a bastard didn't you know his mother was a w---e ", to which Grogan said no; I laughed and Bill got mad and said "I'll never stand for my mother being called that name and I'll go up and see about that. Bill went up, and Grogan and I tried to keep him back; when he had been up there a few minutes, I heard squabbling andhallooed; George sent in word that after 8 o'clock mass to William "to look out for himself today "; think this word was brought in by Mickey Wall; heard after Bill went upstairs he and George talking; Bill was saying "is my mother a w---e, your wife says so; When William was told what Ellen said, he snapped his fingers and said "there will be a fight today."
MICHAEL WALL: Am 11 years old, and the son of Daniel Wall; boarded with William Buchanan; told my father and William to look out for themselves, for I heard from Grogan that George had the spite in him for them, and would pay them on account of the ticket trouble. Dr. Hiram H. Atwater & William B. Lund testified as to the nature of the wounds The coroner then found upon the testimony that the deceased, William Buchanan came to his death by stab inflicted by a knife in the hands of George Buchanan.
The inquest was them concluded, and the crowd which had hung about the house began to disperse. It is estimated that 1, 500 persons viewed the body of the murdered man.
A representative of the Free Press called upon the prisoner, George Buchanan, at the jail, soon after the arrest. He was very pale and much overcome with emotion, and when informed his brother was dead nearly fainted away. In replies to inquiries he said; "As the gallows is probably my doom, I suppose I must tell the truth. I shall be 27 years old on the 2nd of July next. Was born in Quebec of Scotch parents, came to Vermont when a lad, and have lived in Barre and Eden; I enlisted from Eden in 1862, in Co. M (Captain Woodwards) of the First Vt. Calvary, and served through the war; have lived here since 1865, and been employed in the lumber yards as a mill hand; worked last for Shepard and Davis, live in the upper story of house on lower corner of Cherry and Battery streets; between 12 and 1 today had an engagement with my wife and Maggie Ganie to visit my mothers grave in Lakeview Cemetery; something after 12 o'clock, not feeling well, I laid down to take a nap; by about 1 I was awakened by someone call my wife, who was in the room, a G--d-- w--e; I jumped out of bed and saw that Grogan and my brother William were in the room, and I ordered them both to leave my house; Grogan did so, but Bill would not leave; my wife ran between us, but Bill struck me over her on my head with his fist; we then had a scuffle, and he threw me down; then we both got up, and came down together, then I got him down, and the knife was used; the doctor then came and the sheriff, and I gave myself up to Mr. Drew.
NOTE: William Buchanan enlisted in July of 1862, served in 11th Reg. Co. K, and was mustered out June 24, 1865.
Source: Lamoille County Newsdealer- March 6, 1874; submitted by Deanna French.