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Henry F. Buckner
Minister - Indian Missionary
By J. H. Spencer, 1885
Henry F. Buckner, son of Daniel Buckner, succeeded his father in the pastoral care of Mt. Salem church, in July, 1847. He was born in Cooke county, Tenn., December 18, 1818. He exhibited, in early childhood, a great love of books, and through the willing sacrifices of his parents, acquired an academic education, in his native state, after which he finished his education at the State University of Alabama. In 1832 he professed religion and was baptized by his father into the fellowship of Madisonville church, Monroe county, Tennessee. He was ordained to the ministry, in Alabama, in 1840. In 1842 he married in Pulaski county, Kentucky, and was afterward employed by the General Association of Kentucky Baptists as missionary among the mountains of that State. He labored in this capacity about three years, when about 1849, he settled on a small farm in Pulaski county. On July 3, of that year, he was called to the care of Mt. Salem church, and, perhaps some others.

In 1849, he went as a missionary to the Creek Indians, and, with but two short interruptions, labored with the red men of the forest more than forty years. He was a strong, active man, and seemed to enjoy almost perfect health, till the fall of 1882, when he died of pneumonia.


[From J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists, Volume I Vol. I, p. 337.

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