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  • ID: I33039
  • Name: Claudius BUSTER
  • Suffix: Capt.
  • Title: Capt.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 JAN 1816 in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky 1
  • Death: 27 DEC 1889 in Brenham, Washington, Texas 1
  • Ancestral File #: R05B-7V
  • Reference Number: Taf:240+B3+
  • _FSFTID: 2ZS9-P3D
  • Note:
    !GENEALOGY-BIRTH-DEATH: Judge Paul Pressler, Retired, received Pedigree Charts on Edward Garrett Jr., Judge Christopher Columbus Garrett and Edgar Eggleston Townes in letter dated 28 Dec 1995 received 19 Jan 1996

    !DATABASES: Ancestral File, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
    GEDCOM import, various dates

    Page 602 of Garrett Folklore and Fact Vol. IV, No. 3

    !GENEALOGY-SPOUSE: Edward R. Garrett, GARRETT: 1000 YEARS FROM NORMANDY (c) 1989 by Edward R. Garrett, Houston, Texas printed by D. Armstrong Co., Inc.,
    Houston, Texas, p. 50, 67

    !DOB CORRECTION/ADDITION-NOTE: Per the website of Jack Buster located at: and Per E-Mail received 10 Apr 1999 Note: 2nd Lt. in Mier Expedition 1842, Capt. in Civil War, prisoner in the Spanish American War of 1844.

    Claudius Buster, the eldest son of W. W. & Margaret Buster, was born in Somerset, Kentucky, January 21, 1816, and came with his father to Texas in 1836. "He fought Indians, fought Mexicans, in fact was a fighting Irishman always, but a gentleman in every sense of the word--culture and refinement inherent in him as well as the use of sword and firearms. A Shakespeare reader, a chess player, he had all the graces, was a soldier, a patriot. I remember him so well! He tried to teach us girls to walk gracefully--'step on your toes before your heels' he's say, 'don't hold to the banister walking downstairs' (we slid down the banisters probably when he wasn't around) 'don't stretch your hands and fingers, they will grow large.'

    An early Indian fighter, a dashing cavalry officer of the Mexican War, and believing so thoroughly in States Rights that he, over 45 years old, enlisted in the Civil War, feeling before, during and after that fighting would not settle the difficulty. He bitterly resented the idea that the South fought to hold their slaves--that slavery was a disastrous economic failure entailed a burden that the South would soon have thrown off of her own accord but for the radical element of the North. (I heard him say this.) I have lived to see so many of his ideas proven true. He came home from the Civil War, entirely broke, utterly so, took a job as 'deepo' agent (just fancy, a hired man!) in Brenham and after a few years got his land titles straightened up (taxes then, same as now) resumed management of his farm and the care of his adored wife. His farm was 5 miles from Brenham, and the negro settlement then called 'Camptown' was between his farm (which had been his father's) and Brenham. It was at this place I recall playing on the graves of his parents. It was a crude, homemade fence of rails and unpainted pickets, about 8 feet square, no iron fence then, and Bessie Buster and I ate berries growing there and wondered if they would poison us on account of the bodies underneath. Bessie is the daughter of Jack Buster (Mama's brother) and Melissa Whisnant who died soon after the birth of Bessie. Mama 'nursed' Bessie (also me at the same time) and when she was weaned Grandmother Buster took her and her father till his second marriage. Those old graves did not look neglected, just vines growing everywhere. We scrambled over the fence and into the enclosure, maybe 5 years old, likely younger.

    "We didn't visit our grandparents often, roads bad and distances seeming great then, and besides Grandmother Buster couldn't put up with Mama's noisy brood. The 3rd Grandmother Garrett was most tolerant, kind, patient, and good friends with Mama. So was her grandfather Garrett."

    Claudius Buster was blessed with a strong sense of humor and enjoyed jokes on himself as he did on other people. His daughter, Mary Buster Estes, always enjoyed the following incident.

    Wayne Bishop, a neighbor, was in love with Jane Buster, Claudius' sister, and Wayne, Jane and another sister went to a watermelon feast a few miles from home, the girls were riding the same horse. Their mother cautioned them to be home before dark because of the danger of Indians. They had such a nice time that they failed to start home early, so that darkness caught them on the road. They came galloping in home rather late in a state of excitement, all talking at the same time, telling of seeing some Indians after them as they crossed the branch not far from the house. One of them said there were two or three Indians--another thought there were at least five with bows and arrows and guns.

    After they had told their stories, and the excitement had died down. Claudius yawned, stretched, and started for bed. Before closing the door behind himself, he turned and yelled "Vip! damn ye, Vip! Vip!" imitating Wayne's German accent. Claudius had dressed up like an Indian, used a broomstick for a gun, and chased them across the branch, then he took a short cut home. Wayne's horse could run faster than old Dobbin carrying the two girls. He would run off and leave them, then get ashamed and stop and yell "Whip! Whip!" until he got mad and was screaming "Vip! Damn you, Vip Damn Ye, Vip!" Jane lost interest in him after that, and the romance ended

    Notes from a manuscript obtained from Terri Buster 12 -3-97
  • Change Date: 12 JUN 2010 at 17:52:03 2

    Father: William Woods BUSTER
    Mother: Margaret "Peggy" VAUGHN

    Marriage 1 Sarah Harris GARRETT b: 26 JUL 1829 in , Laurens, South Carolina
    • Married: 14 SEP 1847 in , Washington, Texas 1
    1. Has No Children William Garrett BUSTER b: 4 JUL 1848 in , Washington, Texas
    2. Has Children Mary BUSTER b: 23 OCT 1850 in Chappel Hill, Washington, Texas
    3. Has No Children John Vaughn "Jack" BUSTER b: 8 APR 1853 in , Washington, Texas
    4. Has No Children Claudius BUSTER b: 10 JAN 1856 in , Washington, Texas
    5. Has No Children Charles Woods BUSTER b: 13 FEB 1863 in , Washington, Texas

    1. Repository:
        Name: Copies In Possession Of Patron
        Las Vegas, Nevada 89104-5214

      Title: Garrett Folklore & Fact
      Author: Cathy Woods Osborn
      Publication: Newsletter
      Abbrev: Garrett Folklore & Fact
      Page: Vol 5 #2 p. 36, 42
      Date: 15 JUN 1997
    2. Title: Terry D. Smith
      Note: 1978 Miner Way, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 89104-5214,, Please Send Emails or use Postem Notes, This update as of 21 Jun 2014. As a work in progress your comments, suggestions, corrections and data are appreciated. Please use Postem- notes to forward your ideas. PLEASE include your sources! The Postems come to me. Listen to the Whisperings, they can lead you to lost family members! If you do not wish to be identified as the source of rinformation, please supply WHERE you acquired the information. Remember too that I do not update the web except every 3 months or so. My sight is worsening so updates may take longer. If you do not want your name and email posted as a contact, please do not contact me.
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