John C. Buckner, miller, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Grainger (now Union) County, December 29, 1826, the son of Col. Ezra and Elizabeth (Duncan) Buckner, the former born November 14, 1797, in Knox County, and died in this county October 4, 1862; and the latter born in this county in 1800, and died March 12, 1883. Both were members of the Baptist Church. The father’s family were from Virginia, he being a farmer and a colonel in the militia, and served in the war of 1812. Our subject, the third of ten children, received a common school education, and September 12, 1850, married Nancy Miller, who was born October 14, 1830, and died October 18, 1866. Of three sons and five daughters, three daughters are living. May 7, 1867, he married Maishley E. Ailor, born in 1836, and the mother of one son and four daughters. He has always been a farmer, and in 1884 added much to the land given him. For four years before the war he was a magistrate, and again in 1876. He and his wife are Methodists, also the daughters. He is a Mason, and a Democrat.
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.