Saturday, October 1, 2005, by Joseph

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Applesauce. What a day! We got up and going and started apples a little before 9AM. Bottles were washed, cavernous mouths yawning with anticipation on the counter-top. Mark took Adam to the soccer game where he succeeded in scoring two goals in the wind pushing his team to victory. Meanwhile, at home, hands stained, lungs filled with steamy apple fragrance and Hyrum splashing the forbidden strainer-crank catch bowl on the floor, the work crew clicked along with precision while absorbing the spirit and counsel of General Conference. Mary, Mary Jeanne, Shauna and I worked the morning process, with Mark and Adam at the soccer game, Quinn and friends at a football game, Aaron with Niesha helping fix up the Bodell cabin, and Jonathan traveling from Florida, accounting for most of the family. Nathan and Justin with his nephew Zander joined the fray shortly following lunch, as did Aaron and Niesha. The fruit frenzy continued through lunch time and through the afternoon session of conference. Finally at around 5 PM, the end of the raw apples approaching, the end was in sight. David arrived and the priesthood men of the family prepared and went to the broadcast of the priesthood session. Shauna and Mary Jeanne slaved over sticky floor and apple stain-encrusted stove top, now heaving a shudder of relief as the heat dissipates from nearly 9 hours of the maximum setting.

Exhaustion was evident in Shauna as the men returned home from the conference session, finding a sparkling clean kitchen. The large table in the front room smothered with 156 quart jars of fresh, appetizing applesauce, still eminating the heat and dedication of the day.

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  1. Michelle Thompson

    Curious if my Ancestors are related to yours. Here’s the beginning of my history.
    Thomas Buchanan (of Donegal) was one of five brothers that immigrated here in 1702. John Buchanan, grandson of Thomas, was born in Harrisburg, PA around 1738. Later moving into VA, NC, KY and finally TN. John married Jane Trimble and produced five children, John, Samuel, Alexander, Sally and Nancy. John and family had planned on settling near what’s now Danville, KY. The Buchanans were traveling with John Rains Party. They met up with the James Robertson party and settled at what later became Nashville. They built a fort that became known as Buchanan Station.
    The fort endured numerous indian attacks. The most famous being “The Battle of the Bluff” in 1781. Alexander Buchanan was killed in this attack. Alexander was in the party of Buchanans that joined Col. Robertson in KY before moving south into Tenn. The most pivotal attack being the “Attack On John Buchanan’s Station”.
    The attack was by the Creeks, Cherokees and Shawnee upon Buchanan’s Station, on the 30th September, 1792.
    NC began giving land grant’s to soldiers and their heirs. Archibald, son of Alexander received 640 acres located on Stones River in Tenn. The land, first known as Buchanan Fields was later to remain in history as Clover Bottom Farm.
    I have to wonder if maybe one or more from the Buchanans in the Rains party stayed in KY. Or if possibly your line is an offshoot of one of the other four brothers. I’m just starting my research. I did find this
    It shows the house that was built around 1807 with the James Buchanan graveyard (what’s left of Buchanan Station) across the road. James Buchanan married Lucinda East in 1810. They had 16 children who I have yet to research. I’ve been in contact with The historical society at the log cabin/cemetery. I am currently building a (free) family tree on Once I hit a dead end I’m going to subscribe so I can go back to when Thomas was in Scotland. If you can see any possible connections between our lines it would help to know. Thanks


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