Civil War:
Obituary of
Captain John J. Buchanan, Company D, 153d


Caused By Acute Attack Of Heart Disease
Was Stricken Monday Morning

And Survived Little More Than an Hour - -
Well Known And Highly Respected Citizen Passes Away - -
Active Mason And G. A. R. man

Source:  Fulton County Republican, March 2, 1905, courtesy of James F. Morrison

The community was sorely shocked Monday when it was known that the death of Captain John J. Buchanan occurred at his home No. 18 Fon Clair Street, at 12:45 this morning. But few of his friends were aware of the fact that he was not in the best of health and the blow is the more severe on this account. Captain Buchanan was about the streets yesterday and was feeling as well as usual when he retired last night at 11:30. Shortly afterwards he was stricken with an acute attack of heart disease and in spite of prompt treatment by Dr. W. L. Johnson, who was immediately summoned. Captain Buchanan did not rally and gradually sank away, becoming unconscious before Dr. Johnson arrived.

Captain Buchanan had been in failing health for the past year, owing to heart trouble, but had been able to be about the streets as usual, and it was the belief of his relatives and friends that his life would be spared for several years to come.

Captain John J. Buchanan was born in Amsterdam 71 years ago the 20th day of June, and was the son of John G. and Catherine Jeffers Buchanan. He was educated in the public schools and while he was a young man took up his residence in Johnstown, residing here from that time until the time of his death. He soon became identified with public affairs and in 1855 was appointed deputy postmaster of the city, and was connected with the local post office until 1862, providing himself an able and conscientious official.

In 1862 Captain Buchanan was authorized by the government to recruit a company of men for service in the Civil war, which he did - Company D, of the 153rd New York volunteers, and was commissioned its first lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of captain September 14, 1863 and remained in the service of his country until the close of the war. The deceased always retained his interest in Grand Army circles and until the time of his death was an officer of McMartin Post No. 257, G. A. R., and one of its most active members. For several years Captain Buchanan had been in charge of the burial fund of soldiers of the county, who had died without proper means of burial, and he faithfully performed the duties devolving upon him in that capacity. He was commander of Post Willard Allen No. 17, department of New York, in 1870, and was commander of McMartin Post No. 257 in 1882, both of Johnstown. For many years he and Judge Keck had taken a prominent place in administering the affairs of McMartin Post.

Captain Buchanan was also a prominent Mason, and few men in this section were better known in the order that was he. For many years he had held office in the Masonic lodges of the city, and at the time of his death was secretary of St. Patrick’s lodge, No. 4, F. & A.M.: Johnstown Chapter, No. 78, R. A. M. and of Johnstown Council, No. 72, R. & S. M. He was also a member of the Holy Cross Commandery, No. 51, of Gloversville, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine.

Captain Buchanan was not only a popular man among his associates, but one who shared public confidence and respect to a remarkable degree. Although allied to the Democratic party by long association and a sincere belief in Jeffersonian principles, he had many staunch friends and supporters in the ranks of the opposition, and he was chosen to several positions of trust under the village administration before Johnstown adopted a city charter.

In business affairs be was accurate and painstaking and both in public and private life his judgment and integrity were recognized and relied upon by the community of which he was one of the most conspicuous members. He was withal a genial companion, a kind and considerate husband and father, and a loyal citizen whose passing away from the scenes of earthly activity and usefulness will be deplored by a host of comrades who held his friendship dear and by the many of his townsmen who delighted to do him honor.

September 16, 1860, Captain Buchanan married Catherine, only daughter of Abram and Fanny Thompson, of Johnstown, who with one son and four daughters, survive him. They are: Mrs. Inez Shutts, Miss Linda Buchanan, Mrs. George Chant, Charles A. Buchanan and Miss Bertha M. Buchanan, all of Johnstown.

The funeral will be held at the house Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. C. W. Leitzell officiating, and the Masonic ritual will be observed. The interment will be made in the Johnstown cemetery.




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