Aylett ‘Strap’ Buckner one of Texas’ most colorful characters

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
The Legend of Strap Buckner - A Texas Tale was written in 2001.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

   Aylett C. “Strap” Buckner, the son of Judge Aylett and Elizabeth (Lewis) Buckner of Louisa County, Virginia, was one of the more colorful characters among the early settlers of Texas. 
   One of his ancestors, John Buckner, attempted to introduce the first printing press into Virginia in 1682. 
   His extraordinary exploits earned him a legendary status comparable to that of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed. 
   He was made a mythological hero in "The Devil and Strap Buckner," found in The Coming Empire (1877) by N A. Taylor. 
   Of Scottish and Irish ancestry, this red-headed adventurer earned the nickname "Strap" for his size- 250 pounds spread over a six-foot, six-inch frame. 
   His strength, appetite, and thirst were of legendary proportions. 
   Buckner first came to Texas in 1812 as a filibusterer in the Gutierrez-Magee expedition. 
   He returned in 1816 with Francisco Xavier Mina, and for a third time in 1819, as a member of the James Long expedition all attempts to free Texas from Spanish rule. 
   In 1819 Buckner and his partner, Peter Powell, became the first permanent Anglo-American settlers in what is now Fayette County, when they built a log cabin on Buckner's Creek on the west side of the Colorado River near LaGrange, claiming the land by "squatter's rights." 

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