Gaston Reedy Buford Family


Gaston Reedy Buford Family

Husband: Gaston Reedy Buford

Born: 01 Jan 1875at: Cottage Hill, Lafayette Co, Ms
Married: Jan 1900at: 
Died: 17 Feb 1917at: Atlanta, Fulton Co, Ga
Buried: at: 
Father: James Leslie Buford
Mother: Mary Gillespie

Wife: Evelyn Caffey

Born: 24 Aug 1872at: , , Al
Died: 05 Dec 1956at: , , Al
Buried: at: Verbena, Chilton Co, Al
Father: Hugh William (Will) Caffey
Mother: Alabama (Bamer) Gordon


Name: James Leslie Buford
Born: 17 Dec 1900at: 
Died: at: 
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Spouses: Lucy Henderson Green  

Name: Frances Gordon Buford
Born: 13 Jul 1902at: 
Died: at: 
Buried: at: 
Spouses: James Bruce Fort  

Name: William Caffey Buford
Born: 03 Nov 1903at: 
Died: 30 Aug 1904at: 
Buried: at: 

Name: Evelyn Caffey Buford
Born: 07 Sep 1905at: 
Died: at: 
Buried: at: 

Name: Gaston Reedy Buford Jr.
Born: 28 Jan 1907at: 
Died: 30 Nov 1971at: 
Buried: at: 
Spouses: Emma Jane Graves  

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About Gaston Reedy Buford:

Gaston attended the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a minister in Atlanta, Georgia when he was killed while trying to save the lives of several people. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Bravery posthumously.

GASTON REEDY BUFORD - Atlanta, Georgia
Gaston Reedy Buford, 42, clergyman, died attempting to save an indeterminate person or persons from being shot, Atlanta, Georgia, February 17, 1917. A man armed himself with two revolvers and surreptitiously entered a house in which were his wife and two other women. He shot two of the women, one fatally. Buford was walking on a street nearby with his wife. They heard several shots and also screaming and a woman's voice calling, "Help! Murder!" Buford told his wife that he would give help, but he was unarmed, and his wife pleaded with him not to go. He disregarded her warning that he might be killed and ran to the house and entered it. The assassin shot and killed Buford and came out to the street and shot at two other men. Another man then shot and killed him. 17681-1474

Washington Post (District of Columbia)
Feb 18 1917


Freed Asylum Inmate Slays Pastor and Wounds Women.

Atlanta, Ga, Feb. 17.--Efforts of Claude Anderson, recently liberated from the State Insane Asylum, to exterminate several of his wife's relatives here tonight resulted in the instant death of the Rev. Gaston R. BUFORD, pastor of the Moore Memorial Presbyterian Church; the slaying of Anderson, the serious wounding of Mrs. M. ZAHN and wounding of Mrs. W.J. ZAHN. Mrs. W.J. ZAHN was reported as not dangerously hurt.

Mrs. ANDERSON is Mrs. M. ZAHN's daughter. She had been separated from ANDERSON and had been living recently with her mother.

Information given the police by Mrs. ANDERSON is that ANDERSON apparently had hidden in the ZAHN home and when Mrs. M. ZAHN entered the room where he was concealed he began firing. She fell dangerously wounded. She was followed by Mrs. W.J. ZAHN, who also was shot.

Mr. BUFORD was passing the house with members of his family and hastened inside when he heard the shots and women screaming. As he entered the door he was shot and killed instantly.

W.J. ZAHN and his partner in the automobile business were nearby and heard the shooting. They rushed in and ZAHN stated that he grabbed one of the pistols ANDERSON was using and fired. ANDERSON lived only a short time. ZAHN was taken to police headquarters, where it was stated he would be held only for examination.

Mr. BUFORD was 42 years old. He came here from Louisville five years ago. When the restricted district here was closed he became known for his activities in aiding women.

About Evelyn Caffey:

Name: Evelyn Caffey Buford
Death date: 08 Dec 1956
Death place: Clanton, Chilton, Alabama
Gender: Female
Age at death: 84y
Estimated birth year: 1872
Father name: Hugh William Caffey
Mother name: Alabama Gordon

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