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JIM: Do You Know? About Owens-Buckner duel

It would have been a bloody affair, had it actually occurred

By "Jim"

That once a duel was staged to take place on a sandbar, just below the first bridge, the participants being two young men of town? One of the men was W.D.B. Owens, and the name of the other was Wm. Buckner.

Buckner challenged Owens to a duel and the latter accepted and chose the manner of fighting. They were to meet on the sandbar with their seconds at sunrise. Their left arms were to wrapped together with a strong rope, and they were to be handed a butcher knife each, and when the word was given they were to fight until one or both were killed.

We have been told by men living at that time that the fight would have certainly taken place had it not been for a runner who was dispatched to Monticello in the afternoon before the time fixed for the contest, for the fathers of the young men who were attending the Wayne circuit court, both of them being lawyers. The fathers started for Columbia at once and landed here just about sunup, went to the designated place and stopped the fight.

William D.B. Owens, born about 1817, was the son of William "W.W." Owens. Of the latter, Judge Baker wrote thus:
Col. William Owens, a prominent member of the Columbia Bar, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, on the 4th day of May 1773. At ten years of age he was brought to Kentucky by his maternal uncle, the renowned pioneer, Simon Kenton. He settled at Danville for the practice of law, but in the year 1807, he removed to Columbia, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred on the 7th of November, 1847. He was a self made man, and of fine natural talents...

The Lindsey-Wilson Training School building is on or near the site of the old Owens' residence. Colonel Owens left a large family, several sons and daughters, all of whom lived in Columbia. Some of his grandchildren reside in said town. One of his sons, Dr. Heck Owens, was a surgeon in the Mexican war, and also in the civil war, and another son, Hamilton Owens, served a term in the Legislature of the State, and was a Lieutenant in the Mexican war.
Compiled by "Jim."

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