To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Friday, April 27, 2012

National Tell A Story Day

Did ya know that? I didn't but it is in fact National Tell A Story Day today! So I am going to share a family story with you today and I had not heard until coming in contact with my 2nd cousin 1 time removed. It is not a nice family story and I am working on uncovering the true nature and details of the story, but here is a piece of my family history that I had no idea about.

My Grandpa Joe had a sister named Florence. Florence married John B Buending on January 1st, 1959 I am sure expecting him to be the man of her dreams. But John was a nightmare, nothing but a horrible demon.

He murdered Florence and then killed himself. Coward. To top it off not only did he murder Florence, but she was 8 months along carrying their unborn child! 
The story goes that my Great Grandmother Louise found Florence and her husband in the basement of their home. She was trying to reach Florence so she went over to see why she was not answering any of her phone calls.

I know it is a terrible story, but it is still a part of me.


I found the newspaper article from this. It is so sad that, it is all true.

Buending Murder-Sucide

I was then able to find this article about how John came back positive for gun powder. I know it is horrible quality and terrible to read but it was the best I could do!



  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

  2. Lovely to find you via Geneabloggers!

  3. These are the hardest, to share. Kuddos to you to be able to. We probably all have some to tell and just don't know how to or just haven't been able to get them--out, for me due to 'thinking' about too much. Some day I will find a way to tell a story of my grandpa's brother. Welcome!

  4. Hi there! Welcome to the GeneaBloggers gang! The journey to find out about your roots and your ancestors is an exciting and addicting one. That's a hard story you shared but wow, it was amazing to read. Your poor great-grandmother being the one to find them!

  5. Indeed a sad story. Finding the news articles that match the family history story is very important though. It gives the base for documenting and remembering correctly.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)