Arthur Joseph Buchanan & Clarissa Claudia Baker Buchanan. Clarissa was born March 18, 1812 in Mitchell Co. She died on January 15, 1877 in Mitchell Co. , NC. Joseph Arthur Buchanan was born March 18, 1812 in Mitchell Co., NC. He died January 15, 1877 in Mitchell Co. Both are buried in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery Clarissa, Mitchell Co. NC.

Arthur Joseph Buchanan & Clarissa Claudia Baker Buchanan. Clarissa was born March 18, 1812 in Mitchell Co. She died on January 15, 1877 in Mitchell Co. , NC. Joseph Arthur Buchanan was born March 18, 1812 in Mitchell Co., NC. He died January 15, 1877 in Mitchell Co. Both are buried in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery Clarissa, Mitchell Co. NC.

This Mitchell County community was named after Clarissa Baker Buchanan, a beloved woman and early settler in the Cane Creek area. According to oral tradition, during the Civil War all the men were gone to fight. At that time marauders were a real danger in the mountains, especially with the women on their own. Clarissa organized the women in the community and set up a system for communicating distress signals using codes via the dinner bells. When a distress signal was sent the other women in the community could identify who needed assistance by the code and the women in the community would arm themselves and run to aid their sister in distress.

The Buchanan Family

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