I wrote the following for a Scotland County NC family history publication.
The Buies of Wagram trace their roots to Cumberland County, NC as far back as 1763, and then over to the Isle of Jura, in Scotland prior to that.
William Graham Buie, the Scotland County patriarch, was born August 20, 1864 in Marion Co., SC (now Dillon, SC) and moved to what is now Wagram as a young man. Settling here was natural for him, as he was a fourth generation descendant of Archibald Buie of nearby Gum Swamp/Cypress Swamp, who immigrated to Cumberland County, NC from his birthplace in Jura, Scotland, circa 1735 – 1740.
In Wagram (known as Springhill) from before the turn of the 20th century, William Graham Buie engaged in the mercantile and turpentine business. He founded a general store in Wagram known as The Buie Company, next to the railroad, and a cotton gin, both of which functioned well into the 1970s. He was also one of the founders of Montpelier Presbyterian Church.
He married Anna Virginia Purcell on February 24, 1892. They lived in a farmhouse on the south side of Wagram, until about 1915. Feeling prosperous, they built a large neo-Georgian home at the corner of Main and Bundy Streets, which their daughter Mary Buie Pence inherited and lived with her husband, James Jerome Pence, the Superintendent of Scotland County Schools during the early 1960s. “Papa was a quiet and gentle man,” Mary Buie Pence recalled when she was well into her nineties. “He didn’t care a lick about the clothes he put on. He’d wear the same suit until it turned green and slick.” While he acquired land and provided for his family, Anna created a beautiful home, set strict standards of etiquette, and told him to dress better.
William Graham Buie and Anna Purcell Buie had four children, all of whom settled in Wagram: William Graham Buie II; James Archibald Buie; Mary Buie Pence; and John McNair Buie. This meant that from the birth of their first son, “Willy” in 1892, through the raising of their 12 grandchildren, until the death of their daughter Mary in January 1999, their family’s anchor in the tiny village of Wagram was large and well-grounded.
Most of the grandchildren have moved away, but at family reunions they express a great fondness for the tiny village, not unlike Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegon, a town full of folklore and stories about great characters, a town that “time forgot, and the decades cannot improve…”
As of 2002, the surviving members of this branch of the Buie clan still in Scotland County are Lillian Secrest Buie (wife of John McNair Buie) of Wagram, a retired English teacher at Scotland High School; her daughter, Celeste Buie Lewis (wife of John A. Lewis) of Wagram, a teacher, librarian and homemaker; Jerome Pence of Wagram, a businessman with Scotland Hardware who lives in the Buie-Pence family homestead.