Buckner, a village in Parker County on the south side of the Brazos River, was named in honor of J. M. Buckner, who with his boy, was drowned in the Brazos River many years ago. They were not drowned at Buckner’s Crossing, as many now suppose, but while fording the Brazos River in Hood County. A strange coincidence occurred. They were in a new wagon, drawn by a pair of mules. The wagon bed was tight like a new boat. The river was past the fording stage and drifted the wagon and team with the turbulent waters, but the wagon bed floated the entire wagon and the mules swam with the current, and reached shore safely. Thinking it impossible for the team to swim, Buckner attempted to swim to shore, and when last seen, he was trying to hold his son above the water. Had he remained in the wagon, it is possible both would have been saved.
W. H. Reynolds and Sam Cooper owned and operated a gin and mill at Buckner in the name of Cooper and Reynolds in 1881, where a postoffice was established and a blacksmith shop was operated for forty years by Joe Brown. - History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin: being a brief symposium of the early history of Parker County, together with short biographical sketches of early settlers and their trials, Weatherford, Tex, 1937, page 117