Monday, March 19, 2018

Letitia Amelia Buck (1803 – 1885)

Letitia Amelia Buck was the eleventh child of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson.  She was born on April 7, 1803 and died on June 15, 1885 in Riverton, Virginia at the age of 82. She was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.

Letitia Amelia Buck and John Mauzy Blakemore were married on July 31, 1820. John Mauzy Blakemore, the son of George Blakemore and Elizabeth Mauzy, was born on June 4, 1798. He died on July 29, 1853 of an apoplexy at the age of 55 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.

John Mauzy Blakemore was said to be of "distinguished bearing" and "so meticulous in his attire that he was known as ‘Gentleman John'".

Letitia Amelia Buck and John Mauzy Blakemore purchased "Bel Air" in 1837 from her father, Thomas Buck V for $5000.  Later they sold Bel Air to William Mason Buck.  As explained by their son, Thomas Fayette Blakemore, his father had “in a thoughtless moment” endorsed some loans by a friend and had to liquidate much of his property when those loans were called.

After selling Bel Air and other properties, Letitia Amelia Buck and John Mauzy Blakemore moved to Tennessee.   In 1842, Letitia Amelia Buck and John Mauzy Blakemore lived in "Homewood", New Providence, Tennessee.  Homewood was a farm and John Mauzy Blakemore was not well suited to be a farmer.  His son, Thomas Fayette Blakemore, was called upon to manage the farm “a task which I heartily disliked”.   Homewood was sold or traded, apparently at a loss, about 1846.    Letitia Amelia Buck and John Mauzy Blakemore then returned to Front Royal and built a house called “Retreat”.  In the 1850 census, Letitia Amelia Buck Blakemore and John Mauzy Blakemore are living in Warren County, Virginia.  According to his son, Thomas, John Mauzy Blakemore died in 1853 of an apoplexy.

In the 1860 census, Letitia Amelia Buck Blakemore is shown as a “Retired Lady” living on the farm of J. R. Richards and having a personal estate of $2800.  J. R. Richards was the son-in-law of Letitia Amelia Buck Blakemore being the second husband of her daughter Elizabeth Blakemore.  J. R. Richards is shown as having real estate or $26500 and personal estate of $19030.  Most people in the census have no entry under real estate or personal estate.

John Mauzy Blakemore and Letitia Amelia Buck had five children:
  • Thomas Fayette Blakemore, born 1822; married Susan Payne Bayly, 1848; died 1896
  • Elizabeth Mauzy Blakemore, born 1825; married Richard B. Bayly, 1841; married James Russell Richards, 1851; died 1891
  • William Richardson Blakemore was born and died in 1832
  • Marcus Newton Blakemore, born 1835; married Angela Warner, 1866
  • Richard Mauzy Blakemore, born 1843; married Lily Bowen, 1892; died 1924

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Isaac Newton Buck (1801 – 1877)

Expectations must have been very high for Isaac Newton Buck!  Sir Isaac Newton, the renowned English scientist, died in 1727.  Isaac Newton Buck is assumed to have been named after him.

Interestingly, there was also a Rev. Isaac Newton Buck, Sr. (1800-1873) who lived and preached in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee.  He also had a mercantile store and a freight line.  He founded Buck College.  His connection, if any, to the Buck Family of Virginia is unknown.

Isaac Newton Buck was the tenth child of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson.   He was born on March 22, 1801 and died on Jan. 23, 1877 at the age of 75. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.   His tombstone has a Confederate States Army Marker.

Isaac Newton Buck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a medical doctor in 1822.  He then practiced medicine at Front Royal from 1822 to 1845 when his health became impaired and he moved to his farm, "Mountain View", nearby.

Dr. Isaac Newton Buck was a Methodist and a subscriber to the 1833 building fund for the Front Royal Methodist Church.   He was a member of the Virginia state legislature and was active in county affairs.

Dr. Buck was also said to be a good musician, carpenter and whittler.  He carried small blocks of wood while making his medical rounds and whittled gifts for children.  He was popular and his home on Chester Street had visitors almost daily; many stayed the night.

Isaac Newton Buck and Susan Taylor were married on Jun. 12, 1827.  Susan Taylor was born in 1810. She died in 1836 at the age of 26 and is buried at Walnut Hill, Frederick County, Virginia.

Isaac Newton Buck and Susan Taylor had five children:
  • Catherine Elizabeth Buck, born 1832; married Marcus H. Blakemore, 1852; died 1909.
  • Marcus Taylor Buck, born 1827; married Elizabeth Cramer, 1856; died 1862.
  • Mary Cornelia Buck, born 1830; married Solomon G. Cunningham, 1854; died 1918.
  • Ann Buck was born in 1834 and died in 1835.
  • Susan Rebecca Buck was born in 1836 and died in 1880.

After the death of his first wife, Susan, Isaac Newton Buck married Janet Urquhart Lovell on November 21, 1839. Janet Urquhart Lovell was born on Jun. 10, 1815 to Charles Urquhart Lovell and Mary Evans Long.  She died on May 2, 1893 at the age of 77 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.  She was called "Jane".  H. N. Buck has her surname as Lovell in his Buck Family Tree, but only Urquhart is used on her tombstone.  William Mason Buck had her name as Janet U. Lovell.

Isaac Newton Buck and Janet Urquhart Lovell had five children:
  • Thomas William Buck, born 1845; married Catherine Augusta Buck, 1875; died 1877.
  • Charles Newton Buck, born 1842; married Annie Susan Deatherage, 1883; died 1925.
  • Nannie Lovell Buck, born 1848; married Charles Anderton Brown, 1871; died 1934.
  • Robert Lovell Buck, born 1851; married Katie Elizabeth Massie, 1877; died 1882.
  • James Cunningham Buck, born 1854; married Nannie Miriam Wight, 1883; died 1936.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Elizabeth Price Buck (1794-1871)

Elizabeth Price Buck was the ninth child of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson.  She was born on September 5, 1794 in Shenandoah County, Virginia and died October 21, 1871 in Paris, Tennessee at the age of 77.

Elizabeth Price Buck and George Neville Blakemore were married on October 27, 1814. George Neville Blakemore, son of George Blakemore and Elizabeth Mauzy, was born in 1791 and died in 1847 at the age of 56. George Neville Blakemore was one of the original justices (1836) of Warren County, Virginia and also a trustee of the Old School Happy Creek Church in Front Royal.

George Neville Blakemore and Elizabeth Price Buck had seven children:
  • Mary Rebecca Blakemore, born 1817; married Gustavus A. Williams, 1841; died 1897.
  • Ann Elizabeth Blakemore, born 1815; married Presley Neville Helm, 1836.
  • Thomas Luther Blakemore, born 1819; married Elizabeth Richards, 1839; died 1901.
  • George William Blakemore, born 1821; died 1880.
  • Lucy Virginia Blakemore was born 1824, died in 1859.
  • Martha Letitia Blakemore, born 1826; married John Buck Helm, 1842; died 1854.
  • Robert Newton Blakemore was born 1833; died 1917.

The family home of Elizabeth Price Buck and George Neville Blakemore in Front Royal was called “Rose Hill”.  Thomas Buck, Elizabeth’s father, had purchased this land in 1820.  Rose Hill was sold to William Richardson in 1841.  George and Elizabeth Blakemore then moved Tennessee near their daughter, Ann, who had married Pressley Neville Helm.  George died in Tennessee in 1847.

In 1860, Elizabeth Price Buck Blakemore was age 67 and living with her son Thomas and his wife, also named Elizabeth, in St. Joseph, Missouri.  This dwelling place was a hotel and probably owned by Thomas although he is listed as “bookkeeper” in 1870.  A total of 34 people were living there.  Elizabeth Price Buck Blakemore was not living at this hotel in 1870.  She had moved to Clay Brook, Tennessee and was living with her grandson, James L. Blakemore, the son of Thomas.

Thomas Luther Buck had transitioned from farmer to clerk to a partner in the hotel business with a hotel at Capon Springs, Virginia (now West Virginia) called “The Mountain House”.   The Mountain House was a luxurious, four-story hotel completed in 1851 to take advantage of the medicinal spring in the area.  At the time, The Mountain House was believed to be one of the largest structures in the South. In addition to Thomas, the partnership included John R. Richards, William Mason Buck and his brother John Buck.  Capon Springs had a 900 seat dining room and was intended to entertain Congressmen and their families from Washington, D. C.  However, Capon Springs was a business failure.    In 1857, Thomas moved to St. Joseph, Missouri and again engaged in the hotel business.  According to the 1880 census, Thomas was a farmer in Missouri so perhaps he had left the hotel business by then.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Rebecca Richardson Buck (1792 – 1878)

Rebecca Richardson Buck was the eighth child of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson.  She was born on Feb. 13, 1792 and died on Aug. 6, 1878 at the age of 86.  She was said to be "a woman of great amiability and charm” in the notes of H. N. Buck, 1965.

Rebecca Richardson Buck and William Richardson Ashby were married on Apr. 3, 1817.  William Richardson Ashby, son of Nathaniel Ashby and Margaret "Peggy" Mauzy, was born on Dec. 18, 1789. He died on May 21, 1843 at the age of 53 and was buried in Buckton Cemetary, Virginia.
William Richardson Ashby and Rebecca Richardson Buck had two children:
  • Thomas Newton Ashby, born 1819; died 1878.
  • Elizabeth Ann Ashby, born Sep. 25, 1820, Front Royal, Virginia; married William Mason Buck, Apr. 3, 1838, Front Royal, Virginia; died Jan. 24, 1904.

 William Mason Buck, nephew and son-in-law to Rebecca Richardson Buck, wrote his memoirs in 1880 which have been very helpful in documenting the history of families in those times.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Marcus Calmes Buck (1789 – 1845)


Marcus Calmes Buck was born on Nov. 7, 1789; he died on May 12, 1845 at the age of 55 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia. His tombstone reads: "Surgeon U. S. Army during the War of 1812. A native of Frederick Co., VA, who died 12 May 1845, aged 55 years. He was brave, noble, kind and gentle."

Marcus Calmes Buck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1812 and was commissioned a Major in the Medical Corps. On July 2, 1813, he was assigned to the 20th Infantry but was transferred to the 4th Infantry on September 4, 1815. He was appointed Military Storekeeper at Washington on April 25, 1831. (from “Blakemore Family and Allied Lines” by Maurice Neville Blakemore)

“ Marcus Calmes Buck was Major-Surgeon, U. S. Army, War of 1812. He was appointed military storekeeper at Washington in 1831, in charge of all military supplies. The name "Buckboard" as applied to vehicles originated from his design of a springy platform resting directly on the wagon axles, for transporting military supplies over the rough roads of what was then the Southwest (Tennessee, Arkansas, etc., around 1835). This design replaced high wagon bodies on springs, which were top heavy and unsuited for the purpose.” ( notes of H. N. Buck, 1965)

Dr. Marcus Calmes Buck and Elizabeth P. Drake were married on Apr. 22, 1817. She was called "Betty". Elizabeth P. Drake was born on Jul. 22, 1799. She died on Jan. 13, 1875 at the age of 75 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia. Her tombstone is most unusual -- a tall, stone about ten feet high with a hand pointed to the Marcus C. Buck stone. It is inscribed: M. E. P. Buck, wife of. There are no dates on the stone.

Marcus Calmes Buck and Elizabeth P. Drake had no children.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mary Ann Buck (1787-1851)


Mary Ann Buck was born on Nov. 18, 1787. She died on Apr. 5, 1851 at the age of 63 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia. It seems that many of the children of Thomas Buck V were buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal; however, Thomas Buck V was buried at the Buck Cemetery at Buckton.

Mary Ann Buck and George Bayly were married on Mar. 14, 1805. George Bayly, son of Pierce Bayly and Mary Payne, was born on Jun. 6, 1781 and died on Sep. 7, 1860 at the age of 79. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.

The Buck family is closely aligned with the Bayly family. In turn, the Bayly family is closely aligned with the Pierce family beginning with William Pierce who came to Jamestown with Sir Thomas Gates in 1610 on the ship “Blessing”. The daughter of William Pierce and his wife Jane was also named Jane and was the third wife of John Rolfe who is famed for having married Pocahontas. William and Jane Pierce also had a son named William who married Sarah Underwood.

George Bayly and Mary Ann Buck had the following children:

  • Thomas P. Bayly, (1806- )
  • Robert Henry Bayly (1808 – 1872)
  • Rebecca Elizabeth Bayly, born 1811; married Edward O. Hawkins, 1840.
  • Alexander M. Bayly (1813 – 1813)
  • George Marcus Bayly, born 1815; married Mary C. Starke, 1847.
  • Mary Ann Bayly (1817-1873)
  • Newton C. Bayly (1819 – 1822)
  • Susan Payne Bayly, born 1827; married Thomas Fayette Blakemore, 1848; died 1913.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Henrietta Chew Buck (1779-1872)


Henrietta Chew Buck, daughter of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson, was born on May 16, 1779. She died on Dec. 23, 1872 at the age of 93 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.

Henrietta Chew Buck and Spencer Neville Calmes were married on Apr. 27, 1797. Spencer Neville Calmes, son of William Waller Calmes and Lucy Neville, was born in 1771. He died in 1854 at the age of 83.

The Calmes and Buck families became linked in the 1700s and Calmes often appears as a middle or surname in Buck family history. Marquis Calmes I was a French Huguenot who came to America from England about 1695, his family having fled from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. It appears highly probable that he came from the old, influential, and titled Huguenot family of that name in southern France, but positive proof of such connection is lacking. References to him in several historical writings as being a titled French Marquis likewise lack documentary verification. There is no doubt; however, that he was the progenitor of a large, influential, and illustrious family in America.

Spencer Neville Calmes and Henrietta Chew Buck had fifteen children:

  • Annie Buck Calmes, born 1798; married William M. Coleman, 1821; died 1867
  • William Waller Calmes, born 1800; married Susan H. Sterling, 1825; died 1836
  • Lucy Neville Calmes, born 1802; married Augustus Wight, 1821
  • Franklin Calmes (1803 – 1833)
  • Miriam Calmes (1804 - 1805
  • Juliette Calmes (1806 – 1820)
  • Henrietta Calmes, born 1808; married Moses Rawlings, 1829
  • Eliza Calmes, born 1809; married George W. Campbell, 1832; died 1833
  • Marquis Lafayette Calmes, born 1811; married Margaret Pilcher, 1851; died 1858
  • Spencer Neville Calmes was born in 1813. He died in 1831 at the age of 18
  • Letitia Amelia Calmes, born 1816; married James H. Bristow, 1845
  • Isaac Newton Calmes (1817 – 1857)
  • Charles Henry Calmes (1819 – 1901)
  • Augustus G. S. Calmes, born 1822; married Matilda E. Cromwell, 1852; died 1898
  • Albert B. Calmes (1826 – 1857).