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).

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Isabella Buck (1778 – 1844)


Not much is known about Isabella Buck. She was born on January 9, 1778 and died in 1844 at the age of 66.

Isabella Buck and Captain Hezekiah Conn were married on July 25, 1803. They settled in Hartford, Kentucky and are buried in Belfontaine Cemetery. Hezekiah Conn died in 1837.

Hezekiah Conn and Isabella Buck had six children:

  • Maria Conn (1804 – 1859)
  • Eliza Conn (1805 – 1899)
  • Eleanor Conn (1807 – 1807)
  • Rosalie Conn (1810 – 1810).
  • Isabella Buck Conn (1813 – 1892)
  • Sarah Cornelia Conn (1817 – ?).

Saturday, December 8, 2012

William Richardson Buck

Front Royal, VA and Buckton Cemetery William Richardson Buck was the first of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson’s children. He was born on Feb. 28, 1776 and died on Oct. 27, 1823 at the age of 47. The cause of death was “bilious fever” which appeared epidemic in that year. He was buried in Buckton Cemetery, Virginia.

William Richardson Buck married Lucy Neville Blakemore April 8, 1802 when he was 26 years old; she was 17. Lucy Neville Blakemore, daughter of George Blakemore and Elizabeth Mauzy, was born on May 5, 1784. She died on May 18, 1859 at the age of 75 and was buried in Buckton Cemetery, Virginia.

William Richardson Buck and Lucy Neville Blakemore had the following children:

  • Marcus Blakemore Buck, born Nov. 25, 1816; married Jane Letitia Bayly, 1841; died Nov. 30, 1881.
  • George Augustus Buck was born on Apr. 12, 1807. He died on Apr. 18, 1835 at the age of 28 in Virginia.
  • George R. Buck is included in the notes of William R. Buck as being born April 12, 1807 but dying April 18, 1835. He was buried in Buckton Cemetery, Virginia.
  • Thomas Fayette Buck Sr., born Mar. 28, 1803, Virginia; married Elizabeth Peake, Feb. 26, 1839; died Sep. 25, 1874.
  • Catherine E. Buck, born 1805; married John B. LaRue, 1843; died Jun. 27, 1882.
  • William Mason Buck, born Aug. 30, 1809, Front Royal, Virginia; married Elizabeth Ann Ashby, Apr. 3, 1838, Front Royal, Virginia; died Sep. 23, 1895, Front Royal, Virginia.
  • Henry Alexander Buck was born on Nov. 15, 1811. The memoirs of William Mason Buck actually gives his birthday as 1800 but this is probably a typographical error. He died on May 27, 1834 at the age of 22 in Pecan Grove, Louisiana.
  • John Newton Buck, born Jul. 25, 1820; married Amelia Ann Buck, Oct. 2, 1849; died Oct. 25, 1875.

William Richardson Buck’s son, William Mason Buck, was a notable contributor to the history of the Buck family through his memoirs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Children of Thomas Buck V


As noted previously, Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson had fourteen children, of whom four died in infancy. It often seems as though Thomas’s family has been better documented than has the families of his brothers John and Charles Buck II. This additional documentation could be related to Thomas’s family living in the town of Front Royal whereas the families of John and Charles were more rural. However, the additional information is probably more due to the efforts of Buck family researchers and writers such as William Mason Buck, Maurice Neville Blakemore and Walter Hooper Buck who were descendants of Thomas Buck V.

The more noted and documented children of Thomas Buck V include:

· William Richardson Buck (1776 – 1823) married Lucy N. Blakemore

· Isabella Buck (1778 – 1844) married Captain Hezekiah Conn

· Henrietta Chew Buck (1779 – 1872) married Spencer Neville Calmes

· Mary Ann Buck (1787 – 1851) married George Bayly

· Marcus Calmes Buck (1789 – 1845) married Elizabeth P. Drake

· Rebecca Richardson Buck (1792 - 1878) married William R. Ashby

· Elizabeth Price Buck (1794 – 1871) married George N. Blakemore

· Isaac Newton Buck (1801 – 1877) married Janet Urquhart

· Letitia Amelia Buck (1803 – 1885) married John Mauzy Blakemore.

The next several posts will focus on these children of Thomas Buck V and Anne Richardson as well as some of their grandchildren.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ruhama Heath McKim Buck

As noted previously, Ruhama Heath was the second wife of Thomas Buck V. Most of the following information about Ruhama Buck is based on article about her granting freedom to her slaves, particularly the family of Maria Cooper. The article, “Freedom Without Independence: The Story of a Former Slave and Her Family” is by Ellen Eslinger, a professor of history at DePaul University, and was published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in 2006. Although the article is complimentary of Ruhama Buck, it is not so complimentary of the family of Thomas Buck V. Even so, the article appears to be well researched and presents information previously unknown to me.

In her article about the family of Maria Cooper, Ellen Eslinger gives the name of Ruhama as “Ruhanna” but other references that I've used (especially “The Blakemore Family and Allied Lines” by M. N. Blakemore and “The Buck Family Virginia” by W.P. Buck) spell her name as Ruhama. It is easy to see how “nn” could be taken as “m” or vice versa.

I've also recently received more background information from Carolyn Gutermuth who is a McKim descendant and has published a book of deeds for the McKim family. She spells the name as Ruhamah but I've decided to continue with “Ruhama” for now.

It is important to note that Thomas Buck was 67 years old and Ruhama Heath McKim was 47 when they married in 1823. Thomas' wife, Ann, had been dead for only a few months. No doubt his children were upset with his sudden marriage. Ruhama's husband, James, had been dead for 3 years and her only child, William, had been dead for one year. Thomas would live another 19 years; Ruhama another 28 years.

Upon the death of her son, Ruhama had inherited his estate – presumably left to him by his father, James McKim.

Thomas Buck soon recorded a deed of gift to Ruhama of the slave Maria Cooper and her three children. These slaves are assumed to have belonged to Ruhama prior to her marriage to Thomas. Upon his death, Thomas confirmed and extended this gift to Ruhama in his will.

Ruhama apparently had taken Maria Cooper and her family under her wing and tutelage some years previously. She had educated Maria well – much more than simple reading and writing. In turn, Maria and her family cared for Ruhama in her old age. Theirs must have been a special bond as Maria named one of her children Ruhama and another McKim.

According to the census of 1850, Ruhama Buck had thirteen slaves. Just prior to her death in 1851, she freed those slaves, including Maria Cooper and her family. Because Virginia law required that manumitted slaves must leave the state within a year, Ruhama Buck's will provided a wagon with horses and eight hundred dollars for their relocation. Fitted with the wagon and horses but without all the money, Maria Cooper and her family left the Buck plantation in the fall of 1852 and settled in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Ellen Eslinger was able to study a number of letters written by Maria Cooper. At first Maria and her family were doing well in Washington; however, her letters continually asked for the remainder of the money, apparently five hundred dollars, left to her by Ruhama. Most of these letters were to the executors of Thomas Buck's will, William Buck and Thomas Ashby. In 1855, Thomas Ashby visited Maria Cooper and her attorney David Wilson – presumably to close the account; however Ashby decided not to close it. Instead, he transferred fifty dollars to Maria. Eventually the account must have been closed because in 1859 Maria Cooper was able to purchase the house she wanted.

After his marriage to Ruhama, Thomas Buck began to have conflicts with the various movements within the Baptist Church but these conflicts are not attributed to Ruhama.

Ruhama Buck died on November 29, 1851. She was buried in Buckton Cemetary, but the name on her tombstone is given only as “Mrs. R. M. Buck”. Her grave is not particularly close to the grave of her husband, Thomas Buck.