Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Favorite Family Photograph

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Show us one of your favorite photographs of your family - a group, yourself, your mom, your dad, your sibling(s), your grandparents, etc.  Tell us about it - the date, the event, the setting, the persons in the photograph.

2)  Share it on your own blog, in a comment on this blog, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

I picked this photograph because it is one of the only four-generation photos I have of my "San Diego" Carringer/Smith/Auble family.

Date:  Late 1919 or early 1920 (because my mother was born in July 1919)

Event:  Perhaps Christmas 1919, New Year's Day 1920, or a special day.

Setting:  In front of my great-grandparents home at 2105 30th Street in San Diego, California (on the northeast corner of 30th Street and Hawthorn Street).  I grew up in this house after it was moved to the middle of the block in the 1920s.

Persons (left to right):

*  Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952) - seated on the left, my great-grandmother, mother of Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer.
*  Mary Ann "Matie" (Smith) (Chenery) Cramer (1866-1922) - standing on the left, daughter of Abigail "Abbie" (Vaux) Smith, sister of Della (Smith) Carringer.
*  Abbie Ardell "Della" (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) - seated holding the cat, my great-grandmother, wife of Henry Austin Carringer, mother of Lyle Lawrence Carringer
*  Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946) - standing with a hat, brother of Henry Austin Carringer
*  Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977) - standing, daughter of Georgianna Auble, wife of Lyle Lawrence Carringer and mother of Betty Virginia Carringer
*  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) - seated, holding Betty Virginia Carringer, husband of Della (Smith) Carringer and father of Lyle Lawrence Carringer
*  Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) - seated on Austin Carringer's lap, daughter of Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer
*  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) - standing on right with a bow tie, son of Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer, husband of Emily (Auble) Carringer, and father of Betty Virginia Carringer.
*  Abigail A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931) - seated on right, mother of Della (Smith) Carringer.

I forgot the cat - he was Buster (????-????).

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Surname Saturday - ADAMS (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1109 who is  Hannah ADAMS (1656-1746) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations in this ADAMS family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

34. Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35. Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)

68.  Aaron Smith (1765-1841)
69.  Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850)

138.  Amos Plimpton (1735-1808)
139.  Mary Guild (1735-1800)

276.  John Plimpton (1708-1756)
277. Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)

554.  John Fisher (1677-1727)
555.  Abigail Smith (1686-1726)

1008.  John Fisher, born 18 February 1652 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 15 October 1727 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2016. Joshua Fisher and 2017. Mary Aldus.  He married 06 March 1674 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
1009.  Hannah Adams, born 16 January 1656 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 01 November 1746 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of John Fisher and Hannah Adams are:
*  Hannah Fisher (1674-????), married 1693 William Partridge (1670-1750).
*  John Fisher (1677-1727), married 1705 Abigail Smith (1686-1726)
*  Rachel Fisher (1680-1712), married 1698 Jonathan Boyden (1674-1719).
*  Mehitable Fisher (1682-1751), married 1715 John Bullen (1691-1740).
*  Joshua Fisher (1685-1749), married 1710 Mary (1690-1766).
*  Josiah Fisher (1692-1781), married 1716 Hannah Bullen (1697-1765).
*  Abigail Fisher (1698-1701).

2018.  Peter Adams, born before 01 March 1622 in Barton St David, Somerset, England; died 23 October 1690 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married about 1648 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2019.  Rachel Newcomb, born before 13 November 1631 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. She was the daughter of 4038. Francis Newcomb and 4039. Rachel Brackett.

Children of Peter Adams and Rachel Newcomb are:
*  John Adams (1648-1724), married 1684 Michal Bloice (1664-1752).
*  Rachel Adams (1650-1678).
*  Peter Adams (1652-1723), married 1680 Experience Cook (1652-1725).
*  Hannah Adams (1656-1723), married (1) 1674 John Fisher (1652-1727); (2)  1730 Joseph Metcalf.
*  Mary Adams (1661-1704).
*  Jonathan Adams (1663-1664).
*  Ruth Adams (1665-????).
*  Joseph Adams (1668-1748), married 1694 Mary Davenport (1668-1737).
*  Samuel Adams (1671-1731), married 1703 Sarah Sabin (1679-1705).
*  Henry Adams (1674-1674).

4036.  Henry Adams, born before 21 January 1583 in Barton St David, Somerset, England; died 06 October 1646 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 19 October 1609 in Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, England.
4037.  Edith Squire, born before 29 May 1587 in Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, England; died 21 January 1673 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Henry Adams and Edith Squire are:
*  Henry Adams (1610-1676), married 1643 Elizabeth Paine (1620-1676).
*  Thomas Adams (1612-1688), married 1642 (1623-1694).
*  Samuel Adams (1616-1689)
*  Jonathan Adams (1619-1690), married 1639 Joan Close (1615-1665).
*  Ursula Adams (1619-1679), married (1) 1640 Stephen Streeter (1600-1652); (2) 1657 Samuel Hosier (1614-1665); (3) 1666 William Robinson (1615-1668); (4) 1673 Griffin Craft (1600-1689).
*  Peter Adams (1622-1690), married 1648 Rachel Newcomb (1631-????).
*  John Adams (1622-1706), married 1648 Anna Howe (1627-1714).
*  Joseph Adams (1626-1694), married 1650 Abigail Baxter (1634-1672).
*  Edward Adams (1629-1716), married (1) 1652 Lydia Penniman (1635-1676); (2) 1678 Abigail Craft (1634-1706); (3) 1707 Sarah Taylor (1636-????).

Information about this Adams family line was obtained from:

*  Enid Eleanor Adams, Ancestors and Descendants of Jeremiah Adams, 1794-1883 (Victor, Idaho : Ancestor Hunters, 1974.

*  several Massachusetts town record books.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Genea-Therapy: Down the Mulford Rabbit Trail Today

I got home from the dentist's office today at 12 noon with my mouth half numb  after a "deep cleaning and root planing" - if you can avoid this treatment, I recommend it!!  It's not as bad as periodontal surgery though (been there, done that too).

I digress.  I felt like doing some "comfort genealogy" for genea-therapy, so here is what I did:

1)  There was an email from FamilySearch giving me my weekly Watch List information about changes to my ancestors on the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Lookee there - there were changes for  my 7th great-granfather Mulford Martin (1713-1741) L4WB-5V6 and his father, Peter Martin (1693-1756) LDF2-JKX.  I didn't see anything different than what I have, but they don't have any sources or "real" notes yet.  Another item for my to-do list!

2)  I recalled that Peter Martin's wife was Marie Mulford, and that I didn't have a set of parents for her, so I wondered if they listed parents for her.  They did!  Here's is the Family data for Marie Mulford (1695-1730) LDF2-TVY:

3)  There's a lead - Thomas Mulford (1650-1732) L8WJ-G95 and Mary Conkling (1658-1743) LV4G-6QJ are her purported parents in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Is that correct?  I don't know, but I want to find out.  This may be profitable.

4)  Reviewing the profile for Thomas Mulford, I found:

He died in East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, and is buried there.  My first thought was "is there a probate record that might name his children, especially Marie (Mulford) Marrtin of Piscataway, New Jersey."

4)  Off to the New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 collection on FamilySearch.  There were no Suffolk county probate records on the list of Counties.  So I checked the FamilySearch Wiki for New York Probate Records and found that Suffolk County was formed in 1785, and records from 1662-1785 were probably in New York County.  I easily found Thomas Mulford 1732 in the Will Index for New York County.  His will is in Volume 11, page 511.  Here it is:

I read the will online and did not see a mention of a daughter, Marie or Mary...hmmm.  Marie died in about 1730, but Thomas Mulford wrote his will in 1727, so she should be mentioned.  All of his other known children are mentioned.

5)  I Googled [ thomas mulford east hampton will 1732] in the off chance that someone has transcribed it, and there are a number of transcriptions online.  The Long Island surname website had a life summary and a will transcription - see  There were others on the Google match list.  The will transcription was a lot easier to read, and there is no mention of Marie (Mulford) Martin.  The list of children did not mention Marie either.  Several other sites on the Google match list were checked, with no mention of Marie.  There are, of course, a lot of online family trees with Marie (Mulford) Martin included as a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford, including the FamilySearch Family Tree.  8 of the first 50 Ancestry Member Trees give her parents as Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford.  There are a number of MyHeritage tress that also have that relationship.

6)  I concluded that to date I have seen no evidence of the relationship of Mary (Mulford) Martin to Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford.  What should I do?  I decided to add a Discussion item to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile for Thomas Mulford.  I copied the will transcription into the discussion also.  Then I asked the question:

"Marie (Mulford?) Martin was alive when Thomas Mulford wrote his will in early 1727, and had children. Logically, she should have been mentioned if she was his daughter. "Comments? What record is there that Marie/Mary (Mulford?) Martin was the daughter of Thomas Mulford (1650-1732)?"

I probably should disconnect Marie Mulford from the Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford family also, but I'll wait to see if I get any response.

7)  I get very few responses to Discussion items like this on FamilySearch.  I get immediate responses, and action, on and on WikiTree discussion items.  Why is that?  Is no one watching there folks like I am?

8)  Well, the anesthetic has worn off, I don't have a headache, the teeth are a bit sore but not bad, the bleeding has reduced.  An hour's work, and genea-therapy helps!!  That was fun.  Not productive, but fun, and I learned some things in the process.

A nap might be in order on this Friday afternoon.  Or not, since I have two blog posts for Saturday to write before 7 p.m. tonight.  A geneabloggers work is never done, it seems.

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HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 3: An English Story

I wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 1: First Look on Wednesday, and HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 2: Custom Events  on Thursday. 

bgwiehle's comment on the Wednesday post asked:  " would be interesting to see what you get if you use one of your non-American ancestors or relatives (Canadian, English, etc.). Are there events that are included that don't appear in an American profile of the same era? Are the texts worded in a way that explains a different view-point of a shared event?"

In response, HistoryLines principal Jeff Haddon emailed me with this information:

"In preparation for your next post on a non-American ancestor, I wanted to make sure you know that HistoryLines currently covers the following countries, with many more coming in the following weeks and months. We're adding countries in order of priority based on surveys of our users.
  • United States
  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Denmark
  • Germany"
My thanks to Jeff for the input.  

Fortunately, one of my test trees input to HistoryLines over the past three months was for my third great-grandfather, Samuel Vaux (1816-1880), born in England and died in Kansas.  [I say fortunately because when I tried to do a new tree person HistoryLines asked me to subscribe...I haven't done that yet!]

Here is the top of his HistoryLines Story:

And the next screen down:

The Story elements created by HistoryLines for Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) include:

*  Samuel born, 1816 (custom event)
*  England, 1816
*  Princess Charlotte Dies, 1817
*  Childbirth
*  Death of King George III, 1820
*  Childhood
*  Education
*  Industrial Revolution
*  Hygiene
*  Clothing
*  Religion
*  Slavery Abolished in UK, 1833-1834
*  Factory Act, 1833-1834
*  Marriage
*  Diet
*  Medicine
*  Opium Wars, 1839-1860
*  Improved TransAtlantic Mail, 1840
*  Entertainment
*  Household
*  Transportation
*  Communication
*  Crimean War, 1853-1856
*  Military
*  Politics
*  India Under Crown Rule, 1858-1947
*  Commerce
*  Education Act, 1870-1871
*  First Boer War, 1880-1881
*  Immigration to the United States, 1860-1880
*  Samuel Dies, 1880 (custom event)

Here is the end of Samuel's Story on HistoryLines:

I have not added any custom events to this Story to date.

The Story assumes that Samuel spent his entire life in England.  I don't know what would happen if I inserted a migration story into the file, and then added information about Samuel for his life in the USA.  Would the Story elements change to be USA based?

I learned a bit more about English history and lifestyles by reading the stories in Samuel's Life Story above.

I don't know that I've answered bgwiehle's question completely, especially about the differentp oints of view.  For instance, we would need two persons who lived in the 1770s to see the American side and the English points-of-view about the Revolutionary War; or two persons who lived in the 1910s to see the Irish and the English points-of-view of the Irish independence.

Jeff has provided answers to my questions posed in the first two blog posts about HistoryLines, but I'll save them for next week in hope that Jeff will answer my question above.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 69: #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #69:

Isaac Buck (1757-1846) is #78 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandfather. He married in 1780 to #79 Martha Phillips (1757 to after 1820).

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #39 Sophia Buck  (1797-1882) who married #38 Thomas Newton (about 1795 to about 1840) in about 1834.  

*  their daughter, #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) who married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899), in 1852.  
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louise Hildreth (1847-1920), who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874. 
*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      Isaac Buck[1–14]   
*  Sex:                         Male   

*  Father:                     Isaac Buck (1732-    )   
*  Mother:                   Mary Richards (1733-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      27 September 1757, Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1,12]
*  Military:                 1775–1783 (about age 18–about 26), Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]
*  Census:                  1 June 1790 (age 32), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3]
*  Census:                  1 June 1810 (age 52), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Pension:                 8 April 1818 (age 60), Revolutionary War Pension File; Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1820 (age 62), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1830 (age 72), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[7]
*  Census:                 1 June 1840 (age 82), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[8]
*  Death:                   7 February 1846 (age 88), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[9,13]   
*  Burial:                  10 February 1846 (age 88), Legg Cemetery, Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[10–11]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:              Martha "Patty" Phillips (1757-1820)   
*  Marriage:              18 May 1780 (age 22), Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[2,14]   

*  Child 1:                Polly Buck (1782-    )   
*  Child 2:                Silas Buck (1784-1863)   
*  Child 3:                Pliny Buck (1790-1874)   
*  Child 4:                Martha Buck (1791-    )   
*  Child 5:                Sally Buck (1794-    )   
*  Child 6:                Sophia Buck (1797-1882)   
*  Child 7:                Dennis Buck (1802-1873)   
*  Child 8:                Isaac Buck (1808-1871)   
*  Child 9:                Leander Howe Buck (1810-    )   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The circumstances of the birth of Isaac Buck are interesting.  The printed Southborough VR book says[1]:

"BUCK, Isaac, s. Isaac Buck and Mary Richards, Sept 27, 1757"

The handwritten Southborough town record book says[13]:

"Born to Mary Richards, a son named Isaac Buck reputed by her to be a
son of Isaac Buck on Sepr 27, 1757."

There's a big difference in these two records.  The first implies that Isaac Buck and Mary Richards were married, the second is pretty explicit that they were not married.  The latter record is on the same page, and just below, the list of children born to Joseph and Mary Richards, including their daughter Mary in 1733.

As described in the Richards research, Mary Richards married widower John Phillips, of Shrewsbury,  in 1774 in Southborough, MassacHusetts;  presumably, Mary's son Isaac Buck went to live with his mother in Shrewsbury. John Phillips had four children by his first wife, Hannah Brown, including Martha/Patty Phillips.  

The book by Henry S. Nourse, The Military Annals of Lancaster Mass. 1740-1865, published in Lancaster MA, 1889, notes on page 128 that:   "Isaac Buck, in Captain Benjamin Hastings' Company of Bolton, etc.;" and on page 191:  "Isaac Buck in Captain Zebedee Redding's Company, 14th regiment, Bolton Continental Soldiers, 1777-9"

During the Revolutionary War in 1775[5], young Isaac Buck was in Captain Benjamin Hastings company of Bolton, Colonel Asa Whitcomb's regiment. He was a matross in Captain James Swan's company, Colonel James Craft's regiment, in 1776.  A "matross" was a private in the army who aided the artillery gunners to load, fire and sponge the guns.  He was also in Captain Philip Marett's company in 1776-1777.  He was in the Continental Army in Captain John Houghton's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment in 1778, and was in Captain Redding's company, Colonel Gamaliel Bradford's regiment in 1777.  In 1780 and 1781, he was in Captain Thomas Jackson's company, Colonel John Crane's Third Artillery regiment.

Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips married:  the Lancaster, Massachusetts town records show[2,14]:

  "May 18 1780, marriage of Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips, both of Lancaster, consummated by Rev. Reuben Holcomb." 

Isaac and Martha (Phillips) Buck had nine children born between 1782 and 1810;  they resided in Sterling, Massachusetts between 1780 and about 1796, in Holden between 1786 and about 1800, and in Sterling after 1800.

Isaac Buck was listed in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts in the 1790 US census[3].  There was one male over age 16, 3 males under age 16, and 3 females in the household. 

In the 1810 U.S. Census for  Worcester County MA, Isaac Buck headed a household in Sterling which included[4]:

*  two males aged 0-10,
*  one male aged 10 to 16, 
*   one male aged over 45, 
*  one female age 10-16,
*  one female aged 16 to 26 
*  one female aged over 45. 

The Revolutionary War Pension Abstract for Isaac Buck reads:

"BUCK, Isaac, S34136, Cont & MA Line, appl 8 Apr 1818  Worcester Cty MA aged 60 a res of Sterling MA, in 1820 sol had a wife Patty aged 60 and a son Isaac 14 his only child living at home" (Virgil White, Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensions, Vol. 1;  p. 450).

The Revolutionary War Pension file for Isaac Buck indicates that for his service, he was awarded a pension of $8 per month commencing 8 April 1818[5].  Isaac Buck's affidavit says:

"I, Isaac Buck, a citizen of the United States, now resident at Sterling in the County of Worcester in the State aforesaid, do on oath testify and declare that in the War of the revolution in the month of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, I entered and engaged in the land service of the United States on the continental establishment, and served accordingly from that time to the end of the war as a private against the common enemy without any interruption or absence, that I belonged to Captain Jackson's company of Artillery in Colonel Crane's Regiment under the command of General Knox, and that I left the service in the month of June 1783 at West Point when the Army was disbanded, and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life and poverty, I stand in need of assistance from my country and support being now of the age of sixty years - and I hereby relinquish all claims to every pension heretofore allowed me by the laws of the United States if any may be or hath been allowed.  My discharge was lost from my pocket many years since and is not in existence."
/signed/ Isaac Buck.

A schedule of the property belonging to Isaac Buck of Sterling, as of May 1, 1820, included:

"one cow - one clock - one table - one looking glass - one chest - one shovel - one tongs - crockery - glass stemware - one old axe - one hoe - one old plough - one old wagon - one pot - one kettle - one pair of dogs - three old chairs - six knives and forks - $30.25"

The schedule also says, apparently written for Isaac Buck:

"The said applicant is a farmer, but wholly unable to labour the present season on account of a wound in his shoulder in May last - and never expects to perform much labour hereafter.  His wife named Patty Buck is aged 60 years - is barely able to do the work of her house.  I have but one child at home named Isaac Buck aged 14 years and performs as much labour as other farmer's boys at his age, but does nothing toward my support.  This is the whole of my family.  /signed/ Isaac Buck."

In the 1820 US Census, the Isaac Buck family resided in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[6].  The household included:

*   one male age 10-16, 
*  one male age 16-26, 
*  one male over age 45, 
*  two females over age 45.

In the 1830 US Census, the Isaac Buck family resided in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[7].  The household included:

*   one male age 30-40, 
*  one male age 70-80, 
*  one female age 5-10, 
*  one female age 10-15, 
*  one female age 30-40.

In the 1840 US Census, Isaac Buck does not appear as a named entry in the household listings.  However, he does appear in the list of names of Revolutionary War Veterans as "Isaac Buck, age 83" in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[8].

The death record in the Sterling vital record book reads[9,13]:

"Registered Feby 10 1846; Isaac Buck, male, widower; age 93y 11m 20d; Revolutionary Pensioner; died February 7th 1846; died of old age; born in Southborough;  Illegitimate."

No parents are listed for him - only the sad note "Illegitimate".  The age at death given in this record does not agree with the published birth date of Isaac Buck.

He was buried in Legg Cemetery in Sterling[10,11], and has a Sons of the American Revolution placard on his grave, which is under a tree in the left front of the graveyard.  

The inscription on the Isaac Buck gravestone in Legg Cemetery in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts says[11]:

Isaac Buck
12 Mass 

Rev. War

There is no gravestone for his wife.  

After visiting the Sterling town library, I wrote the Sterling Historical Society.  I received a letter in response from Robert Waters of Sterling MA, who is also a descendant of Isaac Buck, through his son Silas Buck, a farmer, carpenter and millwright in West Sterling.   Mr. Waters provided a substantial list of descendants of Isaac and Patty (Phillips) Buck, plus published and unpublished documents.

A search of the Worcester County Probate Record Index revealed no probate records for Isaac or Martha Buck.


1. Systematic Historic Fund, Vital Records of Southborough, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1903), Births, page 23, Isaac Buck entry.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Lancaster Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Page 204, on Image 127, Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips marriage entry.

3. 1790 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town; Page 551, Isaac Buck household; digital image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 4, .

4. 1810 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town, page 693, Isaac Buck household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M292, Roll 22.

5. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applkication Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : 2011), original records in National Archives Publication M804, Pension File S34136, Cont & MA Line, Isaac Buck of Sterling, Mass.

6. 1820 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town, online database, (, Page 67, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 54.

7. 1830 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town; online database, (,  Page 51, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 68.

8. 1840 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sterling town; Page 14, Isaac Buck household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, Roll 199.

9. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Deaths, 1846, Worcester County, Sterling town, Volume 21, Page 121.

10. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Legg Cemetery (Sterling, Mass.), Isaac Buck memorial # 9033752.

11. Esther K. Whitcomb, editor, Inscriptions from Burial Grounds of the Nashaway Towns (Bowie, Md. :  Heritage Books, 1989), page 176, "Isaac Buck b 27 Sept 1757 d (?), REV. in Leg Cemetery, W. Sterling".

12. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images,, Southborough, Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 66, image 114 of 1007, Isaac Buck birth entry.

13. Frances Pratt Tapley, Vital Records of Sterling, Massachusetts (Sterling, Mass.: Sterling, Mass. Historical Commission, 1976).

14. Henry S. Nourse (editor), The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 ( Lancaster, Mass. : n.p., 1890), 126.


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