Friday, April 6, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 221: #312 Isaac Buck (1706-1780) of Woburn, Massachusetts

Isaac Buck (1706-1780) is #312 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #313 Ruth Graves (1711-????) in 1729 in Reading, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #156 Isaac Buck (1732-?????) who had a relationship with #157 Mary Richards (1733-????) in 1757.
*  their son, #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1764-????) in 1780.
*  their daughter, #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882 married  #38 Thomas J. Newton (ca 178800-????) in about 1834.
*  their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


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

*  Name:                         Isaac Buck[1–7]
*  Sex:                            Male
*  Father:                        Ephraim Buck (1676-    )    
*  Mother:                      Esther Waget (1677-1748)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                          about 1706, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Residence:                 1754 (about age 48), rated in Framingham; Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Residence:                25 March 1756 (about age 50), Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Warning Out:            5 May 1756 (about age 50), Isaac Buck family warned out of Southborough; Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Deed:                        19 October 1757 (about age 51), Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Death:                       19 May 1780 (about age 74), Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7–8]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                 Ruth Graves (1710-    )[2]    

*  Marriage 1:              3 December 1729 (about age 23), Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                   Thomas Buck (1730-    )    
*  Child 1:                   Isaac Buck (1732-    )    
*  Child 1:                   Hester Buck (1734-    )    
*  Child 1:                   Susanna Buck (1736-1830)    
*  Child 1:                   Ebenezer Buck (1738-1827)    
*  Child 1:                   Joseph Buck (1740-    )  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    
 Isaac Buck was born in about 1706, the sixth and last child of Ephraim and Esther Waget of Woburn, Massachusetts[1].  Isaac's father probably died shortly after his birth, but his mother lived until 1748.

Isaac married Ruth Graves on 3 December 1729 in Reading[2] (where Ruth was living), which was also recorded in Woburn (where Isaac was living).  They had at least six children - Thomas, Isaac, Hester, Susanna, Ebenezer and Joseph - between 1730 and 1740 in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Only Thomas and Hester were recorded in Wilmington; the others were probably born there but the births were not recorded.

A published memoir book[1] says:

"(V)  Isaac Buck, son of Ephraim Buck (IV) was born about 1705 in Woburn Mass. or vicinity.  He was living at Woburn when he married at Reading Mass, Dec 3 1729, Ruth Graves.  Isaac Buck moved to Southboro and with his wife Ruth sold their rights in the estate of her father, Joseph Graves, late of Southboro, Mass, October 19 1757.  Among their children were:  Isaac, born about 1730; Esther, married at Southboro, May 4 1762, Elisha Bruce Jr.; probably others."

Isaac Buck was rated in the town tax records in Framingham in 1754[3].  

Some time before 25 March 1756, the Isaac Buck family moved from Framingham to stay in the house of Joseph Richards in Southborough. The article "Southborough Massachusetts Notifications" says[4]:

"I have taken into my house...a famaley Last from Framingham the Name of Isaac Buck and his wife Ruth and their Children Susanna and Joseph, March ye 25th:1756.  Joseph Richards."

On 5 May 1756 the Southborough Town Council directed the constable to warn Isaac Buck, his wife Ruth, and two of their children, Susanna and Joseph, to get out of town forthwith[5]. This was a formal notification, customary of the times, which would legally relieve the town of any responsibility to support the Bucks, who were called "a poor family in low circumstances." 

Ruth Buck was in Framingham in 1763.  Ebenezer Buck was in Framingham in 1764.  Joseph Buck of Framingham married Hephzebah Bruce in Hopkinton in 1768[3].

In a deed dated 19 October 1757 and recorded by the court on 29 October 1765, land was granted by Isaac and Ruth Buck to Joseph Graves which had been willed to Ruth (Graves) Buck by her father, Thomas Graves, in Southborough[6].  The deed was witnessed by Isaac Buck Jr and Ebenezer Buck.

An aged man of the name of Isaac Buck was said to have died in Framingham on the morning of the dark day in 1780[7] (19 May 1780, according to The Weather Doctor[8]).

There is no probate record for either Isaac Buck or Ruth (Graves) Buck in the Worcester County or Middlesex County Probate record indexes.

The burial location of both Isaac and Ruth (Graves) Buck is unknown.  Perhaps they were buried on a farm in or near Framingham.

1. Ellery Bickell Crane (editor), Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts (New York : The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907), Volume 2, page 363, Isaac Buck sketch.

2. Thomas W. Baldwin (compiler), Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912), Marriages, page 298, Isaac Buck and Ruth Graves entry, 1729.

3. William Barry, The History of Framingham, Massachusetts, Including the Plantation, From 1640 to the Present Time (Boston, Mass.: James Munroe and Company, 1847), Isaac Buck details.

4. "Southborough Massachusetts Notifications," The American Genealogist, Volume 67, page 215, October 1992, Isaac Buck family taken in by Joseph Richards.

5. Clerk of the Town of Southborough MA, "Records of the Town of Southborough 1727 - 1773", Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,861,129, item 2, page 192, Isaac Buck family warned out of Southborough, Mass.

6. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( :, Worcester County, "Worcester Deeds, 1765-1767, Vol 55-56," Volume 55, pages 61-62 (images 46/47 of 618), Isaac and Ruth Buck to Joseph Graves deed.

7. William Barry, The History of Framingham, Massachusetts, Including the Plantation, From 1640 to the Present Time, page 199, death of Isaac Buck.

8. "New England's Dark Day," website, The Weather Doctor (, 19 May 1780 was "the dark day" in New England.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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