Friday, April 13, 2018

52 Ancestors - Week 222: #313 Ruth (Graves) Buck (1711-????) of Lynn, Massachusetts

Ruth (Graves) Buck is #313 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #312 Isaac Buck (1706-1780) 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:                         Ruth Graves[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:         Ruth Buck[3–5]  

*  Sex:                             Female    

*  Father:                       Thomas Graves (1686-1756)    
*  Mother:                     Ruth Collins (1685-1715)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        10 January 1710/1, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:            23 March 1756 (age 45), father's will proved; Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Residence:              25 March 1756 (age 45), Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Residence:              5 May 1756 (age 45), warning out; Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

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

*  Spouse 1:                 Isaac Buck (1706-1780)[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):    

Ruth Graves was born 10 January 1710/11 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the daughter, and only child, of  Thomas Graves and Ruth Collins[1].  Ruth (Collins) Graves died before 1715 when Thomas Graves married his second wife, Ruth Taylor.  At some point, the Thomas Graves family moved from Lynn to Reading, Massachusetts.

Ruth Graves of Reading married Isaac Buck of Woburn on 3 December 1729 in Reading, Massachusetts[2].  The marriage was recorded in both the Reading and Woburn vital record books.  Isaac and Ruth (Graves) Buck resided in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and had six children between 1730 and 1740;  the first and third children were recorded in Wilmington vital records, but there are no vital record entries for the other four children.

The family moved to Framingham, Massachusetts, and Isaac Buck was rated in Framingham in 1754.  

Ruth (Graves) Buck's father, Thomas Graves (1685-1756) died on 21 February 1756.  He wrote a will on 16 February 1756, proved on 23 March 1756, that bequeathed to his daughter Ruth Buck[3]:

"In the first place I give to my Daughter Ruth Buck Six shillings & Eight pence Lawfull money and one Cow to be paid unto her at the end of one year after my decease and these with what she hath already had to be to her in full for her part of portion out of my Estate."

Ruth may have been given real or personal property by her father at the time of her marriage in 1729 or when her father sold one half of his homestead in 1747 to her half-brother for 400 pounds.  

Some time around 25 March 1756, just after Ruth's parents died, 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." 

It is unknown if the Isaac Buck family left Southborough at this time.  If they did, they may have returned to Framingham, where Isaac Buck died in 1780..

There are no death records or burial records for Ruth (Graves) Buck.  Her husband, Isaac, died on 19 May 1780 in Framingham, but has no burial record.  

1. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1906), 2 Volumes, Births, page 168, Ruth Graves entry.

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. "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Worcester County, Probate Packet #25,314 (6 images),Thomas Graves will, 1756.

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.


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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