Friday, October 15, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 401: #624 Ephraim Buck (1676-after 1739) of Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts

 Ephraim Buck (1676-after 1739) is #624 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandfather, who marrie#625 Esther Waggett (1676-1748)  in 1696 in Woburn, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through

* their son #312 Isaac Buck (1706-1780) married #313 Ruth Graves (1711-????) in 1729. 
* their son #156 Isaac Buck (1732-????) did not marry #157 Mary Richards (1733-????).
*  their son #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1757-1830) in 1791.
* their daughter #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882)married #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  in 1817.
* 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:                           Ephraim Buck[1–5]

*  Sex:                              Male

*  Father:                          Ephraim Buck 1646-1720
*  Mother:                        Sarah Brooks 1652-1720

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

*  Birth:                            13 July 1676, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Distribution:                 20 March 1720/1 (age 43), father's will proved; Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]

*  Deed:                           30 December 1734 (age 58), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Deed:                           15 March 1738/9 (age 61), Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Death:                          after 15 March 1738/9 (after age 62), Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:                    Esther Wagget 1676-1748
*  Marriage 1:                 1 December 1696 (age 20), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]

*  Child 1:                      Sarah Buck (1697-????)
*  Child 2:                      Hester Buck (1700-????)
*  Child 3:                      Ephraim Buck (1702-1789)
*  Child 4:                      Susanna Buck (1705-1754)
*  Child 5:                      Isaac Buck (1706-1780)
*  Child 6:                      Rachel Buck (1708-????)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Ephraim Buck Jr. was born 13 July 1676 in Woburn, Massachusetts, the son of Ephraim and Sarah (Brooks) Buck of Woburn[1].  Ephraim was known as Ephraim Jr. until his father died in 1720, and then was known as Ephraim Sr.

Ephraim married Esther Waggett (1673-1748) on 1 December 1696 in Woburn[2] at age 20.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Susanna (White) Waggett of Boston.  Ephraim and Esther had six children, all born and recorded in the Woburn town vital records, except for the last two children.

*  Sarah Buck (1697-????), married (1) 1718 Ebenezer Fish (1693-1726); (2) 1729 William Fisk (1695-????).
*  Hester Buck (1700-????).
*  Ephraim Buck (1702-1789), married (1) 1726 Abigail Pierce (1706-1728); (2) 1728 Mary Wood (1705-1794).
*  Susanna Buck (1705-1754), married 1729 Ebenezer Fisk (1703-1783).
*  Isaac Buck (1706-1780), married 1729 Ruth Graves (1711-????)
*  Rachel Buck (1708-????)

Ephraim Buck Sr. of Woburn wrote his will on 23 November 1717, and it was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court on 20 March 1720/1[3].  In the will, Ephraim gave property to his son, Ephraim Buck, Jr.
"Item.  I Give to my two sons namly Ephraim Buck and Samuell Buck all my land and medow lying on the Northerly side of Andover Row that is not otherwise Desposed of, Provided that they pay out unto the several person hereafter Named the several sums assignd to them in this my last will and testament."
The town of Wilmington was formed from the towns of Woburn, Reading and Billerica in 1730. The Buck homestead was located in Wilmington after the town was formed.

On 30 December 1734, Benjamin Johnson, yeoman of Woburn, sold land in Woburn to Ephraim Buck and Ephraim Buck, Jr., both husbandmen of Wilmington, for 150 pounds[4]. The tract of upland, swamp and meadow land was 22 acres in Wilmington, bounded southeasterly by Maple Meadow River, northeasterly by Ladder Pole swamp and Philip Alexander's land, northwesterly by the Young Men's lots, and southwesterly by a line to the first bound.  This deed was recorded on 29 July 1735.

On 15 March 1738/9, Ephraim Buck, yeoman of Wilmington, sold two parcels of land in Woburn to his son Ephraim Buck, husbandman of Wilmington for 200 pounds[5].  The first parcel was the homestead now in Wilmington bounds containing about 50 acres adjoining.  The land was bounded easterly on Andover road, northerly by Daniel Eames, westerly by Maple Meadow in Woburn, and southerly by his brother Samuel Buck.  A second parcel was the land purchased by Ephraim Buck from Benjamin Johnson.  He reserved one half of the homestead, the barn, and the land bounded on Andover road for his lifetime.  The deed was signed by Ephraim and his wife Esther Buck, who relinquished her thirds.  The deed was recorded on 21 June 1742.

Ephraim Buck died sometime between 15 March 1738/9 when he signed a deed and perhaps before 21 June 1742[5] when the deed was registered.  However, the death was not recorded in the Wilmington or Woburn vital record books.  His burial location is not known.

Ephraim Buck has no probate record in Middlesex County Probate Court records.

1. Edward F. Johnson,  Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], (Woburn, Mass.: The News Print, 1893), Births, page 33, Ephraim Buck birth entry, 13 July 1676.

2. Edward F. Johnson, Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], Volume 3, Marriages, page 38, Ephraim Buck and Esther Waget entry, 1 December 1696.

3. "Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Case Files", 13 October 2021); Middlesex Cases 2000-3999, Case 3,341 (6 images), Ephraim Buck of Woburn, 1721; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 26 May 2021).

4. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 October 2021); "Deeds, 1735-1736, Vol, 36," Vol. 36, page 610 (image 335 of 357), Deed of Benjamin Johnson to Ephraim Buck and Ephraim Buck Jr., executed 30 December 1734, registered 29 July 1735.

5. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 October 2021); "Deeds, 1742-1744, Vol. 43-44," Vol. 43, page 82 (image 124 of 835), Deed of Ephraim Buck to Ephraim Buck Jr., executed 15 March 1738/9, registered 21 June 1742.


NOTE: In 2014, 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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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