JOSEPH BUCKLIN, 1st, of Rehoboth, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Generation No. 1 of William Bucklin’s Descendants

1. SR. JOSEPH2 BUCKLIN, 1ST (WILLIAM1) was born 23 Jun 1633 in England1,2, and died 26 Mar 1718 in Rehoboth, MA3,4. He married DEBORA ALLEN 05 Nov 1659 in Rehoboth, MA5,6,7,8, daughter of JOHN ALLEN and CHRISTIAN BACON. She was born Abt. 1639 in Springfield, MA9,10, and died 01 Apr 1720 in Rehoboth, MA11.

Joseph’s father William Bucklin lived to at least the age of 79; Joseph 1st was 84 years old at his death; his son Joseph 2d lived 66 years; his son Joseph 3rd lived 80 years, his son Joseph 4th lived 70 years; and Joseph 3rd’s brother David lived 94 years. These were remarkable lengths of life for those times, and suggest that the Bucklin line was both of a hardy constitution and also of sufficient wealth to keep good health.

By marrying Debora Allen, Joseph 1st started the Bucklin gene pool off strongly, for Debora parents both lived more than 84 years.

From a document executed by Joseph in regards to his father’s estate, it is evident that Joseph was a farmer. It appears that his homestead was in that part of Rehoboth that later became part of Pawtucket, RI.

On June 1658, Joseph received one share of 50 acres in the Rehoboth North Purchase. (The town of Attleboro was formed from the Rehoboth North Purchase in 1694.)

In 1670, Joseph was chosen to serve on a grand jury.

On 5 Feb 1671, Joseph drew lot # 63 in another drawing of lots of land.

In 1688, he again participated in a division of land of the Rehoboth North Purchase.

Joseph and his brother Benjamin both married women from the Allen family.

Joseph, Benjamin and their father participated in the drawing of lots for the division of the land in the North Purchase; and John Allen Senior and Junior also participated in that division of land.

Bristol County, MA, probate records show that Joseph was many times called upon to help settle the estates of other people.

The graves of Joseph and also of Lt. Peter Hunt, with whom Wm. Bucklin did carpenter work on the church, are in the south part of Pawtucket (now Rumford) RI. The church, known as Newman Church, is across the junction of highways from the cemetery of the burials of many Bucklins.

In 1659, Joseph announced his plans to marry Deborah Allen. With this, Joseph’s father, William Bucklin, deeded the northern third of his 600 acres to Joseph. William formally contracted with the Allen family to “build the said Joseph a Convenient house for his Comfortable living with three score Acres of land ajoyning to it”. [Mayflower Descendant, XVI, 82] . The house was built at approximately what in 1999 is the location of Royal Square at the intersection of Central Avenue, Cottage Street and Sabin Street of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

In 1664, William deeded the central third of his 600 acres to his other son, Benjamin. Benjamin built his house at what in 1999 is known as the corner of Walcott Street and the junction of North and South Bend streets.

After the granting of the two thirds of his land to his son’s, Willliam’s will provided that upon his and his wife’s death, William’s own southern third was to be equally divided between the two sons. However, Benjamin was killed in the Nine Men’s Misery of 1676. Thus, when William Bucklin died in 1683 and his wife in 1687 — William’s third of his original 600 acres was inherited totally by his only living son, Joseph. Thus at the death of William, both the northern third and southern third of William’s 600 acres belonged to Joseph.

The Bucklin 600 acres ran for about two miles of river front, from about the Pawtucket Falls on the North to a large point known as Bucklin Island on the South. This was a considerable amount of land and visible to travelers. “The Bucklins were, from early times, noted for being great land-owners, from Bucklin Island downward [sic].” History of the State of Rhode Island (1875).

More About JOSEPH BUCKLIN, 1ST:

Appointed: Nov 1684, Administrator of father’s estate12,13

Burial: Newman Cemetery, Rumford, RI14

Contributed: 1676, for King Phillip’s War15

Land Obtained: Attleboro, MA16

Tax Record: 18 Nov 1670, Listed as paying in Rehoboth

Notes for Joseph’s Wife Debora Allen

Debora’s grandfather George Allen was born about 1582 in England, Although he came to the New World with his son John with the Puritans of the Plymouth Colony, his pastor called him “an Anabaptist and a Familist”. George Allen moved, with his son John Allen, to Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, and lived there from 1637 until he died in late Apr 1648, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, Age: 66

Because of places and dates of births and marriages, it appears that George Allen and his son John Allen, with John’s young family came to the New World together. This strongly suggests that Debora was raised as a Baptist and a reason why the Allens left Plymouth to first Sandwich, and then to Rehoboth.

Debora’s brother Isaac was born about 1650 in Rehoboth, so it would appear that the John Allen family left Sandwich for Rehoboth by that time.

Different sources state England and Massachusetts as the birthplace for Debora. We use the “Springfield, MA” place of birth because that is what is in the death record for her, but in 1690 the survivors may not have really known where she was born.

Notes about the children of JOSEPH BUCKLIN and DEBORA ALLEN, who were:
i. DEBORA3 BUCKLIN, b. 16 Sep 1660, Rehoboth, RI17; d. 07 Dec 1724, Swansea, MA18; m. HUGH COLE, JR.19, 06 Mar 1680/81, Rehoboth, RI; b. 16 Mar 1657/58, Plymouth, MA; d. 17 Jul 1738, Swansea, MA20. Deborah’s date of death is supposed to be same day as her mother died, according to some sources. Note the different dates of death given for Deborah, as well as places of death. There is much confusion about this Deborah, which leads some persons to confuse this Deborah with her mother. Baptism: 17 Apr 169821 Burial: Kickermuit Burying Ground, Warren, RI22 Notes on her husband HUGH COLE, JR.: Burial: Kickermuit Burying Ground, Warren, RI22,23 Residence: Swansea, MA24

ii. JOSEPH BUCKLIN, 2ND25, b. 10 Feb 1662/63, Rehoboth, MA26,27,28; d. 28 Jul 1729, Rehoboth, MA29,30; m. (1) MEHITABLE SABINsup>31,32,33, 30 Jun 1691, Rehoboth, RI34,35; b. 16 May 1673, Rehoboth, MA36,37; d. 26 Sep 1750, Rehoboth, MA38,39, 30 Jul 1691, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA40,41.

Joseph Bucklin (Jr) is found on the 7 Feb 1689 list of proprietors of Rehoboth.

With his brother in law Hugh Cole, he is found many times in the Bristol County, Mass., probate records, as assisting in the settlement of someone else’s estate.

Many probate records mention him as a yeoman of Rehoboth.

His date of marriage to Mehitable Sabin is also given as 30 Jul 1691.

His will shows him as a Yeoman, and mentions that he had lands in Rehoboth, Attleboro, and Pawtucket Falls. His wife Mehitable was the executrix.

The gravestone in Newman Cemetery reads: Here lies ye Body of Joseph Bucklen, Decd July ye 28th 1729 Aged 66.”

Appointed: 15 Oct 172342

Baptism: 17 Apr 169843

Burial: 1729, Newman Cemetery, Rumford, RI44

Probate: 19 Aug 172945

Record: 07 Feb 1688/89, Rehoboth, MA46

iii. BARAK BUCKLIN, SR., b. 01 Aug 1666, Rehoboth, MA47; d. 07 Feb 1737/38, Attleboro, MA48; m. ALICE WOODCOCK, 09 Apr 1689, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA49,50; b. Abt. 1670; d. 14 Dec 1732, Rehoboth, MA51.

Headstone in Newman Cemetery is among Carpenter graves, rather than among Bucklin graves, and reads: “Here lies ye Body of Barah Bucklen, Decd Feby 7th, 1738/9 in ye 73rd year of his Age.”

Query whether this is the same Barak Bucklin shown in the records of the Patriots and Founders roll which is the alternative source shown on Barak’s death.

There are a number of Barak Bucklins born in about the same time and about the same place. Several are reported to have been buried in Newman Cemetery in Pawtucket, RI. There is confusion among the reporters caused by this number of Baraks. Hopefully, someone will take the time to investigate the cemetery stones and help to eliminate confusion. Burial: Newman Cemetery, Rumford, RI52

iv. JOHN BUCKLIN53, b. 10 May 1668, Rehoboth, MA54; d. Abt. 20 Jun 167755 Burial: 20 Jun 1677, Rehoboth, MA55

v. JAMES BUCKLIN, SR., b. 03 Jul 1669, Rehoboth, MA56; d. 09 Sep 1738, Rehoboth, MA57; m. MARY YIELDS58,58,58,59, 02 Oct 1708sup>59; b. Bef. 1695; d. Aft. 1738. Burial: Rehoboth, MA. Land Obtained: Bef. 1738, Mill at falls at Pawtucket, RI60 Residence: Pawtucket, RI61 62

vi. ISAAC BUCKLIN, SR., b. 31 Jan 1671/72, Rehoboth, MA63; d. 1758; m. MARY MARSH64, 03 Jan 1697/98, Rehoboth, RI65; b. 1678sup>66; d. 06 Mar 1727/28, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. Religion: 12 Nov 1740, Baptist in Rehoboth67

vii. MATTHEW BUCKLIN, b. 16 Sep 1674, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; d. at unknown date, but reported to have died young,

viii. NEHEMIAH BUCKLIN, 1, b. 16 Sep 1674, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA68; d. 19 May 1677, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA68,68,68,69. Burial: 19 May 1677, Rehoboth, MA70

Nehemiah,1 (53) died in 1677 in the month before his brother John died. Three years later his parents [Joseph (23) and Debora] had another child which they named Nehemiah, 2 (54). The second child Nehemiah, 2 (54) died in 1705. The same year (1705) that the second child Nehemiah (54) died, three months later Nehemiah’s (54) brother Joseph (31) had a child which he named Nehemiah (63). this Nehemiah also had a son named Nehemiah.

The 1790 U.S. Census shows for Rehoboth a Nehemiah 1st as head of a household of 2 males over the age of 16, 2 males under the age of 16 and 2 females; and also shows a Nehemiah 2nd as head of a household of 1 male over the age of 16, 5 males under the age of 16 and 4 females. At this time in December,2000, I cannot match these records up with any of our Nehemiahs of Rehoboth.

The 1790 US Census shows 592 males over the age of 16, of which 27 were Bucklins. The town had a total population of 2352, including 48 slaves. The town population of Bucklins was 84.

ix. NEHEMIAH BUCKLIN, 2, b. 31 Mar 1678, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA71; d. 07 Feb 1704/05, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA71.

This is the second “Nehemiah” in the family, the same name as his brother who died the year before.

Land Obtained: Inherited from father72

1716, Negotiated with town for his land to be used for the New Highway, now Walcott Street73

x. LYDIA BUCKLIN, b. 05 Sep 1680, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA74; d. 27 Feb 1724/25, Attleboro, Bristol Co., MA75; m. BENAJAH BARROWS76, 13 Aug 1706, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA b. 1683, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA; d. 05 Jan 1754, Attleboro, Bristol Co., MA.


Endnotes
1. Anderson, Robert Charles, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Soc., 1995).

2. Mary Bosworth Clarke, Bosworth Genealogy, (Cossitype, San Francisco 1926), 60.

3. Headstone Data, Age 84 years, nine months and 3 days.

4. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 2, page 231.

5. Mayflower Descendants, XVI, 82.

6. John Demos, A Little Commonwealth, (Oxford University Press, 1970), p 62.

7. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, Vol 1, p 44.

8. J. H. Beers & Co., Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, (Chicago 1908), Vol 1, p 851.

9. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, vol 2, p 233.

10. Vineyard Net, http://history.vineyard.net//allen/Web%20Cards/WC18/WC18_393.HTM, says born in Bristol, MA.

11. Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims, Lineages of Hereditary Society Members, 1600s-1900s, Vol 2, Surnames B, p. 26, Reports a death date of 1690 and gives VR Rehoboth as alleged source.

12. Mary Bosworth Clarke, Bosworth Genealogy, (Cossitype, San Francisco 1926), p58.

13. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Plymouth Colony Records, (Publication Reprint, Genealogical Pub Co., 1976, Baltimore of 1857 original printing), Vol 6, Court Orders, p. 18, “Joseph Buckland, planter” gives bond of 100 pounds as “administrator of the Estate of William Buckland of Rehoboth lately deceased.”

14. Robert S. Trim, Gravestone Records of Old Rehoboth Massachusetts, p 188.

15. John C. Erhardt, Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony 1645-1692, 378, contributed 6 pounds, 3 shillings.

16. Attleboro Town Records.

17. Rehoboth Vital Records, Vol 1, p 4.

18. Cole Genealogy, p 33.

19. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

20. Internet Page, www.geocities.com/moserone/dat2.html. Genealogical Information by Deborah Burleigh

21. Attleboro Town Records.

22. Cole Genealogy, p 33.

23. Swansea Vital Records, Vol 13, p 127.

24. Mary Bosworth Clarke, Bosworth Genealogy, (Cossitype, San Francisco 1926), 146.

25. Susan M Boucher, History of Pawtucket 1635-1976, (Pawtucket Public Library, Pawtucket, RI 1976), p. 43 (Sabin ownership of Taverns).

26. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, 1/4.

27. Paul, Edward Joy, Ancestry of Katherine Choate Paul, (Milwaukee, WI, 1914).

28. Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, “Pigg or Pidge Family in England and America,” The American Genealogist, 1959-1960.

29. Headstone Data.

30. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 2, page 239, “1729″ [no note of date in the year or the place of death or burial, but Joseph and his two daughters Esther and Martha are grouped in the same page of the record, indicating that all may have died in the month of November. Esther is listed first in the group, which seems to be alphabetically listed for the Bucklin family].

31. James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary, The First Settlers of New England, (Little Brown, Boston, 1862), Vol IV, p 1.

32. Paul, Edward Joy, Ancestry of Katherine Choate Paul, (Milwaukee, WI, 1914).

33. Waldo Chamberalain Sprague, “Pigg or Pidge Family in England and America,” The American Genealogist, 1959-1960.

34. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, Vol 1, p 94.

35. Biographical Record of Tolland and Winham Counties Connecticut, (J.H.Beers & Co., Chicago, 1903), pp 68-69.

36. James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary, The First Settlers of New England, (Little Brown, Boston, 1862), Vol IV, p 1.

37. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, Vol 1, p 7.

38. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 2, p 258.

39. Biographical Record of Tolland and Winham Counties Connecticut, (J.H.Beers & Co., Chicago, 1903), pp 58-59, gives date as 27 Sept 1751.

40. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

41. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: 12 Jan 2001.

42. Providence Town Papers.

43. Attleboro Town Records.

44. Headstone Data.

45. H. L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records, (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987), shows 6:272/3/4 as place in county records.

46. John C. Erhardt, Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony 1645-1692, 478-479, The town list of proprietors lists both this Joseph and his father Joseph. Grandfather William was not listed (he was already dead). Other Bucklins listed on this date are Baruk Bucklin and the orphan “heirs of Benjamin Bucklin”.

47. Rehoboth Vital Records Births, Vol 1, p 4.

48. Headstone Data, Newman Cemetary., Here lies ye Body of Barah Bucklen, Decd Feby 7th, 1738/9 in ye 73rd year of his Age.

49. Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Roll of Associates, p 2067.

50. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, Vol 1, p 49.

51. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 2, p 241, “age 62.”

52. Headstone Data, “Here lies ye Body of Mr Barak Bucklen Died Feb ye 7th 1738/39 in ye 73 Year of His Age.”

53. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

54. Rehoboth Vital Records Births, Vol 1, p 4.

55. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 1, page 55.

56. Rehoboth Vital Records Births, Vol 1, p 4.

57. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 2, p251.

58. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

59. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: 12 Jan 2001.

60. John G. Erhardt, History of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Pawtucket & East Providence, RI, 1692-1812, (PO Box 33, 500 Fall River Av., Seekonk, MA, 1990), 402, On 5 September 1738, James Bucklen willed to his son James Bucklin of Rehoboth “all that tract of land called the ox pasture. Also my right in the Mill place at Petucket falls….My Dwelling house and may homestead where I now dwell to be equally divided betwixt my two sons James and Timothy Bucklen “This same mill land was the same year sold by Henry Smith of Rehoboth to his brother Samuel Smith as “a small peice of Land that the grist mill standeth on.”

61. Betty Johnson and James Wheaton, Complilers, History of Pawtucket, R.I., Reminiscences & New Series of Reverend David Benedict, (Spaulding House Publications, 1984), Picture of this house is shown in the book as one of the three pre-Revolutionary homes still standing in its original location in Pawtucket.

62. Betty Johnson and James Wheaton, Complilers, History of Pawtucket, R.I., Reminiscences & New Series of Reverend David Benedict, (Spaulding House Publications, 1984), Photo of house as of date of publication is shown, together with note that it is still in original location, although much altered in style.

63. Rehoboth Vital Records Births, Vol 1, p 4.

64. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

65. Rehoboth Vital Records Marriages, Vol 1, p 168.

66. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

67. John G. Erhardt, History of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Mass., Pawtucket & East Providence, RI, 1692-1812, (PO Box 33, 500 Fall River Av., Seekonk, MA, 1990), 436-437, Both Isaac and his son Isaac junior are listed as Baptists, and had earlier been granted the ministerial tax rate by the town of Rehoboth.

68. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

69. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: 12 Jan 2001.

70. Rehoboth Vital Records Deaths, Vol 1, page 55, “buried May 19, 1677″ [no record of where buried].

71. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

72. Betty Johnson and James Wheaton, Complilers, History of Pawtucket, R.I., Reminiscences & New Series of Reverend David Benedict, (Spaulding House Publications, 1984), v2, p 44.

73. Betty Johnson and James Wheaton, Complilers, History of Pawtucket, R.I., Reminiscences & New Series of Reverend David Benedict, (Spaulding House Publications, 1984), v 2, p 44.

74. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: 12 Jan 2001.

75. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: Jan 12, 2001.

76. Patricia Fowler, GEDCOM Submission RIK10111 to Jos Bucklin Soc, (11 Jan 2001 rikkisky@swcp.com), “Electronic,” Date of Import: 12 Jan 2001.