The Database: Bucklin descendents and ancestors

(Includes Gaspee raider descendents)

The Database stores genealogy information and history regarding all persons known to us whose surname is “Bucklin”, whether or not they have been completely connected to William Bucklin. (More than 6,000 persons in this data base, which includes their families.) The inclusive “Bucklin Book” database is the most complete data bank of genealogy facts and history concerning the Bucklin family. Look here first for ancestors or descendants.

The Database also contains genealogical information and some history regarding persons who probably were in the boats that attacked the Gaspee in 1772 in Rhode Island, whether or not their surname was “Bucklin.”

We list sources for the information when sources are available, so you can verify to insure accuracy of the information. New information is added every week to the data in the Society’s office. Then, the Society’s database is revised and republished on this site about every four months. Therefore, if you do not find the ancestor or descendent you are looking for now, check back in about four months.

Genealogy of participants in the Gaspee raiding party. The Joseph Bucklin Society has as one of its three main divisions, the history of the Gaspee attack of 1772. Therefore, our data bases includes the names of the raiders of the Gaspee, and their genealogy. This is offered for those seeking the family, social, and economic relationships among those raiders.

About our main data base; who and what is included. More Bucklin ancestors than any other single source. It is the best place to go for the most Bucklin genealogical data. The Bucklin Family Genealogy Database is the most complete and most verified of the general databases of Bucklin genealogy data and information. It is the most complete because it is not limited to any particular Bucklin lineage or family tree. The Joseph Bucklin Society collects the family genealogy information on any Bucklin who lived, or is living, anywhere or anytime. The publicly available information however, is limited to Bucklins who are not now living. (See our privacy policy.) Not only do we have a large collection of the usual genealogy data of birth days and death dates, but also we strive to include stories of the ancestors’ lives and surrounding events that lend richness to the history of these persons.

[ Note: For those of you not experienced in reading American Colonial Dates, keep in mind that in England (and hence the English colonies): before 1752 the year began on March 25th. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were therefore at the end of the year rather than the beginning. Such dates are sometimes seen in the form 12 Feb 1696/7. It was not until 1752 that the date change for a year began on January 1st instead of March 25th.]

This site is not just a family tree. This site also historical data about Bucklins, interesting facts, photos, and information of the places they lived and the events of their lives where such is available.

We have outside limits on who we enter in the database. This keeps the entry and upkeep of data to a manageable size. Here are the rules:

If the person’s surname (family name) is Bucklin they are entered in the data base — along with:

  1. their spouse(s) and the children of the Bucklin and his/her spouse(s),
  2. the immediate parents of both the husband and wife, as well as the children of those parents, and
  3. the siblings of the Bucklin and his/her spouse, as well as the children of those siblings,

This is the general rule (although there are exceptions). Therefore:

  • A. If a woman Bucklin marries a non-Bucklin, the children of either her or her husband are entered into the data base, but grandchildren not named Bucklin are not entered. This is done to conserve the spread of names to an unmanageable list of descendents.
  • B. Likewise, although the parents of one of a Bucklin spousal pair are all entered, a grandparent of one of a the Bucklin spousal pair is not entered unless he/she is named Bucklin or is married to one.

Note: All known Bucklins in the United States, to date, appear to be descendants of William Bucklin who arrived on a Winthrop ship in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. When William arrived, his last name was spelled in various ways, with “Buckland” being common. However, after the first generation, the present spelling was adopted and appears unique to the descendants of this William. Present day “Bucklands” or other variations are most likely not related to “Bucklins”, although there are one or two documented exceptions where a Bucklin changed his name from “Bucklin” to “Buckland,” or “Bucklyn.”

The greatest exception to the above general rules about limiting the data entry to that involving persons named Bucklin, is that we include data and information on the persons in the boats that attacked the Gaspee in 1772. We are unique among the Gaspee historians in our emphasis on researching the biographical information on the raiders, together with the interfamily connections among the raiders and those who participated in keeping secret their identity.

This archive of Bucklins is the most verified of the large genealogy databases of lineage of this particular family. The reason is the large volume of family tree heritage information that has been collected and is constantly submitted and is constantly under revision..

When information on a Bucklin is submitted we always request and enter the sources of the information, so that future researchers and scholars can verify the information and continue their own research. The information in the database is entered in the following order of preference.

If there is a source or other verification of information submitted about a Bucklin, we enter the information. When a source is submitted to us, we list the source for the data.

If there is “sourced” or “verified” information submitted, we list in the database whatever information on that family member or descendant is submitted, even if no source for the information is given.

When inconsistent data is submitted for the same specific Bucklin, and one of the conflicting data has a source, we list only the data for which a source is given. If we obtain, from various submissions, multiple sources for the same data, we list all the sources.

If inconsistent data for the same Bucklin is submitted, and both submissions list sources for the data, we list both the inconsistent data and both sources. In short, we strive to list sources for verification, and prefer the data with sources given; we list partial information for the benefit of further research of the Society.

Visit the Bucklin Database.