Did William Buck have a son named Thomas?

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Did William Buck-155 of Cambridge have a son named Thomas Buck-1468?

There are two possibly viable sources on -1468's profile that need to be checked.  My question arises because both sources listed in this profile say that he sailed to Virginia; and the Hotton source, that I can find, says he sailed at age 17 to Virginia in 1635 on the "George."

William Buck-155 (according to his profile) sailed to New England on the "Increase" then later on the "Unitie."  

Please check these two sources:

"The Complete Book of Emigrants: A Comprehensive Listing..." by Peter Wilson Coldham.  p. 164.

"The Original List of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles..." by John Camden Hotten.  note says, "... take care to use accurate version."  I'm not sure if the version on Archive.org is the "accurate" one?

According to these sources, is there any evidence of a father/son connection between William & Thomas Buck?

William Buck-155 is a PGM profile. 




WikiTree profile: Thomas Buck
in The Tree House by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (217k points)

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There is no death record in 1659 in Concord, MA for Thomas Buck. https://archive.org/stream/concordmassachus00conc#page/450/mode/2up  not conclusive evidence.

There is no probate record in or near 1659 for Thomas Buck in New England on Ancestry. Which is not conclusive.

The general internet searching indicates he was of Virginia and wrote his will there in 1659 - not Massachusetts. http://buckfamilyofvirginia.blogspot.com/2007/02/will-of-thomas-buck-i.html

I see no indication that the Thomas of Virginia was son of William of Massachusetts, except some Ancestry trees and they disagree. You certainly need more to leave him there.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Cheryl Skordahl
Thank you, Anne.  I concur, moving forward.
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In answer to your question, based only on the information on Andersons' Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 1, A-B, p448-50. americanancestors.org. This is what I have learned:

William Buck migrated 1635 on the "Increase," first residence was Cambridge. Occupation: Plowwright in England.

Skipping over the Estate details to his administrator: "The inventory of the estate of William Buck, taken 27 January 1657/8 and presented by the administrator, "'Roger Buck, son of ...William Buck,'" [MPR 1:146-47]. (Massachusetts Probate Records)

Anderson, citing Hotten 65, places his birth about 1585 (aged 50 1635)

Death: Cambridge 24 January 1657/8

Marriage: By about 1617 ______ _______. She apparently died by 1635.

CHILD: ROGER, b. about 1617 (aged 18 in 1635 [Hotten 65]); m. by 1642 Susan ______ (eldest known child, Samuel, b. Cambridge 6 February 1642/3 [NEHGR 3:248 (surname incorrectly read as "Burt")]).

COMMENTS: William Buck, aged 50, plowwright, was enrolled at London on 15 April 1635 as a passenger for New England on the Increase, along with Roger Buck, aged 18 [Hotten 65]

Anderson continues, "William Buck was not fully integrated into the communal life of his town or colony. All of his land was on the periphery of the town. There is no evidence that he was a church member or a freeman, or ever held office. He apparently was a widower when he arrived, and does not seem to have married during his twenty years and more in New England."

Keeping the William Buck of Cambridge separate from William and Ruth (Strickland) Buck of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Berlin, Vermont, I will address the NEHGS editorial and biographic sketch in the next message.


by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
Thank you, Victoria.  I have read Anderson and will use him when ready to update profile of Buck -155.
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The Bucks of Wethersfield, CT.

I don't know exactly where to post this so I'm dropping it here. I have located the NEHGS 1847 biography on "William and Ruth (Strickland) Buck of Glastonbury, Connecticutt, and Berlin, Vermont, and Their Descendants." They are completely separate from William Buck of Cambridge. It's a lengthy genealogy and so well researched that NEHGS editor, Henry B Hoff endorsed the research in the editorial section. He began with the statement, "...had more than their share of identification problems. (...) Nevertheless, through research in primary sources, the author has developed a complete account of their lives and identified their eight children."

Not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings or step on anyone's toes, but I believe that with this biography, we can cull these two Buck families and create honest to goodness scholarly biographies.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
Yes, good.  I found that also...just today.  I'll dig into it some time this week.  Thanks, Victoria.

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