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John Buck (abt. 1627 - abt. 1697)

Cornet John Buck
Born about in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married before 1653 in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married 26 Aug 1693 in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 70 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Sep 2009
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John Buck was likely born about 1627 based on the birth of his first daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1653. He may have been the son of James Buck of Hingham.[1]

John Buck was in Scituate by 1650, and as "Cornet of the Troopers" fought in the Indian wars. He was the first proprietor of Walnut Tree Hill, in 1651.[1]

According to Deane (see source below) John's wife was Elizabeth (Holbrook) of Weymouth, daughter of Samuel.[1] However, Torrey, in New England Marriages to 1700, says that the name of John's wife, married in Scituate by 1653 was "Susan? _____ (not Elizabeth HOLBROOK)".[2] John married his first wife by 1653 in Scituate, Massachusetts.

John's children from his first marriage include:[1]

  • Elizabeth, b 1653
  • Mary, b 1655
  • Joseph, b 1657
  • John, b 1659
  • Hannah, b 1661
  • Susanna, b 1664
  • Benjamin, b 1665
  • Deborah, b 1670, m Isaac Randall in 1692 [3]
  • Robert, b 1672
  • Rachel, b 1674

John married second, Sarah (Faunce), widow of Edward Doty on August 26, 1693. [4]

John Buck's will was dated 4 September 1697[1] and proved on 27 September 1697 in Plymouth. He mentions his daughter Chandler, Isaac Randall's children, John Garets's children, grandchildren at Yarmouth and Sandwich, and his son-in-law Isaac Randall. His inventory was taken on 21 September 1697.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Deane, Samuel, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831, published 1831, Boston, by James Loring, reference page 229
  2. Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, reference Volume 1, page 232
  3. Deane, page 330
  4. Doty-Doten family in America, by Ethan Allen Doty, published 1897, reference page 31-32
  5. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 147-148 of 490; State Archives, Boston.


The History of Scituate itentifies the father of John and Isaac as James of Hingham. This is unlikely because that James did not arrive in Massachusetts until 1638. There is no record of John and Isaac being born in England and arriving in Massachusetts.

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Buck-6560 and Buck-15 appear to represent the same person because: marriage to duplicate person
posted by Amanda Patterson
An erroneous wife had been attached. She has been removed. Buck-6560 and Buck-15 are father and son.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Buck-15 and Buck-1253 appear to represent the same person because: Same person
posted by Thomas Moody
From what I have read, his father's name is speculative. Please see source added to his brother, John Buck-15, "History of Scituate Massachusetts", page 229.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Shouldn't his name be John Cornet Buck???

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