He Emigrated in 1634 with wife's family.264 He "MARY2 BOSWORTH, daughter of Edward1 and Mary ((???)) Bosworth, born in England, probably about 1611, married there, WILLIAM BUCKLAND(*). They seem to have come to America with her parents, and at least two of her brothers, on ship Elizabeth and Dorcas, in the spring of 1634.
(*) The name is variously spelled, Buckland, Buckline and Bucklin, but the first form is
most used and seems to be the correct one.
There was a William Buckland in Boston in 1631, but I cannot find that he had any
connections with this one, whom I believe came to this country in 1634 as stated. The
former may have been the one, or related to the one, whom Savage says went to Hartford,
Conn., and died there "13 May 1691."
In 1635 "William Buckland had land granted him on the north side of Weary all (Otis) Hill, Hingham, and a house-lot of five acres near the present R. R. station at West Hingham." [Lincoln's History of Hingham, Mass., Vol. 2, p. 96.]
Here they seem to have been joined by the rest of the Bosworth family--the widow Mary, the mother, and sons Jonathan, Benjamin, Nathaniel, and perhaps others. On July 7, 1635, the Court ordered that William Buckland and the three Bosworth brothers should pay to Henry Sewall, the oe20 loaned by him to their father, Edward1 Bosworth, to pay expenses of the voyage to America, each paying five pounds.
The eldest son of William and Mary (Bosworth) Buckland was Joseph, who, if his age at death is given correctly on his gravestone at Rehoboth, was born in 1633, hence was an infant at the time of their leaving England. There was also a daughter Lydia, of whose birth or baptism we find no record, so she, too, may have been born in England.
July 2, 1640, their second son, Benjamin, was baptized at Hingham, by Rev. Peter Hobart.
Sept. 22, 1652, the Bucklands were still living in Hingham, for on that date the inventory on the estate of Capt. Bozone Allen, a merchant of Hingham, was taken, and among the names of many others who owed debts to the estate, was that of William Buckland of Hingham.
Probably about 1655, William and Mary (Bosworth) Buckland, with sons Joseph and Benjamin, and the daughter Lydia, with Mary's brother Jonathan2 Bosworth and family (although they may have gone somewhat later), removed to Rehoboth, Mass. The earliest record of William Buckland found at Rehoboth is May 19, 1656, when "William Bucklin" was chosen "Grandjuryman."
March 17, 1657, "William Bucklin" was engaged "to enlarge the meeting house the bredth of 3 seats throughout & to find boards," etc. (This contract seems to have been canceled, as lines are drawn through it.)
May 25, 1657, William Buckland chosen constable.
The following may be found in Plymouth Colony records, [Vol. 2, Part 2, p. 1]: "Rehoboth in New England the 29th of the 8/57/ soe called Whereas William Buckland of Rehoboth was engaged to pay unto the Executors of John hazell deceased the some of three score and twelve pounds and whereas Mr. John Clarke of Newport on Road Iland by the hand and providence of God Remaineth the sole exequitor vnto the said John hazell And Whereas the said Mr John Clarke now in England hath given Authoritie by his power of Attornie unto Mr Benedict Arnold of Newport on Road Iland and myselfe to discharge for the same and whereas Mr. Arnold Aforesaid hath resigned his whole power unto myself by A Resignation under his hand which said Resignation is now in the hand of William Buckland I Roger Williams of Providence doe by these presents certify and acknowledge unto all men that I have Received full and compleat Satisfaction from the Said William Buckland for the Said Bond of three score and twelve pounds which hee stood Ingaged to pay for his land to the executors of John hazell aforsaid a full and absolute discharge to him his exequitors Administrators and Assigns about the paiment
aforsaid. In Atsuxance of the prmises I sett my hand And Seale the day and yeare aforsaid.
Signed Sealed and Delivered
in the presence of Benjamine Bosworth
Thomas Brand I Acknowlidge this
to bee A true Coppy from
"December ye 9th 1657
It is agreed upon betweene the Towne of Rehoboth & Leiftennant Hunt & William Bucklin that ye said Leiftennant Hunt & William Bucklin is to shingle the new end of the meeting house & to be done as sufficiently as the new end of Goodman Paynes house & they are to find nails & to be done by May day next ensuring provided that the frame be up in season--In Consideration whearof theay are to have 8lb to be paid in good Marchantable wampam when their work is done."
Plymouth Colony Records [Vol. 7, p. 178], gives the name of William Buckland on a list of those who had taken the "oath of Fidelitie" in Rehoboth in 1658; also Jonathan Bosworth.
June 22, 1658, at a drawing of lots in the meadow on the north side of the town, "Will Bucklin" drew lot No. 46.
On the Old Proprietary Records of Rehoboth [Book 2, p. 81] may be found a list of "The Land of William Bucklin," of which the following is an abstract:
1st--Six hundred acres of land bought of Edward Smith "bounded on Pawtucket River on the west & unto a run that comes from the Cedar Swamp on the east" . . .
2nd--Four acres of fresh meadow near the house bounded with the river on the east; . . .
3rd--Four acres of salt and fresh meadow bounded with the Pawtucket river on the west; . . .
4th--Thirty-three acres of "Upland butting upon Pawtucket river on the west . . . upon the lands of Thomas Cooper Sen. on the east" . . .
5th--An acre and a half . . . "Pawtucket river on the west" . . .
6th--Two acres and a half in the same range with John Reade . . .
7th--Six acres of land "that was John Millards and six acres that was the Widow Walkers" . . .
8th--One "plaine Lott" . . . twenty-two acres on the east side of the "great plaine," the land of Thomas Cooper, Sen. on the east, the highway on the west . . .
9th--One lot on the east side of the plain, ten acres, "the River to the east the highway the west" . . .
10th--One lot on the west side of the plain, ten acres, butting on the highway upon the east . . .
11th--Sixteen acres of land which "I had the Last division of Land ten acres I exchanged with Jonathan Bliss for his two plaine Lotts and six acres I did exchange with the towne to carry my fence Streight betwixt the great plaine and my owne Land."
12th--"Two plaine (lots) which I had of Jonathan Blisse in exchange" containing twelve acres . . .
13th--A piece of fresh meadow, two acres . . . "syding on a Run within my owne Land east, next to the second division," etc.
April 30, 1659, "At a towne meeting lawfully warned Jonathan Bosworth, George Robinson & Benjamin Buckland were chosen troopers for the townes use for the terme of three yeares during wch tyme they are to find themselves horses & all other furniture belonging to there place as shalbe required of ym for yt servis during the foresaid tearme & to attend upon the foresd servis at the writ of the majors warrant & to
free the towne from all damages yt do arise through there neglect."
NOTE: As Benjamin Buckland was about 19 years old at this time, it is probable that all three were young men, so no doubt it was Jonathan3 Bosworth, Jr. who was one of the "troopers."
In Plymouth Colony Records [Part 2, Vol. 2, p. 66], there is the following: "dated the first of September 1659
The present writing Beareth witnes that there is a purpose of marriage intended between Joseph Buckland of Rehoboth and Deborah Allin of the same plantation now for some (word not legible) moving mee hereunto I William Buckland of Rehoboth Doe promise to give sign and sett over att present one third part of all my lands both upland and meadow with all the priviledges ptaining to it that I enjoy in Rehoboth to be my son Josephs proper Right for ever to him and his wifes for ever also
2condly I doe promise to build the said Joseph a convenient
house for his comfortable living with three score acres of
land adjoining to it within one year and to be Josephes
and his wifes and their heires for ever.
3ly I doe promise that after mee and my wifes decease that
the said Joseph shall have and enjoy so much more land
both upland and meddow as shall make up the full halfe
of what I doe now possesse in Rehoboth
4ly I doe promise to give to my son Joseph after the decease
of mee and my wife half of all my goods and Stocke that
I have both within dores and without to be his forever
only I doe Reserue in my hands out of Josephes estate
fiue pounds to bee att my Dispose now for the true and
faithful pformance heerof I the said William Buckland
doe bind my selfe and heires exequitors and assignes in
the sume of two hundred pounds firmly by these prsent
writing. In witness heerof I have sett to my hand and
Seale The signe of
In presence of William Buckland
Also in Vol. 3, p. 117, "Be it known unto all men by these presents That I William Buckland of Rehoboth in the Collonie of New Plymouth have of my owne free will and Consent and for good Reasons moving thearvnto given to my son Benjamin Buckland the third prte of my Land in Rehoboth that is now in being or any that I the said William shall purchase or posesse either ther or elswhere this Land mentioned is both upland and meddow in the severall prsells where it lyeth excepting my English pastures prte att home by my dwelling house which pasture is foure acres more or lesse and the other prte of the English pasture in the feild neare Patuckett River falls. The quantities of land now in English grasse and that I doe Reserve to myself for that purpose is ten acres both pastures being fourteen acres more or lesse I the said William Buckland doe except from the aforsaid graunt of the third prte furthermore I the aforsaid William doe reserve to myself ten acres of plow land now in Tillage Reconed old land neare the salt water at Patuckett; further I the said William doe freely give to my son Benjamin one third prte of my orchyards on this condition That the said Benjamine be Injoyned to make and maintaine half the fences to these orchyards the fences to be made sufficient; further I the said William Buckland doe hereby engage my son Benjamine not to sell his prte of land now bequeathed to him in this deed but firstly to offer it to his brother Joseph provided that he will give for it as much as any other These Considerations and exceptions being allowed by my son Benjamine I the said William Buckland Then hereby Confirme To my Son Benjamine to have and to hold To posesse and Injoy for himselfe and his heirs exequitors and Adminnestrators and Assignes forever In witnes wherof I have sett to my hand and seale this 18th of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord one Thousand Six hundred sixty and foure 1664
The mark W of William Buckland
And a seale
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
The original Records of the Town of Attleboro [p. 1], has the following:
"Whereas in the yeare one thousand Six hundred Sixty & Six a purchase of Lands made by the Inhabitants of Rehoboth and the Neighbourhood of Annimosett. The said Lands Sittiuatte one the North Side of the Towne of Rehoboth of Mr Thomas Prince Esquire Major Josiah Winslow Captaine Thomas Southworth Agents for the Government of New Plymouth The bounds of the Said lands fully appearing by a Deed of Sale made by the aforesaid gentellmen to the Purchasers thereof: Bearing date the 10th of Aprill 1666: which deed hath been inroulled at the Court of New Plymouth according to order of Court: The bounds of the Said lands as followeth (Viz) by a River caled Patukett river one the West and up the said River unto the Massuchusetts line . . .
There being Seuenty Nyne whole shares and a halfe . . .
The Names of the Purchasers with there Rights To the Said Lands before mentioned are these (noe man Contradicting) as are here expressed in this following List:"
"Mr John Myles one whole share"
"William Buckland one whole share"
"Joseph and Benjamin Buckland each one share"
"John Cobley one whole share that he had of his father
"The aforesaid list and the preface to it was universaly agreed upon at a Meeting of the purchacers May the 28th
oe s. d.
Joseph Buckland 6 3 2
William Buckland 2 9 0
Benjamin Buckland with a loss of a gun 4 3 10
And this was not all the Buckland family contributed, for Benjamin was slain on March 26, 1676, with eight others, at a place afterward called "Nine Men's Misery."
Feb. 20, 1678, William Buckland "of the town of Rehoboth government of New Plymouth in New England," deeds to "Jonathan Bosworth, Senior" of Rehoboth, a lot "of upland in Wachamoket Neck . . . twelve acres . . . the twenty day of February In the year of our Lord one thousand Six hundred Seventy and eight." (As this was February and yet isn't double dated, it may be O.S., which would be 1679 N.S.)
"October ye 22d 1680 Land was laid out to William Bucklen, and a Comitte was Impowered by the Town to agree with Bucklens Respectting a highway to the Salt water for the Cattle to go to Drink." [Copied from "Proprietors of Rehoboth--Meetings" at Taunton.]
May 1, 1682, when Nathaniel2 Bosworth and Benjamin Jones first bought land in New Bristol, as it was then called, William "Buckline" was one of the witnesses to the deed.
WILLIAM BUCKLAND died in Rehoboth, and was buried there Sept. 1, 1683.
MARY BUCKLIN, a widow, buried in Rehoboth, July 29, 1687. (These dates are from the original Rehoboth Records.)
In November, 1684, Joseph Buckland was appointed administrator on the estate of William Buckland. In Plymouth Colony Records [Vol. 6, Court Orders, p. 18], we find: "Joseph Buckland, planter," gives bond for oe100 as "Administrator on the Estate of William Buckland of Rehoboth lately deceased." Dated November, 1684.
NOTE: The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by Savage, [Vol. 1, p. 285], under BUCKLAND, gives: "William, Hingham 1635, rem. to Rehoboth 1658, and was bur. 1 Sept. 1679. A d. of his m. John Brown, jr. of R."
Although I dislike differing with Savage, it will be seen by the above history that this William Buckland was a resident of Rehoboth as early as 1656, when he was chosen a "Grandjuryman." As for his death, it surely did not occur until 1683, when according to Rehoboth records, he was buried on September 1st, and his son settled his estate in 1684.
As it has been stated in various places that William Buckland died, or was buried, Sept. 1, 1679, which could not be, as we see from above history that land was laid out to him in October 1680, and the Rehoboth records plainly state that he was buried in 1683, I should like to bring to the attention of genealogical students a statement of how I believe this mistake has sometimes occurred.
In the Supplement to Vital Records of Rehoboth, published by James Arnold, 1897, there are transcripts from the Plymouth Colony Records of "Beirthes, Marriages and Burialls of the Towne of Rehoboth." These begin with the year 1673 and follow each other in proper order, each year by itself, but separated into above classes, until the close of 1679; then comes a page of records of the three classes (Beirthes, Marriages and Burialls), but without any year given; then 1680 follows. Among these records with no year given is found William Buckland "buried the 1st of Septem." Following as they do the year 1679, I feel sure that many persons have supposed they belonged to that year (I did myself in the early years of my work and so copied them), and so have given his burial as occurring in 1679, when the fact is they should be dated 1683, as any one taking time to compare the data, name for name, with the Rehoboth records, as I have done recently, will soon be convinced.
I am aware that this cannot account for the error made by Savage, for his book was published long before the one by Arnold, which makes me believe the mistake is at Plymouth, which belief is strengthened by the fact that following "Burials for 1680," Arnold gives what the clerk at Plymouth wrote, as follows:
"Let none marvell att the promiscuous and disorderly setting downe of the names of such as are, or may be married, or doe, or may be born, or may dye; for they are sett as they were brought to mee as disorderly as they are sett downe. If the Courts order had bin minded respecting this matter, they had bine otherwise placed then they are."
The published records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 8, p. 88, also gives the date of the burial of William Buckland, as 1679, but Vol. 6, p. 145-6 gives the following:
Att a generall court of his Majestie holden att Plymouth, in New England, the 28th of October, 1684.
Before Thomas Hinckley, Esq, Gou'r, and Daniel Smith,
William Bradford, Esq, Deputie Gou'r, Barnabas Laythorpe,
John Aldin, John Thacher, and
John Freeman, John Walley,
Know all men by these p'sents that I, Joseph Buckland, planter, doe acknowlidge myselfe to be indebted unto the Gou and Court of Plymouth in the penall sume of one hundred pounds; for the payment whereof well and truely to be made, I doe heerby bind my selfe, my heires, executors, and adminestrators, feirmly by these p'sents. Sealed and giuen the first of November, 1684.
The condition of the abouewritten obligation is such, that whereas the aboue bounden Joseph Buckland hath obtained of the Court of Plymouth letters of adminnestration to adminnester on the estate of William Buckland, of Rehobeth, late deceased, if, therfore, the said Joseph Buckland shall and doe pay, or cause to be payed, all such debts and legacyes as were dew and owing to any att the decease of the said William Buckland, and keep a due and faire accoumpt of his adminnestration, and be reddy to giue in the said accoumpt unto the Court when by them required, and saue and keep harmles the said Gou and Court from any damage that may acrew to them, or any of them, by his said adminnestration, that then the next abouewritten obligation to be void and of non effect, or otherwise to remaine in full force, strength & vertue.
of William and Mary2 (Bosworth) BUCKLAND:
6+ i--LYDIA3 BUCKLAND, b. prob. in England; m. 1st, about 1655, John
Brown, Jr.; m. 2nd, William Lord of Saybrook, Conn., where
7+ ii--JOSEPH3 BUCKLAND, b. prob. in England, June 26, 1633; m. Nov.
5, 1659, Deborah Allen; d. in Rehoboth, March 26, 1718.
8+ iii--BENJAMIN3 BUCKLAND, bap. in Hingham, Mass., by Rev. Peter
Hobart, July 2, 1640; m. Rachel Wheatland; slain by the
Children of William1 Buckland and Mary Bosworth were:
"His [John Browne Senior - PWB] widow Dorothy Browne dated her will 17 December 1668, sworn 29 March 1674, and she mentioned her daughter Mary Willett; Mary Willett's children; Sarah Elliott, daughter of Sarah Elliott, deceased; son James Browne; grandson John Browne; the latter's two brothers Joseph and Nathaniel; granddaughter Dorothy Browne; daughter-in-law Lydia Browne; daughter-in-law Dorothy Browne; and granddaughters Lydia Browne and Anna Browne (MD 18:94). John and Dorothy Browne had a son who predeceased them, John Browne, Jr., and his will was dated 31 March 1662, inventory 19 April 1662. He mentioned his father-in-law William Buckland, his wife (not named), his oldest son John Browne, and "all my Five children," with his father John Browne to be executor (MD 18:14). The author of the MQ articles above also believes that a William Browne was either the son or nephew of John Browne, Sr;"277 married William Lord, son of Thomas Lord and Dorothy Unknown, 13 Jun 1660 at Rehoboth, MA;91 married William Lord, son of Thomas Lord and Dorothy Unknown, 1664;103 married William Lord, son of Thomas Lord and Dorothy Unknown, 3 Jun 1664.
There were no children of Lydia2 Buckland and John Brown.
Children of Lydia2 Buckland and William Lord were:
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