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Descendants of Mashel Buckingham

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1. Mashel Buckingham [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 17 Jun 1781 in Maryland. He died 31 Mar 1855 in Darke County, Ohio and was buried in On family farm?.

My Notes
Although there are several references to Mashel's first wifes maiden name as Blanchard, I have not been able to find any Blanchard connection other than hand written sheets I think my Grandfather wrote. The 1790 and 1800 Maryland Census list no Blanchard surnames. I do have a Death Certificate for Samuel and Benjamin (see scrapbook for death certificates) stating that their mothers maiden name was Sarah or Mary Roberts and have linked our family with the Roberts. Both families came from Maryland to Ohio at about the same time and Mashel bought property from Conrad Roberts. Another son-in-law of Conrad's named Blocher was Mashel's neighbor and bought property from Conrad. Several other Blochers show up in the area, so probably we had a migration of Conrad and his whole clan, including in-laws, coming to Ohio together.
A volunteer in the genealogy section of the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio had seen an aerial photograph of Mashel's property showing there were possibly 20 gave sites on the property.

Deed Record for S32, T10, R01 recorded 1817 - Miami Valley Genealogical Index
Deed for W1/2 S32, T10, R01 from Robert Conrad to Mashel Buckingham (have copy)
Marriage to Sally Pittenger by Solomom Brodrick, j.p. book 1, Darke County marriages (second marriage for him and apparently the third for her) from Joan Smith's Notes.

Served in Maryland Militia, Nace's Regiment during the War of 1812 - Linda Chan (not verified).  These are two possibilities.

War of 1812 Service Records
Name: Mashack Buckingham
Company: NACE'S REGIMENT, MARYLAND MILITIA.  
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE  
Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE  
Roll Box: 28  
Roll Exct: 602  

War of 1812 Service Records
Name: Marshall Buckingham
Company: 2 REG'T (SCHUCHTS'), MARYLAND MILITIA.  
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE  
Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE  
Roll Box: 28  
Roll Exct: 602  

Database: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
Name:    BUCKINGHAM, MASH
Spouse:    PITTENGER, SALLY
Marriage Date:    3 Jun 1824  
County:    Darke  
State:    OH   

1820 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, page 72a (have copy) - Listed as Marsh. Shows 3 males 0 - 10, 1 male 26 - 45, 1 female 0 - 10, 1 female 10 - 16, 1 female 26 - 45.
Tax Record 1821 - Miami Valley Genealogical Index
Darke County Census 1825 - Miami Valley Genealogical Index listed as Mark (have transcription)
1930 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, pages 19a & 19b (have copy) - Listed as Mash Buckingham. Shows 2 males 5 - 10, 1 male 10 - 15, 1 male 15 - 20, 1 male 40 -50, 2 females 0 - 5, 1 female 10 - 15, 1 female 20 - 30.
1840 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, pages 26a & 26b (have copy) - Listed as Mash Buckingham. Shows 1 male 0 - 5, 1 male 5 - 10, 1 male 15 - 20, 1 male 50 - 60, 1 female 0 - 5, 1 female 5 - 10, 2 females 10 - 15, 1 female 40 - 50.
1850 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, page 366b (have copy) - Listed as Mashe R. Buckingham, age 68, male, farmer, $2500 in Real Estate, born in Maryland.

Copy of "Mash Buckingham" Will
218                                              Record of Wills
                                                                         
                                                   Mash Buckingham

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit on the fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five  before the  probate Court of the County of aforesaid a writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Mash Buckingham late of said county deceased and Albert Penland and David Gibbs the subscribing witnesses thereto appeared in open court and on oath testified to the execution and attestation thereof and their testimony reduced to writing and by them subscribed is annexed and filed with said will.

And it appearing that said will was duly executed and attested and that at the time of the execution thereof the said testator was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under any restraints. The Court admits said will to probate and orders the same with testimony to be recorded and the same in the words and figures following to wit.

             "In the name of God, Amen"

Know all men by these presents that I Mash Buckingham of the County of Darke in the State of Ohio.  Being infirm in the body but sound in mind wish to dispose of my property both real and personal in the following manner as my last will and Testaments.  To my wife Sarah Buckingham during her life and widowhood I bequeath to her her support on the farm I now live upon.  I also bequeath to her a sufficient quantity of the proceeds of the farm for the support of the minor children which she has had by me until they become of age.  I bequeath unto her all my household and kitchen furniture

                                                  Darke County Probate Court                                                           219

                                                          Mash Buckingham

which she stands in need of for the support of the minor heirs the balance to be sold

I bequeath to my first wife's children, Catherine Emerson, once Catherine Buckingham, David Buckingham, Levi Buckingham, Benjamin Buckingham, Mary Brown, once Mary Buckingham, William Buckingham, all the farm I now live upon in an equal portion with all the proceeds there from after the support of my wife Sarah during her life as long as she remains my widow and the support of the heirs which she has had by me until they become of age.  After the proceeds over and above the support of my wife and the above mentioned minor heirs which arises from the farm is to be equally divided between my first set of heirs above named having reference to a Book Acct. were each are charged with what they have got.  I bequeath to my first wife's set of heirs all my books to be divided equally between them.  But all those books that I got by my wife Sara Pitenger to belong to her and her heirs.  I bequeath that my personal property shall be disposed of at public sale except two cows, eight sheep, hams for meat for the first year and grain for breadstuff then after paying all debts that I owe I bequeath the balance of the proceeds of the personal property disposed of to my last set of heirs in equal portion having reference to what the two oldest Lydia and Sara has received.

It is my wish that Benjamin Buckingham be administrator on my estate and acts as guardian for the minor heirs by giving surety at Court.  This is the last will and testament of Mash Buckingham September 7th 1846 Darke Co., Ohio.  
                                                                          Mash Buckingham

signed in the presents of
Albert Penland
David Gibbs

The State of Ohio, Darke County Ohio
            Probate Court April 5th 1855

Personally came into open Court Albert Penland and David Gibbs subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of Mash Buckingham late of said county occasioned who being duly sworn depose and say that they were present at the execution of the  will. That they saw the testator sign  and heard him acknowledge the same as his last will and testament and at the time of the execution thereof said testator was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under any apparent restraint.   
                                                                          Albert Penland
                                                                         David Gibbs

Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year above written
                                                                         A. R. Calderwood P Judge

And afterwards to wit on the same day and year aforesaid before the court aforesaid came Sarah Buckingham wife of the said testator and the Court having explained to her the provisions of said will and her rights under it and also her rights by law in the event of her refusing to take under said will.  She, in open court made her election to take under said will.

And afterwards to wit on the same day and year aforesaid before the court aforesaid came Benjamin Buckingham the Administrator named in said will and testament and accepted said trust and gave Bond to the sum of Five Hundred dollars with Levi Buckingham and James E. C. Woodmansee his sureties conditioned as the law requires which is accepted and approved by the Court wherefore it is ordered by  the Court that Letters to commentary on said Will issued to the said Benjamin Buckingham as Administrator thereof.

Database: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
Name:    BUCKINGHAM, MASH
Spouse:    PITTENGER, SALLY
Marriage Date:    3 Jun 1824  
County:    Darke  
State:    OH  

From Ray Buckingham's Notes
Education was a rare commodity in pioneer days.  So it is little wonder that corruption in spelling and pronouncing names was very prevalent.  In Great-Great-Grandfather Mashel Buckingham's case, various documents listed his first name as Mashel, Mash. Marshall and Marsh. However, his will was signed MASH.  Dictionary meaning of these names could lead to some interesting applications and conclusions, not to mention observations.   
My great, great grandfather(this is being compiled and written February 20, 1981, 200 years later.
According to family records, Mashel was born in Maryland in 1781, he being the son of great, great, great grandfather, Bard Buckingham.  Continuing on from family records, Mashel married Sarah (Sally) Blancher and they had three children before moving to Ohio.  They were Catherine (1807) whose husband was Henry Emerson;  David., who married Morish Clay and Levi (1813) who was married first to a woman named Brunch and then later to Laura Tilson.  In 1814 Mashel and Sarah and their three children migrated to Darke County, Ohio.  There a daughter, Mary, was born and she was twice married, first to Joshua Brown, then to Caleb Thurston.  In 1818 my great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Buckingham, was born.  In 1821 another son, Samuel, was born.  His first wife war Sally Brunch.  They were married but a few years until they were divorced because, according to court records, she ran off to Indiana.  His second wife was named Jane Sell.  A son, William, born in 1823, completed the seven children resulting from the Buckingham - Blancher marriage.
An Ohio history book lists Mashel Buckingham among the handful of pioneer settlers of Harrison Township, Darke County.  The township had hardly been surveyed when they arrived about 1815 or 1816.  On December 17, 1819 Mashel purchased from Conrad and Sarah Roberts of Greene County, Ohio a farm of 320 acres described thusly:  West one-half of Section 32, Range 1, Harrison Township.
After the death of his first wife, Sarah Blancher, Mashel married a much younger woman, Sarah Gooden Pitenger and they proceeded to raise a second family of seven children.  They were, in chronological order: Lydia, first married to a man named Furbish, then to a man named Forbes; Sally, first married to a man named Doloff, then to a man named Porterfield;  Vina, who became the wife of James Hair;  a son, Oren (1835-1911) who married Martha Chenoweth (1849-1901);  Anna (1839) who married a man named Burgess;  a son Lewis,, who died as a young man and lastly Harve (1844-1918) whose wife was named Arvilla (1859-1918).  Harve fought in the Civil War and in later years he came to Union City to visit Jefferson Monroe Buckingham, my grandfather, on several occasions.  As a lad I remember his visits.  Both Harve and his wife and Oren and his wife are buried in the Hollansburg Cemetery.
A typed copy of Mashel's will, recorded April 5, 1855 and probated September 3, 1857, is included in this family record.  It not only represents a typical will of those days but also it is an interesting source of this segment of our family history.  Of surprising interest to me was the inclusion of instructions for disposal of his and her libraries which must of been of some consequence to them.  Given the facts of Mashel's extensive book collection plus his father's given name, Bard, they might lead to a lot of speculation concerning a slight degree of culture existing between father and son.
One last observation would be that Mashel certainly did share in populating Darke County.  Despite his prominence we have been unable to locate the place of his burial. A listing of all early burials in Darke County cemeteries fails to reveal that information. We are continuing the search as well as making a determined effort to secure more information concerning Mashel's life prior to coming to Ohio.
Having spent a great deal of my life in the cemetery profession it seemed important to me that graves of our ancestors be located, especially of great, great-grandfather, Mashel Buckingham.  A book at the state library listing all marked graves in all of the old Darke County cemeteries failed to even list Mashel.  Several inquiries brought me nothing.  But again Uncle Clayton came to the rescue.  He recalled that Milton Buckingham knew where they were buried in an isolated spot. So Uncle Clayton, with Milton Buckingham as guide, took Harry, Roe and Edgar Buckingham to the location in southwest Harrison Township, south of Hollansburg.  Here they stopped at a farm house, went across a creek to the back of an orchard where they found nothing but fragments of tombstones, none of which were readable.  Since it was common on practice in those days for families to establish burial grounds an their farms, we would have to conclude that this indeed was the last resting place for Mashel, his wives, and perhaps other relatives.  Ironically, the farmer living there asked permission from Clayton and his carload to plow over the graves, something that would have been done anyway, with or without permission.

From Joan Smith's Notes
Wash Buckingham was born June 17, 1781. His wife Sally was born 1789. He died March 31, 1855. He was 73 years, 9 months, and 14 days old when he died.  He was born in Maryland.  The following names and dates are in the old Buckingham Bible, and are apparently the 14 children of Wash Buckingham.
1.   Catherine Buckingham was born October 6, 1807.
2.   David Buckingham was born July 11, 1810.
3.   Levi Buckingham was born February 17, 1813.
4.   Mary Buckingham was born October 18, 1815.
5.   Benjamin Buckingham was born November 24, 1816.
6.   Samuel Buckingham was born February 10, 1821.
7.   William Buckingham was born August 27, 1824.
8.   Lilly Buckingham was born October 24, 1825.
9.   Sally Buckingham was born June 26, 1828.
10.  Lewis? (very blurry) Buckingham was born December 23 1830.
11.  Loraine Buckingham was born July 26, 1833.
12.  Oren Buckingham was born September 4, 1835.
13.   Jane Ann? (very blurry) Buckingham was born May 14, 1839.
14.   Harvey Buckingham was born September 17, 1844 of Mash.
In November 20, 1850 Darke County Ohio, Harrison Township Census, page 366a, #220-224, Mashe R. Buckingham, age 68, farmer, born Maryland; wife Sarah, age 45, born Ohio; Orien, son, age 15, born Ohio; Ann age 11, born Ohio; Harvey, age 6, born Ohio.
Often you would find the name of Wash Buckingham actually written Mash in the Darke County records.  No one knows why.
A will, in Will Book A, page 218, Darke County Probate Court: Will of Wash Buckingham, dated September 1846; recorded April 5, 1855. Wife Sarah. Mentions minor children, but does not name. First wife's children: Catherine Emerson (formerly Catherine Buckingham); Levi Buckingham; Benjamin Buckingham; Mary Brown (formerly Mary Buckingham); and William Buckingham (great grandpa). Benjamin Buckingham is to serve as administrator of estate and to be guardian of minor heirs. Signed: Wash Buckingham, Witnesses: Albert Penland and David Gibbs.  Bond by Benjamin Buckingham, Adm. with surety by Levi Buckingham and James E. C. Woodmansee.
In Darke County Marriages is listed Wash Buckingham to Sally Pittenger, June 3, 1824 by Solomon Brodrick, J. P., Book 1. They say Sally is a nickname for Sarah.

Mashel married 1 (1) Sarah Roberts 1, daughter of Conrad Roberts and Mary Magdalena Frankforter, about 1804 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Sarah was born 1785 in Baltimore County, Maryland. She died 1824 in Darke County, Ohio and was buried in On family farm?.

Although there are several references to Mashel's first wifes maiden name as Blanchard, I have not been able to find any Blanchard connection other than hand written sheets I think my Grandfather wrote. I do have a Death Certificate for Samuel stating that his mothers maiden name was Sarah Roberts and have linked our family with the Roberts. Both families came from Maryland to Ohio at about the same time and Mashel bought property from Conrad Roberts. Another son-in-law of Conrad's named Blocher was Mashel's neighbor and bought property from Conrad. Several other Roberts (sons) and Blochers show up in the area, so probably we had a migration of Conrad and his whole clan, including in-laws, coming to Ohio together.

They had the following children:

+ 2 F i Catherine Buckingham was born 6 Oct 1807 and died 24 Oct 1886.
+ 3 M ii David Buckingham was born 11 Jul 1810.
+ 4 M iii Levi Buckingham was born 17 Feb 1813 and died May 1900.
+ 5 F iv Mary Buckingham was born 18 Oct 1815.
+ 6 M v Benjamin Franklin Buckingham was born 24 Nov 1818 and died 19 May 1896.
+ 7 M vi Samuel Buckingham was born 10 Feb 1821 and died 9 Jun 1914.
+ 8 M vii William Milton Buckingham was born 27 Aug 1823 and died 9 Feb 1874.

Mashel also married 1, 2 (2) Sarah Pemberton Gooden Pittenger 2 on 2/3 Jun 1824 in Darke County, Ohio. Sarah was born 3 about 1805 in Pennsylvania.

My Notes
1850 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, page 366b (have copy) - Sarah Buckingham, age 45, born in Ohio.
1860 Census, White Water Post Office, Franklin Twp., Wayne Co., Indiana, page 115 (have copy) - Sarah Buckingham, age 56, born in Pennsylvania.
1870 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, page 210b (have copy) - Sarah Buckingham, age 66, born in Pennsylvania, and she cannot read or write.
1880 Census, Harrison Twp., Darke Co., Ohio, page 202d (have copy) - Sarah Buckingham, age 77, born in Pennsylvania.

Database: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
Name:    BUCKINGHAM, MASH
Spouse:    PITTENGER, SALLY
Marriage Date:    3 Jun 1824  
County:    Darke  
State:    OH

From Ray Buckingham's Notes
Since writing and duplicating page 2 we have learned more about Mashel's second marriage  and second family.  Some family records list his second wife as Sally Gooden.  However court records reveal that his second wife was Sally Pittenger and his will verifies that fact.  They were married on June 3, 1824.  From official health department records we learned that her maiden name was Sally Pemberton.  Judging from all records her full name was Sally Pemberton Gooden Pittenger Buckingham, thus indicating she was twice married before her marriage to Mashel.

They had the following children:

  9 F viii Lydia Buckingham 1 was born 24 Oct 1825.

My Notes

Database: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
Name:    FURBUSH, SYLVANUS
Spouse:    BUCKINGHAM, LYDIA
Marriage Date:    27 Jul 1843  
County:    Darke  
State:    OH  

From Ray Buckingham's Notes
Be that an it may, their first child was Lydia who married Sylvanus Furbush on July 27, 1843
        Lydia married 1 Sylvanus Furbush 1 on 27 Jul 1843.

My Notes
1950 Census, Fall Creek Twp., Madison Co., Indiana, page 124a (have copy) - Sylvanus Forbes, age 40, cooper, born in ? (cant't read).

Database: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
Name:    FURBUSH, SYLVANUS
Spouse:    BUCKINGHAM, LYDIA
Marriage Date:    27 Jul 1843  
County:    Darke  
State:    OH

Database: Indiana Marriages to 1850
Spouse 1           Spouse 2           Marriage Date Marriage Location
Clay, Elizabeth - Forbush, Sylvanus - 02 Sep 1832 - Indiana, Henry County
+ 10 F ix Sarah Buckingham was born 26 Jun 1828 and died 13 Sep 1904.
  11 M x Lewis Buckingham 1 was born 23 Dec 1830. He died 16 Nov 1846.

From Joan Smith's Notes
Lewis Buckingham was born December 23, 1830. (I found record of a Lewis Buckingham who died November 16,  1846.  This may be the same Lewis).

From Ray Buckingham's Notes
According to family records the last child, a son named Lewis, died while quite young ....
+ 12 F xi Lavina Buckingham was born 26 Jul 1833.
+ 13 M xii Oren Buckingham was born 4 Sep 1835 and died 13 Dec 1911.
+ 14 F xiii Jerusa Ann Buckingham was born 14 May 1839.
+ 15 M xiv Harvey Buckingham was born 17 Sep 1844 and died 20 Aug 1918.

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