It’s always a treat to see an ancestor’s dates and family clearly laid out in book just waiting for you to discover it. My mother found it years ago and wrote about Almira Buckland’s life. She did a great job putting it into story form and it’s also included in Mom’s book, My Flint Hills Childhood.
I’m following in my mother’s footsteps, retracing the tree and seeing what further details might be revealed online that weren’t available to her in the 1970s.
Those were the days of visiting libraries, using the microfilm machine, taking day trips to cemeteries, and waiting for replies from distant relatives to your letters. Not everything is online even now, so genealogists still need to track down some information in person.
My 2x great-grandmother Almira Buckland pioneered in Kansas with her husband, James Vining. For background information on her family, I was delighted to see this entry in The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Vol. II 1635 – 1891 by Henry R. Stiles. The book includes East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington. It was published in 1892 and you can read it on Google Books.
Review of Details from the Book
- Almira H Buckland was born on July 13, 1813, in East Windsor, Connecticut, to Sarah Heath, age 38, and Erastus Buckland, age 39. Her father held the title of Captain. Sarah Heath Buckland (born April 19, 1775, died October 21, 1850, at the age of 75). Erastus Buckland born Apr 2, 1774, died November 28, 1820, at the age of 46, so Almira would have been only 7 years old. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy/Trinity College and owned a mill according to the Stiles book.
- Her siblings are Erastus 1799, Emily 1800, Sarah 1804, Harlehigh 1805, Harriet 1809, Marilla 1815, and Lorenzo 1810.
- This even gives the names of her maternal grandparents Polly Osborn and Stephen Heath of East Windsor. On her paternal side, Almira’s father was the son of Alexander, who was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of Thomas.
Two Children With the Same Name
It intrigues me to read that Harlehigh was given the same name as a baby brother who died two years earlier. The name seems so unusual to me, that I want to research further to see if it might be a surname of some earlier grandmother.
The Siblings Who Moved Away from Connecticut
Also intriguing was the dispersal of the siblings away from their traditional location. Emily moved to Guildhall, Vermont with her second husband. One of sister Sarah Buckland Bower’s sons moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Harlehigh attended college at Trinity and Yale, then practiced law in Springfield, Mass. For Almira, it merely says that she removed west. The next 2 siblings died as infants. A brother, Almanzo, also removed west.
Some Further Research Is Necessary
The Stiles book gives Thomas Buckland as the immigrant ancestor of Almira Buckland. He would have been her 2nd great-grandfather. My problem is that I have William Buckland in that slot. Ack! About 10 other trees have William Buckland as Jonathan’s father as well.
This is boggling me, so I’ll have to go over all the sources I’ve used and do some in-depth research on Thomas Buckland to sort this out.
In an earlier section of the Stiles book, there’s more information about Thomas Buckland who was in Massachusetts Colony as early as 1635. He received a grant of land for his part in the 1637 Pequot fight. I had to look that up. It took place between 1636 and 1638 in New England between the Pequot tribe and an alliance of the colonists and other tribes. It makes me sad to read of ancestors involved in killing off and enslaving Native Americans.