James Bucknam & Mary Goddard of Malden, MA, 1700s

James Bucknam and Mary Goddard were the parents of one of my Revolutionary War ancestors, Joses Bucknam. He is the patriot under which I joined the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is also with Joses that the Bucknam surname is lost in my tree, as I descend from one of his daughters.

James Bucknam was born 3 January 1724/25 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, the son of Joses Bucknam and Phebe Tuttle.

Mary Goddard was the daughter of Giles Goddard and Hannah Pratt, born 15 November 1728 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

James Bucknam and Mary Goddard married on 17 September 1747 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts. They were likely already engaged when on 29 April 1747 James Bucknam purchased from one Giles Goddard 24 acres of land and a double house in Malden for £1250, quite a bit of money for the time.

The handwriting isn’t the easiest to read, but there also isn’t much of interest in the sale either that makes it worth transcribing. What is most important to me is not the land sale itself, but the fact that Mary’s mother, Hannah, consented to the sale.

No death record has been located for Hannah and the latest record I had for her before this time was the birth record for Mary (Goddard) Bucknam’s birth in 1728. This record proves she lived at least 19 more years. However, I digress, so it is back to the story of James and Mary.

Mary Goddard Bucknam predeceased James by almost nine years, passing away on 8 December 1790 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

James died on 10 October 1799, also in Malden. He not only left no will, I have not found any probate administration and the last date I find him in the land records is 1762.

I imagine by the end of his life, he was living with the family of one of his children.

James and Mary were the parents of eleven children, but at least two did not survive to adulthood.


1. Mary, born 16 July 1748, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts: married William Turner, 10 November 1767, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. No further information.
2. James, born 27 March 1751; died 5 February 1753, both at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
3. Phebe, born 17 April 1753, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died ?February 1817, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; ?married John Bucknam, 19 May 1776, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. I don’t know if this Phebe married this John Bucknam or if the record belongs to her aunt. The death entry just gives her name with no parents of husband, so, again, I am unsure to whom the record belongs.
4. James, born 8 February 1755, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died about 17 March 1787, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; married Margaret Sables, 12 February 1778, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. James was a mariner.
5. Sarah, born 11 June 1757, Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts; no further record.
6. William, born 30 April 1759, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 4 April 1823, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; said to have married the widow of his brother, James, Margaret Sables.
7. Joses, born 6 March 1761, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 18 April 1835, Mason, Hillsborough, New Hempshire; married Abigail Hay, 19 September 1786, Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
8. Ebenezer, born 9 November 1762, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; reportedly died after 1821 in New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; married Hannah Varder, 29 May 1785, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
9. Elizabeth, born 3 October 1765, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; buried 7 March 1838, Cambridge, Suffolk, Massachusetts;  married Leonard Parks, 15 March 1785, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
10. Caleb, (twin) born 27 September 1767, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 7 October 1767, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
11. Joshua, (twin) born 27 September 1767, Medford, Middlesex, Massahcustts; died 2 July 1849, Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire; married Anna Parks, 11 June 1789, Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

The Bucknam history will conclude on 18 April 2020 with Revolutionary War soldier Joses Bucknam and his wife, Abigail Hay. It will be the 185th anniversary of his death.


Joses Bucknam (died 1757) and Phebe Tuttle, of Charlestown and Malden, MA

After immigrant William Bucknam, I am descended form three Joses Bucknams, followed by James, and then one more Joses before the surname drops off my family tree.

Today’s post is about the third Joses Bucknam and his wife, Phebe Tuttle.

Joses Bucknam was born 17 April 1692 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, the son of Joses Bucknam and Hannah Peabody. It might seem strange that this family kept jumping back and forth between Malden and Charlestown. Actually, the Mistik side of Charlestown, as it was called, was on the other side of the river and it was later named Malden. The Bucknams owned land on both sides of the water, so they didn’t really move very far!

Phebe Tuttle, was a bit older than her husband, having been born on 12 August 1690 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Edward Tuttle and Abigail Floyd.

Joses Bucknam and Phebe Tuttle were married on 23 August 1713 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Joses and Phebe were the parents of eleven children, although several of them didn’t live to adulthood.


1. Joses, born c1714; died before 11 October 1762 (Middlesex County Probate File #3394); married Mary Sprague, 8 June 1743, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
2. Sarah, born 12 August 1715, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married (1) Timothy Dexter, 22 March 1737/38, Mladen, Middlesex, Massachusetts (2) John Hopkinson, 28 June 1753, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
3. David, born c1719; died 28 December 1749, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Esther Sprague, 4 March 1745/46, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
4. John, born c1720
5. Mary, born c1722
6. James, born 3 January 1724/25, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died 10 October 1799, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Mary Goddard, 17 September 1747, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
7. Jacob, born 27 March 1727, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts; married (1)? Lydia Carter, 23 June 1751 (2) Jerusha Barker, 22 August 1763, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts (3) Elizabeth Ridgeway, 27 January 1769, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. I found marriage records for Jerusha and Elizabeth, but none to Lydia Carter.
8. Aaron, born 3 February 1728/29, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died before 23 March 1776, probably Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married (1) Alice Skinner, 14 October 1750, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts (2) Joanna Floyd, 1 May 1768, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
9. Hannah, born 14 December 1730, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Peter Underwood (of Littleton), 23 November 1758, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
10. Moses, born 10 October 1733, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 27 May 1796, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Borradell Green, 18 January 1759, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
11. Phebe, born 1 October 1736, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; she may be the Phebe who married John Bucknam of Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, 19 May 1776, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She also may be the Phebe Bucknam who died in February 1817, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. In any case, it appears she had no children.

Unlike other family members who left wills, Joses Buckman died intestate in the summer of 1757. His son, Joses, was appointed as the administrator of his father’s estate. (Estate Administration of Joses Bucknam, 1757, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Court File #3394
Source: American Ancestors)

However, by 15 November 1762, Joses Jr. had died and his brother, Aaron Bucknam, took over the administrative duties.

Things continued to go downhill from there. Although Joses Bucknam Sr., deceased, was called “Esquire,” he had quite a list of debts against his estate.

In the end, no heirs received anything because his estate was declared insolvent. Widow Phebe Tuttle Bucknam received her widow’s thirds, but she died on 6 July 1767, also in Malden, before her husband’s estate had been settled.

The most interesting page in the file is a list of several of the children and what they had already received in the lifetime of their father:

File #3394, Image 24
Source: American Ancestors

The reason that this is my favorite page in the file is because of the signatures/marks of widow Phebe, and her sons Joses, John, James (my ancestor), Aaron and Moses.


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Have You Done This?

This seems like it has been a very long week with only depressing news, so thank you, Randy, for bringing on Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. 🙂

Here is our challenge for this week – and it’s a meme, which I love!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:
1)  Another “Have you done this?” meme was going around Facebook this past week.  Let’s do it!!

Here is the list:

1)  Driven 100 mph : Definitely not.

2)  Ridden in a helicopter: Never.

3)  Gone zip lining: Nope!

4)  Been to an NFL game: No.

5)  Been to Canada: Yes, to Vancouver several times, New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia.

6)  Visited Florida: Yes, both for vacation and to the cruise port

7)  Visited Mexico: Yes, I actually lived in Mexico for a year – 1976-1977 – and taught third grade at a bilingual school there. I’ve also visited several times on cruises to the Mexican Riviera.

8)  Visited Vegas: Yes, many times.

9)  Eaten alone at a restaurant: Yes, but not many times.

10)  Ability to read music: No.

11) Ridden a motorcycle: No.

12)  Ridden a horse: Yes, when we vacationed at my grandparents’ cottage on Little Sebago Lake, Maine, a summer highlight was going for a horseback ride.

13)  Stayed in a hospital: Yes, to give birth, have a kidney stone zapped and to have my gall bladder out.

14)  Donated blood: Yes, I’m O negative, the universal donor.

15)  Been snow skiing: Yes, on a high school trip to Kitzbuhl, Austria. I don’t even like snow, but I wasn’t missing out on a trip to Europe. Total for the week included r/t airfare, food, lodging was $250!

16)  Been to Disney World or DisneyLand: Yes, Disneyland when my son was small.

17)  Slept outside: No.

18)  Driven a stick shift: Yes. I took lessons when Dave and I got married because he had a stick shift and thought I needed to know how to drive it in case of an emergency. I took lessons, hated it and never drove his car!

19)  Ridden in an 18 wheeler: No.

20)  Ridden in a police car? Yes, when I was 7 years old. My parents would probably be reported to Child Services today or even arrested for child endangerment! I was attending the YWCA summer day camp. Mom took me on Gray bus #3 to downtown Passaic to teach me how to get there and home again for the week. In the afternoon, I was to take Gray bus #3 home again and it came at 3:00 p.m. All went well for the first couple of days, but then we went to Garrett Mountain on a field trip and we got back late! I ran down the hill to the bus stop, but I knew it was gone and, although I knew the way home – it was a straight route across Lexington Avenue to my street corner – it was a long walk (close to 2 miles) home. However, I had also been taught to ask a policeman for help if I needed it and there was one walking his beat downtown. I went up to him, told him I missed my bus home because camp got out late, I was 7 years old and lived at 49 Summer Street. He called the station and they sent another policeman in a car and he drove me home! Mom had forgotten one important detail when she told me about taking bus #3 home – another one would come if I missed the 3:00!!!

21)  Driven a boat: Yes. Both my grandfather and my uncle had boats (on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH and Little Sebago Lake, Maine), and I drove them, but not often.

22)  Eaten Escargot: Not ever to be found on my plate!

23)  Been on a cruise:  Yes – many to Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Caribbean, British Isles, Scandinavia and Mediterranean. We have also done several transatlantics.

24)  Run out of gas: Never.

25)  Been on TV: Yes, on Bozo the Clown in New York City when my brother was little. Mom said I had to sit with him.

26)  Eaten Sushi: Never!

27)  Seen a UFO:  No, not even in Roswell, New Mexico!

28)  Been Bungie jumping: No.

29)  Visited another continent: Yes – Australia, Europe, Africa, South America

30)  Been to Ellis Island?  Yes, several times. My kindergarten field trip was to the Statue of Liberty, but the historical part of Ellis Island wasn’t open back then. We visited in 1980 when Dave and I vacationed and visited family on the East Coast.

This was a fun SNGF topic!