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Descendants of William Hay Bucknam and Susan Willis Henry, cont’d

A couple of days ago, I started to share the lineage of William Hay Bucknam, who died in 1862, of causes apparently not related to the Civil War. The family of his son, James Hay Bucknam (born 1840) was highlighted in that post.

Today, we will take a look at descendants of several of his other children. I am hoping to make contact with some new Bucknam cousins!

Joses/Joseph Bucknam (1844-after 1910) married Marie Bridget Kelly. They had four children, but little is known about them:

Elizabeth Belle (1870-1959) apparently married three times, but had only one son, Frank W. Clark, son of first husband William O. Clark, who she married in 1886. In 1910, Frank lived in Denver, CO with his grandparents, Joseph and Bridget Bucknam.

Joses/Joseph (c1872-after 1918) married twice, to Ellen, c1895, born in Norway and Minnie, who he married between 1900-1917. He was living in Denver, Colorado in 1900 with wife Ellen, but no children. He hasn’t been found in the 1910, but lived in Los Angeles, California in 1920 with Minnie. No children were in the household.

Maude (c1882-reportedly 1902), unmarried.

Eva (c1883-1943) was single in 1940 in California, but the S.S. Death Index claims shows her surname as Collins in 1943 when she died. It appears she had no children.

Mary E. Bucknam (1847 – 1927) married Augustus Cheney Thomas, 24 August 1862, Dubuque County, Iowa. They had four children:

Effie (1867-after 1892) married H.E. Stuart and lived in Cedar Bluffs, Saunders County, Nebraska. They had two children, Margaret (no further information) and Augustus Louis, who married and had one daughter, Nancy.

Alice (1869- after 1880) – No further information has been found on her.

Temperance Birdie (1872-after 1940) married George Raymond Lyons in 1892. They had two children, George Raymond Jr., who died in 1968 and Clifford, who died in 1989.

Nora (1879-1908) married F.W. Smith, but died soon after and apparently had no children.

John Hay (1849-1920) married Sadie Mendall Boomer (1855-1919), c1875. They had six children:

Clarence W. (1875-1947) married Elizabeth/Frances L. between 1920 and 1930, possibly in Montana. It appears they had no children.

Herbert George (1876-after 1940) married Orlinda B. (MNU) (1886- after 1940) and they had one daughter, who could still be living today. In 1940, they lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mae Pauline (c1880-1965) married Edward W. Cooper (1877-1930), on 5 Nov 1902, Black Hawk County, Iowa. They had one daughter Mildred, born about 1906 and living in 1920. No further record has been found for their daughter.

Abbie Melinda (c1886-1972) – apparently never married and had no children.

Harry John (1890-1915) married Hazel Lucile Roach (1890-1985) on 2 April 1912. They apparently had no children and Hazel never remarried.

Howard Mendall (1896-1975) married Julia K. Atwater (1896-1992) on 2 Aug 1919, Buchanan County, Iowa. They had three children. It is not known whether there were any grandchildren:

Edwin Harry (1922-2006) married Cleo Jane (MNU) (1921-1999)

Mae Louise (1924-2000) married James F. Kahler (1925-1985)

Sally Verda (1926-1995) married Donald E. McLarnan (1920-2000)

Eliza Simons (1852-1932) married (1) James Gibson (1841-1913), 2 July 1868, Dubuque County, Iowa and (2) Marvin Haraden, 3 Nov 1919, Woodbury County, Iowa. Eliza and James are buried together in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Eliza had no children with Marvin. James and Eliza had at least four children, but the family hasn’t been located in 1900, which would fill in the family picture. In 1910, Eliza reported that she had given birth to two children, both living, but it appears she had at least four children:

Myrtle (1874-after 1930), unmarried and had no children
Abbie (1881-between 1885-1910)
Arthur (1884-between 1885-1910)
Susan W. (1889-1959) married Charles Gage, c1908, probably Minnehaha County, South Dakota. They had four children – Leona, George Allen, Neil L. and Robert Charles, but no further information has been found on the children.

Susan’s children appear to be James and Eliza Simons (Bucknam) Gibson’s only grandchildren.

Abigail H. (1855-1906) married (1) Charles R. Dingman (1847-1888), on 7 Apr 1871, Butler County, Iowa and (2) William A. Ellis, probably in South Dakota. She and Charles had four sons:

Waldo H. (1872-1956 in Ventura, CA) who married Mary Jeanette McGaffee on 13 June 1893, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. They had three children: Vera, Waldo and Robert.

Orrin W. (1874-1982 in Long Beach, CA) who married Margaret E. (MNU) before 1898. They had two children: Neva M. and Ormond.

Harry Clyde (1876-1967 in Grants Pass, OR) married Mabel Florence Hollenback. They had one daughter, Vera Mae.

Raymond Earl (1885-1962 in Ventura, CA) married Matilda Christine Bettinger (1899-1951), on 27 Nov 1919, Salt Lake City, Utah. They were divorced before 1940. They had one daughter.

Lucretia (1860-1950) married (1) William F. Moyer (1851-1905) about 1880 and (2) John Robert Kelly (1854-1936), but had no children with John. William and Lucretia had four children:

Alice Edna (1882-1895); died young.

Earl William (1883-1948) married Abbie M. (MNU) about 1906. They had one son, Glenn.

Leroy Grant (1885-1886); died young.

Guy Frances (1887-1953) married Mayme Herlinde Woestman (1892-1988), 16 Nov 1920, Dubuque County, Iowa. They had one daughter, who could still be living.

That completes the children and known grandchildren of William Hay Bucknam (1815-1862) and Susan Willis Henry (1818-1901).

Please contact me if you are part of this branch of my family tree.



Family of William Hay Bucknam (1815-1862)

William Hay Bucknam was born on 4 January 1815 in Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, the last of eleven children born to Joses Bucknam, a Revolutionary War soldier, and his wife, Abigail Hay. William was named after his maternal grandfather, William Hay, also a soldier of the American Revolution.

While most of the Bucknam family had lived in Massachusetts from its earliest colonial days, several members had begun to venture north to Maine and New Hampshire after the war.

William Hay Bucknam seemed to have a bit more wanderlust in him, as he married Susan Willis Henry on 26 December 1836 in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia. His visit there was no short stopover, as sons James H. and William were born in Virginia in 1838 and 1843.

However, by 1845, the family was living near other Bucknam relatives in Glenburn, Penobscot County, Maine, where their next three children were born.

William decided to move once again and his brother Caleb also made the trip, this time westward. (Caleb Bucknam and his wife are also buried in Cascade Protestant Cemetery with other Bucknams, but his gravestone says born 16 Nov 1783. Caleb’s birth date was 16 Nov, but he was born in 1795. The family really made him a lot older if this is the same person.)

By 1860, the growing young family had made a major move to Cascade, Dubuque County, Iowa. Back in Maine, William had been a farmer, but in Iowa, he was enumerated as a butcher. When the Civil War broke out, William Jr. enlisted in the Union Army in the 12th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, but I have found no evidence that William the father served in any capacity.

Unfortunately, little else is known about him, as he died on 17 March 1862. There is a gravestone for William, which looks to be original to the 1862 date, in Cascade Protestant Cemetery, so it appears he is buried in Iowa.

William and Susan had a large family of eleven children. I would love to make contact with cousins in this branch of the family so I will follow the lines forward for several generations:


James Hay, born 7 March 1838, Norfolk, VA; died 1909
William Hay, born 27 Sept 1840, Norfolk, VA; died 1909
Augusta Susan, born 1841, VA; died 10 Mar 1847, Glenburn, ME
Joseph, born Nov 1844, Glenburn, ME; died 1917
Mary E., born 3 Apr 1847, Glenburn, ME; died 1927
John Hay, born 26 Apr 1849, Glenburn, ME; died 1920
Elizabeth Simons, born 17 Mar 1852, Glenburn, ME; died 1932
Abigail H., born 6 Dec 1853, Glenburn, ME; died 1906
Caleb, born 14 June 1855; died 27 Oct 1858, both Cascade, IA
Nathaniel, born 16 June 1857, Cascade, IA; died 28 Aug 1858, both Cascade, IA
Lucretia, born 26 Feb 1860, Cascade, IA; died 1950

Susan married (2) Charles W. Pitsor on 8 August 1868 in Dubuque County, Iowa. He was born 11 May 1824 in Kentucky. and died in 1900. Charles had been married previously; he and Susan had no children together.

Of William and Susan’s eleven children, son William married three times, but has no known children; Augusta, Caleb and Nathaniel died in childhood, so there are seven surviving children who have descendants, James, Joses/Joseph, Mary E., John, Elizabeth, Abigail and Lucretia.

Here is some bare bones data about these 7 children:

  1. James Hay Bucknam married Mary Fletcher Coleman on 7 October 1860 in Dubuque County, Iowa. At some point before 1900, this couple divorced. They had four children:

George Lawrence, born 24 August 1861, Dubuque County, IA; died 4 March 1923 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, IA. He married Suzann Catherine Breneman on 21 Oct 1900 in Carnforth, Dubuque, IA

Effie, born 25 Sept 1864; died 27 Oct 1865, Dubuque County, IA

Frederick, born 24 Nov 1867, Dubuque County, IA; died 2 Apr 1939, Sac City, Sac County, IA. He married Marie Clara Betke, 24 July 1907, Denison, Crawford County, IA

Edith Mary (first named Ida), born 15 Mar 1872, Dubuque County, IA; died 2 July 1936, Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA. She married James Delap, 3 Feb 1900, Sac County, IA

James Hay’s children and grandchildren:

George and Suzann (Breneman) Bucknam had four children

Fredrick James (1902-1991)

Marjorie Louise (1905-1985), who married a cousin, James Herbert Alexander

Edith Barbara (1908-1937), who married Hugh Reedy Alexander

Bruce L. (1911-1999).

I have only found evidence of one child for any of these four siblings, a daughter Barbara, born to Fred. There may be others, but because there is a possibility that they are living, no further information is included here.

Frederick and Maria Clara (Betke) Bucknam had three children-

Mary Lorraine (1911-1990)

Harold Eugene (1912-1961)

Bernice Maxine (1916-2011). No evidence of children has been found for Mary or Harold. Bernice married and had two daughters, one of whom is still living today.

James and Edith Mary DeLapp had six children

Gerald Arthur (1901- 1949) married Inge Steen and had two sons, James Arthur and John Fletcher. John died in 1992 in Big Bear City, San Bernardino County, CA. I have found no marriage or descendant records for them, but it is possible that they had surviving children.

George Harold (c1903 – 1943), married at least three times to Lillian M. Van Vick in 1921, Florence Mary Vernon in 1930 and Verna Engle in 1937. He apparently had two sons, George Forest and Robert Arthur with Lillian. Robert passed away in 2015, leaving five children.

Frederick Charles (c1905- after 1940 census) married Edith Miller in 1923 in South Dakota. They had seven children born between 1924-1935 – Shirley, died 1945; Dorothy, died 1930-1940; Charles, died 1940; Richard, died 1974; Beverly Ann, died 2000; Gloria June, died 1997 and one child who might still be living.

There could be many descendants in this branch of the family.

Harry E. (1907-1971) married Ruth Schweikert. They had at least one daughter, Constance (1930-2006).

Edith M. (1909-after 1940) married Joseph Wilshire in 1924. They had son Robert, who died in 2005 and daughter Betty, who died in 1994. I don’t know if either married or had children.

Glenn Rathford (1910-1970) married Florence Fleischer in 1935 in Iowa. They have not been found in the 1940 census and it is unknown whether they had any children.

If you are related to or know any of these families, who were mostly based in Iowa, please contact me.

Tomorrow, we will take a look at William and Susan (Henry) Bucknam’s other children- Joses/Joseph, Mary E., John, Elizabeth, Abigail and Lucretia.