Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. DANIEL SMITH, later known as DEACON DANIEL was a son of SAMUEL and ABIGAIL (WRIGHT) SMITH of Columbia Co, NY. SAMUEL, the father of DANIEL, is buried in Henderson, NY in the Clark - Fales cemetery, across the road from the farm of his son SYLVESTER SMITH .

DANIEL and SUSAN came early to Jefferson County, before 1802 and settled first in the Town of Houndsfield, and according to a SMITH descendent DANIEL had a sawmill at Camps Mills. According to the same decendent the home of DANIEL and SUSAN in Sacketts Harbor itself, was used as a hospital during the War of 1812. DANIEL and SUSANwere the parents of 18 children, 11 of whom survived and most but not all of them, left decendents.

DANIEL married
SUSAN HOLMES who was born about 1786, in Chesterfield, NH and died in 1864 at Zoar, Town of Rodman. The parents of SUSAN were THOMAS HPLMES II & TAMAR Harris. SUSAN'S immigrant ancestor was DAVID HOLMES, who was the progenitor of OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, sr & jr. C.W. Bowen's "Genealogies of Woodstock, CT familes contain much information on this family.


2     i ABIGAIL SMITH b. 1803 (Just after Daniel Susan came to NYS)

3    ii LAURA SMITH b 1805

4   iii SYLVESTER SMITH b 1806

5    iv NANCY C. SMITH b 1807

6     v ALMIRA HOLMES SMITH b 2 May 1809 in the Town of Houndsfield

7    vi DANIEL SMITH b 1811


9  viiii DANIEL SMITH jr. b 1815

10    ix SARAH SMITH b 1817

11     x SUSAN HOLMES SMITH b 1818

12    xi LUCY ANN SMITH b 1819

13   xii EVELYN M. SMITH b 1823

14  xiii MARY M. SMITH b 1826

15   xiv NELSON SLATER SMITH b 1826



Married on 31 January 1836 at Rodman, NY
JOHN BEARDSLEY BUCKLIN, the son of ALDEN BUCKLIN sr and his 1st wife MERCY KETCHUM. ALDEN was born in 1780 in Coventry, RI son of JOHN BUCKLIN and LEAH SCOTT. MERCY'S real parents are a source of contention but I belive she is a decendent of the KETCHAM / KETCHUM family that migrated from Long Island to Herkimer Co., NY. It has been stated that she was a daughter of Rev. MILES KETCHUM, but no definitive research has been completed. ALDEN BUCKLIN sr is found in the history of Philadelphia, NY where he was a Town Supervisor in 1820.

The children of JOHN & ALMIRA (SMITH) BUCKLIN were all born at Barnes Corners, Town of Pinckney, Lewis Co., NY

17    i DANIEL De ESTAING BUCKLIN b. 10 May 1840, d. 1906 Wausau, WI. Married sisters Eleanor & Margaret Tobin Daniel claimed to have helped start the Republican Party in WI.

18    ii ANNA LUCY BUCKLIN b. 29 Jan 1842, d. 26 Aug 1911, Gouverneur. m. Caldwell Williams

19   iii MARY MARGARET BUCKLIN b. 8 Feb 1844, d. 2 Mar 1923, Peshtigo, WI

20   iv MARCIA ADELL BUCKLIN b. 17 Oct 1845, d. Adams Center 8 Dec 1918 m. George (W?) Fuller 6 sons, no daus, & three sons married Parker Sisters of Adams Center.

21   v ORTON AMBERT BUCKLIN b. 1 Sep 1848, d. unm. 2 Feb 1887 of TB

22  vi GEORGE S. BUCKLIN b 3 Sep 1850 - 8 Oct 1871, Peshtigo, WI
George, his daughter & wife all died in the great Peshtigo forest fire. They had got down in their well and died from lack of air.

23  vii WELLS BEARDSLEY BUCKLIN b 6 Aug 1853, 20 December 1887, Lakefield, MN m CHARLOTTE NAOMI KEITH. one son George W. Wells was train engineer and during a terrific snow storm in Lakefield, he tried to jump from train, when he saw he was going to hit the train in front of him in the depot and Wells slid between the engine and the depot platform and was cut in half by the wheels.

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