Biography of Joseph Buckminster
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Buckminster, Joseph, son of David and Dorcas (Scamman) Buckminster, was born in Saco, Me., March 7, 1821. His ancestry is as follows: (1) Thomas Buckminster, a descendant of John Buckminster, of Peterboro, Northamptonshire, England, came to Massachusetts prior to 1639 and settled in Scituate, whence he removed to Boston. He had nine children. (2) Joseph Buckminster, son of Thomas, lived at Muddy River, and died November 20, 1668. He married Elizabeth,. daughter of Hugh Clark, and had two children. (3) Joseph Buckminster, son of Joseph, was born July 31, 1666, became a tanner and in 1703 settled in Framingham, where he died, April 5, 1747. He was selectman seventeen years, representative twelve years, and became a captain and colonel of militia. May 12, 1686, he married Martha, daughter of John Sharp, who bore him eight children. He married, second, Febrnarv 7, 1716. (4) Col. Joseph Buckminster, son of Joseph and Martha, was born in 1697. lived in Framiugham, was town clerk thirty two years, selectman twenty.eight years, representative nineteen years, commissioned colonel of militia in 1739, and active in the French and Indian wars and at the opening of the Revolution. He died May 15, 1780. He married Sarah Lawson and had seven children. By his second wife, Mrs. Hannah Kiggell, he had one son (5) Thomas, born August 18, 1751, who became a noted tavern keeper, deacon, selectman, town treasurer, etc., and who died July 7, 1826. He married, first, Hannah, daughter of David Rice, who bore him ten children, and second, widow Keziab (Perry) Bacon, by whom he had three children. (6) David Buckminster, son of Thomas and Hannah, was born March 2, 1786, moved to Saco, Me., and married, first, Eleanor Means, who bore him two children, and, second, Dorcas Scamman, by whom he had six children: Hannah R. (Mrs. Sylvanus Caldwell), Joseph, Anna F. (Mrs. Thaddeus M. Mason), Ellen M., 1st, Ellen M., and George B. Joseph Buckminster was educated in the public schools and at Thornton Academy in Saco, worked as a clerk in a general store four years, and later made fnur voyages to Europe. February 22, 1845, he settled permanently in New Bedford, where he was for five years a clerk in the dry goods store of George M. Eddy. June 17, 1850, with William C. Macy, as Buckminster & Macy, he engaged in the dry goods business, and after twenty years sold out to his partner. Soon afterward he was elected treasurer of the New England Mutual Aid Society and served five years. Since April 15, 1879, he has been treasurer of the Liberty Hall Association, and since April, 1881, has served as treasurer of the relief committee of the Union for Good Works, which he assisted in organizing. He was a member of the militia home guards during the Civil war, served as alderman five years, and was a member of the Legislature in 1876 and 1877. He was also in the Legislature in 1875, but owing to a contest was unseated. In politics he has always been a Republican. April 24, 1850, he married Mary J., daughter of John Beicher, of Randolph, Mass., by whom he had one son, Frank L., born in 1852, died in 1869. She died November 11, 1890.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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