Biography of William P. Bucklin
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Among the pioneers whose memory it is well to perpetuate, because of fidelity to his family and other noble traits, is William P. Bucklin, who was born in Pennsylvania December 20, 1816. When two years of age, he removed with his parents to Sandusky County, Ohio, -and when fourteen years of age, accompanied them to Mottville, St. Joseph County, where his father died in the fall of their removal, leaving a large family of children depondent upon their own and mother’s exertions for a livelihood. With a manliness far beyond his years, he being the eldest son, he labored hard and successfully to maintain the family circle unbroken, devoting the whole of his earnings to this object.

When one takes into consideration the hard labor and small remuneration received at this time, and that he could look forward to nothing but the hardest labor to advance his own interest, and he an ambitious young man, the noble sacrifices made for his brothers and sisters can be, in a measure, realized, for he never thought of self until his marriage, January 20, 1839, to Mary A. Lilly, daughter of David and Mary Lilly. ile then purchased a small farm of forty acres, and commenced life on his own account, and eight years later, moved on the farm of his father-in-law, in La Grange township, where he deceased August 30, 1864, having the esteem and respect of the community in which he resided.

His widow, who retains the old homestead, is a resident of Marcellus, where she resides in luxurious quiet. Of their ten children— Ranson, Margaret, Albert, Estella and Laura L., are deceased. While Norton W.; Thursey A., now Mrs. Boyd; Cynthia A., now Mrs. J. J. Ritter; Josephine D., now Mrs. B. R. Beebe, and Florence A., now Mrs. I. M. Smith, all reside in this county.


From:
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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