Wayne County Family Biographies

The Buckleys of Walworth

Contributed by Mary Russell


James Buckley was born January 22, 1776. It is not known yet where he was born, but he first shows up in the 1810 Federal Census in Ontario county New York. In May 18, 1814, he was listed in the Geneva Gazette as being a justice of the peace in Ontario. He is listed in the 1820 Federal Census in Ontario, then with the formation of Wayne county, he is in the 1830 federal census in Walworth, Wayne County. He married Sarah Hickock, daughter of James and Mary Hickock of Massachusetts. Sarah was born April 10, 1785, and married James Buckley sometime before 1805, when their first child was born. James died in Walworth at his farm on November 28, 1839. He is buried at Hall Center Cemetery. Sarah Buckley moved with a daughter and son-in-law to Rome, Lenawee county, Michigan where she died on November 2, 1870. To James and Sarah, 11 children were raised to adulthood.

John F. Buckley, born 1805, moved to Berrien county Michigan. Emeline Buckley (Mrs. James) Vaughn, born 1807, moved to Erie county New York. Malissa Buckley (Mrs. David) Buttolph, born 1808, died November 18, 1851, at Walworth, and is buried at Hall Center Cemetery alongside 2 of their young children. Loton Buckley, born 1811, died July 6, 1885, at Walworth, and is buried at Hall Center Cemetery with his wife Sarah. Amy Buckley (Mrs. Calvin) Blake, born 1813, moved to Erie county New York. Alonzo Buckley, born September 15, 1814, moved to Michigan then Iowa, died August 7, 1899 at Corning, Iowa. Barbery Buckley (Mrs. David) Upton, born 1818, moved to Lenawee county Michigan. William B. Buckley, born 1820, lived his entire life in Walworth. Mary Ann Buckley Blakely, born 1822, died before 1854 in Erie county, New York. Samuel H. Buckley, born 1825, moved to Michigan, died April 18, 1853, while on board a steamer on the Pacific Ocean bound for California. Caroline Buckley (Mrs. Jonas) Weaver, born 1827, moved to Lenawee county Michigan.


Loton Buckley was born in Ontario county New York in 1811, the fourth child of James and Sarah (Hickock) Buckley. He married Sarah Weter in 1835. Sarah, born about 1815, was the daughter of Richard and Sarah (Mott) Weter. Richard was an immigrant from Germany, and Sarah Mott was daughter of John Mott who fought in the Revolutionary war and is listed in the descendents of the Mayflower. The Motts and Weters lived in Oneida county and this is probably where Loton married Sarah. In the 1840 Federal Census, Loton is found in Walworth near his childhood home where his recently widowed mother lived. In 1850, he is found in Floyd, Oneida County living with his recently widowed mother-in-law. About 1856, Loton and Sarah moved back to Walworth where they resided until their deaths. Loton operated a farm of 92 acres according to the Gazeteer of Wayne county dated 1867. This farm was worth $15000.00 according to the 1870 Federal Census. Loton died July 6, 1885, by "falling from a cherry tree" according to a Marion newspaper. His death record states that he died from a cervical fracture. He is buried in the Hall Center Cemetery. Sarah died September 13, 1889 from typhoid fever and is also buried at Hall Center. Loton and Sarah raised 8 children: James R., Sarah Jane, Calvin A., Adelea, Benjamin Franklin, John Wesley, Mary E., and Samuel Hershel. Calvin, Benjamin and John moved to Michigan. Samuel inherited the family farm in Walworth upon his parents' deaths. Nothing is known yet about the other siblings.

This obituary was written in the Walworth correspondence column of an unknown newspaper. Taken from a Marion scrapbook containing newspaper articles from 1889.

.... Another of the "old folks" has gone. Mrs. Loton Buckley died Friday morning, after a brief illness, aged 75 years. Her maiden name was Wheeter (Weter) and nearly her whole life has been spent in the vicinity of Walworth. Her husband was killed by falling from a cherry tree in July, 1885. They moved onto the "Buckley corner" in 1856 where they resided until about four weeks ago when, Mrs. Buckley with her son Herschel, moved into their new house just east of the old one. The funeral was held yesterday at the residence, Rev. Mr. Sharpe officiating.

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Check out the 1839 Will of James Buckley.

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