(June 30, 1816- )
JOEL BUCKINGHAM was born in the town of Georgetown, Madison Co., June 30, 1816, and is the son
of REUBEN and CATY (COOK) BUCKINGHAM. The former was a native of Saybrook, Conn., and was
born the 5th of August, 1787. The latter was born in Vermont, August 20, 1791. They were married
August 4, 1811. REUBEN came to Georgetown with his parents who were among the earliest settlers in
the town; CATY COOK came to Otselic with her aunt, at an early day. They were farmers, and their history
was the same as that of all the settlers in a new country. They had a family of ten children, as follows:
NATHAN, JULIUS, SOLOMON, JOEL, EDMUND, LOVINA, JEDEDIAH, JAMES, MABEL and REUBEN
P., five of whom are still living, vis: JOEL, EDMUND, LOVINA, JEDEDIAH and MABEL. These children
received an extremely limited education, their parents being able to give them such advantages only, as
were afforded by the common schools of their town.
REUBEN died Jan. 14, 1859, aged seventy-one years, and his wife, CATY, died Oct. 20, 1879, aged
JOEL spent his early years at home working on the farm and occasionally attending school winters. The
winter he was twenty years old he engaged with LEWIS MERRILL to drive a stage from Truxton to
McLean, on the line from Utica to Ithaca. The next year he drove from Madison to Richfield Springs, on
the line from Albany to Syracuse, and continued on this route for two years. He then returned to the first
mentioned route and drove there a short time. He then engaged in farming, having bought a farm of 85
acres in Otselic. In 1841, the 8th of July, he was united in marriage with SALLY M., daughter of ELIAS
and SALLY (MAXHAM) CARD, of Otselic. They were natives, the former of Madison county, and the
latter of Massachusetts. She was born the 11th of February, 1824. Mr. BUCKINGHAM continued farming
about nine years. He then run portion of a line of stages from Utica to Pitcher, about four years, and then
returned to farming and continued in that business until 1865. He built the cheese factory at Otselic, in
1867, and operated it till 1871. He then went to DeRuyter, and built a factory there in 1875. He was
engaged there in the manufacture of cheese some three years before and three years after he built the
factory at DeRuyter. He then came back to Otselic and has been very largely engaged in the manufacture
of butter and cheese up to the present time. The factory at Otselic has received as high as 21,000 pounds
of milk in a single day, and the business is very large during the entire season.
Mr. BUCKINGHAM is a democrat in politics and has had several town offices, such as town clerk, collector
and constable and was postmaster at Otselic four years under Gen. Taylor's administration. In religious
sentiment he is a Universalist.
To Mr. and Mrs. BUCKINGHAM have been born four children whose names are as follows: JENETTE, born
May 7, 1845, married DAVID NEWITT, of DeRuyter, Jan. 29, 1873; CASSIUS M., born Nov. 23, 1848,
married EMMA L. JAQUITH, of Otselic, March 22, 1871; CLAYTON A., born Oct. 23, 1852, unmarried; and
ARTHUR A., born Oct. 31, 1856, died March 16, 1862.
From "Hisory of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 475.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Friday, August 13, 1999 10:07 AM
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