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The generations are numbered working back from Jack's as (1)
JOHN and SARAH BUCK (7)
JOHN BUCK was the son of William Buck , solicitor, of the village of Gargrave, which lies north-west of Skipton in Yorkshire. His mother, Elizabeth Taylor, was a widow when she married. We do not know her maiden name, nor whom and where she married.
The status of John’s family is evident in the Gargrave baptismal register.
1752 Dec 14. Jn o son of Mr William and Elizabeth Buck of Gargrave.
Only men of high social standing were given the title ‘Mr’.
There were a number of Buck families in this area. Some were farmers, but a number of them were attorneys or doctors.
John appears to be the eldest child. He had a brother William born three years later. The fact that there were no more children baptised for this couple in Gargrave may mean that John’s mother died not long after this second child was born. We have not found her burial, then or later.
This was a family in which the men typically took up the profession of law or medicine. After education in London, John became a well-known doctor in the Lancashire town of Colne, between Burnley and Skipton. He set up practice there in 1777, at the age of 25.
Although Colne is in Lancashire and Gargrave in Yorkshire, they are less than 10 miles apart.
following story is from the Colne Times , Saturday 9th March
1878 (held at Colne Library)...
The year just past was the centenary of the professional residence of the family of Buck in Colne. The first Dr. Buck who was educated in London settled in this town as a medical practitioner in the Year 1777 and died in January 1818 leaving two sons George and John both of whom were brought up in the profession. The former settled in Cumberland whilst the other continued the practice up to his death in1866. He left two sons, Mr. H. Buck who practices in Burnley and Colne and Mr. Edward Buck so well known in the latter place. The gentleman who established the practice here was the son of William Buck Esq. who was a Solicitor in Gargrave over a century ago.
The one missing detail in the story is the name of George and John's father, who must have trained as a medical practitioner in London in the 1770s. However, his death date matches that of the surgeon John Buck of Colne. His age at death confirms that he is the son of William and Elizabeth .
SARAH. We do not have a record of Sarah’s maiden name. She appears to have been known familiarly as Sally. We know from her age at death that she was born in 1754 or the end of 1753.
We do not know when and where they married. It may have been before John moved to Colne or very shortly after.
have the following baptisms at St Bartholomew, Colne for children
of John and Sarah Buck.
Mary 5 Nov 1783
8 Jun 1785 (parents John and Sally )
Ann 22 Aug 1789
The subsequent baptisms show the date of birth as well as of baptism, and the father’s occupation.
............... 8 May 1791 John John Buck Apothecary
10 Jan 1794 11 Feb 1794 Charlotte John Buck Surgeon Apothecary
20 Jan 1793 28 April 1793 William John Buck Doctor Apothecary
8 Dec 1798 25 Jan 1799 Martha John Buck Surgeon
Although he had settled in Colne, John kept close links with Gargrave. The Gargrave burial register shows:
1782 Jan 17 Sarah Buck Daur of John & ... Buck Colne
1788 Feb. 23 William son of John & Sarah Buck Colne. We do not have a record of William’s baptism.
1790 Feb. 4 Martha of John & Sarah Buck Colne
More enigmatically, we have the marriage in Gargrave of in 1780 of William Buck of Colne in the county of. Lancaster, Woolen draper, & Elizabeth Bulcock of Gargrave, married by licence 27 July 1780 by H: Croft. Both William and Elizabeth sign their names. The witnesses are Thomas Watkinson and William Hartley.
It is tempting to see this as John’s younger brother William, born in Gargrave in 1755, but the groom’s age on the marriage licence is 23, making him a little too young for this.
Colne was a major town in the woollen trade.
The Hole-in-the-Wall Inn, Colne
Buck was a respected
figure in the community. The Minute Book of the Bradford-Colne Trust
shows the following Trustees under the Turnpike Acts for the 1790s:
1806. March.... at Leeds, Mr William Buck, of Bank Newton, near Gargrave, to Miss [Ellen] Hardacre of Long Preston. – In the evening of the same day, Mr John Buck, an eminent grazier, and father of the bridegroom, died suddenly, while the marriage was celebrating at his house.
The Bucks of Bank Newton were a prominent Gargrave family, and possibly related to John.
On 26 April 1806 the Lancaster Gazette has the following notice of a marriage:
“On Sunday sennight, Mr. John Folds, leather-cutter, to Miss Sarah Buck, third daughter of Mr J. Buck ; all of Colne.”
John died on 8 Jan 1818. His death was recorded in the Lancaster Gazette on Saturday 17 January. “On Thursday se’nnight, aged 65, Mr. John Buck , sen. of Colne, surgeon.”
True to his practice of burying his children in Gargrave, he was himself interred in Gargrave on 10 Jan 1818.
Sarah lived for another 7 years. Like John and several of her children she was buried in Gargrave.
1825 Nov 28 Sarah Buck of Colne age 71.
John and Sarah’s sons George and John both followed John’s profession as doctors. George set up a practice in Alston, Cumberland. John junior remained in Colne.
John junior had the following children baptised at St Bartholomew, Colne.
31 Aug Henry John Buck & Alice Surgeon
1833 April 5 Elizabeth Alice
https://archive.org/details/parishregisterof28garg . Yorkshire Parish Register Society, Gargrave.
Next Generation: 6. BUCK-FORSTER
Previous Generations: 8. BUCK