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A national history center for the 1772 Gaspee Affair, and for Bucklin Family History 1600 - 1899

Consider an $18, $28, or $50 donation to keep this site available to you.

You can use the "Contact Us" button to send us a message, but in many weeks no volunteer will be available to respond.

All persons interested in history are invited. You do not have to be a Bucklin.


Gaspee Affair - Revolutionary War - American History - Bucklin Family
Researching and Preserving History for Future Generations.

Site Summary. A national history center both for the Gaspee Affair of 1772  and also for Bucklin History 1600-1899. The site focuses on the pre-Revolutionary history of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the events and people involved in the Americans' 1772 attack on the Royal Navy ship Gaspee, and facts regarding the Bucklin family, including an over  4,000 person genealogical database.




Leonard Bucklin,
1998 through 2013.
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Attack of the Gaspee as the start of the American Revolution

Burn the Gaspee!
American History: First act of war in the American Revolution was rifle shot by Joseph Bucklin.

The English Attorney General formally declared Joseph Bucklin's shot in the 1772 Gaspee Attack to be the first Act of War by the American colonists!  The 1772  American attack on the English Navy ship Gaspee was a significant event in Revolutionary War history.

The Joseph Bucklin Society conducts research and education on the American Revolution in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  We research,  and make available to you, political, social, legal and economic history of 1600 -1800 in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We specialize in the events and persons involved in the Gaspee Affair. This website is one of the two most complete of the Internet's publically available sources of in-depth information about the Gaspee affair.

We go beyond research regarding Joseph Bucklin and the American attack on the Gaspee. We dig into, analyze, and present the history of Rhode Island and Massachusetts during 1600 - 1800, the causes of the American Revolution, and the Gaspee Affair, including the personal history of the Rhode Island men who attacked the Gaspee.

Also, because the New England Bucklin family was typical of those whose thinking and actions changed the nature of the early colonies, we spend special time finding and preserving historical information of the Bucklins of 1600 to 1800. Among other things, we maintain a 4000 person database of Bucklins. (If you are a Bucklin, then you are almost certainly a descendent of William Bucklin, who arrived in America in 1634!  His family was one of earliest, and one of the most important landowners, of early Rhode Island.) It's more than Bucklin family genealogy; it's part of American history.

Use the links in the left margin, or use our "Learn More" page to go to our nine (9) divisions, with hundreds of pages of historical information (American Colonial History, English Roots, Gaspee Affair, Bucklin Family and Roots, and more).

This website is extensive. As of 1 September 2012, when website growth was suspended, we had over 2,500 files of information, internally linked by about 6,000 links connecting the documents, data, and pictures.  We had more than 250 links to sources of information outside our website, plus more than 60 other organizations had websites that linked into our information pages.

Activities Closures.

Since the economic recessions of the last few years,  contributors who previously volunteered money to allow this website to operate now must use their resources elsewhere. Therefore, with regret, we inform you:

Most Joseph Bucklin Society activities have been suspended, until donations of time and money allow reactivation.

Help us reactivate our publically available website and responses! Consider an $18. $28, or $50 donation (or any amount, lower or higher) to keep this site going and available to persons like you.

All persons interested in history are invited. You do not have to be a Bucklin,  Annual membership is still only $18..

It costs us $3,600 a year in contributions income for full activities on the websites and responding to questions. Use this link for more about which activities now are limited or suspended.

About the Joseph Bucklin Society Organization.

Click here to learn about the Society's logoThe Joseph Bucklin Society is dedicated to historical research and the dissemination of educational material. The Society is not connected with any denomination or political group. We are here to preserve find and preserve important American, Gaspee, and Bucklin history from loss.

We are an American history organization, and this site is basically an history website, devoted especially to Colonial history and Revolutionary War era history, and the Bucklins in that period of time. This society was named in honor of Joseph Bucklin V. Both he and also the other Bucklin family lines are a notable part of early American history. The Bucklins of New England are good examples of the English people who came to New England, and of what, why, and how they lived and worked creating what became the United States. That's one of the reasons we have detailed Bucklin family information on this website.

In short, these web pages are where you find history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Colony, in the period 1600--- 1800, with particular reference to the history and aftermath of the Gaspee Affair, and of New England Bucklin families and settlements and their movements across the country.

Home page of Bucklin society Pages on the history of the Gaspee Affair. Pages on American colonial history Pages on Bucklin family history and genealogical data. History & other books, plus T-shirts, mugs, and other logo gift items