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The Society provides private and personal, escorted, guided, tours to "Places Named Bucklin".  Hotel and restaurants are carefully chosen. For each area of society focus,  we include a place named Bucklin, and also special places that most tourists pass by, because of lack of knowledge of the area.   Bucklin VIP "designer" personally guided tours are fun,  informative, and memorable, with superior food and lodging .  Read more about our history focus VIP tours.


The Bucklin family name is associated with several
towns, counties, hills, businesses, and streets. 

Special page: Places in Rhode Island of Interest to Bucklins.

There is, as you may expect, because the founder of the Bucklin family in the United States , William Bucklin, lived mostly in Rhode Island, and generations of Bucklins have lived there, there are several Bucklin place names in Rhode Island. That's why we have a special page (link above) about Rhode Island. 

But don's overlook almost every other state in the present United States.  Of course, states New England states are prominent.   Good examples of Bucklin place names are found in the adjacent towns of Adams and Cheshire in Massachusetts.  The Bucklins were a vital force in those towns.  Take a look at our Special page; Adams, MA.

Bucklin Hill is located in West Guilford, a few miles east of Halifax, VT, in the Green River valley of southeastern Vermont.  Halifax is an entirely rural township comprised of wooded, steep valleys. It is the second oldest town in Vermont, chartered by King George the Second before the birth of the American republic.  Bucklin had farm on the hill before 1778, when Rev. Benjamin Bucklin started a Baptist church on the property.  Read more.

Gerry, Chautauqua Co., NY was once (early 1800's) known as Bucklin's Corners, and was populated by Bucklins (James and son Willard, among others) that moved from Windham Co., VT. Read more about the history of Gerry.  The area was an unbroken wilderness up to1815, when several families, all from Vermont, came to start new lives. "Vermont" and "Bucklin's Corners" were the first names attached to the area. The first recognition of the name Vermont to this locality is found in the town records of 1818: "A survey of a road beginning at a pine stump near James Bucklin's house, said stump standing in the highway now designated by the name of Vermont."  However, in 1820 James Bucklin opened a hotel which caused the place to be known as "Bucklin's Corners."  Bucklin's were early prominent in the Bucklin's Corners area.  The first town meeting, in 1830, included the election of Willard Bucklin as one of the two commissioners of highways, and James Bucklin, Jr., as one of the three overseers of poor. (For a period of six years beginning 1856, James Bucklin, Jr., was the supervisor of the substantial Gerry Orphanage, which cared for both children and also aged persons without means for their own support.) However, the post office was named "Vermont" until 1876, when Gerry became the name of the post office and the village area of Bucklin's Corners became Gerry.

There is a Bucklin, Franklin Co., MA.  We do not know anything more about it.  Anyone give us any ideas of why the town is named Bucklin?


Are you a Bucklin going to the wine country of California?  Do not miss the Bucklin Old Hill Ranch winery. Absolutely wonderful wine from the oldest vineyard in Sonoma County.  Four Bucklins and a historical vineyard with a unique place in wine history!
This winery is not connected with the Bucklin Hill Farm in southeastern Vermont (see down the page about the Vermont Bucklin Hill Farm.)


Kansas, which has a city named Bucklin, which of course has a lot of businesses that include "Bucklin" in their business name.   Bucklin, Ford County, Kansas, United States, population was 710 in 1990 (it's now 725) with the city land area being a total of 353 acres. Since 1990 the population has been shrinking. We thought you might like to see what it looked like in 1909.

Anything Kansas has, Missouri had it earlier, is what they say in Bucklin, MO.   Bucklin, Linn County, Missouri, United States, population was 616 in 1990 with a land area of 702 acres. (Fewer people but more land than the city in Kansas.) It claims to have been named Bucklin before the town in Kansas.  In 1845 James H. Watson and Dr. John F. Powers established Bucklin Township in Missouri. Bucklin was named after Major James McGee Bucklin, Chief Engineer of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, in a failed bid to get the railroad division point. In 1866 the town of Bucklin was incorporated, and one James H. Wyett became the first "Lord Mayor of Bucklin"..

Bucklin MO, Bucklin, KS, and Bucklinville, IL are all the result of James McGee Bucklin's railroad building and the efforts of localities to get a railroad division point at their city.  When the same railroad ran through all three of these towns, it must have been amusing to get on the train in Bucklinville, travel all day west and get off the train in Bucklin, get on the next day and travel west some more and get off the train again in Bucklin!

Bucklin Township, Michigan, was near present day Wayne. Three Algonquin tribes - Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Ottawa - met each year on the middle fork of the Rouge River at the site of Nankin Mills to establish hunting territories. In 1824, territorial Governor William Cass created Bucklin Township, which covered the cities now known as Westland, Livonia, Wayne and Garden City. Bucklin Township was later divided into Nankin and Livonia Townships.  This Bucklin Township was named after a William Bucklin who was a fascinating man.  He realized when the Erie cannel was being built that money could be made by the man owning land in Michigan Territory when settlers arrive there via the to-be-built cannel. He secured a judicial commission from President Madison and used it (trading services for land) to gain land which he sold to new arrivals to the Territory. (400 acres he owned became a century later a part of the site of the Henry Ford Plant.  See Michigan section of the State Guide Series by the Federal Writers' project.

Charles Bucklin of the Bucklin Michigan  area was the First Sergeant of Company F of the 24th Regiment of the Iron Brigade was killed in action at Gettysburg. The Iron Brigade suffered the highest percentage of casualties of any brigade in the Civil War. (80% of its 2000 men were killed in action in the first day at Gettysburg!)

"Of the Field Officers of the 24th, Col. Morrow was prostrated by a scalp wound, and remained for some time in the hands of the enemy. Lieut. Col. Mark Flanigan, ... lost a leg. Major Edwin B. Wright, ... lost an eye,...  As all the Field Officers were wounded, the command devolved upon Capt. Albert M. Edwards....Col. Morrow commends very highly ....Sergt. Major Andrew J. Conner and 1st Sergt. Geo. W. Haight, who fought with wounds still unhealed, and ...1st Sergeant Charles Bucklin and corporal G. W. Evans, are praised for their bravery and purity of life; they were both killed on the field." [Ref.]

The death of Charles Bucklin resulted in the Bucklin name being placed into some place or organization references in his area of Michigan. Charles Bucklin was a product of the Midwestern social culture of the 1800's . The Brigade in which he fought, the Iron Brigade, known as the Iron Brigade of the West, was  an infantry brigade composed of regiments from states that are today considered Midwestern. Noted for its strong discipline, its unique uniform appearance, and its tenacious fighting ability,

There also is a Bucklin Township in Slope County, North Dakota. Slope County is in the far southwest corner of North Dakota. Ms Schatz, the Clerk of Court for the Slope County tells us that Bucklin Township was named after a man named John August Bucklin (Gus) who, in 1914, homesteaded the south half of Section 28 in Bucklin Township, north of Marmarth, ND.  in 1914. John with his half brother Ted Johnson ranched there, raising  cattle and horses together. In 1917 John was elected county commissioner.  John Bucklin and Ted Johnson sold their ranch operations during  the drought in 1919. In 1926 John bought and operated the Corner Store in Marmarth.  He later sold the Corner Store and moved to Orleans, Nebraska.

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 Bucklin Society: national history center for American Revolutionary attack on Gaspee; and for Bucklin family history and genealolgy.