Ref: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
Shawnee County - Part 53
Published in 1883 by A.T. Andreas, Chicago, IL
61% of American presidents have been of Scots descent.
2010 this figure may have changed.
THOMAS BUCKMAN, farmer, P. O. Topeka, Section 7. Owns 240 acres, has eighty acres under plough, ten acres in orchard, forty acres in cultivated grasses, balance in native grasses and timber. His house is a model of neatness and comfort, with good cellar and all modern conveniences; built in 1872 at a cost of $1,800. A substantial frame barn with stabling room for twelve horses and threshing floor, and capacity for twenty-five tons of hay. A grain house which will hold 1,500 bushels of wheat; a crib for 1,000 bushels of corn. Mr. B. has 100 head of cattle, and a lot of choice bred hogs. His orchard is one of the best and and most complete in Shawnee County, and includes all the fall and winter varieties of fruit, such as by experience have been demonstrated to flourish best in Kansas. Mr. Buckman came to Kansas in September of 1869, and has made his farm from the raw prairie, and his buildings, hedge and stone fences, fruit and ornamental trees attest his industry and good judgment. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, August 26, 1824, and is a descendant of the Buckmans who came to America in the ship Welcome, with William Penn, in September, 1682. When ten years of age moved with his parents to Chester County, Pennsylvania, where they remained nine years and returned to Bucks County, Pennsylvania; removed to Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1853, where he engaged in the milling business, from there he went to Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio, and engaged in milling and shipping grain, and came from thence to Kansas. He was married in Trenton, New Jersey, in November, 1847, to Miss Susanna Howell, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and has three children living - Anna, Edward and Mercy. While in Alliance Mr. Buckman was a member of the Board of Health, Board of Education, and of the City Council. In 1876 was elected to the Kansas State Legislature and while a member of that body was appointed Chairman of several important committees and was a warm supporter of P. P. Plumb for State Senator. He is a member of Alliance Lodge, A. F. & A. M. Was born and raised a Quaker, but has been connected with the Presbyterian Church since coming to Kansas.
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