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William Buck, of Cambridge

Also Known As: "Wilton"
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margaret Buck and Margaret Grace Buck
Father of Margaret Thurston; died young Buck; Lieutenant Issac Buck; Christian Buck; James Buck and 4 others

Occupation: Plowright
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About William Buck, of Cambridge


According to the Robert Charles Anderson in Great Migration William1 Buck of Cambridge had unknown parents, an unknown origin, an unrecorded wife and a single child named Roger. See New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 2:1:448-50


William BUCK was born about 1585 in England. He immigrated in Apr 1635 to America from England.He died intestate 24 Jan 1658 in Cambridge, MA. The name of his wife is not known. He was a plowright. He, with his son Roger, sailed from England in Apr 1635 aboard the ship INCREASE, Robert Lea, master. William's age was given as being 50, and Roger 18. According to the diary of Martha BUCK HARWOOD, William had a total of 9 sons, all of whom eventually joined him in New England. William is said to be buried in the old cemetery at Harvard Square in Cambridge, however no records of the burial, nor stone can be found.

  • "WILLIAM, Cambridge, ploughwright, came in the Increase 1635, aged 50, d. 24 Jan. 1658. His s. Roger had admin. in Apr. foll. A Christian B. came in the Blessing 1635, aged 26." - Savage

From Nash's History of Worcestershire, England 1799: "William Buck, Esq., born about 1585, son and heir of Nathaniel, son of John of the ancient family of Lastonashe, parish of Kemfey (Kempsey) three miles south of the city of Worcester in Valley between the Severn and the Avon, 'the vale of Worcester,' a Midland County of England. He married about 1606 Margaret, dau. and heir of Michael Good of Sussex, Lord of the castle of Frome, Somersetshire"

He, giving his occupation as "plowrite", and his son Roger, aged 50 and 18 respectively, embarked from London to New England on 15 April 1635 in the "Increase" with Robert Lea, master, and many other passengers.(1) to New England and landing a month later at Boston Massachusetts (April 15, 1635 Certificate source not given: "Buck Wilton 50, Plowrite"; "Buck Robert 18,")

William must have liked what he saw, for he returned soon and sailed again, with his wife and family, in the "Unitie", Jon. Taylor, master, from Weymouth to Matahusates Bay, New England, on 12 Sept. 1635.(2)

His son Roger inherited all of his property. Although some other branches of the Buck family have stories connecting them to William, no supporting documentation has been found.


  1. John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality.., (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1962) transcribed passenger lists, including the "Increase", from London P.R.O. Class E 157.
  2. Peter Wilson Coldham, F.A.S.G., "Genealogical Gleanings In England : Passengers and Ships to America, 1618-1668," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol.71 No.3 (Sept. 1983), p.164ff extracts documents in the P.R.O. E 190 series. P.175 lists passengers on the "Unitie", including William Buck, Robert Looke, Jon. Tise, and William Ellwood, all with "wife and family," and Nicholas Tailor, Richard Davies, Hugh Corbin, Robert Cattell, and Arther Hollman, each "and family."



The parents of Emanuel (Enoch) Buck of Wethersfield are not known. Disconnected this William Buck as parent of him, August 2014

Emigrated from England to Salem, Mass in the ship "Increase" in 1635, with 4 sons. Settled in Cambridge, Mass.

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William Buck, of Cambridge's Timeline

Age 14
Age 17
Situate, Plymouth, England, UK
Age 20
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
Age 24
Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, Great Britain
February 15, 1617
Age 32
Church-Gresley, Derbyshire, England
Age 32
Age 32
Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England