|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1848|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1933|
From various newspaper articles
Spouse: Minerva Piggot, (2) Nancy Ellen Moore
JAMES SMITH BUCKLEY
1848 - 1933
James Smith Buckley was born January 15, 1848, in Hancock County, Kentucky, and he died June 26, 1933. On February 26, 1870, he was united in marriage to Minerva Piggot, who passed away April 22, 1877. To this union three children were born. Mrs. Peter Frantz of Sterling, Illinois, Newton Buckley of Swearingen, Texas and Grace Buckley who died in infancy. On February 27, 1878, he was united in marriage to Nancy Ellen Moore. She was buried November 22, 1944.To this union were born seven children. He had 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren when he passed away.
James and Ellen pleasantly passed their golden anniversary at their home, 1105 Eighth Avenue. Throughout the day friends called and many congratulations were received from distant friends. Included among these was a beautiful bouquet of roses from relatives at Edwardsville, Illinois.
Early in the evening the noise of a chivalry party reminded them that local relatives would also join in hearty congratulations. After much merry making the groom of 50 years furnished treats.
The following program was then enjoyed.
Poem, "Our Fiftieth Anniversary," composed by Lois Frisk, a blind friend, read by Mrs. Harley Taylor.
Duet, "Silver Threads Among the Gold," by Beulah Bjork and Evelyn Taylor.
Poem, "Old Fashioned Parents," read by Mrs. Peter Frantz.
Cards of congratulations were read aloud by Miss Beulah Bjork.
A beautiful bouquet of carnations was next presented by Victor Bjork with congratulations in behalf of the grandchildren.
Duet, "Side by Side," by Raymond and Paul Bjork.
Poem, composed by a niece of the couple, Miss Josephine Frantz of Forth Worth, Texas, was recited by Ruth Gerdes.
Duet, "Will You Love Me When I'm Old," by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gerdes.
A purse of fifty dollars was presented by Mrs. Harley Taylor with words of appreciation for the elderly couple in behalf of their children.
A gift of five dollars was also received from an aged brother of Mr. Buckley, living in Weatherford, Texas.
Another Five dollar gold piece was also received from a grandson, Everett Bjork, of Valparaiso, Indiana.
All present then joined heartily in singing "Home, Sweet Home."
Solo, "This is the End of a Perfect Day," by Eunice Taylor, accompanied by violin obbligato.
After a touching prayer led by Peter Frantz the guests departed, bidding the aged couple a fond "good night."
In November, 1878, he united with the Church of the Brethren, in which faith he remained to the end. Six years later he entered the ministry and served the church in this capacity for many years, always willing to do his utmost for the cause which was dear to his heart. He moved to Sterling from Macoupin County, Illinois in 1901.
Four weeks previous to his death he was bedfast and at times suffering much. He spoke often of his coming death and longed to be with his Lord and Savior in the great beyond. All that loving hands could do was done for him.
(This was my husband, Newton Buckley's, great grandfather. If anyone has any more information about him, we would appreciate it.)
Nancy Ellen Moore Buckley (1852 - 1944)*
Lillian A. Buckley Frantz (1871 - 1950)*
Julia Ann Buckley Bjork (1880 - 1967)*
William J. Buckley (1887 - 1949)*
Plot: Section 9, Lot 1344, Space 2
Created by: Monna Buckley
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39599709