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William Buckingham
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Birth: 1635, England
Death: 1701
Pennsylvania, USA

The information on William Buckingham begins with his 1682 arrival in America with his son John. Nothing is known about any other children or about William's first wife.

William probably married his 2d wife Margaret in about 1695 in Chester County.

The following is from a typescript about William Buckingham.

Religion was very important in William Buckingham's life. [Note, the Rev Wm. Buckingham is recognized by the Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy.] The following will cover some of what happened to William, his family and their religious life in early America.

In 1687 Welsh and Irish Baptists crossed the Atlantic and settled in lower Dublin, Pa., called Pennypack. This church was the seat from which influence and men went forth who organized the earliest churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

William came to Cohansey, Salem County, New Jersey as a Quaker. Cohansey was an area settled by Baptists. There was no regular church and member met in their homes. William converted & became a Baptist minister and then later a Seventh Day Baptist. {The churches that William was a part of at various times were: 1. Baptist Church at Cohansey, Salem Co., NJ, 2. Brandywine Baptist Church in Birmingham Twp., & its' branch the Baptist Church in Ridley's Creek in Upper Providence Twp.}
In 1697, [Oct 12, 1697], there was a division in the Society of Friends know as the Keithian Friends, followers of George Keith. "Among other Quakers baptized were John Beckingham and to them joined Wm. Beckingham, who broke away from the church at Cohansey. William Beckingham administered both baptism and the Lord's Supper until 1700 when the congregational estate was dissolved because they could no longer bear the Quaker church policy.

In 1700 difference arose among them touching the Sabbath which broke up the Society. Such as adhered to the Seventh Day, (Seventh Day Baptists), kept together at Newtown. The rest lay scattered in the neighborhood until Mr. Abel Morgan gathered 15 of them and formed them into a Society called the Church of Brandywine."

The Keithian Quakers ended into a transformation of Keithian Baptists of Quaker Baptists. They distinguished days and months by numerical names, held to plainness of language, dress and not swearing or fighting. William's son John Buckingham and John's wife Hannah were baptized in the Brandywine Church in 1715 as charter members.

In this area the Buckingham name was in early times presented as Beckingham.

[Per Leckey's book, while William had many children, only John is known.]
This Buckingham line has no ties to Thomas Buckingham the puritan who in 1637 settled in Connecticut.

William Beckingham and his son John Beckingham arrived in Chester county on the Amity on 6/8/1682.

The last known information on William is on 14 Feb 1701. It shows William and Margaret living in Chichester, PA when he petitioned the court for a "Fair".
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  John Buckingham (1670 - 1754)*
*Calculated relationship
Specifically: Location of 1701 burial unknown
Created by: The Ancestor Hunter
Record added: Apr 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68904608

From your 8th great-grand daughter.
- Rob & Janet (Treaster) MCDONALD
 Added: Oct. 4, 2013
Rest in peace...from the wife of your 9th Great Grandson.
- Cindy
 Added: Nov. 28, 2012
one of your grandaughters
- Robin
 Added: Oct. 12, 2012
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