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Dr Alphonzo Watson "A.W." Buckland
Birth: Jun. 19, 1843
Iowa, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1900
Woonsocket
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

American Biography By William Richard Cutter, American Historical Company, American historical company, inc., New York pg. 322, 323 The American Bucklands are a branch of the ancient English family. The Bucklands of the present day who claim a Colonial lineage, are the descendants of William Buckland, of Hingham, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. According to Mr. W. Tracy Eustis and Mr. Edward G. Buckland, who have made extensive research on the Buckland family, the male line of Thomas Buckland, the other founder of the name in New England, became extinct in the eighteenth century. Windsor, Connecticut, has been the home of one of the most prominent branches of the family in America since the beginning of the eighteenth century. (I) William Buckland, immigrant ancestor and founder, was of Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1635, in which year he received a grant of land. He remained in Hingham until about 1650, during which period he purchased other property. In 1658 he appears on the records of the town of Rehoboth, where he remained for about twenty years. In 1679 William Buckland removed to East Hartford, Connecticut, where he died. (II) William (2) Buckland, son of William (i) Buckland, was a resident of East Hartford, and of Windsor, Connecticut, where he died May 13, 1691. He was a farmer and large landowner. (III) William (3) Buckland, son of William (2) Buckland, was of East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1687. He married Elizabeth Hills, and among their children was Jonathan, mentioned below. (IV) Jonathan Buckland, son of William (3) and Elizabeth (Hills) Buckland, was born about 1716. He was a resident of East Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut. Jonathan Buckland married (first) Sybil Burnham, and possibly (second) Sarah Anderson. His widow married (second) James Forbes. (V) Alexander Buckland, son of Jonathan and Sybil (Burnham) Buckland, was born about 1739. He settled on the west side of the Great Marsh in Ellington, where he died in 1815. He was a prosperous farmer, and a large landowner. He married Sarah Smith, of New Haven, Connecticut, who was born about 1738, and died July 19, 1823, aged eighty- five years. (VI) Captain Erastus Buckland, son of Alexander and Sarah (Smith) Buckland, was born April 2, 1774, in East Windsor, Connecticut. He married Sarah Heath, born April 19, 1775, daughter of Stephen and Polly (Osborn) Heath, of East Windsor, Connecticut. Captain Buckland died in November, 1820, aged forty-six years. His widow died October 21, 1850, aged seventy-five years. (VII) Lorenzo Montgomery Buckland, son of Captain Erastus and Sarah (Heath) Buckland, was born February 7, 1810. He was a lifelong resident of East Windsor, and one of its prominent citizens. He married, January I, 1835, Julia Hull, born August 3, 1811, in East Windsor, Connecticut. Mr. Buckland died July 3, 1875, aged sixty-five years.
Lorenzo Montgomery and Julia (Hull) Buckland were the parents of the following children: I. Lath an Lorenzo, married Harriet Ames, and died in Providence, Rhode Island. 2. Sarah Manila, married Charles Reynolds, of Norwalk, Connecticut. 3. Julia Isadore, married Almanzo Buckland, of Springfield, Massachusetts. 4. Alphonzo Watson, mentioned below. 5. Louisa, married (first) Edward Sexton, of Windsor ; (second) George Addison Bingham, of Hartford, Connecticut. 6. Wilbur F. (VIII) Dr. Alphonzo Watson Buck- land, son of Lorenzo Montgomery and Julia (Hull) Buckland, for many years a prominent figure in the ranks of the dental profession in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was born June 19, 1843, m Buren county, Iowa. He removed with his parents to Broad Brook, Connecticut, where he received his early education in the public schools. He later attended the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and the Providence Conference at East Greenwich, Rhode Island. In the summer vacations he had added to his slender means by teaching school. On finishing his studies at the Providence Conference Seminary, he spent three years in the oil regions of Pennsylvania, at the end of which time he returned to New England and married. Later he determined on the dental profession as his life work, and toward this end removed to Philadelphia, where he began the study of dentistry under his cousin, Dr. Charles A. Kingsbury. Continuing his work at the Philadelphia Dental College, he was graduated from that institution with the class of 1871. In the latter part of the year, Dr. Buckland established himself in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where he at once entered upon a large practice. He rose rapidly to prominence in professional circles in Woonsocket, and acquired an enviable reputation among his confreres in Rhode Island. Dr. Buckland for several years held clinics in the larger New England colleges, and in this field conducted a highly valuable work. He was widely known in the organizations of his profession, and was a member of the American Academy of Dental Science, of the New England Dental Society, and of the Rhode Island Board of Registration of Dentistry. From the time of his coming to Woonsocket he took a deep interest in its life and affairs, and until his death was actively identified with movements for the advancement and development of the city. At one time he was president of the Woonsocket Electric Machine and Power Company, and of the Woonsocket Spool and Bobbin Company. He was well known in business and financial circles, and was for many years a director of the Producers' and the People's Savings banks, filling the office of president of the latter institution. He was an able business man and financier, a sound judge of values, and a man of keen foresight, whose opinion was widely sought. He was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Woonsocket, one of its trustees and a member of the board of stewards. Fraternally he was a member of Washington Lodge, No. 70, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Windsor, Connecticut; of Union Chapter, No. 5, Royal Arch Masons; and of Woonsocket Com- mandery, No. 23, of which he had been past commander. He had attained the thirty-second degree in Masonry. He was also a member of Washington Lodge, No. 1269, Knights of Honor, and of several other fraternal organizations.
On October ID, 1866, Dr. Buckland married Helen Augusta Marble, daughter of Joel Waters and Mary Ann (Harding) Marble, of Southbridge, Massachusetts. They were the parents of three children : i. Florence Myrtle, who married George F. S. Singleton, of Providence. 2. Alice Maud, now Mrs. Edgar Lakey, of Franklin. Massachusetts. 3. Bessie May, the wife of Dr. Robert L. Davis, of Woonsocket. Mrs. Buckland survives her husband and resides at No. 167 Blackstone avenue, Woonsocket. She is well known in social circles in the city, and has been prominent in charitable efforts. Dr. Alphonzo Watson Buckland died at his home in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, August 24, 1900, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Woonsocket.

The above added by Gail at StorybehindtheStones (#47612772)before she kindly transferred the memorial to me. BZS

On his business card pictured on the right, Dr. Buckland offered to extract teeth without pain. This would not have been possible were it not for the discovery of surgical anesthesia by Dr.Horace Wells (1815-1848), a Hartford, Connecticut dentist.

Dr. Wells attended a laughing gas demonstration on December 10, 1844 where he observed the properties of nitrous oxide gas and recognized its potential. Gardner Quincy Colton (1814-1898) a showman and former medical student who later turned dentist had directed the laughing gas demonstration.

The very next day (December 11, 1844) Dr. Wells had Colton come to his office where he had a tooth painlessly removed by his colleague, Dr. John Mankey Riggs (1811-1885), using nitrous oxide gas. This discovery arguably represents dentistry's greatest gift to medicine and to humanity.

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery conveyed an honorary Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree on Dr. Riggs in 1879. Dr. Wells was posthumously awarded an admittedly belated DDS degree during the sesquicentennial of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1990.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Lorenzo Buckland (1810 - 1875)
  Julia Hull Buckland (1811 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Helen Augusta Marble Buckland (1843 - 1919)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
North Smithfield
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Plot: 03, 0068
 
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