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John Leland Buckley
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Birth: 1815
Death: 1868
Madison County
Illinois, USA

1815 - 1871

John Leland Buckley was born in 1815 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Ezell on June 4, 1835, daughter of Berryman and Phoebe Hamlin Ezell. John and Elizabeth were the parents of eight children, including James S. Buckley.

In 1844, the family started overland from Kentucky to Iowa. They were making the trip in wagons, and everything went well until after passing through Edwardsville, Illinois. Near Cotter's Station the horses took sick and died. Fate kept the family there, and they made Edwardsville their home. They rented land for a time and then purchased property. The property was located at the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 29 in township 5 in the north range 8, west of the third principal meridian, containing approximately 40 acres. This land located northwest of the town of Edwardsville, is still farm land today. In his will, dated July 3, 1868, John leaves the land to his sons, John Webb, James S. and Zechariah T.. County records of 1873 show the land in the name of John W. Buckley.

Will of John L. Buckley
Copied as Written

I John L. Buckley of Edwardsville Precinct in the county of Madison and state of Illinois do hereby make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.

First. It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Second. After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath unto my three sons John Webb Buckley, James S. Buckley and Zechariah T. Buckley, the farm situated in said county, and known and described as the south west quarter of the south east quarter of section twenty nine (29) in township no. five (5) and in the north range no. eight (8) west of the third principal meridian, contains forty (40) acres more of less, and to their heirs and assigns forever; Upon condition that John Webb Buckley afore said pay to my daughter Mary E. Buckley one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) before or at the time she is eighteen years of age.

Third. I give and devise unto the said John Webb Buckley, one three year old black mare mule, and one three years old bay horse mule. Also to the said James S. Buckley, one three year old bay mare mule, and one three years old black horse mule. Also to the said Zechariah T. Buckley, one bay mare mule two years old, and one bay mare mule one year old.

Fourth. I give and devise unto my son William B. Buckley, one promisory note for two hundred and twenty one dollars ($221.00) given by him to me dated February 29, A.D. 1868. provided he pays the interest thereon during my lifetime.

Fifth. I give and devise unto my son Columbus C. Buckley five dollars ($5.00) cash.

Sixth. I give and devise unto each of the following named sons and daughters one feather bed and bedding to wit, William B. Buckley, John Webb Buckley, James S. Buckley, Zechariah T. Buckley, Mary E. Buckley and Emma J. Buckley.

Seventh. I give and devise unto James S. Buckley one buggy and harness to be used for the benefit of himself and sisters afore mentioned.

Eighth. Also I give and devise unto the said John Webb Buckley, and James S. Buckley, to be used in raising the younger children, (Zechariah T., Mary E. and Emma J. Buckley) all the remaining live stock, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, etc., by me now owned; Also all the house hold furniture and other articles of personal property not here enumerated or otherwise disposed of in this will. It is my will that my two daughters already named in this will have all the house hold furniture now owned by me when they become of age.

All notes accounts etc. now due me and unpaid, together with the products of the present crop after the payment of rents and all necessary expenses are to be used for the sustenance of the family.

And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint W.H. Cotter and W.J. Roseberry executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said John L. Buckley have here unto set my hand and seal, this third day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight.

John L. Buckley
(his mark X)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John L. Buckley as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, in his presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

W.J. Roseberry
W.H. Cotter

J.L. Buckley's name was on the Madison County Directory in 1866.

Petition of John W. Buckley

In the matter of the estate of John L. Buckley deceased, for letters of administration with the will annexed.

To the Hon. David Gillespie, Judge of the County Court of Madison County in the state of Illinois.

The petition of the undersigned, respectfully represents that John L. Buckley laste of the County of Madison aforesaid, departed this life at said county, on or about the 15th day of August, A.D. 1868, leaving a last will and testament.

And this petition further shows that the said John L Buckley died, seized and possessed of real and personal estate, consisting chiefly of forty acres of land in said county - and mules, wagons, buggy, reaper, buggy, cattle, sheep, hogs, wheat, hay, corn and cash on hand, also household and kitchen furniture all the said personal estate being estimated to be worth about two thousand dollars. That said deceased left surviving him no widow, but Columbus C. Buckley, William B. Buckley, John W. Buckley, James S. Buckley, Zachariah T. Buckley, Mary E. Buckley and Emma J. Buckley his children as heirs. That your petitioner (being son of said deceased) believing that the said estate should be immediately administered, as well for the proper management of said estate as for the prompt collection of the assets, by virtue of his right under the Statute therefore pray that your honor will grant letters of administration with the will annexed to him in the premises, upon his taking the oath prescribed by the Statute, and entering into bond in such sum, and with securities, as may be approved by your honor.

John W. Buckley
dated August 20, 1868

Zack's deposition for will of his father, John L. Buckley

Z.T. Buckley son - am 25 - live in Pana - am son of John L. Buckley who died. I was 18 at death of my father. All the boys but myself were of age. I lived with my father till his death. In a couple months I left home. I supported myself since my father's death, (except) for the 2 months after father's death when we all lived together. Have 2 sisters Lizzie and Emma. Their ages were 9 and 11, Lizzie about 11. After Father's death they lived with my brother John about a year. J.S. Buckley then took Emma and has lived with him till her marriage. The oldest stayed with John W. most of time till her marriage, say 3 or 4 years. Emma was 16 or 17 when she married.
They stayed a year with brother John. I don't know how much longer.
James says we will let Webb have the farm a year. The first year, for repairing house, building stable, fixing fence which was in bad state. The keeping of the 2 girls was not included in this arrangement or mentioned at the time. This was soon after Father's death I consented to it. I was satisfied he did what was (expected or expressed) according to the contract.
John Webb kept a mule for me left by will to me, for a year. He did not give it much attention. $18.00 we have paid for his care trouble and feed.
This mule was 2 years old. One of my mules I had sold at the (sale).
Webb had use of mules and the other things and stock named in the will for the first year. Every thing that was was left he used as he lived on the place. Webb paid me $25 a year rent. Whilst I stayed with Webb the 2 months, I worked for him and he got me a $18.00 suit of clothes. He told me the will meant that if I will remain with him and work for him he would house and clothe me. I told him I could do as well elsewhere and left when I got ready - would not stay on (his terms). Webb was single then.

John Leland may well be named after a minister during that time span named John Leland.
Elder John Leland is not a well known name in American history, but in any study of the history of Baptists in America his name appears frequently. He was an important figure in the struggle for religious freedom during the period when that was achieved. Leland was born on May 14, 1754 in Grafton, Massachusetts, which is about forty miles west of Boston. His life spanned the period in which many crucial events took place in our country and in which many of our civil rights were written the organic law of the United States. Near the end of his life he said, "Next to the salvation of the soul the civil and religious rights of men have summoned my attention, more than the acquisition of wealth or seats of honor." Whether William Buckley knew Elder John Leland personally, professionally or otherwise, we don't know, but it makes sense that our John Leland could be named for him.

John Leland Buckley died August 15, 1868 in Madison County, Illinois. 
Family links: 
  William Buckley (1772 - 1839)
  Polly Webb (1784 - ____)
  Zecharriah Taylor Buckley (1850 - 1915)*
  Anna M. Buckley Owen (1801 - 1883)*
  Jeremiah Buckley (1806 - 1829)*
  Carter Thomas Buckley (1809 - ____)*
  Mary H. Buckley Larue/Larrowe (1812 - ____)*
  John Leland Buckley (1815 - 1868)
  Samuel Owen Buckley (1820 - 1893)*
  Lucienda Buckley Humphrey (1822 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Monna Buckley
Record added: Jul 22, 2009
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- Monna Buckley
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