Col. Jonathan Buck was the son of Jonathan Buck and Lydia Morse; grandson of EBENEZER BUCK and LYDIA EAMES.
Sprague's Journal of Maine History says: "He was a worthy citizen & first settler in Buckstown. Jonathan Buck was a son of Ephraim (sic) Buck and fourth in descent from Roger, who settled in Cambridge, Mass., in 1643. The statement on the monument that he was born in Haverhill is evidently an error; Woburn, Mass., was undoubtedly his birthplace. Both his grandson, Hon. Rufus Buck, and Col. Joseph W. Porter, in sketches of his life state Woburn to be the town of his nativity. The fact that when Jonathan was about four years old his father moved from Woburn to Haverhill and that all of his early life was spent in the latter town, probably accounts for the mistake of his grandchildren in supplying the inscription for his monument."
He married HANNAH GALE November 1768/9. She was born June 18, 1751 in Haverhill, MA, and died July 09, 1834 in Bucksport, ME.
New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, by William Richard Cutter (1914), p. 230: "Jonathan, son of Colonel Jonathan Buck, was born at Haverhill, April 3, 1748, and died at Bucksfield, March 27, 1824. In character he was much like his father, an earnest Christian, and deacon of the First Congregational Church of Bucksfield (Later, Bucksport). He held various offices of trust and represented the town in the general court, 1804, and again from 1811 to 1813. He served in the revolution. He married, November, 1768-9, Hannah Gale. Children, born at Bucksfield: Rev. Benjamin, 1768, settled at Orland; John, mentioned below; Ruth, August 9, 1775; Lydia, October 25, 1777; Hannah, June, 1780; Amos, October, 1782; Joseph, May, 1785, had ten children; James, April 29, 1787; Nancy, December, 1789; David, May, 1792; Moses, July, 1794."
Jonathan Buck: "Burial: 1824, Buck family cemetery, Bucksport, ME
Cause of Death: Stroke in 1820
Occupation: Surveyor, Justice of Peace, representative, soldier, ship builder
Maine Historical Magazine, vol. 2 (July 1886-June 1887), p.22:
From an article by Rufus Buck, 1857: "Jonathan Buck Jr., the eldest son of Col. Buck, was one of the most prominent men for many years in the management of the affairs of this town; being a Justice of the peace, he acted as Judge in all petty cases of law in this and the adjoining plantations. In 1769 he married Hannah Gale, of Haverhill, by whom he had eleven children; their names were Benjamin, John, Ruth, Lydia, Hannah, Amos, Joseph, James, Nancy, David, and Moses. Two sons and two daughters are still living. Esquire Buck as he was usually called, in his mental and physical composition bore a strong resemblance to his father, save that his heart was deeply imbued with the spirit of Christ whereby his influence for doing good is still seen and felt by his numerous descendants and intimate friends. He held various offices of trust and honor in this town, was the first Representative to the General Court and Deacon of the First Congregational Church formed on the settlement of Rev. Mr. Blood. He died in March, 1824, aged 74 years."
New York Evening Post, May 15, 1824: "Died. …In Bucksport, Me. Jonathan Buck, Esq. 76; Capt. Ebenezer Buck 72. He was one of the first settlers of that place before the revolutionary war. He was a Christian by practice rather than by profession."
The legend of his father Col. Jonathan Buck sentencing a supposed witch to death in 1795 appears to be a fictitious amalgamation of his life and that of his son, Judge Jonathan Buck II. No serious historical documents have been found for any such witchcraft trial in Bucksport in 1795, which was more than a century after the witchcraft hysteria at Salem. In the Bucksport story, the condemned woman (Ida Black) vowed that she would dance upon the judge's grave. Shortly after her execution, the judge dropped dead and a stain resembling a foot appeared on Col. Buck's tombstone, bringing increased tourism to Bucksport throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.
"Bucksport is also well known for its bizarre and fantastic stories." (Wikipedia)
Bucksport is the setting for a series of seven supernatural novels written by Deborah J. Hughes.
It was also the basis for the television series "DARK SHADOWS," about the curse of a witch executed in 1795 the fictional town of Collinsport, located 40 miles from Bucksport, on Frenchman's Bay in Hancock County("Shadows on the Wall" by Art Wallace, pp. 1-3).