The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



Portrait and Biographical Record of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola Counties, Michigan,  Chapman Bros., Chicago (1892), p. 1040.

JESSE H. BUCK.  Genesee County contains many fine farms, but among them all there are but few which deserve more favorable mention than the estate of Mr. Buck, which is pleasantly located on section 31, Mundy Township.  Mr. Buck is descended from Asahel Buck, a native of Cayuga County, N. Y., who died at the residence of his son William in Washtenaw County, Mich.  The son of Asahel was Abel, (our subject's father) who was born in the same county as his father, and who married Miss Sarah, the daughter of Hiram Lanning, a native of New York State.  Mrs. Sarah Buck was born in 1814 in Cayuga County, N. Y., and became the wife of Abel Buck in her native county August 16, 1832.   In 1836 they removed to Salem, Washtenaw County, this State, and thence two years later they removed to Highland Township, Oakland County, where they remained until their death.  He died June 20, 1860, while she passed away December 20, 1886.

The family of Abel and Sarah Buck comprised thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters, Jesse H., of this sketch, being the seventh child.  He was born in Highland Township, Oakland County, this State, June 28, 1844, and there passed the early years of his life.  In 1864 he removed to Mundy Township, Genesee County, and purchased eighty acres on section 31, which he at once commenced to clear.  Since 1864 he has resided in Mundy Township and is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres on section 31.

He was married in Fenton Township, in 1865, to Clarinda, the daughter of Joshua Meeker, of the same township.  Mrs. Buck was born in Fenton Township, May 11, 1842, and became the mother of five children, namely: George, who died in infancy; Julia E., who is the wife of Guy Baldwin; Kingsley, Mary J. and Sarah. Mrs. Clarinda Buck died November 25, 1889.

On April 22, 1891 Mr. Buck was united in marriage with Mrs. Mattie J. Baird, nee Traphagan, the ceremony which united them taking place in Fenton Township.  Mrs. Buck is the daughter of William H. and Jane M. (Ackerson) Traphagan, the former dying October 23, 1889.  Mrs. Buck, who is the fifth among six children, was born in Holly Township, Oakland County, this State, March 11, 1856, and is a lady of social culture and great worth.  Her first husband was Charles F. Baird, who was born June 28, 1853, in St. Clair County, this State.  Mr. and Mrs. Baird resided in Marine City six months, and thence removed to Denver, Col., sojourning there one and one-half years. From that place they returned to Marine City, Mich., where Mr. Baird died October 23, 1880.  Mrs. Buck is the mother of one son by that marriage - Bert B.

Mr. Buck has filled the office of Constable for two years and has taken an active part, as a strong Republican, in local political affairs.   He is also greatly interested in religious matters, and was at one time Steward in the church as well as a teacher in the Sunday-school.  


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