Buck Wills




Will of David Buck, Sr.

Bedford Co., Pennsylvania


25 February, 1816 


“In the name of God, Amen. O be it remembered that I David Buck of Providence Township, Bedford County, State of Pennsylvania, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

That is to say—first it is my will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by my executor herein after mentioned as soon after my decease as it may be convenient.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catherine Buck the third of my real and personal estate while she remains my widow.

I do also give and bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Buck the sum of twenty dollars, this sum to be paid in five years after my decease.  

I do also give and bequeath to my youngest son David Buck, all my land and personal property by paying the rest of the heirs the sums that I shall and have mentioned.  

I also give and bequeath to my  eldest daughter Elizabeth Buck the sum of twenty dollars bed and cow.  

I also give and bequeath to my next daughter Susannah Buck the sum of twenty dollars.  

I also give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Mary Buck the sum of twenty dollars which said several legacies or sums of money I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legatee within five years after my decease, whom I hereby appoint Peter Norgard sole executor of this my last [will] and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

Signed sealed published and delivered by the above named David Buck to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same. 

                                                                                                    his 

Henry Deal                                                                        David  X  Buck  

Abraham Shafer                                                                         mark 

George Hymes 

Bedford County, personally appeared before me the subscriber Registers for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said County, Henry Deal and Abraham Shafer two of the subscribing witnesses to the within instrument in writing who being duly sworn do depose and say that they were personally present and heard and saw David Buck, the testator within named sign by making his mark, seal publish and declare the within instrument in writing as and for his last will and testament, that at the time of so doing the testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding according to the best of said deponents knowledge and beliefs and hat the same "Henry Deal" and "Araham Shafer" (saw?) the hand writing of the the deponent--sworn and subscribed the 28th day of March 1816.

Coram T. Mann Register                                      Henry Deal

                                                                        Abraham Shafer

Be it remembered that on the 28th day of March A.D. 1816 Letter testamentary was granted to Peter Norgard(?) executor in the foregoing will named, he having been first duly affirmed according to law.”

Filed & Registered 28th March A.D. 1816.


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Administration of the estate of Margaret Buck

Bedford County, Pennsylvania


Aug. 5, 1819


Know all men by these presents, that we, Thomas Buck, John Tod, Esquire, John Noble, all of the County of Bedford and State of Pennsylvania are held and firmly bound unto the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the sum of three thousand dollars lawful money of the United States to be paid to the said Commonwealth, or their certain attorney. To the which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves jointly and severally, for and in the whole, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents.  Sealed with our seal, dated the fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. 


The condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bounded Thomas Buck administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of Margaret Buck deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possessions or knowledge of him the said Thomas Buck or unto the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him: ____ the same, so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Register’s office, in the county of Bedford, at or before the fifth day of September next ____ing and the same goods, chattels, and credits _____ other goods, chattels and credits of any debts already at the time of her death, which at any time after shall come to the hands and possession of the said Thomas Buck or unto the hands and possessions of any other person or persons, for him do well and truly administer according to law. And further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of his said administration at or before the 7th day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty, or when thereunto legally required; and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said administrators account, (the same being first examined and allowed of by the Orphan’s Court of the county of Bedford) shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the Orphans court by their decree or sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of the several laws now in force in this commonwealth, shall limit and appoint.  And if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Register’s office, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly. And if then the above bounden Thomas Buck being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of administration, approbation of such testament being first had and made in the said Register’s office, then this obligation to be void and of ____ effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue. 


Sealed and delivered in the presence of:

Thos  Buck (seal)

John Tod (seal)

John Noble (seal)

F. Sept. 5, 1819




Hand-written attachment:

A true and (perfect?) Inventory of all and (singular?) the goods, chattels (property?) and credits which ____ of Margaret Buck, late of Hopewell Township, wife of Thomas Buck, viz..


A debt now in trust in the Court of Common Pleas of Bedford Conty against a _______? which amount unknown--but not exceeding fifteen (hundred?) dollars.


Thos Buck

F. Aug. 5, 1819


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Will of Thomas Buck – written 9 Feb. 1821.  Proved 7 Apr. 1821, in Hopewell Twp, Bedford Co., PA



I Thomas Buck of the Township of Hopewell in the County of Bedford, In State of Pennsylvania yeoman being of sound and disposing mind and memory knowing the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this instrument in manner and form following that is to say I order all my just debts if any should be at my decease to be paid by my Executor herein after named.


Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah intermarried with William Akers the sum of one hundred pounds if living, if not her heirs or children to William Akers equally divided in full for her share of any estate.


Secondly I give and bequeath to my son David Buck my lands in the State of Ohio and all the property therein belonging to me if he is yet living if he comes to claim the same and if he is deceased to his son Thomas Buck you (“younger”???)


I give and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter Abigal deceased intermarried with Levi Jones one hundred pounds to be equally divided


I give and bequeath unto Richard P. Buck son of Richard Buck deceased the one half of all my lands in Hopewell Township Bedford County and State of Pennsylvania


I give and bequeath to Thomas Buck Jur the other one half of said lands and Thomas Buck Jur to pay Richard P. Buck fifty dollars to be paid out of my personal estate and my land in Hopewell Township to be rented (?) until the will sell for two thousand pounds in the first to be rented for three years and the tenant to have them first year for improving the place to be continued to be rented three years each time until sold and tenant to have one year of the place for repairs as aforesaid and when the rents are collected to be divided equally divided between Richard P. Buck and Thomas Buck Jur.


I desire that Richard P. Buck shall have all my outstanding debts and after paying my heirs equally to this my last will pay out the balance in land in the State of Ohio and the land he purchases with my money not to have the privilege to sell until he is thirty five years of age


I desire that my personal property shall be sold and the money arising from the sale to pay my heirs as far as it will go.


I desire that four dictionaries to be divided Richard P. Buck and Thomas Buck Jur and the residue of all my books to Richard P. Buck.


I desire that Richard P. Buck shall have three doskin (doe skin) bottoms which all belonged to my son Richard and one large trunk and all the wearing apparel and all military implements and all the personal property that did belong to Richard Buck his father.  And I do by these present nominate make ordain constitute and appoint John Piper Esquire Executor of this my last will and testament and giving to them all lawful power as executor should or of right ought to have in the premises.  In testimony whereof I the said Thos Buck have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of February Anno Domino 1821


Signed Sealed Published and dictated by the testator Thomas Buck as and for his last will and testament in presence of us John Piper, David Wishart Char Hanna.


Thos Buck


Bedford County  Before me the Subscriber Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said county personally appeared John Piper Esquire and Doctor David Wishart two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing and being duly sworn according to law deponents say that they were personally present and saw Thomas Buck the Testator sign and heard him declare the foregoing instrument of writing to be his last will and testament and that at the time of doing thereof the said Thomas Buck was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding according to best of Deponents knowledge and that Charles Hanna whose name appears as Subscriber as a witness also signed the same and that they together with the said James Hanna signed the same in presence of Testator and at his request.


Yeomen to and Subscribers                      John Piper

This 7th April 1821                                  David Wishard

Before me

Benjm  Burd (Burk?)


{Comments inside of parenthesis above, as well as the separation into paragraphs, were added by this transcriber and were not a part of the original will, which was virtually one long sentence with little punctuation.     Transcribed by Lionel Nebeker   10 Sep. 2007.}



{Note:  There has been a lot of work done to try to confirm just which Thomas Buck was the writer of this will.  After discovering the temple records from ordinances performed in the Endowment House in 1872 (see footnote [1] above) showing the marriage of our Thomas Buck and Elizabeth Scott to have occurred in 1738, it has become apparent that that man (probably born about 1715) would not have been the author of a will written in 1821, when he would have been about 106 years old.  Instead, we feel confident that this is the will of his son, Captain Thomas Buck, the older brother of our David Buck, and the husband of the Margaret Buck who died two years prior, in 1819.  This man had three sons mentioned in his will: David; Thomas and Richard, who was deceased.  His presumed brother, David Buck, Sr. (our ancestor) mentioned two living sons in his will (dated 1816) who were Thomas and David.  Clearly these two men were closely related, using the same given names for their sons.  Note to that it seems that all three of his wives had predeceased him, which matches our understanding of his situation at the time of his death.    Lionel Nebeker.}


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An account of Administration of the estate of David Buck, Jr. by his son, Jonathan Buck, administrator.

Bedford County, Pennsylvania

28 January 1870


This administration is for David Buck, the son of our ancestor, David Buck, Sr.; and the deceased was a brother of our direct ancestor, Elizabeth Buck Garlick.  On 25 July 1872 she had him baptized and sealed to his wife in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, which indicates that she knew he had died prior to that date. 


Without giving the entire inventory of his estate, I will merely mention that he died without a will.  It also appears that his debts exceeded his assets.  The value of the assets of his estate amounted to $174.97.  The costs for his final expenses (legal fees, casket and funeral) came to $189.95.  That left no money to pay his previously outstanding debts, which came to almost $400.  This included $130 note to his son, Jonathan; $100 account to his daughter, Catharine;  $56.34 account to his sister (Mary’s) son-in-law, Jacob I. Foor; and $30 owed to his sister, Mary Buck, as “money loaned,” among several other debts.  We don’t know what kind of physical condition David was in toward the end of his life, but it is a sad ending to be indebted to the kind offices of his immediate family.  The document does not give any family relationships for these people, or for any other extended family.  We were in hopes that it might list all of his children as heirs, but there is no such list.  We only know of three of his children from the census and other records, but it is possible that he may have had others besides those three.  There is no mention of his wife as she had died almost five years prior to his passing.


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Buck, Mary – Will:

1879  Bedford County, PA


The last will and testament of Mary Buck of the township of West Providence Township and the

County of Bedford and State of Pennsylvania.  I Mary Buck considering the uncertainty of this

mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and

testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First I direct that my body be decently

interred and (_________) able conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and

(______) and situation in life, And as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me

with I dispose of the same as follows, first I desire that all my debts and funeral expenses be

paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands

of my executor from any portion of my estate real or personal, also I direct that a fair valuation

or appraisement by two judicious of any neighbors of all my estate including my household

furniture, and after being signed with their names that a copy of the same should be given by

them to my executor.


Also I direct my grand dotter, Diana E. Foor should have all that I possess after all the above is

paid and settled off.  I do hereby make and ordain esteemed neighbor Henry H. Seader executor

of this my last will and testament.


In witness whereof I Mary Buck the Testator leave to this my last will and testament written on

one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this 16th day of April A.D. 1879.  


                                                                            Mary Buck    (seal) 


Signed, sealed and delivered by the above named Mary Buck to be her last will and testament in

the presence of us who at her request and in (her) presence have subscribed our names as

witnesses hereunto.  

                                                                            John P. Weaverling

                                                                            Barlley Hughes


This will was proved on (2nd?) day of August, 1879 in Bedford Co., PA.



{Note:  This woman was still using her maiden name, Mary Buck, without any indication of ever having

married, even though it is obvious that she had a granddaughter.  This is consistent with our

understanding of her life.  We do not know the name of the father of her daughter.      Lionel Nebeker}