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Brentford Families - Buck

Several descendants of the Buck family, which settled in Brentford and ran a tug and barge business from 171/172 High Street, have been in touch: Ann Podmore, Pam Marsh, Lyn White, Carol Flemming, Jan Chinnery and Tim Lothian. Ann provided some copies from barge registration documents, Pam a colourful account of her memories of her Buck grandparents, Lyn a family tree showing how she, Ann & Pam were related and Carol and Jan give details of other branches of the Buck tree. Jan adds 'I have traced the Buck family back to Thomas Buck b.c1748 who married Mary although I haven't gone into great depth because Johnson is my direct line of research.' Tim Lothian has provided information about the descendants of John and Fanny Buck adding 'I am unable to say that the information is entirely accurate. If anyone else has details of this part of the Buck family I would be most grateful to receive it'. Please get in touch if you can help.

A much abridged family tree showing a little of the Buck family is included below. Please get in touch if you would like to contact Lyn for a gedcom file showing more details.

Summary Buck family tree

Samuel Buck (1773 - 1857?) born Hemel Hempstead Herts married Sarah Slow (1789 - 1861) at Hemel Hempstead in 1809; in 1841 & 1851 Samuel was living at Crouchfield, Hemel Hempstead with his wife and family; he was an ag lab (agricultural labourer); the death of a Samuel Buck was registered at Hemel in 1857; he had 7 children including:
  • William Buck (1813 - 1900) born Hemel Hempstead married Mary Ann Kitchener (1814 - 1901) at Abbots Langley, Herts in 1835
    William was a labourer at the coal wharf in Crouchfield, Hemel in 1851
    a general labourer in the same area in 1861
    by 1871 he was an unemployed boatman, still in Hemel
    in 1881 he was a labourer on the roads, his wife an invalid; they were still living in the Crouchfield area of Hemel
    his children included
    • Alfred Buck (1835 - 1901+) born Hemel Hempstead and eldest son; married Sarah (1834 -)
      in 1851 Alfred was a straw cutter (the family included straw plaiters)
      by 1861 he was a boatman living at Box Moor Herts
      he remained there until about 1880 when he moved to Norwood
      in 1881 he was living at Norwood Lock, just to the NW of Brentford
      barge owner at Top Lock House, Norwood in 1891
      in 1901 he was living at 17 Ealing Park Gardens, Brentford; his occupation was recorded as a lighterman (Thames) and he was an employer
      his seven children included
      • William Buck (1860 - 1901+) married Jane (possibly Bates); after Jane's death (1895?) he remarried Martha (-)
        in 1881 he was living with his father at Norwood Lock and was a boat owner
        in 1891 he was a barge owner sharing Top Lock House, Norwood with his father
        master lighterman living at 171/2 High Street in 1901
      • Alfred Buck (1861 - 1901+) married Emily Shakespeare (1864 - )
        he was living at 8 Buckingham Terrace, Norwood in 1891 with his wife and five children, aged 2 - 8; he was a 'waterman & lighterman', and was employed (rather than being an employer)
        Ten years on he was living at Retreat Cottage, Isleworth, a 'waterman & lighterman' working on his own account
        Three of his sons, Alfred, Amos & Harry aged 18, 16 & 14 were also watermen
        Alfred and Emily are Pam Marsh's great grandparents; see correspondence about Pam's Buck family memories and Pam's mother's memories of Alfred and his children
      • John Buck (1863 - 1901+) married Elizabeth Jeffs (1863 - )
        captain of the 'Walker' in 1891 at Norwood
        in 1901 he was a master lighterman living at 19 Boars Head Yard, Brentford, near to his brother Levi
        John & Elizabeth are Lyn White's great grandparents
    • Levi Buck (1856 - 1927) born Hemel Hempstead (youngest son, arriving 21 years after his eldest brother Alfred); married Emma Edwards (1856 - 1951)
      Levi was a labourer at the saw mill in 1871
      in 1891 he was a boatman on the canal at Iver, Bucks
      in 1901 he was a bargeman living at 5 Boars Head Yard, Brentford;
      Levi and Emma are Ann Podmore's great grandparents; his children included:
      • Samuel Buck (1880); born North Hyde, Middlesex and already 'crew' at the age of 10; married Sarah Griffiths at Lawrence's church, New Brentford in 1901 at which point he and Sarah were living at 5 Boars Head Yard with his parents;
        Samuel was a lighterman; Samuel and Sarah Buck are Carol Flemming's grandparents; they had seven children; Carol adds 'My mother was Sarah, the youngest, and she would often talk of the barge horses as they passed the back door in Brentford. My Grandfather Samuel was apparently something of a ladies man. I was too young to meet him but have been fascinated to discover my mother's family have been associated with the water for so long'
      • Marian (1891) or Mary Ann (1901) Buck (1882/3); also born North Hyde Middlesex
    • John Buck married Frances (Fanny) Bradbury in 1864 Berkhamsted; Tim Lothian obtained the following information from his mother: John Buck died aged 82 in 1925. His wife Fanny died in 1920 aged 75. I understand they lived at Top lock House, Norwood Green. This building was used in recent years as offices for British Waterways. The building is still standing but looks neglected. John Buck would buy horses from Southall Market which were used to pull barges on the canal. Fanny Buck run a laundry service from the house. They had eight children:
      • Fanny Buck: born around 1869 was named after her mother. She was the oldest and my great grandmother. She married Charles Mead and they had six children, four boys (including my grandfather also called Charles Mead) and two girls
      • Emily Buck: a nurse at a private mental hospital who died in 1911 aged only 33, it was believed she never fully recovered after falling into top locks some years earlier, from where she was rescued by her father and brothers
      • Annie Buck: also a nurse at a private mental hospital
      • Arthur Buck: a lighter-man who had two daughters, Dorothy and Eva
      • Alfred Buck (b.1876 Crouch Field, Hemel Hempstead); married Sarah Harris, b.1881 Newells Cottages, Southall; after Alfred retired he was Licensed Victualler of the Wagon & Horses Public House in Hayes for many years; their children included:
        • Ivy Lilian Ada Buck (1901-1989); married Samuel Johnson (1897-1963); Samuel later became a Licensed Victualler although he was originally a Master Fishmonger by trade
      • John Buck: emigrated to Canada but returned to England. I understand that his daughter was living in Tentelow Lane, Norwood Green only a few years ago and may still be there
      • Harry Buck: (possibly christened Henry); killed in action while fighting in Ram-Allah, Palestine in 1917 aged 31
      • Joseph Buck: , the youngest of the eight children, born around 1889 (20 years after his eldest sister). He was fatally injured in a road traffic accident involving a bus in 1945 while working as a senior Salvation Army in north Scotland. I understand he had a daughter who a few years ago was living in South London.
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Published February 2007; last updated December 2013