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Commemorative biographical record

of the counties of Sandusky and
Ottawa. Ohio













THE importance of placing in book form biographical fiistory of representative
citizens — both for its immediate worth and for its value to jCQiming generations
— is admitted by all thinking people; and within 'Aegast decade there 4ias
been a growing interest in this commendable means of per'jS'etuating biography
and family genealogy.

That the public is entitled to the privileges afforded by a work of this nature

needs no assertion at our hands; for one of our greatest Americans has said that the

,1-, history of any country resolves itself into the biographies of its stout, earnest and

■Sji^ representative citizens. This medium, then, serves more than a single purpose:

while it perpetuates biography and family genealogy, it records history, much of

which would be preserved in no other way.

In presenting the Commemorative Biographical Record to its patrons, the
publishers have to acknowledge, with gratitude, the encouragement and support their
enterprise has received, and the willing assistance rendered in enabling them to sur-
"^v^", mount the many unforeseen obstacles to be met with in the production of a work of
this character. In nearly every instance the material composing the sketches was
gathered from those immediately interested, and then submitted in type-written form
jv .< for correction and revision. The volume, which is one of generous amplitude, is
'^ ^placed in the hands of the public with the belief that it will be found a valuable addi-
tion to the library, as well as an invaluable contribution to the historical literature of
the State of Ohio.






ers of men in all ages
have not only pos-
sessed rare natural
and acquired abili-
ties, but in almost
every instance they
have been launched
into the stream of life under circum-
stances peculiarly favorable for their de-
velopment, and have had to pass through
severe trials and discipline preparatory
to their life work, aptly illustrating that
" There's a divinity that shapes our ends,"
or "There is a God in history."

As a highly worthy example of Ameri-
can leaders who have left their indelible
impress upon the pages of United States
history we present the subject of this
sketch. His ancestry, his natural en-
dowments, his education, his environ-
ment and achievements, both in civil and
military life, resembling in some respects
those of his illustrious contemporaries,
Lincoln and Grant, furnish valuable ob-
ject lessons to young Americans, and are
eminently worthy of a place in the local
biographical record of the people of a his-
toric locality.

The ancestor from whom are descend-
ed the Buckland families in Sandusky
county, Ohio, was a citizen of Hartford,
Conn. , in Colonial times, and was of En-
glish descent. His son, Stephen Buck-

land, of East Hartford, grandfather of our
subject, was a captain-lieutenant in Bige-
low's Artillery Company, raised in Con-
necticut during the Revolutionary war.
This was an independent company, re-
cruited early in 1776, and was attached
to the Northern Department, where it ap-
pears to have been accepted as a Conti-
nental company. It was stationed dur-
ing the summer and fall at Ticonderoga
and vicinity. Stephen Buckland was
commissioned captain-lieutenant of this
company January 23, 1776, and was pro-
moted November 9 to Maj. Steven's Con-
tinental Artillery. He was afterward a
captain in Col. John Crane's Third Regi-
ment of Continental Artillery, commis-
sioned January I, 1777, and was detached
with his company to serve with Gates
against Burgoyne. He was subsequently
stationed at various points, and was at
Farmington in the winter of 1777-78.
He was furloughed by Gen. Washington
for five weeks, from October 30, 1778,
and was on command at Fort Arnold,
West Point, in 1779. He afterward be-
came captain of a privateer which was
captured on the second day of April, 1782,
by the British brig ' ' Perseverance, " Ross,
commander, and was with his officers
confined in the "Old Jersey" prison
ship, where he died on the 7th of May,
of the same year. His remains are prob-
ably now, with other martyrs of the
prison ships, buried in Fort Green, Brook-



lyn, X. Y. , near Washington Place, in
that city. He had married a Miss Mary
Olmsted, who was born September 27,
1774, and their children were Mary;
Hannah; Stephen, who died in infancy;
another child, also called Stephen, who
also died in infancy; Betsey, and Ralph.

Ralph Buckland, born July 28, 1781,
son of Stephen, came in the year 181 1 to
Portage county, Ohio, where he served
in the capacity of land agent and sur-
veyor. In 18 1 2 he removed his family
in a one-horse sleigh from their home in
Massachusetts to Ravenna, Ohio. His
wife's maiden name was Ann Kent. Some
few 3ears after his death Mrs. Buckland
married Dr. Luther Hanchett, who then
had four children by a former marriage;
six more children were born to them.
Ralph Buckland served as a volunteer in
Hull's army during the war of 181 2. He
was second sergeant in Capt. John Camp-
bell's company, which began its march
on the 4th of July, 18 12, to join the regi-
ment commanded by Col. Lewis Cass, at
Detroit. After great suffering and hard-
ship, because of the character of the
country traversed, they finally reached
the river Raisin, and were surrendered by
Gen. Hull on the i6th day of August, as
prisoners of war. Mr. Buckland returned
to his home in Ravenna, "prisoner on
parole," and died May 23, 1813. His
children were: An infant daughter who
died on the way west, and was buried at
Albany, N. Y. ; Ralph Pomeroy, our sub-
joct; and Stephen, who for nearly forty
years was a leading druggist at Fremont,

Ralph Pomeroy Buckland was born at
Leyden, Mass., January 20, 181 2. Dur-
ing his early life he lived with his step-
father and family on a farm, but the
greater part of the time previous to the
age of eighteen he lived with and labored
for a farmer uncle in Mantua, excepting
two years when he worked in a woolen
factory at Kendall, Ohio, and one year
which he spent as clerk in a store. In

the winter he attended the country
schools, and in the summer of 1830 at-
tended an academy at Tallmadge, Ohio,
where he commenced the study of Latin.
In the fall of 1831 he embarked, at
Akron, Ohio, on board a flat-boat loaded
with a cargo of cheese, to be transported
through the Ohio canal, down the Mus-
kingum, Ohio and Mississippi rivers to
Natchez, Miss. At Louisville he secured
a deck passage on the " Daniel Boone,"
and worked his way by carrying wood on
board. At Natchez he found employ-
ment, and secured the confidence of his
employers so far that at the end of a few
months they put him in charge of two flat-
boats lashed together and loaded with
1200 barrels of flour for the New Orleans
market. On this trip he served his turn
with the rest of the crew as company
cook. The voyage was successfully com-
pleted, and at the solicitation of his em-
ployers he remained in New Orleans, in
charge of their commission house. Here,
for a time, he was under the influence of
companions who indulged in drinking,
gambling and other vices, and was con-
firmed in his resolution to avoid the evils
by the sudden death of a fellow clerk, a
victim of dissipation. He saved his
money, and spent his time in the study of
the Latin and French languages, and in
reviewing common-school branches.

In June, 1834, Mr. Buckland started
for Ohio, on a visit to his mother, leaving
New Orleans with the fixed idea of return-
ing and making that city his future home.
He had been offered several first-rate
situations, but on arriving home his moth-
er induced him to remain in the North.
After spending one year at Kenyon Col-
lege, he began the study of law in the
office of Gregory Powers, at Middlebury,
now apart of Akron, Ohio, and completed
it with Whitlessy & Newton, at Canfield*
being admitted to practice in the spring
of 1837. During the winter of the pre-
vious year he had spent several months
pursuing his studies in the office of George




B. Way, who was then editor of the
Toledo Blade, and in whose temporary
absence he acted for a few weeks as editor
pro teiii. Immediately after Mr. Buck-
land's admission to the bar, with only
about fifty dollars in his pocket, loaned
him by his uncle, Alson Kent, he started
in quest of a favorable location for an at-
torney. The failure of the wild-cat banks
was what settled him in Lower Sandusky,
for on arriving here he had not good
money enough to pay a week's board, and
was obliged to stop. He was kindly
trusted by Thomas L. Hawkins for a
sign, opened a law office, and soon se-
cured enough business to pay for his ex-
penses, which were kept down to the
lowest possible point. At this date he
was not only without means, but still
owed three hundred dollars for his ex-
penses incurred while a student, and for
a few necessarj' law books; but he was
confident of ultimate success, for eight
months after opening up his law office in
Lower Sandusky he went to Canfield,
Ohio, and married Charlotte Boughton,
returning with her the following spring.
Being strictly economical, their expenses
during their first year of married life did
not exceed $300. His credit was good
and his business steadily increased, so
that at the end of three or four years he
had all he could attend to. He was at
that time slender in build and troubled
with dyspepsia, but out-door exercise,
gained in traveling on horseback to the
courts of adjoining counties, during term
time, cured him and gradually increased
his weight and physical strength. In
1846 Rutherford B. Hayes became a
partner with Mr. Buckland in the practice
of law, and the partnership continued
until Mr. Hayes removed to Cincinnati,
three years later. He afterward had as-
sociated with him Hon. Homer Everett,
under the firm name of Buckland &
Everett, and still later James H. Fowler,
the firm name becoming Buckland,
Everett & Fowler, succeeded by R. P. &

H. S. Buckland, R. P. & H. S. Buck-
land & Zeigler, and Buckland & Buck-

From his youth R. P. Buckland took
an active interest in politics, and was a
strong partisan, outspoken in his views.
He was mayor of the village of Lower
Sandusky (now Fremont), in 1843-45,
and held other positions of public trust.
He was a delegate to the Philadelphia
Convention in 1843 which nominated Gen.
Zachary Taylor for the Presidency. Upon
the organization of the party he became
a Republican, and never wavered from
his principles. In 1855 he was elected
to the Ohio Senate as a Republican, and
was re-elected in 1857, serving four years.
He was the author of the law for the
adoption of children, which was passed
during his service in the Senate.

Mr. Buckland's nature was intensely
patriotic under the molding influences of
his father and grandfather, who had been
soldiers of the American Republic.
Hence, at the outbreak of the Rebellion,
in 1 861, he threw his whole soul into the
struggle. His military record is a matter
of history. Gen. Hayes said of him: "He
was the best soldier of his age in the vol-
unteer service." In October, 1861, he
was appointed lieutenant-colonel by Gov.
William Dennison, of Ohio, and given
authority to raise a regiment for the three-
years' service. In three short months the
glorious Seventy-second Regiment, which
he organized, was ready for the field. On
January 10, 1862, he was mustered into the
United States service as colonel of the Sev-
enty-second Regiment, O. V. I., and two
weeks later left with his regiment for
Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio. In Feb-
ruary he was ordered to report with his
command to Gen. W. T. Sherman, at
Paducah, Ky., and here the regiment was
assigned to the Fourth Brigade, First
Division, Army of the Tennessee, and
Col. Buckland placed in command of the
brigade. At the battle of Shiloh, the first
week in April, 1862, the Colonel won en-



during fame as an heroic soldier and com-
mander, and his brigade covered itself
with glory. Buckland was not surprised
at Shiloh, but was expecting an attack.
His brigade and the Seventy-second Regi-
ment were at the keypoint of the fight,
on the extreme right of the attack, and
withstood the fierce onset of the enemy
on the morning of the 6th. When the
brigade did fall back, it was done in per-
fect order, contesting every foot of the
ground. On the 7th Buckland's brigade
participated in the advance that swept the
enemy from the field, and at night they
rested in advance of the position they oc-
cupied on the 6th. Gen. Sherman al-
ways accorded to Gen. Buckland the high-
est praise for his bravery and coolness at
Shiloh, and the splendid services rendered
by his brigade. Had some other man
been where Buckland was, the final out-
come of the battle might have been far

That Gen. Grant appreciated and
recognized the military skill of Gen. R. P.
Buckland is shown by his letter to Gen.
Sherman, on November 10, 1862, in re-
lation to operations in western Tennes-
see and northern Mississippi. He writes:
•'I will not be able to send you any gen-
eral officers, unless possibly one to take
command of the forces that will be left at
Memphis. Stuart and Buckland will
both command brigades or even divisions
as well as if they held the commissions
which they should and I hope will
hold."* In battle Gen. Buckland was
cool and fearless, but not reckless. He
looked well to the comfort and health of
his men on all occasions, and this made
him loved and respected by the soldiers.
On November 29, 1862, he was promoted
to the rank of brigadier-general, for his
bravery at Shiloh, and on January 26,
1864, Gen. Sherman placed Gen. Buck-
land in command of the District of Mem-
phis, where his administrative abilities

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were exemplified and his integrity o
character clearly manifested. Here he
promptly repelled an attack of Gen. For-
rest, and put him to flight. While serv-
mg m the army, in the fall of 1864, Gen.
Buckland was elected to Congress. He
remained in command of the Di.strict of
Memphis for the balance of the vear on
January 6, 1865, tendered his resignation
at W ashmgton to the Secretary of War,
and was duly mustered out of the service.'
On August 3, 1866, he was commissioned
brevet-major-general, U. S. V. , to rank
from May 13, 1865, for meritorious serv-
ice in the army.

After an honorable career in Congress
during the reconstruction of the Southern
States, Mr. Buckland returned to Fre-
mont, Ohio, where he resumed his law
practice. ^ During recent years his sons,
Horace S. and George, were associated
with him in the law fi"rm of Buckland &
Buckland, and relieved their father of the
arduous work of the profession. Gen.
Buckland's legal career was marked by
the same thorough integrity, ability and
success that characterized him in his en-
tire walk through life. To his example
and influence the city of Fremont is in-
debted for much of its material prosperity
m the matter of public improvements.
He erected the first substantial three-
story brick building in that city, now
known as Masonic Block. In 1853 he
built the residence he ever after occupied,
and it was at that time the finest dwelling
in northern Ohio. Subsequently he built
the three-story block at the corner of
Front and State streets. He took an
active part in securing railroads and man-
ufactories for the city, and always stood
in the front rank of citizens who worked
for the upbuilding of Fremont.

Gen. Buckland was a charter member
of Eugene Rawson Post No. 32, G. A. R.,
Fremont, Ohio, and was its first com-
mander. He was a companion of the
Loyal Legion, and a member of the S. A.
J. Snyder Command, Union Veteran's






Union; also belonging to the Society of
the Army of the Tennessee, and to other
army societies. He was the life presi-
dent of the Society of the Seventy-second
Regiment O. V. I. , and was for a time
president of the Sandusky County Pio-
neer and Historical Society. He was
for forty-five years a member of Croghan
Lodge, I. O. O. F., and for many years
had been junior warden in and an active
member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
Fremont. Thus for more than half a
century he had been a conspicuous figure
in Fremont and northern Ohio. He was
a pioneer settler, a distinguished lawyer,
a gallant soldier, an eminent member of
the Ohio State and the National Legisla-
tures, and an enterprising and public-spir-
ited citizen. He was an educated and
courteous Christian gentleman, and his
name and his accomplishments are indel-
ibly stamped on the history of the city of
Fremont and of the Nation. He will
never be forgotten. His death occurred
on Friday, May 27, 1892, when he was
at the venerable age of more than eighty
years. From the announcement of his
death until after his funeral many flags
floated at half-mast all over the city, and
nearly all the business houses were closed.
At his funeral the spacious residence, the
grounds and the adjoining streets were
thronged with people anxious to pay the
last tribute of respect to the departed.
The funeral discourse was delivered by
Rev. S. C. Aves, pastor of the Episcopal
Church, Norwalk, Ohio, and was touch-
ingly eloquent and sympathetic. At the
close ex-President Hayes paid a fitting
tribute to his life-long friend in a brief,
concise and masterly manner. At the
tomb, in Oak Wood Cemetery, the Grand
Army of the Republic conducted its im-
pressive burial service. Closely following
this event many worthy tributes of re-
spect were paid by the various societies
of the city, among which were the Fre-
mont Bar Association, the Union Veter-
an's Union, the Sons of Veterans, the

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the
city council of Fremont, and St. Paul's
Episcopal Church.

The children of Gen. R. P. and
Charlotte Buckland were: Ralph Bough-
ton Buckland, who died at Fremont,
Ohio, in 1880; Ann Kent Buckland, wife
of Charles M. Dillon; Alson Kent Buck-
land and Thomas Stilwell Buckland, both
of whom died in infancy; Caroline Nichols
Buckland, who died at Memphis, Tenn.,
at the age of sixteen; Mary Buckland,
who died at the age of six; Horace Step-
hen Buckland, attorney at law, just
elected Judge of the Court of Common
Pleas for the second sub-division for the
Fourth Judicial District of Ohio (he mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth Catherine Bauman,
of Fremont) [a more extended account of
Judge H. S. Buckland is found elsewhere
in this volume]; and George Buckland,
an attorney at law, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
who married Grace Huntington, daughter
of J. C. Huntington, of Cincinnati. The
General's grandchildren are the children
of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Dillon, viz. :
George Buckland Dillon, who died in in-
fancy; Mary Buckland Dillon; Ralph Put-
nam Dillon, a graduate of the Case
School, Cleveland, Ohio; Kent Howard
Dillon, a student of the same school;
Charlotte Elizabeth Dillon, a student at
the Lake Erie Seminary, Painesville,
Ohio; Edward Boughton and Edwin Dil-
lon (twins), who died in infancy, and
Charles Buckland Dillon.

Gen. Buckland's son, Ralph Bough-
ton Buckland, was a man of more than
usual force of character. At the break-
ing out of the war he enlisted in Capt.
Tillotson's Company of the Eighth O. V.
I., ninety-day-men, and went with that
company to Cincinnati. Upon his return
his father would not permit him to re-en-
list, but required him to remain at home
to look after the family and his varied in-
terests there, which Ralph did nobly un-
til the close of the war, when he went
South to look after plantations which his



father had purchased. The venture not
proving profitable, the plantations were
sold and he returned to the homestead in
the North, where he died in i8So. He
never married.

Caroline Nichols Buckland died of con-
gestive fever, at Memphis, Tenn., May
21, 1864. She had gone down to Mem-
phis in company with her mother and
little brother George, to visit her father,
who was then in command of the District
of ^femphis. A few daj's before the time
for their return North, Carrie vyas taken
suddenly ill with the dread disease, and
died after an illness of only three days.
On Sunday evening, after services at the
house, Carrie began her last journey, sur-
rounded by the Seventy-second Regiment
O. V. I., which by its own request acted
as escort. She was only fifteen years and
eight months old, and was probably the
only young girl who had a military fu-
neral during the war of the Rebellion.
She was brought home, and now lies
buried in Oak Wood Cemetery, Fremont,
Ohio. The following lines were pub-
lished in the Memphis Bitllctin at the
time of her death:

How still she lies amid the flowers,

And nifjht itself seems dead:
Theciti' sleeps; 110 sound we hear

Save the lone sentry's tread.

The slender fing'ers slightly clasp
Pale flowers, sweet and white ;

All pure and lovely as yon moon
Of cold and silver light.

The .soft, luxuriant, pale brown hair
Waves in the evening wind;

Yet in that marble, changeless face
No wave of life we find.

The fair face looks like peaceful sleep,

The lips full as in life;
Yet the red blood has ceased to flow —

Ceased has life's busy strife.

A broken lily-bud; no eye

Of earth may ever see
How gloriously it blooms above,

Flower of Eternity. .

Were death but an unchanging sleep.

How sad would be this night;
But there's a land beyond the grave —

A home of living light.

Memphis, June 18, 1864.

The Memphis Bulletin said of her:
' ' Three weeks ago she arrived with her
mother from Ohio. With all the attrac-
tions of her sixteen summers about her,
an amiability that won every heart, a
fascination of manner whose gentle influ-
ence, wherever she appeared, awakened
interest and admiration, and a kind and
genial sympathy that captured affection,
she was everywhere a favorite, and her
company was sought and valued wherever
she became known.

" Fresh as the spring whose charms
at the moment deck every hill and
meadow, she enjoyed her advent to new
scenes, welcomed with youthful zest the
appreciative regard of the new circle amid
which she was introduced, and rejoiced
once more to join her honored and happy
sire, himself proud of the sweet blossom
Providence had vouchsafed as the treas-
ure of his life — when death plucked the
flower in the very youth of its loveliness,
and stamped the fleeting charm with the
impress of immortality."

mont, Sandusky county, is a na-
tive of the same, having been born
March 14, 1862, a son of Chris-
tian and Marie Magdalen (Engler) Doncy-
son. The German spelling of the name
was Danzeison.

Christian Doncyson was a native of
Dentzlingen, Baden, Germany, born De-
cember II, 18 12, son of Bernhardt and
Anna (Hugin) Doncyson, who were also
natives of Baden. His mother died "in
Dentzlingen in 181 3, during the Napo-
leonic war, and in 1 8 1 5 his father married,
for his second wife. Miss Christina Stribin.
Christian Doncyson was educated in the
public schools, and at the age of fourteen
became a member of the Evangelical
Protestant Church. He learned the trade
of baker, at which he labored two years,
and then worked in a brewery atEmmen-
dingen, at the age of twentj'-one com-



mencing to serve in the Second Regiment
of Baden Dragoons at Mannheim. After

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