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The BUCKINGHAM family have been present in North Hill since 1759 and the progressively extending family would have meant they played a significant part in parish life for about two hundred years. Many BUCKINGHAMs would undoubtedly have been well known and respected, holding a variety of local occupations and parish positions. If, for example, if you wanted a plough made for your farm, a BUCKINGHAM would have been your man.

BUCKINGHAMs first appear in this general area in Ashwater, Devon, just a few miles away from North Hill. They were there from the time that church records began in the mid 1500's, and probably before. Our ancestors were probably more mobile than we give them credit for and movement in search of work, or movement to marry was a common occurrence. Indeed a Thomas BUCKINGHAM moved from Ashwater to Trewen, a neighbouring parish to North Hill, in May 1732 and married Anne Davy. How they met is unknown, perhaps at a market day in Launceston, which lies between the two parishes. It was from Trewen that the BUCKINGHAMs migrated to North Hill, via Lewannick.

In the mid 1750s Philip Buckingham came to North Hill from the nearby village of Lewannick where he had been born in 1733. In February 1759 he married Elizabeth Kenner, a local North Hill girl of his own age, and a long line of Buckingham family members ensued.

Click here to read an alphabetical list which sets out the various BUCKINGHAMs across multiple family lines that were resident in North Hill. If you know of more, if you have additional information or you have spotted an error and would like to suggest an amendment, please contact the webmaster.

Today there are no people with the surname Buckingham living in the parish. The link below opens up a descendant chart which has been created from the entries in the parish register, census returns and civil registration indexes. If you wish to know more about the family you can contact the webmaster who holds the database from which the chart has been extracted................Buckingham Family Descendant Chart (0.4mb)


The Buckingham Family and “North Hill Farm, Ontario”

In the early 1850s two brothers from the Buckingham family of North Hill emigrated to Ontario in Canada. The history of the families was recorded in 1987 by a descendant, H Mactaggart. “The Buckingham Family History and Record” has a preface which reads:

”Over two centuries and eight generations of Buckinghams, beginning in England, immigrating to Upper Canada (now Ontario) and spreading from Nova Scotia to Vancouver B.C.

“John and Elizabeth Buckingham left their home land as newlyweds, determined to forge a new life in a new land, living in conditions primitive to that of England. With ambition, determination and faith the Buckinghams were leaders in the development of this land and the organization of their church.

“The purpose of this book is to record some history and as many descendantsof the Buckingham family as possible, so that future generations can trace their lineage back to England and give members of their family some knowledge of there their ancestors originated from …”

With the kind permission of descendant Betty Thiessen I have been able to scan in the book and publish it here (4.6mb pdf, click on the image). The book contained personal details of living family members whose identity would not have been compromised by publication back in 1987 but now we have the internet and the need for greater care regarding identity. For this reason there are sections of the book which have been redacted. If you are a Buckingham family member with a genuine reason for an interest in the family and would like an unredacted scanned copy (5.5mb pdf), please contact the webmaster via the link at the foot of this page.

“North Hill Farm” is near Collingwood in Ontario and was named after ancestral home in Cornwall by the Buckinghams.

See also:

Buckingham Church & Cemetery, 554608 Rd 55, Feversham, Ontario, N0C 1C0 (for a pdf version, click here)

Buckingham Farm (for a pdf version, click here)


The Buckingham Family’s 8 Fallen Men of World War One & 1 from World War Two

Alfred Wallis

Samuel John Buckingham

Claude John Mitchell

Harry Buckingham Wakem

James Aunger Foott

Alfred Edward Foott


Alfred James Wills

Mark Duance

Edred Buckingham

Click on the links above to access biographical details for each of these men


The toll on the Buckingham family was significant. Seven of the great great great grandsons of Philip Buckingham died in the Great War and one great great great granddaughter lost her husband. Five of them are remembered on the North Hill War Memorial. Alfred James Wills’ name is inscribed on the memorial in Stoke Climsland. Samuel John Buckingham’s name can be found on the St Cleer memorial. Alfred (Fred) Wallis was killed with the Canadian Forces on Vimy Ridge in 1917 and is buried in a nearby cemetery. The Foott brothers, James and Alfred, were lost at sea within 6 weeks of one another. Harry Buckingham Wakem was a casualty in World War Two; his name is on the North Hill War Memorial but he doesn’t appear on the register of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

AlbertJewell_1902_Lanoy.jpgEdred’s brother, Edgar, had a daughter Ethel in 1893. Ethel married Albert George Jewell in 1915. They can be seen in this image of 1902 which was taken of the Bathpool Band of Hope at Lanoy House.

The photograph has been reproduced here with the kind permission of Colin Herring, the grandson of Albert and Ethel. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

On 23 May 1850 Maria Buckingham married Philip Beswarrick in North Hill Church and they lived for many years in Berrio. There are family members descended from this line living in Regina, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia. Maria and Philip recorded their family events family bible which was found in the second hand bookshop at Lanhydrock House in 2012. The cover and inscribed pages are reproduced here.

Click to see the bible and family tree in a pdf file.

Thanks go to Richard Buckingham who has made a significant contribution to our knowledge of the Buckingham family.


The image shows one of Jabez Buckingham’s many pieces of agricultural machinery.

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