February 28, 2014

The Children of Moses and Chloe Camp - Electa Buckley

The children of Moses and Chloe Camp were:

Electa - 1806 - 1887)
Sarah - (1813 - 1892)
Lydia - (1814 - ?)
Platt - (1815 - 1876)
Harriet - (1817 - 1891)
Sophia - (1817 - 1898)
                                              Caroline - (1820 - 1889) 

Unlike her sisters, Chloe and Julia, the third daughter, Electa, and family appeared in many newspaper articles and could be found on many census records.  Electa Camp was the third child of Moses and Chloe Stoddard Camp, born in June, circa 1805.  Electa and her husband, Chester Buckley, married in February, 1833, and settled near Sangerfield, NY, where they lived their entire lives.

On 3 Apr 1834, they welcomed their first son, Duane O.  In 1836, son Lansing joined the family and two years later, daughter Pauline A. was born.  Two more children, Ellen R. and Rollin E., finished the family.

In 1850, Chester, 47, a sawyer, resided in Sangerfield, Oneida County, NY, with his wife, Electa, 45, and children: Lansing, 14; Duane O., 16; Paulina A., 11; and Ellen R., 8.  Chester was a sawyer, probably working at a sawmill, and his real estate was worth $800.  Duane died later that same year at the age of 16.

By 1860, his real estate was valued at $1200, and he had personal worth at $200.  He was 55 and still a sawyer and in fact, his obituary stated that he and a partner owned a sawmill.  Electa had personal worth of her own of $50, perhaps an inheritance as both of her parents died in the 1850s.  Lansing was 23 and working as a carpenter, while Paulina, at 20 years old, was a teacher.  Little Rollin was 8.
 Ellen, 18, was working as domestic servant for the Thomas Wilkerson family; he was the postmaster.
On 19 October 1866, Paulina died the age of 28.

In 1870, Chester at 66, called himself a farmer with real estate at $2000 and a personal worth of $700.  Electa was 64, and Lansing, at 33, was still at home and a farmer with a personal worth of $400.  Ellen was 28 and Rollin was 19, also a farmer, and he was attending school.  College?  Rollin would marry in 1876.

Living in the same home in 1880 were Chester, 76, a mill sawyer, and Electa, 74, keeping house, Lansing, 44, single and a farmer, and Ellen R, 38, single.  In 1883, Chester and Electa celebrated their fiftieth anniversary and it was a big party, touted in the local paper as a grand affair.

Waterville Times, February 1883 
"Golden Wedding
On Monday last, February 19, in this town, at the old homestead, occurred the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Chester Buckley and Miss Electa Camp.  The occasion was taken in hand by the children and friends of the worthy pair, and made in every way enjoyable. The walls of the pleasant home were tastefully decorated with evergreens in graceful arrangement, while prominent, in bold relief stood the dates 1833 and 1883.

The old couple seemed remarkably young and happy, and entered into the spirit of the occasion in a befitting manner.  The bill of fare, arranged for the occasion, was complete and absolutely beyond the reach of criticism, and was so pronounced by the more than two score who enjoyed it.  A fine quartette of singers from North Brookfield furnished some of the ..?.. "Dear Mother is Growing Old" and "Golden Years are Passing By," also other selections equally appropriate and beautiful.  We would respectfully suggest to the singers, Mrs. Charles Ball, Mrs. Herman Burhyte, Mr. O.S. Gorton, and Mr. L. S. Fritch, that such good taste in selection, and skill in execution deserves more than a slight notice.  Prayer was offered and remarks made, suitable to the occasion, by Rev. J. H. Sage, of the Waterville Baptist Church, after which came table enjoyments and a general good time, reminiscences and, in examining the gifts, which were many and appropriate.  Among which were easy chairs and couch by the children and sisters, Miss Camp and Mrs. Lewis; elegant gilt hanging lamp and $5.00 gold piece by Mr. and Mrs. Parker White; silver knives by Mrs. Albert Beebe, also gold pieces, gold pen and pencil, gold lined silver cups, etc. and etc. from Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Jewett, C. Jewett, Miss Bangs and mother, Rollin, Lansing and Ellen Buckley, Dewitt Buckley and wife, Mrs. Worden, Mr. Willis and wife, Miss Carrie Sawdey, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Casity and other friends whose names are not mentioned.

One excellent feature of the occasion was the identical, old table and tablecloth with some of the old dishes and the very old wooden chairs with which the couple commenced fifty years ago, brought out and into good use for the joyous occasion.  The old couple and a few friends (among whom was Mrs. Roana Bangs, nearly 85 years of age and glossy hair unchanged by age and intellect still unclouded) at at the old table during dinner.  The Mrs. Bangs mentioned was the oldest, Lena B. Electa Buckley, aged 8 months and Raymond Buckley, aged 7 months, were the youngest present.

Lansing Buckley and his sister, Ellen, are deserving of special praise for the skillful management of the entertainment which, from beginning to end, was pronounced a grand success.  Late in the afternoon, by request of the aged couple. the company, led by the choir, sang the old piece, "Benevente" with the words..."

To be continued... 

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