ARRIET BUCKLER, the widow of John Buckler, who was formerly one of the prominent farmers and stock-growers of East Oakland Township, resides on her late husband’s estate on section 4. She was born Oct. 15, 1842, in Clark County, Ill., and was the daughter of Thomas and Clarinda (Craig) Davis. Her father was born Dec. 30, 1817, in Kentucky. He was a farmer possessed of excellent business qualifications and had acquired considerable wealth. During his life lie was interested in promoting the welfare of the Baptist Church, of which he was a member. His first marriage took place in 1841, and his death occurred March 11, 1872. His wife was born in 1826, and died in 1848. By the first marriage there were born three children : Harriet; Eliza J., who married Mr. D. Campbell, and Isabell, who died in 1848. Thomas Davis was united in marriage a second time, to Miss Elizabeth Lamb. Of this marriage there were seven children born Martha E., George R., Julia A., Emma F., Susan C., Evalin and James W.|
Harriet, the subject of this biography, was married to John T. Buckler, April 6, 1862. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. John Shields, pastor of the Baptist Church. Her husband, Mr. Buckler, was born June 22, 1838, in Marion County, Ky., and died Feb. 26, 1883, after an illness of about six weeks. He was brought up on his father’s farm in Kentucky, and attended the common school there until he was sixteen years of age, when he removed to Illinois, and first located in Edgar County. He was active and energetic, and worked so successfully by the month until his marriage, that he was then able to purchase eighty acres of land. He afterward sold this property and purchased the estate of 200 acres where his widow now resides, and where he became one of the leading men of the township until his death. He was interested in educational affairs and held the office of School Director. For thirteen years prior to his death, he had been a member of the Baptist Church, and was in every respect a true Christian gentleman, a kind and affectionate husband, beloved by his neighbors and respected by the entire community. In politics he was a Democrat. He left a family of five children to mourn their loss, namely: Rosana, born May 8, 1863, married William Hanner; Richard T., born Oct. 27, 1865; Emily J., Sept. 18, 1869; Lorenzo D., Dec. 29, 1871, and Nettie V., May 27, 1878.
Mrs. Harriet Buckler is highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. She is a member of the Baptist Church, in which she is actively interested. Her eldest son, who now represents the head of the family, assists his mother in the management of the farm. He is a Democrat.