Andrew S. Buckingham


ANDREW S. BUCKINGHAM, clerk of the courts of Jefferson County, Ohio, was born in Wells township, of that county, January 18, 1850. He is the son of George H. and Catharine (Church) Buckingham, the former of whom was a native of Frederick county, Md., and the latter of Smithfield, Jefferson county. His father was born February 17th, 1795; he served in the war of 1812, and shortly after its close, came to Jefferson county, and for a few years was engaged in the river trade on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, but afterward engaged in agricultural pursuits in Wells township. He was married about 1841, to Catharine Church, who was born on July 16, 1816, daughter of Thomas Church, one of the early settlers of Jefferson county. They had eight children, of whom Andrew S. was the fifth. Five of the children survivie. The father died November 2, 1876 and his wife now reside in Cross Creek township. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, continuing with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-two. He received a good early education, and at eighteen years of age, became a teacher, taking charge of the district school he had attended. After teaching four winters he entered Scio academy at New Market, Ohio, where he studied six months. Thence he went to Uhrichsville, where for one year he was in a grocery and provision store. For three years and two months following this, he served as an agent for the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis railroad, at that place, after which he was appointed bill clerk for the Union and Adams express companies at Columbus, Ohio. Six months later, on account of the illness of his father, he resigned and went home, where in the fall of 1876, he resumed teaching, in his home school, and taught three consecutive winters. In the fall of 1880 he accepted the position of principal of the Mingo public schools, which he held two years, teaching ten months and working in the railroad offices two months in each year. On December 13, 1881 he removed to Steubenville, and conducted his school from that place of residence, also subsequently discharging the duties of deputy clerk of Jefferson county, as which he was appointed on May 16, 1882. In April 1883, he was appointed deputy auditor and he discharged the duties of on the date last named. Mr. Buckingham was married September 26, 1878, to Winifred D., daughter of John and Sarah A. (Duff) Reese, of Steubenville township. She was born in Clarion, Penn., January 11, 1859. To this union, two children have been born, Bertha R. and Bernice E., twins, born February 10, 1880. Mr. Buckingham is a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias lodges, and in politics is influential as a republican. As an official, he is quite popular with all.

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