Author Topic: John Buckmaster, 1867-6 May, 1942, Haldimand Co., blacksmith & master woodworker  (Read 698 times)

Offline Westoe

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Dear all,

I am copying the quoted message below here for my friend Sailmaking Loft who is not yet a member of RootsChat.

This is *not* a request for information; instead the info is being posted here to be found by possible future searchers, lest it be lost forever.

"Disinterested and unrelated third party would like to make contact with descendants of John Buckmaster, born 1867, Dunn Township, Haldimand County, Ontario, CANADA.

John Buckmaster was the son of Jesse and Victoria Buckmaster and had at least four siblings - an older brother George Buckmaster, a younger sister Mary Jane Buckmaster, plus at least two more younger sisters, because when he died he had three surviving sisters. Their married surnames were Jones, Smith and Hoover.

John Buckmaster married Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Boyers 22 May 1888 and had a daughter Ella May Buckmaster whom I believe married Roy Horning. In 1916, Roy Horning was living in Watersville, Michigan, USA.

John Buckmaster lived on Maple Street in Dunnville, Haldimand County, Ontario, CANADA and died 6 May 1842. He was a blacksmith by trade but his hobby was fine inlaid woodworking at which he was a master craftsman.

John Buckmaster's woodworking talent is the reason why I am writing.

Here is a quote from a 1935 local newspaper (believed to have been The Welland Tribune):
"About four years ago [so c. 1931] Mr. Buckmaster began this hobby of fine inlaid woodworking ........ A fine piece of furniture is an octagon pedestal table, 27 inches across the top, which has approximately 2500 individual pieces of wood. This table is mainly composed of walnut, bird's eye maple, oak, cherry and another kind of wood from the southern States. The centre is an inlaid circle surrounded with a fine star design. The top is on a hinge so that it may be tipped up if necessary."

I have seen this table. The current owner, elderly and unrelated, has donated it to a local church for an auction fundraiser.

NO, THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT.

It's just that the elderly current owner has these newspaper clippings plus a photograph of John and Lizzie Buckmaster posing with another of his creations, a 6 foot 10 inch high grandfather's clock. It is highly likely that those clippings may not survive the transfer to a new owner. It would be very sad if all this detailed information were to be lost so I am précis-ing it to the internet for posterity.

I will take a photo of the table and digitize these clippings. For the balance of my lifetime, I will be willing to share those images with any descendant who replies to me. My friend Westoe will pass on any replies to me, but please note that I am already old and frail."

Cheers,
Westoe

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Re: John Buckmaster, 1867-6 May, 1942, Haldimand Co., blacksmith & master woodworker
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 26 November 17 19:42 GMT (UK) »
Hello,

John Buckmaster is the brother of my wife's great-grandfather George Buckmaster (1865-1902.)

Wondering if you could send to me the information on John Buckmaster that you refer to in this topic.

Thank you.

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Re: John Buckmaster, 1867-6 May, 1942, Haldimand Co., blacksmith & master woodworker
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 November 17 07:09 GMT (UK) »
Hello k,

Yes, I will, but you need to make two more posts here on RootsChat before I can. When you have made three posts, you can access the internal Private/Personal Messaging feature to send me your email address to which I can send the images. There are 13 of them. Email addresses are not allowed in the public forums to discourage spammers and phishers.

Cheers,
Westoe

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Re: John Buckmaster, 1867-6 May, 1942, Haldimand Co., blacksmith & master woodworker
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 November 17 19:33 GMT (UK) »
Hello again, k,

While you are waiting, have a look at this page:

http://platoauctions.com/2016/12/12/antique-fine-arts-auction-april-1st-2017/

That auction included:
Fabulous Tall Case Clock with overall geometric inlay and elaborate entablature, 6’10”H, made by John Buckmaster, Dunnville Ontario 1867-1942, blacksmith/master wood worker, the case made from  a beam from a submerged war of 1812 ship with over 4,000 pieces of multi wood inlay, and the only one known;

There is only one tall case clock pictured on that page and it looks very like the one in the newspaper article. The image is too large to post here but I have saved it.

Cheers,
Westoe