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James Silk Buckingham

James and his Wife
	painted by Henry William Pickersgill

25th Aug 1786 - 30th Jun 1855

Life History

25th Aug 1786

Born in Flushing near Falmouth.

22nd Oct 1786

Christened in Mylor, Cornwall.


Married Elizabeth Jennings.

about 1809

Birth of daughter Virginia Sappho Buckingham in Falmouth, Cornwall.

29 Jun 1813

Birth of son James Alexander Silk Buckingham


Birth of son Leicester Silk Buckingham

30th Jun 1855

Died in London Middlesex.


James Silk Buckingham (1786 - 1855), in his time was a famous author and traveller.
"He was he son of a farmer, and had a limited education. His youth was spent at sea, and in 1797 he was captured by the French and held as a prisoner of war at Corunna". See Wikipedia and many other sites, for example, where they are quite happy to include him as a virtual American! (He toured the United States during the 1830s.)

At 'Pressing On':
"In 1818, James Silk Buckingham launched the Calcutta Journal. Buckingham was a man of principles. Earlier as a naval commander he had angered slave runners by refusing to transport slaves from Madagascar and had resigned from his post. When he turned to journalism, he took a vow "to admonish governors of their duties, to warn them furiously of their faults and to tell disagreeable truths." He threw open his columns to the general public and to whoever had a grievance to air. For five years he kept the company officials on their toes. The officials fumed and fretted and tried to get him deported but Governor-General Lord Hastings, a liberal who believed in the freedom of the press, refused to oblige. After Hastings' departure, one of the first things his successor John Adam did, was to deport Buckingham to England".

Reference to W.T.D The Oriental Herald and Journal of General Literature produced and published by James, refers to his struggle with the authorities, in the form of a series of letters, on pages 569-583. Interestingly, a listing of Madras military appointments for 1825, on page 606 has a reference to his daughter's brother-in-law William Tillotson Drewry.

James' youngest son, Leicester Silk Buckingham (1825-1867), was popular as a playwright, adapting and producing several French comedies in London between 1860 and 1867.

The painting of James and his wife, at the top of the page, was presented to the Royal Geographical Society, in London, by Henry Swayne Drewry (James' grandson).

From Kath Williams:

"The original Will of James Silk Buckingham (3 pages) proved difficult for the record agent in London to copy, back in 1998. It seems that the binding obscured several words. However, I received a typed transcript of the Will from S. Dennis Buckingham of Mallorca (Buckingham One-Name Study - south of England counties)

Briefly, J.S. Buckingham in his Will dated 5 May 1854, left his estate to his wife, Elizabeth. He directed that should Elizabeth die Intestate (she did so), his Estate to be divided between Virginia and Leicester. Wife Elizabeth Buckingham and Henry Runciman Drewry appointed as Executors. After Elizabeth's death, JSB's property to be divided equally amongst two of his three children, Virginia Drewry and Leicester Buckingham.

JSB gave his reasons for leaving his property to the two children only:
1. That Virginia and her children would abe very ill-provided for in the event of her husband's death.
2. That Leicester has no fixed source of income and is not likely to possess any for some years to come.
3. That James is already provided for by his re........ while in the Government Service with a superanuation on his ......... from it and therefore does not need assistance as much as the others.

There is no mention on my paperwork of the value of the Estate, but it would have been small.

Elizabeth Buckingham, widow, died Intestate 22 Jan. 1865 at No. 51 Finchley New Road in Middlesex (while living with daughter Virginia). Letters of Administration granted to Virginia Sappho Drewry. The Estate was valued at less than 200 pounds. I have a good copy of this document, as well as a Death certificate for J. S. Buckingham (who died of Hamorrhagia and Dropsy at his home, Stanhope Lodge, Upper Avenue Road, Hampstead, 13 June 1855). Present at his death/Informant was son, Leicester Buckingham of 16 Arundel Street, Haymarket, London.

J.S. Buckingham's eldest son, James Alexander Silk Buckingham, was sent out from London as a Customs officer, to Jamaica. I need a copy of his Will to prove who JAS was married to when he died. There is a scandal involved there, I believe!"

From Rootsweb

James Alexander Silk Buckingham was born 29 Jun 1813, was christened 1817 in Mylor, Cornwall, England.

Charlotte Elizabeth Albert was born 28 May 1799, child of Sarah Pereira and William John Albert

Sarah Pereira was born 1773 in Jamaica, and died Jan-Mar 1851 in Upton on Severn, Worcestershire.
Sarah was the daughter of Isaac Pereira and Rachel Rodrigues Lopes.

Charlotte was christened 22 Jun 1799 in St. Marylebone, Middlesex, Eng, and died 18 Oct 1834 in Regent Place West, London, England.

Charlotte married John George Green, 15 Jun 1818, in Saint James, Westminster, London, England, son of William Crompton Green and Ann Elizabeth.
Charlotte married James Alexander Silk Buckingham, 5 Mar 1835, in St. George, Bloomsbury, son of James Silk Buckingham and Elizabeth Jennings.

In the 1851 census at Staindrop Lodge, Avenue Road, Hampstead, Middlesex

James Silk Buckingham Head65b. Flushing Mylor, Cornwall Author chiefly of Travels in Asia Europe and America and Works on Political Science and Puplic Lecturer on the Same
Eliza BuckinghamWife66b. Ennis Gluvias, Cornwall
Maria SandersCook25b. Streetly, BerkshireUnmarried
Hannah PlumridgeHousemaid19 b. Walton on ThamesUnmarried