DANIEL BUCK, one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of Perry Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, was born on the old homestead which he now owns and occupies, the date of his birth being August 19, 1832.  His father, JOSEPH BUCK, was one of the old and honored pioneers of the county, where he made his home for many years.  He was born in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1799, his  father, JOHN CHRISTOPHER BUCK, being a native of the same State, and of Germany ancestry.  JOSPEH was seventeen years old when his father immigrated with his family to Butler County, Ohio, and there he was married to MISS CATHERINE WIDENER, remaining in that county until 1829.  In that year he came to Tippecanoe County, and settled on section 17, Perry Township, on a tract of 160 acres he had entered the year before.  Here he made a homestead, living on it until his death, which occurred in September 1865.  He was a highly respected citizen, a worthy pioneer, and a Christian gentleman, being a consistent member of the United Brethren church.  Politically he was a Democrat.  He and wife were the parents of eight children, six still living -- DANIEL, the eldest, is the subject of this sketch; SAMUEL, of Lafayette; ELIZABETH, widow of PHILIP MOWER, resides in Perry Township; MRS. ELIZA HENDERSON, of Washington Township; SUSAN, wife of JOHN SINGLEY, of Fairfield Township, and SARAH, wife of ALLEN OVERLY, also of Fairfield Township.  JOHN and ELIAS died in childhood.  MRS. JOSEPH BUCK died in the year 1846.

DANIEL BUCK, whose name heads this sketch, was married October 27, 1859, to MISS SARAH ELY, of Fairfield Township, a daughter of HENRY ELY, a prominent pioneer, and of the twelve children born to this union eleven still survive--WILLIAM, JOSEPH, STELLA, EMMA, JOHN, CALEB, MARY, CHARLES, ORPHA, MAUD and DANIEL.  A daughter named LUCY died December 6, 1886, aged twenty-six years.

MR. BUCK continued to reside on the old homestead where he was born, until 1864, when he purchased and resided on a farm on section 8, of the same township, for three years.  He then purchased the interests of his brothers and sisters in the homestead, to which he returned, and here he has since lived.  All will be seen he has resided the greater part of his life on the land entered by his father sixty years ago, a rare instance in Tippecanoe County.  He is the owner of 227 acres of Tippecanoe County's best soil.  His present brick residence, one of the finest in Perry Township, was erected in 1886, at a cost of $3,500, and his farm buildings are commodious and substantial, and everything about the place indicates thrift and industry.  Both MR. and MRS. BUCK are members of the United Brethren church, of which he has been class leader for several  years.  In his political views he is a Democrat.

Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pg. 436
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888

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