26th Great Grandfather
Robert I (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329), popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, and eventually led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent country and is today revered in Scotland as a national hero.
We keep forgetting those who lived, and worked, and prayed, and sang, and built long before we were born. We commit the sin of assuming that everything begins with us. We drink from the wells that we did not find. We eat food from farmlands we did not develop. We worship in churches we did not organize or build. We enjoy freedoms we have not earned. We should be grateful for our heritage, and turn our minds in grateful appreciation to those who lived in another day, and under vastly different circumstances, so that we can live a better life today.
This site is presented with the hopes of preserving the memories of our ancestors. Many we know about, and many we will never know, because of records being destroyed by fire, flood, and other disasters. They have made possible the way we live today. We owe them our gratitude and an interest in truly understanding their experiences.
Clement E. Buckman kept looking west for a peaceful place to settle his family. His forefathers arrived in Kentucky after the Revolutionary War looking for peace and freedom to practice their religion.
Clement moved on looking for that same freedom to Kansas.. only to end up in the middle of the border clashes of the Civil War. Leading a wagon train on to Arizona, he finally settled the family in the Visalia area of California.