JOSEPH L. BUCKLEY, Sergeant, Company "E"

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     JOSEPH L. BUCKLEY, sheriff and treasurer of Wood county, W. Va., was born in that county in the year 1842. He is the son of Harrison W. and Eliza (Gilpin) Buckley, both Virginians. The father was the son of John F. Buckley, also a native of Virginia. He came to Wood county in 1817, and remained there until his death. He was a farmer by occupation. Harrison W. Buckley was born in 1812. He was given a limited education in the common schools, and then turned his attention to agriculture and stock raising, and is still an honored resident of Wood county. His son, Joseph L., spent his early youth in the schools of Wood county, after which he followed in his father's footsteps as a farmer until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in September, 1861, in Company E, First West Virginia cavalry, and served with honor until July, 1865. With the exception of the seven days' fight in front of Richmond, he participated in all the battles fought by the army of the Potomac. After the close of the war he engaged in the general mercantile business in Marion county, until 1869, when he returned to his native county, and located at Parkersburg, where he has since been engaged in business. In the years 1885-86, he acted as city collector, and in November, 1888, was elected sheriff of the county by the republican party, and is the present incumbant of that honored position. Mr. Buckley is a director of the Homestead Building and Loan association, and has been very successful in all his business enterprises. In 1876, he was happily married to Miss Cora Leach, of this city, and two children have come to bless their union: Laura and Thompson. Mr. Buckley is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and also of the G. A. R. He is an ardent Republican, and is recognized as a leader of the organization of that county. The Buckley family is one of the oldest and most respected families in the county. It furnished three valiant soldiers to the Union government during the late hour of peril, and has ever been marked for its patriotism and enterprise in furthering the best interests of the state and nation.

Source: History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. II, Brant & Fuller, 1891; pgs. 254-255.