The fitness and capability of women to discharge the duties thrust
upon them with efficiency is amply demonstrated in the case of Amanda F.
Buckingham, who, since the death of her husband, has successfully
managed her ranch and has become recognized as among the successful
almond and peach growers of Sutter County. She was born near Glenwood,
Mills County, Iowa, December 23, 1855, the eldest of six children of
Thomas and Phoebe (Gilliland) Conner, both natives of Indiana. Thomas
Conner was a plasterer and followed his trade until he was twenty-five
years old. when he removed to Mills County, Iowa. There he settled on
government land; and for many years he served as justice of the peace in
Mills County, where both he and his wife passed away. Amanda E. Conner
attended the first grade in a log-cabin schoolhouse in the woods of
Mills County, Iowa, continuing until she completed the district school.
Her marriage occurred in Mills County, on January 1, 1872, and united
her with John L. Buckingham, a native of Virginia, but reared in
Kentucky. He owned a ranch in Mills County, which he later sold. They
then removed to Holt County, Mo., and there four of their ten children
were born. Mr. and Mrs. Buckingham returned to Iowa, and at Pacific
Junction conducted a general merchandise store for some seven years. Two
more children were born there. They then sold their property in Missouri
and in Mills County, Iowa, and removed to South Dakota, locating near
Hermosa, where they acquired 1,800 acres of land. After ten years'
residence in South Dakota, where four more children were born to them,
they sold out and came west to California, locating five miles southwest
of Yuba City, where they purchased thirty acres, the present home place
of Mrs. Buckingham. Mr. Buckingham passed away in San Diego, Cal., at
the age of seventy-eight years. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Buckingham: Margaret is the wife of W. C. Richie and resides in San
Diego; Thomas resides in Sutter County; Zachariah is a rancher in the
vicinity of Bogue; Annie is now Mrs. Perfield, of Sacramento; Strother
is a rancher near Oswald; Lester C. is deceased; Henry is ranching at
Tudor; Chauncey is ranching near home; Elsie is now Mrs. Howard, of
Oroville; and Marjory is Mrs. Klingensmith, also farming near the old
home. Mrs. Buckingham is very proud of her family of nine children,
twenty-eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
SOURCE: "History of Yuba and Sutter County, California,: by Peter J.
Delay, Historic Record Co., Los Angeles, Calif., 1924, pages 563, 564
This picture was taken in my
back yard in Yuba City, Calif. abt 1940; left
Amanda Ellen (Conner) Buckingham,
of Mills Co; Marie Lenora (Buckingham)
Davis; Chauncey Littlewood Buckingham, of South Dakota, & Charles Irwin
Davis (me) at age 8.
This photo was probably taken
outside the Buckingham home in Sutter County, Calif. On the left
is Caroline "Carlie" (Conner) Buckingham, b 27 Jun 1858, Lyons Twp,
Mills Co, Iowa, d 10 Jan 1959 in Los Angeles, Calif. She was md to Jesse
Hardyman Buckingham, b 28 Aug 1856, Mills Co, d 20 Feb 1912, Rapid City,
South Dakota. On the right is my great grandmother, Amanda Ellen
(Conner) Buckingham, the wife of John Looney Buckingham; she died 11 May
1940, in Sutter County, Calif. They were two of four daughters born in
Mills County to Thomas Conner & Phoebe Ann Gilliland. Their husbands
were first cousins; Jesse was the son of Jesse Hardyman Buckingham and
Ann Mariah Morrow, who both died in Mills County; John was the son of
Zachariah Buckingham, who died in Mills Co, and his first wife, Mary
Miller, who died in Kentucky.