Thomas Aaron Buskirk was born on April 25, 1848 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Joseph Buskirk and Ann Evans. In 1850, he lived in Denison, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In 1854, Thomas' father Joseph went with an expedition team to check out the land near Slabtown, Pennsylvania. When Joseph returned home, the family packed up and left for Slabtown. They were living in Jay Townshi pof Elk County, Pennsylvania at the time of the 1860 Census.

Thomas married Mary Elmira Brown, daughter of Robert Brown and Sarah England, on January 17, 1875 in Pennsylvania. In 1880, Thomas, Mary and their two children are living in Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania where Thomas "worked in the woods." This probably means that he was sawyer. By 1900, Thomas worked as a farmer, and they lived on a farm on Baumertown Road in Weedville, Pennsylvania. Thomas and Mary had a total of 15 children. Of these 15, 13 survived to adulthood. Thomas lived on the farm for the remainder of his life. He died on June 15, 1915 at the age of 67. He was buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery on June 17, 1915.


Offspring of Thomas Aaron Buskirk and Mary Elmira Brown (1854-1939)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edmund Myers Buskirk (1876-?) 10 July 1876 Elk County, United States 9999 Pennsylvania, United States Florence Genevieve Challingsworth (1885-1963)
Freddie Irvin Buskirk (1878-1898) 12 June 1878 Pennsylvania, United States
Mary Susannah Buskirk (1880-1945) 13 August 1880 Tyler, Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States 15 October 1945 Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States John Thomas Harrison (1880-1959)
Lenora F. VanBuskirk (1882-?) October 1882 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Tillie Ann Buskirk (1884-1964) 1884 Pennsylvania, United States 1964 James Edward Mitchell (1875-?)
Florence U. VanBuskirk (1889-?) July 1889 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Nomia F. VanBuskirk (1890-?) August 1890 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Bessie Olive VanBuskirk (1891-1968) September 1891 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States) 1968 Thomas Hill Smart (1887-1940)
Maud L. Buskirk (1892-?) December 1892 Pennsylvania
Harry G. Buskirk (1895-1916) June 1895 Pennsylvania, United States 9999 Pennsylvania, United States
Gula Lona Buskirk (1895-?) August 1895 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Ferdinand Stanten VanBuskirk (1898-?) May 1898 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Gertrude L. VanBuskirk (1900-1980) 12 May 1900 Pennsylvania (Jay+ Elk County+Pennsylvania+ United States) 27 September 1980 (Baumertown+ Elk County+Pennsylvania+ United States) Paul Joseph Lovenduski (1896-1965)



  1. 1850 United States Federal Census, Denison, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
  2. 1860 United States Federal Census, Jay, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
  3. 1880 United States Federal Census, Huston, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  4. 1900 United States Federal Census, Jay, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
  5. Passmore, J.A.M. Ancestors & Descendants of Andrew Moore 1612-1897

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