Frances Norton Norman
February 19, 1817 - October 01, 1885

by Eugenia Buck Cutts

Frances Norton Norman, third child of Sarah Jane Beaty and Joshua Norman, was born February 19, 1817 in Conwayborough. Little is known of her childhood, though much been written about her mother, "Aunt Jane Norman," whose home was a well known boarding establishment where the friendships of many young people budded into romance marriage. It is very likely that young Henry Buck, from Maine, met her there, and they were married in 1838. They lived at Upper Mill Plantation, on the banks of the Waccamaw River, just above the location of the town of Bucksville, which came into being after the Middle Mill was established there.

She is best described in an article on Henry Buck in Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteen Century, which states: "She was a woman of great worth. The needy poor never applied to her bounteous purse and tender heart in vain. Her carriage was found at the door of the destitute and sick at all times of the day and night, and the deathbed of many poor wretches was sweetened by her godly, loving presence, and their last moments comforted by her touching faith in the power of her Master to redeem. A mother to the community in which she lived, she was long known by the sweet title of 'Aunt' Fanny, and her death was sincerely mourned all."

In the obituary of Lucinda Buck Gilbert, who died in 1892, the following reference was made to Fannie Norman Buck: "Her mother was eminent for goodness of heart, a King's daughter truly. In the midst of wealth and abounding prosperity, she seemed happiest in doing good, known and beloved by everyone who knew her. She labored to help the souls and bodies of her neighbors."

From the obituary of her youngest daughter Alice Buck Springs, who died in 1890, the following description is given of Fanny Buck: "Followed in the footsteps of her mother, freely giving time and means, interest and efforts to build a church and promote spiritual welfare of her neighbors." "A woman of remarkable character, she was extensively known and beloved as a ministering angel. She was the mother of seven children, named respectively: Orilla, wife of H.H. Wright; Lucinda, wife of Capt. Cephas Gilbert; Henry L., the successor to his father's business at Bucksville; Fannie, wife of Rev. J.J. Anderson, a Presbyterian clergyman, and at present a professor in a college at Holland, Michigan; George O., who was a student at the Citadel when the students were ordered on duty at Johns Island during the late war (he died on duty, of pneumonia, January 23, 1865, aged 18 years); Holmes who resided at Bucksport, Maine, where he married, lived, and died; and Alice, who married Capt. A.A. Springs. The mother of these children went to rest on the first of October, 1885, that day being the fifteenth anniversary of the death of her devoted husband." Both these accounts come from Richards' Buck Genealogy.

Descendants of Fanny N. Buck living in Horry County include: Henry Buck Burroughs, son of Iola Buck Burroughs, and his son Henry Buck Burroughs, Jr., his two children; Mrs. Virginia Burroughs Marshall, daughter of Iola B. Burroughs and her children George Marshall, Virginia Marshall Biddle and three children, Margaret Marshall Holmes and two daughters; Eugenia Buck Cutts, daughter of Henry Lee Buck, Jr. and her son Henry Buck Cutts and two daughters, and William Edward Cutts and two daughters, Henry Lee Buck, IV, son and daughter, Mrs. Dot Buck Hook and daughter and Mrs. Virginia Buck Schade and son. Grandchildren of Alice Buck Springs are Louise Springs Crews and children; Dr. Holmes Buck Springs, Jr., and children; children of Alice Springs Donevant; and Albert Adams Springs III and children.

The Independent Republic Quarterly
Vol.20 No.4; Fall 1986, Pg 12

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