Richard Bullock

Male 1622 - Bef 1667


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  • Name  Richard Bullock 
    Born  1622  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Richard Bullock gave testimony 8 Jun 1648 at Plymouth general court regarding the will of Alexander Winchester where it was stated that Richard was "aged twenty six or therabouts." [MD]
      "He deposed in July 1647 that he was about 25" [TAG]
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Bef 22 Nov 1667  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Inventory taken: Books were listed among the items on his inventory along with a pewter spoon, arms & ammunition, and 3 blankets as the items with most value. Livestock consisted of "2 yearlings, 2 steers, one heefer, one horse and 6 cows". He had dairy vessels with beer barrel and was owed 23 shillings from Richard Bullock. [This could not have been his son, Richard who was born shortly before he died, therefore, there must have been another Richard Bullock in New England area at that time, possibly the Richard who was listed in Newtown, Long Island was this other Richard Bullock.

      The largest part of the estate went to the oldest son, Samuel and deciding that debts due from Richard's estate were satisfied, on 29 October 1670, the Court gave widow Elizabeth, the remaining cattle from Richard's estate, stating that she had "with care and industry, brought up divers smale children since the death of her husband and still is careful and industrious to bring them up, some of them yet being smale". She was given three cows and a mare that were left from the estate.
    Notes 
    • Richard Bullock's ancestry has never been satisfactorily proved in spite of research by many people. He first appeared in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, in 1644 when he purchased the lot that had been set aside for the Governor. The lot was valued at 200 Pounds. Richard was only about 22 years old at the time, if we accept the statement he made in testifying on a matter regarding the estate of Alexander Winchester in 1648. It is thought that Richard was born in Essex, England in 1622. There is no satisfactory proof of his parentage. It has also been said that he came to America with two older brothers, Henry and Edward in 1635 and that since he was not yet 21, stayed with or near them until he received his patrimony when he came of age.

      Considering the fact that 200 Pounds was a large sum of money for such a young man at that time and that he apparently had a good education since he was chosen to be a town clerk, it would seem that his family in England were of a substantial class. It has also been said that Richard came first to Rhode Island and associated with Roger Williams, also with no proof.

      Richard Bullock's home lot was along the road leading to the common opposite the lot of Rev. Samuel Newman. During his lifetime, Richard was given additional lands. He drew rights in the "Great (Seekonk) Plain " in 1644 and in 1647 he was allotted the rights of Nathan Pratt's land after Mr. Pratt left Rehoboth. In June 1653 he was one of 49 residents who were allowed to draw meadow lands and in 1658 he again shared in a drawing of lands in the northern part of the town. On 1 October 1661 he was given "soo much land at the watersyde, against the end of his lott as should be judged to be convenient to sell". In 1666, he also shared in the division of the Wannamoisett lands.

      Certainly, Richard was a farmer as were most of the men of that time, but in addition, he was the Town Clerk of Rehoboth from 1659 to the time of his death. Colonial records show he was made a freeman in May 1646 but do not state his residence. As town clerk, he was paid a salary plus an additional amount for each birth, marriage and death record that he inscribed. He appeared to be an honorable citizen of the town. He took the Oath of Fidelity in 1656. In 1662 the records show that he was appointed to serve on a committee regarding liquor and powder shipments and that on June 8, 1664 he was chosen to collect the "Assize" tax.

      The Plymouth Colony licensed Richard Bullock to keep a ferry at Palmerās River on 1 March 1664. This allowed him to ferry horses from Rehoboth across the Pawtucket (Blackstone) River to the Providence Plantation of Roger Williams. It appears that he already had a ferry and this allowed him to build a horse ferry in addition. He also was granted the right to sell liquor "to strangers and passengers but not to town dwellers."
      -- Virginia Deagan gdeagan@bellsouth.net (2001)
    Person ID  I34176  Bryant
    Last Modified  17 Jul 2004 

    Family 1  Elizabeth Ingraham,   b. 21 Mar 1628/29, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jan 1659/60, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  04 Aug 1647  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Richard [Buluk] and Elizabeth Ingraham.
    Children 
     1. Samuel Bullock,   b. 19 Aug 1648, Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1717/18, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Bullock,   b. 09 Oct 1650, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Bullock,   b. 16 Feb 1651/52, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1729/30, Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mehitable Bullock,   b. 04 Apr 1655, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1729/30, Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Abigail Bullock,   b. 29 Aug 1657, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1704
     6. Hopestill Bullock,   b. 26 Dec 1659, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F964  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth Billington,   b. 10 Jul 1635, Plymouth, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Sep 1660  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Richard [Bulluk] and Elizabeth Billington, 21, 7m., 1660.
    Children 
     1. Israel Bullock,   b. 15 Jul 1661, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1661, probably, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Marcy Bullock,   b. 13 Mar 1662, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1663, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Bullock,   b. 19 May 1664, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1739, Barrington, Bristol Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Richard Bullock,   b. 15 Mar 1666/67, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690
    Family ID  F1945  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1622 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Aug 1647 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Sep 1660 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 22 Nov 1667 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Rehoboth 1:44.

    2. [S366] Hannah (Haile) Mower, Mower, Lyman & Karen Hoiriis Mower, (Compilers, Durham, New Hampshire, 1997), p. 79.


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