William Bullock

Male 1716 - 1810


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  • Name  William Bullock 
    Born  29 Apr 1716  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Will  22 Dec 1792 
    • In his will, William named sons, Jesse, Lovel, Calvin, Samuel and Kent, daughters, Elizabeth (Carpenter), Susanna (Watson), Alethea (Smith), grandson, William Bullock, son of William Bullock, deceased, and granddaughter Lydia Hunt, daughter of his daughter Lydia (Hunt). He also ordered his sons, Samuel and Kent to fulfill the agreement made with his "now" wife and to give her support for five months after his death. The homestead and most of the property were given to Samuel and Kent. Apparently, William had given his other sons money to become established, since they were given mere tokens that "along with that which I have already given should suffice." Among his belongings given to Samuel and Kent were his clock, sword, surveyor's instruments, money scales, saddle bags, a dictionary, and partial rights in his "lybrary."
    Died  10 Dec 1810  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate  02 Apr 1811 
    • Sons, Samuel and Kent, presented his will for probate.
    Notes 
    • Since he was an only son, William took over a large amount of property from his father located along the valley of Palmer's River, mainly on its west side. He was a respected and prominent citizen of Rehoboth and was referred to as "Esquire" and as "Colonel." In addition to looking over his large farm, he was also a surveyor. He surveyed the town of Savoy in western Massachusetts that was granted to the soldiers who served in the French and Indian Wars. Savoy is located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and is rugged country. William was in his mid 50's when he was surveying this area and apparently was in excellent physical condition for his age. The area he surveyed was called "Bullock's Grant."

      A description of William Bullock survives from his grandson, Nathaniel, as related by Jonathan Russell Bullock in his manuscript on the Bullock family. William was "tall in stature, well proportioned, of erect mien, dignified in manner, and of unusually commanding presence. He was a man of influence, and possessed the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens through his long life." There is a family tradition that says that the Indian fighter, Capt. Lovell, had saved Col. William from the Indians at one time. He then made a vow that the name "Lovell" would be kept from generation to generation by the Bullock family and that when duty called, the Bullock men would rise to the defense of their country. The name Lovell was used for several generations in the family.

      At the start of the Revolutionary War, the town of Rehoboth appointed Capt. John Wheeler to make a list of persons in the town who were unfriendly to the American cause. William Bullock, Esq. was among those on the list. Apparently in the time preceding the actual war, he was among those who felt that the differences with England could be worked out peaceably without resorting to war. Capt. Wheeler's list caused a furor in the town and the people voted to remove all but two of the names from the list. William's name was removed. He had been commissioned as a Colonel in the Bristol Co. Regiment of the Massachusetts Militia in 1769 and continued in that position during the Revolutionary War.
    Person ID  I44259  Bryant
    Last Modified  22 Dec 2003 

    Father  Samuel Bullock,   b. 07 Nov 1683, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1746, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna Salisbury,   b. 1687, Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1732 
    Married  21 Jun 1711  Swansea, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Samuel of Rehoboth and Anne Salisbury of Swanzey, June 2, 1711 (Intention recorded at Rehoboth)
    Family ID  F2979  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Susannah Kent,   b. 22 Jun 1716, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1780, Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Banns  08 Jan 1737  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Susannah Kent of Barrington and William Bullock of Rehoboth, Jan. 8, 1736-7.
    Family ID  F3011  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Marcy,   b. Abt 1720,   d. Bef 05 Apr 1790 
    Married  27 Dec 1780  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • William Bullock, Esq. of Rehoboth and Mercy Allen of Barrington on 27 December 1780.
    Family ID  F3012  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Apr 1716 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Banns - 08 Jan 1737 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Dec 1780 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Dec 1810 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Rehoboth 1:142.

    2. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Rehoboth.


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