My fourth-great-grandfather, Henry Bullard, only left behind a few records of his existence that I’ve been able to uncover. I want to trace my Bullard line, and I am working my way back from Henry.
1850 – The DeKalb County, Tennessee census lists Henry and family in District 5. Henry is 48, with an approximate birth year of 1802, and was born in North Carolina. Henry has a much younger wife, Mary, age 23. This makes me wonder if Henry could have another family, and much older children with another wife. There is no proof to that though.
Henry Bullard 48
Mary Bullard 23
Nancy Bullard 5
John Bullard 4 (my third-great-grandfather)
Rachel Bullard 2
Puthey Bullard 0 (Cynthia or Intha)
August 1859 – Henry’s oldest daughter, Nancy, dies from pheumonia. Her death is recorded on the mortality census. She would have only been about 15 years old.
1860 – Henry and family are still living in District 5, DeKalb County, Tennessee on the census. Their post office is Smithville. Henry’s real estate value was 600 and personal estate was 700. He’s listed as 56, making his birth year 1804. This is a two year age difference from the 1850 census. His birth place is listed as North Carolina.
1869 – Henry Bullard dies according to administrator’s settlement.
February 9, 1873 – January 31, 1874 – Entry in DeKalb County Administrator’s Settlements Book, 1870 – 1873, pages 181 – 200 (Source):
Petition of Mary Bullard, widow of Henry Bullard, dec’d, and Joseph Hibdon and wife Rachel, formerly Rachel Bullard, Thomas Sullens and wife Intha J. Sullen, formerly I.J. Bullard, and Susan Bullard, all heirs of said Henry Bullard, dec’d vs N.G. Maddux, guardain of the minor heirs of Henry Bullard, dec’d, viz: Henry, Jr., William, Allen, and Elizabeth Bullard, each of the said minors is also made defendant. — Henry Bullard died intestate about 1869.
The settlement entry is a great resource, because we know the living children’s names and who they were married to at the time. This also gives us a death year for Henry.
I’d also like to note that I haven’t found a marriage license for Henry and Mary. However, I have found the death certificates for several of their children, and they give their mother’s name as Mary or Polly Reeves.
Henry and Mary had these children:
Nancy Bullard 1845–1860
John J Bullard 1846–1872
Rachel Bullard 1848–1938
Cynthia Jane “Intha” Bullard 1850–1925
Susan Bullard 1852–1880
Henry Bullard 1854–1921
William Bullard 1858–1910
Allen Bullard 1859–1876
Betty Elizabeth Bullard 1862–1893
Who were Henry’s parents and when did Henry come to DeKalb County, Tennessee from North Carolina? Where is Henry on the 1840 census?
Various family trees give Henry’s parents as Sion Bullard and Rachel Starling. From census records, we can trace Sion to Robeson County, North Carolina, before his move to DeKalb County, Tennessee.
Name Sion Bullard
Home in 1810 (City, County, State) Robeson, North Carolina
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 2
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 5
Number of Household Members Over 25 2
Number of Household Members 7
The 1840 DeKalb County, Tennessee census lists a man living in Sion’s household that would be around Henry’s age:
Name Sion Bullard
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) De Kalb, Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39 1
Free White Persons – Males – 70 thru 79 1
Free White Persons – Females – 5 thru 9 1
Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 1
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture 2
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write 2
Free White Persons – Under 20 2
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 2
Total Free White Persons 6
Next to Sion was Benjamin Bullard, John Davis, and Elisha Bullard. Those were the only Bullards on the 1840 DeKalb County census. Elisha and Benjamin are too young to be Henry’s father.
Henry named his 2nd oldest daughter Rachel, so there is perhaps another connection there.
For now, we can only speculate as to Henry’s parents. I hope to find more records one day and solve this mystery.