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A Bullock Family History
Descendants and Relations of George Freeman Bullock
of Granville County, North Carolina

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Benjamin C. Bullock & Sally Meta (Hunt) Bullock
Benjamin Chaffin & Sally Meta (Hunt) Bullock
Questions of Origin
Many reports, documents, and other publications have been produced by others researching the Bullock family line that take this family line as far back as 1500s England.  Unfortunately, most of those that I've encountered appear to contain some level of differences in facts that require me to be cautious in accepting the the accuracy of the original, secondary, tertiary, or other resources relied on.   Unfortunately, too, however, some of the archival or published information we are all relying on may not always be accurate and we find ourselves having to believe they are trustworthy--until we connect with others who have more direct and verifiable information.
Verified research on this Bullock family line currently takes us back to George Freeman Bullock, who died on June 21, 1866 in Granville County, North Carolina.   According to one researcher, ancestors of some Granville County, NC Bullocks first settled in Virginia after emigrating from England in the 1600s.  Another researcher found that ancestors of some Granville County, NC Bullocks first emigrated to Maryland from England, also in the 1600s.  Compelling information (that I've not yet verified) compiled by Barbara Bullock Elliott suggests that:
George Freeman Bullock's parents were George Bullock (born abt. 1770 in Granville County), and Mary (Polly) FREEMAN (b. October 26, 1796 in Granville County, NC, daughter of Gideon FREEMAN and Mary RICHARDSON);
George Bullock's parents were James Bullock (b. 1723 in St. Mary's County, Maryland), who married Sarah WEBB abt. 1749 in St. Mary's County, MD, moved to Granville County, NC in 1768, and died there in 1783;
James Bullock's parents were John Bullock (b. abt. 1693 and d. October 15, 1736 in St. Mary's County, MD) and Catherine (b. 1718 in St. Mary's County, MD);
John Bullock (b. abt. 1667 and d. abt. 1705 in St. Mary's County) married Mary OAKLEY 1692; and
John Bullock (b. abt. 1633, probably in England, d. abt. 1705 in St. Mary County, MD) and a daughter of William ASSITER and Ann.

Within this Bullock family's own notes there is conflicting information about who William G. Bullock's parents were.  Various handwritten or type-written notes provided by immediate family members indicate that THOMAS A. BULLOCK and LUCY LANGMIRE were his parents.  Extensive information compiled by Barbara Bullock Elliott, however, indicated that his father's name was GEORGE FREEMAN BULLOCK (born abt. 1810 in Granville Co.; died June 21, 1866), that his mother's name was MELINDA GREEN, daughter of Elijah GREEN and Elisabeth CULVERHOUSE, and that they were married on April 24, 1833.  Barbara's compilation also suggests that Thomas A. Bullock (born June 5, 1857, died February 22, 1866--9 years old) and Lucy Lee Bullock (born May 15, 1862, died March 30, 1863--less than 1 year old) were among William G. Bullock's children.  I am happy to report that I have since (July 2004) found more information that corroborates many of these details.  

Barbara Bullock Elliott's is an impressive body of work that takes this Bullock line back 6 more generations to 1600s England.   Among the interesting histories are many valid and compelling connections.   There are, however, also differences between her data and that presented here that challenges us--or me--to sort out more facts.   I am eager to use use Ms. Elliott's and others' work as a guide for further investigation, but will resist incorporating new connections until I am able to identify more directly the sources of the information.

The following people appear in different Bullock family notes and documents whose relationships to the family line are not currently clear:
    From the "Deaths" page, which may have been extracted from a Bullock Family Bible
    Mrs. Prudence Hunt, died December 2, 193[0?]
    Annie Jenkins, died April 6, 1887
    Mary Ann Mangum, died May 23, 1888
    Stephen [Minon or Minor], died March 16, 1907

    From the untitled death entry notes page:
    Rachel Green, died January 4, 1895
    [Jennie or Annie?] Jenkins, died December 20, 1895
    Cannon Hopkins, died June 11, 1896
    George B. Hopkins, died September 16, 1897
    [Tazzie?] Hopkins, died December 30, 1898
    Robert J. Stem, died June 24, 1898
    John Pittard, died July 14, 1898
    V. A. Sharp, died December 21, 1894
    Rev. B. B. Hester, died January 14, 1892
    Joel Hester, died August 13, 189[--]
    Elizabeth Qualls, died April 4, 186[--]
    E. [Wheallon?], died September 29, 1871
    W. R. Gooch, died July 30, 1880
    Martha Gooch, died January 1, 1880
    Sarah Bullock, died December 26, 1878
    Mary Mangum, died December 27, 1880
    Lydia Stem, died June 22, 1888
    John E. Mitchell, died July 3, 1888
    W. [S. or G.] Farabow, died October 6, 1888
    James A. Hunt, died December 8, 1908
More Cautions
There is great risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information.   Imagine trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or just the snout as clues.   The further we go back in to time, limited available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide only a momentary glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation or limitations of the person recording it.

I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.   Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately, whether by the scribe or the original provider.   But such records are helpful in providing us with clues that could help verify our assumptions or point us in new directions.

Benjamin C. Chaffin's casket
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Photos help remind us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these were real people of flesh, bone, and blood.   They experienced the adventures of youth, the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss.   Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.   In some cases, we may even see a reflection of one another.

Any information, corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of the BULLOCK family's history will be greatly appreciated.   All photos or other original documents will be handled with great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed otherwise.  While I am eager for ANY information, including stories and oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want to be respectful of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.

This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available up to this moment.  No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it should.

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WorldConnect Register Report for Benjamin Chafin Bullock
WorldConnect Data for Benjamin Chafin Bullock
WorldConnect Pedigree Report for Benjamin Chafin Bullock

WorldConnect Register Report for George Freeman Bullock
WorldConnect Data for George Freeman Bullock

WorldConnect Register Report for Isabelle Garrett
WorldConnect Data for Isabelle Garrett


Deaths Page
This is a photocopy of a "Deaths" page from what is believed to be from a Bullock family bible.

B.C. Bullock & S.M. Hunt Marriage Certificate  

Letter from Dr. E. Hadley Greene to B. C. Bullock, February 19, 1892
Dr. Greene, of Atlanta, Georgia, wrote this letter to B. C. Bullock following word the death of B. C. Bullock's father, who was his patient.

William G. Bullock's Retirement, 1968
Featuring a newspaper clipping from the Valdosta Times and a transcript of a speech honoring W. G. Bullock for 20 years of service to the Valdosta Real Estate Board and Georgia Association Board of Real Estate Boards.

Family Photos

Henrietta Garrett
Sally Meta (Hunt) Bullock
Sally Meta (Hunt) Bullock
Benjamin Chafin Bullock
Benjamin Chafin Bullock
Sally Hunt Bullock, 1948
Sally Hunt Bullock, 1948
Granddaddy Bullock, 1948
Granddaddy Bullock, 1948
Bullock home, Raleigh, NC, 1920
Raleigh, N.C., 1920
William & Minta Baugh Bullock
William and Minta Adelaide (Baugh) Bullock
Fannie Bell (Bullock) Haskins
Fannie Bell Haskins

Minta Baugh & William Bullock
Minta Baugh & William Bullock
Minta Baugh & William Bullock & Dan, the horse
Minta Baugh & William Bullock
and Dan, the horse
Minta Adelaide (Baugh) Bullock
Minta Adelaide Baugh Bullock

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Updated September 19, 2005

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