The process of tracing your ancestry involves starting from what you know in the present and working your way back through each preceding generation. This research leads us back to the early 1800s and Benjamin Bullock. We don’t actually know where Benjamin came from. We see his name on a document dated February 22, 1819 showing that Benjamin had leased Lot #6 in the first concession on South river in the Seigniory of Noyan from N. C. Burton, Seignior, through the notary, Edme Henry. Nothing in this document or any subsequent documents actually say where he was born or where he came from. We do have a number of clues however.
We do have a few clues to point us in the right direction:
- On the death record of Benjamin’s son, Henry, Benjamin’s birthplace is given as England. Henry’s birthplace is given as Albany, NY.
- On the death record of Benjamin’s son, Prentis, Benjamin’s birthplace is given as Canada.
- On the death record of Benjamin’s grandson, James Edward Bullock, James Edward’s father John’s (son of Benjamin) birthplace is shown as England.
- On the death record of Benjamin’s granddaughter, Ann Eliza Hordly, Ann Eliza’s father John’s (son of Benjamin) birthplace is shown as Boston.
- On the 1880 census for Orlando Stever, his wife Mary Jane Stever née Bullock and daughter of Benjamin Bullock, shows father’s birthplace as Vermont.
- Benjamin’s son married Harriet Dent, daughter of Robert Thompson Dent. It is possible that the families are close friends. Robert Thompson Dent’s headstone shows that he was born in Yorkshire. This might also be the birthplace of Benjamin.
- On the 186 Canada East Census, a Henry and Mary Bullock are shown as part of Benjamin’s son, John Bullock’s household. Henry and Mary are about the same age as Benjamin would have been. They are clearly family members, possibly Benjamin’s brother and sister/sister-in-law, and their place of birth is shown as England. This might tell us where Benjamin was born1
None of these clues tell us where Benjamin was born. They provide us leads, places to explore which might lead us to where Benjamin married Hannah Danford, to where some of the children were born, and maybe, to where Benjamin Bullock was born. This is the great brickwall for our family. So far, none of these leads has turned up anything to show where Benjamin was born. Somewhere, someone out there may have a piece of information, a document which holds the key to enabling us to unravel our ancestry back still further than Benjamin, perhaps to the American colonies, or to England or to some other unthought of place.