Benjamin Bullock: How Do We Know What We Know?

As we work through the process of adding more information about our family, it is important to ensure that each fact can be supported by evidence. This evidence can take many forms e.g. birth, marriage & death record, newspaper obituary, will, to name but a few sources. This helps us answer the question, “How do I know that fact?” In doing my research into the family of Benjamin Bullock, I have found sites and family trees stating facts about Benjamin and his family which are unsubstantiated.

1. A number of sites show Benjamin’s name as Benjamin John William Bullock. When I contact the owners to ask how they know this, the most common answer I receive is they got it from someone else’s family tree. No one has produced any evidence to show how this conclusion was arrived at. The large number of documents which I have accumulated show Benjamin’s name to be, simply, Benjamin Bullock.

2. I have come across family trees naming Benjamin’s parents. To the question, “What is the evidence supporting the conclusion as to who his parents are?“, there has been no response. To this point, I have seen no evidence linking Benjamin to any parents. This continues to be a brick wall which I hope we will break through someday.

If the family trees we build to share with others are to have any value and not be just wishful thinking, they must be based on a firm foundation. Each fact in the chain must be solid. For each fact, the answer to the question, “How do I know this?” must be based on reliable sources which can be cited to substantiate the fact.

Building a family tree which is a true and accurate history is hard work.  I hope we can help each other build a better picture of Benjamin Bullock and his descendants.

Benjamin Bullock & Phebe Lewis

Hannah Danford passed away on Sept. 17, 1826. Benjamin remarried on Dec. 16, 1827 to Phebe Lewis. Together they had 8 children. This chart shows the relevant dates for this family,


Benjamin died on Jan. 30, 1846 about a year and a half after the birth of George Lewis. Phebe passed away a few years later on Dec. 16, 1849. Of the combined family of fifteen, two would have been left parentless at a very young age: George Lewis, age about five and Nancy Jane, age about nine.

Benjamin Bullock & Hannah Danford

For my first post, I have attached a chart showing Benjamin’s family of seven children with Hannah Danford. Two of the children, Daniel and Sally, we only know about because they are mentioned in Benjamin’s will when he died in 1846. Their dates of birthday are only an educated guess as we have so far found no records for either of them. More information about this family can be found on my website The Genealogy of Benjamin Bullock. On a regular basis, I will be posting new information, articles, documents and insights about this family. I will also be posting charts like the one below for Benjamin’s family with Phebe Lewis as well as for each of Benjamin’s children and their families. I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can help each other in this genealogical pursuit to find out who we are.