JAMES BULKLEY
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
JAMES BULKLEY, a farmer of Salem, son of James and Sarah Ann (Abell) Bulkley, was born December 24, 1838, on his father's farm, now owned and occupied by himself and his brother Enoch.
     
The original farm of one hundred acres was settled upon by his great-grandfather Bulkley, whose ancestors came from England. The house, though not the original dwelling on the place, has the old hewn rafters and timbers, and is one of the oldest buildings in the country. It is well preserved, and is substantial and somewhat modern in appearance.
     
Prentice Bulkley, the grandfather of James Bulkley, fought in the War of 1812. He was a descendant of Major Charles Bulkley, son of the Rev. John and Patience (Prentice) Bulkley, the former the first minister at Colchester. Prentice Bulkley married Dimis Bolles, of (Goshen Society) Lebanon. He died June 4, 1849, at the age of seventy-four. She died June 12, 1865, aged seventy-nine years.
     
The father, James Bulkley, was born on the homestead, September 20, 1807. He married Sarah A. Abell, who was born in Colchester, June 20, 1807. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Nott in Franklin. James Bulkley, Sr., was a man of sound judgment, strict integrity, tender-hearted, showing always a strong sympathy for the afflicted. He died much lamented by his family and greatly missed by the community in which he resided. His wife was a daughter of Hezekiah Abell and Eunice Bill, a descendant of John and Dorothy Bill, who came from England and settled at Boston about 1632. Mrs. Bulkley was a lady of more than ordinary refinement, much energy, and decision of character. Active and diligent herself, she inculcated the same principles in her children. Although living to a great age, she retained her youthful cheerfulness and mental abilities until the last.
     
Of their four sons and two daughters the fourth-born died in infancy in 1845, and two others in mature life. The surviving children are: Abbie, James, and Enoch. Abbie, widow of George Miller, of Colchester, is now living at Gale's Ferry with her daughter Minnie, who married Frank Hurlbutt, an engineer, in 1886. Her other child, a son, George Miller, married Annie Foote, and lives on the homestead at Colchester. Lucy Adelia, wife of Enoch B. Worthington, lived in Colchester, and died October 10, 1890, without issue. Her death was a severe affliction to her relatives and many friends. William A. died March 13, 1879, at the age of twenty-nine, unmarried. He was a student of Bacon Academy, and taught a number of terms of school successfully. He was a member of the Salem Baptist Church and an active worker in the Sabbath-school. The father died March 2, 1878, aged seventy years, his widow surviving until February 16, 1894, when she died at the age of eighty-six. They lie beside the paternal grandparents in Linwood Cemetery in Colchester.
     
The large farm of six hundred acres was inherited by the two brothers, James and Enoch; and both reside on the old place. Each had a district schooling, and was reared to farm life. James Bulkley is a Democrat, and has served the town as Selectman for two terms and as a member of the Kelief Board for three terms. The brothers are enterprising and successful farmers. Besides tilling the soil, they get out lumber from the timber land upon the farm, keep a dairy of some fifteen or twenty cows, Devon stock, and raise cattle, horses, and sheep. They use six yoke of oxen on the place.
     
Enoch Bolles Bulkley was born March 3, 1841. He married November 15, 1870, Lucy J. Raymond, daughter of William and Eunice B. Raymond, distant cousins. Richard Raymond, first of Salem, Mass., was made a freeman, May 14, 1634, and in 1636 was granted a tract of land, sixty acres in extent, at Jefferson Creek, now Manchester. He was a mariner, in the coast trade with the Dutch on Manhattan Island. He died in 1696. His third son, Joshua, went to New London, where he was a landholder, and was one of a committee to plan the road from Norwich to New London. For his services he received the nucleus of a tract of one thousand acres of land that was owned by his descendants. It is located eight miles from New London, and was known as the New London North Parish.
     
He married in1659 Elizabeth, daughter of Nehemiah Smith, and had eight children, one being Joshua, who married Mercy, daughter of James Sands, of Block Island, and died in 1704, his wife, Mercy, living till 1743. Their son, the third Joshua, was of Block Island and later of New London. He married in 1719 Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Mulford) Christophers. She died May 12, 1730; and he died in 1763. John Raymond, one of the six children of Joshua and Elizabeth Raymond, was born in 1725, and married in 1747 Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. George and Hannah (Lynde) Griswold. Their ten children were born in Montville. The eldest, John, second, was Lieutenant under Colonel Whitney in the French and Indian War, and was stationed at Fort Griswold. He inarched to Boston in 1775, and participated in the battle of Bunker Hill. He died May 7, 1789, at the age of eighty-four years in Montville, where he lies buried. His wife died of small-pox in 1779, at the age of fifty.
     
John Raymond, third, son of the second John, and the paternal great-grandfather of Mrs. Bulkley, served as First Lieutenant under General Spencer from 1776 to 1777. He married in Montville, May 26, 1774, Mercy Raymond, a cousin. Their three children were: William, Nathan, and Mary. William, born May 3, 1778, married June 22, 1800, Elizabeth Manwaring. He died July 29, 1842. His wife died in 1854. Their children were: Mercy, Richard, and William (Mrs. Bulkley's father). He was born April 21, 1806. He married July 5, 1829, Eunice Burnham Raymond, and settled on Raymond Hill, where the family had lived for several generations. They had six children, of whom they lost two infant sons. The four daughters were: Elizabeth, Eunice A., Adelaide L., and Lucy J. Elizabeth married Allison B. Ladd, and died childless, April 14, 1872; Eunice Ann married Calvin Allyn, resided in Norwich, and died April 19, 1896; Adelaide L., who married Henry W. Rogers, died in Montville, April 4, 1874, leaving one daughter, Lena A., wife of W. C. Hogaboom, of Los Angeles, Cal., an editor, connected with the Associated Press.
     
Lucy J. (Mrs. Bulkley), the youngest child, was educated in the best schools of her native town. She taught her first school at the age of sixteen, and continued teaching until her marriage. Mrs. Bulkley has a valuable heirloom, which has been handed down from Engand through the Lynde family. It is a silver mug or tankard which was presented by Queen Elizabeth to a member of the family, and is inscribed "F. M. W. I. E. Francis and Margaret Willoughby and H. R.," the latter initials being those of a great-aunt, Hannah Raymond. This ancient treasure was owned by Sarah Lynde, the second wife of Joshua Raymond, and her sister Hannah, who married the Rev. George Griswold, and was handed down to John Raymond, and from him through Hannah to George Raymond, from whom it passed to the mother of Mrs. Bulkley. She is also in possession of the original manuscript deed given by Mercy Sands Raymond, of Block Island, June 24, 1725, to her son Joshua.
     
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch B. Bulkley may be briefly mentioned, as follows: James Raymond Bulkley, died April 25, 1876; Sarah Burnham, born March 16, 1879, an undergraduate of the Bacon Academy, a member of the class of 1899, is a young lady of promise, with fine intellectual endowments and studious habits; Willie Enoch, born June 25, 1881, is a brilliant scholar, and will graduate in 1900 from the same school; Arthur Jewett died at the age of sixteen months, July 8,1887.
 

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens 
of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 359 - 361

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Henry W. BLANCHE
John A. BOWEN
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Hon. John BREWSTER
Joshua E. BROCKWAY
George G. BROMLEY
William F. BROUGHTON
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
James F. BUGBEE
James BULKLEY
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


 
 

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