MORTIMER/BULL Research Needs: from Curt Mortimer
The parents of the original family who lived in
Broughton-Gifford, Wiltshire, England are in question as to their names. My grandfather James Mortimer claimed that the husband's name was James (He had been told he was
named after him.) As the records have come down he was named
Abraham b.1777, m1802, d.1858. My father, Gilbert Mortimer, while visiting Broughton-Gifford in 1962 found a grave stone with the following information: "Robert Bull - baptized Sept. 21, 1778; Married Sarah in 1802, Buried in 1868 in his 91st year; Sang in the choir 60 years, was blind 40 years. Sarah Bull died in 1867 in her 87th year. She was born, lived and died in
this parish." There are some discrepancies matching the dates on the marker with known facts. The dates on the gravestone would make Sarah too old to bear her younger children.
So we are unsure of the actual name of the father, James, Abraham, or Robert. As for Sarah we think her maiden name was Mortimer since a cousin of their children named Simeon Mortimer came with the children to America and actually married his cousin, the daughter Sarah Bull Sr., also called Sarah Bull. My father, Gilbert, had several relatives suggest that Sarah Sr.'s name was Ann.
The children of the Broughton-Gifford BULLs were, John, Abraham,
Jacob, Samuel, James, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ruth. S.S. Gerrish wrote my father from Broughton-Gifford saying he remembered the names of the children well. He named them all except Samuel.
Jacob, Elizabeth and Ruth did not join their brothers and
sisters emigration to America in 1855 therefore our records of their families are quite incomplete.
We would love to know the lines of James, George and Annie.
Elizabeth Bull married Francis Buckingham b.1821 d.1889.
Their children were Tom and Frank. Tom settled in Bristol and let out apartments. My father found some of the Buckinghams (Franks family) in Canada (Parkside, Sask.)but their lines are largely lost to us now.
Hello Curt: According to the my research John, Abraham,
Jacob, Samuel, James, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ruth's father was Abraham Bull. My sources are James's marriage certificate, Samuel's death certificate, History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley-by Merton E. Krug, Page 422-423 and Tony McCabe research. James was named after his grandfather not his father. Abraham Bull was bap June 14, 1795 in the Broughton-Gifford Parish Church, & bap 1830 in the Broughton-Gifford Baptist Church, bur September 18, 1878 in Broughton-Gifford Baptist Church. Abraham married Sarah Mortimer (bap July 12, 1799 Broughton-Gifford Parish Church, bur October 13, 1849) April 14, 1823. Tony's source is Broughton-Gifford Parish Church records and Broughton-Gifford Baptist Church records. I am trying to add Tony McCabe information to the site.
I believe Simeon and Sarah came to America before 1855 because I have a 1850 Dodge County Census with him and Emanuel Mortimer (his brother, who emigrated in 1845).