VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY
Compiled by Nada Binnion Fuqua
Mentioned in his son Edward’s will, written 1755 in Hanover Co.,
VA. See below.
Little is known of this gentleman except information gleaned from his
will, written 1755 in Hanover Co., Va. The
Hanover records were destroyed years ago, but a copy of this will was found at
the courthouse of Greene Co., Ga. In
the 1950’s by Dr. Lewis Bullock. How
it came to be there one can only speculate.
The copy included the information that the will was proved Dec. 2, 175?
(illegible) in Hanover Co. Also it
included a statement by the Hanover County Clerk certifying the copy Oct. 10,
1803. Apparently the copy was recorded Jan. 7, 1826, in Greene Co.,
Ga. (W.B.F., p. 91-93) Legatees of
the will were:
- two Negroes
Grandson Edward Rice - Negro boy
Son John - Land in Louisa (Co.) on south side of Little River plus 10 acres more and two Negroes
Son Edward - Land in Hanover given him by his father Edward – mill and appurtenances, also two Negroes
Son James - Remainder of land in Louisa Co. plus two Negroes
Daughter Mary Bullock - two Negroes
Son Micajah - one-half land in North Carolina and two Negroes Daughter Christeen Bullock - two Negroes
Son William - other half of N.C. Land and two Negroes
Executors: Clifton Rice (“my son-in-law”) and eldest sons John and Edward.
The family Bible is in possession of Amanda Bullock Wallis, Lexington,
KY. In it is recorded the
following, according to a letter to Marion Wooters, Mar. 1, 1967:
John Bullock and Ann Rice married Feb. 4, 1755, Louisa, VA.
Rice Bullock born Dec. 17, 1755 Died with (sic?) issue
William Dec. 28, 1757 no account for
David Dec. 17, 1759 M. Catherine Roy
Robert Feb. 21, 1762 Cousin Agnes or Agatha
Lewis Feb. 24, 1764 Mary Chinn
Elisabeth Feb. 19, 1766 Garland
Edward June 6, 1768 no account of
Mary Jan. 4, 1770 Spinster
Rebecca Jan. 17, 1773 Spinster
Nancy Nov. 21, 1777 no account of
Bullock of Louisa Co., Va. made his will Sept. 27, 1784, proved April 11, 1785.
Legatees: Sons Rice, David,
Lewis, Robert, Edward, daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Rebecca, Nancy. His wife was
living, but not mentioned by name. (W.B.111,
p. 68-70) Lewis received the
ancestoral lands with mill and appurtenances.
Concerning Robert and Edward, “I give all my lands on the western
waters which I have obtained from warrants or by being in partnership with Mr.
Charles Yancey or others to my two sons Robert Bullock and Edward bullock.”
The reason for going to Kentucky! David,
Edward, Robert, and Lewis – or at least men of those names – are listed in
the 1800 census of Kentucky. “There
is a single flat gravestone at Garlandtown in the graveyard, which marks the
final resting place of early Bullocks. Part
of the writing is illegible.” 1 The stone names each child of John
Bullock and Ann Rice.
Rice must have lived to be quite old. “On
Sunday at her residence in Louisa Co. Mrs.
Ann Bullock. She had numbered 91
years, etc. See Richmond
Constitutional Whig, July 18, 1826.” 2
According to the John Bullock family Bible mentioned above, Robert
Bullock was born Feb. 21, 1762, probably in Louisa Co., Va., since the family
lived there. Just when he went to
Kentucky is undetermined. The 1790
census of KY. was destroyed but the reconstruction using tax lists names only
Lewis, probably Robert’s brother, in Fayette Co., March 19, 1790.
Robert was in the 1800 census, also reconstructed from tax lists; he was
taxed in Mason Co., KY., May 10, 1800. Lewis
was the only other Bullock in Mason Co. at that time.
will was dated June 21, 1821, Mason Co., KY. and proved in the same county, Jan.
court, 1822. (W.B. E – p. 249)
In it he refers to his wife Agnes and mentions his children, but not by
name. Only from the Louisa Co., Va.
will of Rebecca Bullock, Robert’s sister, do we learn officially the identity
of his heirs. (W.B. 10, 1837-1842 p. 169)
This will was proved Aug. 12, 1839.
She, apparently, never married, so in her will divided her property among
nieces and nephews. Item one
mentions the family of brother Robert, deceased: heirs of James W. Bullock, deceased; eldest daughter of
Louisa E. (Lewis E. in next sentence); and Ann W. Yancey. David R. Bullock was also a son of Robert and Agnes.
In Oct. 1967 Vera Bullock Calico found this grave in an old burying
ground outside of Orangeburg, KY. The
following is the inscription on his tombstone:
“My husband/ David r. Bullock / Son of Robert and Agnes Bullock / Died
Dec. 16, 1871 / Age 71 yrs. 7 months /
Harris, A History of Louisa Co., Va. (Richmond, Va.:1936) p. 294.
claim that Robert married Agnes Bullock, daughter of James and his second wife,
Ann Waller. If so, Agnes and Robert
were first cousins. The veracity of
this statement is suggested by the will of James, which names sis son-in-law
Robert Bullock and his daughter Agnes Bullock.
(Will, May 18, 1813, Fayette Co., Ky.)
See paragraph 4. We know James’ brother John had a son Robert.
Calico also found the graves of Robert and Agnes Bullock.
Her letter, dated Dec. 14, 1967 “First to be buried on the extreme
south end is: ROBERT BULLOCK/ Di Oct.
12, 1821 / Age 96 yrs. AGNES
BULLOCK / Born Jan. 1776 / Died July 20, 1872 / Age 96 yrs. 6 months / Lo, the
prisoner is released / Lightened of her fleshy load, / Where the weary are at
rest / She is gathered unto God. W.
James Waller Bullock
was married to Elvira Subblefield, Dec. 15, 1828 in Mason Co., KY.
Alex P. Stubblefield was bondsman. James
died shortly, for an inventory of his personal estate is recorded in Mason Co.
courthouse (D.B. I p. 140). Vera
Calico found his tombstone in the private cemetery mentioned above and wrote in
a letter Dec. 14, 1967: “In the family ‘burying-ground’ there was a stone
of James W. Bullock, which we were unable to move.
It was lying down and so covered with earth and moss it was the only one
we could not take a picture of. It
simply read: In memory of / JAMES
W. BULLOCK / Di Sept. 28th, 1832 / Age 30 yrs. 6 mo. 17”
We learned the names of his children in a deed to his heirs-at-law from James W. Marshall, May 28, 1841. (Mason Co., KY. D. B. 50, p. 205) His children were Mary M. Bullock, Agnes R. Bullock, and James W. Bullock. They must have been infants when he died.
Stubblefield was the daughter of Alexander P. Stubblefield, we learn in a deed
of partition Oct. 27, 1870 (Mason Co., KY. D. B. 80, p. 384)
Her heirs are listed: Agnes Simcox, James W. Bullock, Margaret Bell, Lucy
Williams, Susan P. Boyd, John W. Boyd. Elvira
had remarried; her second husband was James Boyd, whom she married 23 Jan. 1841,
Marshall Stubblefield bondsman.1
1 E. P. Ellsberry, Marriages of Mason Co., Ky. 1789 – 1860. Vol. 4, p. 5.
she was not mentioned. “Uncle Jim
Bullock” may also have been dead; George was “all over the farm where he
lived,” but did not mention seeing him.
Agnes Rebecca Bullock Simcox
was born Dec. 25, 1831 at Maysville, Ky.1 When she and William
Kennedy Simcox decided to marry, her mother and step-father, James Boyd, were
opposed. Apparently the Simcoxes
were not Maysville people and W. K. was not considered proper marriage material.
(The records show many Stubblefield – Bullock – Parker cousins
intermarried.) He wasn’t a cousin! He
appeared in the 1850 census in the home of Benjamin Preston; W. K. was then 22
years old, a medical student (!), born in Pa.
Apparently some others boarded thee, too.
Robert L. Cooper, 24, also a medical student, born in KY., roomed there,
and also was witness to the marriage of W. K. Simcox and Agnes Rebecca Bullock.
They eloped across the Ohio River to Aberdeen, Ohio.
They were married by Esquire Shelton Aug. 29, 1850.
J. L. Parker was also a witness. The
Simcox family is not in the 1850 Mason Co., Ky. census. Possibly W.K. came to Maysville alone to seek medical
instruction with a local physician.
A.R. and W. K. had twelve children. Before each birth she insisted on having a new dress ready, in case she should not survive and have to be “laid out.” Their children were:
2, 1851 died
James Walter Feb. 6, 1853 Feb. 13, 1868
Robert A. Sept. 17, 1854 1917
Elvira J. Aug. 12, 1856 April 7, 1902
William P. Mar. 22, 1858 May 9, 1870
John L. May 28, 1860 1940
Thomas Clarke Apr. 16, 1862 Feb. 9, 1870
George B. June 9, 1864 July 18, 1924
Bettie Bland Mar. 24, 1866 Jan. 7, 1910
Mary A. Apr. 30, 1866 Feb. 28, 1936
Josiah W. Dec. 10, 1871 Aug. 9, 1844
Tyra Mar. 18, 1874 Mar. 22, 1874
Ellen Davidson Apr. 20,
James McNicol - Elvira Aug. 20, 1874
W. F. Watts - Anna M. Sept. 15, 1875
Robert A. - Mary Hester Smith May 1, 1878
Wm. P. - Mary Bell Smith Feb. 3, 1881
John L. - Josephine G. Whitley July 20, 1884
W. W. Murfin - Beggie B. Sept. 25, 1884
Arthur Eaglin - Mary A.
George B. - Florence Wasem May 24, 1896
Except for the census data, most of this information is from letters of Rettie
Simcox Kelly and conversations with Mrs. Kelley, Maude s. Noll, Eunice Murfin,
Josephine Delay – granddaughters of W. K. and A. R.
Dates of birth, death, and marriage are from the Family Bible.
In 1866 after the War Between the States W. K. came to Patoka, Ill., rented a house and sent for the family. The porter helping them off the train was amazed that there was an unending line of children.
Simcox started a general store in Patoka. To
get capital for the enterprise he traded a rag carpet they brought from
Kentucky. Several slaves came north
with the Simcoxes, loyal to their former owners.
Simcoxes became prominent members of the community and he was a prosperous
merchant in the thriving small town. They
were the first in Patoka to have a piano. At that time they lived at the site of present-day Cox-Martin
Rebecca was well-educated for a lady of the day. She read the newspapers regularly and kept up with politics.
Being a woman of influence and certainly of opinion, she was sought by
the local candidates for her endorsement. Later
generations tell of her receiving a letter from Pres. Theodore Roosevelt who
inquired into their possible kinship. She
never replied “because he was a Republican.”
(The letter no longer can be found.
If their families were related, it had to be in the generations before
migration to Kentucky. T.R.’s
mother was a Bulloch from Georgia, and according to their family genealogist,
the –ochs are not related to the –ocks.)
parents and all children, except Mary in Oklahoma, are buried in the Patoka
There were several towns of that name in Pa. Then, so the location of his
birthplace is not known at this time.
Submitted by Mrs. J. Terry Fuqua, 221 Sherwood Drive, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240.
from Kentucky Ancestors vol
7, no 4, April 1972, pages 195-199.
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