Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gravestone of the Reverend John Bulkeley, First Minister at Colchester, Connecticut.



Gravestone of the Reverend John Bulkeley (1679-1731)
First Minister at Colchester, Connecticut 

Old Burying Ground, Colchester, Connecticut




My ancestral grandfather, the Reverend John Bulkeley, first minister at Colchester, Connecticut, was the son of the Reverend Gershom and Sarah (Chauncy) Bulkeley, and grandson of the Reverend Peter and Grace (Chetwood) Bulkeley and the Reverend Charles and Catherine (Eyre) Chauncy.[1]

The Reverend Gershom Bulkeley was the minister at New London and Wethersfield, Connecticut, and during King Philip's War, he was a member of the Council of War, and served as a Surgeon to the Connecticut troops, where during a battle near Wachusetts Mountain, Massachusetts, he was wounded in the thigh by an Indian arrow. He was also the author of the famous, "Will and Doom."[2]

It was the Reverend Peter Bulkeley, silenced in England for non-conformity, came to Newtown in 1635 and gathered the twelfth church in the colony preaching "The Gospel Covenant" (covenant of grace) at Concord, Massachusetts.[3] At a synod called for Newtown in 1637, both Peter Bulkeley from Concord and Thomas Hooker from Connecticut were chosen as moderators.[4] 

The Reverend Charles Chauncy was the minister at Scituate and Plymouth, Massachusetts, and second president of Harvard College,[5]

Rev. John Bulkeley and his wife, Patience Prentice, were the parents of my ancestral grandmother, Sarah Bulkeley Trumble Welles (who is buried in the restored Bulkeley family tomb), who married (1) Joseph Trumble, Jr., of Lebanon, Connecticut (2) John Welles of Colchester, Connecticut.[6]


The restored Bulkeley Family Tomb, Old Burying Ground, Colchester, Connecticut.

Rev. John Bulkeley was the grandfather of Joseph, Jr. and Sarah (Bulkeley) Trumble's two daughters; Sarah Trumble, who would marry (1) Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut (2) Deliverance Watrous (Waters) of Colchester, Connecticut; and Catherine Trumble, who would marry Benjamin Burnham of Hebron, Connecticut.[7]



Gravestone of the Reverend John Bulkeley, Old Burying Ground, Colchester, Connecticut.


The Rev. John Bulkeley
First Minister of the First Church 
of Colchester.  son of the Rev. Gershom
Bulkeley and Sarah Chauncey of Wethersfield
Connecticut and grandson of the Rev. Peter
Bulkeley and Grace Chetwood of Concord
Massachusetts.  formerly of Bedfordshire 
England.  who parted this life A.D.
June 10, 1731  in the 52nd year of his Age.

Distinguished for rare ability
extensive learning, the exemplification
of many virtues, and the large influence
which he exerted for good. [8]







1. The Bulkeley Genealogy; Rev. Peter Bulkeley . . ., Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., New Haven, Connecticut, Tuttle, 1933, Pages 92, 111, 116, 139-140, 171. Note: see, Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists who came to New England between 1623 and 1650, Frederick Lewis Weis, 6th Edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1988, Lines 7, 31, 69 for the royal ancestry of the Bulkeley, Chetwode, and Chauncey lines.
2. Will and Doom, or The Miseries of Connecticut by and under an Usurped and Arbitrary Power. Written by Gershom Bulkeley. 1692. with an Introduction and Notes by Charles J. Hoadly, Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume III, The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, 1895; Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut . . ., Volume II, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1911, Pages 951-955.
3. The Bulkeley Genealogy; Rev. Peter Bulkeley . . ., Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., New Haven, Connecticut, Tuttle, 1933, Page 93; The Puritans in America: a Narrative Anthology, Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco, eds., Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985, Pages 117-121.
4. The Puritan Experiment, New England Society from Bradford to Edwards, Revised Edition, Francis F. Bremer, University Press of New England, Hanover, NH, 1995, Page 69.
5. The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, Frederick Lewis Weis, repr. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1977, c. 1936, Page 53; Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists who came to New England between 1623 and 1650, Frederick Lewis Weis, 6th Edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1988, 74.
6. The "Lost" Trumbull: The Descendants of Joseph Trumble Jr. (1705-1731) of Lebanon, Connecticut, the Eldest Son and Business Partner of Captain Joseph Trumble Sr. and Brother of Connecticut's Revolutionary War Governor, Jonathan Trumbull Sr., Lee Gerlander and Todd Gerlander, The Connecticut Nutmegger, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., Volume 46, Number 3, December 2013, Pages 197-200.
7. Ibid.
8. Gravestone inscription, Gravestone of the Rev. John Bulkeley, Old Burying Grounds, Colchester, Connecticut.



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