A Chink in the Bulmer Brickwall

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Previously, although I knew a lot about William Bulmer and his wife Mary and their family, the line stopped there.  I knew from William’s will that he had a brother named John who died before 1818 when his will was written.  His parents were unknown.

Name: William BULMER-814
Sex: Male
Father:
Mother:
Individual Facts
Birth est 1739 Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Land Tax 1774 (estimated age 35) £1 6s 0d; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom1
Land Tax 1781 (estimated age 42) £1 13s 10d; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom2
Land Tax 1785 (estimated age 46) £1 13s 10d; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom3
Property 11 May 1787 (estimated age 48) Streetlam Castle Farm; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom4
Property 27 Aug 1788 (estimated age 49) grazing rights to Outhewaite Moor; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom5
Land Tax 1790 (estimated age 51) £1 11s 6d as occupier and £1 0s 3d as proprietor and occupier; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Land Tax 1792 (estimated age 53) £1 11s 6d as occupier and £1 0s 3d as proprietor and occupier; Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Will 1 Jul 1818 (estimated age 79) Streetlam, Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Burial 12 Jan 1825 (estimated age 86) Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Probate 29 Oct 1825 (estimated age 86) Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Marriages/Children
1. Mary RUDD-815 (    -1798)
Marriage 26 Jan 1773 (estimated age 34) Bolton On Swale, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Children Ann BULMER-823 (    –    )
Mary BULMER-824 (    -1843)
Martha BULMER-825 (    –    )
William BULMER-826 (    -1851)
Thomas BULMER-801 (    -1866)
Christiana BULMER-827 (    -1868)
Elizabeth BULMER-828 (    -1872)
John BULMER-829 (1790-    )
Jane BULMER-830 (1792-1796)

 

Today, while looking through land records, I found a lease and release document mentioning William Bulmer along with two of his known friends and associates (Will Peacock and John Harrison) that gave me a lead to William’s parentage.

Bulmer William et ux to Simon Sidgwick – Hutton near Rudby in the parish of Rudby Parish of Rudby, CC/532/846

Regd 18th June 1788 at 12 at noon
In Memorial of Indentures of Lease and Release bearing date respectively the Ninth and Tenth days of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty eight the said lease made between William Bulmer of the Parish of Danbywisk in the County of York Yeoman one of the Grandsons and a devisee named in the last will and Testament of John Harker late of the parish of Marton in Cleveland in the County of York, yeoman deceased and also Brother and a Devisee named in the last will and testament of John Bulmer late of Enterpain commonly called Enterpen nigh Hutton Tuxt? a Rudby in the North Riding of the said County of York Yeoman deceased of the one part and Simon Sidgwick of Hutton near Rudby aforesaid in the said County of York Weaver of the other part and the Release mad Between the said William Bulmer and Mary Bulmer wife of the said William Bulmer of the one part and the said Simon Sidgwick of the other part and both concerning all those three several Messuages Dwelling Houses or Tenements and all that Earth of Parcel of Ground on the North side thereof and thereto adjoining and belonging or therewith enjoyed situate lying or being in a certain Street or place called Enterpen in the Town Township or Territories of Hutton near Rudby aforesaid in the Parish of Rudby aforesaid in the said County of York now in the several occupations of William Taylor William Sidgwick and Thomas Wharton as Tenants thersofts or and or the said William Bulmer and bounded by lands formerly belonging to Leonard Eden and now of John Sidgwick towards the east by the Lands of Sir James Pennyman Barnotet towards the Westend north and upon the town street towards the south and all other the Messauges Lands and Hereditaments of him the said William Bulmer situate lying or being in the parish of Rudby aforesaid with the appurtenances which said Indentures are witnessed by John Harrison of Hutton aforesaid weaver and John Mathews Stokesley in the said county Gentleman.
Signed and sealed in the presence of us
John Harrison
John Mathews sworn
William Bulmer
Henry Newgill
Will Peacock
I now know that William’s grandfather was John Harker.  Since the surname was Harker, it can likely be assumed that this was his maternal grandfather.  Therefore, his mother’s maiden name was Harker.  John Harker was from Marton in Cleveland so I searched the parish registers for Marton for a marriage between William Bulmer and a woman named Harker and found that on 16 April 1734, William Bulmer married Martha Harker in the Marton Parish Church.  These are more than likely William’s parents.
William Bulmer and Martha Harker had three children who were baptised in the church at Marton.  John Bulmer was baptised 8 Feb 1734.  Elizabeth Bulmer was baptized 16 Jul 1737 and George Bulmer 23 April 1744.  This leaves room for William to have been born between Elizabeth and George although no record of his baptism has been found yet.
I now know more about John Bulmer. He lived in the parish of Rudby and William was named in his will.  Since he was from the parish of Rudby, it is likely that his will was proved in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland.  These records are held by the Borthwick Institute.  Hopefully a query to them will turn up the records.
Another document regarding John Bulmer may also refer to the same John Bulmer.  This document references his will.  The will was dated 13 Aug 1782 and the conveyance is dated 1788 so presumably this John died between those two dates.  It states that John was from Kirkleatham and was lately deceased.  He had property in Stokesley and it mentions an executor and heir named Martin Bulmer who could have been his son.
Since the probate records are not available at the FHL, I will do further research into the deeds, wills and conveyances to see if I can locate any further information about either William and Martha Bulmer, their children or about John Bulmer.

 

Barbara J Starmans is a social historian, freelance writer and obsessed genealogist living in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and has been doing genealogical research for the past 35 years. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto, Canada with professional learning certificates in General Methodology and in English Records and recently become an instructor for them with an intermediate course on Social History.

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