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.
|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|
|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
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.
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