|Bullamore Bros. General Store and Post Office in the "village" of Somers, Wisconsin|
Photo Courtesy of Kenosha County Historical Society, Kenosha, Wisconsin
|Bullamore Bros. General Store in the "village" of Somers, Wisconsin|
Photo Courtesy of Kenosha County Historical Society, Kenosha, Wisconsin
|Partial 1899 Map of Somers Township|
James was the first Bullamore in our family to come to America. His tombstone records that he was born November 2, 1808 and he died July 24, 1886. A biography of his son, Henry (Beers, J.H. Co., 1906), indicates that James was from Lincolnshire, England. As stated in the discussion of John and Catherine Bullamore, their son James, was recorded as having been born on Nov. 3, 1809, in Cambridgeshire. I believe that the James who was my ancestor was the same as the one who was listed as the son of John and Catherine. There is no proof, however the similarity of the birth dates is remarkable and I think there is evidence that the birth date listed on the tombstone of James is wrong.
The problem of Cambridge versus Lincoln is not a great one. The two counties are adjacent. Many Americans are born in one place and move to another. It is even possible to be born in one place and live in another, without really moving. Another possible explanation deals with the accuracy of the information relating to our James Bullamore. As stated above, his tombstone indicates that he was born on November 2, 1808 and the information on the Cambridgeshire James indicates that he was born one year and one day later. Beers (1906) also indicated that James was born in 1809, not 1808. In the 1850 Federal census, our James listed has age as 40. He was listed as 50 and 60 on the two subsequent censuses. This suggests that he was born in 1809, rather than 1808. If he were born in November, 1808, he would have been 41 years old when the 1850 census was taken. If the information about when he was born was slightly inaccurate, it would be equally possible that information about where he was born could also be wrong.
James Bullamore came to America in 1835. Beers (1906) indicated that the parents of James died "...when quite young, leaving a number of children." This article indicates that James spent his first seven years in America at Utica, N.Y. The residence in Utica has never been confirmed but, according to the 1840 Federal census, there was a James Bullamore living in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, N.Y. The 1840 census did not list the names of anyone except the head of the household. Other members of a family were categorized by gender and age groupings. The gender and age characteristics of the Seneca Falls James Bullamore family perfectly matches the gender and age characteristics of our James Bullamore family, living in Wisconsin later.
1840 Federal Census of Seneca Falls, NY
Male - b. 1800-1810 James Bullamore - b. 1810
Male - b. 1835-1840 William - b. 1839
Female - b. 1835-1840 Maria - b. 1836
The first known purchase of land by James Bullamore was recorded on Feb. 9, 1852, when he purchased 110 acres in Section 23 of Paris Township from Flavel Blackman. There is another document that relates to this transaction that is dated Sept. 10, 1852. I think it may constitute a quit-claim deed. It states:
"Know all men by these presents that I William Blackman of the County of Kenosha in the State of Wisconsin, am held an firmly bound unto James Bullamore of the same place, in the sum of One Hundred dollars, to be paid to said Bullamore his executors, administrators or assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made. I bind myself my heirs executors and administrators, firmly by these present. Sealed with my seal, Dated this tenth day of September 1852.
Whereas my Son Flavel Blackman is about to sell and convey to said Bullamore in fee simple, by deed bearing date Feb. 9th 1852 the following tract of land to wit: [a legal description of the land] And whereas said land has been sold on account of the taxes not having been paid upon the same and a conveyance thereof has been made by the authority of the county of Racine: and whereas said Bullamore is afraid that said last mentioned sale and conveyance may affect his title - in case he should purchase the same from said Flavel: Now I hereby agree to indemnify and save harmless said Bullamore against said last mentioned sale and conveyance and all costs expenses which he may incur in defending the title of said land against the same:"
On October 14, 1853, he registered the purchase of 40 acres from Ephraim Perkins in the same section. On October 30, 1860, he bought 80 acres from John Le Poidevin in Somers Township. This was his first purchase outside Paris Township and signaled his eventual total move to Somers.
On January 24, 1866, he purchased 80 acres from Samuel Devereaux. This land is in Section 2 of Somers and is not near the land he bought from Le Poidevin. It is located at what is now the intersection of Highway 31 (Green Bay Road) and Kenosha County KR (County Line Road). This purchase is puzzling because there was no known family tradition of Bullamore ownership in that area. It is also puzzling because the record indicates that it was 80 acres but the boundary description does not seem to describe an area that large. Also, James bought the land in 1866 but, in the 1861 plat mat, Devereaux is not shown as being the owner and the property lines don't match with the James Bullamore purchase. James is not shown as the owner of the land on the 1873 plat map. More research is necessary about this purchase.
|Henry Bullamore Passport Application including photo.|
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Married Royal Newcomb Waldo January 1, 1856 in Paris Township, Kenosha County
(Source: Photo and Information Spitzer-Powell family Tree at Ancestry.com)
|Oren Steven Bullamore|
Great-grandfather of Robert Swartz
(Source: Original photo courtesy of Robert Swartz)
Oren Steven Bullamore
by Robert Swartz, Feb. 2, 2012
The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties (1879) indicates that he was born in Wisconsin in 1844, the same year that his father came to Wisconsin from New York. He was married in 1873 to Annie Gray, in Bristol. It says he owned 248 acres of land.
I have his marriage certificate which identified him as Oren Bullamore of Somers and his wife as Anna W. Gray, of Bristol. It is dated June 5, 1873, and was witnessed by Lizzie Gray and Henry Bullamore. The clergyman was Rev. Thomas Gillespie, of Bristol.
In the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses, he was living in the home of his parents. In the 1870 federal census, he was listed as living with his brother, William. He was not listed as owning any real estate, but he had personal property listed as worth $330. In the 1880 population census, he was listed in the Town of Somers. His wife and two children were living with him. There also was a 20 year old woman named Lillie Roddle listed as a boarder. This may have been a relative, possibly a cousin, since his mother was a Roddle. Four other workers were also listed in the household.
In the 1880 Agricultural Census, he is listed as the owner of 244 acres of tilled land, 213 acres of permanent pasture and 4 acres of woodland. the value of his farm was $12,250, which was the third most valuable of the ten various family farms that I researched in the 1880 census. His implements and machinery were worth $350 and his livestock was worth $3,675. This was easily the highest livestock value, with his sister-in-law, Susan Bullamore, being second with animals worth $2,500. He spent $100 on fence-building in 1879 and paid $500 in wages. The estimated value of all farm production was $4,000. In 1879, he mowed 100 acres of grassland and had 120 acres not mown. He cut 100 tons of hay. He had 8 horses on hand on June 1, 1880. He had 8 milk cows and 45 other cattle. Most other farms only averaged around 10 "other cattle". He had 10 calves dropped in 1879 and sold one live, sold two slaughtered and one died. He made 700 lbs. of butter. He had 375 sheep and shearing fleeces, with a weight of 375 lbs. He had 90 lambs dropped, purchased 50 and sold 80. He had 29 pigs and 80 chickens. His chickens produced 200 dozen eggs. He had 16 acres of corn which produced 1,000 bu. He had 11 acres of oats that produced 650 bu. He had three-quarters of an acre of potatoes that produced 40 bu. He had 3 acres of apples with 140 bearing trees producing 100 bu. He produced 18 lbs. of honey.
Sept. 11 ___
Dear Wife and Children
We got to St. Paul this morning 7:45. The State Fair was held here so we took that in today. it was fairly good. Had quite a view of the city. Will start for Tower city 4:15 this afternoon. We bought our ticket by the way of Portland San Francisco Ogden Salt Lake Denver Kansas City St. Lewis. Went to Will Packmans to dinner. In the afternoon we went out to the Stockyards. Went to Wills to supper. Have you heard from Gamble. I did not see him. he did not come in on the train that day. It is raining here now. It is most train time now. Will close with love to all.
Saw A. Benedict at the fair with his Swine and Dog.
The reference to "Tower City" suggests that he was going to North Dakota to visit his brother, Charles.
I also have a small leather account book that belonged to him. It has various expenses listed in it and dates run from about 1868 to around 1879. It includes some records of men who did work for him and appears to list expenses that were held out of their pay for expenses. It also appears that his brother William sometimes grazed livestock on Oren's land and there is an accounting of that. One interesting aspect of the book is that fact that he seems to have used the spelling, "Bullamore". I also have a small (3" x 4 1/2") leather-bound Bible. It is identified as, "The English Version of the Polyglott Bible". It was published in 1848 by George and Charles Merriam. Inside, it is inscribed, "Orin Bullamore Presented to him by his sister M. B." This would be from his sister, Maria. I have a large document which is, in effect, a marriage certificate. It is perhaps not the official certificate but one that someone might frame and hang on a wall, as it is somewhat decorative.
In the 1880 census, they had boarding with them , as a servant, a 20 year old woman named Lillie Roddle. Oren's mother was a Roddle, so it is likely that Lillie was a cousin. I am nearly certain that Lillie was Oren's cousin. It is interesting that Lillie's father was born in England, as would be expected if she were a cousin, but her mother was born in Canada. This is a perfect match for the daughter of James and Katherine (Eastwood) Roddle, named Lillie (Roddle) Goff, who was living at Tomah, WI, in 1942.