Peter Bulkeley (1582 - 1659) MP

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Nicknames: "Peter Bulkley"
Birthplace: Odell, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Occupation: Minister
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Peter Bulkeley

Peter Bulkley, son of an English clergyman, was a dissident preacher who sought religious freedom and helped found Concord, Massachusetts. The son of the Rev. Edward Bulkley, Peter was born 31 Jan 1582 (date unconfirmed ) at Odell, Bedfordshire, England, where his father served the Church of England. At age 16, he entered Cambridge’s St. John’s College, then succeeded his non-conformist father as rector of Odell.

Married 12 April 1613 in Goldington, Bedfordshire, England, Jane Allenn [currently spelled Allen][1]. Jane baptised 17 Jan 1587 in Goldington [2], died 8 Dec 1626 in Odell. Jane's parents were Thomas Allenn, gentleman and Mary Hassilden[3] according to the marriage record dated 30 July 1582 in Goldington.

By the early 1630s, Bulkley’s preaching and refusal to wear the prescribed vestments and make the sign of the cross had gotten him in trouble with Archbishop William Laud. Desiring freedom from religious restrictions, he decided to practice his brand of Puritanism across the Atlantic in New England.

Accompanying Rev. Bulkley to Massachusetts were his second wife, Grace Chetwode, and his sons, John, Benjamin and Daniel. His younger son, Thomas, may have come at a later date. His son Peter was probably born in Massachusetts. The Bulkley entourage also several of his followers, and arrived in America aboard the Susan and Ellen in 1635. They were founders of Concord, Massachusetts

Rev. Peter Bulkley, the immigrant ancestor, was known for his knowledge of Latin and his poetry. He wrote one of the first books published in New England and died at Concord, Massachusetts 9 March 1658/9. Some of his descendants spell the surname as Bulkeley.

His will was dated 14 April 1658 with codicils added 13 January and 17 February 1658/9, presented at court 21 June 1659 [4].

Notes

[1] Confirmed by the Goldington Parish Register [2]Cited as Jane d Tho Allenn, gent. [3] In the parish record for Goldington, the author comments that there are 14 different ways to spell Haselden, which means Mary's spelling is just one way. [4] Register copy: Middlesex Probate Records 1:204-210 but probate file does not contain original documents. The will is published in Rodgers, Robert H., Middlesex County in the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Records of Probate and Administration October 1649-December 1660 published by the NEHGS in 1999

Cambridge University Alumni: B.A. from ST JOHN'S, 1604-5. S. of Edward, D.D. (1555). B. at Odell, Beds., Jan. 31, 1582-3. M.A. 1608. Fellow, 1605. Incorp. at Oxford, 1610, as Buckley. Ord. deacon and priest (Ely) June, 1608. Canon of Lichfield, 1609. University preacher, 1610. R. of Odell, Beds., 1610-35. Emigrated to New England, 1635; leader of the party which founded the town of Concord. Pastor of Concord till his death, Mar. 9, 1658-9, aged 73. Author, religious. Father of Edward (1629), brother of Paul, above. (D.N.B.; Vis. of Beds., 1634; J. G. Bartlett.)

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from http://archive.org/stream/bulkeleyfamilyor00chap/bulkeleyfamilyor00chap_djvu.txt "The Bulkeley family; or the descendants of Rev. Peter Bulkeley, who settled at Concord, Mass., in 1636. Compiled at the request of Joseph E. Bulkeley" 1835

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He arrived in Cambridge in 1634 or 1635 and was the leader of those resolute men and self-denying Christians who soon after "went further up into the woods and settled on the plantation at Musketaquid Concord." Here he expended most of his estate for the benefit of his people; and after a laborious and useful life died March 9th, 1659, in his 77th year. Mr. Bulkeley was remarkable for his benevolence. He had many servants, on whom, after they had lived with him several years, he bestowed farms, and then received others to be treated in a like benevolent manner. By great familiarity of manners he drew around him persons of all ages; and his easy address, great learning, and eminent piety, rendered his society pleasing and profitable to all. Persons seldom separated from his company, without having heard some remark calculated to impress the mind with the importance of religion. Though sometimes suffering under bodily infirmities, he was distinguished for the holiness of his life, and a most scrupulous observance of the duties of the Christian ministry. He avoided all novelties in dress and wore his hair short. Being strict in his own virtues, he was occasionally severe in censuring the follies of others. He was considered as the father of his peo- ple, and addressed as father, prophet, or counsellor by them, and all the ministers of the country. Had the scene of Mr. Bulkeley's labors been in Boston, or its immediate vicinity, and not, as he expresses it, "shut up" in this remote spot, then difficult of access, his name would have appeared more conspicuously in the published annals of the country. He was a thorough scholar; an elevated devotional Christian; laborious in his profession; and, as a preacher, evangelical, faithful, and of remarkably energetic and persuasive 1 elocpience. He often wrote a series of sermons on a particular book or passage of Scripture. One of these series on Zachariah !»: 11, was published as "The first born of New England," and passed through several editions. The latest edition bears the following title, "The Gospel Covenant, or The Covenant of Grace Opened."

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Rev. Peter Bulkeley's Timeline

1560
1560
Odell, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1560
Odell, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1582
January 31, 1582
Odell, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1613
April 12, 1613
Age 31
Goldington, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1614
June 12, 1614
Age 32
Odell, Northamptonshire, England, (Present UK)
1615
August 24, 1615
Age 33
Odell, Bedfordshire, England
1617
April 13, 1617
Age 35
Odell, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1618
November 29, 1618
Age 36
Odell, Bedfordshire, , England
1619
February 6, 1619
Age 37
Odell, Bedford, England
1620
1620
Age 37
Odel, Bedfordshire, , England