Deacon Samuel Bullock, Sr. (c.1648 - 1718)

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Birthplace: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Farmer, Miller, Sawyer, Ferry Operator
Managed by: Leslie Martha Goldsmith
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About Deacon Samuel Bullock, Sr.

Several Bullocks - brothers? cousins? served in the Revolutionary War including:

John, a sergeant, Preserved James, sergeant.

Comfort and Jacob - 3 years, David and Jonathon, 15 months, Nathan also served.

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Samuel was born and died at Rehoboth. His homestead, almost certainly the bulk of his father's estate, which included the landing on Palmer's River at the head of navigation, became known as "The Rocky River Farm" and remained in the family (Bullock and Davis) for more than 200 years. In 1673 he was admitted to the Swanzey (Swansea) Baptist Church. He was declared a freeman of the colony in 1680 and was admitted in 1682. Historical notes say he was a contributor to "King Phillip's War" to the amount of 12 shillings, 8 pence. In 1696 he was nominated to the General Court, but declined to serve. In 1697, Samuel was awarded guardianship of Samuel Barney (born February 6, 1680, to the late Jacob & Ann [Witt] Barney. Another Barney son, Jonathan, went to Solomon Curtis). He was one of the first to acquire land in Swanzey, where he lived for a short time. Samuel, his second wife and sons Ebenezer and Richard, were members of Rev. John Myle's Baptist congregation. He served as a Deacon in this church until his death. On November 15, 1711, Samuel assisted Rev. Samuel Luther of Swanzey in the ordination of William Peckham at the First Baptist Church of Newport. This was the first ordination of a Baptist minister to occur in America.

The "Swanzey" used here and elsewhere is not the Swansea of the present day. There are several Swanseas in the area now. Swanzey was a large, poorly defined, area that included areas that later became Warren, Barrington and other communities, now in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Although there was transfer of lands from Massachusetts to Rhode Island as early as 1747, the boundaries between the two states weren't fully stabilized until 1812. We chose to use the "Swanzey" spelling for sites in the area prior to the Revolution.

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Samuel Bullock was a large landowner at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and was one of the first purchasers of Swansea. His name appears on the 1671 tax list of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, paying 3/-. In 1675 and 1676 he contributed liberally to the expenses of King Philip's War. He was propounded as a Freeman in 1680, and admitted in 1682.

On 10 May 1682 he sold four acres of swamp land to Samuel Luther of Swansea for £3.

His name appears on a list of names having right to Rehoboth lands "in a full Towne metting ffeabuary the 7th 1689 [1689/90]" in connection with Major William Bradford's quit claim deed. In 1696 he was chosen as a representative to the General Court of Massachusetts, but declined to serve.

He became a deacon of the church of Rev. John Wyle. On 15 November 1711 he attended, with Rev. Samuel Luther, the ordination of Rev. William Peckham as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newport, Rhode Island. His will was proved 7 April 1718.

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Deacon Samuel Bullock, Sr.'s Timeline

1648
August 19, 1648
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1673
November 12, 1673
Age 25
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.
1674
October 5, 1674
Age 26
Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
1675
May 26, 1675
Age 26
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
1675
Age 26
Bristol, MA, USA
1676
February 22, 1676
Age 27
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.
1681
May 26, 1681
Age 32
Of, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1683
November 7, 1683
Age 35
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.
1686
1686
Age 37
Of, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
1687
April 9, 1687
Age 38
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts