About Malachi Bullard
From Early Medway Settlers & Land Records:
Malachi Bullard, son of Benjamin, was born in Sherborn, Massachusetts, in 1686, soon after his father helped to found that town.
Malachi married Bethiah Wight of Medfield in 1708. Bethiah was the daughter of Thomas Wight, Sr.
Malachi and Bethiah settled in Medway, Massachusetts on Lot 37, which had originally been granted to Bethiah's father.
In 1721, Hopestill Leland of Sherborn sold the south half of Lot No. 36 to his heirs for 25 pounds. This gave him a lot and a half containing 241 acres. A part of this land continued in the Bullard family as a farm until 1885.
When Malachi Bullard settled here, he had no neighbors within a distance of a mile or more.
Coffee Street, called in 1735 "The way to the Meeting House" went along the south border of his farm.
He served as Selectman three years.
He died in 1726, aged only 40 years, and when his sons became of age, his large farm was divided.
His widow outlived him by thirty years, dying in 1756.
- Malachi Bullard, born 1710; married Rachel Hill in 1731; died 1782.
- Keziah Bullard, born 1711; married James Partridge in 1729; died 1802.
- Elisha Bullard (twin), born 1714; married Bathsheba Fisher in 1736.
- Eleazer Bullard (twin), born 1714.
- Ebenezer Bullard, born 1717; possibly died young.
- Lydia Bullard, born 1726; died 1730.
Some sources, including George Homer Partridge's Descendants of John Partridge, give Bethia Fisher as Malachi Bullard's wife. The question of which Bethia is Malachi's wife was addressed on the Genealogical page of the Boston Evening Transcript. In 1906, contributor H.E.H. explained why he thought Bethia Wight was probably the correct choice.
↑ Boston (Mass). Record Commissioners. A report of the Record Commissioners of the city of Boston : containing the Boston marriages from 1700 to 1751. Boston, Municipal Printing Office; 1898. Page 18: "Malachy Bullard & Bethia Wight... [married by] Jer. Dummer Esq... Jan. 28, 1708." ↑ Boston Evening Transcript, 14 Feb 1906, Genealogical page -"Answers": item #8426: See also:
Partridge Genealogy. Descendants of John Partridge of Medfield, Mass. by George Homer Partridge, B.S. Boston: Press of David Clapp & Son. 1904. Photocopied facsimile of this book may be found at: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=0OAUAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA25 Early Medway Settlers & Land Records. Francis D. Donovan, 1996. http://medwaylib.org/EarlySettlers.htm Other Bullards
He married Bethia Wright not Bethia Fisher see NEHGS, Boston, MA: Marriages, 1700-1809 Vol 1 p 18 ("Malachy Bullard & Bethia Wight Married By Jer. Dummer Esq. on Jan. 28, 1708")
Note the error that he married Bethia Fisher first started in 1902 in New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol 56 p 57 this is now proved incorrect by the marriage record published above:
This was confirmed in The American Genealogist in 1959 Vol 36 p 34:
Bethia Wright was born Mar. 8, 1682-3 VOLUME: Medfield - V1 PAGE: 103 Bethia, d. E[p]hraim and Lidia, Mar. 8, 1682-3.
They married NEHGS, Boston, MA: Marriages, 1700-1809 Vol 1 p 18 ("Malachy Bullard & Bethia Wight Married By Jer. Dummer Esq. on Jan. 28, 1708") TAG 36:34 1959 p 34
She died: VOLUME: Medway - V1 PAGE: 293 Bethiah, wid, June 17, 1756.
Malachi was born VOLUME: Sherborn Vol 1 p 20 Sherborn Births Malachia, s. of Benjamin and Elizabeth, Mar. 8, 1686.
He died VOLUME: Medway - V1 PAGE: 294 Malachi, h. Bethiah, Nov. 15, 1726.
His probate records are online at NEHGS
Malachi Bullard's Timeline
March 8, 1685
Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
April 27, 1710
December 2, 1711
Medway, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Province of Massachusetts
August 15, 1714
Medway, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
August 15, 1714
November 15, 1726
Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA