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INTRODUCTION TO THE BULLEID FAMILY OF DEVON

 

 

The history of the Bulleid family can  be traced from the 16th century, although there are earlier records of Bulleids in Devon. By the 19th century, agriculture in England had become less attractive and the family left the land, heading for the towns and cities and new occupations. Some emigrated, primarily to Canada and New Zealand. Most Bulleids in the world are related and we shall seek to show how the family spread and how they spent their time.

NAME VARIANTS

The family name was spelt in different ways depending on the literacy of the person concerned, local usage and the interpretation of the scribe. The most common variants were:

 BULLHEAD   BULHEAD   BULLED   BULLIED   BULLEID

The story of the Bulleid family has its roots firmly embedded in the rich soil of Devon: some were yeoman farmers who raised cattle and sheep; grew barley and wheat; and felled timber to keep themselves warm in winter. Many were butchers and no doubt enjoyed a roast sirloin after they had been to the parish church on Sunday. Some became churchwardens; others had a less pious view of life. Some prospered and left money to the poor of the parish when they died. They accepted children from poor families as apprentices to learn husbandry. Others did not prosper and were themselves apprenticed. Some spent time in the workhouse.

However, even after many years of research, there are still gaps in the story. If you have any information to share with other family members please contact me. Similarly, if you have any questions to which you think I may have the answers, please contact me at

gtl.tree@yahoo.com.

 

 

 
 
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