Benjamin Pulliam married Lucy Stuart 12 Dec 1764 in Culpeper, VA, according to various citations on the web - does anyone have a souce for this citation? He was supposedly the son of a Thomas Obadiah Pulliam - again, no sources listed - and she the daughter of Robert Stuart. I have some questions about whether the Benjamin who married Lucy really was the son of said Thomas - given the lack of sources, the fact that he named his first two sons Robert and Joseph,and the lack of a proof of birth. Could he have been the son of a Joseph Pulliam? It seems to me, looking at the various family trees, web sites and posting, that many of the children of William Pulliam and Ann Patterson and many of their children's children seem mixed up - they intermarried, gave children the same names, and I find married wives with the same names; ie in different generations, David Pulliam's son Joseph born Nov. 29, 1764 Spots., VA married Feb. 26, 1785 Goochland, VA Elizabeth Holloday and a Joseph Pulliam, son of Patterson Pulliam Sr. m. Elizabeth Holladay, daughter of Benjamin Holladay and Susannah Hickman(HOLLODAY, BENJAMIN, Berkley Parish, Spotsylvania Co., d. March 18, 1785. Executors Bond dated June 7, 1785. Wit. Joseph Holloday, Jr., Stephen Holloday, William Holloday. Ex. son-in-law Joseph Pulliam. Leg. my wife; grandson Benjamin Holiday; daughter Susanna Holloday; daughters Aganes, Sarah, Martha and Mary Holloday; daugher Elizabeth Pulliam, wife of Joseph Pulliam; daugher Nancy Rawlings, wife of John Rawlings.
Source: Spotsylvania County Records, Will Book E 1772-1798, page 670)
I am interested in proof, if it exists, that this Benjamin Pulliam is Thomas Obadiah(Where ddoes Obadiah come from - a little early for middle names?) Pulliam's son - granting that the will of Thomas lists a Benjamin - does anything prove it is THIS Benjamin?;and that the son Thomas that Benjamin lists in his will of 1817 is the Thomas that moved to IL and married Nancy Decker. The only sources I have for either Benjamin or Thomas are below.
On Dec 12 1770, Benjamin Pulliam and his wife Lucy of Culpepper County, VA, sell a tract of land in Spotsylvania County, VA to Joseph Holloday of Spotsylvania Co for £100 currency.Moved to Kentucky bef 1809, prob. by 1796:
From: Geo. Elliott and wife Florence
To: Benjamin Pulliam
Type: Land on Green River, military
Names Cited: Morres Lloyd
Date: 21 Oct 1808
Source: Barren Co Ky Deed Book A, p. 464
Died by Dec 1817 -At the time of his death, by Dec 1817, Benjamin was living in Barren County Kentucky.
Name: Benjamin Pulliam
Date Written: 27 October 1817
Date Probated: December Court 1817
Wife: Lucy Pulliam
Son: Robert Pulliam
Son: Joseph Pulliam
Daughter: Mary Dicken
Daughter: Sary Pulliam, wife of Gideon Pulliam
Son: Benjamin Pulliam
Son: Thomas Pulliam
Son: William Pulliam
Daughter: Nancy Thomas
Son: John Pulliam
Daughter: Lucy Brooks
Daughter: Elizabeth Amos
Son: Charles S Pulliam
Son: James Pulliam
Daughter: Milly Owen
Daughter: Susannah Jameson
Names Mentioned: Henry Renick, James Harrland, W I Wood, Wm Pollard, Joshua Jurdon, Richard B Pulliam
References land in Hardin Co KY and Allen Co KY
Executors: Sons: Benjamin, Charles S and James Pulliam
Witnesses: Jacob Bumgardner, Christian Bumgardner, Jesse Wood and Dudley Roundtree
Source: Barren Co Deed Book 2, p. 1
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885, Hart County.
CHARLES P. AMOS was born in Barren (now Hart) County, January 14, 1812. His father, William Amos, was a native of Virginia, and was born in Lunenburg County, May 13, 1782. His wife, to whom he was married in April, 1808, was a Miss Elizabeth Pulliam. This union was blessed by the birth of eight children, three of whom are now living: Susan (Whitman), John H. (who married Catherine Moss) and Charles P. Mrs. Elizabeth (Pulliam) Amos came to Kentucky with her parents, Benjamin and Lucy Pulliam, who located in Barren County in 1796.Was Spotsylvania Co. VA. until 1792 - KY was not a state until 1792.
Pg420-22 Oct 4, 1824 ...between JOSEPH PULLIAM, CHRISTOPHER DICKIN, THOMAS PULLIAM , William PULLIAM, JOHN PULLIAM, MILES BROOKS, WALTER THOMAS, JOHNSON OWEN, RICE JAMESSON, CHARLES PULLIAM, ROBERT PULLIAM, GIDEON PULLILAM the sd CHRISTOPHER DICKIN by virtue of his intermarriage with LUCY late LUCY PULLIAM, WALTER THOMAS by his intermarriage with NANCY late NANCY PULLIAM, JOHNSON OWENS by his intermarriage with SUSAN late SUSAN PULLIAM, WILLIAM AMOS by his intermarriage with ELIZABETH late ELIZABETH PULLIAM and GIDEON PULLIAM by his intermarriage with SARAH late SARAH PULLIAM heir ... of BENJAMIN PULLIAM dec'd .. of the one part and JAMES PULLIAM of the County of Hart and state afsd....convey unto the sd JAMES PULLIAM ... parcel of land ... in the county of Livingston ... state afsd (Kentucky) ... Test: WILLIAM PULLIAM, JOSEPH PULLIAM Signed: JOSEPH PULLIAM, CHRISTOPHER DICKINS , THOMAS PULLIAM, WILLIAM PULLIAM, JOHN PULLIAM, MILES BROOKS, JOHNSON OWEN, RICE JAMERSON, CHARLES PULLIAM, ROBERT PULLIAM, GIDEON PULLIAM, WILLIAM AMOS, W. THOMAS in this own right and as agent for the heirs above mentioned ... recorded Nov 1 , 1824 ..
This next book was found in the genealogy section of the library in Pittsfield, IL.
Portrait Biographical Album of Pike & Calhoun Counties
Biographical Publishing Company, 1891.Chicago.
The mother of Mrs. Fletcher, Christina (Pullam) Boulware, was born near Mt. Carmel, Wabash County, this State [IL], November 26, 1813.Her Father, Thomas Pullam, was born in the Old Dominion and her grandfather, Benjamin Pullam was, so far as is known, a native of the same State.The latter removed to Kentucky in an early day, spending the remainder of his life there.Thomas Pullam was still a boy when the removal took place and he grew to manhood at the new home, whence he went to Indiana.In the Hoosier State he married Nancy Decker who was of German ancestry but born in Indiana.
Mr Pullam removed to Illinois about 1815, being one of the early settlers of the Territory.In 1829 he journeyed from his former location to Pike County, driving his stock and bringing his household goods and family with a team and wagon.As was the common custom with travelers through a new country the little family camped by the way doing their own cooking.Mr Pullam located in what is now Barry Township, there being then no villages where Barry or Pittsfield stand, and Atlas being the county seat.He bought a tract of land which included both prairie and timber, cleared and improved it and resided thereon until his death.His wife survived him a few years.
Thomas Pulliam had a grandfather named Benjamin. He was born in Virginia, probably Spotsylvania county, married and had children born in Culpeper county, and in the 1790's moved the family to Barren county, Kentucky, where he died in 1817. Thomas's oldest brother was also a Benjamin.
History of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash Counties, Illinois
Nathaniel Claypole emigrated here in 1814, and settled in section thirty-two, Friendsville precinct.He was a prominent citizen, and very popular amoung his acquaintances.He was appointed the first County and Circuit Clerk after the organization of Edwards county, and died while in office, in 1815.Thomas Pulliam came in the same year as the above, and located in section thirty-two, township two north, range 12 west.His name appears upon the records as the assessor of Embarras township as early as 1817.He lived here on his farm until his death, which occurred long ago.Near Pulliam's lived John and Moses Decker.Their settlement was also made in 1814.The prairie upon which they located bears their name.
James Hull and his wife Elizabeth Kinder, along with their family and her brother Jesse Kinder, moved to IL in horse drawn covered wagons about 1829. They first stopped, probably for a rest, in Wabash County, IL. Thomas Pulliam and his family had been living there for severalyears. When the Hulls departed, Thomas left his family and accompanied the Hulls to stake out a new homesite in western IL. They did not go directly to Pike County, but may have followed the main trail across Illinois to Fort Kaskaskia. Here they visited the family of Captain Hull, James’ uncle. Captain Hull was dead at this time but there were many cousins. The Hulls had started in early spring and fall was approaching; before the Hulls got their log home completed on what is now the “Gaines Place” north of Kinderhook, Pike County, IL, heavy snow had fallen and they were unable to build the stick chimney, so they built their fire in the opening to heat the room. On Dec 7 1830, James entered 150 acres in section 19 4s 6w. In Nov of 1830, Thomas Pulliam took out 80 acres of land in Sec 5 4s 6w in Pike County, IL. Thomas paid $1.25 an acre, costing him $100 in all. Here he built a home and returned to Wabash County for his family. In Sept 1831, Thomas paid $200 for 160 more acres and in Nov added another 80 acres. By the end of 1831 he owned 320 acres. In Feb, 1834, he added another 40 acres and in 1836 another 40 acres, giving him a total of 400 acres. His children and James Hull’s children intermarried. Many of the Hulls and Pulliam family members are buried in Hull Cemetarynorth of Kinderhook, Ill.
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