When I attempted to research my Pullen ancestors of Culpeper/Rappahannock Cos Va I discovered that there was much confusion with the names Pulliam and Pullen. (Also sometimes with Pullum, Pullam, Pullin, etc.) Probably the families using the various spellings were remotely related.And census takers alternated the spelling as they chose further confusing us poor researchers. Pullen researchers told me that "Pulliams" were not related.Pulliams told me that "Pullens" were not related.After extensive research I came to the conclusion that no one really knows the truth on this problem. I did discover that "my" Pullens were definitely from Richmond Co VA. They most consistently used the "Pullen/in" spelling although occasionally a recorder used the "iam" ending. Thomas Pullen b 18 Mar 1789 married Margaret Nash died 1834 was born in Richmond Co according to his War of 1812 records. Jesse Pullen (wife Nancy) tells in his will that Thomas was his brother.Jesse's son Joseph Pullen has in his Civil War records that he was born 1802 in Richmond Co VA. The other two Pullens in Culpeper/Rappahannock records were my ancestor William Pullen (married Rhoda Smith) and James Pullen (married Charlotte Jenkins).I have heard that there was a record connectin William, James, Jesse, and Thomas but so far have not uncovered it. I actually have more information on the PULLIAMS of Culpeper (who came from Spotsylvania Co VA and before that New Kent) than I do on my PULLENS (who came from Richmond Co Va).I would be glad to discuss this subject further if anyone is interested.