of Woore, born 1515 in Buntingsdale, Shropshire, England, died 1591 in
England; married Elizabeth
born about 1515,
died about 1590 in England. Parents of:
(2) Rev. Edward
born 1540 in Chester, Cheshire, England, died 5 January 1620 in Odell,
Bedfordshire, England; married Olive
born about 1557, died 10 March 1614 in England, daughter of John
(3) Rev. Peter Bulkeley,
born 31 January 1582 in Odell, Bedfordshire, England, died 9 March 1659
at Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; married Grace
died 21 April 1669 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut, daughter
of Sir Richard
Peter was educated at St. Johns College, Cambridge University in England. He succeeded to the Rectorship of Odel parish where he served for 21 years. After years of persecution for nonconformity he took his family and a large contingent of followers to America in 1635 "Of the concern my renewed soul has for the free worship of the L ord Christ and for planting of evangelical churches in the which to exercise that worship." They landed in Massachusetts Bay Colony and a year later he founded the town of Concord described thusly: "The little town was built under the protection of a sunny bank, and all the houses faced on one long straight street. Here, with close cut hair and clad with scrupulous care in the strict habit of the Puritan divine, the Reverend grave and godly Mr. Bulkley might be seen on the rounds of his daily duty, going from house to house to instruct the young and watching with pastoral care over the elders of his flock ... to the end of his life he continued to write Latin verse at which he had a compentently good stroke." During this time he wrote The Gospel Covenant, which was the first religious book of importance written in New England (Jacobus), and one of the first American books to be printed.
Peter and Grace were parents of:
(4) Rev. Gershom
born 6 December 1636 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, died 2 December
1713 at Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut; married Sarah,
born 13 June 1631 in Ware, England, died 3 June 1699 in Wethersfield, Hartford
Co., Connecticut, daughter of Rev. Charles
second president of Harvard College, and his wife Catherine
Gershom graduated from Harvard in 1659 and settled in New London, New London Co., Connecticut in 1661. He was installed as minister at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut in 1666 and dismissed in 1677.
Gershom studied divinity and medicine at Harvard College and graduated in 1659. Shortly thereafter, in 1661 he was installed as minister at New London, New London Co., Connecticut. Meeting reisitance to his ideas of discipline and belief, he resigned that position and subsequently was installed Wethersfield in 1666. In 1675 he was appointed "surgeon" by the General Court to the army that had been raised against the Indians. His manuscripts (at right) are currently in the collection of the Menczer Museum of Medicine and Dentistry of the Hartford Medical and the Hartford Dental Societies.
After his return from King Philip's War, he asked a dismission from the church in Wethersfield which was granted in 1677. He removed to the east side of the river, and commenced practice as a physician, which he continued for over thirty years. As a magistrate and statesman, he was opposed to the assumption of the government by the colonial authorities in 1689. In 1689, he published, at Philadelphia, a pamphlet on the affairs of Connecticut. The same year he wrote a work titled, "Will and Doom, or the miseries of Connecticut by and under usurped and abitrary power; being a narrative of the first erection and exercise, but especially of the late changes and administration of government in their Majesties Colony of New England in America." Though never printed for wide distribution, it was sent to England by the Governor of New York some dozen years later as the most reliable account of New England to be found.
Gershom and Sarah were parents of:
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