The exact origin of our Bullard family is unknown, but it is believed that the name may well have originally been de Bulard, or de Bulwarde. These were French surnames that first appeared around the 10th Century, and made the trip to England with William the Conqueror, in 1066. Over the years the name "evolved' with the new language, as many do, and became Bullwarde, Buller, Bolyn, Bullard and Bullwer. As we don't know the country of origin of our VA Bullards we can't with total certainty lay claim to England as our original home, but I feel it is probable that our Bullard were, indeed, Englishmen.
There were many Bullards in the colonies in the late 1600s-early 1700s, and several in Virginia - here are those I've found , and there may well be others.
Buller, Jno. aged 18 arrived in Va in 1653, aboard the Abraham
Buller, Thomas York CO in 1642, headright of Col. Higgenson
Buller, Mary, dt of Henry, St, Steven's Parish, was b1-28-1677
Buller, William son of Henry b. 2-14-1685
Buller, An, 1653 Northumberland co headright
Bullard,John 1642 headright of John Say
Bullard, Henry 1636 headright of Christopher Calthropp of York Co
Buller,.Tho. 1643 headright of William Warher.
Bullard..Mr. listed as a Justice of James City County, in 1664.
Bullard, Thomas 32, August of 1635
Bullard, Richard transported in 1686
Bullard, Richard 19 of Maidstone, bound to James Gerald
Bullard, Wm. transported from Suffokd 1745
The Colony of Virginia wished to attract settlers, so to encourage emigration, free land was given to those who would settle in Virginia.. The term headright referred to the practice of giving your allotted land to one who would pay your passage to the new world....so, although you owned no land , you arrived a free man, unencumbered and not "pledged" to anyone, a equitable practice for all concerned.
This, then, is our line of Bullards, the women who married into the family and their affiliated lines. Below the Bullards I am adding a "clickable" index to include all lines related to them. Each page will eventually have a different background picture, one that reflects that person or family, and I hope you enjoy them. I am not listing most of my documentation, for reasons of clarity and brevity, but feel free to email me if you there is something specific you want to know, if you have something to add or simply find that we are "cousins"! email@example.com
the background for this page is a 1607 map of Virginia, the year the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. _________________________________________________________
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