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Orson Flagg Bullard
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1834
Bridgewater Township
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 1906
Hackensack
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA

Son of Hezekiah Bullard and Matilda Deans Bullard. He was the husband of Rebecca Ann Huston, married June 1, 1859 in Frankport, PA.

HON. ORSON FLAGG BULLARD, a prominent member of the Delaware county bar, who has served six years as prothonotary of the county and been three times elected to the State legislature of Pennsylvania, is a son of Hezekiah M. and Matilda (Deans) Bullard, and was born June 18, 1834, in Bridgewater township, Susquehanna county, this State. The earliest ancestors of the Bullards about whom anything definite is known were residents of Vermont, where tradition says the family was planted early in the seventeenth century. Certainly it is among the old families of New England, where the name frequently occurs in local records and the early annals of the people. Isaac Bullard, paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born and reared at Burlington, Vermont, where the old stock of the family principally resided, and where he spent the most of his life. In later years he removed to Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1842, when lacking only three years of being a centenarian.

The entire family is noted for longevity. Isaac Bullard was a farmer by vocation, and although possessing only an ordinary education became well-to-do and influential in his community. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war when a young man, and loved to tell of those trying times to younger generations who grew up about him. His wife was a Miss Tyler, who was remotely connected with the family of President Tyler, and they had a family of three sons and one daughter: Elijah, Hezekiah M., Otis and Sarah. Hezekiah M. Bullard (father) was born near Burlington, Vermont, but came to Pennsylvania with his parents in 1810, while yet young, and passed most of his life in Susquehanna county, this State. He died in Bridgewater township, that county, in 1872, at the age of eighty-one. Like his father he devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and as a carpenter, being successful in both. He fought as a volunteer in the American army during our second war with England, taking part in the battle of Lake Champlain and other historic struggles, and was a democrat in politics until the civil war occurred, when he identified himself with the Republican party, and ever afterward gave it a loyal support. He was a man of positive views, and always kept himself well informed on political issues. A life long member of the Universalist church, he took an active interest in the work of his denomination, and did much for its advancement in his neighborhood. He married Matilda Deans, a daughter of Zebulon Deans, of Susquehanna county, this State. To them was born a family consisting of four sons and six daughters: James O., Fannie L. Pneuman, Thaddeus F., Caroline Robbins, Lucy Sherman, Mary Stanton, Abbie Culver, Orson Flagg, whose name heads this sketch; Clara L. Atherton, and Fred O., who now resides in the city of New York. Mrs. Bullard died in 1857, in the sixty-second year of her age.

Orson Flagg Bullard was reared in his native county of Susquehanna, receiving his primary instruction in the public schools, and afterward completing his education in the academy at Montrose. In 1855 he began the study of law in the office of Judge J. M. Broomall, of Chester, where he remained two years. During the first year he was also principal of the boys' grammar school at Chester, but after that abandoned teaching and devoted his entire attention to his preparation for the bar. He was admitted to practice in August, 1859, at Media, this county, and in 1874 was admitted to the bar of Philadelphia, and to practice in the supreme courts of this State. For three years after his admission to the bar he practiced law in this county, and then became prothonotary's clerk for two years, after which he was elected prothonotary of Delaware county, and acceptably filled that office for a period of six years. In 1872 he was nominated on the republican ticket and elected to a seat in the State assembly, where he served one term with distinction. Again in 1876 he was elected to the State legislature, and served two terms in succession. He never lost his interest in popular education, and for nine years was an active and influential member of the school board of Media. Mr. Bullard is a member of the bar association of Delaware county, and since 1880 has been associated with Judge Broomall in the real estate and law business, with an office in Media and another in South Chester. Mr. Broomall has large real estate interests in both places, and a law practice equal to any in the county.

As has been intimated, Orson Flagg Bullard is a stanch republican, and is regarded as among the ablest, and, at the same time, most conservative leaders of his party in this county. In 1863 he enlisted in Co. C, 29th regiment of emergency men, under Capt. John M. Broomall, being sworn into service as sergeant on his twenty-ninth birthday, June 18, and participated with his company in several skirmishes about the battle of Gettysburg. He is now a member and adjutant of Beradburg Post, No. 149, Grand Army of the Republic, of Media.

On the first day of June, 1859, Mr. Bullard was united in marriage with Rebecca A. Huston, a native of Delaware county, and a daughter of James Huston. To Mr. and Mrs. Bullard was born a family of nine children : James H., who married Elizabeth Jones, by whom he has three children, and resides in Brooklyn, New York, being employed as a printer in the office of the New York Tribune; Ellsworth F., who married Anna F. Robinson, has two children, and is at the head of the advertising department of the Lorillard Tobacco Company, residing at Hackensack, New Jersey ; Roberta M., living at home; Elizabeth M., married Dr. Henry Sykes, superintendent of the Episcopal hospital in Philadelphia, where they reside, and have one child ; William H. G., a graduate of the naval academy at Annapolis, Maryland, now an ensign in the navy, and instructor at the naval academy at Annapolis, and who married Berne Saunders, of Baltimore, Maryland, has one child, and resides in the city of Annapolis ; Anna L., residing at home; Orson V., deceased March 7, 1892, at the age of twenty years ; Howard O. and Clarence L.

Zebulon Deans, maternal grandfather of Hon. O. F. Bullard, was a Connecticut Yankee of English extraction, who came to Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, in 1808, where he followed farming and also worked at his trade as a carpenter. He owned four hundred acres of land, on part of which South Montrose was built, became quite wealthy, and reared a large family of children, among whom were: James, Orimal, John, Matilda (mother of subject), Phoebe, who married a brother of Hezekiah M. Bullard (father); Lucy and Fannie, who married brothers, named Fields; and others. Mr. Deans was very philanthropic and generous in disposition, a member of the Presbyterian church, and at the time of his death was accounted one of the richest men in Susquehanna county.

The above biography was found at: Ancestry.com.Biographical and historical cyclopedia of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; comprising a historical sketch of the county. Original data: Garner, Winfield Scott.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Hezekiah Bullard (1793 - 1872)
  Matilda Deans Bullard (1796 - 1858)
 
 Spouse:
  Rebecca A Huston Bullard (1834 - 1897)
 
 Children:
  Roberta Mendenhall Bullard (____ - 1938)*
  Elizabeth Matilda Bullard Sykes (1865 - 1904)*
  William Hannum Grubb Bullard (1866 - 1927)*
  Anna Bullard Satterfield (1869 - 1957)*
  Orson Valentine Bullard (1871 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Although not marked on the headstone, cemetery records verified that Orson F. Bullard is indeed buried here with his wife.
 
Burial:
Media Cemetery
Media
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Louise Walsh
Record added: Oct 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30414688
Orson Flagg Bullard
Added by: Bill Bloom
 
Orson Flagg Bullard
Added by: Louise Walsh
 
 
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- Louise Walsh
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