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Prudence McNamara Pulsipher
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1803
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1883
Washington County
Utah, USA


The sealing of Prudence McNamara to John Gould Bullard (1804-1841) was approved and ratified by Elder Howard W Hunter of the Quorum of the Twelve on 3 DEC 1968.They had 2 Sons Ezra Nelson Bullard(1833-1898) and Austin Bullard (1831-1887).


There are a few people still living today (1954) who remember 'Aunt' Prudence Pulsipher when she lived in Hebron, but can give no details of her life.

In the last will and testament of her husband, Zerah Pulsipher, she is mentioned as one of his heirs. In his history, he gives the date he married each of his other three wives, but he makes no reference what-so-ever to Prudence.

Your historian assumes that she must have been his third wife and that he married her before Martha Hughes. There is no record that she ever had any posterity by Zerah. But the fact remains, she was grandfather's wife, and as such she should have her place in this book. It is regretable that we know nothing of her life.

It seems she was looked after by Zerah's son, John, and his family, and we are indebted to him for the account of her death at least:

Monday, February 27, 1883, we heard the alarm of fire about daylight. I jumped into my pants and out of doors as soon as possible and found it was our log house, coming to and not a rod from the brick house occupied by the family.

The first room of this wooden building was occupied by mother Prudence Pulsipher, as a bed room and the other two rooms joining were used as store rooms for farming impliments, tools and machinery, harness, wagons, etc. Before we knew of the fire all three of these rooms were filled with flames - so it was impossible to get in or to help the feeble soul out. How horrible to think she suffered death by fire and no one able to get to her. The best we could do was to throw water freely and to seperate the burning timbers. In so doing, we saved the body from being consumed. Neither was all her bed or clothing burned up.

It appears that she had arose from her bed, dressed herself and made a fire. Finding it was not yet daylight, she had laid down on her bed and fallen asleep and was entirely suffocated by smoke while asleep and insensible to any pain. She had made no move towards the door, or even spoke a word to give any alarm. Her voice was strong but her body was weak and heavy. She had prayed for death, as she could do no good in this world and had wished for years that she could die. Now she has gone horrible as it appears yet we know of no easier death that she could have had.

Following is a report of her death as telegraphed and published in the Salt Lake papers:

Hebron, Utah February 27, 1883
About five o'clock this morning the citizens of our town were awakened by the cry "Fire! Fire!" was soon discovered that the scene of the fire was on the premises of John Pulsipher, and in a room occupied by Prudence Pulsipher, widow of the late Zerah Pulsipher. When the fire was first discovered the flames were issuing from every opening of the building and through the roof, cutting off all possible chance of assistance.

Following is the verdict of the Corner's jury:

County of Washington
Territory of Utah
Hebron Precinct

An inquisition held in the house of John Pulsipher on the 27th day of February, 1883, Daniel N. Tyler, Justice of the Peace, in Hebron, County and Territory, afore said. Upon the body of Prudence Pulsipher, aged 70 years. Names there subscribed.

The said jurors upon their oaths do say that the said Prudence Pulsipher came to her death by burning while lying on her bed, during the burning of the room in which she lay and that said room was accidently set on fire by her own hands on the morning of the 27th of February, 1883. And further that we find no cause of blame attachable to any person or persons what-so-ever.

In testimony whereof, the said Jurors have here unto set their hands this day and year above said:

Signed: George A. Burgon
Orson W. Huntsman
George W. Laub - Acting Coroner
Daniel M. Tyler, Justice of the Peace?

Held funeral at our house; good attendance; remarks were made by Daniel N. Tyler, John F. Laub and myself. If we can all get through this probation and find as little fault as she has, I think our salvation will be sure. Three loads of people went to the burial; we laid the body to rest a little south of father's.

From RBurgessLinn: I have reseached Prudence and found her parents to be Hugh McNamara and Martha Sherman. She married John Gould Bullard 21 Mar 1830 in Upton,Worchester,Massachusetts,USA. They had 2 children Ezra Nelson Bullard who came to Utah and Austin Bullard who stayed behid with his Grandparents.
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  Zerah Pulsipher (1789 - 1872)
  John Gould Bullard (1804 - 1841)*
  Ezra Nelson Bullard (1833 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
Hebron Cemetery
Washington County
Utah, USA
Created by: Renae Burgess Linn
Record added: Dec 10, 2008
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