John Bullen, Jr

John Bullen, Jr

Clinton, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death 9 May 1884 (aged 80)
Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 94222635 · View Source
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Father: John Bullen, Sr., b.1783 d.1850.
Mother: Lucina Drake-Bullen, b.about 1782, d.????, m.28-Jan-1802 (first wife of John Sr.)
Husband of Henrietta [Surname?]-Bullen, b.~1807 NY., d.???? WI.
Located at "Pike River" in the company of his father and others emigrants, on 01-Jun-1835. John Sr. and John Jr. (father and sone) were amongst the founders of the "Pike River" settlement, which later, became known by mariners as, "Southport" (especially once a pier and harbor had been established). The only vestige of Southport is the lighthouse, by Simmons Park (formerly "Washington Island"), at modern-day Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI. (ca. 2012).
"INCORPORATIONS" - The first village officers of Kenosha under the incorporation act authorized by the act approved February 9 1841 were as follows: Michael Frank, president; John Bullen Jr., A.D. Northway, William Seymour Jr., Frederick S. Lovell, Chauncey Davis, and David Crosit; trustees; H. B. Towslee, recorder; Elijah Steele, clerk; W. Towslee, marshal.

SOURCE: (GOOGLE Books) "The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County, Wisconsin; a Record of Settlement", by Francis H. Lyman, pages 278-279.
"FREE MASONRY" - Kenosha Lodge No. 47, Free and Accepted Masons, was organized June 14, 1854, when Orlando Foster was worshipful master. Theodore Newell, senior warden, and Elisha M. Kinney junior warden. Kenosha Chapter No. 3 Royal Arch Masons, was instituted under dispensation granted March 3, 1846, to John Bullen Jr. Warters Towslee, John McCoy, and W. Oliver, chartered, August 8, 1850. John Bullen Jr., G. H. Paul, D. Crosit, I. W. VVebster, E. M. Kinney, J. Spicer, Orlando Foster, J. L.V. Yates, M. Sykes, Alfred Bullen were the charter officers.

SOURCE: (GOOGLE Books) "The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County, Wisconsin; a Record of Settlement", by Francis H. Lyman, page 358.
"MASONRY at PIKE RIVER" - In June 1835, John Bullen, Jr. of New York, his brother and two companions, all members of the Western Immigration Company, arrived at a place they called "Pike River", today known as Kenosha. By the end of the year, there were 32 inhabitants. The next year, Orlando Foster, also from New York, arrived on foot from Chicago. In 1837, the name of the village changed from Pike River {aka Pike Creek} to Southport. The population had grown to 144, including John Bullen, Sr. In January 1845, John Bullen, Sr. and 13 other Masons asked the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin for a dispensation to form a lodge at Southport. Milwaukee Lodge No. 3 recommended that the petition be granted, and the Grand Lodge ordered the Grand Secretary to issue the dispensation. Bullen was the Master, and Waters Towslee and Thomas Nichols were the Wardens. Bullen was General of Militia, appointed by Governor Henry Dodge. When he wasn't acting as a General, he operated Bullen's Tavern in the town of Silver Lake and, later, the National Hotel in Southport. Towslee was the first Postmaster of the Village of Southport.

SOURCE: "narrative" excerpt from, "Forward Freemasonry, A History of Freemasonry in Wisconsin" (Vol. 1), published by Grand Lodge, F & AM of Wisconsin, Allan E. Iding, PGM, Editor in 1996.
March 1, 1844, John Bullen Jr. moved his house out of Main Street today. South Hill is fast being removed.

SOURCE: (GOOGLE Books) "The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County, Wisconsin; a Record of Settlement", by Francis H. Lyman, page 123.
"Biographical Sketch" - John Bullen Jr., son of the general, was an early settler, and for awhile sole Agent of the Emigration Company, and as deeply interested in its fortunes and issue as any other man. He was for many years engaged in mercantile business, and has been an extensive land holder. He still lives to witness the great changes that have taken place since the days of 1835 and '36.

SOURCE: (GOOGLE Books) "Journal of proceedings, Volume 1", by the Wisconsin. Legislature, Senate, 1856 pages 469-470.
"The Western Emigrating Company" - Early in the winter of 1834, a few persons indulging in a wish to emigrate to the West, made known to each other their determination. Among these, and probably the first of them, were John Bullen Jr., Charles W. Turner, Waters Towsley, James Scott, Dr. B. B. Cary, Jason Lothrop, Hudson Bacon, Peter Woodin, Alfred Foster, Orlando Foster, William Bullen, George Bennett, and Sidney Roberts. After some occasional conversation upon this design, J. Bullen Jr. invited the above named persons to a supper at his house in Hannibal {Oswego Co., NY.}, and to spend the evening. Emigration to the West was the principal topic of their conversation. The first object was to ascertain who would go; and the proposal was made to form a company, in order to render the removal as cheap and pleasant as possible, and that the company so formed, might locate at some important point, and there make a town, and form a community of the right sort. Those persons present all appeared willing to share in such an enterprise. Such were the designs expressed on the occasion; and a committee was appointed to draft a Constitution for the company, and a meeting was proposed to be held at the Hall, once the Masonic Hall, for the transaction of farther business. Notice of this meeting was widely extended by J. Bullen Jr., who was then post master at Hannibal. The first meeting in the Hall, a pretty large number attended. The Constitution was presented by the committee consisting of O. W. Turner, W. Towsley, A. Cary, and J. Lothrop. At the suggestion of J. Bullen Jr., an article was inserted, as from his father, then in Albany, on temperance, which was rejected in the amended Constitution of Jan. 1st, 1836, which is here given.

SOURCE: (GOOGLE Books) "Journal of proceedings, Volume 1", by the Wisconsin. Legislature, Senate, 1856 pages 451.
"US CENSUS 1850"
Name: John Bullen
Event: Census
Event Date: 1850
Event Place: Kenosha, ward 2, Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 47
Marital Status:
Race (Original):
Race (Expanded):
Birthplace: New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1803
Dwelling House Number: 21
Family Number: 32
Line Number: 20
NARA Publication Number: M432
NARA Roll Number: 1000
Film Number: 444987
Digital Folder Number: 004206486
Image Number: 00437
Household Gender Age Birthplace
John Bullen M 47 New York
Henrietta Bullen F 43 New York
Wallace Bullen M 15 New York
Robert Bullen M 7 Wisconsin
Josephine Bullen F 1 Wisconsin
John Welch M 25 Ireland
John Jordon M 45 Ireland
Bridget Donavan F 21 Ireland
Agnes Pentland F 21 Ireland
Margaret Cr[illegible] F 21 Ireland

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1850.
Source [link]:
i. Wallace Bullen, b.~1835 NY., d.????.
ii. Robert Bullen, b.~1843 WI., d.????.
iii. Josephine Bullen, b.~1849 WI., d.????.

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  • Added: 26 Jul 2012
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Bullen, Jr (16 May 1803–9 May 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94222635, citing Green Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Robert Kuhmann (contributor 46567652) .