Note: !Reverend Peter Bulkeley (St. John's College, Cambridge, M.A. 1608) was the son of Edward and Olyff (Irby) Bulkeley. He was born in Odell in Bedfordshire, England, and died in Concord, Massachusetts. Both his parents were of distinguished ancestry. His father, a man of independent means, was a Church of England clergyman somewhat touched with dissent. At about sixteen, Peter entered St. John's College, Cambridge, where he remained for a long time as student (M.A. 1608) and fellow, acquiring an education to be approved of later by Cotton Mather as "Learned,....Genteel, and which was the top of all, very Pious" (Magnalia Christi Americana, 1702, Bk. III, p. 96). In January 1619/ 1620, upon the death of his father, he succeeded to a considerable fortune and to his father's position as rector of Odell. He was married twice. His first wife, Jane Allen, after giving birth to twelve children, died in 1626. "A thundering preacher and a judicious divine" (Daniel Neal, The History of the Puritans, 1754, p. 585), he was clear in his disapproval of ritualism and of men with long hair, but not so clear that his recalcitrance could not be overlooked by ecclesiastical superiors who were themselves often of his view-point. But on the accession of Laud to the archbishopric, recognizing the divergence between himself and those in control of the Church, Bulkeley determined in 1634 or 1635 to emigrate to Massachusetts. His second wife, Grace Chetwode, whom he had but recently married, and his many children and servants came with him in 1636. After a short residence in Cambridge, he went up "further into the Woods" (Mather, Magnalia, Bk. III, p. 96) and established a new town, with a church of which he was officially made "teacher." He was from that time head of the theocracy of Concord, diligently and with substantial results, so far as one can judge, furthering the interests of his followers in both this world and the next. Also: Peter Bulkeley received a B.D. degree at St. John's College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father in the Parish of Odell, however, his Puritan leanings eventually caused him to be silenced for nonconformity. The 1635 passenger list for the "Susan and Ellin" contains the names Peter Bulkeley, age 50, Ben Bulkeley, age 11 and Daniel Bulkeley, age 9. At about the same time, the passenger list of "Elizabeth & Ann" contained the name Grace Bulkeley, age 33. It can be presumed that the other children traveled on one ship or the other under fictitious names. Peter lived in Cambridge, MA. for awhile, then founded Concord where he "buried a great estate" in the wilderness. He was a scholar, a composer of Latin verses, author of "Gospel Covenant" and served Concord as preacher until shortly before his death.Peter and Jane Allen are ancestors of U. S. Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.
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