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Background: Combs Research of the Bullitt Family is due to (a) the marriage of John Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co, VA to Seth BULLITT, d/o Benjamin BULLITT of Charles Co, MD, Stafford (> Prince William > Fauquier Cos, VA); and (b) research of the ancestry of John Sr.'s father, Joseph Combs I of Stafford Co, VA. The following are miscellaneous records and research collected as part of these efforts.

“Benjamin BULLITT (son of Joseph and Elizabeth BRANDT Bullitt) was born April 28, 1693 (Record of Births, Charles Co, MD, Liber P, No.1, folio 212, Land Office, Annapolis, MD), died in 1766 (Fauquier Co, VA Will Book 1:108)… married in 1737 Mrs. Elizabeth (HARRISON) Bullitt, daughter of Thomas HARRISON of Stafford County, Virginia…” (“Harrison of North Virginia” by W. G. Stanard, published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XXIII (1915), pp. 214-216) Note: In a later issue, Elizabeth HARRISON Bullitt's death year is listed as 1742 (no source).

Also Note: According to Stanard, Thomas HARRISON'S granddaughter, Elizabeth (by Burr and Ann BARNES Harrison), married a Combs. According to (apparently) the bible record of Cuthbert HARRISON (s/o Burr and Ann), she married Joseph Combs II, brother of John Combs, Sr. See Harrison-Combs Connections.

Stanard states that by Elizabeth HARRISON, Benjamin BULLITT had issue: “Joseph, Capt. Thomas, Seth (who married Combs), and Benjamin (killed in the French and Indian Wars).” He does not refer to BULLITT'S second family, named in his 1766 Fauquier Co, VA will (see below) which also names his daughter, Seth, wife of John Combs, and mentions “a tract of land in the Province of Maryland, purchased of one HUTCHERSON, where my father, Joseph BULLITT, was buried.”


Chronology of Bullitt &c. Records


10th Feb 1660; 11th Mar 1660-1. Will of Col. John PRICE of St. Mary's Co MD. To son-in-law Joseph BULLETT, land on Herring Ck. To Herbert HOWMAN and William STYLES, personalty. Dau. Anne PRICE, execx. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal, at 18 yrs. of age; if she die under age, ½ estate to pass to sd. son-in-law Joseph BULLETT; residue to establish a free school, and in event of sd. Joseph and Ann dying under age, all real estate to be used for establishing a free school. Overseers: Wm. HATTON, Daniel CLOCKER, Geo. MANKALL, Thos. DENT. Test: Wm. WILKINSON, Thos. DENT, Wm. HATTON. (1. 141. Maryland Calendar of Wills: Volume 1)

Notes: Was Joseph BULLETT the step-son of Col. John PRICE or did he marry his daughter? Of the above witnesses, William WILKINSON'S daughter, Elizabeth, m William HATTON, and his daughter, Rebecca, m Thomas DENT.


03 Apr 1688 Charles Co, MD Estate Accounts 9: 4747. Account of Arthur CARR: Received from Edward SMOOT, who married widow NEWMAN, James HEATH. Legatees: Arthur MACKMILLION paid to Joseph BULLOT, William NEWMAN, Lydia NEWMAN, John NEWMAN, Geroge NEWMAN, John SMITH. Ex.: Rebecca YATES wife of Robert YATES (executor of James TYRE) (EARLY CHARLES COUNTY MARYLAND SETTLERS 1658-1745, Marlene Strawser Bates & F. Edward Wright 1995, published by Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, pg. 48) SW: BULLITT

15th Nov 1676-30th Dec 1676 Will of Eliza LILLY of Charles Co, MD. Father-in-law Peter CARR, ex. and sole legatee of estate, real and personal. Test: Anthony BRIDGES, Jos. BULLET. (5. 155. Maryland Calendar of Wills: Volume 1)

Notes: Was Anthony BRIDGES the same who m Mary SISSON, widow of Nathaniel POPE (m 2nd BRIDGES, 3rd Lewis NICHOLAS, and 4th David WICKLIFFE)? Her son, Nathaniel POPE m Jane BROWN, d/o Original and Jane BROOKS Brown, neighbors of John Combs of Richmond Co, VA.


29th Dec 1697- 10th Feb 1698. Will of Randolph BRANDT (Brant) of Chas. Co, MD. To son Marc****s [Marcus], now residing in Island of Barbadoes, 500 A., “The Expectation”, being a tract lately escheated for want of hrs. of Rich'd RANDALL and bought from Lord Baltimore; also real estate in Barbadoes formerly belonging to dec'd father. To son Randolph, ex., and hrs., 200 A., “Hammersmith” on Potomac R. To 2nd dau. Mary, wife of James LATTIMORE, and their hrs., 2 tracts, 1 of 85 A. bought from Mary MEYCOCKE and 110 A., “Butney.” To dau. Margaret, wife of Francis HAMMERSLEY, and hrs., 1 island, “Barbadoes,” nr. falls of Potomac R., 175 A. To son Charles and hrs., ½ of dwelling plantation, “Ashar,” 450 A. on e. side Pickiawaxen Ck., lately leased by Peter Carr, and ½ of “Greenwigh.” To son Jacob and hrs., ½ of “Ashar” afsd. and residue of “Greenwigh”. In event of death of any or all afsd. child. without issue, lands to pass to male hrs. of testator in natural succession; in event of death of Charles and Jacob without hrs., their part to pass to hrs. of son Joseph BULLETT and son James LATTEMORE afsd. To Susanna and Ann SKEENES, personalty. Testator desires sons Charles and Jacob brought up in the Roman Catholic faith. Test: Walter STOREY, Edward FITZGERALD, Thos. THRIFT, Patrick KELLY. (6. 222. Maryland Calendar of Wills: Volume 2)

03 Sep 1709 - 23 Nov 1709 Will of Joseph BULLIT, Charles Co, MD. To brother Benja. BULLIT, ex. and hrs., 200 A., “Joseph Bullit's Folly” and 30 A. taken up by father --. To cousin Randle BRENT and hrs., last named tract should brother die without issue. To Ann, dau. of Randle and Anne BRENT, “Joseph Bullit's Folly” should brother afsd. die without issue. To cousin Katharine BRENT, dau. of afsd., 100 A., --. Test: Richd. WADE, Alex. NELSON, Benj. THOMAS. (Part 2-12. 209. MD Calendar of Wills, Vol. 3)

- -- --; 15th Nov 1718 Will of George MILLER of Prince George's Co, MD. To grandchild Mary MILLER, 1s. To son Adam, after decease of wife, personalty and dwelling plantation, 60 A., --, until grandchild George HOLSILL comes to age of 21 yrs., at which time sd. grandchild is to possess plantation afsd. To son Adam, 440 A. adjoining dwelling plantation, being tract where he now lives. To grandchild. George and John HOLSILL, Jr., personalty. To dau. Ruth HOLSILL, 50 A. belonging to plantation where she now lives, and personalty. To wife Ruth, use of dwelling plantation, with personalty during widowhood. Shd. she marry, dower rights only. At her decease personal estate to son Adam and dau. Ruth equally. Test: John HENRICK, John TATAM, Cha. BULLETT. (15. 38. Maryland Calendar of Wills)

1724. Stafford Co, VA Tobacco Tenders - “A List of the Tithables Allow'd to Tend Tobacco and Quantity of Plants in the Precincts Between Aqui and Quantico [Creeks] Viz.”
Benjamin BULLETT, Philemon DERMOT, James BURNE, 3 tithables, 17,259 plants.

Notes: BULLITT was not on the 1723/4 Stafford Rent Roll of James CARTER. Also on this list were Joseph Combs I and Burr and Thomas HARRISON.


15th Jun 1729. Nuncupative will of Hugh GARDINER of Charles Co, MD. To bros. Douglas Gifford Gardiner and Bullet, personalty. Test: Patrick MULLEN, Mathew CHESHIRE. Dep. show testator declared will at house of William CHESHIRE. (19, 729. Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 6)

23 Jan 1750/1 - 22 Apr 1751 (Prince William Co VA DB M:168) “Edward LAWRENCE of Prince William County and Parish of Hamilton hath sold one negro girl named Cate aged about 10 years which I do warrant … said negro girl and her increase to Jno. Combs of the parish and county aforesaid and to his heirs it being for value Recd. as witness my hand this 23rd day of Jany. 1750. s/Edward [X] LAWRANCE [sic]. Test. Howson KENNER, John [+] De La SHUMATE, Benja. BULLETT, John LAWRANCE. At a court held for the county of Prince William the 22 day of Apr 1751, this deed was proved by the oath of John De La SHUMATE, John LAWRENCE and Benjamin BULLETT witnesses thereto and admitted to record. On margin: “7 Nov. 1752 Dd. [delivered] Jno. Combs PW.” (Extracted by Combs Researcher C. Hammett from Prince William Co, VA Deed Abstracts, 1749-1752, and 1761-1764, Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Antient Press, McLean, VA)

Note: Benjamin BULLITT was not on the 1738 Prince William Co, VA Rent Roll.


1759 Fauquier Co, VA Rent Roll. (includes) Benjamin BULLETT, John Combs

1762-Jun 1764 Augusta Co, VA (B). FILLBRICK vs. BULLITT.--Henry FILLBRICK was a soldier in Virginia Regiment under Capt. Thomas BULLITT in 1762. (Chalkley's Chronicles, p. 346) SW: PHILBRICK

3 May 1766 - 27 Oct 1766 (Fauquier Co, VA WB1:108) Will of Benjamin BULLITT. To son, Joseph, all that is now in his possession and 2 shillings, 6 pence sterling, no more. To son Thomas BULLIT, a tract of land in the Province of Maryland, purchased of one HUTCHERSON, where my father, Joseph BULLITT, was buried. To daughter, Sith Combs and her husband, John Combs, 1 shilling 6 pence. To son, Cuthbert BULLITT, 1 shilling 6 pence. To daughter, Elizabeth BULLITT, slave, silverspoons, feather bed. To wife Sarah and six sons, slaves. Names six sons, viz: William BURDITT (alias BULLITT), John, George, Benoni, Parmenas and Burwell BULLITT. Exrs: wife, sons Thomas and Cuthbert BULLITT. Wit: Jonathan GIBSON, William CONNAY, Alexander PARKER. (Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Marriages of Fauquier County, Virginia 1759-1800, J. Estelle Stewart King)

9 Jan 1767 (Fauquier Co, VA WB1:2) Estate inventory of Benjamin BULLIT. Deceased. Apprs: Jonathan GIBSON, James MURRY, William RANSON [RANSOM?]. (Extractions from Fauquier Co, VA Will Book 1, US GenWeb Archives)

Notes: The ancestry of second wife, Sarah, is unknown; however, the six sons were apparently all by her, as may have been Elizabeth BULLITT. According to The Combes Genealogy, Benjamin BULLITT'S will refers to his daughter, Elizabeth, twice, the first as noted above, but with the added detail: “to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body, and in default of such heirs, to be equally divided between my six sons [named)] and secondly unto my daughter Elizabeth above mentioned, which legacies it is my will and desire she shall receive when she arrives at the age of 18 years, or the day of marriage.” Also note that the terming of William BURDITT as alias BULLITT might indicate that Benjamin did not marry Sarah until after William's birth.


8 Feb 1771 Fauquier Co, VA Marriage Bonds. William GRIGSBY & Elizabeth BULLITT (Fauquier Co, VA Marriage Bonds, US GenWeb Archives)

17 Sept. 1775. 25 Feb. 1778. (Fauquier Co, VA Wills, p. 321) Will of Thomas BULLITT. Executor to build a house for brother Joseph on land where he now lives. And that executor shall carry into execution an agreement made and entered into by me with Cuthbert Combs relative to sundry lands upon Kankawa River at the mouth of the Elk. To Sarah BRONAUNT, natural daughter of Martha BRONAUNT, a young Negro wench. To sister, Sith Combs, 15 pounds to purchase a mourning ring. To Mr. Benjamin HARRISON, 2 colts. To Cuthbert Combs, a horse. Rest of estate to brother, Cuthbert BULLITT, who is also named as executor. Wit: William BLAUSET, John BLAUSET, Charles GREY. (Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Marriages of Fauquier County, Virginia 1759-1800 by J. Estelle Stewart King, p. 321) Provided by Researcher Ginny Humes, ginny@ptialaska.net)

28 Jul 1777 Fauquier Co, VA Marriage Bonds. Allen REDD & Susannah BULLITT (Fauquier Co, VA Marriage Bonds, US GenWeb Archives)

1782 Hampshire Co, VA Tax Lists. Return of Michael STUMP includes Francis Combs and William BULLITT. (US GenWeb Archives)

23 July 1795 Fauquier Co, VA Deed Book 12, p. 236. Thomas James BULLITT of Talbot Co, MD leases to Levin OLIVER of Fauquier “…during the natural lives of said Levin OLIVER and Elizabeth his wife and the natural life of the longest liver of them.” a tract of land 126 a cres “…which said land belonged to Cuthbert BULLITT Esquire lately deceased under whom the said Thomas James BULLITT now claims …. and is distinguished and shown on a plat and certificate of the said land made and executed by a certain Samuel BYRNE in August 1792 by number nineteen and is bounded, abutted and described according to said plat and certificate……and said plat and certificate are to be forthwith filed for safe custody among the records of Fauquier County Court…” s/Thomas J BULLITT and Levin X OLIVER his mark. Wits: Weeden SMITH Edward GODLEY Josais OLIVER (Fauquier Co, VA Deed Extracts, US GenWeb Archives)

23 July 1795 Fauquier Co, VA Deed Book 12, p. 239. Thomas James BULLITT of Talbot Co, MD leases to Josiah OLIVER of Fauquier “…during the natural lives of said Josiah OLIVER and Mary his wife and the natural life of the longest liver of them”. a tract of land 109 acre s “…which said land belonged to Cuthbert BULLITT Esquire lately deceased under whom the said Thomas James BULLITT now claims … and is distinguished and shown on a plat and certificate of the said land made and executed by a certain Samuel BYRNE in Aug ust 1792 by number eighteen and is bounded, abutted and described according to said plat and certificate … and said plat and certificate are to be forthwith filed for safe custody among the records of Fauquier County Court…” s/Thomas J BULLITT and Josias OLIVER. Wits: Edward GODLEY Weeden SMITH William COLVIN (ibid.)

23 July 1795 Fauquier Co, VA Deed Book 12, p. 242. Thomas James BULLITT of Talbot Co, MD leases to Levin OLIVER and Josiah OLIVER of Fauquier “…and to farm let unto the said Levin and Josiah as tenants in common and not as join tenants…” “…during the natural live s of said Josiah OLIVER and Cornelius OLIVER, son of said Levin and the natural life of the longest liver of them.” a tract of land 121 acres “…which said land belonged to Cuthbert BULLITT Esquire lately deceased under whom the said Thomas James BULLITT now claims …. and is distinguished and shown on a plat and certificate of the said land made and executed by a certain Samuel BYRNE in August 1792 by number seventeen and is bounded, abutted and described according to said plat and certificate … and said plat and certificate are to be forthwith filed for safe custody among the records of Fauquier County Court…” s/Thomas J BULLITT and Josias OLIVER. Wits: Edward GODLEY Weeden SMITH William COLVIN Levin X OLIVER his mark (ibid.)

Notes: Thomas James BULLITT not identified. A Thomas BULLETT is on the 1790 Talbot Co, MD Census (Talbot MD GenWeb Archives)


1800 Fauquier Co, VA Tax List.
BULLITT, Burwell 1-0-1-1
(US GenWeb Archives)

1800 Hardy Co, VA Tax List.
Bullitt, William Jun 1 1 0 0 1
Bullitt, Authbert 2 1 0 0 1
Bullet, William Sen 4 1 1 5 5

Abstract of the 1800 Hardy County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List, Hardy Co, WVGenWeb


6 Aug 1808 (Augusta VA Circuit Court Judgments - Causes Ended) TRIGG & Wife vs. Reuben SLAUGHTER. - OS357; NS 129 - Bill, 6th Aug, 1808, by Clement TRIGG and his wife Sarah. On 17 Sep 1775 Thomas BULLETT made his will, devising to Sarah, then infant, land on Kenawha. Orator and oratrix moved to the land and found it claimed by defendant. The remainder of the tract was devised to Cuthbert BULLITT, who is dead. On 24 Oct 1805, Barbara BULLITT and Susannah REDD certified that they believed Sarah TRIGG to be the natural daughter of Col. Thos. BULLITT on Martha BRONSANT. Will of Thomas BULLITT of Fauquier [Co, VA]. Brother, Joseph BULLITT; devisee, Sarah BRONAUNT, daughter of Martha BRONAUNT; sister, Seth Combs; legatee, Benj. HARRISON. Ditto Cuthbert Combs. Brother, Cuthbert BULLITT. Dated 17th Sep, 1775. Proved in Fauquier, 23 Feb 1778. (Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, Vol. II, GPC, Baltimore, 1974, p. 249)

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