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Joseph, Huguenot, in Maryland; by 1677
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: January 12, 2005 at 15:52:29
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This is apparently the same family I wrote about in other messages, but this information is from a different book -"Huguenot Refugees in the Settling of Colonial America" published by the Huguenot Society of America.

"Before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the progenitor of the American family of Bullitt lived in France - probably in the province of Languedoc. He was a well-to-do Protestant farmer named de Boulet or du Boulet."

"From France, M. de Boulet - alias Benjamin Bullitt - made his way, presumably, into Holland and perhaps on to England. By 1677, his son Joseph Bullitt (1650-1692), ahd come to settle in Charles County, Maryland, and was later buried there. From this Maryland Huguenot sprang many distinguished citizens. Benjamin Bullitt (1693-1766), son of Joseph the immigrant, served as Justice of Prince William County, VA. He was the father of the Hon. Cuthbert Bullitt (1740-1791), a member of the committee appointed by the Virginia Convention to prepare a Declaration of Rights and a plan of govenrment (1776); judse of the Supreme Court of Virginia; and Speaker of the Virginia Assembly. Judge Bullitt married Helen Scott, a niece of Gustavus Richard Brown, M.D. (1748-1804), of Charles County, Maryland, one of the three physicians who, according to family tradition, attended Gen. Washington in his last illness. Their son, Col. Alexander Scott Bullitt (1762-1816), was a co-drafter of the first constitution of Kentucky; speaker of the Kentucky Senate; and first Lieutenant-Governor of the state. He married a niece of Patrick Henry (1736-1799), a signer of the Declaration of Independence."

"Other notable descendants of this Huguenot immigrant to Maryland have been: (1) Judge Thomas James Bullitt (1763-1840), who became president of the Easton Branch of The Farmer's Bank of Maryland, and for some forty-five years served as a Judge in Talbot County. His residence in Easton, the county seat, is still called 'The Bullitt House' and remains one of the finest town houses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. (2) Henry Massie Bullitt, M.D. (1817-1880), founder of the Kentucky School of Medicine (1850) and of the Louisville Medical College (1868), both later absorbed by the University of Louisville. (3) The Hon. William Christian Bullitt (1891-1967), first U.S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R.; later Ambassador to France, etc."

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