Bullitt Family Genealogy Forum
Hello Steve and Christian,
Hopefully, with all interested parties getting involved we can establish the heirs of Thomas Bullitt. Based, on the decreed made by the Superior Court at Staunton,VA, I accept the fact Sarah Bronaunt was the daughter of Thomas Bullitt. Her strongest
proof came through the affirming statement made by the two Bullitt women
that she was his child by Martha Bronaunt.
My descent is as follows;
Thomas Bullitt and Martha Bronaunt
Sarah Bronaunt married William Medley
John Medley married Mary Jane Stanley*
William Medley married Mary Jane Garner
Floyd Medley married Julia Layne
Jefferson " Jeff" Medley married Ollie Love
Doris Medley Hunt
(*Stanley has been traditionally accepted by the family as her surname- I have yet to confirm)
Sarah Bronaunt was bound to an Elizabeth
Young in Fauquier Co., VA. in 1759.
No data on Martha Bronaunt-as yet.
Nor, has the place and date of Sarah's marriage to William Medley been located.
It was reported she had left the Fauquier Couty area prior to the Amer. Rev. War.
William Medley (husband of Sarah) wrote his will on 4 Dec. 1793 in Berkeley Co.,VA.; it was filed on 21 Jan.1794 in that county. Sarah, his widow and their three eldest children, namely,Elijah, William, and Lily
were devisees. Reference was made to his five
younger children. Their names were established through a court record filed later in Kanawha County. They were: John Medley (my great-great-grandfather), Joseph
Medley, Martha Medley, Mary Medley, and Frances Eleanor Medley.
In the fall of 1794, in Berkeley County, Va,
Sarah Bronaunt Medley married 2nd Clement Trigg. They moved to Maryland where several of their children were born.
Circa 1806, Sarah bought her family to settle
upon the 400 tract left to her by her father Thomas Bullitt. A dispute over the ownership of the real estate ensued; the matter was taken before the Superior Court at Staunton,VA,
there the court decreed Sarah, as the daughter of Thomas Bullitt, and the rightful land owner and ordered it to be surveyed.
As for the last years of Thomas
Bullitt, I believe he exited the military
as a man broken in spirit. He had served with outstanding leadship, but was denied
a promotion which he had believed he had earned and deserved.
His relation with George Washington was beyond strained at that point. Adding to that, the "fiasco" that occurred during a battle one foggy morning
when Bullitt and his soldiers and George
Washington with his men exchanged heavy fire
upon each other thinking the other was the enemy. With Washington's ambition and political influence on the rise it is unlikely family or townsmen expressed much interest in Thomas's military life or return home. Apparently, no one showed much interest in his plantation during his time in the military, he found it in
an deteriorated state upon his return.
What caused his death may not be determined; it really isn't that important to me. I am just grateful he remembered Sarah in his will. She died in 1825.
Any additional data I might locate will forward.