Further details of James Buller and Henrietta Lewis and their children.

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It is assumed that James Buller and Henrietts Lewis were married about 1815. James and Henrietta had the following known children:

By the census of 1841 James Buller had left the regiment and was living in Burgage, Wellington, working as a labourer, although on his daughter’s marriage certificate of a couple of months earlier he is recorded as a "gardener". Along with himself and Henrietta, his wife, there are recorded four of their children, Thomas, born circa 1820 in Ireland, George born circa 1832 in Somerset, James born circa 1834 in Somerset, and John born circa 1837 in Somerset. I would guess that the eldest son Thomas was born in Ireland because James was there with his regiment. (Thomas’s birthplace is more precisely identified as Londonderry in the 1871 census for Thomas and his family. It would seem possible there were other children born in the 12 years between Thomas and George. Son John’s birth in Wellington circa 1837 suggests that his father had left the regiment by that date. Interstingly what is assumed to be the future bride of the eldest son Thomas, Betsy Perry was recorded a few doors away in Burgage, Wellington, a female servant in the household of James Parsons.

1841 Census (7th. June) Wellington HO107/950 Folio 41Book 5 Page 29

Burgage, Wellington.

Name Age Occupation Where Born
James Buller 45 Labourer Yes
Hen(rietta) Buller 40   No
Thomas Buller 20 Sawyer I(reland)
George Buller 8   Yes
James Buller 6   Yes
John Buller 3   Yes

By the census of 31st March 1851 James Buller and Henrietta Lewis were living in Burgage, Willington, with only their youngest son John living with them. Thomas was still living in Wellington with his wife Betsy Perry and their family , but George and James are not recorded anywhere in Wellington parish for this census. 

1851 Census (31st March) Wellington HO107/1921 Folio 420 2nd tape

Burgage, Wellington.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Buller Head 58 Pauper - formerly soldier Wellington, Somerset
Henrietta Buller Wife 57 Pauper's Wife Reading, Berkshire
John Buller Son 13 Works at woollen factory Wellington, Somerset

For the 1861 census James and Henrietta Buller were living in Wedmore, Somerset, with James working as a Tax Collector. I suspect the Ann Buller "visitor" may actually be their granddaughter by Thomas Buller and Betsy Perry, missing from the family home for this 1861 census but appearing in the family home for the following 1871 census.

1861 Census (8th April) Wedmore HO107/1921 Folio 420 2nd tape

Clewer, Wedmore

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Buller Head 66 Tax Collector Wellington, Somerset
Henrietta Buller Wife 61   Reading, Berkshire
Ann Buller Visitor 7   Wellington, Somerset

It would seem likely that the James Buller recorded as dying between January and March 1870, in Wellington, aged 78, is one and the same as "our" James.

Equally it would seem likely that the Henrietta Lewis recorded as dying between January and March 1871, also in Wellington, aged 71, is also one and the same as "our" Henrietta.

Henrietta was probably the Henrietta Lewis born to James and Jane Lewis, in South Moreton, about 10 miles to the North West of Reading, and whose baptism on 10th December 1797 is recorded in the parish register of South Moreton, and therefore actually 73 at the time of her death.

As to the parentage of James Buller I have not found any record of his birth. (For further detail of the birth of James Buller and possible connection to the family of Henry Redvers Buller - See Appendix H.)

Further research should provide more information on both James Buller and Henrietta Lewis. Copies of death certificates would help prove\disprove the surmised deaths and give actual date of death. Army records at Kew should provide further information on James army career.