Further details of Thomas Buller, Betsey Perry and their children.

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Thomas Buller married Betsy Perry between October and December 1841 in Taunton. Thomas and Betsey had the following known children:

(For further details of these children - click here

For the census of 1851 Thomas and Betsey were recorded in Burgage, Wellington with their four children, James aged 7, Mary aged 6, Johnaged 2, and George aged 2 months, all identified as born in Wellington. Thomas was recorded as a "Sawyer" and also living with them was Betsy’s widowed mother Mary Perry.

1851 Census (31st March) Wellington HO107/1921 Folio 422 2nd Tape

Burgage, Wellington

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Buller Head 30 Sawyer Ireland
Betty Buller Wife 31 Weaver (serge) Bradford, Somerset
James Buller Son 7 Scholar Wellington, Somerset
Mary Buller Daughter 6 Scholar Wellington, Somerset
John Buller Son 1 At home Wellington, Somerset
George Buller Son 2 mths At home Wellington, Somerset
Marry Perry Mother-in-law (widow) 72 Pauper formerly farm servant Veniton??, Devon
Abraham Vowler Nephew 10 Ropers Twister Wellington, Somerset
Harriet Vicary Lodger (widow) 50 Washer woman Wiveliscombe, Somerset

In 1861 Thomas was living with his family in the parish of Taunton St. James, Somerset. Thomas and Elizabeth have a further two sons, William L. aged 8, and Ephraim aged 2 recorded in his census. A daughter Ann born circa 1855, who appears in the following 1871 census, is not included in this census. I suspect she may be the Ann Buller included as "visitor" in the household of Thomas’s parents, James and Henrietta for the 1861 census. (See main body of text). The daughter Mary born circa 1844 who appears in the 1851 census is also missing but re-appears in the 1871 census. Thomas’s Irish birthplace is actually identified as Londonderry. The description of Thomas's occupation has altered slightly now described as a "Vertical Sawyer" which I suspect meant working on large timbers over a pit?. Their son George aged 10 was sadly recorded as "Blind from Birth".

1861 Census (8th April) Taunton St. James RG9/1618 ED: 4 Folio: 88 Page: 41

Yarde PlaceTaunton St. James, Somerset

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Buller Head 40 Vertical Sawyer Londonderry, Ireland
Betsey Buller Wife 41   Bradford, Somerset
James Buller Son 17 Sawyer Wellington, Somerset
John Buller Son 11 Scholar - Blind from Birth Wellington, Somerset
George Buller Son 10 Scholar Wellington, Somerset
William L. Buller Son 8 Scholar Wellington, Somerset
Ephraim Buller Son 2 Scholar Wellington, Somerset

In 1871 Thomas was living with his family in the parish of Chard, Somerset, although no age, occupation, or place of birth is included in the transcription. Two further daughters, Elizabeth aged 8 in Taunton, and Hannah aged 7 also in Taunton, appear in this census. However athough Elizabeth is identified as their daughter I believe this is incorrect and she was in fact their granddaughter and the ilegitimate child of their daughter Mary Buller. Only sight of the actual birth certificate will prove or disprove this, For the reasoning behind this belief and further details of this Elizabeth - click here. Amelia, recorded as daughter-in-law, was Amelia Arnatt the wife of Thomas and Elizabeth’s eldest son James. James and Amelia were married between October and December 1870 in Chard, Somerset. James was not included in the household and his whereabouts is unknown. The son George now aged 20, was identified as a Lace Hand despite presumably still being blind from birth

1871 Census (3rd April) Chard ED: 6, Piece: 2406 Folio: 43 Page Number: 10

South Chard, Somerset

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Buller Head - - -
Betsey Buller Wife 51 - Bradford, Somerset
Mary Buller Daughter 25 Silk Winder Wellington, Somerset
George Buller Son 20 Lace Hand Wellington, Somerset
Ann Buller Daughter 16 Silk Winder; Wellington, Somerset
Amelia Buller Daughter-in-law 23 - Banbury, Oxfordshire
Ephraim Buller Son 12 Scholar Wellington, Somerset
Hannah Buller Daughter 7 Scholar Taunton, Somerset
Elizabeth Buller Daughter 8 Schoolar Taunton, Somerset

I believe Thomas Buller died in 1875 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the October-December quarter for 1875 for Clifton, Gloucestershire for a Thomas Buller aged 54. For the census of 1881 Betsey was living with their eldest son James, and his wife Amelia, in Bedminster, Somerset.

1881 Census (4th April) Wellington RG11/2454 Folio 115 book 23 Page 35

3 Windsor Terrace, Bedminster, Somerset

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Buller Head 38 Sawyer Wellington, Somerset
Amelia Buller Wife 34   Banbury, Oxfordshire
Betsy Buller Mother 61 Annuitant Bradford, Somerset
Albert Henry Robins Foster Child 3   Bristol, Somerset

I believe Betsey Buller, nee Perry, died in 1890 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the April-June quaretr for 1890 for Bedminster, Somerset for a Betsey Buller aged 71.


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Further Deatails ofthe Children of Thomas Buller and Betsey Perry

James Buller

The birth of James Buller was recorded in the July-September quarter of 1843 in Wellington, Somerset. Recorded in the Somerset parish register as born 30 June 1843 and baptised on 16 July 1843, in Wellington, Somerset. I believe James Buller, a Sawyer, married Amelia Arnatt on 2 December 1870, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset.

For the census of 1881 the couple were recorded at 3 Windsor Terrace, Bedminster, Somerset, with James aged 38, a sawyer, born in Wellington, Somerset, and Amelia, aged 34, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Also in their household is James's mother Betsey Buller, aged 61, an Annuitant, born in Bradford, Somerset, and an Albert Henry Robins, identified as a "Foster Child", aged 3, born in Bristol.

For the census of 1891 the couple were recorded at Brewers Place, St Lukes, Bedminster, Somerset, with James identified as aged 47, a Mill Manager, born in Wellington, Somerset, and Amelia identified as aged 43, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire. There is a James Buller, son, aged 13, born in England, also included in the household who I suspect may be the Albert Henry Robins included as a "foster child" in the previous census who has been "adopted".

I believe Amelia Buller died in 1897 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of an Amelia Buller aged 51 in the January-March quarter of 1897 in Bedminster, Somerset.

For the census of 1901 the widowed John Buller was recorded resident in Bay Street, St Margarets, Leicester, aged 57, a Mill Sawyer, born in Bristol.

l believe James Buller died in 1909 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a James Buller aged 67 in the January-March quarter of 1909 in Billesdon, Leicestershire.

Mary Buller

No registration of Mary Buller has been identified, however the parish register identified Mary Buller was born 4 February 1845 and baptised 2 March 1845 in Wellington, Somerset. I believe Mary Buller married Robert Aplin Beviss, a Labourer, son of John Beviss, a Dairyman on the 21 October 1871, in South Chard, Somerset. May and Robert had 7 known children: Ann L Bevis born in 1874, Kate Bevis born in 1878, Rosa W Beviss born in 1872, Charles William Beviss born in 1880, Eli (aka Ernest) John Beviss born in 1886, Edith Laura Beviss born in 1889, Ivy Beviss born in 1891, all registered in Chard, Somerset. The is also an Elizabeth B. Beviss aged 18 identified as "daughter" in the household of Mary and Robert for the census of 1881. I suspect this was an Elizabeth Buller born in 1863 in Taunton, Somerset, and she was a a further daughter of Mary, born prior to her marriage, and listed in Mary's parents household as their daughter for the 1871 census. Whether Robert was the father is unknown.

For the 1881 census the couple were recorded in Dick Hill, Chard, Somerset, with Robert listed as aged 37, a Farm Labourer, born in Axminster, Devon, and Mary listed as aged 36 born in Wellington, Somerset. Included in their household were 4 of their children, the aforementioned Elizabeth B Bevis aged 18 born in Taunton, Somerset identified as "Daughter", along with Ann L Bevis aged 7, Kate Bevis aged 3, and Charles Bevis aged 1, all born in Chard, Somerset.

For the 1891 census the couple were recorded in St John, Perry Street, Chard, with Robert listed as aged 48, a Labourer at Lace Works, born in Devonshire, and Mary listed as aged 46 born in Somersetshire. Included in their household were 5 of their children, Rosa J. Bevis aged 19, Annie L Bevis aged 17, Charles W Bevis aged 11, Eli J. Beviss aged 4 and Edith L. Beviss aged 2, all identified as born in Somersetshire. There is also a lodger listed in the household, and Elizabeth Buller aged 46, a Bobbin Winder at Lace Works, born in Somersetshire. With the surname Buller one would imagine she was a relative but the census does not midentify whether she was single or married, so it could be an Elizabeth who married a Buller.

For the 1901 census the couple were recorded in Winterhay Lane, Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, with Robert listed as aged 57 , a Labourer at Lace Works, born in Musberry, Devon, and Mary listed as aged 55 born in Wellington, Somerset. Included in their household were 4 of their children, Eli J Beviss aged 14, Kate Beviss aged 23, Edith Bevis aged 11, Ivy Beviss aged 9, all born in Chard, Somersetshire, along with a Lilian Beviss, listed as granddaughter, aged 2, born in Ilminster, Somersetshire.

I believe Robert Beviss died in 1908 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Robert Aplin Beviss aged 65 in the July-September quarter of 1908 in Chard, Somerset.

For the census of 1911 the widowed Mary was living in Perry St, Chard. The house was identified as having 4 rooms and Mary was identified aged 66, born in Wellington, Somerset, and as having had 8 children, all of whom were still alive. Included in the household were 3 of her children, Ernest (?Eli J. 1891-1901?) Beviss, aged 24, Edith Beviss aged 21, and Ivy Beviss aged 19, all identified as born in Perry St, Somersetshire.

I believe Mary Beviss died in 1923 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Mary Beviss aged 78 in the October-December quarter of 1923 in Chard, Somerset.

John Buller

The birth of John Buller was recorded in the April-June quarter of 1849 in Wellington, Somerset, and he was baptised on 13 May 1849 in Wellington, Somerset. I believe John Buller, an Engine Fitter, married Mary Gibbs, the daughter of Thomas Gibbs, on 20 May 1869 in Tatworth, Chard, Somerset. I believe John and Mary had 9 known children: Kate Dorcas Buller born in 1869, Fred Buller born in 1873, Ida Buller born in 1875, Arthur Buller born in 1877, Mabel Buller born in 1879, Reginald Buller born in 1882, Tom Buller born in 1884, Frank Buller born in 1887, and Ethel Buller born in 1892, all born in Somerset.

For the 1881 census the couple were recorded resident in Perry St, Chard, with John identified as aged 32, an Engine Fitter, born in Wellington, Somerset, and Mary identified as aged 33, born in Chard, Somerset. Included in their household were 5 of their children: Kate T Buller aged 11 born in Chard, Somerset, Fred Buller aged 7, born in Chard, Somerset, Ida Buller aged 5, born in Martock, Somerset, Arthur Buller aged 2 born in Chard, Somerset, and Mabel Buller aged 1 born in Chard, Somerset.

For the census of 1891 John and Mary were still in Chard, with John listed as aged 41, a Fitter in Lace Machinery, born in Somersetshire, and Mary listed as aged 43 born in Dorsetshire. Four of their children where included in the hosuehold: Kate D Buller, aged 21, Fred Buller aged 17, Arthur Buller aged 13, and Reginald Buller aged 8, all identified as born in Somersetshire.

For the census of 1901 the family were recorded in Perry Street, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset, with John now listed as aged 51, a Fitter Of Machines In Lace Mill, born in Wellington, Somersetshire. Mary was recorded as aged 53 born in Holditch, Dorsetshire, and included in the household were 5 of their children: Mabel Buller aged 21, Reginald Buller aged 18, Tom Buller aged 17, Frank Buller aged 14, and Ethel aged 8, all listed as born in Perry Street, Chard, Somerset

I believe John Buller died in 1903 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a John Buller aged 54 in the July-September quarter of 1903 in Nottingham, and a corresponding entry the the Probate index for the death of a John Buller of Perry Street, Chard, Somerset, an Engine Fitter died on 22 August 1903, at the General Hospitl Nottingham. Probate at Taunton to Mary Buller, widow. Value of Estate = 214.

I believe Mary Buller died in 1905 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Mary Buller aged 57 in the January-March quarter of 1905 in Chard, Somerset.

George Buller

The birth of George Buller was recorded in the January-March quarter of 1851 in Wellington, Somerset, and he was baptised on 17 October 1852 in Wellington, Somerset. George was identified as blind from birth in the 1861 census. For the 1871 census George was recorded with the family, identified as aged 20, a Lace Hand, born in Wellington, Somerset, . I beieve George Buller died in 1877 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a George Buller in the April-June quarter of 1877 in Bedminster, Somerset, and a corresponding entry for the burial of George Buller in 29 April 1877 in Bedminster, Bristol.

William Lewis (Louis) Buller

The birth of William Lewis Buller was recorded in the October-December quarter of 1852 in Wellington, Somerset, and he was baptised on 17 October 1852 in Wellington, Somerset. I believe William, a Labourer, married Elizabeth Porter in the July-September quarter of 1882 in Bristol.

For the 1891 census William and Elizabeth were recorded in Russell Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire. William was identified as aged 38, a Labourer, born in Somersetshire, and Elizabeth was identified as aged 43, born in England.

For the 1901 census William and Elizabeth were recorded in Thomas Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire. William was identified as aged 49, a Brewer's Labourer, born in Willinton, Devonshire, and Elizabeth was identified as aged 52, born in Bath, Somersetshire.

I believe Elizabeth Buller died in 1909 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Elizabeth Buller aged 60 in the January-March quarter of 1909 in Bristol, Somerset.

For the census of 1911 the widowed William was recorded in the Bristol City Workhouse, Stapleton, Stapleton Workhouse, Fishponds, Bristol. aged 60. identified as a General Labourer born in Wellington, Somerset. I beieve William and Elizabeth had no children.

I believe William Buller died in 1912 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a William Buller aged 62 in the October-December quarter of 1912 in Bristol, Somerset.

Anne Buller

The birth of Ann Buller was recorded in the July-September quarter of 1854 in Wellington, Somerset. I believe Annie Buller married William Sherriff, a Frame Work Knitter, in the April-June quarter of 1874 in Leicester, Leicestershire. Annie and William had 10 known children: Rebecca Sheriff born 1874, Charles T Sheriff born 1876, George Sheriff born 1878, Albert Sherriff born 1880, John William Sherriff born 1884, Annie Sherriff born 1887, Joseph Edward Sherriff born 1889, Herbert Sherriff born 1893, Louis Sherriff born 1895, and Horace Sherriff born 1898, all births registered in Leicester, Leicestershire.

For the census of 1881 the couple were recorded at Providence Pl, Leicester St Margaret, Leicester. William was identified as aged 27, a Frame Work Knitter, born in Leicester, Leicestershire, with Anne identified as aged 26, born in Wilverton, Somerset. 3 of their children were included in the household: Rebecca aged 6, Charles aged 4, and George aged 2, all listed as born in Leicester, Leicestershire.

For the census of 1891 William and Annie were again recorded in Leicetser, in Luther Street. William was identified as aged 37, an Elastic Web Weaver, born in England, with Annie identified as aged 36, born in Somersetshie. 8 of their children were included in the household: Rebecca Sherriff aged 16, Charles Sherriff aged 14, George Sherriff aged 12, Albert Sherriff aged 11, John William Sherriff aged 6, Annie Sherriff aged 3 and Joseph Edward Sherriff aged 1, all listed as born in England. Also included in the household was Hannah Buller, aged 28, a Silk Winder, born in Somertshire. She is identified as a "Lodger", but I would assume she was actually Annie's sister.

For the census of 1901 the couple were resident in Gippsy Lane., Belgrave St Michaels, Leicester. William was recorded as aged 47, a Wood Dealer, born in Leicester, with Annie identified as aged 46, born in Wellington, Shropshire. 9 of their children were included in the household: Charles Sherriff aged 24, and George Sherriff aged 22, Albert Sherriff aged 21, Willie Sherriff aged 16, Annie Sherriff aged 13 and Joseph Edward Sherriff aged 11, Herbert Sherriff aged 7, Louis Sherriff aged 6, and Horace Sherriff aged 2 all listed as born in Leicester.

For the census of 1911 William and Annie Sherriff were living in Ventnor House, Gypsy Lane, Leicester.The house was identified as having 6 rooms and the couple were identified as having been married for 38 years and having had 10 children all of whom were still alive. William was recorded as aged 58, a Scrap Dealer, born in Leicester, with Annie identified as "Annie Buller Sherriff" aged 47, born in Wellington. 6 of their children were included in the household: John William Sherriff aged 26, Annie Sherriff aged 23 and Joseph Edward Sherriff aged 21, Herbert Sherriff aged 17, Louis Sherriff aged 16, and Horace Sherriff aged 12 all listed as born in Leicester.

I believe William Sherriff died in 1936 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a William Sherriff aged 84 in the October-December quarter of 1936 in Leicester, Leicestershire.

I believe Annie Sherriff died in 1934 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of an Annie Sherriff aged 80 in the April-June quarter of 1936 in Leicester, Leicestershire.

Ephraim Buller

The birth of Ephraim Buller was registered in the October-December quarter of 1858 and he was baptised on 26 January 1859 in Wellington, Somerset. I believe Ephraim Buller, a House Painter, married Emma Tanner, the daughter of Isaac Tanner, on 28 October 1883, Bedminster, Somerset. Ephraim and Emma had three known children: Thomas Buller born 1884, Alice Buller born 1885, and William Albert Buller born 1888, all born in Bristol and registered in Bedminster.

For the census of 1891 Ephrain was a prisoner in Bristol prison in Horfield. He was identified as aged 32, married, a House Painter, born in Wellington, Somerset.

For the same census his wife Emma was recorded living in Sargent Street, Bedminster, Somerset identified as aged 26, born in England. Included in their household were their 3 children Thomas Buller aged 6, Alice Buller aged 5, and Albert Buller aged 2, all listed as born in Bristol.

I believe Ephraim Buller died in 1894 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Ephraim Buller aged 36 in the January-March quarter of 1894 in Bedminster, Somerset.

I believe Emma Buller died the following year as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Emma Buller aged 30 in the October-December quarter of 1895 in Bristol, Somerset.

Elizabeth Buller

The birth of Elizabeth Buller was recorded in October-December 1862 in Taunton, Somerset and although she is recorded in the 1871 census in the household of Thomas and Betsey Buller and identified as their daughter I believe this is incorrect and she was in fact their granddaughter, and the illegitimate child of their daughter Mary Buller. Although only sight of the actual birth certificate will prove or disprove this. I believe this is because there an Elizabeth B. Beviss aged 18 recorded in the houshold of the aforementioned Mary for the 1881 census. As Mary had married a Robert Aplin Beviss, in the October of 1871, if this Elizabeth was Mary's daughter she was born 8 or 9 years prior to this marriage, and I suspect the B stood for Buller and she born out of wedlock, which would fit with the record of the birth of this Elizabeth Buller. Whether Robert was the father is unknown. Additionally in the 1871 census where she Elizabeth is recorded as "daughter" in the household of Thomas and Betsey there is a slight anomally with Elizabeth being recorded after Hannah despite Elizabeth being aged 8 and with Hannah aged 7. Furthermore the births of the girls were recorded within 9 months of each other which is a bit tight when one takes into account the fact that Betsey was in her 40's and there was a gap of 4 years back to the previous child.

Whoever her parents were I believe this Elizabeth Buller married George Holley in the October-December 1894 in Chard, Somerset. Elizabeth and George had 6 known children: Bertha Holley born 1895, Thomas Holley born 1897, Frederick Holley born 1899, Alfred Christopher B. Holley born 1900, Harry Holley born 1902, Herbert Holley born 1910, all born in Southchard, Somersetshire.

For the census of 1901 Elizabeth and George were recorded in Chard, Somerset. George was identified as aged 48, a Baker, born in Chard, Somerset, and Elizabeth as aged 38, born in Taunton, Somerset. Included in their household were 4 of their children: Bertha Holley aged 5, Thomas Holley aged 3, Frederick Holley aged 2, and Alfred Holley aged under a year, all listed as born in Southchard, Somersetshire.

For the census of 1911 George and Elizabeth Holley were living in ?Coombis's? Neck, Chard, Somerset. George was recorded as aged 58, a Farm labourer, born in Chard, Somerset, and Elizabeth was recorded as aged 48, born in Chard, Somerset. Included in the household was their 5 surviving children, Bertha Holley aged 15, Tom Holley aged 13, Fred Holley aged 12, Harry Holley aged 8, and Herbert Holley aged 1, all born in Chard, Somerset. The house was identified as having 5 rooms and the couple were identified as having been married for 16 years and having had 6 children, 5 of whom were still alive. (Alfred Christopher B. Holley having died in 1903).

I believe George Holley died in 1940 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a George Holley aged 87 in the April-June quarter of 1940 in Chard, Somerset.

I believe Elizabeth Holley died in 1936 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Elizabeth Holley aged 73 in the January-March quarter of 1936 in Chard, Somerset.

Hannah Buller

The birth of Hannah Buller was recorded in the April-June quarter 1863 in Taunton, Somerset. i Believe Hannah Buller married Thomas Lock in the April-June quarter of 1893 in Leicester, Leicestershire. Hannah and Thomas had six known children: Alice Lock born 1894, Thomas Lock born 1895, Frank Lock born 1898, Leicester, Fred Lock born 1900, Edward Lock born 1902, and Arthur Lock born 1905, all born in Leicester, Leicestershire.

For the census of 1901 the couple were resident in Craven Street, Leicester. Thomas was recorded as aged 37, a Stationary Engine Driver Stoker, born in Stoke Abbot, Dorsetshire, and Hannah as aged 37 born in Taunton, Somersetshire. Four of their children were included in the household: Alice Lock aged 6, Thomas Lock aged 5, Frank Lock aged 2, and Fred Lock aged under a year, all listed as born in Leicestershire

For the census of 1911 Thomas and Hannah Lock were living in 30 St, Mark Street, Leicester. The house was identified as having 5 rooms and the couple were identified as having been married for 18 years and having had 6 children all of whom were still alive. Thomas was recorded as aged 46, a Factory Stoker in a Leather Merchants, born in Beaminster, Dorsetshire, and Hannah as aged 47 born in Taunton, Somersetshire. All 6 of their children were included in the household: Alice Lock aged 17, Thomas Lock aged 15, Frank Lock aged 12, and Fred Lock aged 10, Edward Lock aged 8, and Arthur Lock aged 5, all listed as born in Leicestershire

I believe Thomas Lock died in 1928 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Thomas Lock aged 63 in the July-September quarter of 1928 in Leicester, Leicestershire.

I believe Hannah Lock died in 1938 as there is an entry in the BMD index for the death of a Hannah Lock aged 75 in the July-September quarter of 1938 in Leicester, Leicestershire.