Reverend Peter Bulkeley D.D.1

b. 31 January 1582/83, d. 9 March 1658/59
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8th great-granduncle of Louise Underwood.
10th great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
     Reverend Peter Bulkeley D.D. was born on 31 January 1582/83 at Odell, Bedfordshire.1,2 He was the son of Reverend Edward Bulkeley D.D. and Olive Irby.1 He married first Jane Allen on 12 April 1613 at Goldington, Bedfordshire.1,2 He married second Grace Chetwood in April 1635 in England.1,2 He died testate on 9 March 1658/59 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 76.1,3,2
     Reverend Peter Bulkeley graduated B.A., St. John's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, 1604/5, M.A. 1608. He was ordained deacon and priest June 1608, Canon of Lichfield 1609, and University preacher 1610. He was instituted as Rector of Odell, Bedfordshire, 12 January 1609/10. He became increasingly Puritan and non-conformist, and was suspended in 1634 for non-attendance at the visitation of Sir Nathaniel Brent, Vicar-General.2 He was executor of his father Edward Bulkeley's will that was proved January 1620/21.1 In 1635 the family immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, on the Susan & Ellen. In 1636 He and John Jones organized the church at Concord, Massachusetts, and in 1637 he was elected teacher of the Concord church. In 1651 he published The Gospel Covenant Opened, one of the first books published in America.2

     Reverend Peter Bulkeley and Jane Allen had seven sons and two daughters.2 Among the distinguished descendants of their oldest son Edward are both Presidents Bush. He and Grace Chetwood had three sons.2


  1. [S190] Nora Emma Snow and Myrtle Mae Jillson, The Snow-Estes Ancestry, 2 volumes (Hillburn, New York: Snow, 1939), 1: 310.
  2. [S682] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2005), 147.
  3. [S161] Town of Concord, Concord Registers, Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1635 - 1850 (Concord: Printed by the Town, 1891), 8.