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(Of Newport Pagnell) .

compilp:d by fredk. wm. bull.

JJorthamptonshire Printing and Publishing Co., Ltd., Kettering.



It is nut pretended that the following notes are in any way

exhatistive or complete, but they contain many items (the accuracy

. of which, has so far as possible, been tested) which will, it is hoped,

r\ be of interest to their i-eaders, and which the ivriter wished, whilst

they were obtainable, to j^lace on record.

A full life of the Rev. Win. Bull has not been attempted, as the
excellent Memorials ivritten by the Rev. Josiah Bull, ALA., contain
in permaiient form, all that can be said of him.

Owing to varioics unfortunate circumstances it is much to be
regretted that the writer so far has been unable to throw any further
light on the remoter ancestry of Rev. Wm. Bull, and, although all
hope of obtaining further information on this head has not been
abandoned, yet for the reasons given in the text, and the time and
expense which woidd be involved by further searches, and withal the
possibility of the fruitlessness of such search, tend to make the proba-
bility extremely doubtful.


Risdene, Kettering,
24th December, 1895.



Of the Ancestors in the maternal line of Hannah Palmer,

— Williaui Ben — Tbeophilus Polwbeil — Sir Walter Ealeigh —
Stephen Lobb — Theopbilus Lobb — John Greene — Nicholas King.


Concerning the Palmers of Newport Pagnell and Bedford.


The Ancesiry of Letitia Bateman. — Desvaux, Dowling, and
Bateman families.


The Family of Rogers. The Coales Family.


The Heygates. The Wallis Family.


The Bulls of Rushden and Irthlingborougii. — Rushden Parish
Registers and Court Rolls — Irth'ingborough Registers — Old
pedigree — Rev. Josiah Bull's viewp.


William Bull. — His ancestry — Early life— Call to Newport —
Marriage — His children — Newton — Cowper — Thornton — Newport
Academy — His death and funeral — Memorial Tablet — Will.


Thomas Palmer Bull. — Pastor of Newport Church and Tutor at
Academy — Marriage — Mrs. Bull's death — Dr. Bull — Rev. Josiah
Bull — Memorial tablet.


William Bateman Bull. William Rogers Bull.


Rev. William Bull, from a photo by Mr. L. Linnell, of Olney, of

an oil painting by Wildman ... ... Frontispiece

Rev. William Benn, from an engraving in Calamy's Noncon-
formist's Memorials ... ... ... ... facing 3

Sir Walter Raleigh, from an old engraving ... .. ... ,, 7

Newport Pagnell from Bury Field, by Mr. Hugh Wallis ... 9

Newport Pagnell Church from the North Bridge, by Mr. Wallis 12

View of Newport Pagnell, from old engraving published February

1798 .■ „ 15

Newport Church, from old engraving published August, 1809 ... „ 17

Old Mill, Newport .. ... ... ... .. . . 18

Sketches of Manse, Old Chapel, and Beaty Almshouses, by

Hugh Wallis ... ... ... ... ... „ 27

T. P. Bull, from engraving published July, 1817 ... ... ,, 31

Portraits— William and Hannah Bull, Letitia and T. P. Bull,

William Bateman and Anne Bull ... ... ... ,,33

Family Records.


Of the ancestors in the maternal line of Hannah Palmer


ON one of the leaves of a copy of the Memoirs of Theophilus
Lobb, M.D., F.R.S., in the handwriting of the Rev. Thomas
Pahner Bull, there are the following interesting notes on the
maternal ancestry of Hannah Palmer : — ■

"The Rev*^- William Benn, born 1600, ejected from Dorchester,
had a daughter who married

Theophilus Polwheil, ejected from Tiverton 1662, had a daughter
who married

Stephen Lobb, who preached in Fetter Lane Meeting, where he
was ordained 1081 — having succeeded to Dr. Goodwin — he had a
daughter who married the Rev*^- John Green, who pi-eached at
Chelmsford and wrote these Memoirs of his brother-in-law,
Dr. Lobb.

Mr. Green's daughter married

Nicholas King, whose dr. married

Thomas Palmer, of Bedford, whose dr. Hannah married the
Eev*^- \Vm. Bull, of Newport Pagnell."

Of these in their order.

William Ben or Benne

Was, says Anthony a Wood* born at, or near to, Egremond, in
Cumberland, in November, 1600, educated in grammar learning
in the Free School, at St. Bee,* transplanted thence to Queeai's
College, where he was, it is said, a Servitor. Afterwards leaving
the place with a degree, upon the obtaining a presentation to
Okingham, in Berks, he settled there ; but one, Bateman, his

* Anthony a Wood's Athenac OxoniensAs 1817. ff


contemporary in Oxon, having got another presentation thereunto,
they both, rather than go to law, did joyntly perform the duties,
and received the profits thence. At length our author, Ben,
became Chaplain to the Marchioness of Northampton, living in
Somersetshire, left his interest in Okinghani to Bateman, and
continuing in the service of the said Marchioness till 1629, he did,
by virtue of a call from John White the patriarch of Dorchester,
go to that place,* and by White's endeavours was made Rector of
Allhallows' Church there, where he continued in great respect from
the precise party till St. Bartholomew's day anno 1662, excepting
only two years, in which time he attended the said White when
he was Rector of Lambeth in Surrey, in the place of Dr. Featley
ejected. Besides his constant preaching at Allhallows, he preached
gratis on a week-day to the prisoners in the gaol, situated in his
parish, which being much frequented by the neighbourhood, and
so consequently the room wherein he held forth not spacious
enough to contain the auditory, he caused a Chappel to be built
within the prison walls, in good part at least, at his own charge.
After his ejectment from Allhallows for Nonconformity, he lived
in Dorchester to the time of his death, but for his preaching in
conventicles there, and in the neighbourhood, he was often
brought into trouble, and sometimes imprisoned and fined.

He died in the latter end of the year (22nd March, as I have
been informed) of 1680, and was buried in the yard belonging to
his sometime Church in the ancient borough of Dorchester. What
I have farther to observe of this person is ( 1 ) That he was one of
the Assistant Commissioners of Dorsetshire and Pool for the
ejecting of such whom they then (1 654) called scandalous, ignorant,
and insufficient Ministers and Schoolmasters. (2) That though
he lived to be 80 years of age, yet he never used spectacles,
though he read and wrote much, writing all his Sermons generally
as large as he delivered them except the words of the texts of
Scripture cited by him. (3) That it was always his custom,
especially when he was at home, to pray in his study seven times
a day, and in his prayers to give God thanks for certain deliver-
ances of him from dangers which happened. — 5th June, 1636 ;
23rd October, 1643 ; 12th August, 1645. &c.

* Where at the breaking out of the Rebellion he much prejudiced the people
against the King. — Watts.


Calamy says, " Mr. William Benn, M.A., . . was famous in
all the West of England, being richly furnished with all minis-
terial abilities."

He wrote Answer to Mr. Francis Bampfield's Letter^ in Vindica-
tion of the Christian Sabbath against the Jewish. London, 1672.
It is printed with the said " Bampfield's Judgment for the Observa-
tion of the Jewish Sabbath," wherein Ben's Answers begins p. 9, and
ends p. 86. " Soul prosperity in several Sermons on John iii. 2.
—London, 1683, Oct."

The accompanying portrait is reproduced fi'om one given in an
edition of Calamy's Nonconformist's Memorial, dated 1775, and
edited by Samuel Palmer.

Op Theophilus Polwheil, M.A.

The following particulars are given in the edition of Calamy
just mentioned :

Mr. Theophilus Polwheil, M.A., of Emanuel College, Cambridge,
where Dr. (afterwards Archbishop) Sancroft was his tutor, and
became Fellow of the College. He was born in Cornwall. When
he left the University he was for some time a preacher in Carlisle.
He was one of the ministers appointed for ejecting scandalous
ministers, &c., in 1654, for Cumberland, Durham, (fee. This year
he removed to Tiverton, where he continued till the Restoration.
After the Act of Uniformity took place, he had his share of

suflfering with the rest of his brethren. Mr. F 1, who joined

in communion with him, and gave in his experiences before the
communicants, became afterwards his furious persecutor. Once
when he was Mayor, he disturbed the meeting while Mr. Polwheil
was preaching, requiring him to come down, and committing him

to the custody of a sergeant. Mr. C n was also his great

enemy, and had once a design to seize him as he was going out of
his house before day ; but one BeiTy, a serjeant, discovered and
prevented it. But he outlived those times of persecution, and
after King James's liberty, opened a meeting in Tiverton, and
called Mr. Samuel Bartlot to assist him. He died in a good old
age in April, 16^9. — What Dr. Walker relates to his disadvantage
is refuted in Calamy's Continuation, p. 261,


Works : " A Treatise on Self-denial ; " " The Evil of Apostacy
and Qnenchinf>- the Spirit ; " " Of Ejaculatory Prayer ; " " Direc-
tions for Serving God on the Working-day and Lord's-day ; " and
"Exhortations to Holy Living ;" in which Mr. Mall assisted.

Stephen Lobb,

A celebrated Independent divine of the seventeenth centnry, was
a son of Richard Lobb, Esq., who was High Sheriff of the County
of Cornwall, and in the year 1659 Member of Parliament for St.
Michael in that County. There are not many particulars to be
found relating to him. His name is, however, associated with the
Independent Church, Fetter Lane, London, and in Wilson's M.S.
History of Dissenting Churches, to be seen at Dr. William's
Library, there are the following interesting notes respecting this
Church : " Fetter Lane. The old Meeting-house was erected at
the time of King Charles's Indulgence in 1672, for Mr. John
Turner, the ejected minister of Sunbury, in Middlesex. . . .
Upon Mr. Turner leaving Fetter Lane, Mr. Stephen Lobb's Church
removed into it. This Society, it is apprehended, was gathered
by Dr. Thomas Goodwin upon his being ejected from the President-
ship of Magdalen College, Oxford, at the Restoration. Coming to
London, many of his hearers at Oxford followed him, and he
formed them into a Church, and preached to them till his death,"
in February, 1679. Thankful Owen was chosen as Dr. Goodwin's
successor, but he died on 1st April, 1681 ; and it was after his
decease that Stephen Lobb, in 1681, became pastor of the Church.
It is said that Mr. Lobb "preached only one part of the day.
Mr. Thomas Goodwin, son to Dr. Goodwin, preached on the other."
Mr Lobb continued to minister there, however, till his death in

* It is interesting to note that after the Great Fire, Fetter Lane Meeting
was taken possession of by the Episcopal party, and is described as consisting
of "four rooms opened into one another, with 17 pews and divers benches." In
1695 Mr. Samuel Moul and Mr. Baxter preached a lecture here every Lord's
Day morning at ^ o'clock for servants. The Meeting was destroyed by
Sacheverel's mob in 1709. Mr. Thomas Tingey, formerly pastor at Newport
Pagnell, and afterwards of Northampton, came to Fetter Lane at the end of
1728, " and had a prospect of being useful, but he died in less than twelve


Tn 1683, ho would appear — if, indeed, he was the Lobb
referred to — to have endured persecution, for in the British
Museum is a curious broadside, printed in London and dated
1 683, entitled, " A True Account of the taking of Mr. Casteers at
Tenderton, in Kent, and Mr. Lobb in Essex. Two Nonconformist
ministers mentioned in His Majesties Declaration for conspiring
the Death of the King." The sheet goes on — "The Saints have
been a long time looking for a Change ; they have been preaching
Woe and Judgments to the People, and now it is come with a
Vengeance. Beware of Popery, says Lobb ; the Phylistines are
upon us, says Ferguson, and the Day of Judgment is at hand ;
and sure it must be a Terrible Day for the Saints when they call
for the Mountains and the Hills to cover them ; and for all their
Lmocence and Sanctitication none dare stand the Test of " Come
ye Blessed." Sure these Sanctified Pretenders for all their
Assurance of Election are but meet Saduces, and can believe no
Resurrection in the next world that are so forward for an Insur-
rection in this." The taking of Casteers is then described, and
the effusion concludes : " We are since assured that Mr. Lobb,
another Non-Con. Blunderbus, is taken by a Worthy and Loyal
Gentleman, Captain Henry Goreing, in Essex ; and that the Lord
Grey is secured at Rotterdam." There is also at the Museum a
curious tract, dated 1683, entitled: "A Dreadful Oration delivered
by that sorely afflicted Saint, Stephen Lobb. Held forth to the
Brethren, since his last Retirement (At a private meeting by night
to escape persecution). In his Antient Meeting House, near
Swallow Street, not far from that famous Whigg Square." The
text is : " Behold the Net has fallen upon us ; Yea, the Righteous
are l^aken in the very height of their Conspiracy." The words
put into tlie mouth of the preacher by the writer ami the tone
of the tract are characteristic of the period.

He survived the epithets showered upon him, however, and
was one of the ministers who presented the Address of Thanks
to King James II. for his Indulgence in 1687. He had free
access to that Monarch, and on account of his intimacy with
him, was, "though in many respects a valuable minister, &c.,"*
called the Jacobite Independent. He endeavoured, however, to

Tlioinpson'w MS. Account <>f Fetter Lane Church.


use what interest he had with the Kinjr for the advantag-e of
Nonconformity, and " for tliis lie was l)lamed by the High
Church writers ; but it seems Avith little reason, unless they
could tax him uj)on good evidence with having done anything
amiss. And there is less reason to blame him on this account,
for, if Mr. Lobb's testimony may be taken, the Churchmen
made base offers enough to King James when he first began
to favour the Dissenters (Pierce's Vindication, pp. 265-70). After
the removal of Mr. Morton to New England in 1685, in con-
sequence of the prosecutions that were out against him for keeping
a private Academy, Mr. Lobb, in conjunction with Mr. Francis
Glascock and Mr. William Wickins (those judicious and excellent
divines), read lectures privately to several of Mr. Morton's students
and others who were deprived of more stated helps for instruction
through the severity of the times. Mr. Lobb died 3rd June, 1699,
and his funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Thomas Goodwin."
He had a brother named Peter Lol)b, a " godly, faithful "
dissenting minister, who died in 171^. Mr. Lobb married a
daughter of Rev. Theophilus Polwheil, and by her had two sons,
Stephen and Theophilus, both dissenting ministers, and the latter
an eminent physician. He had a third son, Samuel, who con-
formed to the Church of England, and became Rector of Hunger-
./ forcV Farley, Wilts. There was also a daughter, who married
Rev. John Greene.

Works : Mr. Lobb wrote a letter to Dr. Bates on the Atonement.
Als(j an Appeal to the Rishop of Worcester. He took part, too, in
the controversy that followed the publication of Dr. Crisp's works,
and wrote some remarks on Dr. Williams' Gospel Truth stated
and vindicated.

Theophilus Lobb

Was, as already mentioised, a son of Stephen Lobb. He was born
27th August, 1678, and was educated for the ministry under Rev.
Thomas Goodwin (son of Dr. Goodwin) at Pinner, his biographer,
Rev. John Greene, being for some time his fellow pupil. Having
had, liowever, " an inclination to physic from his childhood, it
may be reasonably su])]ifise(l that he liad an eye to that whilst
})r()seculing his studies. In 1702, he went to Guildford as a
stated minister, where he continued about four vears. And

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meeting there with an eminent practitioner in physic, who was
friendly and communicative to him, it may well be thought that
he made a considerable advancement in his medicinal knowledge."
"About the time of his going to Guildford, he married Frances, a
daughter of Dr. Cook, a Physician in the West, and niece to the
famous Sir Walter Rawleigh.* By her he had one child which
died in its infancy. They lived together in great love and harmony
till the year 1722." From Guildford he went to Shaftesbury,
where he continued about six years, and while there practised as
a physician. From Shaftesbury he went to Yeovil about 1713.
He evidently continued to practise there in addition to ministering
to a congregation, for in his diary for 1718, he says, "God hath
wonderfully prospered me in the practice of physic, and hath
given and maintained to me a good name and reputation as a
Physician." He had had some unpleasantness with some of the
members of his congregation, but the same entry goes on to state
that " God had wonderfully continued peace in the congregation
over which he hath set me." In 1718, he also takes notice of the
deaths of his brother Stephen's wife, and of his uncle, Peter Lobb.
In 1720, his brother Stephen died at a friend's house at Shaftes-
bury, and he took his son into his family. In 1721, on February
4th, his cousin, Nathaniel Lobb, died intestate at Penzance, leav-
ing three children. As lie was their nearest relation, he determined
" to take the most proper measures as the guardian of their
persons and the manager of their fortunes ; and setting out for
Penzance on the 13th February, he got back to Yeovil with the
children on the 26th after a safe journey, though the frost was
extremely severe, and they had travelled over dreadful hills of
ice between Exeter and Plj'mouth." In 1722, he was "created
Doctor of Physic by a diploma from the University of Glasgow,"
and in the same year he left Yeovil, (" neither the air nor the
water " of which seemed to agree with his wife,) for Witham, and
took charge of a congregation there. The change was welcome, as
during 1722 "he had great trouble and fear with his Yeovil con-

* Diligent search ha» been made among the pedigrees of Sir Walter Raleigh
;ind the Cookes at the British Museum for a reference to the Dr. Cook in
(juestion, but unsuccessfully, and on the above statement of Mr. Greene, whu
was probably well-informed, must the remote relation of the Bulls to the
famous Navigator depend.


gregation, on account of their differences about singing, which he
had in vain endeavoured to compose, and which tended, not a
little, to render his ministry useless among them ; and the rather
because both parties — they who were for bringing in new tunes,
and they who were against it— laid the blame upon him." In
1722, he lost, his wife, and in the British Museum is a copy of her
funeral sermon, entitled :* " Sickness Comfortable, and a Dying
Bed easy," delivered at Chelmsford, by John Greene, on 28th
November, 1722. He put the children out to board, and being
"solitary in 1723, he prayed that he might be pitied, and that a
g(xlly, prudent, good humoured and affectionate wife might be
provided for him." He goes on : " Bend and guide my inclinations
and affections to this or that person, as will be most agreeable to
Thy will and my duty, most for Thy glory and my good. And
build me up again this year into a family." And in the review of
that year he observes God had graciously given him a wife of that
character, and had settled him with two servants in a pleasant
habitation ; not only with the necessaries, but with many of the
comforts of life. In 1732, he I'emoved to London, but the con-
gregation he ministered to broke up, and in April, 1734, he
resolved, after consultation with several worthy ministers, to give
up preaching. Thenceforth he practised as a physician, finding it
at times hard work to maintain his family. His second wife died
on 2nd February, 1760, while he died in his 85th year. His
Memoirs, from which the foregoing particulars are taken, were
published in 1767 by John Greene.

Works : Several Medical Treatises, Discourses, ifec.

Of the Rev. John Greene
No particulars have been obtained save the facts already recorded,
namely, that he ministered at Chelmsford, and published the
Memoirs of Dr. Lobb,t and the fvmeral sermon of Frances Lobb.

* The title page runs—" Sickness Comfortable, and a Dying Bed Easy. A
Sermon on the Funeral of Mrs. Frances Lobb, late Wife of the Reverend
Theophilus Lobb, M.D. Delivered at Chelmsford, November 28th, 1722. By
John Greene. Attended with a Poem on the Occasion. London, 1723 (6d.) "
The preface is dated at Much Baddow, December 21st, 1722, and the text was
2 Cor. V. 8.

+ " The Power of Faith and (iodliness exemplified in some Memoirs of
Tlieophilus Lobb, M.D., F.R.S. By John Greene. London, 1767.'


Nicholas King

Who married a daughter of John Greene, is believed to have lived
at Hemel Hempstead. Among the admissions, however, to the
Bunyaii Meeting, Bedford, occur the following : "1717, Mrs.
King, August •28th; 1734, Elizabeth King, August 29th; and
1749, Mary King, May 5th;" so that the Kings seem to have
become connected with Bedford, and it was, says a MS. note,
Mary King, " of Bedford," who married Thomas Palmer, " a
grocer " of that town, and of whom more presently.

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Concerning the Palmers of Newport Pagnell and Bedford.

fflENTlON occurs of the Palmers as early as the middle of
the seventeenth century in the Newport Pagnell Parish
Registers, if not earlier, and it is probable that they were old
inhabitants of the town.

On 14th August, 1654, Thomas Palmer and Martha B ,*

both of the parish of Newport Pagnell, having had their contract
of marriage published three market dales in the market place,
and three several Lord's dales in the Parish Chvirch, " was marled
by Mr. William Foskett, Justice of the Peace for the County of

William Palmer and Katherine Kite (who died 17th December,
1703), were also married by Mr. Foskett on 17th March, 1655,

John Palmer, a salesman, son of William and Katherine, was
born in 1656, in January, 1698, married Hannah Davis, a
widow, and was one of those to whom the Baptist Meeting was
conveyed in trust in January, 1716. He made his will •27tli
January, 1723, and died 5th February, 1724, his widow surviving
hmi many years, and dying on 22nd September, 1750, aged 77.
They had issue seven children, all born at Newport : —
Hannah, born 28th October, 1699 ; died in infancy.
John, born 28th December, 1700 ; married Alice Davis, of
Turvey ; was a draper at Olney in 17oG, and died on 3rd
January, 1762, leaving issue.

Hannah, born 16th August, 1703; married Palmer,

and died in February, 1745, leaving issue one daughter.

* The name is indistinct -may be "Borovves." "Thomas Palmer's child
put into ye grave July 8th, 1061," is the somewhat curious entry of the
burial of one of Thomas Palmer's children. A Thomas Palmer, possibly
father of Thomas and William, who were pr<ibably brothers, was buried
in 16.54.


Squier, born i;5th June, 1706; died 10th Angiist, 1773,
apparently S.P.

Thomas (see below).

Joseph, born 1712 ; an ironmonger at Olney ; died in 1769,
and left issue ; and

Benjamin, born 14th November, 1716 ; died 10th June,
1744 S.P.
Thomas Palmer came, as above-mentioned, fifth. He was b(jrn
on 13th December, 1709, and carried on a grocery business at
Bedford. He first appears in a list of members of the Bunyan
Meeting in 1741, but there is no entry of his admission, the
minutes for the preceding ten years seeming to have been loosely
kept. He took an active part in Church affairs, was a deacon,
and died 23rd November, 1778. He married Mary King, and had
issue four children : —

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