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The Notorious Jake Bullock, A Man From Another Time and Era

One of the most interesting and fascinating members of the post slavery Bullock Family was “The Notorious Jake Bullock”. Jake was Big John and Ellen’s second known son. Jake was my paternal great grandfather. Jake was what the old folks referred to with a great sense of honor, respect and reverence, “A Slavery Man”.

Jake was born about 1856 into American Slavery  The Other World” on a plantation in the Deep South somewhere near the Chitto Bouge, Mississippi or Pearl River in Marion County, Mississippi. Jake was a remarkable man during an extraordinary time in American History who marked his world with a legendary “notorious” wandering reputation with women.

Above, X, marks the Bouge Chitto and the Cirle marks the spot where the early settles like Joel, Hugh Bullock, Moses and Caroline Bullock-Youngblood first  settled in Marion County. It also marks the spot where Big John, Ellen and Jake were born into a world of human bondage. The river is the Bouge Chitto running into Marion County, Mississippi.

During his lifetime, Jake was known famously asPac-Man”, or “Pac Bullock”. So far, I found that Jake shared his life with at least five different women, fathering over fifteen children primarily established through family folklore, and identifying mostly the males that often carried his surname.

My grandfather, John Bullock’s (br. 1896) mother was Lydia Brister-Bullock (br. 1868). Lydia (Liddie) had been one of Jake’s many wandering interests. At the turn of the 19th Century, Lydia had married one of the infamous Bullock Boys from the slavery era on July 18, 1886, George Bullock, Sr. (br. 1854). According to family folklore, George had been Jake’s 1st cousin.

In 1865, the end of the Civil War and assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Jake was about 9 years old. The Civil War Era was one of the most dramatic periods in American History. For the entire citizenry of the United States, the war turned the world as they knew it, rightfully so, absolutely upside down with the abolition of the Institution of Slavery.

I can imagine that little Jake experienced quite a lot during this time, which may have had a significant impression and impact on his life. During the war, many of our ancestors had been forced sed into service to aid the Confederate war effort. Little Jake witnessed a great majority of the able-bodied white settlers, plantation owners and their in-laws join Confederate forces to save “The South” and slavery. Both the enslaved and enslavers left the plantations in groves for the warfront easing the tension of bondage and labor. Freedom was in the air.

Big John and Ellen may also have been forced to support the Confederacy or joined the Union war effort in the Great War. Family folklore recall that Big John’s sister in law, Delilah, wife of Stephen Bullock of Lawrence County, Mississippi, born 1832, worked at a Civil War camp somewhere in Lawrence County supporting and aiding Union troops.

Black women would have been extremely important assets to the Confederate or Union forces with their natural folk remedies, mothers’ wit, cooking, sewing and cleaning. The men would have been forced to cook & entertain the troops. They also performed extremely important work in the war effort on both sides on supply lines, building & repairing rails, roads, fortifications, and fording dams and rivers.

During this time, Jake and his siblings may have been left alone fending for themselves, which he may have had time to learn a past time trade. There is folklore that Jake may have been a fiddler, like his cousin, George Bullock. George, most likely then not, was the son of Stephen Bullock.

George was two years older than Jake, and they may have learned to play the fiddle together. It was not unusual for this time for embattled plantation owners to move their people held in bondage, en masse, under guard away to other counties and states from advancing Yankees to thwart them from running to freedom under the Union flag.  Jake and George may have been forced  onto a large common slave camp during the war.

At the time of war, Hubert Bullock’s entire family appeared to be involved in human bondage in Mississippi. Hugh and his in-law, Hosea Davis, had their plantations in Marion County, his brothers Thomas and Lemuel were plantation owners in Pike County, Simeon in Lincoln County, and Quinney in Covington County. Hugh’s father and brother, Joel and William, had plantations in Lawrence County where Stephen and George was found immediately after the abolition of slavery.

In 1823, Hugh’s grandfather, Charles Bullock of Roberson County, North Carolina left Hugh’s brother, Lemuel, by will a negro named “Moses”. It is possible that this is the same “Moses” as “Moses (Bullock) Youngblood“, and that he may have been Stephen’s father by a mixed race, or native American woman.

It is extremely possible for bondage siblings and relatives to be raised and sired on different plantations in Mississippi of  the greater white Bullock Family. Big John, the elder, and Stephen shared the same father or mother. In 1880, Stephen was recorded as a “mulatto”, so it may be more probable that they may have shared the same father.

Our family folklore as recalled by the late Mrs. Onetha Bullock-Hutchinson, John’s Daughter, is that grandmother Liddie’s husband was a fiddler that died in an incident in New Orleans by jumping or thrown from a second story window. I have been unable to find any records of George’s death in New Orleans.

During the time of George’s death, New Orleans was a racially tense city for freedmen after the abolition of slavery. In July 1900, the infamous Robert Charles Race Riots broke out in New Orleans where at least 28 people were slaughtered by white mobs. Robert Charles had been a native son of Pike County, Mississippi. When white police officers tried to unfairly arrest and brutalize him, Charles fought back. He killed seven police officers, and shot 27 people.

According to 1900 U.S. Census, Liddie Bullock was found living in Pike County as a widow. There was Levi (br. 2/1885), Angie (br. 2/1889), Hattie (br. 3/1891) George, Jr. had been born in Pike County in February 1893. It is reasonable to assume that George Sr., the Fiddler, son of Stephen Bullock, died between 1893 and 1895. In 1895, Notorious Jake was in the house. My grandfather John was born by the way of Jake that same year.  In February 1898, Jake also fathered an extraordinary daughter, Josie, with Liddie.   

Above, Josie Bullock, another rare reflection into the past in the image of Lydia Brister-Bullock and Jake Bullock, a man of a long lost era and the missing pages of our family legacy and history..

In 1880, Jake, then age 21, and his brother, Joseph, age 23, had set out on their own in Pike County, Beat 3. Jake married a young “mulatto” woman referred to as “L” in about 1876 who was four (4) years his senior. She may have been related to the Libbey Family. In their immediate area, Jake and Joseph was surrounded by members of the Libbey family.

Jake was living next door to a lady with the Libbey surname. She had two teen-aged children carrying the Bullock surname, which suggests that she may have been a former spouse of one of their relatives.  Jake had three children, son J, (James or Jim) born about February 25, 1875, age 4, daughter R (Rebecca) age 3, born 1876 and daughter F (Fannie), five months old, born 1880. Joseph was a few doors down living with his family, wife M (Mary) born 1860, son C (Charles), born 1875, son J (John or James), daughter N (Nellie), born 1879. After 1880, Joseph and his family is lost.

In 1900, Jake was married to a young lady named Lucinda. According to Jake, age 45, on June 2nd in the 1900 U.S. Census, he had married Lucinda, age 35 (br. 1864) in 1887. In Pike County, Beat 5, Jake was living with two grandchildren, Lucious Stobal (br. 1894) and Florence Crooks (br. 1899). Lucinda listed her occupation as a wash woman, while Jake listed his line of work as a “Gardener.”  A “gardener” in rural south instead of a sharecropper farmer hand, Jake was indeed extraordinarily vain,

Sometime after June 1900, a great future family history confusion developed surrounding my great-grandmother Liddie. She married another one of the Bullock Boys, Jim (James Bullock). It wasn’t James, the younger, Jake’s younger brother (br. 1866). This James married a Teala Fisher on January 3, 1884. It was stable marriage. This Bullock Boy happened to be Jake’s son, James (br. 1875), from his prior marriage of 1876 to “L”.

Liddie’s husband, Jim Bullock, wasn’t at all like his father. From family folklore, Jim was a rock and pillar. He was extremely strong, stable, reliable and a hard working man that sincerely cared for Liddie and the kids that included my beloved grandfather, John Bullock. From the Liddie-Jim Bullock union, there was Corine (br. 1901), Beulah (br. 1902) and Julius Monroe (br. 1907).

Mrs. Onetha Bullock-Hutchinson (br. July 13, 1923) remembered last seeing Grandmother Liddie as a little girl just before leaving Mississippi for Louisiana in the 1930s. Onetha last remembered Grandmother Liddie as an extremely large woman sitting on the porch of an old shotgun shack enjoying smoking a corn cob pipe. Reportedly, Jim often said that Liddie made the best biscuits in Mississippi.  

According to the 1920 U.S. Census, the Remarkable Jake Bullock was last heard of in Pike County, Beat 3, at the age of 63 with wife, Manda (br. 1867) living with an adopted son, Robert Allen, age 7. I couldn’t locate any record of his death.

My grandfather was rather puzzled by Pac Bullock” most likely to the day of death. Mrs. Onetha Bullock-Hutchinson, often asked about him about his father, but John had always been reluctant to acknowledge, discuss, or share anything about Jake. However, John did name his third son, J.T. Bullock, after his father that we called famously, the Late Great Jake Bullock”.

Jake’s other estanged son, Sam Bullock, also must have rather been preplexed with Jake. Apparently, Jake also had little or anything to do with his upbringing.  Sam adopted Quinn as his surame after his mother, Zedda Quinn.

Nevertheless Jake’s most dubious reputation, history has proven him to have been exceedingly bold, strong, resilient, and an extraordinary man from one of the most troubled, violent and extraordinary periods of this country’s history. Jake was also very, very vain, but GOD ALMIGHTY, I wish I knew more about these most remarkable and extraordinary “Mules of Men and Women” of my family legacy.

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