Benjamin Pullen and Mary Ann Bishop - my great great grandparents



Benjamin Pullen (or Pulling as he was often recorded) was born in about 1829 in Much Cowarne, Herefordshire. He was baptised on 7th July 1829 at Much Cowarne. His parents were Thomas Pullen, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah née Bannister. Benjamin was an agricultural labourer all his life.

Mary Ann Bishop was baptised on 2nd April 1837 at Bishop’s Frome, Herefordshire. She was the daughter of William Bishop, an agricultural labourer , who like Benjamin and Mary Ann, moved to Worcestershire, and Jane Tomkins. However Mary Ann lived with her grandparents Thomas Tomkins and Mary, in at least in 1841 and 1851 at Grendon Bishop in Herefordshire. This may explain why she met and married Benjamin in Herefordshire, even though her parents were already in Worcestershire by 1841.

Benjamin was clearly brought up in an extremely poor family. He was convicted with his brother Thomas in 1843 of housebreaking in Canon Frome and stealing a quantity of bread, cheese and bacon, but unlike his brother he did not reoffend. See Thomas Pullen page.

Benjamin and Mary Ann married on 12th October 1856 at St Mary the Virgin, Bishop’s Frome. They initially lived at Froom’s Hill in Herefordshire, but between 1857 and 1860 moved to Broadheath in Worcestershire. In so doing they were moving to the area where Mary Ann’s parents were already living. Mary Ann’s death was never found, she has not been found after 1881. Benjamin died on 27th November 1909 at Worcester Union Workhouse, from Senile decay and chronic gastritis and was buried at St Clement's on 3rd December 1909. He was aged 81 at his death. See here for some history of the Workhouse. recorded at death as a farm labourer, living at Corner Gardens.

Benjamin and Mary Ann’s children were as follows: - (Note that none of these has a birth registration, perhaps their births never were registered.

William Henry Pullen, my great grandfather, was born on 18th April 1857 at Froom’s Hill, Herefordshire, and baptised on 14th July 1857 at Bishop's Frome. He became a gardener, and married Lucy Ann Holmes on 13th May 1883 at St Clement’s, Worcester. They had four children, three surviving, see here. Lucy Ann died in 1906, and William later remarried Ada Keefe née Stone. William died on 24th Jun 1943 at Farnham County Hospital, Surrey.

Thomas Pullen was born about 1860 in St John’s Worcester, he was a gardener in 1881, and not seen again.

Mary Ann Pullen was born in about 1863 in St John’s Worcester. She married Frederick Henry A Brotheridge, a railway guard,  in Jun quarter 1883 in Worcester. They had 7 children, and Mary Ann died in December quarter 1903 in Aston, and Frederick died there the following year.


It seems very likely that Benjamin Pullen was averse to the registration of births and deaths!


A filiation order was granted against Benjamin Pullen in a case brought by Eliza Evans of Pencombe, and two children were affiliated, and an order was made on Benjamin to pay.

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