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Stephen Beaton PulLman

House Painter of Belmont


Stephen Beaton Pullman (also Pulman) was born in 1781, probably in Martock. On 1 November 1802, he married Martha née Beaton (1788-1832). Their children were Elizabeth (1788-1832), George (1806-1807), Elizabeth Helps (b1806), Thomas Helps (1812-1865), Mary Anne (b1816) and Anna Carolina (1820-1880).

It appears (I couldn't find the record) that Martha died, and on 7 May 1832, at Yeovil, Stephen "of Martock" married Dorcas Clarke (1796-1867) of Yeovil.

The 1841 census recorded Stephen and Dorcas living in Belmont. Stephen gave his occupation as a house painter.

Stephen Pullman died, aged 67, in late 1848 and was buried at Martock on 7 December 1848. Dorcas died 15 September 1867 at Sherborne.




The record of the 7 May 1832 marriage of Stephen and Dorcas from St John's parish register.


The record of Stephen's burial from the Martock parish register.


1847 will of Stephen Beaton Pullman


This is the last Will and Testament of me Stephen Beaton Pullman of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Painter I direct that all my just debts testamentary and funeral expences be paid as soon as possible after my decease I give to my Son Thomas Helps Pullman my Clock and all my wearing apparel I give to my Wife Dorcas Pullman my watch guard chain and six silver Tea spoons also any money she may have saved and deposited in any Savings Bank previous to my marriage with her and which may be now standing in her maiden name together with the interest thereon I give to my wife and son all my household goods and furniture and stock in trade to be equally divided between them my Wife to have the first choice of what she would wish to keep I give unto my two Daughters Mary Anne and Anna Carolina the sum of Ten pounds each should they be living or the twenty to the survivor should either be dead provided the same be claimed within two years from the time of my decease the £20 to remain in the Yeovil Savings Bank till the 2 years is expired and then to revert to my Executors the remainder of my money now standing in the name of Stephen Pullman (only) In the Yeovil Savings Bank I give to my Wife and Son to be equally divided between them And I hereby appoint my Wife and Son Executrix and Executor to this my Will. Signed and Declared by the said Stephen Beaton Pullman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have at his request witnessed the same this third day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.

Stephen Beaton Pullman

George Mayo Gent     Richard James Baptist Minister


In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
In the Goods of Mr Stephen Beaton Pullman deceased

Appeared Personally George Mayo of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Gentleman and made oath that he is one of the subscribed witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Stephen Beaton Pullman late of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Painter deceased the same being now hereunto annexed bearing date the third day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty seven and he further made oath that on the third day of July aforesaid the said Testator duly executed his said Will by signing his name at the foot or end thereto (after the clause of attestation thereto) in the presence of this deponent and of Richard James the other subscribed witness thereto both of whom were present at the same time and this deponent and the said Richard James thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said Testator and of each other and referring to the name ‘Beaton’ interlined between the twenty fifth and twenty sixth lines of the said Will he deposes and says the same was so done prior to the execution thereof

George Mayo

On the twentieth day of January 1849 the said George Mayo was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit by virtue of the annexed Commission

Before me Thomas [Dare?] Commissioner


Proved at London the 30th January 1849 before the Judge by the oath of Dorcas Pullman Widow the Relict and Thomas Helps Pullman the only Son of the said deceased and as such the Executors to whom Adm[inistrati]on was granted having been first sworn by Com[missi]on duly to administer

Transcribed by Bob Osborn