Friday, December 16, 2011
The Bullens Family of Massachusetts.
This is part of the Bullens family, late of Boston & Newton, Massachusetts., and sometimes of Buffalo & Rochester, New York.
We've listed 9 old photographs (CDVs, Cabinets & other Antique photos) of various members of this family. I have 3 pictures of Mary Bullens, spanning at least 20 years. There are pictures of Mary Bullens as a child, as a young woman dated1881, and another dated 1891. We also listed a picture of Charlotte Bullens as a young woman (undated), a cabinet photo of Kingsley Bullens as a baby, and one of a very debonair Albert Bullens, undated, but we know is 1896 or later because of the photographer information.
We also listed a photo of the Bullens family lot at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. - it has steps leading up to it with the "Bullens" family name.
Oh the whole, this seems to be a family of some means, probably not in league with the Vanderbilts, but significantly better off than most.
The picture above has some handwritten information on back: O. L. Bullens, Rochester, NY, Oct 26, '83. So if the date is correct, this photo is 128 years old. I believe, but no way can I prove, that the younger woman sitting in front is Mary Bullens, and I think the woman in the very back is Charlotte Bullens. I cannot be sure about that. I have no idea which one is "O.L. Bullens", and I don't see anyone I can identify as Albert.
128 years ago a group of family members gathered out on some rear steps of a house and had their picture taken. Mary (or whoever) moved, her face is slightly blurred. Judging by the everyone is wearing, it was quite a formal society. I believe Charlotte was buried in the family area at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in 1933, meaning she lived about 50 years after this picture was taken.
Anyway, we've listed 9 pretty nice photos of this family in our store, all ID'd & most dated.
Dec 17th: After staring at the back of the picture for awhile, I've realized that "O.L. Bullens" may really be "C. L. Bullens", which would indicate Charlotte. Handwriting can be tricky sometimes.