Name: Bullock, Burkley
Occupation: Farmer, Real Estate Investor, Restauranteur, Owner of a Wood, Coal and Ice Business
Birth: 1833, Louisa Court House, VA
Death: 23 Jan 1908
Spouse(s): Mary A. Bullock, Harriet Fleming Stewart Bullock
Parents: Abram and Cynthia Bullock
Children: James Bullock, Susan B. Manning, Ella B. Whiting Fleming, Fannie B. Sammons, Louisa B. Warfield, Alice Price B. Bowles Barbour, Alexander Bullock, Berkley Bullock, Albert Bullock, Isabella Bullock, Mary B. Henderson, Charles H. Bullock, Jennie S. Bullock
Affiliations: Founding Member of Old Ivy Creek Baptist Church (now Union Ridge Baptist Church); Member and Deacon, Ebenezer Baptist Church; Member, Odd Fellows
Notes: Charter Member, Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company
THE DAILY PROGRESS
Monday January 27, 1908
Photograph of Burkley Bullock on his farm.
When Col. Jones became “embarrassed by financial troubles” in the mid-1850s, he sold “thirty six valuable slaves” to cover his debts. Bankruptcy sale records indicate that Bullock and his mother were sold to different buyers, “Cynthia” to “Wm. Brand” for $5, and “Berkley” to “S. Maupin” for $1,205. Burkley’s likely buyer, UVA professor Socrates Maupin, lived in Pavilion VIII on the Lawn.
“Burkley Bullock in History’s Distorting Mirror”
by Scot French for UVA TODAY
September 4, 2019
Dr. Scot French shared his extensive research on the life and times of Burkley Bullock at the Ivy Creek Natural Area on September 15, 2019. His illuminating talk, “The View from Union Ridge: A Mid-Life Perspective on Burkley Bullock’s Journey from Slavery to Freedom in Charlottesville and Albemarle County” is available on YouTube. The event was co-sponsored by The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery and Ivy Creek Foundation.
Charlottesville resident Horace E. Tonsler (1857-1938, DOZ) was one of several hundred Virginia ex-slaves interviewed in the mid-1930s as part of Federal Writers’ Project. Tonsler shared the remarkable story of another ex-slave and would-be runaway, Burkley Bullock (1830-1908, DOZ), who pointed out “the very road he used when he fust ‘scaped.”
— Dr. Scot French, March 10, 2016
It is here that Burkley Bullock, known for his chicken legs, soda biscuits and apple pies, operated a restaurant that catered to UVa students and train passengers in the late 1800s. Additional historical photographs of Charlottesville’s Union Station can be viewed at what is now known as the AMTRAK station.
from TURNER’S ANNUAL DIRECTORY
for the City of Charlottesville, Va.
(Yonkers, New York)
E. F. Turner, 1889
Burkley Bullock was profiled in the UVa student yearbook, Corks & Curls.
CORKS & CURLS 1889 -1890, pages 132-133
Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia Library