Nancy W. Bizzell


The following is quotation from the book titled 'JOHN GULLEY GENEALOGY A PLANTER IN ALABAMA
ANND ARKANSAS AND HIS DESCENDANTS' authored by Paul John.
Nancy Bizzell, wife of John Gulley, was born 14 July 1791 in Duplin County NC, the daughter of James Bizzell
and Mary Bowden. Her father's plantation was a short distance downstream from William Gulley's Plantation,
and John and Nancy possibly had know each other all their lives when they married 13 Feb. 1809, at ages 21 and
17 1/2. Nancy Gulley is in her father's will dated 22 May 1822:
... I also give to my son James my negro man named Martin on the condition that he pay to my daughter
Nancy Gully three hundred dollars on or before the 20th day of May in the year 1826 ...
Nancy was by then living in Alabama.
Nancy Bizzell's lineage goes back to her great great grandfather, Thomas Bizzell, who was born in England about
1665. He came to Virginia in 1691 and four generations of the family lived in Nansemond County VA, including
Nancy's father James Bizzell. James was an infant when he moved with his parents to North Carolina, settling
first in Edgecombe County, NC but later moving to Duplin County, which is where James Bizzell and Mary
Bowden were Married, 2 Jan. 1781. They continued in Duplin until their deaths. One of the supporting
documents for the Bizzell Family is the excellent book The Bizzell Family by Oscar M. Bizzell. In addition to
genealogical data for hundreds of Bizzells it contains much interesting history, such as: "Seventeenth Century
Atlantic Voyages," "Living Conditions in Colonial America," " Revolutionary War Records, " etc.
John Gulley and Nancy Bizzell were the parents of 14 children -- ten sons and four daughters. All ten sons lived
to maturity, and seven left descendants. One daughter also married and had issue. As might be expected with
such a large family, descendants of John Gulley and Nancy Bizzell were very numerous, and many of them
continued to reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.