- William K. B. Stoever
Bulkeley, Peter (31 January 1583–09 March 1659), Puritan clergyman, was born in Odell, Bedfordshire, England, the son of Edward Bulkeley, the rector of Odell, and Olyff Irby, of Lincolnshire. At about age sixteen he entered the Puritan-inclined St. John’s College, Cambridge, becoming fellow in 1605 and receiving his M.A. in 1608. In the same year he was ordained at Ely and in 1610 became university preacher. On the death of his father in 1620 he succeeded to the rectory of Odell and to his father’s sizable estate. A Nonconformist like his father, he was overlooked by John Williams, the bishop of Lincoln, until after the accession of Archbishop Laud (1633). His first wife, Jane Allen (marriage date unknown), of Goldington, Bedfordshire, with whom he had eleven children, died in 1626. In 1634 he married Grace Chetwode, of Odell, who had four children. Complained against in 1635 for his nonconformity, he was silenced by Laud’s vicar-general, Nathaniel Brent....