hello aileen - nice to be in touch again !
no, i still dont know how james bullock fits in ! i am even wondering if he was not a "broseley bullock" at all, but maybe came there to be born and to be brought up by the southorn family, who may have been related to his father, thomas bagley, by marriage. even this is still only a theory. i have found nothing positive about the identity of thomas bagley either, except that he must have been of a similar age to the mary bagley who married into the southorns. i am not even certain where james bullock is buried. he died in broseley on 30 may 1875 and his american descendents, who visited my great aunts in shrewsbury during the war, said they were taken by car to see the grave of james and his wife emma at all saints' wolverhampton. i suspect this was all saints' broseley, as all saints' wolverhampton wasn't consecrated by the time james and emma were buried. my mother's family all used to say the "the bullocks were from wolverhampton," and wealthy people involved in haulage. also that james was considered to have married beneath him and may have lost an inheritance on that account, saying that his wife emma speake "was worth it all"
so, that still remains a mystery - the only other "fact" - that james was related to william and elizabeth hunt of bilston, who went to america - has still not yielded a connection either.
maybe someone else who reads this will have some ideas ! meanwhile, aileen, i hope the vault will reveal something of help to you !