by Rev. Robah Bumpas
I traced the Bumpas name back to the land of its origin in Southern
France, in Provence, the land of sunny vineyards, of music and song, of poetry and romance; the home of the troubadours.
Aix as its capital: sleepy old Aix, as it appeared on a warm mid-summer's day, with its uncommonly lovely fountain, set in
a large grove of old trees in the very heart of the city; its fine old cathedral, holding the pure, white marble statutes
of its heroes of by-gone days, looking so virile and lifelike.
Living years before the time of Martin Luther and John Huss, there
were many believers in France, who did not accept the teaching of the Roman church and drew up articles of faith far more
drastic and stringent than those subsequently formulated by the sixteenth century reformers. There were two political
parties in France, the Protestant and the Catholic. Sometimes one party was in the ascendant and sometimes the other.
In those early wars our ancestors adhered to the Protestant cause, and fought on that side. Frequently were they subjected
to severe persecution, and when the Catholic party came into power, the more pronounced Protestants were forced by fire and
sword to seek refuge in the Netherlands, whence they came to Wales, England and America.
Tradition says that in January, 1240, in the wars of Raymond VII,
Count of Toulouse, a youth was handed a very important dispatch to convey from one commander to another. To deliver
this, it became necessary that he pass thru the enemies' line. It was a difficult and delicate errand, demanding not
courage alone, but astuteness and tact. When, at length, he dashed into camp and laid the dispatch at the feet of his
commander, the General clapped his hands and shouted " Bon pas ! " " Bon Pas ! "
(a brave pass). His comrades caught up the expression, and shouted back " Bon pas ! " " Bon pas ! ". So
on that day he received a new name, a title of honor, conferred for valiant services rendered. The name clung to him
until he came to be known as Bon Pas, and was father of the race Bon Pas. In French
the name is sometimes spelled as pronounced, Bon Par. The name was Anglicized, the two words composing it run into one,
and it became Bonpas, Bompas, Bumpas, Bumpus. In New England records of Edward and his family,
I find it written Bonpas, Bompas, Bompasse, Bompus, Bumpasse, Bumpus.
The name still occurs in its original orthography in its native land.
Some eight miles from Avignon, on the road to Aix, is a bridge spanning the river Durance, known as the Point de Bon Pas,
and near by a silk factory of the same name. This was formerly a religious house built by the hermit, Silbert, In 1076,
In 1320 it became the home of the Knights Hospitaliers. Here also is the magnificent church erected by Simon Langham,
Archbishop of Canterbury.
There is a reference to this bridge in the " Historic Des Contes
De Toulouse " by M. De Saint-You, Vol. IV, page 344; (translation) " They stormed the Pont de Bonpas, and left a corps of
troops sufficient to hold it and secure the passage of the river. " This was January, 1240, wars of Raymond VII, Count
ROBAH P. BUMPAS
Edward Bumpas and some of his Descendants
From Book " The Story of the Bumpas Family "
Compiled by Mootie Clemmons Cherry
Could be written by or from research of Rev. Robah P. Bumpas
In the History of Duxbury, Winsor puts down Edward
Bumpas as one of
27 heads of families who arrived at Plymouth on the " Good ship Fortune
10 Nov. 1621, and became proprietors. At the division of land in 1623, and of cattle
in 1627, he was unmarried. He sold land in Plymouth in 1628, and removed to Duxbury, bought land at Eagle's nest creek,
upon which he built a house and " palisado. " The palisado is described as a fortified cottage, having " One large room,
a bedchamber and kitchen, on the lower floor, with two large and two small chambers above, and sometimes an attic above all."
He sold this in 1634. In 1640 he was of Marshfield and in 1684 was living in that he moved to Duxbury. The record
is: " Hannah, a widow of old Edward Bumpas, died 12th of Feb. 1693," and
that Edward died nine days earlier.
Edward Bumpas, an alleged French Huguenot
of about sixteen years of age (*inserted note: It is now believed he was born in England of prob. of French descent.) - sailed
from London in " The Good Ship Fortune " first after the Mayflower, July 1st, and arrived in Plymouth,
Nov. 10, 1621. There is a possibility that Hannah, who became the wife of Edward,
was the daughter of Anthony Annable who arrived in Plymouth on the " Annie " in 1623 ( * inserted note: This has since been
disproven, Hannah's last name is not known. Anthony Anable's daughter married Thomas Borman Mar 3, 1645. See the
Annable Family in Americam 1623-1967 also Pioneers of Massachusetts by pope. We have only the name Hannah
for Edward Bumpas' wife. ) Edward Bumpas born in England about 1605,
died in Marshfield, Mass., Feb 3rd, 1693. Having lived in New England 72 years, Hannah his wife died 12 days later.
In 1627 Edward bought land in, and moved to Duxbury. He built a house and palisado at Eagles Nest Creek, near Miles
Standish and Elder Brewster. Later he purchased land in the Northern part of the town near Philip Delano and John Alden.
In 1640 his land became a part of the newly founded Town of Marshfield where he was a Freeman in 1643. In that year
it is indicated he was one of the twelve who contributed toward the maintenance of a public school, the first in the New England
Colonies. Edward and Hannah reared a large family. Their first two children, Faith and Sarah, both in 1631, are thought to be twins.
The Mayflower came to our shores shortly before Christmas-, 1620.
Just before Thanksgiving, the following year came " The Good Ship Fortune, " bringing Edward Bumpas. He settled amongst the Mayflower people, and his decendants and theirs intermarried,
and soon the name appears in the list of Mayflower descendants. Within the century we find his grandchildren and great-grandchildren
domiciled in North Carolina and Virginia. Their children moved out to the West and South, until today thay are scattered
over the face of the earth.
And who were the decendants of Edward Bumpas
They were the pioneers; they went before and opened the way. They hewed down the primeval
forests, built the rude palisado, and tilled the soil. They were familiar with the plow, the hammer, the saw, the anvil
and the footlights, nor seeking the plaudits of men.
They entered the school room and taught the young. In college
they occupied the professor's chair, and sat in the president's seat. They edited journals, contributed to magazines,
published books. They were cival engineers, erecting factories, going into trade and commerce, developing the material
resources of the country, adding to its wealth, and becoming caltains of industry.
They entered the church; they preached benaeth the spreading oak and in the crowded
street, filled the rural chapel and occupied the city pulpit; visited regions no white man's foot had ever trod to plant the
banner of the cross, and today are in far-away lands pointing the natives to Jesus.
They learned the healing art and became skilled surgeons and physicians.
They entered the courts, plead at the bar, and sat upon the bench. They entered legislative halls, and assisted in framing
They were truepatriots. Scan the muster rolls of the Republic, and you
will discover when our country called for men, they were found at the front. They fell by the arrow of the red man,
and felt the keen edge of his tommyhawk and scalping knife. Scores of them were found in the Revolutionary army.
They followed the flag to Mexico and Cuba. They fell upon the battlefields of Virginia. Some of them tramped after
McClelland and Grant, and some followed Jackson and Lee, as their forefathers had followed Washington and Lee. Side
by side they rest, life's last conflict ended. They sleep beneath the lilies and poppies in France and Flanders.
In France there were many Christians who did not accept the teachings
of the Roman Church, and declined to be absorbed by it. Living years before John Huss and Martin Luther, they drew up
articles of faith far more drastic and strigent than those subsequently formulated by the sixteenth century reformers.
Judge Savery says: " The name ( Bumpas ) is well and favorably known in the legal annals of the past
and present generation in England. " Documents reveal the fact that among the descendants of Edward,
the name soon appeared in an abbreviated form as Bump, losing something of its euphony.
There are certain physical characteristics found in this family.
They are a long-lived race. The Pilgrim was past ninety and numerous descendants of his, not content with the allotted
three score and ten, persist in living on to eighty, ninety, nearly approaching the century line. They produce super-men,
attaining six feet in height, six two, four, six, and above. They are heavyweights, tipping the scales at two hundred,
three hundred, three twenty and beyond. While large, they have been alert, active, possessing powers of strength and
endurance. Many of the women have been noted for physical perfection and beauty.
Ther are strongly marked resemblance's in personal appearance.
This is particularly noticeable in groups which have been long and widely seperated. The many pictures I have seen of
the late venerable Bishop Bumpas present a man who would look decidely at home, placed in a group of our Southern tribe.
the portraits of some members of the Virginia and North Carolina clans of a century ago are so much alike that they might
almost be interchanged.
Their minds are cast in a similar mold. They are persistant,
I would not say stubborn, yet not to be lightly deflected from the course they have elected.
1. Edward Bumpas ( Edourd Bonpasse
) Pilgrim, was a French Huguenot. Left France and went to England from whence he came to America. He landed at
Plymouth, Mass., Nov 10th, 1621, from " the Good Ship Fortune " first after the " Mayflower ". He died Feb. 3rd,
1693. Married Hannah, who died Feb. 12th, 1693, nine days later than Edward.
(contrary to the statement above, it is now believed that he was born in England)
1. Faith, born 1631 and
2. Sarah, born 1631, thought to be twins.
Sarah married " ye last of March " 1659, to Thomas Durham
3. Elizabeth, born 9 Mar., 1633, married 5 June 1654, to Joseph Rose, Mayflower descendant.
4. John, born June, 1636
5. Edward, born 15 April, 1638
6. Joseph, born 15 Feb., 1639
7. Isaac, born last of March, 1642
8. Jacob, norn 25 March 1644
9. Philip, " who was alive in 1677 ", married Sarah Eton, daughter of
Sam'l and Martha Eaton, Mayflower descendant.
10. Thomas, born 1660. Probably another son of edward; On 26 March,
1675-6, English and Allies met an overwhelming force near
Pawtucket, and were nearly all slain.
Among the slain was Samuel Bump.