Sarah De Bulan1

#21707, (circa 1798 - 20 July 1862)
Parents of Wilfred Baldwin Fetterman from his death certificate. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915, Film 4009125, 491/561


Washington Wilfrid Fetterman Jr. b. 1802, d. 1838
Children 1.Gilbert Lafayette Bulan Fetterman+11 (c 1825 - 1883)
 2.George W Fetterman11 (c 1829 - 1867)
 3.Gertrude S Fetterman+11 (c 1832 - )
 4.Wilfred Baldwin Fetterman+12 (1832 - 1910)
 5.Frances C Fetterman11 (c 1836 - )
Biographical Sketch states that Washington Wilfred Fetterman and Sarah de Bulan "had two daughters (both of whom died young) and three sons: Wilfred B., Gilbert Lafayette Bulan, and Colonel (sic) Fetterman." Both daus. were living in 1850, ages 18 and 14.2 
Several of the sources cited here name Sarah as the grand daughter of Baron de Beelen (or Bulan), later Frederic Beelen, without further citation. Primary sources have the Baron's son Anthony in Pittsburgh, so she would be his daughter. The most detailed record of Anthony's family does not name her, though it does say there were "several children" of his first marriage, but "two of them married" [Mary and Elizabeth Antoinette]. The circumstantial evidence for Sarah being in the Beelen family are (1) her first son was named Gilbert Lafayette Bulan (see note for him); (2) in the 1850 census, she is recorded as having real estate valued at $250,000, an amazing sum for her time, and likely inherited; (3) there a mention of Sarah Beelen in The Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, 21 Nov 1823, p. 2, for an exhibition of Domestic Manufactures. "Carpeting, 1 piece," by Sarah Beelen of Pittsburgh. On the other hand, there is a record that Anthony had a dau. named Sarah, who d. 1824 (Butler Co. PA Public Library index, Butler Sentinel, 24 Jul 1824, p. 3, obituaries, Miss Sarah Beelen, dau. of Anthony Beelen), but this item has not been seen.3 
Sarah De Bulan was also known as de Bulin.4 
Her married name was Fetterman.1 
Birth*circa 1798She was born circa 1798.5 
Marriage*say 1822She married Washington Wilfrid Fetterman Jr., son of Washington Wilfred Fetterman and Hannah Plumer, say 1822.2 
1 July 1837In Washington Wilfrid Fetterman Jr.'s will dated 1 July 1837, Sarah De Bulan was named as executrix, and heir to all real and personal property; (codicil added 27 Jun 1838.)6 
1840She appeared on the census of 1840 at West Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG; (poss., though family members unidentified.)7 
19 August 1850She appeared on the census of 19 August 1850 at 1st Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.8 
2 June 1860She appeared on the census of 2 June 1860 at 4th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.9 
1861She and Gilbert Lafayette Bulan Fetterman lived in 1861 at 81 Penn, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.10 
Death*20 July 1862She died on 20 July 1862 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PennsylvaniaG.5 


  1. [S1582] Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915, online, Film 4009125, img. 491/561. No. 8940. Wilfred Baldwin Fetterman, b. Pittsburgh PA 28 Feb 1832, son of Wilfred Washington Fetterman and Sarah De Bezlin, both b. Pittsburgh; wid., lawyer; d. 7047 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia PA, 30 Mar 1910, age 78y 30d, chronic interstitial nephritis; inf. W B Fetterman, M.D., same res.; bur. St. Johns Church, 2 Apr 1910.
  2. [S1935] Papers of the Fetterman Family, MSS#151, biographical sketch, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  3. [S520] VWH.
  4. [S1935] Papers of the Fetterman Family, biographical sketch. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections at the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center.
  5. [S1812] The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.
  6. [S1666] Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, index and images, online, Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Register of Wills, Will Books Vol. 5, pp. 79-80, imgs. 330-331/579. Last will of Washington Wilfred Fetterman of Pittsburgh, 1 Jul 1837. Names wife Sarah as executrix and heir to all real and personal property; names Sarah as Guardian of children Gilbert, George, Gertrude, Wilfred [sic] and Francis [sic]; bequeaths to "my trusty and tryed friend" William Sheehy five shares of stock in the "hope that he will assist my executrix;" devises to his [unnamed] mother $1000 "as a testimony of respect for one whom I dearly love." Codicil 27 Jun 1838, to William Sheehy $500 in lieu of stock, and $500 to Belinda Pennington. Witnesses H MacShane and George W Holdship. Recorded 5 Feb 1839. Copies of the will also recorded in Taylor and Harrison Counties, VA (now WV), and Madison Co., OH; citations available on request. Note: W.P.A. typed abstract omits child Wilfred.
  7. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. Sarah Fetterman (30-39); 2 F (20-29), f (15-19), f (10-14), f (5-9); m (5-9).
  8. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Sarah B (48), b. PA, real estate value $200,000.
  9. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. S B Fetternan (64), b. PA, real estate value $180,000, personal estate $30,000. Also Mary Moran (age 45, cook) and Mary Loughrey (age 19, housemaid), both b. Ireland.
  10. [S1940] Thurston's Directory of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Cities (n.p.: Geo. H. Thurston, Year 1861, p. 93, img. 57/221. G L B Fetterman, of N. P. & G. L. B. Fetterman; Sarah B Fetterman, wid. of Washington W,81 Penn. Offices of the Fetterman brothers, 137 Fourth.
  11. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  12. [S1570] Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963/1964/1966/1968: Year 1910, 33541-37320, img. 1631/5157. File No. 34354, Reg. No. [handwritten] 8940. Wilfred B Fetterman, b. 28 Feb 1832, son of Wilfred W and of Sarah De Bulin, both b. PA; lawyer, wid., res. 7047 Germtn [sic] Ave.; d. at res. 30 Mar 1910, age 78y 30d, nephritis; inf. W B Fetterman, same res.; bur. St. Johns Church, 2 Apr 1910, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, online