EBENEZER BULL was born March 3, 1846, in the old stone house at Hamptonburgh, Orange County, erected in 1722,
which is still standing. Mr. Bull is the fifth direct descendant who has resided in this house. After his schooling
he returned home and assisted in farm work and has always been identified with farming. He married Anna, daughter
of Byard Walling, of Middletown, N. Y., October 17, 1894. Mr. Bull's parents were Ebenezer and Jane Bull. There
were thirteen children born by this union. He is a member of Hamptonburgh Grange No. 950 and largely identified
in the dairy business. Tradition says the barn on Mr. Bull's farm is older than the stone house, but the date of
erection cannot be verified. Purgatory swamp, near the Bull stone house, derived its name from a messenger of the
revolutionary period, who was sent from the army of New Jersey with papers to Washington's headquarters at Newburgh.
He had instructions to stop over night at this historic stone house of William Bull, became confused and stopped
at William Bull's son's house opposite the swamp. In getting through at night he made the remark "out of Purgatory,"
and it has always maintained this name.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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