Biography of Alson J. Hull
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Hull, Alson J., was born in Berlin in 1856, and is the son of Schuyler Hull, born in Berlin in 1825, one of eight children, four sons and four daughters, born to Elisha Hull, a native of Rhode Island, born December, 1795. He was a son of Thomas Hull, a native of Rhode Island, who removed to and settled in Berlin in 1797. He was a blacksmith and farmer. Schuyler Hull was a carpenter and first class mechanic and made it a life business, erecting many bridges, etc. He was elected to and served in all the town offices, and was active and energetic in all affairs. His wife was Mary Burdick, born in Berlin and a daughter of Smith and Levina Burdick; their children were Alson J. and Dr. John B., of Williamstown, Mass. He died in 1890 and his wife survives him and resides in South Berlin. Alson J. attended the village school in Berlin and worked at carpentry with his father from 1875 to 1880. He engaged in the ice business in New York city, but returned to Berlin and engaged in farming on a rented farm, and in 1890 he purchased his present farm of 175 acres on which he has erected a fine modem house and commodious barns and other buildings. He conducts a dairy and furnishes milk to many of the villagers, and is also interested in the breeding of high grade sheep and horses. He has served his town as collector, poormaster and school trustee; in the spring of 1895 he was elected excise commissioner and made a strong contest for no license. In 1879 he married Lillie Allen, born in Vermont and reared in Berlin; she is the daughter of Alexander and Celia (Clark) Allen. Their children are Thurman, Schuyler, Perry, Eugene and Mildred. Mr. and Mrs. Hull are members of the Baptist church, of which he is a trustee Mr. Hull's farm is known as the Sunny Bank Farm. He has proved himself a model and successful farmer.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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