Biography of John Bull
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Bull, John, was born in the town of Caroline, May 24, 1827, a son of Aaron, a native of Litchfield county, Conn., born in 1784, and one of the first settlers here. He bought a farm in the town of Dryden, about a mile north of Slaterville, and was engaged in farming, lumbering and shipping to New York city. It is said he took the first canal boat to that city. He died in 1859. His wife, Mary Krum, was a native of Ulster county, and died in 1865, aged seventy nine years. They were the parents of nine children, eight surviving, of whom our subject was the youngest. He was educated in the common schools, and assisted on his father's farm until twenty two years of age, when he established a general store at Mott's Corner's. now Brookton, remaining two years. He next came to Slaterville Springs and established a store there, which he has ever since conducted. He has also been a dealer in butter and wool, and in a general milling business, his mills being located a quarter of a mile east of Slaterville. The mills were burned in 1891. Mr. Bull has served as supervisor of Caroline (1856-57), and in 1892 he was again elected to the position, but the question arising as to his eligibility, he being at the time sole trustee of the Slaterville school, did not serve, and in 1893 he was again nominated and elected on the Democratic ticket, the town being Republican. He is a Mason of Caroline Lodge No. 681, and one of the directors of the Cooperative Insurance Company at Ithaca. In 1849 he married Deborah D. Green of this town and they have three children: Dr. Edward L. Bull of Jersey City; John Bull, jr., a lawyer of Elmira and Mary L. at home.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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