THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   V. WILLIAMS BULL, an intelligent and thriving agriculturist of the town of Sullivan, was born May 25, 1849, in the village of Manlius, Onondaga County, N.Y., a son of Edwin and Sarah Jane (Williams) Bull. His grandfather, Luman Bull, a native of Connecticut, moved to New York State early in the century, being among the first to settle in the town of Lenox. He was a tanner and currier, and followed this occupation through life. He had seven sons, of whom all but one grew to manhood; but none are living now. They were as follows: Franklin, born March 22, 1812, died April 30, 1879; George, born March 28, 1814, died December 15, 1879 ; Horace, born April 9, 1816, died January 16, 1885; Edwin, born April 27, 1818, died February 7, 1889 ; Marvis, born March 16, 1821, died December 14, 1829; Virgil, born July 9, 1823, died October 27, 1892; Linus H., born June 15,1825, died July 20,1874. The grandmother before marriage was Miss Lucy Hall. She was born May 15, 1783, and died in the town of Sullivan, August 13,1843. The grandfather was born April 25, 1786, and died in the town of Manlius, September 2, 1858. He served with distinction as a Lieutenant in the War of 1812, was a Democrat in politics, and was a member of the Presbyterian church.
   Edwin, the father of our subject, was brought up in Madison County. When a young man, he hired himself out to work on a farm for twelve dollars per month. His next step onward was renting land and cultivating it on shares. The first farm owned by him was one hundred acres in the town of Sullivan. After occupying this for a time, he sold it, and bought what was known as the old Cady farm, comprising two hundred and sixty-six acres, to which he added very materially. He moved to this place in 1863, and resided here until his death, at the age of seventy-two years, in 1889. Mrs. Sarah Jane Bull, his wife, died at the age of sixty-eight years, in 1887. The subject of this sketch was their only child. Mrs. Bull was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics her husband was a Republican.
   Besides attending district schools in his boyhood, V. Williams Bull spent about three years in the city of Buffalo, 1860-62, and during the terms of 1866 and 1867 attended Cazenovia Seminary. Having grown to manhood, he early turned his attention to farming and stock-raising. He possesses one of the largest herds of sheep in the county, and has dealt largely in Durham cattle. On the farm of four hundred and twenty-five acres on which he lives, and which he owns, he raises small grain and hay, the fertile and well-tilled soil producing large and excellent crops. He was married February 4, 1875, to Miss Carrie Brown, who was born in Canaseraga, N. Y., daughter of Hiram and Angeline (Beech) Brown. (For history of Mrs. Bull's parents see sketch of Hiram Brown.) Mr. and Mrs. Bull have an interesting family of five children: Clara L., born November 30, 1875; Edwin H., born December 25, 1879; Charles W., born September 18, 1881; Virgil L., born May 13, 1885; Fred E., born October 2, 1887. Mr. Bull is a member of the Farmers' Grange, and is a Republican in politics. Whatever he has gained in this world's goods as the result of continued labor has been turned to good account through the sympathy and co-operation of his wife, by whom his efforts have been ably seconded.

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