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DANIEL H. BULL
DANIEL H. BULL is a lineal descendant of William Bull, who was born in England in 1689, and came to this country when a young man. By trade he was a mason, and built the old stone house in Hamptonburgh known as the "Bull Homestead" about 1720. Sarah Wells, the first white woman who came to Goshen township, was his wife, and it is from this ancestry that most of the people in the United States who bear the name of Bull are descended.
Their descendants in the first generation were John, William, Sarah, Thomas, Isaac, Esther, Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Ann, Richard, and Eleanor. These children married and reared large families, and John, who was born in 1721 on the homestead, was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch.
His wife was Hannah Holly, of Goshen, and they had children,—Ebenezer, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, William, Samuel, John, Richard, Daniel, Esther, and Crisse.
Richard, who was born in 1762, was the father of Daniel H. Bull. On April 12, 1800, he married Lena Harlow, and settled in Chester, at the Sugar Loaf Valley. He lived there as a farmer and miller until his death, on Jan. 5, 1846. Here also his children were born,— Hannah (deceased), Jesse (whose biographical sketch appears under the history of the town of Blooming-Grove), James, Harvey, Daniel H., Ira, and Charles W. (deceased).
Daniel H. Bull was born at the homestead, Dec. 11, 1806. He was early taught by his father habits of industry on the farm and in the mill, and his educational advantages were confined to the schools of his native town.
On Jan. 8, 1840, he married Mary Ann, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Kingsland) Board, of New Jersey, and of this union were born Harriet, who died Aug. 27, 1865, at the age of twenty-four years; Mary B., married John W. Harlow, a farmer of Wallkill; Sarah, died Aug. 6, 1865, at the age of twenty-one years; Anna L., who lives at home; Charles W., who died Aug. 23, 1865, in the nineteenth year of his age; and Richard, who lives at home.
The year after his marriage Mr. Bull left the homestead, and purchasing two hundred acres of land of James P. Bull, in the township of Hamptonburgh, moved upon it. There he has since resided, giving his attention and energies to his farm and fireside. He can see the result of his industry; and his life, though unassuming, has been active and honest. Mr. Bull is a member of the Orange County Agricultural Society, and pays some attention to stock-raising.
He and his wife are members of the Hamptonburgh Presbyterian Church, and there the family attend. He is a fitting representative of a successful agriculturist in the fourth generation of his paternal ancestor, William Bull.