MOSES BUTLER BULL

BIOGRAPHY

AS RECORDED IN:

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF 
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE  CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903          P.  728

MOSES BUTLER BULL, whose death from pneumonia occurred in Rockville, Tolland county, Jan. 8, 1872, at the age of seventy-six was extensively and favorably known in that region, having been a resident of Vernon for about twenty years, and of Tolland county for more than fifty years. He was born in Hartford, and was a son of Thomas Bull, Esq., of that city. Thomas Bull was one of a family of ten brothers residing in Hartford for many years in the latter part of the eighteenth and the first part of the nineteenth century, the family name being remembered by many old people now in Hartford, as a synonym of respectability and high culture. Moses Bull removed to Ellington in 1819, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and remained there until he went to Rockville, soon after 1850. Soon after becoming a citizen of that town he was unanimously elected to the office of town clerk, treasurer and registrar, which position he held up to the time of his death, his name always being, by common consent, upon the ballots of all parties. The duties of these offices he performed always with marked promptness, fidelity and accuracy, with the entire approbation of his fellow townsmen.

Mr. Bull literally died “in the harness,” being engaged in the duties of his position up to the very moment of attack by the disease which terminated his life. For the last two years Mr. Bull had been mostly confined to his home and office by the infirmities of age, but under all circumstances he was always found cheerful and accommodating. Indeed, his fidelity, accuracy and politeness were household words with all who intimately knew him, and it was conceded that in his death the town lost an esteemed citizen and a faithful servant, whose place could not easily be filled. His remains were interred at Ellington.

On Feb. 28, 1819, Moses B. Bull was married to Sarah Symonds, of Manchester, Conn., and their children were: Sarah B., who died aged eighteen; Rebecca Lyman, who died May 30, 1872, aged fifty-one, the wife of John A. Hughes; Elizabeth, who married Chester Chapman, and died Nov. 22, 1888, at the age of sixty-four; Clarissa Symonds, who died May 2, 1857, aged thirty-seven, the wife of Frederick W. Carpenter; Mary Frances, wife of Ambrose Clark, deceased Feb. 17, 1872, aged forty-five years; Henry S. Mrs. Bull died Jan. 8, 1870, but a few hours less than two years before her husband’s death.

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