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2. Bull's Life
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Family: John Partridge Bull's Marriage

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By 1758, John Partridge Bull had established himself sufficiently as a blacksmith and as a gunsmith in the Deerfield area to be able to financially afford to marry (see Trade section for details). Elijah Williams' account book records, "John Partridge Bull left bord October 4, 1758."

On October 5, 1758, Bull married Mary Catlin, aged twenty-two, of Deerfield. Mary Catlin was the daughter of Captain John Catlin who was in charge of the line of forts extending from Northfield to Pontoosuc. We do not know how or when Mary and John met, but it is conceivable that they met during his military service (see Military Service section for details).

-- account book of Elijah Williams, collections of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

-- referenced in the church records, First Church of Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts, collections of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.


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