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2. Bull's Life
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Later Years : Changes in John Partridge Bull's Lifestyle

Lifestyle Changes | Moving from Deerfield | Death | William Bull


Using John Partridge Bull's account book, we can reconstruct how his life began to change following his wife's death in 1781. In addition to mending guns and locks, making a spring for a door lock, and casting a pewter ink pot for John Williams, Bull also

  • "drove plow" for John Williams for ten days, and

  • "took up flax" at Carter's Land (West Deerfield, Massachusetts)

Driving the plow for one day earned Bull only 2 shillings whereas if he did a blacksmithing task such as making a fire shovel, he earned 2 shillings, 4 pence. "One day's work in the garden" was worth 1 shilling, 4 pence.

-- referenced in the account book of John Partridge Bull, collections of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.


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