Bull's earliest years did not prepare him for the career of
blacksmith. His childhood years were not spent helping a father
at the forge.
Nehemiah Bull, was a minister in Westfield, Massachusetts.
He had been educated at Yale College, graduating in 1723.
John Partridge and his three brothers were gently raised and
educated by tutors from the age of four in a household that
was amply furnished and served by "three Negro maids."
His mother was Elizabeth Partridge, a member of a prosperous
and prominent family in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Reverend Nehemiah Bull died in 1740 at the age of 39, his
sons' lives were set on a different course than might have
originally been intended...
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