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2. Bull's Life
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Origins and Early Life

Nehemiah's Will


Bull Family Property


John Partridge 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.

His father, 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.

When the 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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