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Bull reenlisted again in April 1756. This time, however, he stayed
in Deerfield, Massachusetts to perform his military service as an
armorer. Bull signed to serve until October 18, 1756 and was appointed
armorer for the forts in the region by Colonel Israel Williams,
another member of the regionally powerful Williams family.
We know of Bull's
activities in his new capacity through an account book authored
by yet another member of the Williams family, the Deerfield storekeeper
and military commissary Elijah Williams. In a list in the back of
the account book, Williams included the names of 40 men, including
13 from Deerfield, and listed issued supplies including 1 lb. powder
(gunpowder), 1 lb. lead (for bullets), and 3 flints (used in the
firing of guns and cannons).
from Williams' account book, dated June 7, 1756, states, "John
Partridge Bull began to bord." Within three weeks,
a debit entry is found, listing a purchase of nails to "Bull's
shop." Apparently, Bull's work was being carried
out on a shop situated on Elijah Williams' land just west of and
facing the town common.
military service referenced in Robert E. McKay, ed. Massachusetts
Soldiers in the French and Indian Wars, 1744 - 1755. New England
Genealogical Society, 1978. p. 64.
account book of Elijah Williams, collections of the Pocumtuck
Valley Memorial Association.