<Bull, Solomon

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Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers, 1906.

BULL, SOLOMON, a prominent farmer residing on Section 27, Township 13 North, Range 9 West, Morgan County, Ill., was born March 15, 1832, in Roxboro, Person County, N.C., the son of Moses and Elizabeth (Fuller) Bull, both natives of North Carolina. Paternally, the father was of English descent. The great-grandfather of Solomon Bull emigrated from England to North Carolina with his son Jacob, who was the father of Moses and the grandfather of Solomon. They were mill owners, farmers and large slave owners, Moses Bull being a life-long farmer and a well educated man. In the winter of 1835 he removed with his wife and family to Morgan County, Ill., and settled within one mile of where his son now lives. He owned 150 acres of land, and died September 7, 1844, leaving his farm to his widow for life. The latter died in 1891, at the age of eighty-six years.

Solomon Bull was reared to an agricultural life and educated in a subscription school near the family homestead. He remained at the paternal home until his twenty-fourth year, but had been engaged in farming on his own account since attaining his majority. He then owned 160 acres of land, but now hold over one section, which constitutes one of the finest estates in this part of the county. The improvements include a commodious residence, shade and orchard trees, and good out-buildings amid well cultivated fields - all the outcome of Mr. Bull's own enterprise and careful management. At one time he paid much attention to the breeding of thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle, pedigreed stock, and has always been a large feeder of good graded cattle and hogs. Since 1902, in consequence of impaired health, his son J. J. has managed his father's interests, but Mr. Bull and wife continue to reside on the farm. Following the custom of his ancestors, Mr. Bull votes the Democratic ticket, and for a time has served as School Director; in religious faith he is a Methodist, and for the past thirty-seven years has been a member of the Masonic order.

Mr. Bull was married November 3, 1859, to Elizabeth Seymour, daughter of William and Elizabeth Seymour, who came to Morgan County with the early settlers and have been prominently identified with agriculture. To Mr. and Mrs. Bull have been born six children: William L., who is farming; J. J., now managing his father's farm; Mary E., wife of Lewis Roberts; Martha Melissa, wife of C. C. Berryman; Samuel E. and Abie M., both farmers and cattle breeders in Macoupin County. Great credit is due Mr. Bull for the energy and pluck he has manifested in his career, being, in the sense of his substantial prosperity, a self-made man.

1906 Index