Wheatfield was among the last townships in the county to be settled, for the reason so little timber was to be had. the first settlers located along the edge of the timber, near the Sangamon river. Among the first were Reuben Bullard and his two sons John and Wesley; James Hampton, William Gragg, Samuel Dickerson, John Churchill, and others.
REUBEN BULLARD was born December 22, 1792, in Caroline county, Virginia. He went to Woodford county, Kentucky, in 1787, and to Shelby county in 1790. He was there married in 1803, to Elizabeth Gill, who was born October 30, 1779, near Charlestown, Virginia. They had eight children in Kentucky, four of whom, Eliza, Lucinda, Richard and Nancy J., died there, between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five years. Mrs. Elizabeth Bullard died January 6, 1835, and Reuben Bullard, with three of his children, came to Sangamon county, arriving in November, 1835, in what is now Wheatfield township, one son having come before. Reuben Bullard died September 6, 1836, in Sangamon county.
His father's name was Reuben Bullard. He was in the Revolutionary army as a non-combatant, and lost his life by drinking too freely of cold water while he was overheated. He made a gun, which he gave to his son, whose name heads this sketch. It is now (1874) in possession of a son of John Bullard - Reuben S. - the fourth generation from the man who made it. The brass plate opposite the lock bears the inscription, R. B., 1772. It is a smooth bore; the barrel is four feet eight inches long, and the whole gun is six feet one inch. An anecdote is related of it, that when the boys of a former generation used the gun, they always hunted in pairs, one to do the shooting and the other to see that the marksman did not get the muzzle beyond the game.