BENJAMIN J. BULL
Benjamin J. Bull was born about 1815, probably in Herman, NY (marriage record of Amos Winters and Ellen J.Bull). He lived in Herman, New York, and probably Rodman and Watertown (census records). He married Ann Eliza Barker about 1847. She was from Watertown, NY (marriage record of Ellen). They lived in Elizabethtown, New York for a while, where some of their children were born, and then removed to Mooers, New York, in the far Northeast corner of New York in Clinton County, bordered on the east by Lake Champlain and on the north by Canada. Mooers is located on the Great Chazy River, and has townships of Mooers, Mooers Forks, Mooers Falls, and Woods Falls. It was a town of sawmills, lumbermills, and other mills and a huge iron forge at one time. After the Civil War, the lumber business went under and the mills burned down and many families, including many of the Bulls and the connected Winters families removed to Lowell, MA, where there was work in the mills.
Benjamin and Ann Eliza had several children together. Indications are that they had a son named Benjamin, probably born in Elizabethtown. They also had Ellen Jayne, Elias, Charles H., Mary Eliza and Eliza Anna. Records show that Ellen, Charles and Mary were definitely born in Elizabethtown, NY.
The family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mooers, with the world famous Henry Boardman Taylor as one of their Ministers. This researcher was able to visit a Methodist Church in Mooers and obtain some records on the family.
The record shows that Ann Eliza Bull died in Mooers in May of 1874. We know that Benjamin Bull was there, but have not found a death record of him. We presume they are both buried there.
From Church Records and records in Lowell, we piece together this information:
children of Benjamin J. Bull and Ann Eliza Barker:
1). Benjamin J. Bull. Married a Webster. Son Benjamin J. Bull
2). Ellen Jayne Bull, born June 12, 1849 in Elizabethtown, NY. Married October 7, 1866 in Woods Falls, NY to Amos Winters. (see HISTORY OF THE WINTERS FAMILY) Died March 9, 1912 in Lowell, MA.
We have a picture of the old family homestead, where the ten children of Amos and Ellen were probably born in Mooers Forks, Clinton County, NY.
Amos and Ellen had ten children; Jennie Ella, Ina Margretta, Hattie Ann, Carrie May, Edgar Amos, Mary Elizabeth, Kittie Annette, Charles Benjamin, Emmett Harold and Maude Lane.
Sometime between 1886 and 1894, the family of Amos and Ellen moved to Lowell, MA, leaving three daughters buried in Mooers. History tells us that the lumbering business depleted the forests and the Iron Forge closed down. Industrialization had come to Lowell, MA, and there was work there for everyone. (James had moved his family to Worcester, MA in 1892. They later lived in Lowell. John Winters also brought his family to Lowell. There are many records of the children of Amos, James and John in the Lowell area).
Amos was very active in Ladd and Whitney Post 185 of the Grand Old Army of the Republic, a unit of Veterans of the Civil War. He was chaplain of the unit at the time of his death. Ellen was active in The Ladd and Whitney circle 8, Ladies of the Grand Old Army of the Republic, and the Lowell Lodge 24, U.O. of I.O.L. We still have some of their GAR buttons from this time, and a picture of Amos in his GAR Uniform. Amos also belonged to the Masons in Lowell, as did his son Charles Benjamin. The family belonged to the Highland Methodist Episcopal Church in Lowell.
The Winters family first lived at 4 Sargent Street in Lowell. The census of 1900 shows the family of Amos Winters, age 54, Ellen 51, Ina, Kitty, Charles and Emmett, nephew Pearl Kinney, 20, nephew Jonnburt (sp?) Bull, 20. Also in the 1900 census for #223 School St. is Edgar Winters (son of Amos) and his wife, Alice Gertrude; #227 Melvin G. Gooch and his wife, Mary E. (Winters).
We have a letter dated March 3, 1911 from Grandpa Charlie's sister, Ina Margretta, asking someone to get "a woman hand for mother". Ellen Bull was very ill, and died in Lowell one year later of chronic bronchitis.
Newspaper Clipping Regarding Funeral of Ellen J. Winters
WINTERS-The funeral of Mrs. Ellen J. Winters was held at her residence, 673 Broadway yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and was very largely attended by relatives and friends. Rev. Selden W. Cummings officiated at the house. There were delegations present from Ladd and Whitney circle 8 Ladies of the G.A.R. and Lowell lodge, 24, U.O. of I. Odd Ladies, who both held their services.
In 1918 Amos died at the home of his daughter Ina Margretta. He had suffered from chronic bronchitis and intestinal problems ever since the Civil War.
From the Lowell Courier Citizen, October 29, 1918. "Amos Winters died yesterday, at his home, 673 School St. , aged 72 years, 8 months and 25 days. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was a member of Post 185 G.A.R. He leaves two sons, Edgar A. of Beverly and Charles B. of Manchester; and two daughters, Mrs. Halsey N. Rock of this city and Mrs. Charles W. Drake of West Somerville: also eight grandchildren. Mr. Winters was at the time of his death chaplain of Post 185 and was a past commander of that post. He was a member of the Highland M.E. Church."
Children of Amos and Ellen
1)The first child of Amos and Ellen was Jennie Ella, born on July 24, 1866. She lived for a year and a month and is buried in Mooers.
From the Lowell Mail, Thursday October 29, 1896, Mr. Edgar A. Winters of Winchester and Miss Alice Gertrude Cobb of Hale Street were united in marriage last evening at 7 o'clock at the parsonage of the First Baptist Church on School Street, Rev. Smith T. Ford performing the ceremony. The wedding was of a very quiet character, only the immediate relatives of the contracting parties being present. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Winters immediately repaired to their new home at Winchester. The young couple were quite prominent among the young people of the First Baptist Church and will have the best wishes of a host of friends in their new venture.
In the census of 1900, Edgar and Gertrude lived on School St. in Lowell.
On January 15, 1902, Edgar retired from the Lamson Consolidated Store Service Company, where he worked for many years, first as errand boy and ending up as foreman. He was given a sideboard as a gift.
Mary, and Melvin had two children, 1)Aletha and 2)James. Mary died March 27, 1907 in Lowell at the young age of 31 after a short illness. Her children were five and three. The family belonged to the Worthen Street Baptist Church. In the 1900 census, Melvin and Mary lived at 227 School St. in Lowell.
Melvin married second, Catherine ("Katie") of Ireland, England and Vermont, and he married third, Edith A. Wright. In the 1910 Census, Melvin, Katie, Aletha and James lived on Broadway in Lowell.
Melvin G. Gooch died on January 17, 1933 at his home at 219 Llewellyn Street. He was survived by his widow, Edith A. Gooch. He was a member of the Eliot Union Congregational Church. He was regent of Highland council 970, Royal Arcanum of Lowell.
1)Aletha Maude Gooch was born on September 14, 1901 in Lowell, MA. She married William E. Scoble before 1926. They had two children: a)Barbara Florence Scoble, born January 11, 1926. She married Charles Cheever and Leroy Peck. b) Paul Gerald Scoble, born March 21, 1928. He married Jane Webber. He died on January 19, 1991. They had two children: Elizabeth Ann Scoble and William Paul Scoble.
7)Kittie Annette was born on August 3, 1878 in Mooers, NY. She married Charles Wesley Drake, son of Edward Drake and Hattie Rideout on December 14, 1905 in Lowell. They had no children
It appears that the Winters family was among the elite of Lowell. Pictures show them very well dressed. Young Charles is very well attired. Charles went to the Bartlett Grammar School, and we still have his diploma from there. As a young man, he played the trombone in the Excelsior Band of Lowell.
The family of Arthur Vinal was also very elite. He was a wealthy landlord, but a bit tight with his money. We've been told that he walked the railroad tracks in Lowell, picking up coal for his furnace. He had a daughter, Marion, born to Georgeanna Anderson, a singer and dancer on the steamboat, "Katahdin". He did not marry Georgeanna but took his daughter to raise. When Marion was five, he married Fannie E. Dunham, and they later had a daughter, Hazel Leona.
Marion, a telephone operator, had been in love with a man who went off to the gold fields in California, and asked her to wait for him. However, she did not wait. She was told that Charlie Winters was a good catch, so, she married him on May 17of 1904. At this time he resided at 658 Broadway in Lowell.
From the Lowell Morning Citizen, Wednesday 18 May 1904
Mr. Charles B. Winters and Miss Marion K. Vinal were united in marriage last evening at 8 o'clock at the residence of Rev. Smith Thomas Ford, DD, 187 Nesmith St. Miss Cora E. Hutchinson attended the bride, and Mr. Harry C. Briggs was best man.
Later, sometime after their son Paul was born in 1906 in Lowell, they moved to Manchester, NH where Charles was Paymaster in the Stark Mills and also worked in the Amoskeag Mills. They lived at 760 Beech St., in Manchester. Later they lived in Arlington.
Charles B. was very active in the Masons in Lowell, a member of the William North Lodge taking the 7th and 8th degrees in 1915. He eventually became a 33rd degree Mason in Lowell. He stayed with the Lowell lodge, even after he had moved to Manchester.
During the Depression, when the Amoskeag Mills were failing, Charles used $60,000 of his own money to try to save his company. When the mills failed, Charles and Marion lost everything, including their home. They were taken in by Charles sister, Kittie Annette Winters Drake.
Charles Winters moved to Westwood from Lowell in 1934 and became the accountant for the Gay Farm and the W.Cameron Forbes orchards. He was also treasurer of his church, the Islington Community Church in Westwood, MA.
Charles was working for the Forbes Family on Nashon Island when he had a heart attack at his desk. He was transported to Falmouth, where he died on January 24, 1961. Charles and Marion are buried in Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, MA. with their son, Robert.
Paul Vinal Winters was born on September 8, 1906 in Lowell, MA. He married Emma Whittemore and had two daughters, Marcia Ann and Beryl Clay. He married second Jennie Ada Badger (born July 23, 1922), daughter of Knight Abbott Badger and Flora Helen Boughton. They had six children: Peter Charles, Susan Flora, Sheryl Ann, Paul Stevan, Kathryn Joanne and Jane Abbott. Paul was a noted Boston and Vermont artist. He died on December 2, 1971 at home in Shady Rill, Middlesex, Vermont, was cremated, and was buried in the woods in Shady Rill, Middlesex, Vermont.
Robert Lincoln Winters was born on September 18, 1922. He attended Northeastern University and served in World War II. He suffered "shell shock" (PTSS) in the Battle of the Bulge and was a mentally disabled veteran all of his life. He died on February 3, 1996.
9)Emmett Harold was born in 1883, married Georgena Hardie (daughter of George N. Hardie and Martha Price of North Adams) on April 12, 1902, had two children: 1)Emmett Theodore, a Lowell Dentist, who supposedly was keeper of the original family heirloom Bible; and 2)Anna May Belle Winters. In the 1920 census, Georgena, Emmett T. and Anna lived on Claire St. in Lowell. Emmett T. is listed as a Salesman in a Tea Store.
1)Emmett Theodore, born July 8, 1902, married Selma L. Ristan. He changed his family name to Winter. They had one son, Theodore Herman, born October 18, 1934. He married Grace Finnichiaro.
2) Anna May Belle, born May 19, 1906, married Albert William Nelson.
From the Lowell Sun, Thursday, October 28, 1915: Emmett H. Winters, formerly of Lowell, died suddenly yesterday at the Homeopathic hospital, Boston, aged 32 years. He leaves his wife, Ena, one son, Emmett T., and a daughter, Anna, of West Somerville, two sisters, Mrs. C.W. Drake of West Somerville, Mrs. H.N. Rock of Lowell; his father, Amos W. of Lowell, and two brothers, Edgar A. of Lawrence and Charles B. of Lowell. Deceased was a member of Admiral Farragut camp, Sons of Veterans of this city.
Emmett's death certificate says he died of Peritonitis after a duodenal ulcer.
Georgena died on September 23, 1956 at the home of her daughter Mrs. A.W. Wilson. 52 Upham St. The family was Methodist and belonged to the Highland Union Methodist Church. Emmett and Georgena are buried in Edson Cemetery.
Anna married Albert Nelson, son of William and Lucie Shaw Nelson. They lived at 52 Upham St. in Lowell. Mr. Nelson was an electrician for the Boston and Maine Railroad for 44 years. He died on January 6, 1976. He belonged to St. Anne's Episcopal Church of Lowell.
10)Maude Lane, born in Mooers, NY, who died ten days short of ten years, on August 17, 1896. Cause of death was listed as tonsillitis. She was nine years, eleven months and 20 days. She died at the home of her parents, 4 Sargent St. She was a member of the First Baptist Sunday School. (Lowell Courier Citizen, Tues. Aug. 18, 1896) She is buried in Edson Cemetery in Lowell. From the Lowell Courier Citizen, August 20, 1896; The funeral of Maud L. Winters took place yesterday afternoon at her home in Sargent Street. Rev. Mr. Lockhart conducted the services and a quartet sang appropriate music. The bearers were J.N. Marshall, Harry Hinkley, Fred Wooldridge, Johnson H. Green. Undertaker Weinbeck had charge of the funeral arrangements and the burial was in the Edson cemetery.
SECOND GENERATION, CONTINUED
He died December 8, 1925 at his home in Elsmere, Dracut, MA. Bearers were four of his wife's nephews, J.R. and Arthur J. Harrington, Gerald Zwicker and Pearl Kinney . He is buried in the Bull family plot in Edson Cemetery in Lowell. (Lowell Courier Citizen, Friday, December 11, 1929.)
Mary died on October 1, 1937 in Dracut. She lived at Kenwood, Dracut at that time. Bearers were Russell M. Harrington, Robert J. Harrington, J.D. Ismond and Pearl Kinney. (see Obit Lowell Courier Citizen, Saturday, October 2, 1937.and funeral write-up, Lowell Courier Citizen, Monday, October 4, 1937). She is buried in her family's lot in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Charles H. Bull signed and witnesses pension application for his brother-in-law, Amos Winters.
Charles and Mary had at least five children:
1). Charles H. Bull, born February 1885
5)Mary Eliza Bull, born about 1858 in Elizabethtown, NY. About 1877 married Richard Kinney. She died June 10, 1933 at her home on Myrtle St. in Billerica, Middlesex, MA. Bearers at her funeral were Edgar A. Winters, Charles B. Winters (nephew), Elmer R. Tilton (son-in-law), and Sidney C. Brissett (nephew-in-law, see WINTERS). She was a member of the Worthen Street Methodist Church in Lowell, and after it closed joined the Congregational Church of Billerica. She is buried in Edson Cemetery in Lowell. (See The Lowell Sun, June 10, 1933, Funeral Notice).
Child: Son: Pearl R. Kinney, born about 1880 in Mooers Forks, NY, married. November 7, 1900 in Dunstable, MA., to Lotta L. Grosvenor, b. 1879, MA. by the Reverend Linwood Hartwell. His cousin, Charles B. Winters was his best man. His cousin Ruth L. Winters attended the bride. (see WINTERS). Mrs. Rhoda Grosvenor, age 84 attended the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents in Dunstable. (See Lowell Mail, Nov. 8, 1900. He worked in the carpet mills and was a teamster. She worked in a department store. In 1904 they lived at 210 Cross Street in Lowell, where they lost their two year old son. In 1920 they lived in Billerica. He died February 25, 1966 in Wilbraham, MA., age 86. He was buried at Edson Cemetery in Lowell.(See Obit, The Lowell Sun, Feb. 26, 1966.)
a) Simpson Claude, b. April 5, 1902 in Lowell, d. August 28, 1904, Lowell of meningitis. Bearers were Emmett Winters, Charles Winters, Bert Evans and Mr. Brissett. Buriel was in Edson Cemetery. (The Lowell Sun, August 3, 1904)
6) Eliza Anna Bull, born about 1861, probably Elizabethtown, NY. About 1880 married Arnold B. Winters in New York. He was born May 3, 1860, Mooers, NY, son of James E. Winters (see HISTORY OF THE WINTERS FAMILY). She died on October 10, 1922, Lowell, MA. He died June 4, 1916 in Lowell.
His obituary in the Lowell Courier Citizen, June 6, 1916, reads. "Arnold B. Winters, age 56 years, one month, an officer at the Lowell Jail for 15 years died suddenly yesterday at his home 18 Bond St. as the result of a shock. Deceased leaves besides his wife, Eliza A., one son, Claude A. of Springfield Ohio, and a daughter, Mrs. Beulah C. Brissett of this city. He was a member of the Passaconaway Tribe of Redmen."
Children of Arnold and Eliza
a)Ruth L. Winters, born in September of 1881 in Mooers Forks, NY, married George A. Evans on March 19, 1901 in Lowell, MA. She worked in hosiery and he worked as a clerk. He was the son of Albert A. Evans, well-known veterinary surgeon and horseman. They lived at 212 Cross St. with her parents for a while. She died before 1916.
Compiled by: Susan Flora Winters Smith (Paul, Charles, Amos, John). 115 Brainard Road, Enfield, CT., 06082. (860-745-9719). Email
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