Milo Bull: The tannery foreman & the schoolteacher

First in a series on my ancestor Arthur Bull’s parents and siblings at the end of the U.S. Civil War (1865).

Sometimes discovering only a few documents pertaining to an ancestor is enough to begin shaping their story. Such was the case with Milo Bull, the younger brother of my great, great grandfather Arthur Bull.

In recent blog posts, I have examined the civilian lives of my Bull ancestors prior to the U.S. Civil War. Now I wondered where Arthur’s extended family members living and working in 1865 — the year he mustered out of the Union Army at war’s end.
Killawog in Town of Triangle, Broome County, N.Y. (early 1900s). Milo Bull, my ancestor Arthur Bull’s younger brother, lived here in 1860. The hamlet is located about 25 miles north of Binghamton, N.Y. Photo by W.J. Chorley/Syracuse

So back I went to my genealogy files, and state/federal census reports online, to see what I could find about Arthur’s parents, siblings and their families.

The elusive Milo Bull

I decided to start with Arthur’s brother Milo, who I’d lost track of after the 1855 New York State census when he was still living with his parents. What did I have on him in my paper files? I pulled out his folder, and tucked away in my notes I found my transcription on Milo’s marriage.

Milo Bull [BR 1 April 1863] Milo Bull married at the home of bride’s father in Marathon [Cortland County], N.Y. 16 ult by Rev. R.O. Williams: Milo Bull of Triangle to Catherine P. Hinman

It was created from an abstract of Milo’s Broome Republican wedding announcement in a book titled Genealogical gleanings from early Broome County, New York newspapers (1812-1880) abstracted and compiled by Maurice R. Hitt, Jr. — which I discovered years ago during a library research day with my dad.

I continued shuffling through Milo’s genealogy folder and — wait a minute — I actually had a printout of his enumeration in the 1860 U.S. Census for Town of Triangle, Broome County, N.Y.

Good thing, too, because I initially couldn’t find his census entry online (his name was indexed as “Mile Bull”). And when I finally did locate the HeritageQuest digital image, it was too faded to read!

Thanks to the clear printout, I now knew that on 11 July 1860 Milo was living in what appeared to be a rooming house operated by Lawrence B. and Eliza Elliot with 10 other boarders — and working as a tannery foreman. Not bad for a 23-year-old young man.

The tannery foreman marries a school teacher

Milo’s post office in 1860 was Killawog, N.Y. — a tiny hamlet located about 5 miles south of Marathon, N.Y. His future bride lived right nearby. Catherine Hinman, 19, was enumerated with her parents in the 1860 U.S. Census for Town of Marathon, Cortland County, N.Y. — and she was working as a schoolteacher.

Alas, the documents don’t tell us. But wouldn’t it be interesting to know how they met — the tannery foreman and the schoolteacher — and eventually decided to marry? Whatever the details, marry they did — on 16 March 1863.

And on 28 June 1865, the New York State census taker found Milo and Catherine (Hinman) Bull living with their 15-month-old daughter Mary A. Bull in the northern portion of the Town of Triangle, Broome County, N.Y. — about 25 miles north of Binghamton.

There will be more on Arthur’s brother Milo Bull in future posts. But up next will be Arthur’s sister Mary E. Bull and her 1865 story.

To be continued.

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