Southern Tier stopover

Second in a series tracking my ancestor Arthur Bull’s family from the Catskills to the Adirondack foothills (1870-1875).

Between 1870 and 1875, there were major developments in the lives of my great, great grandparents Arthur and Mary E. (Blakeslee) Bull — as their family evolved and they pulled up stakes yet again in search of economic stability.

Binghamton, N.Y. (1800-1900). My ancestor Arthur Bull and his family appear to have made one more stopover in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. -- on the state's Southern Tier -- before moving on to New York's Adirondack foothills. By: Internet Archive Book Images
A horse-drawn cart parked at curbside in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. (1800-1900). My ancestor Arthur Bull and his family appear to have made one more stopover in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. — on the state’s Southern Tier — before heading north to New York’s Adirondack foothills. By: Internet Archive Book Images

First came the birth of their second son, Frederick Duane Bull, in 1871, followed by the birth of a third son, William Arthur Bull, in 1873 . Both were born in Delaware County, N.Y. — presumably in Town of Hancock (Hancock Post Office) where the Bulls were living at the time of the 1870 US Census.

So when the 1874 New Year dawned, Arthur, 40, and Mary E., 35, had seven children living at home: daughters Emma, 16, and Carrie, 14; son Milo, 12; daughters Eva, 7, and Jessie, 5; and sons Frederick, 4, and William, <1.

As discussed in the last post, Delaware County diaspora, the Bulls may have had trouble making ends meet in 1870. The economic pressures of yet more children at home likely pushed them to relocate to an area where tanneries were still booming and Arthur could find steady work.

Five years later — time of the June 1875 New York State census — the Bulls were living in Lyonsdale, Lewis County, N.Y., in the Adirondack foothills.

But did they go straight there from Delaware County?  Or did they stopover elsewhere first? Back I went to my files, and I had to smile when I opened my Broome County folder.

For there I found a handwritten note from my dad attached to research materials we had discovered together years before — which contained a valuable clue that placed the Bulls once more in the Southern Tier city of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., in 1874. More on this in the next post.

To be continued.

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