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Hidden hometown heritage

Fifth and last in a series on my ancestor Arthur Bull’s parents and siblings at the end of the US Civil War (1865).

At the end of the US Civil War — when my great, great grandfather Arthur Bull returned home to his wife and children after mustering out of the Union Army — his parents, siblings and their families all lived and worked within 60 miles of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y.

Bird’s eye view of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. (1882). In 1865, my Bull ancestors lived within 60 miles of Binghamton — something my family was unaware of when we lived in the same area 100 years later. Image: Library of Congress
  • Arthur and Mary E. (Blakeslee) Bull resided in Town of Conklin, just 13 miles south of Binghamton.
  • Parents Jeremiah and Mary Bull also lived in Conklin — in the household of Arthur’s sister, Mary E. (Bull) Tamkins and her husband, Edward.
  • Younger brother Milo Bull, and his wife Catherine (Hinman) Bull, lived in Town of Triangle, Broome County, N.Y. — 19 miles north of Binghamton.
  • Older brother Norris C. Bull, and his wife Sabra Ann (Howland) Bull, lived the furthest away in Town of Colchester, Delaware County, N.Y. — about 59 miles northeast of Binghamton.

Surprise family ties

Why is this important? Because 100 years later, in 1965, my own family of origin lived in Town of Union — about 9 miles west of Binghamton — and we were completely unaware we had any family connection to the Southern Tier! Nor were the Bulls the only ancestors who were part of our hidden hometown heritage.

As I will discuss in future posts, the Blakeslee family of Arthur’s wife Mary Elizabeth (and the Hance family of her mother) also lived in Town of Conklin, Broome County, N.Y. — and just over the border in Town of Liberty, Susquehanna County, Pa.

All I can say is: Amazing!

My dad, Norm Charboneau, may have had an inkling about our Southern Tier family ties. But he never mentioned anything until we went back to Binghamton on a family history road trip in 1995 — decades after our family had left the area.  In some ways, I wish I had known sooner.

A Southern Tier connection

My family moved to the Binghamton area from Albany County — where we shared a farmhouse with my maternal grandparents — after my dad got a promotion at his job with General Electric in the late 1950s. I was just starting second grade.

Growing up, I thought it was odd that we had no family members nearby. Most of my friends from the neighborhood, and at school, seemed to have loads of local  relatives — grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, big extended families.

My local family — on the other hand — consisted of me, my parents, two younger brothers and two younger sisters. If we wanted to see our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins we had to pile into the car and drive for up to four hours.

How I envied my classmates and the kids on my street — with their hordes of relatives within shouting distance!

Yet today I sometimes wonder: Was it because I lacked nearby relatives as a child that I developed an interest in my family’s history? Did isolation from my extended family become a wellspring for genealogy research?

Maybe so. But this much I know for sure: Finding and writing about my Bull ancestors living near Binghamton in 1865 has deepened my connection to the area where I grew up — and genealogy research has finally provided me with those long hoped for hometown family ties.

In the next post: Holiday greetings from my paternal grandmother Mary Frances “Molly” (Owen) Charboneau.

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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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