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Colonel John Bull

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Worcester, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 09, 1824 (93)
Riverview, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Riverview, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bull and Elizabeth Bull
Husband of Mary Bull
Father of Elizabeth Rittenhouse; Animus Smith; Maria Louise Nourse; Rebecca Boyd; Ezekiel William Bull and 1 other
Brother of William Bull, Sr; Ann Newberry; Thomas Bull; Catherine Bull and Margaret Bull
Half brother of Elizabeth Robinson; Thomas Rossiter; Samuel C. Rossiter and Samuel Charleston Rossiter

Occupation: Farmer, General
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About Colonel John Bull

John Bull was a patriot in the American Revolutionary War from Pennsylvania. His DAR Ancestor # is A016786

John Bull {see page 10}

• One of the best known of our "St. James" soldiers was Col. John Bull, son of Thomas Bull and Elizabeth (Adams), who served both as a Continental Soldier and as an "Associator".
His record as a Continental Soldier began in 1775:
Bull, John (Pa). Col. 1st Pennsylvania Battalion, 25th November, 1775; resigned 22d January, 1776; Colonel Pennsylvania State Regiment, 2d May, 1777; resigned 17th June, 1777; Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania, 17th June, 1777 to close of war. (Died 9th August, 1824.)2.
 ◦ 2 Heitman, Francis B., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution April 1775, to December 1783, Reprint of the New, Revised, and Enlarged Edition of 1914., With Addenda by Robert H. Kelby, 1932, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967, p. 131. • 
His time as an Associator, Commander of the 5th Battalion, fills in the dates not listed above:
Commodore James H. Bull gives this account of Col. Bull’s service during that time: ◦ 1776, July 4th to about January, 1777. John Bull, Colonel of a Battalion of Associators in the County of Philadelphia ("5th" in his commission, "6th" in "Archives"), by appointment of the State Assembly. These were new organizations for home defense without pay unless called into the field, and when enlisted were sent to Amboy, N.J. for brief service in watching the British on Staten Island till more permanent troops were organized. As Bull’s civilian positions kept him busy in Philadelphia, the Council of Safety gave him leave of absence only from August 17th to September 15th in order to be with his battalion in the field. Arms and ammunition being still scarce, their weapons included pikes and tomahawks." 3 • 
 ◦ 3 Record of the Descendants of John and Elizabeth Bull Early Settlers in Pennsylvania, Commodore James H. Bull, January 1919, Appendix, p. 317: "List of Military Commissions Held by Colonel John Bull". • 
The 5th Battalion of Associators, led by Col. John Bull, included Associator Companies of Providence, Worcester, and Limerick townships. These companies were among the "Flying Camp" Companies.
One of the Companies is listed below which was of Providence Twp.: 
5th Battalion, Colonel John Bull, dated Dec. 10, 1776
Capt. John Edwards, Lt. Arnold Francis, Ensign Samuel Roberts
Sergeants: William Nelson, Samuel Skeen, Emanuel Custer. 4
 4 PA AR, Sixth Series, Vol. I, p. 807.

(Emanuel Custer being a direct ancestor of George Armstrong Custer of the Battle of Little Big Horn fame)

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating he was "served as officer in the Revolution"

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Colonel John Bull's Timeline

June 1, 1731
Worcester, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 21
Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 28
Northumberland City, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 33
Washington City, District of Columbia, United States
November 27, 1766
Age 35
Northumberland City, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 39
Frederick, Virginia, United States
August 9, 1824
Age 93
Riverview, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
August 11, 1824
Age 93
Riverview, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States