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BULLMAN, THEODORE FRELINGHUYSEN; farmer, Kelly Township, Warren County, was born near Lacon, Marshall County, Ill.. December 9, 1836. a son of Joshua Doty and Catherine F. (Hall) Builman. His father was born near Morristown, Morris County, N. J., February 21. 1806, his mother near Basking Ridge, Somerset County, N. J., May 30. 1808, and were married June 30, 1830. Joshua D. Bullman was a son of Joseph and Maria Bullman; Joseph was a lineal descendant of Edward Doty who came over in the Mayflower in 1620. The history of the Doty (Doten) family in America has been well and ably compiled by Ethau Allen Doty. Brooklyn. N. Y. Joshua Bullman read in a Newark paper glowing accounts of the West by Rev. Bergren, of Springfield, Ill., and resolved to try his fortune there and with his wife and relatives started September 1, 1830, in covered wagons, drawn by ox teams, for Illinois. After a tedious and tiresome journey over the mountains of Pennsylvania and through Ohio, they arrived at Lafayette, Ind., September 20, of the same year. They remained there a season, raising a crop near the Tippecanoe battle ground. In June, 1831, he came to Lacon, Ill., and with Col. John Strawn went to Springfield, Ill., where he entered 160 acres of land, then returned to Indiana. Ta the spring of 1832 he yoked his oxen and moved to his land near Lacon, Ill. The remainder of his life was spent on the farm which he developed there. He served in the Black Hawk war under Col. Strawn and received a warrant for a quarter section of land. He and his faithful wife early united with the Presbyterian Church, lived conscientious and useful lives, were kind to the wayfarer, and never charged for food or shelter beneath their roof. Joshua Bullman died March 14, 1888; his wife March 11, 1877. Their children were Hetty Maria, Thaddeus (deceased), Theodore F., Mortimer C., Clementine D. and Theresa B. Theodore, the immediate subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm, born in a log cabin, where puncheon floors, mud and stick chimneys were the main features of the pioneer's cabin; he naturally saw the country in its wild and primitive state. and experienced many of the hardships of frontier life. The cabins and homes, few and tar between, were sheltered by the woodland groves, while the boundless prairies had scarcely an inhabitant. He received his early education in the old log school house, later in the high school at Lacon. February 3, 1869. he married Sarah J. Miles. daughter of John and Sarah (Froman) Miles, pioneers of Warren County. Ill. He resided on his farm in Marshall County six years, then moved to Warren County in the spring of 1875, having purchased his wife's old home and birthplace. In his religious views he is liberal. During the Civil War he was a member of the Union League. and has always been a consistent Bepublican. and remembers with pride hearing Abraham Lincoln plead in the courts of Marshall County. when Judges Catcn and Dickey presided at the bar of justice. He has filled the offices of School Director and Commissioner of Highways. His wife is a member of the Universalist Church and graduated at Lombard College, Galesburg. Ill., 1863. and taught school several years in Marshall and Warren Counties. Mr. and Mrs. Builman have had two children Joshua Jay. and a daughter, who died in infancy. The latter was born February 14. 1883, the former December 27. 1876, graduated at Lombard College in 1898. and on March 28. 1901. married to Mary S. Adcock (a graduate of Knox College. Galesburg. 1898). the only daughter of William Adcock of Kelly Township They now operate the home farm. Their son, Theodore Adcock, was born January 20, 1902.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
and the history of Warren County.
Edited by: Newton Bareman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M.
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1903.