Tuesday, April 14, 2015


On this day 150 years ago Abraham Lincoln's life was ended by an assassin's bullet. Rather than think about that tragedy, let's spend some time remembering the life of that great president. Many books have been written about Lincoln, and we're recommending to you one that is in the Bullis Collection:

Lincoln and Men of War Times
by A. K. McClure
published in Philadelphia by The Times Publishing Co., 1892

A. K. McClure wrote from his perspective as an editor of the Philadelphia Times and a Republican powerbroker of the day.   He included in his book a facsimile of Lincoln's May 23, 1860 letter to the president of the Republican National Committee, in which he accepted their nomination of him as its presidential candidate for that year.

Please visit us in the Bullis Room to look through this book and learn more about our country's 16th president. (And while you're there, please browse through some of the other great books on the shelves.)

Monday, April 6, 2015


Published in 1885-86 by C. L. Webster & Co. in New York, this two-volume edition contains plates, maps and facsimiles that help tell the story of Ulysses S. Grant's military career during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War.

You can stop by the Bullis Room and read this biography from cover to cover,  if you wish,  or focus on  Grant's account of his American Civil War experiences.

This is a good time to refresh and add to our knowledge of the war between the states, since this month is the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses R. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

And - just a reminder - the shelves in the Bullis Room contain a number of other good books on the American Civil War.  If you stop by, we'll  lead you to them.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



As recorded in THE BULLIS FAMILY OF MACEDON, NEW YORK, by Elizabeth Ferrari, April, 1984:

"In the mid-1600s, when political and religious turmoil were driving many Englishmen from their homeland, Phillip Bullis left England to settle in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1663 Phillip married Judith Hart, thus beginning the many generations of Bullises to become part of America. The Bullis families settled throughout New England and New York. In 1837, the Charles H. Bullis family came to Macedon, Wayne County, New York to settle.

"Charles H. Bullis was born in Manchester, Vermont on January 23, 1786. On January 1. 1812, Charles married Eleanor Carbone of Greenwich, New York. He had relatives living in Greenwich and it is likely that he met Eleanor while he was visiting there. He and his wife took up residence in Manchester, Vermont until 1837.

"They left Vermont on November 13, 1837. Charles Bullis, great-grandson of Charles H. Bullis, said that his great-grandfather may have received a land grant in Ohio which prompted him to make this move. It is said that when they got to New York, they took a canal boat from the town of Troy, New York. During their trip they stopped in Macedon to visit some friends. Macedon was and still is a beautiful town with a rolling landscape of drumlins and acres and acres of productible land. This land would be encouraging to any man. After visiting for some time in Macedon, Charles decided to remain there."

England ... Massachusetts ... New York ... Vermont ... Ohio ... and, later on ...  Texas  ... Tennessee ...  and  __________ (you fill in the blank) ... 

There are records of Bullises here, there and over yonder.  And our Bullis Committee would like to hear from any of you out there who have connections with the Bullis family. 

So, where in the world are you Bullis Family members? Please get in touch with us by:

1) posting a comment on this blog
2) emailing us at bullisgroup@yahoo.com
3) calling Macedon Public Library at 315-986-5932, Option 3 
and leave a message for the Bullis Committee

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Jeanette Aurelia Bullis was born in Macedon on this day in 1893, the second child and only daughter of Abraham R. Bullis and Josephine Breese Bullis. She dedicated her life to her family, her friends and her community.

Her community continues to benefit from her generosity through a $12.3 million grant received by the Rochester Area Community Foundation in 2001. A lead article in the January 31, 2001 edition of the Courier-Journal  listed Miss Bullis's charitable interests as including "... the Macedon Public Library; preservation of natural resources; benefit of animals; advancement of learning, and, in her words, 'activities for the moral, mental,  intellectual and physical development of young people.'"

Once again, we say "Thank you, Nettie Bullis."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Trying to decide how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? How about stopping by the Bullis Room and taking a look at this book about Daniel O'Connell, often referred to as the "The Liberator":

Young Ireland, A Fragment of Irish History, 1840 - 1850
by Sir Charles Gavan Duffy
Published by Cassell, Peter, Galpin & Company, 1880

To give you a little preview of what you'll learn from this Bullis book, here's an excerpt from the first chapter titled "How the Repeal Movement Began."

"In the spring of the year 1840 an event occurred in Ireland charged with 
grave and far-reaching consequences but which, at the time, attracted slight notice,
chiefly of a mocking or contemptuous sort. Daniel O'Connell ... suddenly
invited the Irish nation to unite with him in the formidable task of 
repealing the legislative union between Great Britain and Ireland." (Book 1, page 1)

To tempt you a bit more here are some of the other chapter headings:

"How the Movement Fared in the Beginning and What O'Connell Taught"
"A Bird's Eye View of Irish History"
"The Awakening of the Country. The Menace of the Government. The Answer of the People"
"How O'Connell was Tried"
"How He Was Convicted"
"The Vice-tribunate of John O'Connell"

When you've read through this book, you'll have a much better understanding of why the Irish celebrate their heritage every year.  So please stop by.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



We're sure of it.  Icicles and snow piles we've been viewing from the Bullis Room window are getting smaller. And the Bullis Room is feeling cooler in relation to the outside temperature. All good signs that we're moving toward Spring. And where is this leading us, in today's post? To another good Bullis Collection book, of course. One that will help us get in the mood for warmer and sunnier days.

And that book is (TA DA):

English Country Life:
Consisting of Descriptions of Rural Habits,
Country Scenery, and the Seasons.
By Thomas Miller 
Published in London by G. Routledge, 1865

Please stop by and take a look through this book. Chapters we suggest you will enjoy at this time year:

"Summer Flowers"
"Beauty of Summer Butterfly andFlowers"
"Summer in the Fields"
"Birds in Summer"

And the chapter we suggest you leave for reading during a record-setting-high temperature day in August:

"Dark December"

We also want to remind you  - no matter the weather outside, it's always pleasant in the Bullis Room, surrounded by all these shelves of great books. You have a standing invitation to come in and spend some time with us, savoring the atmosphere and surroundings.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


    Do you remember reading this old English nursery rhyme when you were a child?

Monday's Child
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child works hard for a living,
Saturday's child is loving and giving,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay.

When you first read this rhyme, did you zero in on the day you were born, imagining what your fate might be?  And now that you've "arrived" in life, does your birth-day prediction accurately reflect your true-life experience? 

Well, we're wondering if Nettie Bullis read this nursery rhyme and thought about that fourth prediction. You see, Nettie was born on March 23, 1893, and that was a Thursday. "Thursday's child has far to go" -- what does this actually mean?  The website "Famlii" says that the traditional meaning of Thursday's prediction is that the child will have a long, successful life without limitations. That same source also says that modern interpretations have associated Thursday's child with having obstacles to overcome in life.

Both interpretations describe Nettie Bullis's life accurately. She achieved great success in her life and also overcame many obstacles in order to do so. As we prepare to honor her once more on her birthday this month, let's remember her as a true Thursday child.