Provded to Judi Harris by Julie Ross my long lost 5th cousin.
Biography of William S. Bullock
William Samuel Bullock was born in Woodford County, Ky., May 12, 1827, and was the eldest son and second child of Thomas and Agnes (Ware) Bullock, the former A native of Woodford County, and the latter of Franklin County, Ky. Thomas Bullock lived near the place of his birth until after his marriage. Then he changed his residence to Owen County, Kentucky and from there, in 1853 emigrated to Woodford County, Ill., settling one mile southwest of the present site of Eureka; no signs of a town were visible at that time. There he built up a homestead from an uncultivated tract of land. where he lived until the death Agnes Ware Bullock, Nov. 16, 1882. After her death, Thomas Bullock resided with his son William Samuel until his death Feb. 18, 1887.
Mr. Thomas Bullock was a farmer by occupation, and besides owning a thoroughly cultivated farm of 160 acres, has in partnership with his sons, an interest in 450 acres. The homestead occupying a portion of section 23 in Olio township, and has been the property of our subject since 1863. He has effected most of the improvements upon it, and to assist him in his labors employs modern machinery of an improved pattern, and keeps himself well posted in regard to the best methods of agriculture. Without making any pretensions to elegance, his buildings are neat and substantial and kept in good repair, while he has gathered about himself and family all those comforts and conveniences which have so much effect upon the happiness of a homestead.
William Samuel Bullock was eight years old when his parents removed to Woodford County, this State, and here he grew to manhood in Olio Township. He remained a member of the parental household until reaching his majority, and remembers many of the incidents connected with pioneer life. He assisted in building the first mill erected in Eureka, and was employed in it for a short time. It was owned and operated by John Major and Co. Aside from this diversion, he has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits. When approaching his twenty-fifth year of age he was married, Oct. 14, 1852, to Miss Mary A Mitchell. Mary Ann Mitchell was born in Indiana, and came with her parents to Woodford county, Illinois in 1833. William Samuel and Mary Ann Bullock had three children: Clara the eldest, was the wife of Thomas Spencer, and lives in Buffalo County, Nebraska; Harvey W. married Miss Ayers, and lived in Woodford County; John M. married a Miss Blanchard, and they lived in Woodford County.
In his political views Mr. Bullock affiliates with the Democratic party. He held some of the minor offices, but prefers that other men should assume their cares and responsibilities. Both he and his good wife are members of the Christian Church, and their children were given a good practical education. The family represents the best element of the community.