Ingham County Biographical Sketches

John Bullen

To enjoy the confidence of those who know us best, to have the good will and esteem of our neighbors, is due always to our personal characterstics, rather than of those about us. John Bullen is a man who is in possession of those qualities of head and heart that insures for him the most kindly regard of his friends and neighbors. Genial, cordial, outspoken, one needs but a single introduction to get at the true inwardness of the man.

The influence for the upbuilding of society, morally and intellectually of the Bullen family will live and be felt in Aurelius long years after the forms and features of each manly man has been forgotten.

John Bullen was a product of the township in which he has held continous residence for more than half century. His history in part may be read in the history of his father, Reuben R., and his brothers, R. J., James T., and Joseph, which are given in this volume.

His birth dates from March 2, 1851. General farming has been the business of his life, though he was for several years engaged with his brother James T. in the manufacturing of tile and lumber at North Aurelius.

He was united in marriage October 26, 1880, to Miss Ada M. Presley, daughter of Thomas and Martha Smith Presley of Dexter, Washtenaw county, Michigan. Mrs. Presley was the pioneer teacher referred to in the sketch of Wm. M. Webb. Mrs. Bullen was born December 27, 1858. Two children only, a son and a daughter have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bullen : Ray L., April 5, 1883, now engaged as a rural mail carrier, and Maud, born November 23, 1884. Miss Maud is with her parents on the home farm. Mr. Bullen is industriously engaged in his farming operations, having abandoned all out side enterprises to which he had formerly given attention.

The history of the worthy Bullen family read consecutively, makes a somewhat remarkable record which the numerous descendants may study with a sense of just pride; few communities comparatively have been blessed with a so rich a heritage.

Taken from:
"Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan", by Albert E. Cowles.
Published by The Michigan Historical Publishing Association Lansing, MICH., 1905.
Pages 556


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