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Thomas Bull was born 160538, and died October 12, 1684 in Hartford, Ct38. He married Suzannah on 1643.

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Notes for Thomas Bull:
!Pequot War
died ae 78; will dated 20 Aug l684,inventoried 24 Oct l684
Founders of Saybrook Colony, 1685; sailed from London, Englandfor American on
in command under Capt. John Mason. In a battle at the fort on 24 May 1637, Lt.
Bull's life was saved by a piece of hard cheese in his pocket which deflected
an arrow. In 1639 he was a proprietor of Hartford, and is numbered among the
first settlers there. As a reward for his military service he was granted land
in Niantic on 2 Mar 1651/2. In 1660 he was given additional land on the "west
side of Nahantick Bay." Capt. Bull is credited with defeating an attempt on the The following biography (edited) of Captain Thomas Bull was
prepared by Mary Louise B. Todd of Winter Park, Orange County,
Florida:

Thomas Bull sailed from Sandwich, England, on the "Hopewell,"
Captain Babb commanding, on September 11, 1635. Thomas Bull,
aged 25, was included among those to be transported to New
England in Captain Babb's ship "p. Cert. from the Ministers C
Justices of their conformitee in Religion to our Church of
England and yt they are no Subsedy men. They have taken ye oath
of Alleg: and Suprem:" His name appears in the middle of a
family group of Millers and Heaths from Hertfordshire near
Bishops Stortford.

Thomas Bull's exact date and place of birth are uncertain. The
above record would indicate that he was born in 1610. However,
Spencer Miller demonstrated some years ago that the ages on
this ship's list are inaccurate in various instances. In April
1681, Thomas Bull testified that he was then aged about 75
which suggests that he was born in 1606. Data compiled around
1849 by William S. Porter of Hartford for Elizabeth Bull of
Woodbury gave his date of birth as 1606. Records in the
possession of one branch of the family, source unknown, state
that he was born June 10, 1605.

There is also some confusion about his place of birth, which is
sometimes given as Southwark in London and sometimes as Bishops
Stortford in Hertfordshire or across the river Stort in Manuden
parish of Essex County.

In any case, Thomas Bull landed in the Massachusetts Colony in
1635 and remained either in Boston or Cambridge until the
following spring when he was enrolled in a company of
volunteers sent to aid the new settlement in Connecticut. "On
Tuesday, May 31, the company of 35 men with twice as many
wives, children, servants, started on its pilgrimage along the
Indian Path (to Hartford). Hooker carried letters to the
younger Winthrop from his father the governor, who took
advantage of the opportunity to send also, in charge of Lt.
Thos. Bull of the company, assisted by one of Winthrop's
servants, six cows, four steers and a bull, which were to be
delivered to his son at Saybrook." Lieutenant Bull was later
described by Winthrop as "a godly and discreet man."

Thomas Bull received Lot 32 in the Hartford grant, on the south
side of Little River and on the south side of old Buckingham
Street, between Main and Bliss. In 1640, his homelot was
described as being on the south side of the road from George
Steele's to the South Meadow, bounded on the north by that
road, on the east by Richard Lyman's land, on the south by
Stephen Post, and on the west by Philip David or Ward's lot.

In Volume I of the Colonial Records of Connecticut, we find
that Thomas Bull served under Captain John Mason in the Pequot
War in 1637. The Pequots, after invading the Connecticut River
valley, passed southeastward toward the Thames River and the
present boundary of Rhode Island, through several Indian tribes
who occupied this land. The war lasted three weeks and was not
an easy one for the new settlers. The soldiers under Captain
John Mason, Captain John Underhill and Lieutenant Robert Seely
attacked and burned the Pequot fort at Mystic and then pursued
the survivors. The Pequot tribe was destroyed. According to
Captain Masons report, Arthur Smith was wounded in firing the
fort so that he was unable to move out but "was happily espied
by Lt. Bull and by him rescued." Another story is that Thomas
Bull had an arrow shot into a hard piece of cheese in his
pocket, which "may verify the old saying: a little armor would
serve, if a man knew where to place it." It was Thomas Bull who
found the gun marked I. W. belonging to the murdered John Wood.

Land was granted to five of Captain Mason's companions for
their service against the Pequods. The land originally granted
in 1642 was described as 500 acres in the Pequot country,
apparently meaning the vicinity of Pequot Harbor. This was
later set as land north of Black Point on Nahantick Bay. The
grant being neglected and the land otherwise occupied, the
General Court in 1650 transferred the soldiers' grant to
Niantecutt, lying at Sargent's Head. As laid out this included
a tract secured to Indians under Chief Obed. This 100 acres of
Obed's land on the south was exchanged for 200 acres to the
north. The Indians sold their 100 acres to the proprietors of
the grant March 9, 1691/1692. A few days later, Joseph and
Jonathan Bull, who were apparently sole proprietors sold the
entire 700 acres to Nehemiah Smith of New London. In his will
in 1684, Thomas Bull had called this property the "Great Swamp
land I received from the Country."

In 1639, the name of Thomas Bull was included among the
"Proprietors of the undivided lands of the Town of Hartford."'
His name appeared frequently in the early land records in
partnership with Edward Stebbing. In 1647/1648 he was master of
a vessel at Curacoa. The next year he was a deputy to the
General Court. In the following year he was confirmed as
lieutenant. He served on jury duty a number of times in the
1650's. In 1655, there was an action in Particular Court with
Margaret Smith against Thomas Rowell for nonpayment of rent for
which Thomas Bull received 18 pounds and costs, to be satisfied
from Rowell's estate, and actions against Zachary Field and
William Edwards for debt. Thomas Bull acted as attorney in 1651
for John Friend of Salem against John Nott. Thomas Bull was a
grand juror in 1662 in the indictment of Nicholas and Margaret
Jennings of Saybrook for witchcraft. In 1663, he was a
ratemaker. On January 18 1664, Lieutenant Thomas Bull and
Deacon Edward Stebbins "doe engage themselves to pay to
Hartford the sum of 400 pounds out of Mr. Hopkins estate for
promoting learning according to the will of Mr. Hopkins."

On May 21, 1653, Thomas Bull was named as lieutenant of a
company raised to fight the Dutch. On August 14, 1673, he was
appointed captain of the Hartford County company and was in
command of the fort at Saybrook in July of 1675. Major Sir
Edmund Andross had been sent to enforce the orders of the Duke
of York for the surrender of Saybrook as one of t
part of Major Edmund Andross to take possession of the Fort in 1675.
CD 100, UA Record #49-175 gives date and place of birth but gives daughter
Sarah b. 1612, who m. Thomas Bunce and Joseph Bull, who was b. 1655, Hartford
as children. Something must be wrong on this with 43 years between children.
UA Record #75-055 gives birth as 1610, with son Dea. Thomas b. 1646, Hartford
and gives marriage date to Esther Cowles as 19 Apr 1669. UA Record #88-931 also
gives sarah and Joseph as children.
English Origins of NE Families, series 2, vol 1, p. 358ff; the most likely possibility for this Thomas' parents was a William Bull to m. 25 Jun 1605, Jone Allyn of Manuden, Tailor, who had a Thomas bp. 20 Sep 1607 in Manuden, Essex, England. Nothing
is certain of his parentage, however, however since a Thomas Bull d. 1627 in Bishops Stortford. There is also no proof that the Thomas Bull who m. Mary Harlow in 1627/8, is the same Thomas Bull who emigrated in 1635. Thomas Bull of Hartford seems to
have emigrated as a single man; his marriage to Susannah was recorded in 1643, so it would be necessary to suppose that his wife Mary (Harlow) died before that year and that their son Thomas also died, for Thomas Bull of Hartford named his first son,
b. 1646, Thomas.
WFT6, ped #4111 says that his parents were William & Jone (Allyn) Bull.


More About Thomas Bull:
Occupation: Deacon, Lt
ID: I30913
Name: CAPT THOMAS BULL 1
Sex: M
Birth: 1605 1
Death: 12 OCT 1684 in HARTFORD, CONN 1
Christening: came 1635 on "Hopewell;" accomp Hooker to Hartford, on Founders Monument; 1
Burial: in Pequot War 1637; Capt of Hartford Co in defense of Saybrook; 1
Baptism: Master of vessel at Curocoa 1647; see notes; 1
Note:
[ludden1.FTW]

Barbour, Lucius Barnes. Families of Early Hartford, CT. 1982, p. 96.
Name on Founders Monument. Early member 1st Ch. Separated to 2nd Ch.
Original member 12 Feb 1670. Embarked for NE in the "Hopewell" 11 Sept
1635. Was one of the early settlers at Hartford. Was first at Boston or
Cambridge: accompanied Hooker to Hartford in 1636; served in the Pequot
War 1637 and capt. of Hartford company in defense of Saybrook 1675; dep.
Gen. Ct 1648-9. He became familiar with the Indian habits and language
and was therefore peculiarly useful to the early settlers. He was an
original proprietor and in 1640 his home lot was on the south side of the
road from George Steele's to the South Meadow, his lot being bounded N by
that road; E by Richard Lyman land; S by Stephen Post; W by Philip Davis
or Ward's lot. He was master of a vessel at Curocoa 1647-8; juror Hfd
1648-9; Winthrop calls him "a godly and discreet man." He was in command
of the fort at Saybrook when Sir Edmund Andros attempted to gain the
place for his master, the Duke of York, in 1675. The bravery and wisdom
which he displayed in his resistance to Andros greatly endeared Capt.
Bull to the people of the Colony as a gallant & intrepid officer.

Manwaring, I, p. 281. Will of Capt. Thomas Bull of Hartford dated 19
Apr 1684. "I Thomas Bull of Hartford, being weake in body Butt in good
measure of health and memory, doe make this my last Will and testament:
Impr. My will is that all my Just Debts be payd to whom I am Indebted.
It. I give unto my son Thomas Bull of ffarmington That lott att
ffower-mile Hill in Hartford Bounds, yt about one Hundred Acres; also I
give my sayd son ffifteen pounds of my personal Estate and Two Cows.
Itt. I give unto my son David Bull of Saybrook all That I bought of good
Wife Towsland in houseing and Land in Saybrook; And I give unto my said
son David L20 out of my personal Estate, and also two of my best Coats
for his use. Itt. I give unto my daughter Ruth Boardman of Cambridge
L10, to be paid in 18 Months after my decease. Itt. I give unto my
Daughter Bunts in Hartford L10, to be paid in 18 months after my
decease. It.
I give unto my Grand Childe Susannah Bunts L5. Itt. I give unto my
daughter Abigail Bull L90 Besides what she hath Received already, to be
paid wthin 18 Months after my Decease, of wch sum I doe Appoint my son
Joseph Bull to pay L40 out of the best of my household Goods, and I doe
apoynt my son Jonathan Bull to pay L50 out of what he shall receive out
of my Real and personal Estate, both wch sums to be payd In 18 months
after my decease. I give unto my son Jonathan Bull Two Acres of my six
Acar Lott In the South Meadow In Hartford, and likewise I give him 3
Acars of Meadow out of that 8 Acars that was Capt. Cullett's, Abutting on
Goodman Stocking's Lott by the great River's side; alsoe I give him My
Two Acar lott Lying by the Indian ffort by the great River's side. Alsoe
I doe give my sayd son Jonathan 7 Acars of my land that I bought of Mr.
Hopkins Lying next Mr. Hooker's Land; Also I give him 3 Acars of Meadow
at Hockanum that I bought of Mr. Robert Webster, and I give him that Acar
of Land that is over against my now Dwelling house that I bought of
Thomas Whaples, Deceased; also I give him half that Lott yt I bought of
Capt. Cullett of 14 Acars, Abutting on the Land of Steeven Hopkins and
Land of Eliezer Way of Hartford: also I give him my Lott and House that I
bought of William Warren neare the New Meeting hous In Hartford: also I
give him my 18 Acar Lott lying at Rocky Hill, Abutting on the Land of
Steven Hopkins; also I doe give unto my son Jonathan Bull the one half of
my Land at Nahantick, with half the houseing privileges and apertenances;
also I doe give unto my son Jonathan half my Land at Cedar Swamp that I
Receved of the Country. And if the lord shall pleas to take my son
Jonathan out of this Life before he hath A son, then my will is that All
the land he hath Redeived of me, excepting what is Recorded to him before
my death, shall Return to my then surviving Children, to be devided
equally amongst them. Itt. I give unto all my Grand children L20, to be
divided equally amonst them. Itt. I give unto Mr. John Whiting L3, and
desire him to be Overseer of this my will. Itt. I give the Rest of my
Estate, both Real and personall, unto my son Joseph Bull, whom I doe
Appoynt to be sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. And
alsoe that my son Joseph doe lett my Daughter Abigail have the use of the
Chamber she now Ledgeth In so long as she shall see cause. It witness of
the premisses I have heare unto sett my hand this 20 Aug 1684." Witness
Eliezer Way, Sarah Way. A Codicil made about 2 days before the death of
Capt. Bull: In consideration that his daughter Bunce had deceased, he
gave the L10 devised to her to her daughter Susanna Bunce." 25 Nov 1684.

Memorial History of Hartford, County, VI, p. 231 testimony given April
1681 that he was aged about 75. First at Boston or Cambridge;
accompanied Hooker to Hartford in 1636; served in the Pequot Ward, 1637.

The following essay is Major John Mason's description of the
expedition to the Pequot fort and the subsequent Puritan
attack, which led to the destruction of the Pequot Tribe.
Lieutenant Thomas Bull was a participant in this expedition and
attack. The essay was taken from: Mason, Major John (1890),
"The Taking of the Fort at Mystic: A Brief History of the
Pequot War" in (Stedman, Edmund Clarence, and Ellen MacKay
Hutchinson, eds.) A Library of American Literature from the
Earliest Settlement to the Present Time: Volume I. New York,
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company. pp. 180-184.
OUR council, all of them except the captain, were at a stand,
and could not judge it meet to sail to Narragansett: and indeed
there was a very strong ground for it, our commission limiting
us to land our men in Pequot River; we had also the same order
by a letter of instruction sent us to Saybrook.

But Captain Mason apprehending an exceeding great hazard in so
doing, for the reasons forementioned, as also some other which
I shall forbear to trouble you with, did therefore earnestly
desire Mr. Stone that he would commend our condition to the
Lord, that night, to direct how and in what manner we should
demean ourselves in that respect, he being our chaplain and
lying aboard our pink, the captain on shore. In the morning
very early Mr. Stone came ashore to the captain's chamber, and
told him, he had done as he had desired, and was fully
satisfied to sail for Narragansett. Our council was then
called, and the several reasons alleged. In fine, we all agreed
with one accord to sail for Narragansett, which the next
morning we put in execution.

I declare not this to encourage any soldiers to act beyond
their commission, or contrary to it; for in so doing they run a
double hazard. There was a great commander in Belgia who did
the states great service in taking a city; but by going beyond
his commission lost his life. His name was Grubbendunk. But if
a war be managed duly by judgment and discretion as is
requisite, the shows are many times contrary to what they seem
to pursue. Whereof the more an enterprise is dissembled and
kept secret, the more facile to put in execution; as the
proverb, " The farthest way about is sometimes the nearest way
home." I shall make bold to present this as my present thoughts
in this case: In matters of war, those who are both able and
faithful should be improved; and then bind them not up into too
narrow a compass. For it is not possible for the wisest and
ablest senator to foresee all accidents and occurrences that
fall out in the management and pursuit of a war; nay, although
possibly he might be trained up in military affairs; and truly
much less can he have any great knowledge who hath had but
little experience therein. What shall I say? God led his people
through many difficulties and turnings; yet by more than an
ordinary hand of providence he brought them to Canaan at last.

On Friday morning we set sail for Narragansett Bay, and on
Saturday toward evening we arrived at our desired port, there
we kept the Sabbath.

On the Monday the wind blew so hard at north-west that we could
not go on shore; as also on the Tuesday until sunset; at which
time Captain Mason landed and marched up to the place of the
chief sachem's residence; who told the sachem, "That we had not
an opportunity to acquaint him with our coming armed in his
country sooner; yet not doubting but it would be well accepted
by him, there being love betwixt himself and us; well knowing
also that the Pequots and themselves were enemies, and that he
could not be unacquainted with thoseintolerable wrongs and
injuries these Pequots had lately done unto the English; and
that we were now come, God assisting, to avenge ourselves upon
them; and that we did only desire free passage through his
country." Who returned us this answer, "That he did accept of
our coming, and did also approve of our design; only he thought
our numbers were too weak to deal with the enemy, who were (as
he said) very great captains and men skilful in war." Thus he
spake somewhat slighting of us.

On the Wednesday morning, we marched from thence to a place
called Nayanticke, it being about eighteen or twenty miles
distant, where another of those Narragansett sachems lived in a
fort; it being a frontier to the Pequots. They carried very
proudly towards us; not permitting any of us to come into their
fort.

We beholding their carriage and the falsehood of Indians, and
fearing lest they might discover us to the enemy, especially
they having many times some of their near relations among their
greatest foes; we therefore caused a strong guard to be set
about their fort, giving charge that no Indian should be
suffered to pass in or out. We also informed the Indians, that
none of them should stir out of the fort upon peril of their
lives: so as they would not suffer any of us to come into their
fort, so we would not suffer any of them to go out of the fort.

There we quartered that night, the Indians not offering to stir
out all the while.

In the morning there came to us several of Miantomo's his men,
who told us, they were come to assist us in our expedition,
which encouraged divers Indians of that place to engage also;
who suddenly gathering: into a ring, one by one, making solemn
protestations how gallantly they would demean themselves, and
how many men they would kill.

On the Thursday about eight of the clock in the morning, we
marched thence towards Pequot, with about five hundred Indians;
but through the heat of the weather and want of provisions some
of our men fainted. And having marched about twelve miles, we
came to Pawcatuck River, at a ford where our Indians told us
the Pequots did usually fish; there making a halt, we stayed
some small time, the Narragansett Indians manifesting great
fear, insomuch that many of them returned, although they had
frequently despised us, saying that we durst not look upon a
Pequot, but themselves would perform great things; though we
had often told them that we came on purpose and were resolved,
God assisting, to see the Pequots, and to fight with them,
before we returned, though we perished. I then enquired of
Onkos, what he thought the Indians would do?

Who said, The Narragansetts would all leave us, but as for
himself he would never leave us: and so it proved. For which
expressions and some other speeches of his, I shall never
forget him. Indeed he was a great friend, and did great
service.

And after we had refreshed ourselves with our mean commons, we
marched about three miles, and came to a field which had lately
been planted with Indian corn. There we made another halt, and
called our council, supposing we drew near to the enemy: and
being informed by the Indians that the enemy had two forts
almost impregnable; but we were not at all discouraged, but
rather animated, insomuch that we were resolved to assault both
their forts at once. But understanding that one of them was so
remote that we could not come up with it before midnight,
though we marched hard; whereat we were much grieved, chiefly
because the greatest and bloodiest sachem there resided, whose
name was Sassacous; we were then constrained, being exceedingly
spent in our march with extreme heat and want of necessaries,
to accept of the nearest.

We then marching on in a silent manner, the Indians that
remained fell all into the rear, who formerly kept the van
(being possessed with great fear); we continued our march till
about one hour in the night: and coming to a little swamp
between two hills, there we pitched our little camp; much
wearied with hard travel, keeping great silence, supposing we
were very near the fort; as our Indians informed us; which
proved otherwise. The rocks were our pillows; yet rest was
pleasant. The night proved comfortable, being clear and
moonlight. We appointed our guards and placed our sentinels at
some distance; who heard the enemy singing at the fort, who
continued that strain until midnight, with great insulting and
rejoicing, as we were afterwards informed. They seeing our
pinnacles sail by them some days before, concluded we were
afraid of them and durst not come near them; the burden of
their song tending to that purpose.

In the morning, we awaking and seeing it very light, supposing
it had been day, and so we might have lost our opportunity,
having purposed to make our assault before day, roused the men
with all expedition, and briefly commended ourselves and design
to God, thinking immediately to go to the assault; the Indians
showing us a path, told us that it led directly to the fort. We
held on our march about two miles, wondering that we came not
to the fort, and fearing we might be deluded. But seeing corn
newly planted at the foot of a great hill, supposing the fort
was not far off, a champaign country being round about us, then
making a stand, gave the word for some of the Indians to come
up. At length Onkos and one Wequash appeared. We demanded of
them, Where was the fort? They answered, On the top of that
hill. Then we demanded, Where were the rest of the Indians?
They answered, Behind, exceedingly afraid. We wished them to
tell the rest of their fellows, That they should by no means
fly, but stand at what distance they pleased, and see whether
Englishmen would now fight or not. Then Captain Underhill came
up, who marched in the rear; and commending ourselves to God,
divided our men, there being two entrances into the fort,
intending to enter both at once; Captain Mason leading up to
that on the north-east side, who approaching within one rod,
heard a dog bark and an Indian crying "Owanux! Owanux!" which
is "Englishmen! Englishmen! " We called up our forces with all
expedition, gave fire upon them through the palisado; the
Indians being in a dead, indeed their last sleep. Then we
wheeling of fell upon the main entrance, which was blocked up
with bushes about breast high, over which the captain passed,
intending to make good the entrance, encouraging the rest to
follow. Lieutenant Seeley endeavored to enter; but being
somewhat cumbered, stepped back and pulled out the bushes and
so entered, and with him about sixteen men. We had formerly
concluded to destroy them by the sword and save the plunder.

Whereupon Captain Mason seeing no Indians, entered a wigwam;
where he was beset with many Indians, waiting all opportunities
to lay hands on him, but could not prevail. At length William
Heydon espying the breach in the wigwam, supposing some English
might be there, entered; but in his entrance fell over a dead
Indian; but speedily recovering himself, the Indians some fled,
others crept under their beds. The captain going out of the
wigwam saw many Indians in the lane or street; he making
towards them, they fled, were pursued to the end of the lane,
where they were met by Edward Pattison, Thomas Barber, with
some others; where seven of them were slain, as they said. The
captain facing about, marched a slow pace up the lane he came
down, perceiving himself very much out of breath; and coming to
the other end near the place where he first entered, saw two
soldiers standing close to the palisado with their swords
pointed to the ground. The captain told them that we should
never kill them after that manner. The captain also said, We
must burn them; and immediately stepping into the wigwam where
he had been before, brought out a fire-brand, and putting it
into the mats with which they were covered, set the wigwams on
fire. Lieutenant Thomas Bull and Nicholas Omsted beholding,
came up; and when it was thoroughly kindled, the Indians ran as
men most dreadfully amazed.

And indeed such a dreadful terror did the Almighty let fall
upon their spirits, that they would fly from us and run into
the very flames, where many of them perished. And when the fort
was thoroughly fired, command was given, that all should fall
of and surround the fort; which was readily attended by all;
only one Arthur Smith being so wounded that he could not move
out of the place, who was happily espied by Lieutenant bull,
and by him rescued.

The fire was kindled on the north-east side to windward; which
did swiftly overrun the fort, to the extreme amazement of the
enemy, and great rejoicing of ourselves. Some of them climbing
to the top of the palisado; others of them running into the
very flames; many of them gathering to windward, lay pelting at
us with their arrows; and we repaid them with our small shot.
Others of the stoutest issued forth, as we did guess, to the
number of forty, who perished by the sword.

What I have formerly said, is according to my own knowledge,
there being sufficient living testimony to every particular.

But in reference to Captain Underhill and his parties acting in
this assault, I can only intimate as we were informed by some
of themselves immediately after the fight. Thus they marching
up to the entrance on the south-west side, there made some
pause; a valiant, resolute gentleman, one Mr. Hedge, stepping
towards the gate, saying, "If we may not enter, wherefore came
we here?" and immediately endeavored to enter; but was opposed
by a sturdy Indian which did impede his entrance; but the
Indian being slain by himself and Sergeant Davis, Mr. Hedge
entered the fort with some others; but the fort being on fire,
the smoke and flames were so violent that they were constrained
to desert the fort.

Thus were they now at their wits' end, who not many hours
before exalted themselves in their great pride, threatening and
resolving the utter ruin and destruction of all the English,
exulting and rejoicing with songs and dances. But God was above
them, who laughed his enemies and the enemies of his people to
scorn, making them as a fiery oven. Thus were the stout-hearted
spoiled, having slept their last sleep, and none of their men
could find their hands. Thus did the Lord judge among the
heathen, filling the place with dead bodies!

And here we may see the just judgment of God, in sending even
the very night before this assault, one hundred and fifty men
from their other fort, to join with them of that place, who
were designed as some of themselves reported to go forth
against the English, at that very instant when this heavy
stroke came upon them, where they perished with their fellows.
So that the mischief they intended to us, came upon their own
pate. They were taken in their own snare, and we through mercy
escaped. And thus in little more than one hour's space was
their impregnable fort with themselves utterly destroyed, to
the number of six or seven hundred, as some of themselves
confessed. There were only seven taken captive, and about seven
escaped.

Of the English, there were two slain outright, and about twenty
wounded. Some fainted by reason of the sharpness of the
weather, it being a cool morning, and the want of such comforts
and necessaries as were needful in such a case; especially our
chirurgeon was much wanting, whom we left with our barks in
Narragansett Bay, who had order there to remain until the night
before our intended assault.

And thereupon grew many difficulties: Our provision and
munition near spent; we in the enemy's country, who did far
exceed us in number, being much enraged; all our Indians,
except Onkos, deserting us; our pinnacles at a great distance
from us, and when they would come we were uncertain.

But as we were consulting what course to take, it pleased God
to discover our vessels to us before a fair gale of wind,
sailing into Pequot harbor, to our great rejoicing.


More About Thomas Bull and Suzannah:
Marriage: 1643

Children of Thomas Bull and Suzannah are:
  1. +Joseph Bull, b. Abt. 1651, Hartford, Ct39, d. March 22, 1712, Hartford, Ct40.
  2. Jonathon Bull, b. Abt. 1649, Hartford, Ct41, d. August 17, 1702, Hartford, Ct42.
  3. Thomas Bull, b. 1646, Hartford, Ct42, d. May 13, 1708, Farmington42.
  4. Susannah Bull, b. Abt. 1649, Hartford, Ct, d. Bef. November 25, 1684, Ct.
  5. David Bull, b. Abt. 1650, Hartford, Ct43, d. 1719, Saybrook, Ct44.
  6. Ruth Bull, b. Abt. 1653, Hartford, Ct, d. December 17, 1690, Boston, Massachusetts.
  7. Abigail Bull, b. 1653, d. August 13, 1702.
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