Elisha Bull

Elisha BULL

29 July 1827 – 26 August 1905


Elisha Bull, a son of Ezra and Margaret (Hadwin) Bull, was born in Rutland County, Vermont. He died in Silt, Garfield County, Colorado. A government issue headstone, which reads “LIEUT. ELISHA BULL   CO. B.  75 ILL. INF.”, marks his grave in the Evergreen Cemetery at Leadville, Colorado.


Nancy A. Blakely and Elisha were married about 1847 and in 1850 were living in Collins, Erie County, New York with an infant daughter, Angellee. Elisha was a shoe maker.


Nancy died 26 December 1858 and was interred in the Lyndon Cemetery near Lyndon, Whiteside County, Illinois. Elisha and his second wife, Helen M. Chamberlain were married 24 November 1859 in Whiteside County, Illinois. The 1860 census lists Elisha, Helen, Angela and Ansel Bull living in the village of Lyndon. Both children were from Elisha's first marriage. The family was residing in Lyndon at the time Elisha enlisted in the Army. After his term of service in the 33rd Illinois, he re-enlisted in Co. B of the 75th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.


At the end of the war, Elisha returned to Lyndon and his family. By 1870 the Bulls had moved to State Centre, Iowa, and it was from there that Elisha left to “go west” and give mining a try. Helen remained in State Centre. She was divorced from Elisha in October of 1882 and continue to live in State Centre until her death on 6 February 1903. Her obituary attests to her service as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War.


The 1880 census of Black Hawke, Gilpin County, Colorado lists Elisha Bull, age 52, a miner and living as a boarder in the home of Charles Hanson.


Elizabeth (Tabor) Sherman and Elisha Bull were married on 10 Oct 1887 in Leaville, Lake County, Colorado. This was a second marriage for “Lizzie”. The 1900 census enumerated them as living in Antlers, Colorado. The family included George, age 9, Margaret, age 6 and Augusta, age 4. After Elisha died, Elizabeth remained in the Garfield County area where she died of the flu on 9 December 1918. She is buried in Leadville's Evergreen Cemetery. Her first husband Luther I. Sherman,  Elisha Bull, the band member and their son George Bull are all interred there.


Research and Article Written by

Liz Veselack

October 2002

Submitted by Sara Simpson 2019


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