The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 453
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General John Lapham Bullis
in 1840 she married young Dr. Abram Bullis. The next year, on
April 17, 1841, their first son and the oldest of seven children,
John Lapham Bullis, was born in the family cobblestone house."
The village of Macedon lay about halfway between Syracuse
and Rochester. This section of upstate New York used to be
called the "Burnt-Over District" from the emotional religious
conflagrations which swept over it. It was in this area that Spirit-
ualism had its stronghold, and it was there in 1826 that the Anti-
Masonic excitement began. Mormonism was founded between
1827 and 1830 by Joseph Smith in near-by Palmyra, but a short
ways to the east of Macedon. The Oneida Community settlement,
where the inhabitants practiced free love along eugenic lines,
was a few miles to the southeast, and Millerism, a strange and
fanatical belief that the world would end in the 1840's, originated
thereabouts as well. In fact, there was some "ism" cooking there
all the time until about 1850.
The settlers' low emotional boiling point in religious matters
was probably a result of their inheritance and background. Most
of them had migrated from the hill districts of northern New
England, particularly from Vermont, where they had led lonely,
isolated lives in the long, harsh winters, and had eked out a bare
existence from the rocky soil. In coming to New York state, the
first settlers had exchanged one area of solitude for another, for
their new homes were well off the beaten path until the opening
of the Erie Canal in 182o; the first railroad did not arrive until
1850. Also, the younger and more ambitious of these second and
third generation Yankees pushed on into Ohio and points further
West, leaving behind those who were older and more closely knit
to their inheritance of religious susceptibility.
When John Bullis was born in 1841, the strange cults of this
area were on the wane, and there is no evidence that his boyhood
was affected by any of these weird beliefs for his family regularly
attended the conservative Quaker Meeting House, at Punkin
Hook, only a few miles away. When John Bullis grew up, he
never went to church, but an observing Indian, in comparing
him to a crooked Indian agent, said:
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