Some Ohio Dulls
"The Dull Family"
Prepared by Gordon Dull.
There are records of two emigrants, Casper Dull,
born 1716 Hesse, on the Rhine, Dornstadt, Germany,
and Frederick Dull, born 1724 -- perhaps brothers.
There were men by the name Dull in the American
It is said that some originally pronounced the
name in German as Von Dull. I personally have
been able to trace back to John Dull and Eliza-
beth (Putman) Dull, who lived in Bedford County,
Pennsylvania in 1795, and later in Somerset County,
I noted that there are many Putmans in the
same cemetary that Peter and Catherine Dull are
buried in, in Mercer County, Ohio, leading me to be-
lieve Putmans migrated to Ohio along with the
John Dull (1753-1835) and wife Elizabeth (Putman) Dull (1752-
1843) lived in Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1795 and later in
Milford Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Their children
John Dull 1778-1834 Hannah Lenhart
Peter Dull 1779-1851 Eve K. Knable
Catherine Married a Mr. Pile
Susan Married a Mr. Whipkey
George Dull 1794-1852 58 yrs. old
Magdalen Married a Mr. Speicher
Elizabeth Married a Mr. Sipe
John and Elizabeth are buried in the New Centerville Cemetery.
From Somerset you take Hwy. 281 south to Centerville approx-
imately 8 miles. There is a new Lutheran Church with adjoining
cemetery. They are eight rows from the church towards highway.
The last will indicates Peter Dull as the administrator--heirs are
listed as George Dull, Elizabeth Sipe, John Pile, Peter Dull, John
Wiemer, John Baker and Jonathum Lechlem.
JOHN DULL - SON OF JOHN and ELIZABETH (PUTMAN) DULL
John Dull and Hannah (Lenhart) Dull were born, reared and
married in eastern Pa. He was born in the year of 1778. After his
marriage to Hannah, they located in Fayette Co., Pa. where he
farmed for some years. In 1832 they moved to Stark Co., Ohio
where he entered 320 acres of land and set to work to hew out a
home, but at the end of 2 years, both he and his wife were swept
away with the scourge of that year 1834 (Asiatic Cholera). They
were members of the Lutheran Church and the parents of 13 child-
1. Peter Born June 4, 1800 - Married Catherine Schlater
2. Anna Maria
(Mary) Born March 1, 1802 - Married Henry Schlater
3. Joseph Born January 9, 1804 - Married Elizabeth DunBould
(Phoebe) Born March 7, 1806 - Married John Schlater
5. John Born January 15, 1808 - Married Mary Harbough
6. Elizabeth Born June 4, 1813 - Married Simon Wyandt
7. Lenhart Born September 11, 1815 - Married Susan Ream
8. Jacob Born May 1, 1817 - Married Harriet Ream
(Hannah) Born May 11, 1819 - Married William Agler
10. Elias Born February 3, 1822 - Married Jane Walters
11. Catherine Born December 27, 1824 - Married Peter Brubaker
12. Died in infancy
13. Died in infancy
Time of Deaths:
Peter Died April 7, 1888, nearly 87 yrs.
Anna Maria (Mary) Died about 1882, about 80 yrs.
Joseph Died October 17, 1891, age 87 yrs.
Philipena (Phoebe) Died April 1887, about 81 yrs.
John Died August 28, 1849, about 41 yrs.
Elizabeth Died October 9, 1900, age 87 yrs.
Lenhart Died May 8, 1892, age about 79 yrs.
Jacob Died June 1, 1904, age 87 yrs.
Johanna (Hannah) Died 1894, age about 75 yrs.
Elias Died September 3, 1907, age 85 yrs. 6 mos.
Catherine Died July 28, 1909, age 84 yrs.
This information was taken from Page 416 - History of VanWert
and Mercer Co., Ohio.
One of the early settlers of the county was born in Pennsylvania,
June 4, 1800 and moved to this county in 1840. In 1824, he married
Catherine Schlater of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Their family
consisted of thirteen children, of whom five boys and three girls are
still living. Two sons were in the military service, one of whom died
at Savannah, Georgia, while with the army of General Sherman in
its Great "March" to the Sea. The other, Franklin, returned at the
close of the war.
Peter Dull, came to Mercer County about 1840 and purchased
161A land in Section 6, Dublin Township. During 1841, Peter Dull
and wife Catherine sold this land to W.R. and P. Schlater and
purchased 183A land in Section 10, Dublin Township. During
1842 - 1853 - 1855 Peter Dull also purchased most all of adjoining
Section 3 of Dublin Township.
During later years, 1867 to 1882, Peter Dull deeded all of Sec-
tion 3 to Josiah, Thomas, William, Hooks, and Dull. In the year
1882, the home farm, Section 10 was sold 100A to Nancy Jane
Hooks and 83 acres to William Dull. Records we find indicate Peter
lived on this farm with Nancy Jane Hooks till his death.
Peter Dull and Catherine had the following children:
Jeremiah Dull 1827
Josiah Dull 1829-1909 Mary A (1836-1889)
Lucinda Dull 1835 Seth Temple
Samuel Dull 1834-1918 Mary O'Leary
Catherine Dull 1836-1907 Alfred Frysinger
John Dull 1837-1897 Louisa (1841-1913)
William Dull 1840-1913 Martha
Franklin Dull 1843
Nancy Jane Dull 1848-1901 Abraham Hooks
Phoebe Dull 1849
Thomas Dull 1854 Hanah Malessa
Joseph Dull 1856
Hugh Dull 1858-1925 Amanda (1859-1959)
Peter Dull was born June 4, 1800, died April 7, 1888. He married in
1824 to Catherine Schlater in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She
was born September 30, 1804 and died October 8, 1882. They are
buried in Ridge Cemetery, Route 81 about 3 miles west of Highway
118, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.
Josiah, John, William, Hugh, Catherine, and Nancy Jane are
buried in a cemetery 2-1/2 miles east of Rockford, Ohio on Highway
117, Junction with Frysinger Road.
Samuel Dull, my great grandfather, the subject of this sketch was the
son of Peter and Catherine (Schlater) Dull.
Samuel was born March 7, 1834 in Stark Co., Ohio. His parents,
Peter Dull and their families had traveled from Pennsylvania to Stark
Co., Ohio in the year 1832.
In the year of about 1851, Samuel brought a load of horses for
his father, by way of rail to Viroqua, Wisconsin. Samuel would have
been about 21 years old at that time. We are told that he sold all of
them except for about 2 teams and traded them for some land in
Vernon Co., Town of Bad Ax.
Samuel decided to stay in Wisconsin, and in September, 1856
he married Mary O'Leary in the town of Bad Ax, Vernon Co., Wis-
consin. The marriage certificate states that Mary O'Leary not being
of lawful age and her father being present, his consent was duly
given - that Samuel one of the frontier on oath to be of legal age
and that Peter Schlater and William Wright were the witnesses.
Samuel and Mary (O'Leary) Dull had the following children:
1. Jeremiah (Jerry) 1856-1945
2. William 1858-1952
3. Catherine (Kit) Altizer-Coleman 1860-1896
4. Edward 1865-1936
5. John 1867-1944
6. Hanna (Elvert Ewers) 1873-1952
7. Peter 1875-1949
8. Mary (Gib Ewers, Frank Fry) 1875-1963
9. Franklin 1877-1963
10. Joseph (Joe) 1883-1955
Samuel and Mary sold their farm in Vernon County and bought
a farm at North Clayton, where they farmed and raised their family.
Later they turned their home farm over to John Dull and moved to
Readstown, Wisconsin, near where Mary O'Leary lived before their
marriage. They lived there for a while, then moved back to North
Clayton. They moved a house via horses to a spot next to where
the North Clayton Methodist Church is located today and spent the
balance of his life there. He died April 21, 1918 at the age of 84
years, and is buried in the North Clayton Cemetery.
NOTE: That information given on the death certificate had Samuel
Dull's birthdate at March 7, 1830 in Pennsylvania.
At this time, 1832, John Dull and Hannah (Lenhart) Dull had a
family of 11 children.
They started their trip to Ohio from Pennsylvania.
1. Peter 32 yrs. old, married to Catherine Schlater. At this
time they had Jeremiah, 5 yrs. old; Josiah, 3 yrs. old.
2. Anna 30 yrs. old, married to Henry Schlater.
3. Joseph 28 yrs. old, maried to Elizabeth DunBould. at this
time they had two children; Phoebe and Christina.
4. Phoebe 26 yrs. old, married to John Schlater. At this time
they had three children; Mary, Joseph and Nancy.
5. John 24 yrs. old, married to Mary Harbough.
6. Elizabeth 19 yrs. old, not married at this time, she remained in
7. Lenhart 17 yrs. old, not married at this time.
8. Jacob 16 yrs. old.
9. Johanna 13 yrs. old.
10. Elias 10 yrs. old.
11. Catherine 7 yrs. old and remained in Pannyslvania. Actually
came to Ohio in 1839 with her sister Elizabeth and
her husband, Simon Wyandt.
John and Hannah (Lenhart) Dull died 2 years after arriving
in Stark County, Ohio, with the Asiatic Cholera.
DULL FAMILY REUNION
August 24, 1885
Please grant us a small space in your very excellent paper for a
report of a family reunion of the Dull family, which took place at
the residence of Elias Dull in Willshire Township.
Early in the morning, the brothers and sisters, children and grand-
children all with well filled baskets, began to assemble in buggies and
on foot until the number of relatives had swelled to about 85 persons.
During all this time, hand shaking and friendly greetings were
indulged in by the friends who had been separated five, ten, twenty
and even some forty years, and still others who on that day had first
met. The last time the brothers and sisters had all met together at
one time was October, 1834, nearly fifty-one years ago. At this
meeting there were eleven of them present. Two of whom since died
vez. John Dull died in August, 1849, with that dreadful disease
cholera, two of his sons died at the same time. Anna Maria Schlater,
wife of Henry Schlater, the oldest sister who lived in Davis Co., Indi-
ana, died in the year 1882, 80 yrs. old, she having emigrated to that
county, when it was still a wilderness. The meeting above referred
to was at the sale of the personal estate of their parents, shortly
after their deaths, they having both died in September, 1834 with
the cholera--nearly the whole family had it at that time. It was then
remarked by an old gentleman present, that in all probability that
would be the last time they would ever meet as a family. But now
after a lapse of over half a century, nine of the eleven have met at
the residence of the younger brother, and several hundred miles from
the place of the last meeting above referred to. The following are
those who still survive:
Peter Dull, born June 4, 1800
Joseph Dull, born February 19, 1804
Mrs. Phoebe Schlater, born March 7, 1806
Mrs. Elizabeth Wyandt, born June 4, 1813
Lenhart Dull, born August 11, 1815
Jacob Dull, born May 1, 1817
Mrs. Hannah Agler, born May 11, 1819
Elias Dull, born February 3, 1822
Mrs. Catherine Brubaker, born December 27, 1824
The two which are not living are:
John Dull, born January 15, 1808, died August 28, 1849
Anna Maria, oldest sister, born March 1, 1802, died in 1882 at
age of 80 yrs.
Their total aggregating 648 years, or an average of 72 years.
The eldest being past eighty-five and the youngest nearly sixty-one
years of age. They are all enjoying very good health, taking into con-
sideration their age and the privations which they have endured,
most of them having settled in this country from forty to forty-
seven years ago, and have therefore endured the privations and hard-
ship of a pioneer life. They were all born in Summerset Co., Penn-
sylvania, except Elias and Catherine who were born in Fayette Co.,
John and Hannah Lenhard Dull moved to Stark Co., Ohio with
their children in the year 1832 and it was in that county where they
both died of cholera two years later. Peter Dull came to Mercer Co.,
Ohio about forty-five years ago and still makes his home on the old
homestead with his youngest daughter. His wife died about two years
ago. Joseph Dull moved to Licking Co., Ohio about two years ago
when he sold his farm there and went back to Stark Co., Ohio and
is living with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Phebe Schlater who came
with her husband, John Schlater, brother to Henry Schlater, to this
county in 1838. Jacob Dull came with them. Mr. Schlater died about
thirty-eight years ago. Mrs. Schlater is still living in Vanwert with her
daughter Mrs. R. Conn.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wyandt came to this county in 1839 with her
husband, Simon Wyandt. She still owns the old homestead in Har-
rison Township on which they first settled, but lives in Convoy, Ohio.
Her husband died in 1859. Lenhart and Elias Dull came to this
county about forty-three years ago, and both have good homes in
Willshire Township, Ohio.
Jacob Dull and Hannah Agler also reside in Willshire Township.
Catherine Brubaker resides with her husband, Peter Brubaker in
Liberty Township. She came to this county in 1839.
The descendents of the nine brothers and sisters are ninety
children, two hundred and sixty-seven grandchildren and fifty-eight
great grandchildren. Of these, twenty-five children, thirty-three
grandchildren and five great grandchildren are dead.
A sumptuous dinner was prepared for all present, but an extra
table was spread for the nine brothers and sisters and they all par-
took of their dinner at the same table. An artist who had been em-
ployed to take a picture of the family was there, and each one went
away with a picture of the family group which will be ever cherished
by them as a great treasure.
The Dulls are a long lived family, but it is not at all probable
that they will ever all meet again. John Hurraw, a cousin from Stark
Co. was also present with them. The reunion throughout was one of
the most enjoyable occasions we have ever been privileged to attend.
All present did everything in their power to make it pleasant for all
of them. The day was spent in pleasant conversation and having an
agreeable time, the occasion will long be remembered by those who
participated in the reunion. In the evening they bade each other a
sad farewell and departed to their several homes, some of them in
all probability parting, never to meet again. We doubt whether an-
other such family can be found in the state where so many are still
alive, and have attained so great an age.
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