From the Andover News, November 6, 1914.
Transcribed by Suzette Pondillo.



Andover’s Oldest Inhabitant Passes Away

In the death of Henry H. Bullard at his home on Dyke Street, on Wednesday of last week, Andover loses, not only its oldest resident, but one of its most estimable citizens. Mr. Bullard was born ninety-four years ago last February on the farm now owned by Edward Padden. His entire life has been lived in this town. He was therefore, not only the oldest person in Andover at the time of his death, but it is also probably true that no one has every lived here for as many years as did he.

Mr. Bullard’s grandfather, Henry Hiney, after whom he was named, served in the Revolutionary War. He lived afterward near Elmira and died there at the age of 114 years. It was Mr. Bullard’s privilege to hear his grandfather tell of those eventful days in the beginning of our national history. Their combined years of life have covered an unusually long period of time, in which many great national movements were begun and consummated.

Mr. Bullard’s youth and the earlier days of his mature life were spent as a farmer, but later he worked as a stone mason for many years.

In 1843 on Nov. 2nd he was married to Mary Ann Adams, whose death occurred on Oct. 5, 1893, just a month before their golden wedding anniversary. Five sons and five daughters were born to them of whom three have preceded them to the other shore; two daughters, Mrs. John Cochrane and Mrs. Phillip Corwin, and a son, George, who died at the age of 28. Those who remain and upon whom the weight of affliction falls are: J.L. Bullard and Robert Bullard of Friendship; L.L. Bullard, David Bullard, Emily Bullard, Arvilla Bullard and Martha Cook, of Andover. There are also seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

For 45 years Mr. Bullard has been a member of the local Methodist Church and for many years served the church in the capacity of Trustee and member of the Official Board.

Mr. Bullard had been in failing health for several years, and under the watchful care of the two daughters, Emily and Arvila, and the son, Lewis, with whom he has made his home in the home on Dyke street where they have lived for 22 years. A few days before his death the heart began to fail and he passed away peacefully on the morning of the 4th of November.

The funeral service was held from his late home on Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, Rev. F.M. Baker, the pastor of the family, officiating. Several appropriate universal selections were sung by a quartette from the choir of the Methodist Church. A large attendance of relatives and friends and the beautiful floral tributes testified to the love and esteem in which all who knew him united. Internment was made at the Hillside Cemetery in the family lot.

Those present at the service from out of town were: J.M. Bullard and wife, Robert Bullard and wife and Marion Bullard and wife of Friendship; Roy Nichols, of Cuba; Clarence Cochrane and wife of Wellsville; Dr. Comstock, of Wellsville, and Mrs. Lillian Sutton, of Hornell.

A man of true worth and of uprightness in character has passed to his reward. Firm in his convictions of right and wrong and interested always in the progress of righteousness he aimed to make his Christian life a factor of every day value. This naturally created like characteristics and convictions in his children who one by one have taken their own.

Henry Bullard (1820-1914)