Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 76-77 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
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Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
Elijah Bull House ""Old Oak"" (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) -- History Subject
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CANDIDATE #2- THE ELIJAH BULL HOUSE "OLD OAK"
On the southeast shore of Wing Lake, on land originally
owned by Sheriff Austin E. Wing, possibly on a land grant,
Elijah Bull bought 160 acres on a patent signed by
President Andrew Jackson October 1, 1829, as the assignee
of Austin E. Wing.
Here he built first a log house, and then, in 1833, a frame
house to shelter his bride Melinda and later their ten
children. He fashioned a wrought-iron doorknocker shaped
like an oak leaf with an acorn clapper and called his house
Bull was a religious man, and as assistant to the Rev.
Hornell received the first charter of a Presbyterian church
in this area on June 1, 1831. He built a church on his
property and was active in it until his death August 9,
1871. The church didn't long survive him, and the
abandoned building was eventually moved to a site across
the road on the Pickering Farm and used as a barn. It
was struck by lightening and burned down in 1922.
"How do you turn a church into a barn?" Homer Case
once asked Helen Pickering. "Well, I guess you don't"
Mrs. Pickering replied mildly, "It was struck by lightning,
The house has had six owners since the Bulls, and has
undergone many renovations and updatings. Today the
six-inch planks of white pine on the floors and the old
huge fireplace with its brick oven are about the only
portions of the original house remaining.
Still, it does qualify as one of our oldest houses.