New Book: "Sarah, an American Pioneer: The Circumstantial and Documented Evidence of the Courageous Life of Sarah Wells Bull"
A new book profiles the remarkable life of an 18th century Hudson Valley woman was written by Julie Boyd Cole with Sarah Brownell.
Sarah, an orphan, was an indentured servant to a land speculator in Manhattan. He offered her 100 acres in the Hudson River Highlands if she would settle the land.
So at age 18, in 1712, Wells sailed up the Hudson on a sloop from New York City with two carpenters and three Native American guides.
They landed near New Windsor and traveled through the wilderness to reach the Orange County property, where Wells went on to settle and thrive for nearly a century.
She later married William Bull - the first recorded marriage in the Town of Goshen in 1718 - and had 12 children.
Her family descendants now number more than 76,000, and hundreds have gathered every year since 1868 at the Annual Bull Family Reunion and Picnic.
Their homestead, the William Bull and Sarah Wells Stone House in Campbell Hall, offers tours by appointment; visit bullstonehouse.org for information.
LINK to Times Herald Record article
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