This is transcribed from the original of the letter written by Mary Diana Bull Humpston, daughter of William G. Bull, son of Elijah Bull, son of Jacob Bull. Thought someone out there might be interested in reading it. My wife's great grandaunt, Nancy Emeline White, is mentioned in the reading. Also, my wife's 3rd great-grandmother Mary Bales, who married a White(I think Soloman White) is mentioned in the letter.I was wondering if anyone can determine what family this Mary comes from.It is transcribed as it appears:
"I was born May 17, 1875 in Dumplin Community, Jefferson County, State of Tennessee, United States of America. My father's name was William Gernade Bull. He was born in the Oakland Community, Jefferson County. My mother's maiden name was Nancy Emeline White. She was born in the Piedmont Community, Jefferson County. My father's father was Elijah Bull, my father's mother was Mary Reed. My mother's father was Abernathy White. My mother's mother's maiden name was Mary French. They were all born and raised in Tennessee, except one five years my mother and her parents lived in Missouri. My mother told me that she remembered crossing the Mississippi River in a ferry boat at St. Louis as they came back. She was then six years old. They returned because Grandfather's father had died and his mother (Mary Bales) wished him to run her farm. I remember seeing my great-grandmother White. She was seventy nine years old when she died and was not gray. Her maiden name was Bales and they were Quakers from Pennsylvania. She remembered riding horseback to Quaker meeting when a girl when it was so cold and she had so far to go that her foot froze to the stirrup. My great-great-grandfather White came from North Carolina. I saw the house he built when he came to Jefferson County and entered land. It was a two-story loghouse. the home-made shingles with which it was covered were fastened on with wooden pegs, and floor was nailed down with homemade nails. I remember visiting my great-grandmother and father French. Her first name was Mary. I also remember my Grandfather Bull's mother. She died when I was fifteen years old. My great, great grandfather Bull came from Maryland to Washington County, Tennessee. He freed all his slaves when he left Maryland except one negro woman named Hannah, who preferred to stay with them. I have heard my father say that his father when a young man could jump up and crack his heels twice before he hit the ground again. I remember my first day at school at Dumplin school house. Prof. W.S. Bryan was my teacher. I took second reader and Webster's bluebacked speller. I can very plainly recall the first I said. We all had to say a speech one Friday afternoon. I got mine in my second reader. It was: Little gray mouse, little gray mouse, I beg you to stay in your snug little house, If out here you come to eat but a crumb, the old cat will kill you as sure as you come. Little gray mouse, little gray mouse, I beg you to stay in your snug little house. I didn't go the next year as they took the school money and helped to build a new school house and didn't have any school that year."