Friday, January 30, 2015
A RELIC OF 1660
An interesting relic of the past is an ancient kettle of unique pattern and unusual proportion which hangs from a tripod in the garden of W. A. Lull at New Berlin, and is filled with blossoms and vines.
It has not always been in such pleasant surroundings. It has had a history. In the year 1660 the kettle was brought from England by Benjamin Lull, great-great grandfather of W. A. Lull, who settled at Byfield, Mass. The family afterwards removed to the Butternut valley several years before the Revolution. The Indians became very hostile and threatening and Lulls, father and five sons, hastily buried the old kettle with other household treasures and following a trail by blazed trees, they fled through the forest towards Albany, which they reached in safety. It was many years before they returned to the Butternut valley, and several of the sons served in the war of the Revolution. When they did make their way back to the old home it was impossible to find the buried treasures. After nearly a century, in the year 1876, a member of the Lull family, while plowing in the field, struck the old kettle. It has been a cherished relic in the family since that time and for some years has been in the possession of W. A. Lull.