Dr. William Henry Bullis was born on December 26th, 1857 on Wolfe Island, Ontario. His father, Joseph Bullis had emigrated from Leicestershire, England. His mother was the former Emiline Abbott and she was born around 1832. He was the 4th of 7 children. His siblings included; Lucy, Elisa, George, Samuel, Emma and Edwin. Dr. Bullis graduated from Chatham High School before attending medical school. According to the 1881 census, Mr. and Mrs. Bullis were farming in Raleigh Twp (Chatham-Kent) and on that same census, Dr. Bullis is listed as a medical student.
He graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine (Kingston) in April of 1884. Dr. Bullis furthered his medical education in Edinburgh, Scotland for 6 months. He interned in London, England and in Paris, France.
Dr. Bullis set up a medical practice in Dresden in 1885. On the 18th of November, 1889 Dr. John Irvine Wiley joined Dr. Bullis in his medical practice which was located on St. George Street in Dresden. In the 1891 census Dr. Bullis was listed as a single person practicing medicine.
Dr. Bullis belonged to the C.O.H.C. and the I.O.O.F. He was also a member and at one time President of the Dresden Blue Rock Gun Club.
Dr. Bullis married Adelyn Francis Ford on the 18th of September, 1895 in Mitchell, Ontario (Perth County). On the marriage record Dr. Bullis was listed as living in Dresden. Mrs. Bullis was born and raised in Mitchell, the daughter of Thomas Ford and the former Frances Mitchell Wade. Mrs. Bullis was the 6th of 7 children and her father was a merchant. Her siblings were; Mary, Lucy, Bessy, Thomas, John and Annie. When they were married, Adelyn Bullis was 31 and Dr. Bullis was 37.
Shortly after their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Bullis immigrated to Rochester, New York in 1895. Dr. Bullis was licensed to practice medicine in New York in 1896. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Dr. and Mrs. Bullis resided at 124 University Ave., in Rochester. A son, William “Ormand” F. Bullis was born to them in March of 1908.
Dr. Bullis died on the 28th June of 1917 in Rochester,New York. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham, Ontario. Mrs. Bullis continued to live with her son in Rochester New York, even after her son married. She died on the 10th of January, 1941. Mrs. Bullis was buried at Woodland Cemetery in Mitchell.
Their son, Ormand Bullis, died in 2000.
*Dr. John Irvine Wiley also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.