Featured Family The Ezekiel Hull and Mary (Denton) Hull and Dr. James Hull and Mary (Brundige) Hull Families Of Ross and Delaware (now Marion) Counties, Ohio Wabash and Kosciusko Counties, Indiana Descendants to Lake and Howard Counties, Indiana; Marion and Washington Counties, Iowa Vermilion County, Illinois; King County, Washington, and Arizona by William Frank Price Jr. Hull Family Association Member #1172 Part II (Continued from Autumn 2001 HFA Journal) Editor's Note: We are very grateful to William Frank Price Jr. for sharing his research and contributing his most interesting article on his Hull ancestors, who descend from the George Hull, immigrant, line. Mr. Price's Hull line is as follows: William F. Price Sr. 12, Austin Elmer Price11, Sarah Ellen Hull10, Dr. James Hull9, Ezekiel Hull8, Nathaniel Hull Jr.7, Nathaniel Hull Sr.6, Cornelius Hull Jr.5, Lt. Cornelius Hull Sr.4, George Hull3, Thomas "the Younger" Hull2, Richard Hull1. Note: Superscrpt numbers, below, refer to the reference citations. It was still the early afteryears of the American Revolution when Ezekiel Hull and his wife Mary Denton left Ulster County, New York, as part of a group headed South and West to Smyth County, Virginia. Ezekiel’s father, Nathaniel Hull, had purchased land in next door Washington County in 1790, part of which he deeded to Ezekiel in 1797. Subsequently, in about 1805, Ezekiel and Mary crossed the Ohio River and went in search of better land and a better life in Ohio, which had become a state in 1803. However, Ezekiel, according to an 1811 letter, at the age of forty-five, took ill and died with "a getherin in his hed and an runing out of his ear" in Ross County, Ohio, in November of 1810.* 1, 2 Mary Denton Hull, forty-five, was left a widow with ten children. I do not know how they survived but I suspect the oldest son, Platt, had to take on tremendous responsibilities for a twenty-one-year-old. The next child Deborah was 19. David was 17, Nathaniel 15, Martha 13, Daniel 12, Cornelius 9, Luff Smith 7, Samuel 3, and James 2. 1 Mary Denton Hull lived until 1844, dying at the age of seventy-nine.1 James Hull was born 12 May 1808 1 in Ohio3, probably Ross County. In various places his middle initial is given as either "P" or "B." I have found no evidence for either initial in any document or census record relating to him. James named his first child Daniel, so I suspect his brother Daniel was the father figure in James’ young life. As a young man, James left home to join his older brothers in Delaware, Ohio, where he worked in a woolen factory. He became acquainted with Mary Brundige, daughter of Probate Judge John Brundige.4 They were married 11 September 1828 in Marlborough Township, Delaware County, Ohio.5 Mary was the granddaughter of William Brundige, a Baptist minister and one of the first settlers of the county. Her maternal grandfather was William S. Drake, another early settler, a local hero of the War of 1812, and a county judge. On 12 September 1832, for fifty dollars John Brundige sold thirty acres of land in Delaware County to his son-in-law James Hull who resided in Marion County, Ohio. The next day, 13 September 1832, John Brundige gave his daughter Mary Hull, the wife of James Hull of Marion County, fifty acres of land. John Brundige was transferring wealth to his daughter and her husband. Even the fifty dollars may not have been actually paid since the deed states that money was "in hand paid or ‘secured’ to be paid." Mary’s grandfather William S. Drake was the officiating judge on these deeds.6 James and Mary had several children who died. John, twins Isaac and Rebecca, and Phoeba were born before Daniel was born in 1833, but only Daniel survived to adulthood. Then Aaron and Moses, twins, were born in 1835. Only Moses survived. In all, Mary bore 16 children, nine of whom lived to adulthood.1,4 Children of James and Mary (Brundige) Hull: 1, p. 339; 4, p. 13 i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. John Hull, died before the 1850 census. Isaac Hull (twin), died before the 1850 census. Rebecca Hull (twin), died before the 1850 census. Phoeba Hull, died before the 1850 census. Daniel W. Hull, born 1833, Ross County. Ohio; married (1) Anna Murphy, (2) Emma Worthington. Aaron Hull (twin), born 16 January 1836, Waldo, Delaware (now Marion) County, Ohio. Rev. Moses Hull (twin), born 16 January 1836, Waldo, Delaware (now Marion) County, Ohio; died 11 January 1907, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California; married (1) Cynthia Conda, who died within eight weeks of their marriage, (2) Elvira Lightner (divorced), (3) Mattie E. Sawyer. Joseph Hull, born ca. 1837, Waldo, Delaware (now Marion) County, Ohio, married Jane ? ; died by 1907. Emily Hull, born ca. 1839, Waldo, Delaware (now Marion) County, Ohio, married Clark R. Ogden; removed to Sixpangs, Washington. Jesse Hull (twin), born ca. 1841, Wabash County, Indiana; married Mary Young; viii. ix. x. xi. xii. xiii. xiv. xv. xvi. died by 1907. Harriet Hull (twin), born ca. 1841, Wabash County, Indiana; died by 1907. Sarah Ellen Hull, born 5 February 1843, Wabash County, Indiana; died 17 February 1925, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio; buried 18 February 1925, Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois; married 24 June 1861, Austin Shipp Price, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Hiram "Harry" Lycurgus Hull (twin), born 21 April 1846, Wabash County, Indiana; died 01 August 1912; married 19 June 1883, Clark County, Ohio, Gertrude Anne Lewis; removed to Seattle, King County, Washington. Cincinnatus Hull (twin), born 21 April 1846, Wabash County, Indiana; died in infancy. Eveline Jane Hull, born ca. 1849, probably Kosciusko County, Indiana; married J. B. Earle; died before 1907. Name unknown; probably died young. Perhaps motivated by the deaths of his first children, James began several years’ study of medicine and received his diploma in 1839.4 During these years, James and Mary sold their land. Mary’s fifty acres were sold 9 October 1837. She received $200. Then in January 1839, James’ thirty acres were sold. 5 James and Mary received $600.6 Perhaps these sales supported them and paid for his medical education. In 1839, James, armed with his diploma, "started from Delaware County, Ohio, for the Missouri Territory with an ox team and wagon in which were his wife and four little ones with his household goods and a kettle of coals to keep his little family’s feet warm. After driving about two hundred miles through the mud and slush of an early winter, he came to a small village in Wabash County, Indiana, called America, where he concluded to tarry until the next Spring." 4 He stayed two years in the county, practicing his profession until the opening of the Miami Reserve, when he moved to a claim on Treaty Creek, where the town of Treaty now stands. To get to his claim with his goods, James went ahead with an axe, blazed trees and cut a road, since there were only Indian trails through that area. Practicing medicine on horseback, the doctor more than once was chased by packs of wolves as he returned home. 3", 4 Around 1843, the religious teachings of William Miller, who forecast the end of the world by a date certain, acquired a wide circle of believers. Though not convinced, Dr. James was intrigued. But William Miller’s predictions failed to come true, even though he changed the date a couple of times. Some of his more dedicated followers were perched on their rooftops waiting for the end when his predictions failed. His followers were ridiculed but then adjusted and evolved into the Seventh Day Adventists.4,7 In 1847, Dr. James and Mary Hull moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana, where their house became a home for traveling ministers of any denomination. Often, it was used as a church. By 1851, both Dr. James and his son Moses, sixteen, became believers in the doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Moses was a talented speaker and debater. He accepted invitations to speak to Adventist groups in other communities and became a popular guest preacher.1,3 I believe that Dr. James Hull became an Adventist minister also. His granddaughter Sara Gertrude Hull stated of him: "My grandfather was more interested in spreading of Adventism than the welfare of his own offspring. To the day of his death, Dr. Hull was fanatical on the subject."1, p. 339 After the death of his wife, Mary Brundige, in 1858, Dr. Hull’s whereabouts have up to now been impossible to track. I have not found him on a census in 1860 or 1870. His family split up. •His youngest son Hiram was raised by a neighbor and is shown in D. D. Lightner’s household in the 1860 Indiana, Howard County, Honey Creek Township, Russiaville, P.O., census. •Moses Hull, 25, Clergy (Advent.), now married to E. L. [Elvira Lightner, D. D. Lightner’s daughter] is shown on the 1860 Iowa, Marion County, Knoxville City, census. •Harriet Hull, 19, and Sarah Ellen, 17, "common school teachers," are shown living together in the 1860 Indiana, Howard County, Honey Creek Township, Russiaville P.O., census. •Daniel Hull, 38, lecturer, married to Anna [Murphy], 25, born Iowa, shows on the 1870 Indiana, Lake County, Hobart Township, census. •Joseph Hull, 33, farmer, married with five children, is listed in the 1870 Indiana, Wabash County, Pleasant Township, census. •Jesse Hull, 29, farmer, married with three children, is shown on the 1870 Indiana, Lake County, Hobart Township, census; now Hiram Lycurgus Hull is living with him. •Emily, 21, married to Charles R. Ogden, farm laborer, is listed in the 1860 Iowa, Marion County census. •I haven’t located Eveline (Hull) Earle in any census from 1860 on.3, 8 The wedding certificate of my great grandmother, Sarah Ellen Hull, to Austin Shipp Price, was signed by James Hull, minister of the gospel. The marriage was performed in Vermilion County, Illinois, 24 June 1861.9 My great grandmother remained a strong Seventh Day Adventist and raised her family in the same faith. My grandfather Austin Elmer Price parted from that faith when he left home and went into the business world at age 20.11 My great grandmother lived with several of her children in her elderly years. My father told me stories of her. She used a hearing trumpet because she was deaf. Sitting on the front porch of a Saturday (the Sabbath), if she saw my grandfather so much as pluck a weed from the lawn, she would call out to him to remember the Sabbath, when no labor was permitted. Since she was deaf, my grandfather, irritated, could yell back anything he wanted to her. But some of Dr. James’ other children went another way. While Moses was originally a rising and popular Seventh Day Adventist Revivalist preacher, he changed when he came to believe in the Spiritualist movement that was sweeping the country. Moses, Daniel and Hiram Lycurgus converted to the Spiritualist belief. They remained in that for the rest of their lives. 1,4 Moses Hull became a star of the Spiritualist forces. He traveled throughout the United States as a debater in the cause of Spiritualism. Mostly self taught, but apparently thoroughly and well taught, Moses had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible. He had learned ancient Greek. Moses wrote some thirty books, mostly about Spiritualism. His older brother Daniel worked with him, starting newspapers in various towns, doing whatever it took to promote their cause. Moses was married three times. His first wife Cynthia Conda, of Wabash town, Indiana, died eight weeks after their wedding. His second wife Elvira Lightner, D. D. Lightner’s daughter, shared an amicable divorce with him after they had produced four daughters. She married again soon and they remained on good terms. His third wife Mattie E. Sawyer became his partner and soul mate for life.4 The Reverend Moses Hull Moses and Mattie became wildly popular as speakers at Spiritualist meetings. They were in constant demand throughout the country and traveled extensively, from Massachusetts to Oregon.4 A man named Morris Pratt gave his money to found an Institute of Spiritualism if Moses would lead it. Moses and Mattie agreed, formed the scholastic program, and staffed the school. The Morris Pratt Institute is still in existence in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. 10 Ideas flowed from Moses and causes drew him. He spoke as an abolitionist before the Civil War. A tract that Moses wrote about marriage, urging that men and women be equal partners legally and intellectually was preserved in the files of the Suffragette movement and was turned over to the Library of Congress in the 1920s. It can be read at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/naw:@field+(SOURCE+@band(rbnawsa+n8312)):@@@$REF$ In 1906, Moses was nominated by the Socialists in his home district for Congress. His brother Daniel wrote that Moses knew he had no chance to win, but he "embraced the opportunity to educate the people on the subject of human rights."4 Moses Hull died in 1907 while in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, on a lecture tour with Mattie. He was eulogized and mourned and greatly missed by the Spiritualist community. His older brother Daniel was bright, a good writer, and dedicated to his younger brother. He made a living writing and publishing newspapers of various kinds, some religious, some political. But he didn’t have the "star" quality that Moses had. Sarah Ellen Hull and her husband Austin Shipp Price When she was seventeen, my great grandmother Sarah Ellen Hull taught "common" school along with her sister Harriet who was nineteen.8 As I calculate it, that would be two years after her mother Mary Brundige died.1 Then she and her father James came to Vermilion County, Illinois, where she met and married Austin Shipp Price.9 She had fourteen children. Five died as young children. Her son John, who went to the University of Illinois and then taught on an Indian reservation in Arizona, died of tuberculosis at age thirty. Sarah Ellen was a regular contributor to Seventh Day Adventist newspapers and periodicals as a poet. She wrote a moving account of her son John’s final days and his death, which was published for the benefit of her regular readers in "The Bible Advocate." James Hull, seventy-two, physician and father-in-law, is shown in the 1880 census for Vermilion County, Illinois, in the household of Austin S. Price and Sarah Ellen Hull. 3 I can find no further record of him. Whether he died in Vermilion sometime thereafter or continued in his wanderings elsewhere on behalf of Adventism remains to be discovered. References: 1. Hull, Robert E. The Ancestors and Descendants of George Hull and Thamzen Michell… Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1994, pp. 213-215, 339. 2. Deborah (Gerow) Denton (1763-1856) letter, dated 29 June 1811, Abingdon P.O., Washington County, Virginia, to her mother and family in Plattekill-Marlboro, Ulster County, New York. Denton Family Genealogy website address: http://www.acun.com/dentons/Letters.htm 3. Indiana & Illinois U.S. Census Records for James Hull. (a) Indiana. Wabash Co., 1840 U.S. Census, Chester Twp., p. 9. (The transcriber wrote "Hall" instead of "Hull" for James Hull, but the original writing is clearly Hull). (b) Indiana. Kosciusko Co., 1850 U.S. Census, Tippecanoe Twp., p. 336b. (Again, "Hall" is mistakenly transcribed for the entire Hull family). (c) Illinois. Vermilion Co., 1880 U.S. Census, Danville Township, Vol. 54, ED 208, Sheet 75, Line 34. 4. Hull, Daniel and others. Moses Hull. Wellesley, MA: Maugus Printing Co., 1907, pp. 13-53. 5. Delaware Patron Newspaper, dated 28 Sep 1828, pub. Delaware, OH. 6. Ohio. Delaware Co., Deeds: Deed book 11, p. 154. (John Brundige to James Hull, 13 Sep 1832, Delaware Co., OH) Deed book 11, p. 154. (John Brundige to Mary Hull, wife of James, 13 Sept 1832, Delaware Co., OH.) Deed book 16, p. 414. (Mary Hull to Joseph Klinker 9 Oct 1837, Delaware Co., OH.) Deed book 19, p. 91. (James Hull and Mary Hull to Joseph Klinker, 10 Jan 1839, Delaware Co., OH.) 7. Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest 1815-1840, Vol., 2, pp. 483-484. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1952. 8. 1860 U.S. Census Records: (a) Iowa. Washington Co., Lime Creek Twp., roll #344, p. 2. (Daniel W. Hull) (b) Iowa. Marion Co., Knoxville City, roll 335, p. 688. (Moses Hull) (c) Indiana. Howard Co., Honey Creek Twp., Russiaville P.O., roll 266, p. 719. (Harriet Hull and Ellen Hull) (d) Indiana. Wabash Co., Pleasant Twp., roll 304, p. 47. (Joseph Hull) (e) Indiana. Howard Co., Honey Creek Twp., Russiaville P.O., roll 266, p. 715. (D. D. Lightner; Hiram Hull, 14, listed in his household) (f) Iowa. Marion Co., Clay Twp., Belle Fountain P.O., roll 335, p. 419. (Charles R. Ogden; his wife Emily is listed as born in NY, which is probably in error.) 9. Illinois. Vermilion Co.: Wedding Certificate, Austin Shipp Price and Sarah Ellen Hull, dated 24 Jun 1861. 10. "History of the Morris Pratt Institute," 4 pp. Web site address: http://www.morrispratt.org/history 11. Memoirs of Austin Elmer Price, entitled "Memories," covering dates 1874 through 31 July 1952, now in the possession of William Frank Price Jr. Another dear loved one is gone, Claimed by the hand of death Of fourteen children given us Half now are laid to rest. But God who watches o’er their dust Will bring them forth again. For death must yield its solemn trust When Jesus come to reign. S. E. Price Poem composed by Sarah Ellen (Hull) Price after the death of her son John R. Price on June 1, 1908. This poem was published in The Bible Advocate, along with John R. Price’s obituary.
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