Saturday, October 25, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ Hull of Connecticut

My immigrant Hull ancestor (my paternal line) is the father of John Hull, of New Haven, Connecticut. Several sources suggest that John Hull's father was Richard Hull, but Robert Charles Anderson's sketch for Richard Hull in The Great Migration Begins states: "Savage and others make him the same as a Richard Hull of New Haven in 1640 and later, but there is no particular reason to believe this. Likewise there is no obvious connection to the "Richard Hull, carpenter" who was in Boston in 1637."

So technically, I'm not sure of the origin of this Hull line, but it is likely somewhere in England. So the first generation of this Hull line that I am sure of is John Hull, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in May 1640.

New Haven County, Connecticut
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Generation 2:
John Hull (1640-1711) spent his life in what was known as New Haven Colony until 1666, and then became New Haven County, Connecticut. He was baptized on May 24, 1640, and he married Mary Beach.

John was a doctor and was enticed to move to Wallingford to be that town's first physician.

John and Mary had nine children: John (b. 1662), Samuel (b. 1664), Mary (b. 1666), Joseph (b. 1669), Benjamin (b. 1672), Richard (b. 1674), Ebenezer (b. 1678), Jeremiah (b. 1679) and Andrew (b. 1685). Based on what is recorded in Families of Ancient New Haven [note 2], he lived in different towns in Connecticut during his life: Stratford, Derby, and Wallingford, where he died on December 6, 1711.

FindAGrave.com has a memorial for him with a photo of his gravestone. The stone reads:
Doctor
John Hull
The first Physician Who
Settled in Wallingford
DIED
Dec. 6, 1711
AE. 80 Years.
To induce Dr. Hull to
come here the inhabitants
at a Town meeting voted
him a tract of land over
one mile square.

I descend from his second to youngest son, Jeremiah.

Generation 3:
Jeremiah Hull was born in Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, on September 28, 1679. He also was a doctor. He married Hannah Cook on March 24, 1711, in Wallingford, and they had eight children: John (b. 1712), Moses (b. 1714), Tabitha (b. 1717), Hannah (b. 1721), Anna (b. 172?), Jeremiah (b. 1729), Joseph (b. 1733), and Patience (b. 1735).

He died on May 11, 1736, in Wallingford. I descend from his oldest son, John.

Generation 4:
John Hull was born in Wallingford, on November 13, 1712. Another doctor in the family! He married Mary Andrews on October 28, 1735, in Wallingford. He lived in Wallingford his entire life. Secondary sources disagree on his children (by this time there were many Hull families in the area), but it is agreed that he was father of son, Moses Hull, from whom I descend.

Doctor John Hull died on August 15, 1755. It looks like his wife survived him and married a second time.

Generation 5:
Moses Hull was born about 1736 in Wallingford, Connecticut. He married Mary Ives on May 5, 1757, in Wallingford.  According to Families of Ancient New Haven, he and Mary had nine children, the youngest of whom was Elizabeth Hull, born in 1780. He was apparently a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War and moved to Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, in 1786 or so.

As I have noted before, a wonderful source for Guysborough genealogy and history is Guysborough Sketches and Essays, by A.C. Jost [note 3]. From page 467 in the revised edition:
"The Hulls arriving with the Hallowell Grant settlers were the father, Moses, and three children of whom records are found. There may have been others of the family who remained in Connecticut. Moses Hull did not long remain in the land of his adoption, but returned, and his death took place soon after. He is said to have been drowned. No record has been found of his wife, and he may have been a widower at the time of his arrival in Nova Scotia."
According to Guysborough Sketches, the three children who came to Guysborough with Moses were Samuel, Elizabeth, and Philomela.  I have not done extensive research on this branch of the family. Moses Hull and his wife, Mary Ives are puzzles, as it is unknown when or where they died.

I descend from their daughter, Elizabeth.

Generation 6:
Elizabeth Hull was born in Wallingford, Connecticut on December 8, 1780, and went with her father to Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, as a young child. She married Pennsylvania Loyalist, Stephen Pyle, on November 10, 1797, as his second wife. They had nine children, and I descend from their youngest son, James Pyle.

Elizabeth (also known as Betsey) died on October 15, 1858, and was buried in Guysborough County.

Generation 7: James Pyle (1823-1900) married Esther Abigail Whitman
Generation 8: James Tolman Pyle (1855-1912) married Frances Adelaide McAlpin
Generation 9: Charles McAlpin Pyle (1893-1966) married Elizabeth Adsit
Generation 10: Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. (1924-1993) married my mother
Generation 11: Me

My sources for much of this information are secondary:
[1] Pyle, Smith and Allied Family Histories (Privately published, 1951). I don't have a copy of this book, but I did get to make copies of a few pages years ago. The source citations are minimal, and so introduce doubt into some of the conclusions. I like that I can confirm data with:
[2] Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven (Clarence D. Smith, Rome, NY, 1923). Jacobus was a prominent genealogist of his time.
[3] A.C. Jost, Guysborough Sketches and Essays, originally published in 1950 by Kentville Publishing Company, revised edition published Trafford Publishing Co., in 2009.
[4] Charles Henry Stanley Davis, Early Families of Wallingford, Connecticut (Baltimore:  Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979 (reprint from 1870))

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