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400 Years of American Hulburds


Authored, Compiled and Edited by D. Michael Iradi 1989 thru 2011,

Co-authored and Co-Compiled by Joanne Hayford 2009 thru 2011.


Dedicated to the Memory of Fellow Hulburd Family Researcher, Richard O. Monighetti.




Compiler’s and Editor’s Foreword

I [i.e. D. Michael Iradi of FL - hereafter DMI] am open to any corrections and additions, provided you have either documentation or compelling arguments to back it up.  Any questions or comments may be directed to my email address dmiradi@gmail.com.  Anything that does not have a documented source should not be taken as fact, but rather used as a starting point for your own research.  This is a continuous work in progress, and I will try to update and correct errors as I find them and when time allows.


This genealogical study is the intellectual property of the compiler and editor.  While nobody can own the raw historical data itself, this genealogical compilation has protected status, as “value” has been added to the bare facts.  To add this value, the compiler and editor has selected the records to include, filled in missing information, interpreted ambiguous data, arranged the compilation into a unique format, and published the data on the Internet.  Using this work as a reference is allowed under the Fair Use Statute, and encouraged by the compiler and editor, provided the compiler and editor is properly cited as the source.  However copying large portions of this genealogical study without first obtaining express permission from the compiler and editor, particularly for financial gain and/or without properly citing the compiler and editor as the source, is not allowed.


The following Hulburd genealogy was first greatly supplemented from 2003-7 with research of the late Richard Monighetti of CA [hereafter ROM], as well as several additions by fellow family researchers, Lois Tiller of VA [hereafter LT], Nick Hoffman of PA [hereafter NH], Tom and Linda Hulbert of WI [hereafter TH and LH], Gil Hurlbut [hereafter GH] and several others as noted throughout.  It was ROM’s enthusiasm for this project, which initially motivated me to organize it.  However, the greatest supplementation of information and research was added thru the research and motivation of fellow researcher Joanne Hayford [hereafter JH], from 2009 until the present time (i.e. 2011).  This Hulburd genealogy would not exist anywhere near its present scope and form without her continued support and tireless research, interest and contributions.


With the additional technical support and expertise of Gil Hurlbut, this genealogy – as well as the comparative DNA results for various Hulburd descendants – has appeared on the internet at various times, and in various stages, and is thereby readily available to other researchers.  Although the American Hurlbut family has entirely different ancestral origins from the American Hulburd Family, there has been much confusion between these two lines in America over the past four centuries, both intentional and unintentional, and untangling and assigning the descendants of these two families to their respective lines has become an essential and unavoidable part of publishing the genealogies of either family. 


Furthermore, there are examples of both Hurlbut and Hulburd descendants who, over time, have adopted a generic surname spelling of “Hulbert”, which further complicates efforts to distinguish these two genetically unrelated families from one another.  Additionally, Hurlbuts can sometimes appear with the surname spelling of “Hulbert”, and veritable Hulburds can sometimes appear in sources and older records even as “Hurlbut”.


This confusion between the two distinct lines has been greatly magnified by the machinations of notorious genealogical fabricator Gustav Anjou, who created a fictitious ancestry connecting in England the American immigrants Thomas Hurlbut(t), William Hulburd I and Walter Holbard as brothers.  This is pure creation, and there is demonstrably no grain of truth in it.  However, the lies of Anjou have crept their way into numerous other historical and modern compilations, which repeat this imagined (and genetically disproved) connection as “fact”.


An individual is identified in this genealogical account as “of” a certain township, based upon where they had demonstrably last spent a minimum of 5 uninterrupted years of their life.  Therefore, for example, Amos Hulbert who died in Wyalusing, PA (in the same year he had moved there) is listed as “Amos Hulbert of Hanover, NJ, because the last 5 year long continuous residence known or inferred for him, was at Hanover, NJ.


Biographical information on men with the surname “Hulburd” or a variation thereof, is listed in the generation in which they fall from the immigrant.  Biographical information for women born with the surname “Hulburd” (or a variation thereof), is typically listed at the end of the entries for their respective fathers.



























1         Compiler’s and Editor’s Foreword                                                                                                

3       Contents                                                                              



The Immigrant


15       William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA (1604 – 1694) 


15     Did William Hulburd I Marry Helen / Ellen Tinker in 1628 in (New) Windsor, England?                                                                        


16     Was William Hulburd I Originally from Reading (Berkshire), England? 


18     Hulbert Church Records from Reading, England and Surroundings Prior to 1630 


20     The Connection of William Hulburd I to Robert Keayne of London, England and Boston, MA                                                                                  

22     Did William Hulburd I Immigrate to MA in 1629 Aboard the Higginson Fleet?  


24     The Founding of Dorchester, MA                                                     

29     William Hulburd I, Appears at Dorchester, MA in 1630                            


31     Origins of the Belief That the Hulburds Have a Welsh Ancestry


33     Origins of the Belief that a William “Hulbird” had Arrived on the Ship Mary and John                                                                                      

34     The Founding of Windsor, CT in the Spring of 1636                                            


35     William Hulburd I Removes to Windsor, CT; Likely with the Group of Initial Settlers


36     The Location of “Backer Row” in the Early Windsor, CT Settlement


38     William Hulburd I’s Movements are Shadowed by the Tinker Family


39     Did William Hulburd I Introduce His Sister-in-Law Anne Tinker to Thomas Thornton?


40     Did William Hulburd I Marry Secondly an Ann “Amy” [Ames?] in 1643?


40     William Hulburd I, et al of Windsor, CT vs. Thomas Marshfield in 1643


42     William Hulburd I Removes to Hartford, CT from about 1647 - 1651


43     Where was the Palisado at Early Hartford, CT Situated?


44     William Hulburd I vs. James Wakeley in 1649 Hartford, CT


45     William Hulburd I Returns to Windsor, CT For His Last Marriage to the Widow Ann (née Whitmore) Allen about 1651


46     William Hulburd I Removes to Northampton, MA by about 1656


49     What was the Occupation/Profession of William Hulburd I?


51     The Family of William Hulburd I Listed in Dr. John Winthrop’s Medical Journal from 1663 to 1666/7


52     William Hulburd I and His Sons Donate to Harvard College in 1672/3


53     The Destructive Ministry of the Reverend Eleazar Mather at Northampton, MA


54     The Known Children of William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA



First Generation


56    John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA (1640 – 1713)


56     The Intestate Probate of the Estate of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA


59     The Descendants of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA


66     Who Owned “Hulbert’s Mill” in Florence, MA in the First Half of the 1700’s ?


68     A Brief Family History by a Descendant of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA


69     Early Land Deeds for Hampshire and Hampden Counties, MA from 1636 to 1787


72     Early Hampshire Co. and Hampden Co., MA Hulbert/var.s of Undetermined Origin



73       William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT (c.1653 – 1734)


75     William Hulburd II at Northfield, MA at the Onset of King Philip’s War


79     Events During King Philip’s War, in Which William Hulburd II May Have Witnessed and/or Participated


80     The Children of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT


82     William Hulburd II Removes to New Haven, CT c.1704


83     Where Did William Hulburd II Meet His Third Wife Hannah (née Whitaker) Hulet?


85         Establishing the Marriage of William Hulburd II to Hannah Whitaker


88     Enfield, CT as Part of Connecticut’s Disputed “Southwick Jog”


89     William Hulburd II in Northampton, MA and Enfield, CT Land Deeds


94     The Enfield Connection Between Half (or Step) Brothers William Hulburd II and Samuel Allen Jr.



Second Generation


96         Samuel Hulburd of Northampton, MA (1681 – 1748)


96     The Will of Samuel Hulburd of Northampton, MA



101   James Hulburd I of Northampton, MA (1687 – 1767)


101   The Will of James Hulburd I of Northampton, MA



105        Benajah Hulburd of Enfield, CT (1689 - 1708)


105   The Death of Benajah (alias Berechiah) Hulburd



106        Thomas Hulburd of Enfield, CT (1796 – 1715?)


106   Thomas Hulburd in Enfield, CT Records



107       William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ (1698 – 1779)


107   Is William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ Really the Son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT?


110   The Changing Jurisdictions of William Hulburd III’s Homestead in Mt. Freedom, NJ


113   The Settling of Mendham, NJ


114   Speculation on the Early Movements of William Hulburd III from Enfield, CT to Mendham, NJ


116   Was William Hulburd III an Early Baptist Settler to Randolph, NJ?


118   The Baptist Churches Near Mendham, NJ, Prior to the Founding of the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church


121   Was William Hulburd III an Early Quaker Settler to Randolph, NJ?


122   Was William Hulburd III an Early Rogerene Settler to Randolph, NJ?


127   The Pre-Revolutionary War Records in NJ of William Hulburd III’s Family


128   What is the Staten Island (and/or Piscataway / Woodbridge, NJ) Connection to William Hulburd III?


132   Did Early Hulburd Records in NJ Go Unrecorded, Due to Incompetent and/or Spiteful Ministers at the Hanover Presbyterian Church?


134   Did Early Hulburd Records in NJ Go Unrecorded, Due to Attendance at the Early Roxiticus Meeting House?


136   The Roxiticus Meeting House and Its Spin-Off Congregations


139   The Probable Site of the Roxiticus Meeting House and Burial Ground


142   The Pre-Revolutionary Royal Colony of New Jersey


144   Can the Earliest Records in NJ for William Hulburd III and Family be Found in the Archives of Hunterdon County?


146   Was the First Wife of William Hulburd III an “Allen”?


148   Was One of the Wives of William Hulburd III a “Wilkinson”?


151   Was Either William Hulburd III’s First (or Theorized Second) Wife the “Widow Nichol”?


152   The First Known Mention of William Hulburd III’s Last Wife Mary


156   Was William Hulburd III’s Last Wife Mary the Widow of Ephraim Loree?


158   The Confusion Between Ephraim Loree of Southold, NY, and the Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ


163   William Hulburd III Witnesses the Will of Isaac Pain of Mendham, NJ


164   The 1778 Will of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ


167   The Children of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ


176   The Unrelated Holberts / Halberts / Halbords of Colonial Burlington Co., NJ


181   Who was the Benjamin Hulbert/var. Allegedly Listed in Mendham, NJ between 1740 and 1750?


183   The Maternity of William Hulburd III’s Four Youngest Children


184   The Source of the Name “Mount Freedom” (alias “Walnut Grove”) for that Section of Randolph, NJ


186   The Family of William Hulburd III and the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church and Cemetery


189   The Jail Bust-Out of William Tuttle (i.e. a Son-in-Law of William Hulburd III)


191   The Confusion Between the Deserter John Chambers, and the Patriot John Channel (i.e. a Son-in-Law of William Hulburd III)


193   The Fight of the Widow Rachel Hulburd to Receive Her Deceased Husband’s Military Half-Pay



195       Obadiah Hulburd I of Enfield, CT (1703 – 1785)


195   Obadiah Hulburd I Allegedly Representing his Mother’s Interest in Howard Lands


195   The Descendants of Obadiah Hulburd I of Enfield, CT



223       Ebenezer Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ (1705 – 1770)


224   The Apparent Confusion Between Ebenezer “Holbert” (i.e. Hurlbut) of the Norwalk, CT Area, and Ebenezer “Holbert” (i.e. Hulburd) of the Middleton, CT Area


225   The Ebenezer “Holiberd / Holbert” (i.e. Hulburd) of 1745 Hanover, NJ, and His Presumed Descendants


237   Who was Ebenezer “Halbert”, born in Morristown, NJ in 1781?



238       Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT (1709 – 1757)


238   Did Benjamin Hulburd I Remove to Bennington, VT Prior to His Death in 1757?


240   The Death of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT During the French and Indian War of 1757


242   The Descendants of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT



Third Generation


251   Daniel Hubbard of Pittsfield, MA (1714 – 1777)


251   Daniel Hubbard of Pittsfield, MA:  Not a Hulburd Descendant as Has Long Been Claimed



253       Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ (c.1733 – 1803)


253         Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, Living in Staten Island, NY


254   The Alleged Bigamous Marriage of  “Benjamin Halbert, Cooper of Morris-town, NJ”


255         Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ; “Dis-Fellowshiped” from the Baptist Church for his “Unlawful Marriage”, and a Probable Slave Owner


258   The Troubled Marriage of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ to Patience Edwards of Elizabeth, NJ


261   The Bequest in Aaron Van Name’s Will to the Children of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ


262   The Consequences of Aaron Van Name’s Death


264   The Children of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ and Elizabeth Van Name


266   Were the Children of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ Named after a Pattern?


266   Charles Hulbert, the Son of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ


268   The Adult Baptism of Elizabeth (“Holbert”) Hinds, the Daughter of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ


268   The Movements of Rachel Hulburd (alias Holbert / Hulbert), the Daughter of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ


269   The Descendants of Rachel Hulburd of Madison, NJ and Orange, NJ



270       William Hulburd IV of Randolph, NJ (c.1740 – c.1812)


270   William Hulburd IV in the Morris County, NJ Court of Common Pleas


272   William Hulburd IV in Morris County, NJ Probate Court Abstracts


272   Abstract of the Transcription of an 1804 Deed of William Hulburd IV and his 2nd wife Anna, to Peter Till


273   Some Other Potential Children of William Hulburd IV of Randolph, NJ


275   The Descendants of William Hulburd V of Morristown, NJ, the presumed son of William Hulburd IV of Randolph, NJ and his wife Rebecca Kitchin



276       Ephraim Hulburd of Ridge, OH (1759 – 1845)


276   Abstract of a Transcription of a 1783 Deed of Ephraim Hulburd to Jacob Doty


277   How Mendham, NJ Celebrated Independence Day in 1797


278   The 1833 Affidavit of Military Service of Ephraim Hulburd (alias Hulbert)


281   Ephraim Hulburd in the Pension Roll of 1835


283   The Movements of Ephraim Hulburd from Mendham, NJ to Ridge, OH


286   The Changing Jurisdictions of Ephraim Hulburd’s NY Homestead


287   The Descendants of Ephraim Hulburd of Ridge, OH


305   Speculation Regarding Who Were the Parents of Richard Hulbert of Amanda, OH


309       Jotham Hulburd Sr. of Randolph, NJ (1766 – c.1840)


309   The Road Laid Out Between the Lands of Jotham Hulburd Sr. and Israel Abers


310   Jotham Hulburd Sr. and Joshua Hulburd Witness the Will of Gilman Freeman of Randolph, NJ


311   Abstract of a Transcription of a 1804 Deed of Jotham Hulburd Sr. to Mendham Township


312   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1806 Deed of John and Mary Losey to a Jotham Hulburd (probably Sr.).


312   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1814 Deed, of Jotham Hulburd Sr. to Samuel Johnson


313   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1814 Deed of Jotham Hulburd Sr. to Bernard Towland


314   Condensed Abstracts of 4 Different Deeds of Jotham Hulburd Sr. Between 1823 and 1836


316   The Movements of Jotham Hulburd Sr. of Randolph, NJ


318   Was Jotham Hulburd Sr.’s Second Wife Jane Negus in Debt Collection?


319   Jotham Hulburd Sr.’s Divorce from Jane Negus


319   Did Jotham Hulburd Sr. Die in or Before 1824?


320   The Descendants of Jotham Hulburd Sr. of Randolph, NJ



323   Joshua Hulburd of Randolph, NJ (1768 – 1847)


323   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1809 Deed of Joshua Hulburd to a Jotham Hulbert (Probably Jr.).


324   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1811 Deed of Joshua Hulburd and His Wife Martha, to Daniel Lawrence Jr.


324   The Descendants of Joshua Hulburd of Randolph, NJ


340   Additional Presumed Descendants of Either Joshua Hulburd and/or of His Brother Jotham Hulburd Sr.



343   William Hulburd Sr. of Bennington, VT (1731 – 1782)


343   William Hulburd Sr. of VT, Counterfeiter



344       Benjamin Hulburd II of Bennington, VT (1746 - 1810)


344   Benjamin Hulburd II of Bennington, VT Sells Land at Castleton, VT



345   Ambrose Hulburd Sr. of Bennington, VT (1752 – 1781)


345   The Guardianship Papers for Ambrose Hulburd Sr.




Fourth Generation


348       William Hulburd of Pittsford, NY (c.1763 – c.1825)


348   The Revolutionary War Service of William Hulburd of Pittsford, NY


349   The NJ Debt Collection Against William Hulburd of Pittsford, NY


350   Initial Speculation Regarding the Identities of the Hulburds of Pittsford, NY


356   The 1809 Deed of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Mt. Carmel, IL, to His First Cousin William Hulburd of Pittsford, NY


357   The Descendants of William Hulburd of Pittsford, NY



365       Benjamin Hulburd Jr. of Wyalusing, PA (c.1766 – 1813)


365   The Confusion Between Benjamin Hulburd of Mt. Carmel, IL, and His First Cousin Benjamin Hulburd Jr. of Wyalusing, PA   


367   The Movements of Benjamin Hulburd Jr. of Wyalusing, PA


368         Benjamin ulburdHulburd Jr. of Wyalusing, PA; a Soldier in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794


370   The Descendants of Benjamin Hulburd Jr., of Wyalusing, PA



393   Moses Hulburd of Wyalusing, PA (c.1773 – c.1820)


393   The Movements of Moses Hulburd of Wyalusing, PA


394   The Descendants of Moses Hulburd of Wyalusing, PA


406   What was the Possible Cause of Death for Brothers Moses and Benjamin Hulburd Jr. of Wyalusing, PA?


407   The Other Moses Hulburds of Steuben Co., NY


408   The Obituary of George Washington Hulburd, the Grandson of Moses Hulburd of Wyalusing, PA



409   Amos Hulburd of Hanover, NJ (1780 – 1803)


409   The Murder of Amos Hulburd of Hanover, NJ


414   The Descendants of Amos Hulburd of Hanover, NJ



419         Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Mt. Carmel, IL  (c.1761 – c.1833)


419   The Descendants of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Mt. Carmel, IL



427   Rhuben Hulburd of Randolph, NJ (c.1769 – c.1855)


427   Who was Rhuben Hulburd of Randolph, NJ?


428   The State of NJ vs. Benjamin Hulburd (presumably of Mt. Carmel, IL); Includes the Grand Jury Indictment of Rhuben Hulburd.


430   Rhuben Hulburd and the “Lost Check”


431   The 1803-4 Imprisonment of Rhuben Hulburd


431   Abstract of a Transcription of an 1807 Deed, of Rhuben Hulburd and His Wife Elizabeth to Daniel Aber 


432   The Descendants of Rhuben Hulburd of Randolph, NJ



440   William B. Hulbert of Huron, MI (1790 – c.1865)


440   The William B. Hulbert Serves in the War of 1812


442   The Bounty Lands Granted to William B. Hulbert for His 1812 War Service, Redistributed



444  Oliver Hulbert of Madison, OH (c.1800 – c.1853)


444  The Movements of Oliver Hulbert



445   Jotham Hulbert Jr. of Newark, NJ (c.1784 – c.1835)


445   Jotham Hulbert Jr. Serves in the War of 1812


446   IL Land Grant to Jotham Hulburt Jr. for 1812 War Service 


449   The Movements for Jotham Hulbert Jr. of Newark, NJ


451   Is Jotham Hulbert Jr. the Father of William Hulbard of 1830 Newark, NJ?


452   Were Mary Holbert and Ephraim Holbert of Randolph, NJ the Children of Jotham Hulbert Jr.?


453   The Presumed Descendants of Jotham Hulbert Jr. of Newark, NJ


454   Was William W. Hulbert of Brooklyn, NY, the Son of Jotham Hulbert Jr. of Newark, NJ?






455   The Hulburds in the Mendham, Randolph, Hanover and Morris Twsp, NJ. Tax Rateables from 1778 to 1823


467   The Hulburds in the 1793 New Jersey State Militia Census


468   Who was Hezekiah “Hurlbut”, Merchant of Morristown, NJ?


469   Some Hulberts of Morris County, NJ and Surroundings of Completely Undetermined Ancestry


471   Hulberts as Grantors in the Morris Co., NJ Hall of Records Land Deed Index:  Series 1 (1785 – 1906)


473   Hulberts as Mortgagees in the Morris Co., NJ Hall of Records Mortgage Index:  Series 1 (1771 – 1909)


474   The Transition of Hulbert Homesteads in Morris Co., NJ, as Depicted in the Atlases from 1853 to 1887


475   The Hulbert Homesteads Depicted in the 1868 Edition of Beers’ Atlas of Morris Co., NJ


476   Which Hulbert Family Perished in the Morris Canal Levy Failure of 1858?


477   American Families Whose Surname is Some Variation of “Hulbert”


480   The Y-DNA of the Descendants of William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA


483   Close Y-DNA Matches with Other Surname











































The Immigrant



WILLIAM HULBURD I of Northampton, MA (1604 – 1694)

Possibly the son of William Hulbert and Anne Bye of Reading (Berkshire), England


William Hulburd I was most probably christened (i.e. shortly after being born) on 17 Jun 1604 at St. Giles Parish in Reading, England as William “Hulbert” or “Hulberd”. [Note DMI:  “Hulbert” and “Hulberd” seem to be the spellings used by the Hulburds in Reading, England at that time.  Per most Internet sources (which provide no documentation) William Hulburd I was b. 2 May 1612].  He was listed as “aged above 60” on 13 March 1666/7 (according to the notes of ROM, which cite without page reference, the Medical Journal of John Winthrop Jr., 1657 – 1669, hereafter WMJ). [Note DMI:  The original 1000 pg manuscript is in the archives of the Mass. Hist. Soc]. ) As William “Hulberd” he d. 17 April 1694 in Northampton, MA, per church records there.  [Note JH 6 Oct 2010:  He is (presumably) buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery, with no tombstone surviving (nor for his last wife Ann).  There is no will, or estate inventory, listed for him or his wife Ann in the Northampton civil archives, only intestate records for his son John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton in 1713.  All land deeds for Northampton (Hampshire Co), MA before the year 1787 are filed in Springfield (Hampden Co), MA, even though Hampden Co. was formed out of Hampshire Co. in 1812].



Did William Hulburd I Marry Helen / Ellen Tinker in 1628 in (New) Windsor, England?

Per information posted on the internet, which was taken from an article originally printed in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register [hereafter NEHGR], Boston. Vol. 149, p. 413 entitled “The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England - Part Two[Note DMI: said article yet to be read in its entirety by me], Helen (alias Ellen) Tinker (b.c.1604  d.?____) m. 13 Aug 1628 in New Windsor, Berkshire, England [Note DMI: today called simply “Windsor”, England, and referred to simply as “Windsor, England” in the rest of this genealogy] a William “Hubbard”.  The parents of Helen Tinker were Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin.   The author of that article speculates, that this William “Hubbard” may be the same man that James Savage refers to in his Genealogical Dictionary… as the William “Hulburd” who immigrated to Dorchester, MA.


Apparently, the reasoning behind this speculation, is because 4 of the Tinker siblings (John, Anne, Mary and Rhoda) and re-widowed mother (Mrs. Mary Collins) of this Helen Tinker ended up immigrating specifically to Dorchester, MA in the 1630’s, and they all removed to Windsor, CT during the 1630’s at roughly the same times that William Hulburd I was also in residence in those places.  Furthermore, a close blood-relative to the Tinkers on their mother’s side (e.g. Miles Merwin) also immigrated specifically to Windsor, CT in the company of John Tinker about 1638.


The first known child of William Hulburd I, named John, died on 25 Aug 1639 (age at death undetermined), and the next year he had baptized a second son named John, and the mother of these two sons has never been determined.  Was he named after his maternal uncle John Tinker (who apparently had important connections, including to Gov. Winthrop)? 


The surname “Hulburd” has been misspelled by clerks a number of times in early American documents as “Hubbard”, and if that is indeed the way the name is written in the original marriage register of the church at Windsor, England (an is not a modern transcribers error for “Hulburd”, which I have also come across a number of times), then it is probable that this is a reference to William Hulburd I (who would have been about 24 years old at the time). 


The founding of a settlement in America with the same name as the town one had resided in back in Great Britain (i.e. “Windsor”), was typical of early British immigrants to New England.  More interesting still, is that the settlement was originally named during its first two years “Dorchester, CT (after the settlement in MA that the first party of settlers had come from), but the name was changed to “Windsor, CT” as soon as some of the Tinker family relocated there. 


The date of the 1628 marriage in Windsor, England fits in well with William Hulburd I’s immigration date of 1629 or 1630 (most probably the former, most probably as part of the Higginson Fleet that sailed essentially from London, even though he’s regularly [and wrongly I feel] attributed as a passenger of the Winthrop Fleet – specifically on the Mary and John).  The marriage in Windsor, England also fits in well with William Hulburd relocating from Dorchester, MA to the settlement named “Windsor” when it was established in CT in 1635.  The immigration of the siblings and other family members of Helen Tinker to first Dorchester, MA and then to Windsor, CT is yet another indication that William Hulburd I was likely her spouse.


It should also be noted, that while Windsor, England had been a prosperous, Medieval city on the Thames, west of London, which was known for its shops and merchants (due mostly to activities associated with the construction of Windsor Castle there), by the 16th and 17th centuries, Windsor was known for having become impoverished, which provides a reason for why the members of the Tinker and Merwin families (and perhaps William Hulburd I too) would brave settling the wilds of America, for a chance to own land and improve their fortunes.  However, additional research into the Tinkers and various associates of William Hulburd I suggests that the move to MA was actually motivated by the strong religious puritan-separatist beliefs of those individuals.



Was William Hulburd I Originally from Reading (Berkshire), England?

I emailed 18 Aug 2010 the following to JH:


“In the course of that research, I’ve stumbled upon a pretty interesting search engine called ‘Family Search’ provided on line by the Mormons.  In that search engine, I was able to pull up all William Hulbert/var.s in England.


Nearly all of the Hulbert/var.s listed are from Wiltshire, and so it’s understandable why past Hulbert genealogists have theorized Wiltshire as a possible origin for our immigrant William Hulburd I.


However, using the clue I had stumbled upon several months ago, that our William Hulburd I had likely first married 13 Aug. 1628 as William ‘Hubbard’ to Helen (alias Ellen) Tinker in (New) Windsor, (Berkshire) England, I did a search for any mention of Hulbert/var.s specifically in Berkshire, England before 1635.


A William ‘Hulbert’ of Reading (Berkshire), England m. 14 Apr 1600 in St. Mary’s Parish of Reading, England an Anne Bye.  Reading, England is only 20 to 25 miles by road west of Windsor, England (not to mention also being upstream from Windsor, England on the Thames River).  This William would be about the right age to be a father or uncle for our William Hulburd I.  


Also, a William “Hulbert’ was christened on 17 Jun 1604 in St. Giles Parish, Reading, England – parents unnamed in the excerpt, but presumably listed on the microfilmed original document.   He is of the right age, to be our William Hulburd I, the immigrant, and is most probably him.  What we do know of our William I’s age to date, is that (per the Winthrop Medical Journal) that William Hulburd I was ‘above age 60’ on 13 Mar 1666, and therefore, born probably just before 1606.


Also, there is a marriage of a ‘Willm Hulbert’ on 13 Apr 1611 in Saint Giles Parish, Reading, England to an Elizabeth Burton.  Could this be a 2nd marriage, for the William Hulbert who had married Anne Bye in St. Mary’s Parish in 1600?


Finally, in the town of Sandhurst (Berkshire), England, just south of Reading, is the (Latinized) record of a christening of a ‘Gulielmus Hulberd’ (i.e. William Hulberd), son of ‘Thomae Hulberd’ (i.e. Thomas Hulberd) on 2 May 1630.  While this is obviously not our William I or any son of his, I point it out because of the use of the forenames William and Thomas, with the surname ‘Hulberd’, appearing in Berkshire records of the early 1600’s.  Perhaps they were cousins of some sort to William Hulburd I”.

Per Reading History Trail, posted on the website atschool.eduweb.co.uk, which was forwarded to me by JH:


“In the middle ages, cloth making became the most important trade in the town of Reading [England].  With wool from the large herds of sheep in Berkshire, Hampshire and the Cotswolds, a ready supply of water for washing and dyeing in the River Kennet, good transport to London along the River Thames and a supply of cheap labour from the continually growing population of the town, Reading was the ideal place for the cloth industry.  The wool was brought to Reading and then made into cloth, a task which involved many different jobs….  The cloth industry was in being by 1220 when there is evidence of a fulling mill and dyeing grounds on the Kennet.  Cloth making was the important industry in the town throughout the Middle Ages and Tudor times.  It was controlled by the Guild, which gained another charter in 1487 from Henry VII”.



Hulbert Church Records from Reading, England and Surroundings Prior to 1630

Per the above mentioned ‘Family Search’ IGI index records, these are the following records for Hulbert/var.s in Berkshire, England:


Various Marriages at St. Mary’s Parish, Reading, England

Henry Hulbert married in St. Mary’s Parish Mary Frese on 18 Jan 1600.

Henry Hulbert married in St. Mary’s Parish Elinor Pummell on 26 Dec 1614.

Elinor Hulberd married in St. Mary’s Parish John Mathew on 7 Jul 1628.


Various Christenings at St. Giles Parish, Reading, England

Thomas Hulbard,  30 Sep 1584.

Marye Hulbard,  24 Jun 1589. 

Ellizabeth Hulbard,  9 Apr 1592.

Mary Hulbert,  25 Jan 1600.

Thomas Hulbert,  23 Apr 1602.

Mary Hulberd,  27 May 1603.

William Hulbert,  17 Jun 1604.

Elizab. Hulbert,  9 Jun 1605.

Richard Hulbert,  4 Aug 1605.

Thomas Hulbert,  1 Mar 1606.

Sarah Hulbert,  18 May 1606.

Mathias Hulbert,  21 Feb 1611.

John Hulbert Jr. [son of John Hulbert Sr.],  28 May 1620.


Christenings of the Children of Henry Hulbert and Mary Frese in Reading, England

Marie in 1602 (she died 8 Jun 1603).

Anna in St. Mary’s Parish in 1603 (she died 6 Feb 1614).


Christenings of the Children of Abraham Hulberd in Reading, England

Anna, 16 Mar 1614 (she died 6 Feb 1615).

Joseph,  26 Nov 1615.

Abraham Jr.,  16 Jan 1618.

Peter in St. Mary’s Parish, 9 Apr 1620.

Thomas,  27 Oct 1622.

Judith in St. Mary’s Parish,  Jul 1624.

Isak,  5 Aug 1628.


Christenings of the Children of Thomas (Latinized ‘Thomae’) Hulberd

Daniell in St. Mary’s Parish in Reading (Berkshire), England 6 Mar 1614.

Elizabetha (i.e. Elizabeth) in Sandhurst (Berkshire), England  6 Dec 1618. 

Maria (i.e. Mary) in Sandhurst,  25 Feb 1621.

Susannah in Sandhurst,  11 Apr 1624.

Jana (i.e. Jane) in Sandhurst,  Dec 1627.

Gulielmus (i.e. William) in Sandhurst,  2 May 1630.


There are also christening records for “Hulbert/var.s” in St. Lawrence (Berkshire), England starting about the year 1647.  St. Lawrence lies halfway between Windsor and Reading (i.e. about 10 miles by road east of the center of Reading).


On 15 Sep 2010, I received the following email response from Ruth King of the Berkshire Record Office for Berkshire County in England:


“… We have the parish registers for Reading St Giles and Reading St Mary here at the Berkshire Record Office, as follows:


Reading St Mary

baptisms - 1538-1954 

marriages - 1538-1954

burials - 1538-1995


Reading St Giles

baptisms - 1564-1990

marriages - 1564-1991

burials - 1564-1990


We also have transcripts of the above registers, as follows:


T/R77/1 - transcript of Reading St Mary marriages and burials, 1538-1812

T/R77/2 - transcript of Reading St Mary baptisms, 1538-1812

T/433 - transcript of Reading St Giles baptisms, marriages and burials, 1564-1812


… As you have found from the baptisms you already have, the very early entries do not give the names of the parents, so it can be difficult to put people into family groups….  I searched our personal names index but could not find any references to the name Hulberd/Hulbert for the period you are interested in.  I also checked our index to Berkshire wills for the period 1508-1652 and found one [estate] administration for Abraham Hulbert of Reading, 1638”.


In follow-up email to JH the same day, I noted the following:


“We'll probably never know for sure, who were the parents of the William Hulberd who was christened in Reading in 1604, since it’s clear from the listings under the title "various christenings" I've already compiled from IGI, that there were at least two, possibly three, Hulbert men fathering children in Reading at the same time, due to multiple christenings during the same year.  The 7 children that we know for sure from those records who were fathered by Abraham Hulbert, were christened starting 1614,  but that's probably when they started including the parents' names with the child's christening entry.  Abraham could also be the father of children who were christened before 1614, but we can't know for sure.  It's true that estate administrations can sometimes give clues to family connections, but that's not typically the case.


In taking a second look at the LDS microfilm catalogue in the link that you provided, there are a couple of films that could possibly yield some info, as a long shot I suppose:


The churchwarden’s accounts of the parish of St. Mary’s, Reading, Berks, 1550-1662  Church of England. St. Mary's Church (Reading, Berkshire)


Parish chest records, 1550-1907 Church of England. St. Mary's Church (Reading, Berkshire)


Parish registers, 1538-1967, and church and civil records, 1250-1990  Church of England. St. Mary's Church (Reading, Berkshire)


The last one has subheadings headings for ‘Taxation’, ‘Occupations’, and ‘Poor Houses’.  Interesting that they have tax records back to 1250, apparently”.



The Connection of William Hulburd I to Robert Keayne of London, England and Boston, MA

Per Heavenly Merchandize…, by Mark Valeri, 2009, pg 14:


“He [Keayne] was born in 1595 in Windsor, Berkshire County, England, the son of the butcher John Keayne…in 1605 his father apprenticed him to the London merchant-tailor John Heyfield.  He worked eight years in the Cornhill District of London, secured admission to the freedom of the Merchant Taylor’s Company, a prominent guild, in 1615, and married Anne Mansfield in 1617.  While in London, the young merchant also joined the puritan movement and established connections with dissenting leaders….  He joined the Honourable Artillery Company of London in 1623 and subscribed as an adventurer behind the Plymouth Colony.  Eventually he became acquainted with John Winthrop…he advised Winthrop on procuring armaments for the Massachusetts Bay Company.  In 1634 he invested £100 in the company.  On July 17, 1635, when he was forty years old, he, his wife, and one surviving son out of four, Benjamin, departed England for Boston [MA]”.


and per pg 22:


“He [Keayne] held separate account books for the poor fund, his shop transactions, debts owed to him (three volumes), credits paid to him, debts he owed others....  He kept in addition, separate papers for debts due from his farmlands and from the ironworks...old debt books from London...Keayne...appeared to pay an unusual amount of attention to his ledgers.  “As a good help hereunto”, he advised his executors, ‘I advise that my shop books, debt books, and all my books of account may carefully be looked [locked?] up, kept together and diligently perused, seeing that almost everything which belongs to my estate is by myself committed to writing in one book or another’. ”


So, the question now becomes, where are the account books of Robert Keayne now housed, (since William Hulburd I should be mentioned in them)?  I would presume as part of the collection of the MA Historical Society in Boston, MA – that is if those account books still exist.


Per Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society, Vol. VII, 1885, is a printing of “the Note-Book kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, from June 27, 1638 to July 29, 1641”.  We find on pg 342 the following [Note DMI:  date not specified, but circa 1640]:


“Robert Keayne of Boston in N E m; makes a ler of Attorn. unto John Tinker of Windsore upon the river of Connecticott, planter, to receive of Willm Hubberd of Windsore 10s, John Haynes Esqr 2£ 10s, Mr. Robert Saltonstall 50£, Henry Browning 4£ 4s 8d, Thomas Witherle [i.e. Wetherill? / Witherell?] 2£ 14s 2d, Willm Quicke 4£ 7s 10d, Mr. [Rev. John?] Higginson 15s, David Anderson 6£ 6s ”.


[Note DMI:  The Rev. John Higginson was son of the Rev. Francis Higginson who died 6 Aug 1630]


Per a footnote on pg. 401:


 “Robert Saltonstall was at this time at Windsor, Conn.  This agreement probably has some connection with the letter of attorney on p. 189 from Robert Keayne to one Tinker, of Windsor, to collect several debts, and among others £50 from Robert Saltonstall.  Robert was a younger son of the baronet, and was engaged at Windsor in looking out for some property of his own and his brother’s…”.


[Note DMI: William Quicke, like the Saltonstalls, also seems to have been from London.  John Haynes was elected Governor of the MA Bay Colony in 1635, and was later elected Governor of the CT Colony, serving in alternating years starting in 1639.  He also owned land at Windsor, CT which he bequeathed to his widow].


[Note JH:  Thomas Lechford was a lawyer in Boston, who was apparently the first lawyer in the New England.   He nearly starved for lack of work, and returned to England about August of 1641].


Regarding the involvement of the Saltonstalls in the MA Bay Company, A History of Salem, Massachusetts, by Sidney Perley, Vol. I (1626-1637), 1924, states on pg. 89:


“Not long after, these [original] grantees [of territory in New England, who resided in and about the counties of Dorset and Somerset, England], through Mr. [Rev. Francis] White, [also] became acquainted with other religious persons of like quality in and about London, - Isaac Johnson, Matthew Craddock, Thomas Goffe and Sir Richard Saltonstall, - who became associated with them, for the purpose of founding a plantation where nonconformists in religion might be received”.


And per pg. 125:


[Note DMI:  On 17 April 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Company sent along with the ships Talbot and Lion’s Whelp, a letter of instruction to Gov. Endecott, which included]: “Wee recommend vnto yow Sr Richard Saltontall and Mr Iack Johnon, who end over ervants and cattle in thee hipps, deiring yow will take care for their preent accomodacon as aforeaid…”.


As regards Rev. Francis Higginson, pg. 110 states:


“The Talbot, Thomas Beecher, master, was also a strong ship of three hundred tons, with nineteen pieces of ordnance, and manned by thirty mariners.  It carried about one hundred planters, and as freight six goats, five great pieces of ordnance, with oatmeal, pease and all kinds of munitions and provisions sufficient for plantation for a year.  Several servants of the pilgrims came in this vessel at this time and also Mr. [Rev. Francis] Higginson and his family…”. 



Did William Hulburd I Immigrate to MA in 1629 Aboard the Higginson Fleet?

In an email of 6 Sep 2010 I wrote to JH:


“…there is a possibility that William Hulburd I actually arrived in MA aboard the Higginson Fleet, which arrived at Salem, MA one year before the Mary and John arrived near Dorchester, MA in 1630.


There is no proof one way or the other, when William Hulburd I arrived in MA, or upon what ship.  We know he had to arrive sometime after his marriage at Windsor, England to Helen Tinker in the Spring of 1628, and we know he first appears in the American records in Dorchester, MA in 1630 - but, that doesn't tell us whether he arrived as part of the Higginson Fleet, or as part of the Winthrop Fleet.  The assumption had been the latter, only because it was assumed that he must have been part of the Dorchester colonists who had come on the Mary and John, only because he petitions to be a freeman of that settlement early on in 1630.


However, Simon Hoyt(e) also petitioned to become a freeman of Dorchester, MA in 1630, and had arrived on either the Lion’s Whelp in 1629 (or possibly the Talbot), which was part of the Higginson Fleet, having helped to found, and resided at, Charlestown, MA during 1629.


Even though it has become clear recently, that William Hulburd I wasn't from the western regions of England, and therefore not likely a passenger on the Mary and John, we’ve nonetheless still been stuck on his coming over as part of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630.  However, the Higginson Fleet left from essentially London (i.e. just down-river from London), on the Thames River, only one year before in 1629 (one year after William I's marriage to Helen Tinker within 40 miles of London, in Windsor, England - also a city on the Thames River).


The Thames River flows from west to east thru Reading, then Windsor, and then London, England.  It would make a lot of sense, that William Hulburd I had set sail at or near London.  The passenger lists for the six ships of the Higginson Fleet apparently don't exist, but Capt. John Smith in The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captain John Smith, London, 1630 wrote concerning the Higginson Fleet:


‘Now in this year 1629, a great company of people [i.e. The Higginson Fleet] of good rank, zeal, means and quality have made a great stock, and with six good ships in the months of April and May, they set sail from Thames for the Bay of the Massachusetts, otherwise called Charles River.  The fleet consisted of, the George Bonaventure of twenty pieces of ordnance; the Talbot nineteen;  the Lion’s Whelp eight; the Mayflower fourteen [note DMI: not the same Mayflower which had first sailed to Plymouth, MA in 1620]; the Four Sisters fourteen and the Pilgrim four, with 350 men women and children, also 115 head of cattle, as horses, mares, cows and oxen, 41 goats, some conies (rabbits), with all provision for household and apparel, 6 pieces of great ordnance for a fort, with muskets, pikes, corselets, drums, colors, and with all provisions necessary for a plantation for the good of man’. 


Per Charlestown Town Records, Vol. 2, ‘Minutes of the Selectmen of Charlestown, entry of 18 April 1664’, Charlestown, MA, 1873:


“The inhabitants yet: first settled in this place [Charlestown] and brought it into the denomination of an English Towne, was in Anno 1629 as follows, viz:  Ralph Sprague; Richard Sprague; William Sprague; John Meech; Simon Hoyte; Abraham Palmer; Walter Palmer; Nicholas Stower; John Stickline.  Thomas Walford Smith yet lived here alone before.  Mr. Graves who had charge of some, of the servants of the Company of Patentees with whom he built the great house this year for such of the said Company as are shortly to come over which afterwards became the Meeting house. And Mr. Bright Minister to the Companies Servants”.


Remember, Simon Hoyt(e) had become a resident of Dorchester, MA in 1630, and then was a near neighbor of William Hulburd I at Windsor, CT, and he later married Rhoda Tinker as her third husband”.



The Founding of Dorchester, MA

Per The Memoirs of Capt. Roger Clapp, written c.1680, printed 1731 by B. Green,  reprinted 1844, Boston, pg. 2-51:


“…[Those] who came in ye year 1630…[included] preachers of ye word of God, as…Mr. Hubbard,…. 


Now coming into this Country, I found it a vacant Wildernes, in repect of Englih.  There were indeed ome Englih at Plymouth and Salem, and ome few at Charletown, who were very detitute when we came ahore [Note DMI:  several men who had come the year before in 1629 as part of the Higginson Fleet, had set up a small settlement called Charlestown, which was right next to a relatively large Indian village.  Simon Hoyte was one of those men, and he applied to be a freeman at Dorchester, MA in 1630, the same year William Hulburd I did].


 …we got a Boat of ome old planters [Note DMI:  i.e. men who had established the small trading post at Nantasket/Hull, MA, where the passengers of the Mary and John had been “abandoned”.  “Old” meaning “earlier” as in,  in the countryside before 1630, and not old in “elderly”], and laded her with Goods; and ome able Men well armed, and went in her unto Charletown: where we found ome Wigwams and one [split-rail] Houe…then [we] went up Charles River, until ye River grew narrow and hallow, and there we landed our goods with much Labor and Toil, ye bank being teep.  And Night coming on, we were informed that there were hard by us Three Hundred Indians:  One Englih Man that could peak ye Indian language (an old Planter) went to them and advied them not to come near us in ye Night….  Alas, had they come upon us, how oon might they have detroyed us!  I think We were not above Ten in number [i.e. in that advance scouting party, which was formed out of the c.140 passengers of the “Mary and John”]…. 


We had not been there many Days…but we had [an] Order to come away from that place, (which was about [the later site of] Watertown) unto a place called Mattapan (now Dorcheter) becaue there was a Neck of Land [i.e. Columbia Point] fit to keep our Cattle on….  Not long after came our renowned and blesed Governour [Winthrop], and divers of his Asitants with him.  Their Ships came into Charles River, and many Pasengers landed at Charletown, many of whom died ye Winter following…they lived many of them in tents and wigwams at Charletown, their meeting place being abroad under a tree… 


In our beginning, many were in great Straits for want of Proviion for themelves and their little Ones…when a hip came laden with Proviions, they [Governor Winthrop and his Assistants] did Order that ye whole Cargo hould be bought for a general Stock; and o accordingly it was, and Ditribution was made to every Town, and to every Peron in each Town, as every Man had need….  [Note DMI: an account of “communism” being practiced at the founding of our nation]  It was not accounted a trange thing in thoe Days to drink Water [i.e. rather than hard cider or ale, which were both safer, and tastier to drink], and to eat Samp [i.e. boiled cracked-corn] or Hominie [i.e. hominy grits] without Butter or Milk.  Indeed it would have been a trange thing to ee a piece of Roat Beef, Mutton or Veal; though it was not long before there was Roat Goat”.


Per the Annals of the Town of Dorchester, by James Blake, 1750 (reprinted in Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Vol. II:, Boston, 1846, pg. 7- 9):


“When many mot Godly and Religious People that Disented from ye way of Worhip then Etablihed by Law in ye Realm of England, in the Reign of King Charles ye firt, being denied ye free exercie of Religion after ye manner they profesed according to ye light of God’s Word and their own conciences, did under ye Incouragement of a Charter Granted by ye Sd King, Charles, in ye Fourth Year of his Reign A.D. 1628, Remoue themelves & their Families into ye Colony of ye Masachuetts Bay in New-England, that they might Worhip God according to ye light of their own Conciences, without any burthenome Impoitions, which was ye very motive & caue of their coming;  Then it was, that the Firt Inhabitants of Dorcheter came ouer, & were ye firt Company or Church Society that arriued here, next to ye Town of Salem who was one year before them.


…This People [i.e. the group assembled at Plymouth, England] being too many in Number to come in one Vesel, they hired one Capt. Squeb to bring them in a large Ship of Four Hundred Tons [i.e. the “Mary and John”];  they et Sail from Plymouth ye 20th of March 1629-30, and arriued at Nantaket (now Hull) ye 30th of May 1630, having a Comfortable tho’ long Pasage, and having Preaching and Expounding of ye Scripture every day of their Pasage, performed by their Miniters.  They agreed with Capt. Squeb to bring them into Charles River, but he was fale to his bargain & would not come any further than Nantaket [Note DMI: where a trading post had already been established by settlers from the Plymouth Colony], where he turned them and their Goods ahore on ye point, leaving them in a forlorn Wildernes detitute of any habitation & mot other comforts of life [Note DMI:  which would have been pretty much the case wherever he left them off in 1630, so I’m not sure what the whining was about…]


But it pleaed God, they got a boat of ome that had taid in ye Country (I uppoe for Trade, for there was ome at Noddles Island & at Charles-town that taid in ye Country for Trade with ye Natiues before thee adventurers came over…) and put their goods in ye Boat, and Intead of Sailing up to Charles River in a Ship were forced (as I uppoe) to Row up in a Boat [i.e. the advanced scouting party of ten men]….   They went up ye River until it grew narrow & Shallow, & then put ahore & built a hut to helter their Goods, Intending there to et down [i.e. settle down for good], it being ye place where Watertown now is. 


The Indians upon their arrival Mutered thick, they thought about 300, but having with them an Old Planter as they called him, one that had tayed in ye Country & could peak omething of ye Indian Language, (I uppoe they took him from Charlestown that now is, for they called there & aw everal Wigwams, & one Englih Man in an House where they ate boiled Bas, but had no Bread to eat with it) they ent him to ye Indians, who were peruaded to keep at a ditance ye firt night, and ye next morning when the Indians appeared, they offered no violence but ent some of their number holding out a Bas;  our people ent a man with a Biquet, & o they Exchanged,  not only then but often afterwards, a biquet for a Bas, and ye Indians were very friendly to them, which our people acribed to God’s watchful Providence ouer them in their weak beginnings;  for all the Company were not gone up ye River, but about Ten men to eek out ye way for ye Ret.


They were now landed upon ye Main Continent in a wild & unknown Wildernes, and they had brought Cattle [i.e. principally goats] with them which if they put them ahore there would likely wander & be lot & themelves likewie in eeking them.  They had not tayed here at Watertown but a few days but ye Ret of their Company below had found out a neck of Land Joyning to a place called by the Indians Mattapan, (now Dorcheter) that was a fit place to turn their Cattle upon to prevent their traying; o they ent to their friends to come away from Watertown, and they ettled at Mattapan, & turned their Cattle upon ye Sd neck then called Mattapannock, now called Dorcheter-Neck [i.e. Columbia Point].  They began their Settlement here at Mattapan ye beginning of June as I uppoe, or thereabout, A.D. 1630, and changed ye name into Dorcheter, calling it Dorcheter Plantation.  Why they called it Dorcheter I never heard, but there was ome of Doret Shire, & ome of ye Town of Dorcheter that ettled here; and it is very likely it might be in Honour of ye aforeaid Revd. Mr. White of Dorcheter”.


Per History of the Town of Dorchester, MA, by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Boston, 1859 pg. 27-31:


“Much pains were taken to scrutinize the character and morals of all persons offering for emigration to Massachusetts in England, and such as arrived here without proper testimonials were not received [i.e. per Winthrop’s Journal, pg. 38]….  The principal qualification for this privilege [i.e. to become a freeman of Dorchester, MA] seems to have been church membership….  In November, 1634, it was ordered that ‘no man shall sell his house or lot to any man without [i.e. outside of] the plantation, whom they [i.e. the town council] shall dislike of’.  [Note DMI:  this is essentially the equivalent of an early example of Co-op (Co-operative) living, in what amounts to an HOA (Home Owner’s Association)]


The names of the first 24 freemen were… [a list of names, ending with] William Hubbert.  Prince [i.e. Prince’s Annals] mentions that many of the early settlers of Massachusetts returned to England, and this was the case with some of the Dorchester settlers…. Lands allotted to persons who shortly left, appear to have been granted to others by the plantation; all speculation was thus prevented.


The first Dorchester Record Book, re-copied a few years since at the expense of the town, commenced January 16, 1632-3,…  The two missing leaves at the beginning, traced, probably, the proceedings from the commencement of the settlement [i.e. 1 Jun 1630 to 15 Jan 1632].  A very large part of this book, containing six hundred and thirty-six pages, is devoted to grants of land, regulations for fences, the care of cattle, laying out of highways, and other kindred maters…. 


Frequent allusion is made to a book, containing a plot of the town, with lots, and the names of grantees from the beginning, probably a registry of deeds.  Dr. Harris states it to have been accidentally burnt in 1657.  It is however stated that a copy of this plot and the names of the grantees, made by that excellent draftsman, James Blake, has existed within the memory of the persons now living.  If it should be found, it will be of great interest to the present generation…”.  [Note DMI:  This copy of the Dorchester land deed book, made by James Blake, and still in existence until at least about 1800 per the above account, has never resurfaced to date – i.e. 2010 – and is therefore presumed lost and destroyed sometime probably in the early 1800’s].


Per Codman Square…, by William J. Walczak, 2000, pg. 2-3, quotes from a letter written by Deputy-Governor Thomas Dudley in 1630 to a friend in England, which describes how the original plans of the Winthrop Fleet to settle all in one location in MA (presumably at Salem), were changed last minute so that scattered settlements were made:


“But… receiving advertisements (by some of the late[ly] arrived ships from London and Amsterdam) of some French preparations [of attack] against us (many of our people brought with us being sick of fevers, and we thereby unable to carry up our ordnance and baggage so far) we were forced to change counsel [i.e. change our original plans], and for our present shelter to plant [ourselves] dispersedly; some at Charlestown, some at Boston, some of upon Mistick [River], which [settlement] we named Meadford, some westward of the Charles River, four miles from Charlestown, which place we named Watertown, others of us two miles from Boston in a place we named Rocksbury; others upon the River Saugus, between Salem and Charlestown, and the western[-English] men [who had arrived on the “Mary and John”] four miles south of Boston at a place we named Dorchester”.


Walczak continues on pg 2-3:


“The Puritans who settled Dorchester were part of the group which obtained a charter allowing the Massachusetts Bay Company to settle the land between the Charles and Merrimack Rivers. Part of this group sailed on March 20, 1630 aboard the Mary and John and landed on June 6, 1630 at a placed called “Mattapannock” (Columbia Point) by the Indians.  These settlers built houses and a meeting house nearby at a place later called Allen’s Plain (roughly where Pleasant Street is today). 


Before leaving for America, the colonists had determined that for purposes of mutual protection they would build closely together.  For this reason all settlers built homes within one-half mile of the meeting house on lots of four to six acres.  [Note DMI:  the original Meeting House at Dorchester, MA, built in 1631, was almost certainly inside of a Palisado, which corresponds roughly to the southern half of the land bounded by East Cottage Street and Pond Street, in the current Uphams Corner region of Boston, MA]. 


South of what is now called Meeting House Hill, “Great Lots” (in what is now Central and Southern Dorchester) for general farm purposes were granted.  Thus, the first roads built by the Dorchester settlers centered around the [original] Meeting House (Cottage Street and Settlers’ Lane) [Note DMI:  i.e. near intersection of East Cottage Street and Pond Street, “Settler’s Lane apparently being an alternate name for Pond Street], led to the fortress atop Rock Hill (now Savin Hill) by way of Pleasant Street, to the Cow Pasture (Columbia Point) by way of Pond Street and Crescent Avenue, and to the Burying Ground by way of Burying Place Lane (now Stoughton Street) [Note DMI:  i.e. at the northeast corner of Columbia Road and Stoughton Street]


Later, as the danger from the Indians disappeared, homes were erected on the “Great Lots” and the center of town life shifted [southward] to Meeting House Hill.  [Note DMI:  the 2nd Meeting House was built atop Meeting House Hill in 1670].  This resulted in the building of new roads connecting other settlements and parts of Dorchester.  Dudley Street connected Dorchester with the Roxbury settlement, and Boston Street [Note DMI: now partly Columbia Road] connected Dorchester Neck [Note DMI:  now Columbia Point] and Heights (now South Boston) with the main settlement.  When Israel Stoughton set up a grist mill on the Neponset River, a road was built across the “Great Lots” connecting the original settlement with it.  This became known as the Lower Road (now Adams Street)”.


Regarding life in the MA Bay Colony in 1629 (specifically at Salem, MA), per New England’s Plantation, by Rev. Francis Higginson, published in London 1630:


“It is thought here is good clay to make bricks and tiles and earthen pots as needs to be.  At this instant we are setting up a brick-kiln to make bricks and tiles for the building of houses….  It is scares to be believed how our kine [i.e. archaic plural form of cow] and goats, horses and hogs do thrive and prosper here and like well of this country….  Here are also an abundance of other sweet herbs…and two kinds of herbs that bear two different kinds of flowers very sweet, which they say, are as good to make cordage or cloth as any hemp or flax we have….  Also here are store of sumac trees, which are good for dying and tanning of leather…also here divers roots and berries wherein the Indians dye excellent holiday colors….  And although New England have no tallow to make candles of, yet by the abundance of the fish thereof, it can afford oil for lamps.  Yea, our pine trees that are the most plentiful of all wood, doth allow us plenty of candles, which are very useful in a house; and they are such candles as the Indians commonly use, having no other, and they are nothing else but the wood of the pine tree cloven in two thin slices something thin, which are so full of the moisture of turpentine and pitch that they burn clear as a torch”.



William Hulburd I Appears at Dorchester, MA in 1630

Per Dorchester Town Records, 1833, pg 1:


“16 Jan:  1632.   It is ordered that Edmond Hart, Roger. Clapp, George. Phillips, John Hulls, Bray Wilkeins, William Hulbeard, Stephen ffrench, John Benham, and John Haydon, are to have their great lotts of 16 acres a peece, next to the great lotts, that are all redy layde out towardes [ye River] Naponsett.  signed John Mavericke.  John Warham.  William Gaylard.  Will. Rockwell”. 

[Note DMI:  Per the recreated map of early Dorchester, MA of the 1600’s by Zurawski (perhaps created as part of an Archeological thesis), which was emailed to me in Aug 2010 by Earl Taylor, president of the Dorchester Historical Society, the Great Lots were located on land bordered essentially by Park St. to the north, Gallivan Ave to the south, Neponset Ave to the east, and Washington St. to the west.  The first great lots granted were presumably located towards the north and east of this area, and later great lots being progressively granted towards the west and south of this area].


Per pg 9:


“December. first. 1634.   It is ordered that Rodger Clapp, John Hulls, Geo: Phillips, William Hulbard, Stephen French, John Haydon shall have 8 acres a piece on Roxbury boundes betwixt the Two markt trees to begin at either end which they shall agree off. to go in 40 rod from the boundes of the fresh marshes are to be excepted from these lotts.  Mr. Hathorne  to have 12 acres on this side of the markt tree.  Thom. Holcomb to have 8 acres...”.


[Note DMI:  the lots at “Roxbury Bounds” were apparently those lots which were bounded on their west side by the Roxbury Brook, which corresponding roughly today to the area surrounding the intersection of West Cottage Street and Dudley Street, and bounded on the west side by Brook Ave, and on the east side by Humphreys Street].


Per pg 14-15:


“The 18th January 1635… It is ordered that Edmond Munnings, Joseph Flood, Thomas Joanes, shall have each of them 8 acres on Squantum Necke as an addition to their great lotts on Roxbury bounds bought of William Hulbert, John Haydon and George Phillips ...”.


Per pg 321, a list of assigned lot numbers at Dorchester, MA [Note DMI:  apparently meadow land just south of the Neponset River], and corresponding acreage, contains the following [Note JH: probably meadows for grazing].:


(62) Mr. Sention 2 a. [i.e. Mattias Sension]  

(63)  J. Hull 6 a. [i.e. Josiah Hull],  

(64)  T. Dewis 4a. [i.e. Thomas Dewey],  

(65)  T. Holcom 3 a. [i.e. Thomas Holcombe],  

(66)  G. Phillips 5 a. [i.e. George Philips or Phelps],  

(67)  Wm Hulbert 6 a. [i.e. William Hulburd I]  

(68)  J. Heyden 3 a. [i.e. John Hayden],  

(69)  Mathews 3a. [i.e. Roger Matthews]


Per History of the Town of Dorchester, MA, by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Boston, 1859 a list of those in Dorchester, MA before January 1635 on pg. 38-39, includes William Hulbert, Matthew Sension and Thomas Thornton.  More interesting is who is absent from Dorchester, MA before Jan 1635, namely: Thomas Hobbs (1st husband of Rhoda Hobbs) and John Tinker (who apparently first arrived at Dorchester c.1636 presumably with his mother, the widow Mary Collins).  In 1638 Thomas Thornton and John Tinker recorded articles of agreement of factorage [i.e. a Power of Attorney to transact business and financial arrangements on behalf of another]


Per A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 -Volume #2, Huggins – Hunn, by James Savage, Boston, 1862 [hereafter Savage’s GD]:


“… HULBERT (sometimes HURLBUT or HULBURD), WILLIAM, Dorchester 1630, prob. came in the Mary and John [Note DMI: sic –prob., on the Higginson Fleet], freem. 3 Apr. 1632, but had req. that benefit 19 Oct. 1630, removed 1636  to Windsor [i.e. CT], thence, 1655, to Northampton, but was some yrs. bef. at Hartford, where he had Sarah, b. 10 July 1647; and Ann, bapt. 17 Mar. 1650.  He had, also, John, and William, prob. b. at Windsor, and two others, whose names are not ment. [Note DMI: i.e. Abigail and Ruth]  Nor can we tell which of these four were by first wife and which were children by the second wife, Ann, [vol. 2, p. 492] widow of Samuel Allen of W. wh. d. 1687; and he d. 1694.   His s. William [Hulburd II] went to Enfield [CT]. …”


Per Planters of the Commonwealth, by Charles Edward Banks, 1930, pg.[?], a William “Hulbirt” is listed as a passenger of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 [Note DMI: sic, was probably on the Higginson Fleet].  His vessel landed at Boston [Note DMI:  how would he even know this?] with his destination Northampton, MA [Note DMI:  Northampton, MA didn’t even exist until roughly 25 years later].


Many other accounts, including Savage’s GD … claim that William I probably came to Dorchester, MA on the Mary and John in 1630 (which embarked from Plymouth, England on 20 Mar 1630).  However, they made these assumptions without realizing the connections between William Hulburd I and the Tinker family of Windsor, England, as well as the connection of Hulburd with those who had origins in and around London, England (like Robert Keayne), rather than the West of England, where the Mary and John passengers all came from.


The ship Mary & John had sailed from Plymouth, England with 140 passengers aboard.  The Rev. John White of Dorchester, Dorset, recruited all the families. [Note DMI:  However, Rev. White never immigrated, and it was the Rev. Warham who led the congregation in Dorchester, MA and in Windsor, CT].  Nearly all of them came from the West Country of England, which included the counties of Somerset, Dorset and Devon.  The ship landed in New England on 30 May 1630, roughly two weeks before the rest of the Winthrop Fleet began to arrive.


Per the dubious A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family, by Gwendolyn Kelley Hack, 1901, pg. 317 [Note DMI: her source for this information apparently being James Russell Trumbull’s “History of Northampton, MA”, 1898]


“…He [i.e. William Hulburd I] had money, and was called ‘Mr’.  He had £300 when he came to America. …” [Note DMI:  While the dubious Dunlevy Genealogy states this, apparently attributing it to James Trumbull, I have not been able to verify these claims in any other account or source to date].


Per The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 – 1633, Vol. III, by Robert Charles Anderson,  2003 [hereafter GMB]:


“… William Hulbird [sic] requested 19 Oct 1630 to be a freeman at Dorchester, and was admitted 3 April 1632.  The gap of 1 1/2 year between his request and admission may possibly indicate that he made a return trip to England in the interim.   He was granted a 16 acre ‘Great Lot’ at Dorchester 16 Jan 1632/3 [Note DMI:  i.e. land just north of the Neponset River], and an 8 acre ‘Great Lot’ there on 1 Dec 1634 [Note DMI:  i.e. land just east of the Roxbury Brook].  He received Lot #67, consisting of 6 acres of meadow beyond Naponset [Note DMI:  i.e. just south of the Neponset River], presumably the same year, and by 18 Jan 1635/6 he had sold his 8 acre ‘Great Lot’. ” 



Origins of the Belief That the Hulburds Have a Welsh Ancestry

On 12 Oct 2010, JH sent me an email containing a link to an online copy of the book The History of The Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Vol. II, by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1879, which on pg. 695 states:


“Hon. Ebenezer S. Hulbert was born in Burlington, Ostego Co., N.Y., May 27, 1820….  William Hulbert, one of his paternal ancestors, emigrated to this country and landed in Boston in 1626.  He was a native of Wales, and a blacksmith by trade…”.


I immediately replied to JH by email:


“The part I'm wondering about the veracity of is:  1) The immigrant was from Wales (I'm not so sure there were very many Welsh settlers to America early on, particularly before 1630), and  2) He immigrated in 1626 to Boston (either the year, the town, or both are wrong).  If it's 1626, it must be a reference to Salem, MA, since Boston wasn’t founded until 1630.


There were only roughly 300 surviving Englishmen in New England prior to 1630, and they were indeed ethnically ‘English men’ and not ethnically Welsh, or Irish, or Scottish, etc.  Does it sound feasible, that an ethnically Welsh blacksmith immigrated to the MA Bay Colony in 1630 - let alone beforehand?  I would imagine, that in the records of Dorchester, MA,  Windsor, CT, Hartford, CT and Northampton, MA they would have referred to William Hulburd I as, ‘a Welshman’ just about every time his name was mentioned in records - but they never did.


Boston as a named place in MA didn't exist until about 1 month after Dorchester, MA was founded in 1630.  Charlestown (today also part of Boston) was founded in 1629.  Salem, MA was founded in 1626.  So, the first thing to do, is see if there is any mention of a Hulbert/var. at Salem, MA between 1626 and 1630 (which I essentially researched recently, and found no mentions).  


The William Hulburd I who ended up at Northampton, MA was previously at Hartford, CT, before that at Windsor, CT, and before that at Dorchester, MA as early as 1630.  The shadowing of his movements by members of the Tinker family, almost certainly confirms he was the William ‘Hubbard’ (and you and I need to see images of the original registers of Windsor, England to see if it is indeed spelled ‘Hubbard’ in the original entry, and not merely a transcription error) who married Helen/Ellen Tinker in Windsor in 1628.  This is further supported by the cluster of ‘Hulberds’ found at that time in nearby Reading, England.


The fact that William Hulburd I likely spent his entire life in England all along the Thames River, argues that he probably left for MA from the Thames River in 1629 as part of the ‘Higginson Fleet’ (Higginson  - i.e. the son - being a fellow debtor in CT along with William Hulburd I to Robert Keayne of London, Eng. and later Boston, MA). 


So, everything points to our William Hulburd I as not being from Wales, but from Berkshire, England…”.


Per the article “Emigration from Wales to America” posted on 13 Oct 2010 on the website of Data Wales:


“One of the first Welsh settlers [to America] was Howell Powell who left Brecon for Virginia in 1642.  In 1660 Charles II was restored to the English throne and religious intolerance increased.  The Court of Great Sessions in Bala, north Wales had threatened Quakers with burning.  Welsh Quakers bought 40,000 acres in Pennsylvania and left for America in 1682… The bulk of emigrants to America left via the English ports of Bristol and Liverpool”.


Per the article “How Green Was My Valley?  The Welsh: Surnames and Migrations”, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG printed in American Genealogy Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3:


“The first sizable emigration of the Welsh to America came in 1680-1720 and as early as 1667 a congregation of Baptists from South Wales had founded Swansea on the Plymouth-Rhode Island border.  In 1681 a group of Welsh-Quaker gentlemen obtained a tract of some 40,000 acres in Pennsylvania”.


Per the “Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600’s” posted on the website listed on the website www.packrat-pro.com on 13 Oct 2010,  there is only one ship on or before 1626 which sailed from Bristol, England with a destination in New England  -i.e. the ship Jacob mastered by Capt. Pierce which disembarked in 1625 from Bristol, England for Plymouth, MA (no manifest surviving).  Subsequently in 1628, the ship Abigail, mastered by Capt. Goding sailed the same course (with a partial passenger list surviving/recreated, containing no Hulbert/var.s).


However, we see this same rumor of Welsh origins for the Hulburd family being repeated in the dubious A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family…, by Gwendolyn Dunlevy Kelley, Columbus, OH, 1901, which first incorrectly claims on pg. 316 that the immigrant William Hulburd I was baptized on 11 Mar 1608 as the child of John Hulbert of Corsham (Wiltshire Co), England.  However, a paragraph further down on pg 317, the claim is made, that “the Hulburd family is an old and honorable one, probably of Welsh origin”, without any indication of to why this is asserted.  Several more sentences later, it is asserted that “one of the men of this company [i.e. aboard the Mary and John] was William Hulburd, probably a son of Justice George Hulbert of England or Wales”, once more with no supporting evidence whatsoever provided for these multiple assertions.


So, based upon all of the above, the Welsh origins attributed to the immigrant William Hulburd I seem to have been in the late 19th Century a popular, “romanticized / exotic” type of family myth, similar to the myths in many Yankee-American families of the 20th century, that there is Native American ancestry “somewhere in their past”.



Origins of the Belief that a William “Hulbird” Had Arrived on the Ship Mary and John

To date, I have not been able to find any original source documents, which actually list a William “Hulbirt”, or “Hulbird” – with those spellings or otherwise - as having come on either the Mary and John, or on any of the other ships of the Winthrop Fleet. 


The earliest such suggestion discovered so far, is by James Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary…, when he speculated in 1862 that William Hulburd probably came on the Mary and John.  This speculation was based upon the assumption, that Hulburd had arrived the same year as the pilgrims on the Mary and John in 1630 (and thus presumably was on the Mary and John), and that Hulburd had quickly aligned himself with that group led by the Rev. Warham, who settled at Dorchester, MA. 


58 years after Savage’s speculation, Charles Edwards Bank in Planters of the Commonwealth asserted as fact, that a William “Hulbirt” had been a passenger on a ship which was “part of the Winthrop Fleet that had landed at Boston in 1630” – however without providing any specifics or documentation for those assertions.  In fact, all of the many other ships in the Winthrop Fleet aside from the Mary and John have apparently landed at Salem, MA – not Boston, MA.


The rumor that the name William “Hulbird” existed on the manifest of some ship that was part of the Winthrop Fleet, seems to have then been repeated by Burton W. Spear, who in 1986 gave a presentation to the Connecticut Society of Genealogists and the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor in which he detailed his extensive research into creating a synthetic passenger list for the Mary and John.  The speech was published in the June 1989 Nutmegger.



The Founding of Windsor, CT in the Spring of 1636

Per information posted in 2010 on Town-USA.Com (posted presumably by the Town of Windsor, CT):


“Windsor, Connecticut's first community, was launched in 1633 when settlers sailed from Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts to establish themselves at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut rivers. The Indians called this place Matianuck.  The Reverend John Warham and 60 members of his congregation, a church organized in England in 1630, arrived two years later [i.e. in 1635], and renamed the settlement Dorchester.  A final name change to ‘Windsor’ was decreed in 1637 by the colony's General Court….  Historically, Windsor’s economy has been dominated by two pursuits: tobacco farming and brick-making (since 1675). In its heyday, there were more than 40 brickyards in Windsor. The last one disappeared in the 1960's. The first tobacco crop was planted in 1640 with seeds brought to Connecticut from the Virginia tobacco plantations”.

Per History of the Town of Dorchester, MA, by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, Boston, 1859, pg. 37:


“… In the summer of 1635, some Dorchester [MA] people had already reached the [Connecticut] river and sat down at a place where William Holmes and others, of Plymouth, had erected a trading house two years before (at [what is now called] Windsor), and made preparations for bringing their [Dorchester, MA] families and settling permanently; and in November, sixty persons, with a large number of cattle, traveled from Dorchester and arrived in safety at the river after much tribulation.  During the first winter the sufferings of these persons were intense, and they lost nearly all their cattle.  Some individuals wandered back to Dorchester, and others avoided starvation by dropping down the river and taking refuge in a vessel at anchor at the mouth.  In the Spring of 1636, the settlers, with Mr. Warham, proceeded [onward] to [what’s now called] Windsor….



William Hulburd I Removes to Windsor, CT;  Likely with the Group of Initial Settlers

Per One Thousand Years of Hubbard History, 866 to 1895…, by Edward Warren Day, 1895, pg. 71:


“… He lived in Dorchester 1635-6, when he sold out and removed to Windsor, CT.  He there lived on ‘Backer Row’ until the Pequot War of 1637, when he, for consideration of safety, moved into the ‘public palisado’. ”


Per A Supplement to the History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Conn., by Henry R. Stiles, Albany, 1863,  in the second paragraph of a note by the Rev. H. M. Dexter regarding the covenant of the church at Windsor CT, on the bottom of pg 16, Dexter notes the following:


“… The Windsor Church was formed at Plymouth, England, in March, 1630…, by people from the counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset [in England]; and [Rev]. Warham and Maverick were ordained its pastor and teacher.  They arrived at Dorchester [sic Hull], Mass., about the 1st of June [1630], where they first settled.  But hearing from the Dutch [traders] of a valuable tract of land on the Connecticut [River], they concluded to remove, and went in a body in the summer of 1635 [sic 1636]; carrying their church organization and Mr. Warham with them….  Warham died in 1670, and Cotton Mather says, he was the first minister in Connecticut who preached ‘with notes’. ”


Based upon the above, one might be led to believe that William Hulburd I was also from the region of Dorset, Devon and Somerset, England as has been supposed by many up until the present time.  However, the 4 married Tinker siblings who settled at Dorchester, MA with their families in the early 1630’s (i.e. Mary, Rhoda, Anne and John) are known to be from Windsor (Berkshire), England, and all indications point in the direction of William Hulburd I having married their sister Helen/Ellen in Windsor, England in 1628.


The issuance of land within the Palisado (of which only about 18 parcels were made available) to all of the original inhabitants of Backer Row (including William Hulburd I and the 3 Tinker sisters), suggests not only that they were amongst the first to clear and settle the Backer Row area of Windsor, CT, but were also amongst those who had actually constructed the Palisado, and inhabited it by 1637 when the Pequot Wars began.   1637 was also the date that the name of this new settlement was changed from Dorchester, CT to Windsor, CT, which suggests the Tinker family (including Hulburd), and perhaps some others originally from Berkshire, England had become influential there by that point.


Per GMB, he is listed in a land inventory at Windsor on 23 Feb 1640/1 as William “Hulberd”, holding seven parcels including:   a home lot of 13 acres; 6 1/2 acres in the Great Meade; five acres in the Great Meade [Note DMI: within the area presently bound by the Milo Peck Community Center to the north, and the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers to the west and east respectively]; 22 acres for planting beyond Rocky Hill; 18 rods in breadth by 2 1/2 miles stretch over the Great River (annotated “sold to Thomas Debl [Note DMI:  i.e. to Thomas Dibble in 1655], Abram Randal eight score by exchange”) [Note DMI:  probably land within the area bounded by the Connecticut River to the west, Ferry Lane to the north, and Strong Road to the south];  2 1/4 acres in Long Meade; and 3/4 of an acre in the palisado.


[Note DMI: Hulburd’s lot in the Palisado corresponds roughly today to the two lots that comprise 130 and 136 Palisado Ave.  Both of the present houses on that lot were built in the 1880’s per the Town Assessor’s records (even though 130 is built in a style mimicking houses of the 1600’s)  Hulburd’s 1637 homestead probably would have been in the middle of the road in the present paved triangle area formed by the divergence of North Meadow Lane from Palisado Ave].



The Location of “Backer Row” in the Early Windsor, CT Settlement

Backer Row corresponded roughly to a straight line drawn between the northern point of the property at 25 Pierson Lane, and the intersection of Old Kennedy Road with Foster Lane.  Hulburd’s property there corresponds roughly to the location containing and surrounding the property presently occupied in 2010 by the Palmer Sheet Metal Co. (which has a street address of 47 Pierson Lane).


On 23 Aug 2010 I emailed JH the following:


“In the Memorial History of Hartford Co., Vol. II in those biographies starting on pg. 547, I skimmed thru them, to see who were mentioned as the original inhabitants of the ‘Backer Row’ section of Windsor, CT.


The 7 names I could find of the presumed ‘original’ inhabitants of Backer Row (i.e. those who owned land there before 1640) as listed include:  William Hubbard (i.e. Hulburd, presumed husband of Helen/Ellen Tinker), John Taylor (2nd husband of Rhoda Tinker), Beggat (i.e. ByGod) Eggleston, Ellias Parkman, Thomas Thornton (husband of Anne Tinker), Matthias Sension (husband of Mary Tinker), and Thomas Staires.  


The first four of those 7 original owners as listed in the order above, inhabited Backer Row from northeast to southwest, just north of the Palisado, on the recreated map of Windsor, CT shown on the illustration page which follows pg 122 in The History of Ancient Windsor, CT


I have noticed, that many internet genealogies of families who had lived on Backer Row at one time or another (for example Sension, Eggleston, Hoyt, etc.). all falsely attribute Backer Row as having lied within the Palisado.  Not so.


It is presumably named “Backer Row” because it is directly in back of the Palisado, which had to be inhabited 2 years later in 1637 because of the onset of the Pequot Wars.  That's why the book 1000 Years of Hubbard History... mentions of William Hulburd I, ‘he there lived on “Backer Row” until the Pequot War of 1637, when he, for consideration of safety, moved into the ‘public palisado’.


With limited space inside of the Palisado, it seems that preference was given to those who had been on Backer Row (and who presumably had built the Palisado itself), despite other accounts which claim contrary to common sense and logic, that those living along Backer Row and in the Palisado (at the time of the Pequot Wars) were of “modest means”.  Of the 18 surnames listed as homeowners within the Palisado on recreated maps, all seven of the original landowners at Backer Row are also listed within the Palisado, which further indicates that Hulburd was amongst the original settlers of Windsor, CT in 1635/6.  The significance of this is that by 1637, William Hulburd I and the 3 Tinker sisters were near and/or immediate neighbors both inside the Palisado, and along Backer Row”. 


On 4 Oct 2010 I emailed JH the following:


“You have pointed out a discrepancy in the amount of land that William Hulburd I had supposedly owned at Backer Row in Windsor, CT, because per The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, Vol. II edited by J. Hammond Trumbull, Boston, 1886, pg 53 states that ‘Hulberd/Hubbard’ sold a lot 12 rods wide to John Youngs in 1641, but on page 560, it says that John Youngs bought a lot 29 rods wide from William ‘Hubbard’, which Youngs resold in 1649 to Walter Hoyte.


The most likely scenario seems to be, as you pointed out, that Youngs probably bought a 12 rod wide lot from Hulburd, which Youngs annexed to another 17 rod wide parcel sometime before 1649, which is when he sold a 29 rod wide parcel to Walter Hoyte.


You also pointed out that John Brooks had bought the northern part of ‘William Hubbard's Backer Row lot’ (sometime after 1652), but, it doesn't say that he bought directly from Hulburd.  Lots were frequently referred to by the name of their former or original owners, and the account says that after 1652, Brooks bought ‘the northern part of the Hubbard lot’, and not that Brooks ‘bought the northern part of Hubbard’s lot from Hubbard’.


The only way to know for sure how much land Hulburd owned and sold on Backer Row in 1641, would be to get a copy of the original land sale deeds to both John Youngs in 1641, and to John Brooks in 1652-56, and see what those two deeds actually say”.



William Hulburd I’s Movements are Shadowed by the Tinker Family

On 22 Aug 2010 emailed JH the following:


“William Hulburd requested to be a freeman of Dorchester, MA in Oct, 1630, but this was not granted until Jan 1632/3, indicating that he had possibly returned to England, possibly to fetch his wife – although this is not a certainty.  So, there’s no proof that he had actually permanently settled in Dorchester, MA until about Jan 1632/33.


In 1634, we have the first mention of Anne Tinker and her husband Thomas Thornton at Dorchester, MA.  That same year, there is evidence that a second Tinker sister, Mary Sension / Sention/ St. John, was also at Dorchester, MA.  We know that a third Tinker sister, Rhoda, had come to Dorchester, MA sometime before 1639, when she married her second husband John Taylor.


So, it looks as though there were at least 3 Tinker sisters in Dorchester, MA in the mid-1630s, and if William Hulburd I were indeed married to Helen Tinker, that would make it 4 Tinker sisters.  By as early as 1636, the Tinker sisters were joined at Dorchester, MA by their brother John Tinker, and their twice-widowed mother Mrs. Mary (née Merwin) Tinker Collins.  


William Hulburd I removed from Dorchester to Windsor, CT probably about the summer of 1636.  Thomas Thornton, Mattias Sension, and Mrs. Mary Collins relocated to Windsor, CT sometime between 1636 and 1637, about the same time the name of that settlement was changed from Dorchester, CT to Windsor, CT.  When John Tinker went on a trip from Dorchester, MA to England in 1636, and returned to America in 1638 with his cousin Miles Merwin, he removed to Windsor, CT to join his sisters and mother who were all already residing there.  The widow Rhoda (née Tinker) Hobbs remarried abt. 1639 to John Taylor, and they removed to Windsor, CT within the year.


In the History of Ancient Windsor, CT..., by Henry R. Stiles, NY, 1859, there is a map of the first settlers (i.e. those there before 1654) on the page following page 122.  The map is a ‘recreation’ by Henry R. Stiles done in 1859, and not an ‘original map’, so, he relied on the descriptions of land owners from the town’s records.  If the land owner’s name was misspelled in the original town records, that’s the way it appears on his recreated map.  Remember, that William Hulburd I’s name (in the land sale to Thomas Dibble) was misspelled as ‘Hubbard’, so that’s the way it appears on Stiles’ re-created map of early Windsor land owners before 1654.


It is claimed in one account, that by 1643 William Hulburd I re-married to an ‘Anne Amy’, but I haven’t found the documentation yet supporting that assertion.  However, if it is true, then that might explain why it appears as though William Hulburd I and the Tinkers all parted their separate ways about the same time, and why we don’t see them involved with William Hulburd I at Windsor, CT or elsewhere, in any wills or deeds etc. (at least to our knowledge). 


The first to leave Windsor were apparently Mrs. Anne Thornton and family in 1647, as well as William Hulburd I and family (whose dau. Sarah was baptized in Hartford, CT in 1647). Next to leave Windsor, CT were John Tinker and family, as well as Mrs. Mary Sension / St. John and family the following year in 1648.  Mrs. Rhoda Taylor remained in Windsor, CT until she remarried to Simon Hoyt in 1659, at which point Mrs. Rhoda Hoyt and family also left Windsor.


The point is, that while William Hulburd I and his unnamed wife were at Dorchester, MA, there were likely 3 married Tinker sisters living in that small settlement at the same time, who were shortly joined by their brother and mother.  And when William Hulburd I decided to remove to Windsor, CT, he was followed there shortly afterward by all of those Tinkers who had previously been at Dorchester, MA.  When William Hulburd I decided to relocate to Hartford, CT about 1647, all the Tinkers soon removed from Windsor, CT as well”.



Did William Hulburd I Introduce His Sister-in-Law Anne Tinker to Thomas Thornton?

In an email of 28 Aug 2010 to JH I speculated the following:


“…One trail of speculation I keep thinking about, is that it's said in The History of the Town of Dorchester, 1859, pg 88, ‘Thomas Thornton [i.e. husband of Anne Tinker] was among the earliest settlers [of Dorchester, MA], probably as early as 1630’. 


Well, I’m not sure exactly what they’re basing that speculation on, but if true, then William Hulburd I, as well as Thomas Thornton of London, England, were amongst the first settlers of Dorchester, MA in 1630, even though I believe the first mention in that town’s existing records for Thornton is in 1633 or 1634.  William Hulburd I was apparently already married to Helen Tinker in Windsor, Eng. in 1628, and Thomas Thornton was apparently still a single man in 1630.  


The History of Dorchester quotes Prince [i.e. Prince’s Annals] as writing, that many of these first settlers at Dorchester, MA went back to England early on before returning to MA.  We possibly see William Hulburd going back to England between 1630 and 1632, because of his absence in MA records, but Thomas Thornton is not made a Freeman of Dorchester until 1634.  Why the two-year delay for Thornton?  Because, Thomas Thornton married Anne Tinker in London, Eng. in 1633, and Anne is listed as residing at the time at Horton, England (i.e. 4 miles outside of Windsor, Eng). during her London wedding.


So, it looks like Thomas Thornton of London may have returned to Dorchester, MA only after his marriage in 1633 in St. Margaret Moses Church in London, England to Anne Tinker, which begs the question, ‘How did Thomas Thornton of London meet Anne Tinker of the outskirts of Windsor in order to marry her back in London?’


The logical answer is: ‘Thru his acquaintance with William Hulburd I, which he had made either at Dorchester, MA, or at London, England’.


It is also interesting to note, that Matthias Sension/Sention, a chandler [i.e. candle/soap maker, but the term is also a general term for “merchant”] of London who m. 1 Nov 1627 Mary Tinker [Note DMI: apparently at (New) Windsor, England, since their first child Matthias Jr. was also born there in 1628], did not emigrate to Dorchester, MA until after 10 June 1633, when he and his wife baptized a son in the Puritan church of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey in London, England, where they were then living.  The next mention in the records of the Sensions is on 3 Sep 1634, when Matthias is admitted as a Freeman at Dorchester, MA.  This was the same day that Thomas Thornton was made a Freeman at Dorchester, MA.   Could Matthias Sension and Thomas Thornton have sailed together to Dorchester, MA in 1633/34?



Did William Hulburd I Marry Secondly an “Ann Amy” [Ames?] in 1643?

Per Sharon Sims in Clink – Hulbert Prairie State Immigrants (posted in www.gencircles.com), William I 2nd m. 26 Sep. 1643 “Ann Amy” [Note DMI: i.e. Aime(s)?] (b.?____  d.c.1749), however she does not cite the source of this date, or for the alleged name of his wife.  [Note DMI:  I have attempted to email Sharon Sims requesting her sources for this information, but have never received a response].  The birth dates attributed to William I’s two oldest known children, both named John, makes this marriage date to “Ann Amy” unlikely, unless Ann Amy were actually the second of three wives, and mother of only his daughter Sarah [Note DMI: there is a circa 7 year gap between the births of his second son John and his daughter Sarah].



William Hulburd I et al of Windsor, CT vs. Thomas Marshfield in 1643

Per The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut…, by J. Hammond Trumbull, Hartford, CT, 1850, page 89:


“ June the 15th, 1643. [A Prticular Court]. … Will’ Hubbert plt  agt Tho: Marshfield deft, in an ac. of the Case to the damage of 12£”.


The Particular Court Records of Hartford, CT during the month of June 1643 list another 16 additional plaintiffs against Thomas Marshfield for debts owed, most of whom were also inhabitants of Windsor, CT.


Per A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 -Volume 3, by James Savage, Boston, 1862, Pg 160:


“The first that can positively be learned is by a letter from him…to Samuel Wakeman, 6 May 1641 [Note DMI:  sic, since per JH, Marshfield was first mentioned in the records of Dorchester, MA on 18 Jan 1635]…, and the next year he withdrew from the country, as by Connecticut Records of 14 Oct. 1642, when the Court appointed trustees to manage his estate [Note DMI: i.e. to liquidate his estate in his absence] for use of the creditors.  Perhaps he was lost at sea, but at least no more was ever heard of him.  His widow and family removed to Springfield, MA…”.


Despite Savage’s remark that the first mention of Thomas Marshfield was in 1641, JH has apparently discovered, per her examination of Dorchester Town Records, 1833, pg. 14-15, that Thomas Marshfield is first mentioned in Dorchester, MA on 18 Jan 1635 as follows:  “It is ordered that Thomas Marshfield shall have 12 acres of Planting ground on Squantum Necke which was formerly graunted him for his great lott”.



William Hulburd I Removes to Hartford, CT from about 1647 - 1651

Per Savage’s GD, William Hulburd’s dau.s Sarah and Anna were both baptized in the church at Hartford, CT on 10 Jul 1647 and 17 Mar 1649 respectively.  He is said in one undocumented internet account to have “removed to Hartford, CT where his wife [i.e. “Ann Amy”?] allegedly died”.  


Per Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Vol. 14: “Original Distribution of Land in Hartford”, Hartford, CT, 1912, pg 439:


“May 1648.  Land in Harttford vp on the Riuer of Coneckticott belonging to william Hullberd & to his hayers for euer.  viz One pell on which his dwelling houe Now Standeth & another Tenymentt & yerdes thare in being & was Sumtyme pell of the Meetting houe yerd Contain- by Etima- Two Roodes be it More or Les Abutting on the hyway Leding fro- the Mill to the Meeting houe on the wet & on Mr Clementt Chaplins Land on the South & on the Meeting houe yerd on the Eat & on the North”.


Per pg 180 of the same volume:


“One pcell of land containing by etimacion twoe roods (bee it more or les) wth appurtenances thereof together wth all outhoues tanding thereon wch hee [i.e. William Lewis] bought of William Hulberd, abutting upon the land of Thomas Hubbard on the Eat and upon the high way on the Wet & upon the meeting Houe yard on the North, and upon the land of Mr Clement Chaplin on the South”.


Per GMB, William “Hullberd” I is recorded in May 1648 in Hartford, CT of land which he later sold to William Lewis on 8 Sep 1655, and in the inventory of land belonging to Richard Lord in Hartford was “one parcel lying next to his houelot containing by etimation twelve perches be it more or les which he bought of William Hullberd”). 


William Hulburd I’s property in the very center of Hartford, Ct (i.e. having been taken from the southernmost section of the Meeting House Yard) was a roughly 400 ft long rectangular strip of land of roughly 1/3 of an acre, bounded on either end by Main St. and Prospect St., running parallel to Central Row and starting about 100 feet below that street, and continuing for roughly another 33 feet southward.  The site (located roughly at 750 Main Street) is presently occupied by several buildings, one of which appears to be a glass skyscraper just to the northeastern side of the Traveller’s Insurance Tower.


On 14 Jan 2011 I emailed JH the following:


“If Hulburd's Plot were outside of the Palisado at Hartford (i.e. with no apparent size restrictions from encompassing stockades), then why did Hulburd have only a sliver of a plot right in the center of town?


The only reason I could think of for having such a small sliver of land in the middle of a newly settled town, would be maybe for some sort of commercial / retail reasons (like, a General Store – i.e. grain, tools, etc). rather than for residential reasons, since people depended on their own land, to cultivate and to provide food for their families. 


William Hulburd I came presumably from Windsor, England (apparently residing there at least as a young adult), which was known for being a town of merchants, with a large market place.  His presumed London and Windsor connections, were also apparently with people of the merchant class.


Porter’s reconstructed map of the original settlers at Hartford, CT (which is reproduced on page 224 of The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Vol. 1 by James Hammond Trumbull) does not depict Hulburd, or his strip of the Meeting House Yard, since Hulburd was not at Hartford until 7 years after its founding.  If Hulburd were poor, and could only afford a small piece of land, would the earlier settler’s at Hartford, CT really allow him to build a poor-man's dwelling on a ‘postage-stamp sized lot’, carved out of the Meeting House yard, right in the middle of their new town? 


So the logical question now becomes, ‘Why would the first landholders and resident's of Hartford grant Hulburd, 7 years after its settlement, a strip of the center of their town, taking away from the Meeting House Commons in the process?’  I’m thinking that they must have wanted him there, in that particular location, for some reason, to have made such a concession to him.  


And why would a newcomer to that settlement like Hulburd, who previously had fields and meadows of land at Windsor, CT, want only a tiny sliver of a parcel at Hartford, instead of buying multiple acres only a very short walk from the center of town (which for all we know he may have had as well, although there are no existing land deeds in Hartford, CT to support that).  It seems to me, that one possibility is, that Hulburd may have also still held land at Windsor, CT when he was residing at Hartford, CT, since he apparently ‘returned’ to Windsor, CT sometime between 1651 and 1653 to marry the widow Ann Allen.


On 24 April 1649 William Hulburd I brought suit against James Wakeley (see additional notes further below).  It seems that by 1650/51 that William Hulburd I is residing back at Windsor, CT, since he married the widow Ann Allen of that place probably about that time, and his son William II was presumably born at Windsor, CT about 1653.  William I sold his land at Windsor, CT to Thomas Dibble in 1655.


Per Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, CT Historical Society,1928). Pg. 104-105, a William “Hurlebutt” appears in the records of the Particular Court in Hartford on 21 Oct 1651, as part of a list of 22 men who were owed money by a Thomas “Kircum” (“A noate of Kircums debts owned by him in this Courte”).  The debt owed to William “Hurlebutt” is listed as 6 schillings and 3 pence.



Where was the Palisado at Early Hartford, CT Situated?

On 18 Dec 2010 I received an email from Diana McCain, Head Researcher of the CT Historical Society in Hartford, CT, which contained the following:


“Hartford's Meeting House Yard was not enclosed within the Palisado.  Florence Crofut in her 1937 work Guide to the History and Historic Sites of Connecticut, states that the original state house yard ‘would now be the area between Kinsley and Grove Streets and east to Market Street’.


According to the chapter ‘Historic Places in Hartford’, by Arthur Shipman in the 1899 book Hartford in History, the Palisado was ‘on the north side of the Little River, where the northern abutment of the stone bridge stands.  This was built to protect the crossing from Indians and from the Dutch at Good Hope’. Florence Crofut says that ‘The so-called palisado in Suckiaug (Hartford) commanded the Little (Park) River.  It referred probably, not to a fortification but to the high bank of the river before a bridge was built on Main Street’.


The site to which these sources refer would today be on Main Street between Wells Street and Sheldon Street.  The stone bridge mentioned was built in 1833 to span the Little (later Park) River, which was put underground in the 1940s.


The distance between the Palisado and the original state house yard as described by Crofut could have been as much as 1,000 feet.  Indeed, Shipman says that from the meetinghouse green ‘We might have seen in the distance, perhaps, the beginnings of the stockade, or “Palisado”, on the north side of the Little River’.


The Ancient Burying Ground stands on the western side of Main Street about a block from what would have been Meeting House Square, and would not have been within the boundaries of the original Meeting House Yard”.


Therefore, we can surmise based upon the above, that the original Palisado at Hartford, CT, which existed for only a relatively short amount of time, was situated in the corner of the Little River, which corresponds today roughly to the course of Well’s Street, where it jogs at Pulaski Circle.  The Palisado most probably would have extended eastward along the Little River to what were apparently the higher bluffs at the site of the present Public Library on Main Street, and would have extended northward from Well’s street, probably not quite as far as Gold St.  Accordingly, the Meeting House (where the present Old State House stands), the Ancient Cemetery, and the center of the settlement (including Hulburd’s parcel) would have all lied just outside of the Palisado.



William Hulburd I vs. James Wakeley in 1649 Hartford, CT

Per Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, CT Historical Society,1928). p 62:


“ A Perticular Courte in Hartford 24th of Aprill 1649:  William Hurlebutt plf Contra Jeames Wakely defendt in an Action of the Cae dammages 39s.  In ye Action of ye Cae betweene William Hurlebutt plf and Jeames Wakely defendt ye plf falling horte of his wittnes is to loos his Sute”.


Unfortunately, there is no indication as to why the case for damages was brought by William Hulburd I against James Wakeley, or exactly what those damages were – probably being for slander (but possibly for damages to property or fields – e.g. by foraging livestock – or possibly even for damages allegedly caused by “witchcraft”).  In the same court session, two additional suits were brought against Wakeley by John Willcock for the sums of 6 schillings, and 25 schillings, and the court did rule against James Wakeley. 


Additional clues to the character of James Wakeley can be found in Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England, by John Putnam Demos, 1982, pg 353-355:


“… Another suspected witch who chose flight, in preference to the workings of legal process, was James Wakeley – also of Wethersfield.  Wakeley’s long and tortuous career in New England is worth at least a brief retelling.  His earliest appearances in land records place him at Hartford by, or before, 1643.  He seems to have been a man of considerable wealth and entrepreneurial bent; he was frequently involved in mercantile activities, though later evidence identifies him as a weaver.  Most striking of all was his extensive involvement in litigation.  From 1643 to 1663 James Wakeley went to court no less than thirty-seven times (twenty-one as plaintiff and sixteen as defendant).  This total was matched by few of his Connecticut contemporaries….


At about the time he married the widow [Alice] Boosey, James Wakeley moved from Hartford to Wethersfield.  Interestingly, there was a temporary decline in the pace of his activities at court (only three cases in the next seven years); perhaps family life mellowed, or at least distracted, him.  In all, he had approximately a decade of uninterrupted residence in Wethersfield; then, in the latter part of 1662, the witch hunt fetched him up. …


Unfortunately, there is but one surviving deposition that reveals any of the substantive allegations against Wakeley.  Dated August 1668 (well after Wakeley’s departure for Rhode Island), it attempts to link Wakeley with Katherine Harrison as confederates in witchcraft.  The deponent, a young man named Thomas Bracey, recalled various misfortunes that befell him following a quarrel with Wakeley.  Indeed, the culmination had been a spectral assault, with Wakely and Harrison appearing at night ‘by the bedside’ and ‘afflicting and pinching [Bracey] as if his flesh had been pulled from his bones’.  It was a familiar – but always frightening – story. …”



William Hulburd I Returns to Windsor, CT For His Last Marriage to the Widow Ann (née Whitmore) Allen, Probably About 1651

William I’s last known marriage was (allegedly sometime before 26 September 1653) to Ann Whitmore (b.?____  d.1687, bur. in Northampton, MA 13 Nov 1687 as “Ann Allen Hurlburt” [per “History of Enfield, Vol. III”, pg. 2311]), the widow of Samuel Allen Sr. (b.?____  d.1648, Samuel having been buried in Windsor, CT 28 April 1648). 


[Note DMI:  In reviewing my notes on 26 April 2009, I was unsure as to the exact justification for why I had written that specific date, 26 Sep 1653, before which William I had 3rd married Ann Whitmore.  In doing further research, this quote also appears in several Hulbert / Hurlbut Genealogies posted on the internet, which are apparently using as a source The Hulbert Family 1305 With The Ancestry of Walter Hulbord, Thomas Hulbert and William Hulbert” by Henry Carlton Hulbert, which in turn is based upon the fraudulent genealogical work of conartist Gustav Anjou.  As a result, this date / quote is dubious at best].


William I’s son William Hulburd II was born about 1653, presumably in Windsor, CT.  Per The Memorial History of Hartford, CT, 1633-1884, Vol. II, by J. Hammond Trumbull, Boston, 1886, pg. 548:  “John Brooks…married Susannah Hanmore, 1652; later he bought the north part of the Hubbard [sic Hulburd] lot on Backer Row, and built upon it”.  Per pg. 549: “Thomas Dibble…bought the William Hubbard [sic Hulburd] place in the Palisado, where he was living in 1654”.


[Note DMI:  In the first instance, the lot on Backer Row may still have been referred to as the “Hulburd lot”,even though Hulburd may have possibly sold it before his 1647 move to Hartford, CT.  Likewise, in the second instance, it does not specify that Thomas Dibble had bought the Palisado lot from Hulburd in the year 1654, only that Thomas Dibble was living at that site in 1654.  It’s possible that Dibble could have also purchased that Palisado lot from Hulburd before Hulburd 1647 move to Hartford, CT.  If Hulburd returned to Windsor, CT about 1651 to marry the widow Ann Allen, my presumption is, that he and his children would have resided with her and her children in Windsor, CT on the Allen Farm, until they all moved to Northampton, MA about 1656.  However, do note, that both William Hulburd I and his step-son Samuel Allen Jr., retained church membership at Windsor, CT up until 1659, per Windsor church records.  I presume this was  because a congregation wasn’t formally organized at Northampton, MA until 1661].



William Hulburd I Removes to Northampton, MA by about 1656

Per History of Northampton [Note: hereafter HN], by James R. Trumbull (1898), pgs 31-32:


A William “Hulburt” was one of three signers of the Petition to the General Court to confirm Judicial Officers and to establish a Court.  It was signed “From Norwottuck alius Northampton Aprill 10, [16]56”.  [Note DMI:  The petition is a typed transcription, and does not show original signatures of the signers].  


Per HN page 37: 


“… The lots upon the highways just named having been occupied, settlers began to cluster around Meeting House Hill.  William Hulbert [i.e. Hulburd] is first mentioned as having a home lot in that vicinity.  He had four acres with a boundary near the present line of Gothic Street.  South of him were John Ingersoll and Thomas Salmon. …A highway very nearly coinciding with Gothic Street, gave access to the brickyard, located on the brook, and Hulbert an outlet. …” [Note DMI: The Salmon’s were close neighbors, which is apparently how William II met his first wife Ruth Salmon]. 


Per HN pg. 59:


On 18 March 1657, the town voted, amongst other matters, to procure a minister and in ‘yt prventing of excese of liquor in comeing to or Towne and of Sider [Note DMI: i.e. hard cider]”.  Those motions were voted in by 25 townsmen, including William Hulburd, Samuel Allen and Thomas Salmon.


Per HN pg 77-78: 


On 6 Jan 1658, 163.5 acres of meadow land were volunteered by 37 residents of Northampton for the use of the new minister Eleazar Mather, which included 5 acres volunteered for use by William Hulburd I.  [Note DMI:  Eleazar Mather was the son of Richard Mather (immigrant and pastor of the church at Dorchester, MA, where William I had lived), and the uncle of the Rev. Cotton Mather of Boston, MA].


[Note DMI:  However, as pointed out by JH in our email conversations of 21 Aug 2010, in “The History of Ancient Windsor, CT…”, by Henry R. Stiles, NY, 1859, pg. 150, that a “William Hubbard” is part of the list of those purchasing various seats in the church of Windsor, CT in 1659.  This is apparently still a reference to our William Hulburd I, even though he seems to have removed to Northampton 3 years earlier, and the only thing I can think of, is that he still maintained church membership (if not an alternate residence) at Windsor, CT until a church was formally organized at Northampton, MA].


Per HN pg. 107:


William Hulburd I and his wife Ann are both listed amongst the 71 signers of the Northampton church covenant.  Most members signed the covenant on 18 April 1661, but a note indicates that William Hulburd I and his wife (as well as four others) had been “added vnto the Ch. 14th 5 in 61” [i.e. 14 May 1661].


Per HN pg. 145:


William “Hulburt” is listed as one of the 48 settlers who had arrived at Northampton, MA between 1653 and 1658, and is listed as possessing a 4 acre home lot, and 43 acres of meadow land there.


Per a map of early settlers at Northampton, MA created by Trumbull and included in the beginning of his History of Northampton, MA, Hulburd’s property on today’s map was bound on the north by a line running 200 feet south of Trumbull Ave and parallel to it from 71 Gothic Street to 94 State Street, on the west side by a line running southwest from 94 State Street to 57 Center Street,  on the south by a line running northeast from 57 Center Street to 45 Gothic Street, and on the east side by a line connecting 57 Gothic Street to 71 Gothic Street.  The property had no street frontage, and was accessed by a long driveway, which is today the lower portion of Gothic Street.


As further regards William Hulburd I at Northampton, MA, the dubious A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family, pg. 317  [i.e. which supposedly is quoting from James R. Trumbull’s “History of Northampton”] adds: 


“…He was one to organize a church in Windsor and was one of two who gave the land for a church in Northampton and assisted in building.  He was one of the committee to ask the privilege of building a town house and court for public purposes in Northampton.  He had the first brickyard and built and owned the first sawmill in that part of the country [i.e. Northampton, MA], which has been used for manufacturing purposes ever since, and is now ‘Silk Manufacturing Co., Nonoteck’. [Note DMI: sic for Nonotuck Silk Manufacturing, Co., this assertion has not been verified by any other account or source, and is actually contradicted by Trumbull’s “History of Northampton”].  William Hulburd (says Trumbull) had homestead and four acres on Meeting-house hill and forty-three acres of meadowland in Northampton…”.


Per GMB:


On 5 July 1662 Edward Butler, an Irishman, assaulted Rebecca Allen which resulted in “Anne Hulburd the mother of Rebecca Allen being about 54

years” making a deposition two days later.


Per HN, pg. 187:


On 10 Feb 1665 William “Hulburd” apparently was assessed by the Constable along with other townsmen, and paid £2 and 2 shillings upon his property there.


In an email JH sent to me on 7 Oct 2010 during her research trip to Northampton, MA, she explained the following:


“In an earlier email exchange with Julie (the archivist at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA), she had told me that I could find the land deeds for the 1600’s and 1700’s at the Hampshire County Registrar’s Office in Northampton, MA (which is apparently not the case).


Upon my arrival at the Hampshire County Registrar's Office in Northampton, MA, the lady there informed me that all deeds prior to 1787 are in fact archived in Springfield, MA (i.e. at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, 50 State St, 4th flr, Springfield, MA, Tel. 413-755-1722).    Since there was only a limited amount of time left before my appointment with Julie the archivist at Forbes Library (which I had already scheduled), I decided to stay in the Registrar’s Office and instead review the records of the Hampshire Co. Probate Court, which are on the 2nd floor of that building.  There I took pictures of various Hulburd estate documents.  I also saw the names of the unrelated Pelham and Chesterfield, MA Hulberts, along with a few modern MA Hulberts in those files, but I didn't take any photos of those.


In said previous email with Julie the Forbes Library archivist, she had also suggested, that if I arrived earlier than our appointment, that I could review the old Hampshire Co. Court Records (on microfilm), which are housed in their Reference Room.  So I did arrive a little early at Forbes Library, and used the extra little time I had before my meeting with Julie to scan the microfilm titled ‘69A-L Probate Records Volume 1:  1660-1690’.  The old style of handwriting proved to be challenging, as well as the poor microfilm quality.  Nothing caught my attention; however, I'm not 100% sure if I had actually missed anything. 


I then met with Julie in the Hampshire Room (i.e. their local history section) on the 2nd floor.   I told her what the lady at the Registrar's Office of Hampshire Co. in Northampton, MA had said about pre-1787 land deeds.   The archivist now confirmed (contrary to said earlier email) that the originals are indeed housed in the Springfield, MA Registrar's Office, but the Hampden Co. Registrar’s Office in Springfield, MA would likely send me onward to where the microfilms of those deeds are housed (i.e., for Northampton and Springfield prior to 1787), which is at The Connecticut Valley History Museum on State Street in Springfield, MA.


That Museum is open Tues thru Fri from 11 AM to 4 PM, and on first Saturday of each month from 11 AM to 4 PM.  In reply to my query about Northampton, MA tax Rateables, Julie looked at the old tax stubs from 1650 upwards, but there was nothing on the Hulburd family.   She bought out an old leather bound book possibly entitled First Church of Northampton (I forget the exact title).   Inside was the page with ‘Solomon Stoddard - His Book’ written on it.   I copied the following from ‘List of members of First Church that are in full communion:  July 30 1677’ :


William Hul[oa?]d                [i.e. William I at age 73]

Ann Hulbert                  [i.e. William I’s 2nd wife]

John Hulbert/Hulbirt        [i.e. John Sr. at age 37]

Mary Hulbert                [i.e. John Sr.’s 2nd wife]

Nehemiah Allen

Samuel Allin

Sarah Allen

Hannah Allen


An entry in a separate column, indicated that William Hulbert and Ann Hulbert were admitted to full communion dated 14 May 1661 (Abigail and William were also admitted at that time with their parents).  Another entry dated 5 Nov 1669 states, ‘Abigail Hulbert died’.  A later entry dated 12 Nov1672 states, ‘John Hulbert and Mary wife personally taken the covenant’.


Julie also brought over the ‘Index to Historic Deeds’ (part of the Judd Collection of Manuscripts and Copies).   I took pictures of the abstracts of Hulburd deeds which were copied in it.   Most of those details we already have – and there’s no new definitive info on Thomas Hulburd past that one 1715 deed in Enfield, CT.   I asked the archivist if these deeds are duplicates of the ones at the Connecticut Valley History Museum.   She was not sure”.



What was the Occupation/Profession of William Hulburd I?

“Elder” John Strong had lived at Windsor, CT (buying Thomas Thornton’s Palisado lot in 1647) prior to his removing to Northampton, MA in 1860.  The establishment of John Strong as tanner in Northampton, MA in 1860 (his tan yard being the land just south of the brick yard running to the north of the former Main St. plaza, bordered on the west by Gothic St. and on the east by the King Street Brook), with exclusive rights to tan granted to him by the town elders, should put to rest any speculation that William Hulburd I (who was in Northampton since about 1656) could have been a tanner by trade (based upon Hulburd’s presumed birth at Reading, England where both tanning, and weaving, were the major industries).


The dubious Dunlevy Genealogy is the first account which I have come across, which states outright that William Hulburd I actually owned the brick yard in Northampton, MA, which was bordered on the west by his property, and on the east by the King Street Brook.  The positioning of the two properties (i.e. Hulburd’s and the brick yard) which shared a common access road (today Gothic Street), could initially lead one to believe, that William Hulburd I had been the town’s early brick maker.  One might similarly be led to believe, that Hulburd may have previously been a brick maker back at Windsor, CT, by the fact that his Backer Row property was bordered to the north by what was known at that time as “Brick Hill Swamp” (today the Sleepy Hollow section of Windsor, CT).


However, on 5 Oct 2010, I emailed JH the following:


“Per the link you provided to The History of Northampton Massachusetts…, Vol. 1, by James Russell Trumbull, 1898, pg. 383 identifies Francis Hacklington [sic for Hackleton] as the first brick maker ‘of record’ in Northampton, starting in 1658/9.  Hackleton was from Hartford, CT, and apparently only had one known child named Anna/Joanna, who is listed in various ancestry world tree accounts.


William Hulburd I moved to Northampton in 1655/6.  If he were a brick maker, then there would have been a record of him being brick maker before and/or simultaneous with Francis Hackleton in 1658, and thereafter.  So, we can deduce (similar to the situation of John Strong being granted exclusive rights to be the settlement’s tanner, at a point after Hulburd was already in residence for some years), that it is improbable that William Hulburd I would have started out as either a brick maker or tanner at Northampton, only to hand the business over a few years later to newcomers Francis Hackleton and John Strong, respectively.


So, I think we can also scratch ‘brick maker’ (along with tanner) off of the list of possible professions for William Hulburd I.  I think if you find any mention of the profession (if any) of John Hulburd Sr. (for example, cooper, weaver, carpenter, blacksmith, etc). when you will be looking thru Northampton, MA records in several weeks time from now, then that will very likely be the same profession that his father William Hulburd I held.  But for now, it seems that the early Hulburds were essentially ‘farmers’. ”


The dubious Dunlevy Genealogy is also the first, and only, account that I have been able to find, which names William Hulburd I as the owner of the first saw mill at Northampton, supposedly at the site of the Nonotuck Silk Manufacturing Co. in 1898.  However, not only have I found no independent verification of this claim to date, but, this claim is flat-out contradicted by Trumbull on pg 221 of his aforementioned volume, which states:


“For sixteen years Northampton had been without a saw mill, and when the matter was first agitated, in 1667, the town made very generous propositions towards the promotion of such an enterprise, by offering the builders twenty acres of land, if the mill should be completed within three years.  The grantees, John King and Medead Pomeroy, however, failed to carry out their obligation, and in 1670, the same grant was made to Joseph Parsons Sr., with the additional concession that ‘ye mill was to goe rate free, in all ye comon Towne rates due from him and his heirs oe long as he keepe ye mill goeing for ye Townes ve’. 


Rev. Mr. Stoddard, who had just begun to preach here, seems to have joined in this venture.  They built the mill, on Mill River, just below ‘Baker’s Meadow’, probably in or near the present ‘Bay State’ village, and received the land offered for it from the town.  Joseph Parsons had ‘the land for his father’s mill’ over Munhan River, and Mr. Stoddard sold his right in the ‘mill place’ in 1689, to John Parsons, but no mill was there at the time.  This was the first saw mill constructed in Northampton.


In 1674, David Wilton, Medad Pomeroy , and John Taylor [i.e. Jr., the nephew of William Hulburd I], had liberty to ‘et vp’ a saw mill ‘on ye brooke on ye right hand of ye Cart waye goinge over Munhan river on this id that runs intoe ye river and whilee ye mill is in ve theye haue granted them ten or twilf acors of Land for a pature’.  They were also granted ‘ye Libertie of ye Commons toe fall timber’.  This mill was probably built by the grantees, and was the first one erected within the present limits of the town of Easthampton”.


However, per the History of The Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Vol. II, by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1879, pg. 695:


“Hon. Ebenezer S. Hulbert was born in Burlington, Ostego Co., N.Y., May 27, 1820….  William Hulbert, one of his paternal ancestors, emigrated to this country and landed in Boston in 1626.  He was a native of Wales, and a blacksmith by trade.  It is somewhat remarkable that in every generation of his descendants up to the present time, one or more members of each family have followed that trade”.


The biographical sketch continues to discuss how Ebenezer S. Hulbert’s paternal grandfather, Ambrose Hulbert Sr., had been a blacksmith, silversmith and wordsmith for the Continental soldiers in VT during the American Revolution.  Ambrose Hulbert Sr. was in turn the great-grandson of the immigrant William Hulburd I.  While I do not believe that William Hulburd I immigrated in 1626 (certainly not to Boston, which didn’t exist until 1630), and while I do not believe that he was of Welsh extraction whatsoever (for reasons described elsewhere), it is believable that he may have been a blacksmith, which was a useful, and relatively common trade.  Having such a trade could also explain his reason for joining (or possibly being appointed to join) the new settlement at Dorchester, MA in 1630, had he not arrived on the Mary and John with the other Dorchester settlers, which is my belief. 



The Family of William Hulburd I Listed in Dr. John Winthrop’s Medical Journal from 1663 to 1666/7

Per ROM’s un-sourced notes: per the  WMJ, Dr. John Winthrop Jr. treated the following members of the William Hulburd I family, possibly in the Hartford, CT area – but more likely in the Springfield, MA or Northampton, MA area:


20 Nov 1663 - Abigail Hulburd, aged 13;  

20 Nov 1663 - William Hulburd II, aged 10;

20 May 1664 - William Hulburd II, aged 11;

20 May 1664 - John Hulburd, Sr., aged 24;

13 March 1666/7 - William Hulburd I, aged above 60; 


Whether the Hulburds were staying in the Hartford, CT area (perhaps William I had sent his wife and children to live with relatives in CT for a time, after the assault on his step-daughter in 1662?), or traveled to see Dr. Winthrop in either Hartford, CT or to Springfield, MA when he was in those places, is still undetermined.  Dr. Winthrop also saw patients at Hadley, MA, which is closer in MA to Northampton than is Springfield.


It should also be noted, that William Hulburd is listed paying an assessment on his property in Northampton during Feb of 1665, and dau. Abigail was buried at Northampton, MA in Jan of 1670, so it appears that the family’s principal residence from the time of the 1662 assault case until the 1672/3 Harvard donations, had remained at Northampton, MA.


In her article entitled Connecticut Women: Not Completely Hidden from History, Part I, which was posted on the NEHGR’s website (article not dated, but accessed by me on 26 Mar 2010), Joyce S. Pendery writes regarding the WMJ:


“… A physician, Winthrop traveled around Connecticut to treat patients, noting dates, locations, names, brief biographical information, symptoms, and prescriptions.  His one thousand-page medical journal begins on March 10, 1656/7 and ends on July 26, 1669, with a gap of two years from 1661 to 1663 when he was in England.


Winthrop’s original journal, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, is the subject of a feature article, written by Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Newsletter (vol. 9, no. 1 [Jan.-March 2000]).  At the time the article was written, Anderson was transcribing the journal for future publication.  Until this work is available, researchers can refer to a series of articles prepared by Col. Charles E. Banks and published in The American Genealogist (vol. 9, pp. 54-61, 64; vol. 23, pp. 62-64, 124-128, 231-34; and vol. 24, pp. 41-47, 108-15).  They feature an alphabetical listing of excerpts of journal entries containing genealogical information.


Since Winthrop lived in New Haven when he began keeping his journal, many entries refer to patients living near the Connecticut coast and even in Southampton, Long Island.  He moved to Hartford in 1657 and began tending to the residents of that town, as well as the towns of Windsor, Farmington, Wethersfield, Middletown, and even Springfield [i.e. in MA]. …”



William Hulburd I and His Sons Donate to Harvard College in 1672/3

Per History of Northampton, pgs 571-573:


“Among the original papers in the Judd MSS, is the following list of contributions to Harvard College, made in Northampton in 1672/3….  The list copied by Mr. Stoddard contains eighty-five subscribers, but the following has a few additional names, …


William Hulburd Sr. [£]0.05.00 [Note DMI:  i.e. 5 schillings]… 

John Hulburd 3lb flaxe [£]0.03.00 … 

William Hulburd pay in wompom seaven shillings [£]0.07.00 ….


William Hulburd I, his wife and his children (except for William II) apparently spent the rest of their lives in Northampton, MA.



The Destructive Ministry of the Reverend Eleazar Mather at Northampton, MA

John Ingersol (the immediate neighbor of William Hulburd I in Northampton) later removed to Westfield, MA, where he gave the following public testimony in the Westfield Presbyterian Church in 1679, which church Ingersol helped to found:


“… coming to Northampton, I heard Mr. Mather the first time that, that ‘in the world ye shall have trouble, but in Christ ye may have & shall have peace’, which incouraged me for a while.  But afterwards his preaching did not please me but I thot I would keep my hopes.  And the Lord visiting me with sickness that I was neer death, yet I thot I was well enough prepared for death & was not willing to hear to the Contrary: But the Lord in great mercy was pleased not to take me away in that Condition.  But remaining still Confident of my good Estat, I, as I was on atime into the meadow to work, thot nothing should dash my hopes thereof.  But presently the thought of ________ who murdered himselfe Coming into my mind, I for a while much wondered at it. 


But my thots soon running thus, ‘What if God should leave me?  Then I should do so’.  & the temptation came so hard upon me that God would leave me, & I should certainly dy such a death; be guilty of mine own Blood, & be damned irreconcilably, that I was not able to go on to my business; but returning home, the temptation prevaild more, & more upon me, & I was filled with horrour of Conscience, the Lord did so manifest his wrath & displeasure against me: & my Sins were like mountains ready to sink me down into Hell every moment.  & not being able to sleep, was forced to rise up at midnight & Call up my Father-in-law, who hearing how it was with me, & that I feared I had sinned the unpardonable Sin; & that there were no Hopes of mercy, gave me good Counsell, & prayed with me.  & after having some abatement I returned home, & remain’d in that Condition: But the Lord after awile was pleased to abate the temptaion, & his wrath a little.  & I fell to reading & praying in Secret; being incouraged to look to Jesus Christ for mercy.  But Mr. Mather’s Ministry was like daggers in my heart.  For when I was labouring to lay hold on Christ, as I thot, by Faith, it did so rip up my State in such a way as dashed my hopes …”. 



The Known Children of William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA

Per the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, edited by Hiram Carelton, 1903, pg. 697:  “…William [i.e. I] and Ann had nine children, of whom one, William, is said to have had no less than 4 wives; his second wife, Mary Howard of Suffield, was the mother of Obediah [sic] …”. 


William Hulburd I had at least the following two children by his first wife [Note DMI:  prob. Helen/Ellen Tinker.  It is likely that as many as 6 other children would born between 1628 and 1646, but they had apparently died in infancy due to the hardships encountered in settling the wilderness during that period]:


1.   John Hulburd (#1) b.?____  d. 25 Aug 1639 in Windsor, CT – per the Matthew Grant Records 1639 – 1681, Documents of and relating to the township of Windsor, CT, Hartford, 1930;

2.   John Hulburd (#2), Sr.  b.c.1640 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT (aged 24 on 20 May 1664) – per WMJ)  d. 19 Jul 1713 in Northampton, MA as “John Hulberd, an old man”. He is buried at the Bridge Street Cemetery, with no surviving tombstone.  He 1st m. bef. 1668 Ann _______ (b.?____  d.c.1670).  As “John Hulbert”, he 2nd m. 1 Mar 1670/1 in Northampton Mary Baker (b.?____ d. [8 Oct 1707]? in Northampton, MA).  (See below a detailed listing of John Hulburd Sr.’s descendants)  [Note DMI:  it is unclear if the death date for Mary in the Northampton, MA records is for Mary Baker, or a Hulburd child named Mary];


William Hulburd I had the following three children either by his first wife [Helen Tinker?], or possibly by a second wife [“Ann Amy”?]:


3.   Sarah Hulburd  bap. 10 Jul 1647 in Hartford (Hartford Co), CT  d.?____.  Listed as “Sarah Hulberd, dau. of William Hullberd”.  There are no further records of her;

4.  Anna Hulburd  bap. 17 Mar 1650 in Hartford, CT  d.?____.  Listed as “Anna Hulberd, dau. of William Hullberd” in the baptismal registry.  [Note DMI:  I don’t believe that this dau. would have been the dau. of Ann Whitmore as GMB below supposes, as she was born – depending upon which year of birth you attribute to her – either one month before Samuel Allen Sr. died, or 11 months afterward, which would have necessitated her mother being impregnated by William Hulburd I only 2 months after her first husband’s burial, which to me seems unlikely];

5.   Abigail Hulburd b.c.1651 in CT? (aged 13 on 20 Nov 1663 – WMJ)  d. 5 Jan 1669 in Northampton, MA [per Northampton Church Register] – no issue.  She was admitted into the Northampton, MA church along with her parents and brother William II on 14 May 1661.  [Note DMI:  Abigail’s birth could have been the reason for the death of supposed 2nd wife Abigail Amy (or first wife Helen Tinker), as well as the reason behind the rapid remarriage of William Hulburd I c.1651 to last wife, the widow Ann (née Whitmore) Allen.  Alternately, if Ann Amy (or Helen Tinker) had died giving birth to Anna, then Abigail could actually be the first child of the widow Allen];


William Hulburd I 3rd m.c.1650/51 Ann Whitmore(b.c.1608 in England  d. 13 Nov 1687 in Northampton (Hampshire Co), MA), the widow of Samuel Allen Sr. (b.?____  d.1648, buried 28 April 1648 at Windsor, CT).   Ann Whitmore was the dau. of John Whitmore (b.1592  d.?____). [Note DMI: Ann Whitmore’s first husband is misidentified by some as the immigrant George Allen, who was in fact the husband of a Katharine _________, George having died during the latter part of April 1648 at Sandwich, New Plymouth Colony, MA, and he was subsequently buried there on 2 May 1648].


The following two known children of William I were likely born to his last wife Ann Whitmore [Note DMI:  William II, almost certainly so]:


6.  Ruth Hulburd  b.c.1651? in [Windsor?], CT  d. 12 Jun 1672 in Northampton, MA – apparently unmarried;

7.   William Hulburd II  b.c.1653 in Windsor (Hartford Co), CT  (aged 10 on 20 Nov 1663, and aged 11 on 20 May 1664 – WMJ) d. 11 Mar 1734 in Enfield, CT.  (See below for more info. on him and his descendants);


 [Note DMI: Some accounts list two additional unnamed children for William I based upon a misunderstanding of Savage’s remark in his 1862 Genealogical Dictionary, that there were “two other children whose names were not mentioned”.  Accordingly, it should be noted, that Savage in his account does not list the two daughters, Abigail and Ruth, as children of William I].





















First Generation



JOHN HULBURD SR. of Northampton, MA (1640 – 1713)

The son of William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA, and his presumed first wife Helen Tinker of Windsor, CT.



The Intestate Probate of the Estate of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA




John Hulbard



Box No. 75.

No. 47.







Jno. & Samel Hulberd


Augt 19th




Know  all  men  by  these  presents    that  Wee  John  Hulbert  &  Samel  Hulbert,  both of  Northampton

Within  the  County  of   Hamphire,  In  her  Majtis  Province  of   the  MaeSch∫etts   Bay   In  Newengland

Granting administration in & for ye County of Hamphire in yeprovince of ye Masachusetsbay,  in  ye full &

just sum of three hundred   =   =   =   =   =   =   =   =   pounds Currant Mony of  ye province  afforesd to  be well

and truely paid to ye said Samel Partridge or to his Succesor in sd office To ye true payment Whereof if so John

Hulbert or Samel Hulbert   =   =   =

Doe bind & oblige themselves heires Executoe& bonde firmly by these presents: Signed with their hands & seiled

with  their  Sealls  Dated  att  Northampton   =   the  Ninthtenth   =   =   Day  of  Augut   =   =   = ~   in  ye

twelfth   =   ~   Yeare  of our Soveraigne Lady Anne  by ye Grace of God of Greate brittaine  France  &  Ireland

Queen Defender of ye faith ye, Anno of Domini : 1713 =

The Condition of  this  present obligation is Such  that If  ye above  bounden  John Hulbert,  &  Samel  Hulbert

=   =   =   =                                                       Admrs  of  all  & Singular ye Goods  Chattles  Rights  & Credets of

 John  Hulbert  Late of  Northampton  Deceased ( as is said ) intestate doe make  a  true  &  faithfull & perfect

Inventory of  all  & Singular ye  Goods Chattles &  Rights of  Credet of ye sd  Deceased,  that  have  or hall come into ye

Hands  posesion  or  knowledge of  ye sd  Admror  into ye Hands or posesion of any other person or persons for ye sd

 Adminestrator & ye  same soe Made Doe Exhibit into ye Regesters office of ye said County att or before ye firt

 =   =   Day of March next   =   =   =   =  and  of  same Goods Chattles Rights & Credts att ye time of his Death

and  that  att  anytime  after hall  come into ye Hands or posesion of ye said John Hulbert & Samel Hulbert

Adminestrator or  into  ye Hands or  posesion of any other person or persons for sd AdmrsDoe Well &  truely admm=

ester  according  to Law  And  further  Doe  make  a  true  & faithfull  accompt of all ye sd Admmestration all

or before ye Firt day of Sept 1714 = = and all ye Rights & Residue of ye said Goods Chattles Rights & Credets

which hall  be found  remaineing  upon ye said Adminestrators  Recompts ye same being  first Examined and

allowed  of  by  ye sd  Judge or Judges by  his or  their Decree or Sentance  pursuant (to ye Law) hall Limit or

appoint ; And If it hall Hereafter appeare by any Lost Will or testament was made by ye Deceased, and ye Exe=

cutor or  Executors therein Named doe Exhibit ye same into ye Cort of  probate afforesd making request to have

it   allowed  &  approved  accordingly  ye sd  John  Hulbert  & Samel  Hulbert  Adminestrator afforesd  within

Bounded  bein  thereunto  Required :  Doe  Render  &  Deliver  ye said  Letter of  Admmestration (approbation

of  Such Will  & testament being  first had  & Made,  Unto ye  Regesters office of  sd County,  Then this  ~   ~

obligation to  be void  &  of  None  Effect or  Plee  to  remaine  in  full  force Strength  &  Vertue   ~   ~   ~   ~

Signed Sealled & Delivered

In prsents & Witnes of us ~


Josph King                                               John  (x)  Hulberd

Thomas Clap                                                his mark      {wax seal}

Eleazar Holton                                                      

                                                         Samel  (x)  Hulberd

                                                         his mark      {wax seal}




It   is    agreed   by    the   children   of    John   &   Mary   Hulburd   decea∫ed

that the ^house  [- - -?] Lands & other Etate belonging to the sd deceaed be devided

to    their    children    viz    that    John    Hulbird    the    Eldet    Son    shall

have four acres of Land formaly Langhtens [i.e. George Langton’s] Land & Six acres of Land

formerly Serlees [i.e. John Searl’s] Land & then all the ret of the sd deceaeds Lands

of     whatfort    oever   or    whereoever   it   is    to    be    Equally    devided

both   for   Quantitie   &   Qualitie   or  full  vallue  thereof  to  John  Hulburd

Samel    Hulburd    &    James    Hulbird    they    to    pay    all    debts    due

from   the   Etate   &  to Receive all dues to the Etate & to pay thirty pounds

money    to    their   two   Sisters   Mary   Ponder   alias   Hulburd   &   Heph=

zebah    Hulburd    ten    pounds    apeice   pEyemts  down   &   twenty   pounds

apeice   within   three   years   of    the   date   of   thee    pEyemts   dated    this

19    day    Augut    1713     In    the   twelfth   year   of    her    Majes    Reigne

Anno   domini   ~


[Note: DMI Witness signatures in bottom left corner

are cut out of the original document]

Jno  (X)   Hulburd his

                                                                                     mark                                                                                                                                                                          {wax seal}


Samel   (X)   Hulburd

his mark                                 {wax seal}


Thomas Ponder


James Hulbar{wax seal}


Hephzibah  (X)   Hulburd

her mark                                 {wax seal}




Northampton     Augut     14th      1713     these     the     Within

Petitionrs  John Hulbert Samel Hulbert, James Hulbert, Thomas

Ponder  In  Rights  of  his  wife  Mary  Hulbert  alias  Ponder &

Hepzabeth    Hulbert,    all    Personally    appeard    before   mee

Samel   Partridge   Esq.   judge   of   Probate   within  the  County

of    Hamphire   &   did   [c----id of ?]   their   hands   &   seals

                                      Therefore I  do  allow  Ratifie,  Etablih

& Confirm sd agreement, as a full & finall Settelment

of    the    Estat   of    John    Hulbert   deced   =   =   =   =   ~





The Descendants of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA

[Note DMI:  The following info regarding the descendants of John Hulburd I have been gathered June 2006 from the internet genealogy posted on Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb primarily by Fred H. Cowin]


A-1  JOHN HULBURD Sr.,  b. 1640 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT  d. 19 Jul 1713 in Northampton, MA listed as “John Hulberd, an old man”. Listed as “John Hulbert” he 1st m.____  Ann ___________ (b.?____  d. bef. 1 Mar 1670/1, presumably in childbirth with John Hulburd Jr. #1), and  2nd m. 1 Mar 1670/1 in Northampton Mary Baker (b. 15 Jun 1649  d. 8 Oct 1707 in Northampton, MA, dau. of Jeffrey Baker and Joan Rockwell).  There are no surviving tombstones at Bridge Street Cemetery for John Hulburd Sr. or his wives; 

A-1  John Hulburd Sr.  1st m.  Ann____________

         John Hulburd (#1) Jr.,  b.?____  d.  9 Jan 1669/70 at Northampton, MA.  [Note DMI:  He apparently died as a young child, perhaps at birth, and his birth probably causing the death of his mother Ann, which would explain the apparent quick remarriage of his father to Mary Baker];


A-1  John Hulburd Sr.  2nd m.  Mary Baker

         John Hulberd (alias Hulbert) (#2) Jr.,  b. 28 Feb 1676 in Northampton, MA  d. 10 Jan 1737 in same, m.____ Ruth _________ (b.1692  d. 27 Mar. 1720 at Northampton, MA).  There are no surviving tombstones at Bridge Street Cemetery for John Hulburd Jr. or his wife. [Note DMI 22 Oct 2009:  He apparently had no issue, as John’s brother Samuel leaves bequests only to the two sons of their younger brother James Hulberd, which further implies that it was known at the time, that Daniel Hulberd (who later in life changed his name to “Hubbard”), was not John’s son.  John Jr. has been alleged to have been the father of Daniel – who was then raised by John's sister Mary Hulberd and her husband Thomas Ponder (even though John was alive, and at least later in life married), however his paternity has been proven false by DNA testing on a descendant of Daniel Hubbard.  See additional notes further below];

James “Hulberd” (#1),  b. 7 Mar 1679  d. 10 days later; 

Samuel “Hulberd”,  b. 10 Oct 1681 in Northampton, MA  d. 8 Jun 1748 in same, as Samuel “Hulbert”, apparently never married.  Leaves his estate in his will to the two sons of his brother James.  There is no surviving tombstone at Bridge Street Cemetery for Samuel Hulburd; 

Mary “Hirlberd”,  b. 2 Aug 1684  d. bet 1736 and 1759, prob. in Westfield, MA.  As “Mary Hulberd”, she m. 22 Nov 1711 Thomas Ponder (b.?____  d. bet 1736 and 1759, prob. in Westfield, MA).  They had no biological children. [Note DMI:  1759 is the year their only adoptive child, Daniel Hubbard (formerly Daniel Hulberd, and falsely alleged to have been the son of Mary’s brother John Hulberd/Hulbert Jr.), removed to Pittsfield, MA and simultaneously changed the spelling of his surname to “Hubbard”.  He had been granted half of the estate of Thomas Ponder by contract in 1736, and per the terms of said contract, was to receive the other half of Ponder’s estate upon the death of Ponder or his wife, whichever came last.  Therefore, I suppose that the move to Pittsfield, MA and simultaneous surname change in 1759 to have been immediately preceded by the death of either Thomas Ponder, or of his wife Mary, whoever was the last to die]; 

B-1  James “Hulberd” (alias Hulbert) (#2) I,  b. 15 Oct 1687  d. 10 Apr 1767 as James “Hulbert”,  m. 1732 Mary Goslin (b. 1 Oct 1695 in Glastonbury, CT  d. 17 Jun 1760 in Northampton, MA, dau. of Henry Goslin and Mary Fox).  There is no surviving tombstone at Bridge Street Cemetery for James Hulburd I.  His wife Mary’s tombstone in the Bridge Street Cemetery reads “In Memory of Mrs. / Mary the Wife of / Mr. James Hulbert / Who Died June 17 / 1760 In the 63 / Year of her Age”;

         Hepzibah “Hulberd”,  b. 14 Feb 1690 in Northampton, MA  d. Feb 1753 in same), never married.  There is no surviving tombstone at Bridge Street Cemetery for Hepzibah Hulburd; 


B-1  James Hulberd (alias Hulbert) (#2) I  m.  Mary Goslin

         Mary Hulbert,  b. 20 Sep 1733 in Northampton, MA  d. Mar. 1775, m.____ Samuel Judd (b.?____  d.?____).  Her tombstone in Bridge Street Cemetery reads “Buried Here the / Body of Mrs. Mary / the Wife of Mr. / Samuel Judd / Who Died March / [?] 1775 In ye 42 / [Year] of her [Age]”;  

C-1  James Hulbert  II,  b. 15 or 20 Sep 1735 in Northampton, MA  d. 9 Jan 1824 in same,  m. 21 Oct 1762 in Northampton, MA Eleanor Pomeroy (b. 22 Apr 1738  d. 21 Apr 1823 in Northampton, MA, dau. of Caleb Pomeroy and Thankful Phelps).  James Hulbert II was a lieutenant in Col. Elisha Porter’s 4th Hampshire Co. Regiment, and fought at the Battle of Saratoga, NY.  There are no surviving tombstones at Bridge Street Cemetery for James Hulburd II and his wife; 

C-2  John Hulbert Sr.,  b. 9 Aug 1737  d. 6 Apr. 1815 in Colrain, MA,  m. 18 Sep 1758 in Northampton, MA Susanna Johnson / McClure (b.?____  d.?____);

Hepzebah Hulbert,  b. 29 Feb 1740  d. aft. 1772;


C-1  James Hulbert II m. Eleanor Pomeroy

D-1  Seth Hulbert  Sr.,  b. 8 Jul 1763  d. 17 Aug 1812 in Thompson, OH.  He 1st m.____ Priscilla Pomeroy (b. 15 Jun 1764 in Southampton, MA  d. 24 Feb 1782 in Northampton, MA, dau. of Elisha Pomeroy and Mercy Searle), and 2nd m. 27 Dec 1789 in Northampton, MA Elizabeth Elliot (b.1760  d. 7 May 1836 in Geauga Co., OH).  Priscilla’s tombstone in the Bridge Street Cemetery reads “In Memory of Mrs. / Priscilla Hulbert / Wife of Mr. Seth Hulbert / Who died Febry 24 / 1782 in the 19th year / of her age”; 

Eleanor Hulbert,  b. 25 Nov 1764  d. aft. 1784,  m. 7 Apr 1784 in Northampton Simeon Day (b.?____  d.?____);

Rhoda Hulbert,  b. 20 Apr 1766  d. 23 Feb 1856 in Westhampton, MA.  She 1st m.____  Erastus Bridgman (b.1762  d.1805), and 2nd m.____ Perley Morgan (b.?____ d.?____); 

Rachel Hulbert,  b. 3 Jan 1768 in Northampton, MA  d. 21 Mar 1849 in Wayne Co., NY,  m. 11 Oct 1787 in Northampton Elijah Taylor (b. 3 Oct 1763 in South Hadley, MA  d. 23 Aug 1841 in Lyons, NY).  They had children: Theodosia (b. 8 Jan 1790  d. 16 Mar 1875, m. Calvin L. Palmeter), Rachel (b. 12 Aug 1793  d. 14 Jan 1880 in Hancock, WI, m. Nathaniel Fisher Smith), Sybil (b.1799  d.1883, m. Charles Parsons), Elijah Pomeroy (b. 2 Feb 1805  d. 21 Nov 1881, m. Jerusha Delling), Betsey (m. Marsh), Polly, Ruth, and Pamela (m. Wells); 

Samuel Hulbert (#1),  b. 12 Aug 1770  d. Jul 1772; 

Moses Hulbert,  b. 12 Aug 1770 d.?____ (twin of Samuel #1?),   m.____  _________Harmon (b.?____  d.?____), prob. has issue;

Phebe Hulbert,  b.  11 Jul 1773  d.1845,  m.____ Elisha Parsons (b.1774  d.1843).  They had dau. Electa (b. 31 Oct 1802 in Northampton, MA  d. 27 Apr 1831 in same); 

Achsah Hulbert (female),  b. 4 Jun 1775  d. aft. 1795,  m. 15 Dec 1795 Noah Strong (b.?____  d.?____) of Easthampton, MA; 

Samuel Hulbert (#2),  b. 18 May 1777  d. 26 Mar 1860,  m.____ Lois Birge (b.?____  d.?____), probably has issue; 

Joel Hulbert,  b. Aug 1779  d. 16 Apr 1855, unmarried;

James Hulbert III,  b. 4 Aug 1782  d. 6 May 1863 in West Farms, MA,  1st m. 13 Dec 1804 in Northampton, MA Phebe Bartlett (b.?____  d.?____), and 2nd m.____ Chloe Strong (b.?____  d.?____). No issue mentioned;


C-2  John Hulbert Sr.  m.  Susanna Johnson / McClure

Susanna Hulbert,  b. 25 Apr 1765 in Colrain, MA  d. aft. 1805;

John Hulbert Jr.,  b. 10 Feb 1763 in Colrain, MA  d. aft. 1806;

Mary Hulbert,  b. 4 Feb 1761 in Colrain, MA  d. Jan 1843 in Java, NY;

James Hulbert,  b. 9 Aug. 1767 in Colrain, MA  d.?____;


D-1  Seth Hulbert Sr.  m.  Elizabeth Elliot

E-1  Seth Hulbert Jr.,  b. 18 Dec 1790  d. 28 Aug 1843 in Thompson, OH,  m. 28 Oct 1811 Theodosia Bartlett (b.?____  d.?____); 

Betsey H. Hulbert,  b. 16 Apr. 1793  d. 1833; 

Sorana A. Hulbert,  b. 29 Nov 1794  d. 22 Nov 1874; 

Achsah Hulbert (female).  b. 16 Dec 1797  d. 1822; 

Fanny Hulbert,  b. 30 Jan 1803  d. 1826;

E-2  Rufus Hulbert,  b. 30 Jan 1803  d. 10 Dec 1847,  m. 7 Apr 1830 Aure L. Smith (b.?____  d.?____);


E-1  Seth Hulbert Jr.  m.  Theodosia Bartlett

Almira Hulbert,  b. 19 Jan 1813  d. 16 Jan 1885; 

F-1  Henry Hulbert,  b. 10 Sep 1814  d. 6 Dec 1895,  m. 8 Dec 1836 Martha Ann Warren (b.?____  d.?____); 

Eunice Hulbert,  b. 22 May 1816  d. 1848; 

F-2  Frederick Hulbert,  b. 16 Apr 1818  d. 26 Dec 1901,  m. 8 Sep 1842 in Thompson, OH Charlotte Cibella Talcott (b.?____  d.?____); 

Diana Hulbert,  b. 12 Apr. 1820  d. 29 Oct 1896; 

F-3  Edward Hulbert,  b. 26 Feb 1823  d. 18 Mar 1901,  m. 2 Sep 1848 Emily E. Smith (b.?____  d.?____); 

Rosetta M. Hulbert,  b. 18 Aug 1826  d. 1905;

Fanny Hulbert,  b. 27 Oct 1827  d. 6 Dec 1914;


E-2  Rufus Hulbert  m.  Aure L. Smith

Eliza Hulbert,  b.c.1836  d.?____;

F-4  William Hulbert,  b.c.1841  d.?____,  m.____ Martha ________ (b.?____  d.?____);


F-1  Henry Hulbert  m.  Martha Ann Warren

G-1  James Hulbert,  b. 14 May 1848  d. 6 Oct 1916,  1st m. 1 Jan 1870 Austa Fitch (b.?____  d.?____),  2nd m. 25 May 1868 Lillian Chase (b.?____  d.?____);

G-2  George Hulbert,  b. 8 Oct 1837  d. 30 Dec 1913,  m. 16 Apr 1871 Melissa Batcheldor (b.?____  d.?____);

G-3  Charles Hulbert,  b. 1841  d. 7 Jun 1918,  m.c.1865 Lucy J. Alderman (b.?____  d.?____);

David Hulbert,  b.c.1843  d.c.1844;

G-4  Rufus H. Hulbert,  b. Mar 1845  d. 10 Jun 1928,  m. 15 Mar 1869 Addie Wolcott (b.?____  d.?____);

Jane Hulbert,  b. 1845  d. 21 Sep 1924;

Jeanette Hulbert,  b. 1851  d. Nov 1911;


F-2  Frederick Hulbert  m.  Charlotte Cibella Talcott

Frederick Alonzo Hulbert,  b. 8 Sep 1843  d. 5 Feb 1863 in Germantown, OH, probably no issue; 

G-5  Edgar Seth Hulbert,  b. 24 Jan 1849  d. 29 Dec 1924,  m. 16 Apr 1876 in Thompson, OH Isabelle Pomeroy (b.?____  d.?____);

Esther Charlotte Hulbert,  b. 25 Dec 1850  d. 15 Aug 1918;

Mary Annette Hulbert,  b. 6 Oct 1854  d. 11 May 1940;

G-6  Newel Eugene Hulbert,  b. 12 Feb 1857  d. 23 Feb 1932,  m. 17/27 Sep 1888 Emma Jane Hardy (b.?____  d.?____);

Almira Elizabeth Hulbert,  b. 10 May 1859  d. 20 Oct 1918;


F-3  Edward Hulbert  m.  Emily E. Smith

Byron Hulbert,  b. 6 Jan 1850  d. 3 Feb 1850;

Lottie Hulbert,  b. 1861  d. 30 Dec 1934;

Freddie Hulbert,  b.c.1867  d.?____, infant death?;

John George Hulbert,  b.c.1873  d. 1 Apr 1875;


F-4  William Hulbert  m.  Martha ________

Sarcie Hulbert,  b.c.1862  d.?____;

Marie Hulbert,  b.c.1867  d.?____;


G-1  James Hulbert  1st m.  Austa Fitch

H-1  Ward H. Hulbert,  b. 26 Feb 1871  d. 5 Feb 1940,  m.____ Stella Shepard (b.?____  d.?____);

Stanley M. Hulbert,  b.  4 Jul 1875  d. 8 Jul 1968 in San Antonio, TX, issue not indicated;


G-1  James Hulbert  2nd m.  Lillian Chase

H-2  Henry Hulbert,  b. 8 Dec 1888  d. 14 Dec 1947,  m.____  _______________ (b.?____  d.?____);

Vira Hulbert,  b. 26 Apr 1898  d. 6 Oct 1975;

H-3  Reed Owen Hulbert,  b. 9 Sep 1904 in Plymouth, OH  d. 25 May 1991 in Ashtabula, OH,  m. 6 Feb 1932 Zada Elizabeth Hamilton (b.?____  d.?____);


G-2  George Hulbert  m.  Melissa Batcheldor

Salina S. Hulbert,  b. 1877  d. 1879;


G-3  Charles Hulbert  m.  Lucy J. Alderman

Nellie Hulbert,  b.?____  d. 7 Jul 1896;

Howard H. Hulbert,  b. 1867  d. 1 Apr 1935,  m. 31 May 1893 Clara Belle Strong (b.?____  d.?____), probably has issue;


G-4  Rufus H. Hulbert  m.  Addie Wolcott

H-4  Hoyt W. Hulbert,  b. 27 Dec 1870  d. 1945,  m. 4 April 1895 Lucy Caroline Green (b.?____  d.?____); 

H-5  Wade Oakley Hulbert,  b. 13 Oct 1876  d. 12 Jan 1959,  m. 2 Aug 1905 Berta Burgess (b.?____  d.?____);

H-6  John R. Hulbert, Dr.,  b. 1890 in Thompson, OH  d. 6 Sep 1923,  m. 1916 in Thompson, OH Bertha Houston (b.?____  d.?____);


G-5  Edgar Seth Hulbert  m.  Isabelle Pomeroy

Ernest N. Hulbert,  b. 23 Jun 1877  d. 26 Jun 1882; 

Leo R. Hulbert,  b. 4 Jun 1884  d. 8 Jan 1886; 

Alice Belle Hulbert,  b. 27 Dec 1885  d. 15 Feb 1974 in Madison, OH; 

H-7  Arthur Newell Hulbert,  b. 25 July 1887  d. 26 Apr 1958 in Cleveland, OH,  m.____  Marian Lane (b. 11 July 1898  d.?____);

Grace Mary Hulbert,  b. 23 Aug 1890  d. 8 Aug 1956;


G-6  Newel Eugene Hulbert  m.  Emma Jane Hardy

Jeanette Charlotte Hulbert,  b. 17 Oct 1889  d. 14 Jun 1978; 

H-8  Roy Truman Hulbert,  b. 19 Nov 1891  d. aft. 1937,  m. 23 Sep 1896 Marjorie Lela Wharton (b.?____  d.?____); 

Esther Laura Hulbert,  b. 17 Sep 1894  d. 13 Nov 1993; 

H-9  Frederick Leo Hulbert,  b. 22 Nov 1896  d. 30 Jul 1973,  m. 30 Sep 1926 Olive Golden (b.?____  d.?____);

Howard Hiram Hulbert,  b. 20 May 1900  d. 7 Sep 1932,  m. 10 Mar 1928 Lillian King (b.?____  d.?____),  probably has issue;


H-1  Ward H. Hulbert  m.  Stella Shepard

Bertha B. Hulbert,  b.?____  d. 26 Mar 1936;

I-1  Stanley E. Hulbert,  b. 14 Aug 1892  d. 1983 in IL,  m.____ _____________ (b.?____  d.?____);


H-2  Henry Hulbert  m.  _______________

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


H-3  Reed Owen Hulbert  m.  Zada Elizabeth Hamilton

         James Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue, still living in Boynton Beach, FL.  [Note DMI:  James was DNA tested c.2006];

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;


H-4  Hoyt W. Hulbert  m.  Lucy Green

I-2  Rufus Green Hulbert,  b. 11 Oct 1898  d. 18 Feb 1983,  m.____ Catherine Rodner (b.?____  d.?____);

         Nellie Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Anna Hulbert,  b. 1895 in Thompson, OH  d. 11 Apr 1935;

         Harriet Hulbert,  b. 1897  d. 15 Nov 1978;


H-5  Wade Oakley Hulbert  m.  Berta Burgess

I-3  Edward Wade Hulbert,  b. 1907 in OH  d. 1 May 2003 in Detroit, MI,  m. 9 Aug 1932 in MI  Catherine Grace Swartz (b.?____  d.?____);

I-4  Francis Lossing Hulbert,  b. 25 Mar 1911 in OH  d. 20 Sep 1999 in St. Paul, MN,  m. 12 May 1939 Margaret Rentenbach (b.?____  d.?____);

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____, it was indicated, that this child had three children, who in turn had their own children (2, 3, 2 respectively);


H-6  John R. Hulbert  m.  Bertha Houston

I-5  John Houston Hulbert,  b. 6 Feb 1918 in Orangeville, OH  d. 13 Sep 1976 in Little Rock, AR.  He m.____  _________ (b.?____  d.?____);


H-7  Arthur Newell Hulbert m.  Marian Lane

Mary Elizabeth Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

Lenore Allegra Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


H-8  Roy Truman Hulbert m. Marjorie Lela Wharton

William George Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  probably no issue; 

Emma Elizabeth Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____; 

Lewis Eugene Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  had 3 children?;

Mary Eva Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

Marjorie Jeanette Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

Howard Wharton Hulbert,  b. 19 May 1920 in Barnesville, OH  d. 28 Nov 1942 in Pacific, apparently no issue;


H-9  Frederick Leo Hulbert m.  Olive Golden

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;


I-1  Stanley E. Hulbert  m.________________

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


I-2  Rufus Green Hulbert  m.  (Catherine Rodner?)

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  has issue;


I-3  Edward Wade Hulbert  m.  Catherine Grace Swartz

(Child) Hulbert,  b. ?  d. ?, has issue;


I-4  Francis Lossing Hulbert  m.  Margaret Rentenbach

Richard Edward Hulbert,  b. 25 Nov 1941 in Detroit  d. 1941;

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


I-5  John Houston Hulbert  m.  _________

(Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;



Who Owned “Hulbert’s Mill” in Florence, MA in the First Half of the 1700’s ?

On 1 Nov 2010 JH had sent me an email, containing a link to The History of Florence, Massachusetts, edited by Charles A. Sheffeld, Florence, MA, 1895, pg. 27:


“… Samuel Parsons moved to Durham, Connecticut, in 1708-9, and it is not known whether he sold the mill [at Florence, MA] before he went away, or not.  Near the close of the year 1726…John Stoddard purchases two pieces of land of the town, one of which…’Lyeth chiefly in a Swamp on the Westerly side of Mr. Stoddard’s land, near Hulbert’s Sawmill’.  Soon after 1700 John Hulbert [John Sr.? who d.1713, or John Jr.? who d.1737] owned land in this vicinity, and probably he bought the sawmill [i.e. in 1709] soon after Parsons left town…. 


…the Hulberts owned the mill [at Florence, MA] in 1726.  Whether John [Jr.]. was alone, or in company with his brothers, James [I] and Samuel, or whether others of the family, sons of these mentioned [Note DMI: i.e. the sons of James I, as both John Jr. and Samuel had no children], continued the business is not known.  In 1733 the town ‘voted to build a bridge over Mill river above Hulbert’s Sawmill’. 


In 1743, [John Jr. having died in 1737] the town marked off a tract of land…one of the boundary lines ran ‘from the front of Long Division at the Bridge by Hulbert’s Sawmill…’.  On the map of 1754 [Samuel having died in 1748], ‘Hulbert’s Sawmill’ is again mentioned.  It seems probable that some of the family owned and operated the mill up to this time.  Four years later, in 1760-1761, [James I still being alive until 1687] the property had passed into the hands of several individuals…of the six owners five were Clarks”.


I replied by email on 30 Nov 2010:


“I've read the passage in the link you attached, and studied the 1754 Map of Florence, MA as best as I could, although it was very difficult.  Essentially, a 'John Hulbert' owned land in Florence near the mill about 1700.  It is not specified whether this was John Hulburd Sr. at age 60, John Hulbert Jr. at age 24, or both.  I'm going to guess and say 'John Hulburd Sr’.


In 1708/9, Samuel Parson, the mill's owner, moved to CT.  It's almost certain that he sold his mill to a 'Hulbert' at this time - but which one, since the owner of the mill is never identified by first name, in all the time the Hulburds owned and operated it.  I'm going to guess, that this was John Hulbert Jr. (at age 33), and possibly Samuel Hulberd (at age  28) who bought the mill, and not James Hulberd I (at age 22) nor their father John Hulburd Sr. at 69 (although John Hulburd Sr. may have very well contributed funds, and bought the mill for his 3 sons to run).


In 1717, John Hulburd Sr. died, and his estate division contract which was signed by his children, mentions only that all his lands be equally divided amongst his children - which would have included the sawmill, if John Hulburd Sr. had indeed been its owner.  If so, this would have also presumably included shares in the mill also passing to his daughters Mrs. Mary Ponder (still alive in 1736, and possibly alive up until 1759), and Hepzibah Hulberd.  Perhaps the 3 brothers would have bought out the shares of their two sisters, but I think it more likely that the mill had originally been purchased in 1709 by a 33 year old (childless, and perhaps still single) John Hulbert Jr. and a 28 year old (childless and single) Samuel Hulberd.


In 1737, John Hulbert Jr. died, a widower of 17 years.  We do not have a copy of his will - if one had existed, and if not, his intestate estate would have been divided amongst his next of kin - being his two brothers, and perhaps his sister Hepzibah Hulberd, and his sister Mrs. Mary Ponder, if Mary had survived him.  

In 1743, the town of Florence marked off a tract of land, mentioning 'Hulbert's Mill' in the deed.  Brother's Samuel Hulberd (age 62) and James Hulberd I (age 56) were still alive.  It's possible, that James Hulberd I had no ownership share in the mill.  Samuel Hulberd died 5 years later in 1748, leaving all of his estate to his two minor nephews, the sons of James Hulberd I.  Curiously, Samuel Hulberd left nothing to his brother James Hulberd I, not even a small token inheritance.


James Hulbert II was only age 13 at the time of this inheritance, and nephew John Hulbert Sr. was only age 11, so the inheritance they had received from their uncle Samuel Hulberd would have likely been assigned to their father James Hulberd I as guardian, until the boys reached the age of 21.  Samuel Hulberd's estate inventory does not specifically mention a mill, but does mention 'the right in buildings' as well as 'lands at the ponds’.


Hepzibah Hulberd died in 1753, childless (having never married), and the last mention to wit to her sister, the childless Mrs. Mary Ponder, had been an indirect reference in the life-rights contract signed between her husband Thomas Ponder and their adoptive son Daniel Hulberd (later ‘Hubbard’) in 1736.  Daniel Hulberd had removed to Pittsfield, MA in 1759, and simultaneously changed his surname to ‘Hubbard’, and I suppose that this move and surname change had been immediately preceded by the death at Westfield, MA of either Thomas Ponder, or of his wife Mary, whoever was the last to die.


Supposedly, 'Hulbert's Sawmill' is indicated on the map of Florence, MA in 1754, although I could not find it on the bad copy of that map available in the internet.  As Samuel Hulberd had been dead for 6 years already, that leaves only James Hulberd I (age 67) and his still minor sons James Hulbert II (now age 19) and John Hulbert Sr. (now age 17) to run the mill.


The mill was sold, apparently out of the possession of the James Hulberd I family, to essentially the Clark family in 1760-1.  I have not established any familial connection between the Hulburds and Clarks of Northampton, MA.  James Hulberd I was 74 years old, and his son James Hulbert II was now age 26 (still single), and his other son John Hulbert Sr. was now age 24 (married for about 2 years).


The map of Florence, MA in 1754 was very difficult to read, but I did manage to pick out the property of James Hulberd I, as well as a nearby property to the northeast, that may have contained the name 'Hulbert' ….   If my guesses as to the positioning of the modern roads are correct, then James Hulberd I's property in the 1754 map was right at the center of Florence, MA, specifically on the present location of the 'Miss Florence Diner' (i.e. near the northeast corner of N. Maple and Main Street).


I'm guessing that the sawmill would have been situated about 1/3 mile westward, where Meadow St. crosses the Mill River, or more probably, about 3/4 mile southwestward, where Pine Street crosses the Mill River (i.e. where the 1754 map apparently shows that the Clark family had owned land)”.


[Note DMI:  see additional notes and speculation about Hulbert’s Mill and the Ponders in the subsequent section discussing Daniel Hubbard].



A Brief Family History by a Descendant of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA

The following is from an email Jim Hulbert of Boynton Beach, FL sent to me in June of 2006:


“…My father, Reed Hulbert, was the historian of the family in the 1940's and we would have an annual reunion each year in Thompson, Ohio.  One of the highlights was to read the minutes of the reunion of 100 years previous.   Dad and his brother Henry had researched the family from the move to Ohio in 1804(?) through Thomas and William to Liverpool England and before that to Hamburg Germany [Note DMI:  this is a reference to the genealogical forgeries of Gustav Anjou, in which a false European ancestry was attributed to the immigrant William Hulburd I]


We still have reunions, however have not had one recently. The last one that I attended was in 1985; about the 150th.  The 1983 reunion was held at our business (Hulbert's Restaurant on the corner of Hulbert Ave. and Bridge St). in Ashtabula, Ohio (the family did not have reunions for 35-50 years in the 1800's due to a dispute among family members).  All the history that Dad had researched was taken back to Iowa (I think) by a Mrs. Tillotson (sp?) who became the historian according to my father, and when she died her family claimed it for themselves.  This happened in the 60's. 


With the spreading of families throughout the nation, the interest has waned in family reunions.  We were the only 'Hulberts' to attend the Hulbert reunion for years and since we moved to Florida in 1987, the event has dwindled away.  Dad died in 1991 and my sons don't seem to have any interest. Lynn Klasen in Thompson, Ohio was keeping it going…”.




Early Land Deeds for Hampshire and Hampden Counties, MA from 1636 to 1800

Even though Hampden Co., MA was part of Hampshire Co. before 1812, there are no records for Hampshire Co., MA archived at Northampton, MA (the capital of Hampshire Co). – all land records before 1787 being instead archived at Springfield, MA (capital of neighboring Hampden Co).  The digitalized index lists of grantors and grantees below were emailed to me by the Hampden Co.’s Registrar’s Office on 7 and 8 Oct 2010, and includes deeds for both Hampshire Co. (capital Northampton, MA) and Hampden Co. (capital Springfield, MA) from 1636 to 1800.  They also contain deeds for Enfield, CT and Windsor, CT (giving the state name as “MA”), indicating that these towns in Hartford Co., CT must have previously been considered to be part of Hampshire Co., MA.  The surnames for all of the grantees are listed in the original digitalized index as “Hulbert/ Hulburd/ Hulburt/ Halbert/ Halbard”, which I have shortened to “Hulbert/var”.  Also, the index was arranged alphabetically by the forename of the grantee or grantor, and I have rearranged them chronologically.  I have also created a list of Hulberts of undetermined origin.  They are either unrelated to our Hulburd family (such as the Irish Hulberts of Pelham, MA), or they are the descendants of Thomas Hulburd of Springfield, the oldest surviving son of William Hulburd II.  Those are the only two choices.  Unfortunately, the corresponding towns to these deeds are not listed in the original digitalized index.


Hampshire Co., MA Land Deeds Index 1636 – 1800 (Grantees)


Year   Grantor       Grantee       Book   Page

1694   Thomas Day      to   William Hulbert/var. [II]   B   167

1703   William Hulburd [II]   to   John Hulbert/var. [prob. Jr.?]   W   134

1711   John Lancton [i.e. Langton] & O to John Hulbert/var. [prob. Jr.?] W 135

1714   Joseph Cooley & O   to   Thomas Hulbert/var.       C   79

[Note DMI:  This represents a deed of Thomas Hulburd, son of William II, purchasing land (poss. at Springfield, MA) when about 19 years old.  He is listed in a land sale in Enfield, CT the following year as “Thomas Hulburd of Springfield”].

1714   Nathan Howard   to   William Hulbert/var. [II]   C   102

1716   John Holmes      to   John Hulbert/var. [Jr.].      M   106

1716   Samuel Vineing   to   William Hulbert/var. [II]   C   348

1726   William Hulburd [II]    to   Obadiah Hulbert/var.   [I]   E   180

1726   William Hulburd [II]    to   Obadiah Hulbert/var.   [I]   E   287

[Note DMI:  William II married Hannah Whitaker prob. in Suffield, CT c.1710.  She is mentioned as his wife in a land deed at Enfield, CT dated 1717.  There are no known documents listing her after 1717, and her date of death is undetermined.  There are two sales of land listed in Enfield, CT records of William II to his son Obadiah I (for 30 and 98 acres), and the above two deeds are for the same]. 

1728   Ebenezer Spencer   to   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]   E   181

1729   Samuel Marshall  to   John Hulbert/var. [Jr.].      W   137

1730   Jonathan Hulet   to   Obadiah Hulbert/var.   [I]   F   225

1731   Ebenezer Corse   to   John Hulbert/var. [Jr.].      W   139

1736   William Parsons    to   James Hulbert/var. [I]      T   219

1736   William Parsons   to   Samuel Hulbert/var.      T   219

1739   Jonathan Hunt    to   James Hulbert/var. [I]      W   140

1739   Jonathan Hunt      to   Samuel Hulburd/var.      W   140

1742   Francis Norwood to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]   6   115

1745   James Thornton to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]   R   536

[Note DMI:  if this James Thornton were a desc. of Anne Tinker (i.e. William I’s sister-in-law), then it could indicate that William II’s son Thomas Hulburd was still alive at least until 1745].

1751   Abraham Miller   to   John Hulbert/var. [of James I?] W   133

[Note DMI:  John Hulburd Sr. (son of William I) and John Hulburd Jr. were both dead by 1713 and 1737 respectively.  John Sr. (son of James I) was born in 1737.  If this is John Sr., son of James, then he was only 14 years old when he purchased this land].

1752   Elisha Searle      to   James Hulbert/var. [I]      T   220

1753   John Stillman      to   Joseph Hulbert/var. [?]   2   718

1757   Charles Goodrich to   Nathan Hulbert/var. [?]   2   340

1759   Patrick Peebles   to   James Hulbert/var. [prob. II?]   4   809

1762   Thomas Hulbard [?]   to   James Hulbert/var. [prob. II?]   4   841

1762   Hugh Morison      to   John Hulbert/var. [of James I] 6 288

1765   Thomas Hulbert [?]   to   John Hulbert/var. [of James I]   6   242

[Note DMI:  the two land sales by a Thomas Hulbert/var. in 1762 and 1765 to who are apparently two different sons of James Hulburd I, indicates that William II’s son Thomas Hulburd was probably still alive until at least 1765.  These deeds therefore need to be examined].

1766   Thomas Halbert Sr. [of Pelham?] to Tho. Hulbert/var. Jr. [of Pelham?] 9 473

1767   Ebenezer Pemberton & O to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 9   470

1769   Prince Cowing   to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 8   554

1769   Rosel Knowlton to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 9   470

1769   Elisha Porter & O    to   James Hulbert   /var. [II]   14   514

1770   Abel Cadwell      to   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]   11   674

1770   Joseph Hail      to   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]   12   151

1770   Anthony Slater   to   John Hulbert/var. [of James I]   10   431

1774   Timothy Paine   to   David Hulbert/var.      12   693

1774   Elisha Porter & O   to   James Hulbert/var. [II]   14   511

1777   David Day      to   James Hulbert/var. [II]   14   513

1781   Nathan Pratt      to   John Hulbert/var.      22   46

[Note DMI:  This is probably a deed for John Hulburd Sr., the son of James Hulburd I.  However, it could possibly be a deed for his son John Hulburd Jr., who was about 18 years old].

1783   Samuel Partridge to   John Hulbert Sr. /var.      AB   106

1784   Abner Pomeroy to   James Hulbert/var. [II]   22   127

[Note DMI:  Presumably all land deeds for Hampshire Co., MA after 1786 are archived in the Hampshire Co. Registrar’s office at Northampton, MA].

1789   Nathan McWithy to   Samuel Hulbert/var. [?]   Ex B   526



Hampshire Co., MA Land Deeds Index 1636 – 1800 (Grantors)


Year   Grantor                                 Grantee      Book   Page

1695   William [II] & Mary Hulbert/var.     to     Jonathan Alvord    H   275

1698   William Hulbert/var. [II]            to   John Prior               AB   216

1703   William Hulburd/var. [II]            to   John Hulburd [Sr.?/Jr.?]  W           134

1703   William Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Samuel Sachett   B   104

[Note DMI:  this was the 400 acres in the Springfield, MA area, that Hulburd had received 3 years earlier for having fought against the Indians in service of the crown, and being wounded].

1707   William Hulbert/var.   [II]          to   William Booth     B   144

1715   Thomas Hulberd [of William II]   to   Samuel Terre         C         107

1716   James [I], John [Jr.]. & Samuel Hulbert/var.  to  Jonathan Hunt       C   200

1717   William [II]  & Hannah Hulbert/var.   to     Samuel Terry         6          346

1722   John Hulbert/var. [Jr.].          to   John Pomroy     4          706

1726   William Hulbert/var. [II]            to     Obadiah Hulburd [I]   E          180

1726   William Hulbert/var.   [II]          to     Obadiah Hulburd [I]   E          287

1728   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]              to   Ebenezer Spencer  E   182

1729   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]              to   Thomas Jones         E          284

1730   William Hulbert/var.   [II]         to     Jonathan Hulet      E   490

1732   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]              to   William Booth     F   439

1744   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]              to   Samuel Gaylord  A Ex          117

1747   Obadiah Hulbert/var. [I]              to    Moses Chapin      Y          445

1759   Joseph Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Jonathan Robbins 2   720

1760   James Hulbert/var. [I?/II?]      to   Caleb Strong       6          797

1762   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]             to   James Hubbard [Hulburd?] 4   841

1765   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]             to   John Halbert      6          242

1765   James Hulbert/var. Jr.           [II]               to   Joseph Billings  6   376

1766   Thomas Hulbert/var. Sr. [of Pelham?] to Thomas Halbert Jr. [of Pelham?] 9  473

1767   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Solomon Stoddard 10   9

1769   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Roswell Knowlton   16        471

1772   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]             to         Levi Trumble    11        678

1774   David Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Timothy Paine      12   694

1777   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Roswell Knowlton   16        471

1777   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to         Seth Pierce        22        28--?

1781   John Hulbert/var. [of James I]               to     Nathan Pratt          26        55

1783   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Artemas Stone      23   130

1783   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Reuben Loomis   21   372

1784   Isaac Hulbert/var. [?]                         to   Elijah Stratton     21        430

1785   Stephen Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Noah Burt               26   42

1786   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Elihu Pomroy     27        235

1786   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Elihu Pomroy     27        239

1786   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Gideon Pomroy  27   241

1786   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Timothy Pomroy  27   258

1786   James Hulbert/var. [II]            to   Solomon Pomroy  27   259

1793   Elisha Hulbert/var. [Elihu?, of Benjamin I?]  to  Samuel Smith     31   267



Early Hampshire Co. and Hampden Co., MA Hulbert/var.s of Undetermined Origin

The following Hulbert/var. (exact surname spellings uncertain, being listed in the digitalized index of the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office), with the possible exception of some of the deeds involving Thomas Hulbert/var., most likely represent Hurlbuts and other Hulberts which are not descended from William Hulburd I.  However there is the possibility, that some of them could represent descendants of Thomas Hulburd of Springfield, MA.  Unfortunately, the towns where the land sales took place are not listed in the digitalized index.  So, these deeds need to be examined (at the Hampden Co., Registrar’s Office in Springfield, MA) to be able to better determine whether or not the following are actually descendants of William Hulburd I.


Joseph Hulbert/var.

1753   John Stillman                 to   Joseph Hulbert/var. [?]        2   718

1759   Joseph Hulbert/var. [?]        to   Jonathan Robbins    2   720


Nathan Hulbert/var.

1757   Charles Goodrich               to   Nathan Hulbert/var. [?]        2   340


Thomas Hulbert/var.

1742   Francis Norwood               to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]        6   115

1745   James Thornton               to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]        R   536

1762   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]          to   James Hubbard [Hulburd?]    4          841

1765   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]          to   John Halbert                  6   242

1767   Ebenezer Pemberton & O       to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 9   470

1769   Prince Cowing     to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 8   554

1769   Rosel Knowlton               to   Thomas Hulbert/var. [of Pelham?] 9 470

1769   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]          to   Roswell Knowlton               16   471

1777   Thomas Hulbert/var. [?]          to   Roswell Knowlton               16   471


Benjamin Hulbert/var.

1770   Abel Cadwell                 to   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]        11   674

1770   Joseph Hail                  to   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]          12   151

1772   Benjamin Hulbert/var. [?]          to   Levi Trumble                11   678


David Hulbert/var.

1774   David Hulbert/var. [?]          to   Timothy Paine         12        694

1774   Timothy Paine         to   David Hulbert/var. [?]          12   693


Isaac Hulbert/var.

1784   Isaac Hulbert/var. [?]             to   Elijah Stratton                 21   430


Stephen Hulbert/var.

1785   Stephen Hulbert/var. [?]          to   Noah Burt                  26        42


Samuel Hulbert/var.

1789   Nathan McWithy               to   Samuel Hulbert/var. [?]          Ex B            526


Elisha Hulbert/var.

1793   Elisha Hulbert/var. [Elihu?, of Benjamin I?]  to  Samuel Smith     31   267




WILLIAM HULBURD II of Enfield, CT (c.1653 – 1734)

The son of William Hulburd I of Northampton, MA by presumably his last wife Ann Whitmore of Northampton, MA.


William Hulburd II was b.c.1653 in Windsor (Hartford Co), CT  d. 11 March 1734 in Enfield (i.e. which was disputed until the 1790’s, as belonging to both Hartford Co., CT and Hampshire Co., MA).  He 1st m. 1684 in Northampton, MA Ruth Salmon (b.?____  d. 12 Jun 1692 in Northampton, MA).  He 2nd m.c.1693 (probably in Enfield, then alternately considered “Northampton, MA”) Mary Howard (b. 24 Apr 1672 in Salem, MA  d.17 Mar 1710 in New Haven, CT, dau. of Thomas Howard and Ruth Jones). 


[Note DMI:  See Howard Genealogy for her ancestry. William Hulburd II and Mary Howard are said in some accounts to have married in Enfield, CT c.1693, however it appears as though they sold land they owned in “Northampton, MA” to John Alvord on 20 Jan 1693/4, the implication being that they were living in Northampton, MA at the time and not yet in Enfield, CT.  However, this confusion is likely due to the fact, that at the time, both CT and MA were claiming Enfield, CT as belonging to their respective States.  Similarly, the birth of William II and Mary’s first child, Thomas, is recorded in Northampton, MA records on 8 Jan 1694, not necessarily indicating that they were in physical residence in Northampton, MA at this time, but that Enfield, CT was considered by MA to be a part of Northampton, MA]. 


William II 3rd m. bet. 1710 and 1717 (probably earlier than later) prob. in or about Stafford, CT (where she was likely living with her brother) Hannah Whitaker (b. 14 May 1669 in Watertown, MA  d.?____ in Enfield, CT? , dau. of John Whitaker Sr. 1694 and Elizabeth Lin(d)ley of MA).  Hannah was the widow of John Hulet (b.?____  d.1708 in Rehoboth, MA).


William II allegedly 4th m.____ Thankful Pease (b.?____  d.?____).  Reference to a fourth marriage is to wit first mentioned in the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, edited by Hiram Carelton, 1903, which on pg. 697 states: 


“…William [i.e. I] and Ann had nine children, of whom one, William [i.e. II], is said to have had no less than 4 wives; his second wife, Mary Howard of Suffield, was the mother of Obediah [sic] …”. [emphasis added]


I have not seen any primary source documentation to date to support this assertion, or to give the name of this alleged 4th wife as “Thankful Pease”.  It should be noted, that Isaac and James Pease Jr. were listed as immediate neighbors to William II in at least one Enfield deed.


Per the dubious A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family,  pg. 318:  “…He [i.e. William II] was in the early French and Indian wars of CT, and was injured.  He had ten [Note DMI: sic for 11] children. …” 


Per HN, pg 466, William Hulburd II was grated 400 acres as an aside in a joint petition of the towns of Northampton and Westfield to divide land between them, being signed 19 Sep 1700, and granted in the June session in 1701, the land being divided provided that the “Springfield grant be not impinged… reserving 400 acres to William Hulburd, when he chooses, being wounded in his majestie’s service”.

[Note DMI: this is the 400 acres that he and his wife Mary sold in 1703 to John Alvord].


Per GenForum postings by Martha Wampler on 19 and 20 Sep 2009:


“I saw this book [i.e. the Notebook of Ray G. Hulbert] at the Winnetka Public Library, Winnetka, IL.  It is three notebooks full of Ray Hulbert's attempt to recreate a Hulburd/Hulbert genealogy lost by Helen Hulburd Brown.  He posted inquiries for Hulberts/Hulburds all over the country to send him their family histories.  He spent his entire life putting it together.  It is in bad condition and the pages are all out of order, and [it] is terribly interesting.  It is not a printed book, it is typed with his notes from hand.  The reference to Obadiah Hulburd/Hulbert defending his mother Mary Howard's interests, was that he was the executor for her estate [Note DMI:  Neither probable nor possible, as her husband William Hulburd II would have been her executor, and Obadiah was still a minor at her death.  The reference to “Obadiah representing his mother’s interest” is dubious at best, and should be ignored by researchers unless some documentation surfaces suggesting otherwise]. 


His tombstone, I believe, spells his name as Hulbert, but his son Ebenezer's (b.1847), which I have seen in Orwell VT, reads ‘Hulburd’.  William II had two more wives after Mary Howard died.  If you want to email me I'd be glad to look it up for you. I found this info in Enfield, CT. … I did find my notes from Ray Hulbert's genealogy of the Hulburd/Hulbert family and Hannah Whitaker, widow of John Hulit of Concord, is listed as the 3rd wife of William II, abt 1711.  Additionally, Thankful Reese [sic Pease?] was 4th.  Both Thankful and Hannah produced no children”.



William Hulburd II at Northfield, MA at the Onset of King Philip’s War

JH emailed me on 15 Oct 2010 the following:


“Per A History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts…, by Josiah Howard and George Sheldon, Albany, NY, 1875:  A William ‘Hulburd’ is mentioned on pages 60, 62, and 64.   He was one of the ‘engagers’ (i.e. planting a new settlement in Squakeag - later named Northfield, MA).   Many of the engagers were from Northampton, MA, and few never settled on their alloted lots.   It is not clear from the book, whether said William Hulburd actually went to Northfield, MA.   After the Indian attack in 1675, the town was abandoned [i.e. on 12 Sep 1675] and then resettled for a 2nd time in 1685”. 


I responded on 31 Oct 2010 to JH:


“You have apparently found a reference to William Hulburd II age 21, and not to his father William Hulburd I (who was age 71) at Squakeag (alias Northfield), MA in 1675.


Other indications that it was William II, rather than William I, is the spelling of the surname as ‘Hulburd’ (a spelling of ‘Hulberd’ is often seen in records for William I), as well as the inclusion of Samuel Allen (i.e. Jr.). as one of the engagers;  Samuel Allen Jr. being the half (or step) brother to William II.  The physical link between the new settlement at Northfield, MA to Northampton, MA (which was about 45 miles by river further south), is the Connecticut River (despite the fact, that there is a waterfall in between at Turner’s Falls, MA).


The first record of William II we had uncovered to date (i.e. after the mention in the Winthrop Medical Journal, when he was examined in 1663 at age 13), is his marriage to Ruth Salmon in Northampton, MA sometime prior to the birth of their son Benajah about 1689.   The next date for William II is for the birth of his child Thomas (by wife Mary Howard) in 1694, which is also the first year that William II appears in any land deeds in Northampton, MA (or for that matter, anywhere else to wit).  So from the age of 21, to about 30 (i.e. between 1675 and 1684), there is no record of William Hulburd II in Northampton, MA or surroundings, or anywhere else that we know about”.


I continued in an email of 2 Nov 2010 to JH:


“Regarding that link you had sent me on 15 Oct 2010 to A History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts; it was definitely William II at about 18 years old who would have signed the initial petition submitted in 1671 to settle Northfield, MA, providing us with yet another example of colonial Hulburd men who were minors, acting as though they had already attained the legal age of majority (i.e. 21 years old).


Also note, that in the Wikipedia entry on King Philip's War, it mentions that Suffield (neighboring Enfield, CT) was also attacked.  This may be how William II (who himself had grown up in Northampton, MA since he was about 2 years old) had become familiar with the Enfield, CT area (i.e. if he had been sent there during King Philip's War as a soldier to protect those regions, or track down the Indians who had marauded those towns in that region).   Enfield, CT is the area he (and Samuel Allen Jr.). later removed to many years after King Philip’s War.


The opening line of pg 59 of said book, sums up why I feel it was William II (albeit at 18 years old) who was an initial petitioner to settle Squakeag / Northfield in 1671, and not his 67 year old father William I [Note DMI:  emphasis in all of the following quotations, has been added by me]


‘The founding of a new plantation by a small colony, on a frontier so far from help, was a bold push’.


However, it should also be noted, that per pg 80, Capt. Beers who was sent to defend Squakeag / Northfield, and was killed there by the Indians on 4 Sep 1675, was estimated to be age 63 at the time.  


Still and all, I have a very hard time believing that William Hulburd I at age about 67, was one of the 20 or so petitioners, who had agreed to carve out of the virgin wilderness a new settlement, far removed from other English settlements, rather than his 18 year old son William II who was the signer of that petition in 1671 (as precocious of him as that might appear at first glance).  I also have a hard time believing, that 4 years later in 1675, it was a 71 year old William Hulburd I who went to settle Squakeag, rather than his 21 year old son William Hulburd II.


However, as you have speculated, it’s entirely possible that William Hulburd I could have been the petitioner/engager with the full intention of the land in Northfield being developed and inherited by William II, since older son John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton may have been deeded or promised the Northampton lands held by William I as his inheritance.


On the top of pg 61, said book continues:


‘Of the 33 petitioners, all but three...appear to have been residents of Northampton.  Some of them were young men who had gained no legal settlement there[i.e. at Northampton].  And many of the names never appear in Northfield records’. 


The initial petition to settle Squakeag of 1671 (signed by a William ‘Hulburd’) was rejected by the court’s magistrates for reasons unknown.  When the engagers re-petitioned the court the following year, the 33 original petitioners had now become reduced to only 23 petitioners; loosing the signature of Samuel Allen Jr. in the process - but still retaining the signature of William ‘Hurlburt’.


The bottom of pg 64 states:


‘It appears that 20 home lots were marked off at the outset....  Only sixteen of these lots, however, were taken up by actual settlers....  The list of heads of families, who put up dwellings here in this First Settlement [group] is as follows...William Hurlburt or Thomas Root Jr. came with the others, but it is not known where they pitched’.


Might we suppose, that it was William Hulburd II, and not Thomas Root Jr., who had arrived as one of the first 16 settlers, as implied by the later land grant to William Hulburd II of 400 acres in Springfield, MA, on account of his having fought and been wounded during this period?


Note also, that on pg 73, there is a recounting of the surprise daytime attack on Northfield / Squakeag on 2 Sep 1675, in which 8 settlers were killed, including:


‘... Ebenezer Parsons,aged 20, son of Joseph of Northampton, ..’.


The implication here is, that a 20 year old (i.e. still minor) Ebenezer Parsons, was homesteading in Northfield, MA, alone, while his father Joseph Parsons was still alive and residing in Northampton, MA.


A fuller account of the attack is found on the same page as follows:


‘Sept. 1, the Pacomptocks, augmented by the Nonotucks, suddenly fell upon Deerfield, which then had but a small guard, shot one soldier of the garrison (James Eggleston) and fired most of the exposed buildings.  The next morning, Sept. 2, the band of savages that had been lying in wait near Miller’s river, appeared in force at Squakeag.  They had just received the large reinforcement of a war party of Nashaways, headed by Sagamore Sam [i.e. Shoshanim] and One-eyed John [i.e. Monoco], the latter of whom was probably the leading spirit in this attack on our village, and the assault on Capt. Beers two days later.  It was the season for drying their flax ; and ignorant of what had happened the day before to their neighbors at Deerfield, our people went about their work as usual on that morning.  Both the soldiers and the settlers appear to have been scattered in the meadows and home-lots when the assault was made.  According to the Rev. Mr. Hubbard, “some were killed in their houses, others as they were coming out of the meadows ; the rest, men, women and children, fled to their fort, unable to sally out and repel the enemy.  The savages kept around them, killed many of their cattle, destroyed their grain (wheat which was harvested and in the stook [note DMI: i.e. bundles of wheat stalks neatly arranged in piles in the fields for drying, in preparation for threshing]), burnt up the houses that were outside the stockade, and laid all waste”’.


As for the grant of 400 acres to William II in 1700 on account of his having been wounded, pg 79 discusses an earlier comparable grant / compensation to Capt. Richard Beers in Watertown, MA, when he had petitioned the court there in 1664 for a compensation of land, based upon his service and having become ill at the end of the Pequot War of 1637, in such a way, that he was prevented from working for 8 years and providing for his family (i.e. perhaps as the result of malaria or some other persistent illness?…)  The result of his petition was:


‘The court granted him 300 acres’.


The top of pg 82 further states:


‘The Squakeag families, having been driven from their new homes,returned to their old homes in Hadley and Northampton”.


Pg 94 continues:


‘After its desertion and destruction in 1675, the town “lay waste” for 7 years, before any movement for resettlement was made.… Others had given up their rights and settled permanently elsewhere.  Most of the proprietors, or their heirs, however, still held on to their grants, and at no time relinquished the purpose of rebuilding the town.…’


Continuing on pg 95, it is explained that in the Spring of 1683, a new petition to resettle Northfield, MA was signed, this time including the names of 35 petitioners, with the name of William Hulburd now being absent.  


Might we speculate, that William Hulburd II was one of the few original petitioners of 1671 who did not participate in this new petition to resettle Northfield in 1683, and reclaim his original lands, due to his having been wounded during battle during the previous settlement attempt ?


Also note on pg 96, that the name of his step (or possibly first) cousin John Taylor Jr. now appears for the first time, on that 1683 petition to resettle Northfield, although, it is subsequently explained, that several of the 1683 petitioners ‘altered their minds’, including John Taylor Jr., whose land was then ‘forfeited and alienated to Samuel Boltwood’.


Additional notes on John Taylor Jr. found on pg 108 state the following:


‘He was of Northampton, Captain of the Hampshire troop : killed by the Indians in the pursuit after the massacre at Pascomock [i.e. Fort Pascomock about 4 miles south of  Northampton, MA], May 13, 1704 [Note DMI: during Queen Anne's War]...he was an engager for Northfield 1683’.


Pg 472 identifies William ‘Hurlbut / Hulbert’, immigrant to Dorchester, MA in 1630, as having been the engager to settle Northfield, MA in 1671.  However, for all the reasons listed above, I believe this to be identity confusion with his son William Hulburd II.  Apparently the author also discounted William II as the 1671 engager, due to his young age, without an understanding of how there are other examples of Hulburd men in the colonial period who were in their late teens, and were nonetheless participating (as though they were already adults) in legal matters such as land transactions, etc.  


However, more importantly, on pg 472 we find the first account to date which I have come across, which lists the marriage of William Hulburd II to Ruth Salmon as having occurred specifically in 1684 (and not about 1686 as I had previously estimated based upon Benajah's birth).  Unfortunately, a source for that marriage date is not provided.  However, some corrective baptismal and death dates, for the sisters of William II, are provided”.



Events During King Philip’s War, in Which William Hulburd II May Have Witnessed and/or Participated

[Note DMI:  based primarily upon the timeline for King Philip’s War posted on the webpage of the “Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut”]




22nd        A group of Indians kill seven colonists at Lancaster, MA.


1st        Wampanoags and Nipmucks attack Deerfield, MA.

2nd            Indians attack Northfield (i.e. Squakeag), killing 8 settlers.        

4th         Attack on Northfield continues, with the ambush of Capt. Beers’ militia.

9th        The “New England Confederation” declares war on the Indians.

12th        Colonists abandon Deerfield and Squakeag (i.e. Northfield).

18th        MA troops  and farmers, attempting to harvest abandoned fields before winter, are ambushed near Hadley, MA in the “Battle of Bloody Brook”.


5th        The Pocumtucks destroy Springfield, MA.

16th        Indians attack Hatfield, MA.

19th        Colonists repel Indians from Hatfield, MA.


2nd-12th Commissioners of the “United Colonies” order a united colonial militia of about 1,000 men to attack the Narragansett tribe near South Kingston, RI.


7th        United colonial militia attacks the Narragansetts during the “Great Swamp Fight” near South Kingston, RI.




10th        The Nipmucks attack Lancaster, MA.

14th        Wampanoags attack Northampton, MA.


26th        Indians attack Longmeadow, MA.


18th        Captain William Turner leads 150 Militia volunteers in an attack of sleeping Indians at a fishing camp on the Connecticut River (i.e. at Turner’s Falls, MA).  Turner and 36 militia men are killed during their retreat. 

30th         Indians attack Hatfield, MA, killing 5 men.


12th        Indians attack Hadley, MA, but are repelled northward into NH by CT soldiers and their Mohegan allies.



The Children of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT

Per Sims, William Hulburd II 1st m.c.1686 [Note DMI: this marriage – without an actual date ascribed to it - is registered in Northampton, MA records] Ruth Salmon (b.?____  d. 12 Jun 1692), and they had a son:


1.   Benajah (alias Berechiah) Hulburd  (b. 2 Feb 1689  d. 26 July 1708 of Indian attack in Springfield, MA  – no issue);


[Note DMI:  There were likely one or two other children born to Ruth Salmon before she died 12 Jun 1692 (perhaps even from childbirth).  The fate of these one or two other theorized children is unknown, but the rapid remarriage to Mary Howard within 6 months of Ruth Salmon’s death, indicates that there were probably very young children in the household other than Benajah].


Also per Sims, William Hulburd II and 2nd wife Mary Howard had the following 10 children:


2.   Thomas Hulburd  (b. 8 Jan 1694 in “Northampton, MA” [per “Northampton Church records”, Enfield, CT being also claimed by MA to be part of Northampton, MA at that time].  Some accounts claim Thomas was b. 10 Oct 1693 in Enfield, CT without documentation.  He d. sometime aft. 1715, when he was listed in an Enfield, CT land deed as being “of Springfield, MA”, although there are land deeds in the 1740’s and 1760’s for a Thomas Hulbert/var. (in the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office), which could well be references to him.  [Note DMI: Is Thomas possibly the father of Experience Hulburd, who m. 8 June 1737 in Northampton Joseph BurtAlso, there are several male Hulbert/var.s in the land deeds of the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office which do not fit into any other known Hulburd line, and may represent descendants of this Thomas Hulburd].  (See notes on Thomas Hulburd further below);


3.   Ruth Hulburd  (b. 10 Mar 1695/96 in Enfield, CT  d.?____   Per Enfield Birth Records:  Rruth holberd daughter of william holbord and marah his wife was born ye 10 of merch: 1695/6  [Note DMI:  Is she the “Ruth Hulbird” who m. 14 Dec 1719 in Northampton, MA Benjamin Root?];


4.   Abigail Hulburd  (b. 18 Jun 1697 in Enfield, CT,  d.?____  Per Enfield Birth Records: abegall holbord the daughter of williom holbord and mary his wife was born Jun: 18: 1697.   [Note DMI:  Is she the “Abigail Hulberd” who m. 25 Nov 1720 in Northampton, MA Eliezar Wright?  Does she later appear as the widow of Isaac Pain(e) in 1762 Morris Co., NJ – whose will William III was a witness to?];


5.   Obadiah Hulburd (#1) (b. 18 Jun 1697 in Enfield, CT  d. bef. Aug 1703.  [Note DMI:  I myself have not been able to find this particular record of birth in the Enfield Records];


6.  William Hulburd III (b. 11 Dec 1698 in Enfield, CT  d. 17 Jan 1779 in Mendham, NJ.  Per Enfield Birth Records: Willom holbord the son of willom holbord and mary his wife was born desember ye: 11: 1698).  (see the descendants of William Hulburd III listed further below);


7.   Mary Hulburd (b. 9 Apr 1701 in Enfield, CT,   d.?____ Per Enfield Birth Records: Mary holbord the daughter of williom holberd and mary his wife was born aprel ye 9: 1701;


8.   Obadiah Hulburd (#2) I  (b. 3 Aug 1703 in Enfield, CT  d. 13 Nov. 1784 in same “at age 83” per his tombstone [sic for 81].  Per Enfield Birth Records: obadiah holbord the son of Williom holbord & mary his wife was born ye eighth of agaust: 1703.  He m. 22 Jan 1729/30 Love Parsons (b. 9 Jun 1712  d. 5 Apr. 1744 dau. of Philip Parsons and Anna ________).  Obadiah I 2nd m. 4 Jan 1745 Ester Colton (b. 31 Mar 1714 in Enfield (Hartford Co), CT  d. 4 May 1795 in Stafford, CT age 88 [per Enfield death records], dau. of Josiah Colton and Margaret Pease). Obadiah Hurlbut's tombstone reads “Altho we moulder in the dust, In God through Christ we put our trust”.  (See the descendants of Obadiah Hulburd I listed further below);


9.   Ebenezer Hulburd Sr. (b. 15 Jul 1705 in New Haven, CT,  d. 9 Jun 1770 in “Hanover” (Morris Co), NJ.  Per Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850, Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Hartford, CT, 1917:ebenezer ye ∫on of william Hulburd was born July 15, 1705”. He probably m.____ in CT Dorothy Brown (b.?____  d.?____)   (see the presumed descendants of Ebenezer Hulburd Sr. further below);


10.  Anna(h) [Note DMI: possibly alias “Hannah”] Hulburd,  b. 6 Apr 1707 in New Haven, CT  d. aft. 1743.  Per The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2000, pg. 150 in an article by Norman W., Ingham, Annah supposedly m. on 9 Jan. 1731/2 Joseph Atwell (b. 21 Mar 1710/11,  bap. 21 Oct 1711 in Wethersfield, CT).  However,  per the History of Enfield’s records of “Intentions of Marriage:  Decbr 22d: 1733 marriage is intended between Joseph Atwell a non resident and Anna Hulburt of this town”.  Since their first child listed is Hezekiah Atwell (b. 25 July 1735), it would seem that the date given in the History of Enfield is correct, and their date of actual marriage should probably read 9 Jan 1734. 

         Per Saybrook Town Acts, Connecticut State Archives, 2:23, under an entry for the town’s poor, we find that by a vote of Jan. 1734 Saybrook agreed to advance money to Joseph Atwell, his wife and children, for their support.

         Annah and Joseph had children:


Hezekiah Atwell,  b. 25 Jul 1735  d.?____.  In Dec. 1746, Hezekiah Atwell was one of the town’s poor of Saybrook, CT, being taken care of by John Clark;

Anna(h) Atwell,  b. 15 Feb. 1735/6 [sic], prob. d. Saybrook 27 Nov 1790 aged “above 50”.  “Annah Atwell” was among the Saybrook, CT town poor in 1785;

Mary Atwell,  b. 14 Aug 1740  d.?____;

Naomi Atwell,  b. 14 June 1743;


11.  Benjamin Hulburd I (b. 13 Mar 1709/10 in New Haven, CT  d. 3 Nov 1757 at Greenbush, NY, coming home from Fort Edward, most likely of typhoid fever, less likely of small pox.  He m. 20 Nov 1740 in Enfield, CT  Thankful “Perse” [Note DMI: i.e. Pierce, or possibly Pease?, as the Pease family were the immediate neighbors of William II in Enfield, CT], and had the following children in Enfield, CT.  (see the descendants of Benjamin Hulburd I further below); 


William Hulburd II Removes to New Haven, CT c.1704

William II and his wife Mary Howard removed from Enfield, CT to New Haven, CT, where three additional children were born (1705-1710).  Per Sims, William II also 3rd m.c.1710 a Hannah Whitaker (b. 14 May 1669 in Watertown, MA  d.?  in Enfield, CT?), the widow of John Hulet of Concord, MA (who d. in Rehoboth, MA in 1708).  This quick remarriage of William II may indicate, as I believe, that Mary Howard died giving birth to youngest son Benjamin Hulburd (who appears to have been born 5 days before Mary Howard’s death), and William Hulburd II was suddenly a widower with at least five children under the age of 5 (three of them being under the age of 3 – including a newborn infant). 



Where Did William Hulburd II Meet His Third Wife Hannah (née Whitaker) Hulet?

[Note DMI:  See Update at end of this chapter] 

In an email to ROM 6 April 2007, I wrote the following:


“In continuing with my obsessing about how – and where – the widower William Hulburd II met the widow Hannah (née Whitaker) Hulet, I did some brief research in the History of Enfield, published and edited by Francis Olcott Allen, Vol.s I, II and III, Wickersham Printing Co., Lancaster PA, 1900.


[Note DMI:  I've seen the name “Whitecar” in indices and records, and I now understand this to be a spelling variation of “Whitaker”, and thus meant by the scribe to be pronounced as “Whit - ec – ar”, and not as “White - car”].


As far as William II is concerned, it’s ‘apparent’ why he would have chosen Enfield, CT to immediately return to; just by scanning thru the indices of the three volumes of the History of Enfield, one finds:


1)  a significant number of people surnamed ‘Whitmore’, who were possibly his maternal uncles (i.e. the mother of William II, was supposedly Ann ‘Whitmore’);

2)  a significant number of people surnamed ‘Howard’ (i.e. William II’s Howard brothers-in-law, whom are known to have resided at Enfield, and possibly also his Howard paternal uncles thru marriage);

3)  a very significant number of Allens listed there (i.e. possibly William II’s Allen half / step-brothers resettling at Enfield);

4)  and who knows what other surnames William II’s married Allen half / step-sisters were going by, and his Hulburd sisters were going by, as well as the surnames of William II’s married maternal and paternal Aunts.  To wit, his Hulburd sisters were his (half?)-sisters Sarah and Anna / Hannah – if they indeed lived to adulthood – and his two other Hulburd sisters, Abigail and Ruth, the latter two who both apparently died in Northampton, MA, as unmarried adults, while presumably still at the home of their father William I.

By that point in time (i.e. about 1710), William II’s only connection remaining to Northampton, MA would have been his older half (or possibly full) brother John Hulburd Sr., since their father William I was already dead for 16 years, and his two Hulburd full-sisters in Northampton were also dead by then.  In fact, it was possibly the inheritance received from the death of his father the immigrant, that allowed William II (supposed youngest child by the last wife Ann) to remove from Northampton, MA back to the New Haven and Hartford areas of CT with his own second wife Mary Howard, where her family was presumably situated.


So, while his only family apparently left in Northampton proper was his half-brother John Hulburd Sr., William II probably still had lots of relatives in the Enfield, CT area. 


My best guess is, that William II returned to Enfield to be helped out by his Howard Family in-laws, which we know were living at Enfield at that particular time.  Furthermore, William II’s older half (or step) brother, Samuel Allen Jr. is known to have moved back to Enfield, CT from Northampton, MA, i.e. 13 years earlier in 1697, per the History of Enfield.


So, the second question remains, what was the widow Hannah (née Whitaker) Hulet, with infant children herself, doing at or near Enfield, CT rather than being back at the relatively distant settlements of Concord and/or Rehoboth, MA where she had previously lived with her late husband?


Well, I didn’t really find any ‘Whitaker’ references (i.e. possible brothers of hers) or ‘Hulet’ references (i.e. possible brothers-in-law of hers) to speak of in Enfield [Update DMI 8 Apr 2009:  her mother was Elizabeth Lin(d)field of England, later Watertown, MA who m. John Whit(t)aker Sr.] and we don’t know the married name of any of her Whitaker sisters she may have had [Update DMI 8 Apr 2009: she had three married sisters – Taylor, Young and Crosby - all in MA, not CT] (not to mention the married names of any Hulet sisters-in-law she may have had).


Presumably, Hannah would have made the trek around 1709 from Rehoboth, MA to Enfield, CT with her infants, to be housed and provided for by family members at or near Enfield  [Update DMI 8 Apr 2009: at her brother Jonathan Whitaker’s in nearby Stafford, CT].  I do have internet genealogical references to her having been born at Windsor, CT [Update DMI 8 Apr 2009:  sic she was b. 14 May 1669 in Watertown, MA].


I did find something very interesting in the Enfield records nonetheless:


There is only one ‘Hulet’ listed in all the Enfield records, and it is her son Jonathan Hulett.  I can say at this point ‘definitively’ that he was her son (a connection that was only theorized by that one certain genealogy found on Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb – all others listing her only children as Mary and John Jr. ,who likely died as an infant, I believe), because nearly every time Jonathan appears in the records, it almost always involves the transfer / sale of neighboring land to him by either William II right before his death, or by Obadiah I sometime after the death of William II.


So, we see William II before his death transferring land to the stepson (Jonathan Hulet) he had presumably raised at Enfield since he was roughly 3 years old, making Jonathan Hulet about 4 years younger than his ‘big brother’ Obadiah Hulburd I, and 2 years older than his ‘little brother’ Benjamin Hulburd (who was incidentally the signing witness to the first such transfer of land).  And the land transfers are almost always land directly bordering the farm of William Hulburd II.


So, evidently, Jonathan went back to Rehoboth, MA sometime as a teenager, since ‘Jonathan Hulet of Rehoboth’ appears in Enfield records for the first time when he is 23 years old, when his stepfather William II (who had presumably raised him) transferred neighboring property to him in 1730.  The last time he is mentioned in Enfield, CT records is when he was 38 years old (13 years after the death of William II, the only father he ever knew) in a land transfer by Obadiah I to Jonathan with the notation “quit claim”.  That same year, there is a land transfer from Jonathan Hulet to Obadiah Hulburd listed in the records of the neighboring Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office, amount of land still undetermined, and may be a reference to the same transaction listed in Enfield, CT records).


I think I had already sent you those land deeds in previous emails, but we did not fully understand at that time when looking at them, the very close familial connection between Jonathan Hulet and the various Hulburds involved.  After 1745, Jonathan Hulet, who for all intents and purposes was the ‘little brother’ of William III, apparently removed to Rehoboth, MA, where he was apparently born (albeit no record apparently exists there for his birth).


We now have a much better understanding of the household that William III grew up in at Enfield, CT (presuming he was still at home, and not apprenticed out already at 12 or 13 years old), in that he had a step-sister Mary Hulet several years younger than he, and a little step brother Jonathan Hulet who was about 10 years younger than he.  His step-sister Mary Hulet eventually married an Allen, and had a family in the Enfield area, while his step brother Jonathan moved back to Rehoboth, MA, where he raised his own family. 



Establishing the Marriage of William Hulburd II to Hannah Whitaker

In an email response 8 Apr 2009 to Dora Smith (who also goes by the alias “Tiggernut”), of Austin, TX (who had tenaciously insisted without documentation, that Hannah Whitaker had been abandoned by her husband John Hulet, who Dora claimed had started another family in a neighboring town in MA, upon which Hannah removed to Enfield, CT and was living with William II either outside of wedlock, or in bigamy), I wrote:




1)  A William Hulburd of Enfield, CT is listed on a certain deed in Enfield in 1717 with ‘wife Hannah________’;


2)  There are many deeds in Enfield involving a ‘William Hulburd’ - none of them specifying Sr. or Jr. - strongly implying that no specifying was needed, as there was only one adult William Hulburd living and owning land in Enfield, CT at the time the deeds were made out, i.e. William Hulburd II;  


3)  It is indisputably clear, that some of these deeds are of William Hulburd II, therefore, they are apparently all deeds of William Hulburd II, since any deeds for William Hulburd III would have mentioned ‘Jr’. as was the standard practice - and none of them do.  Furthermore, and most importantly, there are no mentions in any document whatsoever before the 1740’s in NJ, of the existence of William Hulburd III save for his baptism at Enfield in 1698, strongly suggesting that William Hulburd III didn’t even grow up in Enfield, CT as a teenager or young adult (e.g. there is a complete absence in both Hartford Co., CT and Hampshire Co., MA of any records for William Hulburd III, including marriage, baptisms of children, burials of children, land sales, his acting as witness to wills or deeds, town or county service, jury records, court appearances, etc., etc).  Therefore the  ‘Hannah ________’ of the 1717 deed in Enfield, CT was indeed married to William Hulburd II, and not to William Hulburd III, as you had opined;


4)  The 1717 deed in Enfield, CT listing Hannah __________ as the wife of William Hulburd was made out, when William Hulburd III (b. 11 Dec 1698 in Enfield, CT) was only 18 1/2 years old, and I highly doubt that an 18 1/2 year old given the time and place in question, would have been both married and selling off large parcels of land.  Furthermore, as we shall see below, the Hannah mentioned in the deed was surely Hannah Whitaker, who was 29 years the senior of William Hulburd III.


So, I am convinced, based upon the preponderance of the evidence, that Hannah _________, who was the lawfully wedded wife of William Hulburd II (just as the publicly filed deed says she was his ‘wife’, in spite of your doubts) and that she was not alternately the wife of a c.18 year old William Hulburd III.  I say ‘lawfully wedded’, because she is listed in writing, on the deed, as his ‘wife’, said deed being signed by witnesses, as well as being filed in town records by a clerk, all of these individuals who would have had personal knowledge as to whether William II had not married Hannah Whitaker in or around the area of Enfield, CT;


5)  Hannah Whitaker's daughter Mary Hulet was later married to an Allen (the probable blood-relatives of William Hulburd II) and living on a farm in Enfield, CT.  A Jonathan Hulet (b.1707) of Rehoboth, MA was later on buying land from William Hulburd II, and from William Hulburd II’s son Obadiah Hulburd I in Enfield, CT;


6)  John Hulet, husband of Hannah Whitaker, died in Rehoboth, MA in 1708.  I find no reason to believe the story, as you had suggested, that Hannah Whitaker had been married to a different John Hulet (i.e. not the one that died in Rehoboth in 1708), nor am I convinced by your fanciful, unsubstantiated account, that said ‘other’ John Hulet had abandoned Hannah Whitaker and children to start another family in a neighboring town in MA. 


Although the subsequent marriage between Hannah Whitaker and William Hulburd II has not been located specifically in Enfield records (assuming they were actually married there, and not in nearby Stafford, CT where her brother lived, or somewhere else), I have no reason to believe, that she was - as a result of this lack of a marriage entry discovered to date - living with William Hulburd II in Enfield, CT either publicly in an unwed state, or publicly in a state of bigamy, as you have suggested.  As I had stated before, either one of those socially unacceptable scenarios would have been mentioned in one document or another, somewhere along the way;


7)  Hannah Whitaker's brother Jonathan Hulet had moved to CT, (per letter in archives of Concord, MA dated 25 Nov 1700), sometime before 1700, and there are a number of different Jonathan Whitakers buried at Stafford, CT (only about 15 miles on a road running due east of Enfield, CT), and I now believe that upon her husband's death in 1708, Hannah Whitaker and her three Hulet children (Mary 6, John 4 and Jonathan 2) moved in with her brother Jonathan Whitaker in or about Stafford, CT.  So, in finding a need to respond to your unabated assertions as to the illegitimacy of the marriage between Hannah Whitaker and William Hulburd II, I have stumbled upon the manner by which the widowed Hannah Whitaker had apparently met the widowed William Hulburd II in or about Enfield, CT (i.e. in Stafford) about 1709;


8)  The mother of Hannah Whitaker, Elizabeth Linfield, is said in accounts to have been of a family that possibly had Quaker leanings.  If so, then the Quaker / Baptist influence upon William Hulburd III (as exhibited later in NJ by him and his children) may have actually come thru his step-mother Hannah Whitaker. 


I also direct your attention to the links I’ve provided to alternate accounts, regarding a discussion about Hannah's father John Whitaker Sr., in which many of the charges which are often brought against him greatly disparaging his character (which you have pointed out matter-of-factly, also employing ‘guilt by association’ asserting that ‘the Hulet’s were no doubt scoundrels as well’), are discussed and quite a few are debunked.  While John Whitaker was certainly a rogue by our standards today, the extent of his ‘roguish behavior’ (particularly given the time, place, society and specific provocations in question) may have been greatly exaggerated;


9)  A Jonathan Whitaker was born c.1690-95 and d.1763 in Somerset Co, New Jersey.  He married c.1722 Elizabeth Jervis (b.1696 d. 1764).  They joined the Presbyterian Church in Huntington, L.I. in 1724, and sometime afterward removed to Somerset Co., NJ.  Mendham, NJ (where William Hulburd III relocated to sometime before 1745) is on the border of Somerset Co., NJ.  If this Jonathan Whitaker were a nephew of Hannah Whitaker’s, then he would have been the step-cousin of William Hulburd III, which may explain the relocating of one or the other to north-central NJ in the early 1700’s.


Given all the above, I believe that the preponderance of the evidence supports the notion, that the wife of William Hulburd II named Hannah __________ on a deed dated 1717, was in fact Hannah Whitaker, the recent widow of John Hulet, who met her new husband William Hulburd in or about Enfield, CT after having removed to Stafford, CT with her three small children upon her husband's death at Rehoboth, MA, in order to live with, and be supported by, her brother Jonathan Whitaker of Stafford, CT.


Therefore, as for me, I find no reason at this point in time, barring the submission of any substantiated and documented evidence to the contrary, to revisit the questions of whether or not: 


a)  Hannah Whitaker was actually widowed in 1708. 


b)  Hannah Whitaker was actually and/or legitimately married to William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT bet. 1711 and 1717.


c)  Jonathan Hulet of Rehoboth, MA and Enfield, CT was actually the son of Hannah Whitaker by her first marriage (which you have also questioned).



Enfield, CT as Part of Connecticut’s Disputed “Southwick Jog”

Per an article posted on the website of the Connecticut State Library on 12 Oct 2010 by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, revised 2-04:


“The notch in Connecticut's northern border, just above Granby, is sometimes called the ‘Southwick Jog’.  In 1642 Massachusetts hired two surveyors, Nathaniel Woodward and Solomon Saffery, to survey the boundary between that colony and Connecticut.  However, the point they established as the western end of the line was disputed by Connecticut and ultimately found to be eight miles too far south.


According to a pamphlet in our library’s vertical file, for the next 60 years:


‘… surveyors hired by either Connecticut or Massachusetts set a number of boundaries favorable to the colony that employed them.  The only result of these surveys was increased animosity between the two colonies.  Even a joint survey in 1702 did little to settle the affair.  To complicate matters, the citizens of Enfield, Somers, Suffield and Woodstock, unhappy with Massachusetts’ high taxes, applied for admission into Connecticut in 1724.  These towns claimed they were included within Connecticut’s original boundaries and were entitled to return to that state.  Naturally, Massachusetts refused to give them up, but in 1749 Connecticut voted to acquire them. A verbal battle raged for years, reaching crisis proportions. Appeals to England were ignored, since that country was embroiled in the Seven Years' War.  In 1768, Massachusetts laid formal claim to the four towns; however, Connecticut did nothing about the edict and continued to govern them. …’


Following the Revolutionary War, in 1793, both states appointed Boundary Commissioners to run a straight boundary from Union, Connecticut to the New York state line.  In 1797 the Commissioners recommended that a disputed 2.5 square mile tract be awarded to Massachusetts as compensation for its earlier losses of Suffield, Woodstock, Somers, and Enfield to Connecticut.  However, it was not until 1804 that Connecticut agreed to yet another compromise that partitioned the 2.5 mile area at Congamond Lakes with Massachusetts receiving 5/8 of the disputed parcel along the west shore and Connecticut receiving the remainder, along the east shore”.


[Note DMI:  This explains why the early deeds for Enfield (Hartford Co), CT are presently archived in the Registrar’s Office of nearby Springfield (Hampden Co), MA].



William Hulburd II in Northampton, MA and Enfield, CT Land Deeds

In an email of 22 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volumes I thru III of History of Enfield [hereafter HE] published 1900:


“…One of the reasons that we may not find all the church records (i.e. birth, marriage, etc). for the earlier dates at Enfield, is because it seems that the Established First Church at Enfield was not officially founded until 3 June 1699.   So, the question is – which town’s church served those living in or around Enfield before 1699? [Note DMI:  possibly the church at Northampton, MA, or, at Springfield, MA].


There are a bunch of deeds in ‘Early Deeds’ section involving William II and Obadiah I, and they seem to be lumped together - for the most part - based upon the surname ‘Hulburd’, and not necessarily based on alphabetical or chronological order. 


I won't reproduce all the deeds involving Obadiah I, but I will say that there are several names that show up throughout the years as witnesses, or buyers / sellers for tracts of land involving Obadiah I:  John Abby / Abbe shows up at least three times [Note DMI: son of the influential Thomas Abbe of Enfield, CT, who had a brother, shoemaker Obadiah Abbe also of Enfield].  William Pynchon shows up in Obadiah I deeds, as well as in the two deeds for his brother Thomas Hulburd and for his father William II.  Other names include William Booth and Philip Simons - apparently neighbors, but maybe more.  One name that also shows up quite a bit is Nathaniel Collins, and it seems that he was probably the minister in town. 


Below are the deeds involving only William II as a buyer or seller that I've found, which I've re-arranged in chronological order based upon when they were written up (rather than when they were filed and recorded).  There are many other deeds of other individuals which make reference to William Hulburd II’s property as bordering their neighboring parcel being sold, and I have not copied those”.


The following are the land deeds for William Hulburd II at Northampton, MA and Enfield, CT and points in between, which I have compiled to date and listed chronologically from the various sources as indicated:


[1694] per The Burke and Alvord Memorial, by John Alonzo Boutelle, 1864, pg. 100:


The following is an abstract of a deed now in the possession of a connection:


Jan. 20, 1693-4.  William Hulberd & Mary his wife for twenty pounds sterling, convey unto John Alvord of Northampton, within the Common filed or meadow land, called the Last Demison, five acres be it more or less, and is bounded “Butting on the high waies westerly; bordering on the land of Wm. Miller Northerly; on Isaac Sheldon southerly, &c.

 In presence, &c.                                        William Hulburd

          Medad Pumry                       The mark of X

          Jonathan Alvard                  Mary Hulberd


[Note DMI:  at the time, Enfield, CT was claimed by the colony of MA to be part of Northampton, MA, so, it is unclear to me whether this is land at Northampton, MA proper, or at what is today’s Enfield, CT].


[1694] per page 399 from the Sylvester Judd (1813-1853) Collection of Manuscripts and Copies at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA:  


“William Hulbert [II] from Northampton was of Enfield 1694 & sold land in Old Rainbow…” [Note DMI:  “Old Rainbow” alias “Great Rainbow” (as opposed to “Little Rainbow”) was apparently the land in the bow of the Connecticut River due east of the Northampton Airport.  It is unclear whether this is a reference to land sold to John Alvord, or to someone else].


[1694] per HE Vol. III pg. 1971:


Thomas Day senr of Springfield and wife Sarah to William Hulburd (War).  “My whole right interest and property in Enfield”.  12 acres homelot - street west, Commons east, Isaac Gleason north, Joseph West south.  40 acres in the South field east division - highway west, Commons east and south, Thomas Marick senr north.  4 acres meadow.  Witnesses Pelatiah Glover, Micah Mudge, Tilly Mirick.  31 May 1694.  Recorded 25 April. 1709.


[1695]  per the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office digital index of land grantors, there was a sale of land in 1695 by William Hulbert/var. [II] & wife Mary to Jonathan Alvord (book H, pg. 275).  [Note DMI:  It is unclear whether this is a reference to the same land sale to Alvord listed above in 1694].


[1696] per HE Vol. III pg. 2036:


Isaac Morgan to William Hulburd (War).  10 acres in the South field division- highway south, Commons north, Lieut. Pease east, Capt. Meacham west.  Witnesses Benjamin Parsons, Jonathan Bush, Nathaniel Horton.  15 Feb 1695/6.  Recorded 1 April 1708.


[1698] per HE Vol. III pg 2000:


William Hulburd and wife Mary to John Prior.  (War).  12 acres homelot (with buildings thereon) which I bought of Thomas Day - Town Street west, Commons east, Isaac Gleason north, Zachariah Booth south.  Witnesses David Throw, Hannah Burrouoghs.  4 April 1698.  Recorded 27 Jan 1698/9.  [Note DMI:  This is the resale of the Thomas Day homelot at Enfield, CT Hulburd had purchased in 1694].


 Also per HE Vol. III pg 2223 in ‘Probate Records’, William II appears as one of the three appraisers of the Inventory of the Estate of Isaac Gleason, dated 14 May 1698…”.


[1703] [Note DMI:  The Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office digital index of land grantors, also lists a sale of land by William Hulbert/var. in 1703 to John Hulburd (prob. Jr., poss. Sr.). in book W, pg. 134]


[1703] per image supplied from JH 10 Oct 2010 taken from page 56 of notes in "Historic Deeds" in the Sylvester Judd Collection of Manuscripts and Copies housed at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA [Note DMI: original deed housed in the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office Land Deeds Book B, pg. 104]:


P. 399 N.H. I. 50[8?]   William Hulbert & Mary of Enfield for 22£ to Samuel Sacket of W. 1703 Apart of 400 acres of land on both sides of Manhan river, bounded N. by Northampton commons 120 rods upon a W. N.W. line; then [running?] S.S.W. line 400 rods [by?] 200 rods wide at south end, in Westfield Commons, marked at four corners E.S. H – having Commons all sides. [Note DMI:  this was the 400 acres in the Springfield, MA area, that Hulburd had received 3 years earlier for having fought against the Indians in service of the crown, and being wounded].


[1707] per HE Vol. III pg 2000:


William Hulburd of New Haven Conn. and wife Mary to William Booth.  (War).  40 acres in the East Division [Note DMI:  in South field?]- Isaac Pease north, highway west, Commons south and east.  10 acres in the South field- “Reserved lots” north, highway south, James Pease Junr east, William Booth west.  Witnesses William Bement, John Wulcute, Joseph Sexton.  13 March 1707.  Recorded 15 April 1708.


[1712] Per HE Vol. I pg 218:


‘William Hulburd:  William Hulburd he is posses'd of his 2d devision which is his on account of Thomas Days grant from ye Committee, it lies Near the Mountains Contanith 109 acres more of less, it is 160 rods long and 109 wide Bounded west side with John Howard, East with Simons south with ye Highway North with Commons. 


[Note DMI:  It seems that William Hulburd II’s purchase of 66 acres total from Thomas Day in 1694 entitled Hulburd to any subsequaint land allotments that would have been made to the account of Thomas Day.  So, Hulburd not only bought out the land of Thomas Day, but also Day’s “rights” of land distribution and alottment within the settlement.  Whether or not the 109 acres listed in 1712 includes the 66 acre purchase from Day in 1694 is unclear].


He is further possesed of 30 acres more or less of 2d devision Which belongeth to James Ferman, which sd Ferman alienated to him and is Entred in this Book this lot lyeth By the Mountains, it is Bounded west side by John Burrough, East by Commons, Northward by the way that goeth to Woodstock South Bounded by the Main Mountains, the length 80 and Bredth 60 rods by reason of the barrones of the land There is sum allowance April 13th 1712 it was measured.


[Note DMI: with a small type-face indication in the margin of ‘1708’ - which may refer to the date first purchased, even though the date of the first surveying was done in 1712.  This transfer of land by James Ferman/Furman to Hulburd is not listed in the deeds of the Registrar’s Office of Hampden, Co., MA as the rest of the Hulburd deeds are].


[1714] per HE Vol. III pg 1999:


Nathan Howard to William Hulburd (War).  10 acres 1/2 homelot in South field west division- Nathan Howard north, William Simons senr south, Great River west, Country road east.  Witnesses Nathaniel Collins, Alice Collins, Joseph Sexton.  19 Oct 1714.  Recorded 19 Oct 1715.


[Note DMI:  Later on in 1720, Nathan Howard sells land to his brother John Howard the weaver (these are, I'm pretty sure, the brothers-in-law of William II), and he is referred to as “Nathan Howard late of Enfield, now of New London, CT”.  William III was 22 years old at this time.  In fact, his brothers Benjamin Howard and Ebenezer Howard are also listed in various Enfield deeds as being in “New London” at the time - i.e. in the sense of having removed to New London, and selling off their Enfield lands].


[1716] per HE Vol. III pg 2134:


Samuel vining to William Hulburd (War).  10 acres in South field third division-Samuel vining north, William Simons south, Israel Phelps east, country road west.  Witnesses Joseph Sexton junr, Mindwell Sexton, Joseph Sexton.  29 Aug. 1716.  Recorded 23 Aug. 1717.


[1717] per HE Vol. III pg 2001:


William Hulburd and wife Hannah to Capt. Samuel Terry.  (War).  109 acres near the mountains - Commons north, highway south, Symons east, John Howard west.  Witnesses John Sherman, William Pynchon, Ebenezer Terry.  2 July 1717.  Recorded 23 Aug. 1717.


Also per HE Vol. III pg 2223 in ‘Probate Records’, William II appears as one of the three appraisers of the Inventory of the Estate of Isaac Gleason, dated 14 May 1698


[1721] per HE Vol. I pg 218:


William Hulburd is possesed of a percel of 2d devisn land lying in the Mountains Contaning by Estimation 98 acres, Bounded Northwest Corner with the Brook westerly with James Killams Land Northerly southerly and Easterly By Common Land it being 160 rods long Easterly and westerly and 98 rods wide Northerly and Southerly it being 98 acres be it more or less, - May 26th 1721’. ”

[Note DMI:  This is not a land transfer, but part of a surveying and cataloguing of land ownership by the settlement.  It is presumably part of the same 109 acre parcel surveyed in 1712].


[1726/7] per HE Vol. III pg 2001:


William Hulburd to his son Obadiah Hulburd.  (War).  30 acres at the mountains- John Burroughs west, Commons east, Woodstock road north, mountains south.  Witnesses Shubael Geer, Benjamin Jones, Nathll Collins.  3 Feb. 1726/7.  Recorded 28 March 1729.


William Hulburd to his son Obadiah Hulburd.  (War).  98 acres in the mountains- James Killum west, Commons north, south and east.  Witnesses Benjamin Jones, Shubael Geer, Nathll Collins.  24 Feb. 1726/7.  Recorded 5 June 1728.


[1730] per HE Vol. III pg 2001-2002:


William Hulburd to Jonathan Hulet of Rehoboth.  (War).  126   [Note DMI: Is there a missing parcel description in the blank space following the number 126, which is alone on the last line of pg 2001, or is the number itself a misprint?]  10 acres in the South field third division- Roger Grisel [Griswold] north, William Simons south, Israel Phelps east, country road west.  10 acres with house in the South field west division- Shubael Geer north, country road east, Great River west, John Simons south.  Witnesses Joshua Booth, Benjamin Hulburd21 Sept. 1730.  Recorded 19 Oct. 1730.  [Note DMI:  If this is a land sale by William Hulburd II, as is supposed, then his son Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Enfield is one of the witnesses.  Jonathan Hulet is presumably William II’s step-son].



The Enfield Connection Between Half (or Step) Brothers William Hulburd II and Samuel Allen Jr.

In an email of 22 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volume III of History of Enfield, published 1900:


“…A deed listed on pg 2109 in ‘Early Deeds’ is of interest, because it lists William II and Samuel Allen Jr. as landholders in Enfield, with only one plot of land separating them:


‘William Simons Senr to his son John Simons.  (War).  35 acres in lower part of Enfield - William Hulburd north, Samuel Allen south, street east, Great River west.  Witnesses Isaac Kibbe, John Abbee, William Pynchon Junr.  29 March 1723.  Recorded 8 April 1724’.


[Note DMI:  John Abbe and William Pynchon pop up yet again.  Maybe they were local lawyers or town registrars?]


And then last of all, a quotation and source we've been looking for, for quite a while appears on pg. 2633 in a section entitled ‘Enfield and Somers Soldiers in the Colonial Wars’.  Under the heading ‘First Settlers in Enfield who were Soldiers in King Philip's War in 1675’ is the following footnote by the compiler of the three volumes [Note DMI – I’ve corrected this following account, according to the compilers own notes for corrections, at the end of the volume]:


‘Note- …Samuel Allen [Sr.], immigrant, of Windsor, founder of the Windsor branch of the Allen family d.1648 leaving Samuel [Jr.], Nehemiah, John, Obadiah, Rebecca, Mary.  His widow Ann married Wm Hurlburt [Note DMI: sic for Hulburd] & moved to Northampton with her children, except Obadiah [Allen] who went to his uncle Thomas Allen in Middletown....  His brother Samuel [Jr.]. moved to Enfield from Northampton in 1697.  ...’.


So, all the above being said, I need to re-read the account in Savage’s GD, regarding ‘William Hubbard’ being a neighbor of the Allens at Suffield, CT, and something about a ‘barn-fire’ - since as I already suspected a couple of years ago, this is a reference in Savage's GD to William Hulburd II, and not to an unrelated ‘Hubbard’. ”














































Second Generation



SAMUEL HULBURD of Northampton, MA (1681 – 1748)

The son of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA and Mary Baker of Northampton, MA.



The Will of Samuel Hulburd of Northampton, MA




Samuel Hulbard



Box No. 75.

No. 48.







Saml Hulbard’s last Will &

Testamt March 14th1748

Entd Libo C: folo 185/6

P Dwight Jun Reg of







Warton Same Hulbards

[note DMI: or possibly “Wart on”, as in “warrant on” ?]

Estate March 14th 1748

Entd Libo C: folo 186

P Dwight Jun Reg of





In   the  Name  of   God  Amen     The   Ninth   day   of   March

I  samuel Hulbord  of Northampton in  the  County of Hampshire

in  the   provence  of  the   Ma∫∫achuetts  Bay  in   Newengland

Husbandman   being   under  sum  Bodely   weakns  but  of perfect

Minde  and  Memery    Thanks  be   given  Unto  God   Therefore

Calling  unto  Mind  the  Mortality  of  My  Body  and  Knowing

That  it  is  Appointed  for  all  Men  Once to Dye  do Make  and

Ordain  This  my  Lat  Will  and  Testament  that  is  to  ay –

principally   and    firt   of   all    I  give  and   Recommend  My

soul   into  the  Hands  of  God  that  gave  it   and  my   body  I –

Recommend  to   the   Earth   to  be   Buried  in  Decent  Chritian

Burial  at   the  Discretion  of  My  Executor  Nothing  Doubting

But  at   the   General   Resurrection  I   shall   Receive   the  same

Again   by  the  Mighty   power  of  God  :  and  as  touching  such

Worldly   Estate   wherewith  it   hath  pleased   God  to  Bless  me

in  this  Life  I  give Demi[sic] and  Dispoe  of the ame in the

following  Manner  and  form  :  -


first  :   I   give   all   My  Lands   that   do   or  May   belong   to

me    in    the    Township   of   Northampton  unto   my  Brother

Jeams   Hulbords  two ons  namely   James  and  John  Hulbord

sons  to  My  Brother ^ James and  sister [i.e. in-law] Mary Hulbord  wheather

Devided  Lands   or  undevided   Lands  wheather   Inclosed  or in

Common   with   all   My   right   in    Buldings   that   doth    or

May   belong   unto  Me   with   all   the   fences  Priviledges   and

Appurtenances  Thereunto Belonging  or any  Ways Appertaining

To   thim   and   there   Heirs   for   Ever  Eaqualy  to  be  devided

Between  thim  Both  in  Respect  to  QuantEty  and  qualley of all

My Lands and Belongings with all my Houheld Goods Debts and

Moveable  Effects :   Therefore  I constitute  Make  and ordain My

frinde  Jonathan  Rust  of  Northampton  to  be  my ole Executor

of   this   my   Lat   will   and  Testament   all  and ingulare my

Lands    and   tenemints    by    thim   freely   to    be    po∫∫e∫∫ed

And [IniaIed inhabited?]  And  I  do  hearby  Utterly  disallow,  Revoke  and

Disannul    all    and    Every    other    former   Testaments   Will

Legacies   and   Bequests  and   Executors  by  me   in  in  [sic]  any

Ways   Before  Named   Willed   and   Bequeathed   Ratified   and

Confirmedig   this   and   no   other   to   be   my   Last   Will   and 


Testament   in    Witnes   Whereof    I   have   hereunto   set   my

Hand   and   seal   the   day   and   Year   Above   Written

signed    sealed    published

pronounced  and  Declared

By   the   samuel   Hulbord

as    his   Lat   Will   and

Testament       in       the

preence of  u the subcribers         His

              Samuel (+) Hulbord {wax seal}

Ann Ru∫t    }        Mark

at   Court  of  Probates  holden  at  Northampton

Bethia Lymarwithin  &  for  the  County  of  Hampshire on the

Second  Tuesday  of  March  &  being the 14th day of

Ann Bartlet  } Said  month   anno  Dome  1748  & Timothy

Dwight Esqr Judge of said Court The foregoing will was presented for

probate on the Day preceeding the said Court by the Executor therein

named & Mrs Anne Rust & Anne Bartlet appearing made Oath that

they saw Saml  Hulbard   the  Testator  signe   seal   &   heard   him

pronounce &  declare the  same to be his last Will & Testament  and

that he was of  sound  mind  & memory  when he did  it & that they

with  Bethia  Lyman  alias  Hawley  all signed  as Witneses to the

same  in  sd   Testator’s presence wherefore  it  is ratified,  approved

and  confirmed as the last  Will  & Testament of  said Decd

            P   Timothy  Dwight




Hamphire  s  Northampton, Court of Probate, March 14th 1748

Mesr Lt John Miller ^Lt Eben ClarkSergtThomas Root  & William Phelps 


all  of  Northampton  aforesd  are  appointed  to  make  an appriz

= ment of  the Estate of Saml Hulbard late of said Northampton

Decd  as it  shall be presented to  them by  Jona Rust Extor of the

lat Will & Testamt of said Decd Lt John Miller & William Phelps

& on the 17th day of sd month,  Lt Ebenezer Clark, were all sworn

        P  Timothy  Dwight      Judge of Probate




an Inventory of the Etate of Samuel Hulburd late

of Northampton Deceaed taken by us wherof [Nan of?]

are Under Written being Appointed by the judge

of probate       on March 17 : 1749

  is :   a follow

item The Lands on Both ∫ides of the highway being in isstemation

aboute 39 acirs & a half at thirty pounds [pude  acct?]being in

the whool : [4,69tt?] old [fenner bils?] the Right in buldings alo

aded both in the houe & barn ; at ; 60tt old [fenner --- ∫12∫2 ?]-00-00

one half of the lands at the ponds        288-00-00

[Lacefort  ∫oj  70 er ?]:              070-00-00

all the right in out lands            079-00-00

for horn cattle              056-00-00

[e∫ d?]hors one half              002-00-00

5 sheep at forty ∫hilling [dexter?]         010-00-00

swine att                012-00-00

Wareing Aparril at              0340-13-00

for [plow joxoj axe∫  chain hoes weadges &  cart joxoj --------  ?]   014-04-00


Jonathan Rut Exer



Inventory of £ amt.

Hulbard’s Estate Novm.


Entd Libo D: folo 7

P Dwight Jun Reg of




                                                                                      {         Ebenz Clark

                                                               Appr.         {         William Phelps

                                                                           {         John Miller

Hampshire s Novm 17th 1753 Mr Jona Rust Extr of the

last Will & Testament of Saml Hulbard late of Northampton in sd County

Decd presenting the foregoing Inventory of the Estate of sd Decd made oath

that  it is  a true  & perfect Inventory  of said Estate as far as has already

come  to his  knowledge  &  that  if  more  of  sd Estate  hereafter appear he

will  readily  make  discovery  of  the  same  to  the  Judge of Probate or his

Succe∫sor in the office from time to time ~

                                                                        Attr Dwight Jun Reg



JAMES HULBURD I of Northampton, MA (1687 – 1767)

The son of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA and Mary Baker of Northampton, MA.



The Will of James Hulburd I of Northampton, MA




James Hulbard



Box No. 75.

No. 46.







JamesHulberts Exrs

Bond to pay Debts & Legacies

         Febry 13th1769

Entd Lib I Fol 35 ~




In   the   Name   of   God   Amen.      I   James   Hulberd

of  Northampton  in  the  county  of  Hamphire  in  the

Province  of  the  Masachuetts  Bay  in  New England

yeoman  being   aged   and   infirm   But  of  Sound  and

perfect  mind  and  Memory  (Blesed  be  God)  I do this

forteenth  day  of  July                A.D.  1764  make  and

Publish  this  my  last  Will  and  Testament  in manner

following  that  is  to  say  –  In  the  first place I Comend

my   spirit   into   the  hand  of  God  hoping  for  eternal

life only for the sake of  his   son   Jesus  Christ  my Lord

and  I  order  that  my  body be decently interred  by my

Executor  herein  after  named  in  full  and   firm  faith

of  the  great Christian doctrine of the  reurrection of the

body   ~   and   I   make   the   following   dipoition   of

my   Worldly   estate   To   wit  I   give  to  my   daughter

Hephzibah   the  wife  of   John  King  of  Chesterfield  one

shilling and no more  because I have fully setted[or “set(t)led?”] and

advanced her already

Also   I  give  to  my  son  John  Hulberd  one  schilling  ~

only  because  I  have  already  advanced  him  and made a

Settlemt out of my estate Proportionate to my ability and ~

what he has done for me

Also   I   give   to   my    Daughter   Mary   Hulberd   ~~

forty   pounds  Lawful   money   of   this  Province   to  be

paid   to   her  within   six  ~~~~~~~  months   next   after

my  decease

Also   I   give   to   my   son   James  Hulberd   all  the  ~

reidue  of  my  estate  real  and  peronal and wherever

the  same  or  any   part  thereof  lies  or  may  be   found

To  have  and  To  hold  the  sPremises  to  him the sd

James   devised    and    bequeathed   to   him   his   heirs

and  asignes  forever  after  he  shall  have  paid  out  of

the  same   all   my   Just  debts  and  the  forementioned

legacys        and        Lastly

Lastly [sic]  I   make   Constitute  and   ordain   him  the

said   James  my  Sole  Executor  of  this  my  Last  Will

and  Testament

In    Witnes    whereof    I    have    hereunto    set   my

hand   and   seal   the   day   and   year  above   Written


Signed      Sealed      by      the      James Hulburd

above    named    James    Hulberd

the     Testator    and     by     him

Published   and  declared   as  and

for  his  last  Will  and  Testament

in   the  preence  of  us  who  have

hereunto   Subcribed   our   names

in his preence and in the preence

of  each  other

Josiah Sheldon

Oliver Burt


Anna (A) Hawley



at  a Court of  Probate holden  at Northampton  within &  for the

County of Hamphshire on the first Tuesday of May being the fiten

Day  of sd Month AnDome 1767 & Israel  Williams Esqr  Judge of

said  Court  the  foregoing  Will  was  presented  for probate  by the

Executor  therein named  & Josiah Sheldon & Oliver Burt thereof

the  Witneses  to  the ame appearing  made Oath  that  they saw

James  Hulburd  the  testator  signseal  & heard him pronounce &

declare  the ame  to  be  his  last  Will  &  Testament  &  that  he

was  of   Sound  mind  &  memory  when  he  did  it  &  that  they

with  Anna  Hawley  all  signed  as  Witneses  to  the ame in the

Testators   presence  &  of  Each  other  Wherefore  it  is  Ratified

Approved  &  Confirmed  as  the last Will & Testament of sd Decd

   Is l Williams Prob~




Know   all   men    by   these   Presents   that   We   James   Hulbert

Elkanah   Burt    &    Timothy   Phelps   all    of   Northampton  in

the    County    of    Hampshire    within    his    Majesties    Province

of  the  Masachusetts  Bay  In  New  England are holden  & stand

firmly   bound   &  obliged   unto   Israel   Williams  Esqr  Judge   of

the  Probate of  Wills &[or “etc?”]and  for  granting Letters  of  administration

within   the   County   of   Hampshire  aforesaid  in  the   ful  &  just

sum   of  two  hundred   Pounds   lawfull   money  in  New  England

to   be  paid  unto  the   said  Israel  Williams  Esqr  his  succesors  in

the   said   office  or  asigns   to   the   which   payment  will  &  truly

to  be made We bind  ourselves our Heirs  Executors &  administrators

jointly   &   everally    by    these   presents  Sealed   with   our   Seals

dated   the   thirteenth   day   of   February  ~~~~   AnDome  1769  ~

    Whereas  the  abovenamed  James  Hulbert is  Executor  of the

last  Will   &  Testament  of   James   Hulbert  late   of  Northampton   aforesaid

In said  County Decd and  the said  James being a Residuary  Legated

&  the  Law  Allowing  Bond to be given in such Cases & no Inventory

required  to  be  taken

Now   therefore   the   condition   of   this  present  obligation  is  such

that   if   the    above  bounden  James  Hulbert  his  Heirs  Executors

or  administrators  Shall  &  do  well  &  truly  & easonably pay all

the  Debts  due  from  said  Estate  and  the  Legacies  given  by  said

Will   to   the  everal   Persons   to  whom  they   are  given  then  the

above   written  obligation  to  be  of  none  Efect  or  else  to  abide  &

remain  in  full   Force   &  Virtue  ~

Signed Sealed & Delivered        James Hulbert

in  presence  of            Elkanah Burt

Noah Strong

Solo Stoddard          Timothy Phelps




BENAJAH HULBURD of Enfield, CT (1682 – 1708)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Ruth Salmon of Northampton, MA.


The Death of Benajah (alias Berechiah) Hulburd

Per History of Northampton, pg 508 states regarding fighting during “Queen Anne’s French and Indian War”:


“…In 1708, the depredations by the detached and roving bands of Indians were continued, and a number of persons killed….  On the 26th[July], Aaron Parsons, a soldier, son of Samuel Parsons of Northampton, and Benajah Hulburt of Enfield, another soldier, were slain by a party of Indians who suddenly assaulted the house of Lieut. Abel Wright, at Shipmuck, Springfield.  At the time they scalped the wife of Lieut. Wright, who afterwards died, and killed Hannah, wife of Lieut. Wright’s son Henry.  The infant son of Henry Wright, and his daughter Hannah, were in the same cradle; the former was killed and the latter was knocked on the head, but she survived the blow…”.


Per researcher Norman K. Lewis:


“July 26, 1708, seven or eight Indians rushed into the house of Lt Abel Wright of Skipmuch in Springfield, and killed two soldiers, Aaron Parsons of Northampton and Benajah Hulbert of Enfield; scalped the wife of Lt Wright, who died Oct 19; took Hannah , the wife of Lieut. Wright's son Henry, and probably slew her; killed her infant son Henry in a cradle and knocked in the head of her daughter Hannah, aged 2 years, in the same cradle; the latter recovered”.




THOMAS HULBURD of Enfield, CT (1694 – 1715?)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Mary Howard of New Haven, CT.


Thomas Hulburd in Enfield, CT Records

In an email of 22 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volume III of History of Enfield, published 1900:


There are two very interesting deeds listed in the section ‘Early Deeds’, first on pg. 1968:


Joseph Cooley 3d of Springfield and wife Mary to Thomas Hulburd of Springfield.  (War).  107 acres near the mountains- Commons north, road to Woodstock south, William Hulburd east, William Simons west.  Witnesses Luke Hitchcock, William Pynchon, Jehojada Bartlet.  1 Feb. 1714/15.  Recorded 13 Aug. 1715


then, on pg 2001:


Thomas Hulburd of Springfield to Samuel Terry.  (War).  107 acres near the Mountains- Commons north, highway south, William Hulburd east, William Cymons senr west.  Witnesses William Pynchon, John Worthington, John Howard14 July 1715.  Recorded 14 Nov. 1715.


So, it appears that William III was not the oldest living boy in the family after all, at least up until 1715, and that his brother Thomas was alive at least up until this point (i.e. 21 years old).  What happened to him afterward, and if he ever had any surviving issue, is still unknown to me, as these are his only appearances in the Enfield records.


Furthermore, it is clear that these are references to the older brother of William III named Thomas, and not to an unrelated ‘Hurlbut’ whose surname had been misspelled, since the piece of land borders that of William II, his father….


However, the index to land deeds of the Hampden Co., MA Registrar’s Office contains a number of deeds in the 1640’s and 1660’s of a Thomas Hulbert/var. which could very well be references to Thomas Hulburd of Springfield, especially since the transactions often involve other known Hulburd relatives.  Furthermore, those same archives reveal deeds under the names of several male Hulbert/var.s, who are not known to be descended from any of the other known Hulburd lines, and may represent the sons and grandsons of Thomas Hulburd of Springfield, MA.


The above deeds of Enfield, CT  (and possibly those of Hampden Co., MA) are the last known mention of Thomas Hulburd.  Any subsequent listings for a “Thomas Hulbert” in or around New Salem and Pelham, MA (about 20 to 30 miles north of Springfield, MA) are references to the line of Thomas Hulbert (b.c.1712), immigrant from northern Ireland.




WILLIAM HULBURD III of Mendham, NJ (1698 – 1779)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Mary Howard of New Haven, CT.


William Hulburd III was b. 11 Dec. 1698 in Enfield (per the Morristown CR he d. 17 Jan 1779 at 76 [sic 80]).  As William “Hurlbert, Sr”. he d. 17 Jan 1779 in the Mt. Freedom section of then “Mendham Twsp”, (i.e. today Randolph) NJ of “old age” [per The Morristown Bill of Mortality (hereafter “the Morristown BM”) – in which he was not specifically designated a congregant of either the Presbyterian or Baptist Churches]. His age given in the Morristown CR at death of 76 is wrong (like the dates on so many tombstones I know of), and should actually read (based on his Enfield, CT birth date): “aged 80 years, 1 month, 6 days”.  


William Hulburd III 1st m.c.1725 _____________ (b.?____  d.?____), who was the mother of all of his older children (i.e. all those born before either Ruth or Ephraim – including Benjamin Sr. of Hanover, NJ). 


William Hulburd III’s last wife was named Mary _____ [possibly née Wilkinson?] (b.c.1724/5  d. 24 Aug 1803), previously the widow of a Mr. [Ephraim?] Loree (see notes below), who is listed in the Morristown CR as “Mary Halbard, wife of William, d. 24 Aug. 1803, aged 78 of dropsy [per Morristown BM]”.  Her surname is spelled “Hulbert” on both her own tombstone, as well as on the tombstone of her dau. Mrs. Hannah Sanderson [Note DMI: Mrs. Mary Hulburd’s dau. by her former marriage to Mr. Loree – probably Ephraim Loree, son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY].  Mary’s and Hannah’s tombstones were still standing in the Mt. Freedom Baptist Cemetery (alias the Walnut Grove Baptist Cemetery) in Randolph, NJ in 1982 (see below), but Mary’s had become essential totally illegible by 13 Aug 2009 when I visited them.  The accelerated erosion on the tombstones in only the last decade or so probably being due to the increase in acid rain. 



Is William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ Really the Son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT?


[See Update 15 Nov 06 at end of this section


I had made a preliminary conclusion that William Hulburd III is the son of William Hulburd II based on the forename similarities, which exist between the children of both families.  Furthermore, the son of William II of Enfield baptized there in 1698 (and named “William”) is listed by some internet accounts as having died specifically in Whippany, NJ (i.e. a section of Hanover Twsp), although the actual sources for that info unfortunately are not also provided in those accounts. 


Having myself grown up next to the “one horse town” of Whippany, NJ, I have to admit that this is somewhat of a strange and obscure location just to “pick out of thin air” for someone from CT to have supposedly ended up and died in 1778, since none of the documents found to date in NJ regarding William III actually place him specifically at “Whippany” proper.  However, the notes of 19th Century Tuttle / Tuthill Family researcher Lotta Vail (see below) do refer to a “William Hulbert of Rockaway”.  Rockaway, NJ (which neighbors both Whippany and Randolph) was also part of “Hanover Twsp”. along with Whippany during the period in question.  Lotta Vail in her Tuttle Book also quotes a [PA?] newspaper clipping of 1750, in which William III’s dau. Mrs. Abigail Tuttle is described as “living in Whippany, NJ” (which was used synonymously with Hanover Twsp, which at that time also included Morris Plains and Rockaway). 


Any documents found to date directly naming William Hulburd III all refer to him as having been at the Randolph section of what was then “Mendham”, NJ, including the first mention by name in 1752.   However, he is known to have been in Morris Co., NJ by the mid 1740’s, and his oldest three dau.s did marry at the Morristown and Hanover Presbyterian Churches (the site of the original structure of the Hanover Presbyterian Church during the period in question having been situated in what is today “Whippany”, about a mile westward from the rebuilt church’s current location in the present town of East Hanover, NJ). 


So, it’s entirely possible that William III could have first lived at Rockaway and/or Whippany proper before relocating to “Mendham”.  Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if that internet reference to William III having “died at Whippany, NJ” had come from something like a Hulburd / Hulbert family bible of one of William III’s siblings, nieces / nephews (or the bible he bequeathed to his dau. Hannah), which merely noted something like “to Whippany in New Jersey” next to his name.  However, it should also be noted, that Mendham was formed out of Hanover Twsp. in 1749, and that even though Whippany is only one constituent part of Hanover Twsp, “Whippany” (to this day) is commonly used as a name for the entirety of Hanover Twsp by locals.  So, anyone living in what is today the Mt. Freedom section of Randolph, NJ could feasibly have been referred to as “of Whippany” before 1749.


Another compelling indication for the ancestry of William III being the son of William II is the actual spelling of the former’s surname, as he himself spelled it (rather than how other scribes / clerks fashioned his surname in various colonial documents), which was “H-u-l-b-u-r-d”.  While I realize that none of the above is necessarily indisputable proof that William III of Mendham, NJ is indeed the aforementioned son of William II of Enfield, CT, the indications point in that direction.


In the event of a complete lack of any solid documentary evidence being uncovered in the future clearly establishing the link back to William II, the link still can be firmly established thru the relatively inexpensive Y-Chromosome DNA testing of a male descendant in an all-male descent from William Hulburd III (e.g. researcher Tom Hulbert of WI), and compare those results to those obtained by similarly testing a modern Hulbert-surnamed male descendant of William III’s presumed brother(s) Obadiah Hulburd I and/or Benjamin Hulburd Sr., both of Enfield, CT – or better yet, to William III’s presumed uncle, John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA. 


Update 23 August 2006

The following email response was sent by myself to Tom Hulbert of WI on this day:


“…What can be authoritatively said based on this perfect 12 marker match between you and Jim Hulbert of Boynton Beach, FL (i.e. descendant of ‘uncle’ John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA whom I tracked down and contacted) is that:


1)  You and Jim Hulbert are from the same male Hulburd / Hulbert ancestral line originating in Great Britain.


2)  Your ancestor Amos V. Hulbert was indeed the orphaned son of his murdered father Amos Hulburd.


3) You are, therefore, definitively a descendant of William Hulburd III of Mendham, and that said William Hulburd III of Mendham is of the same male ancestral origin as William Hulburd I, immigrant to CT in 1630.


Update 15 November 2006 

Tom Hulbert had ordered an update for Jim Hulbert to 25 markers, and he has matched Tom perfectly 25/25.  What this means, is that Jim Hulbert and Tom Hulbert are both descended from a “Hulbert” patriarch who lived within the time frame of the last few hundred years.  So, we now have two descendants of two different sons of William Hulburd I (i.e. John Hulburd Sr. and William Hulburd II) who have matched each other perfectly, therefore William III is irrefutably the son by the same name of William II of Enfield, CT.  DNA has finally confirmed what the available records could not.  [Note DMI:  after that last update, Tom had his and Jim’s DNA examined to the 37 marker point, and he has matched Jim 36/37 markers.  Apparently based upon this and the results which have come back from several other Hulburd volunteers since, Jim Hulbert’s 37 markers are unchanged from that of his immigrant ancestor William Hulburd I, while Tom exhibits a mutational change to one of those 37 markers].



The Changing Jurisdictions of William Hulburd III’s Homestead in Mt. Freedom, NJ

Before 1624, Mt. Freedom, NJ lied in the land of the Lenni Lenape tribe of Algonquin Indians, who were the vassals of the unrelated Iroquois Indian Nation who inhabited today’s Upstate NY region near the border with Canada.  The section of Lenni Lenape land comprising Mt. Freedom, NJ lied within the partition ruled specifically by the Unami Clan of Lenni Lenapes.  Native Americans had inhabited the region for at least 3000 years.


In 1624, the Dutch established a permanent colony on Manhattan Island, and afterward claimed all the land comprising the current State of NJ as part of their colony called Nieuw Nederlandt.  The Dutch Colony of Nieuw Nederlandt (with it’s capital of Nieuw Amsterdam on Manhattan Island) was subsequently seized by the British in 1664, and the territory and the Province of New Jersey was formed out of the small southernmost portion, the rest being renamed the Province of New York.  The new British occupants referred to the original Lenni Lenape inhabitants of New Jersey as the “Delaware Indians”.  The capital of the newly formed Province of New Jersey was at Elizabethtown.


In 1674, the proprietary colony of the Province of New Jersey was split by its two principal proprietors, George Carteret and John Berkeley into the separately ruled Provinces of East Jersey and West Jersey (by virtue of an auction of Berkeley’s land, which was purchased in 1674 in London by Quakers - principally William Penn).


Also, for a brief three months during this same year, the Dutch had successfully managed to recapture their former colony of Nieuw Nederlandt from the British, who only three months afterward managed to once again captured said territory back from the Dutch, returning it once again to British rule.


[Note DMI:  Most, but not all, of the following information is taken from A Place Called Whippany, by Leonardo A. Fariello,  2000]:


In 1681 the West Jersey proprietors established “Burlington” as the capital of West Jersey (the capital of East Jersey being relocated from Elizabethtown to Perth Amboy) and Whippany was first settled in 1685.  At that time it was commonly called “Whippeny”, although it was also known by a number of other similar pronunciations of its aboriginal name. 


In 1694 the proprietors established Burlington County.  Within the boundaries of Burlington County the proprietors established a township by the name of “Whippenny Township”, otherwise referred to as “Whippanong Township”, which was situated between the Passaic, Pequannock, Pompton, and Musconetcong Rivers.  Whippenny Township encompassed approximately 500 square miles of land.  At that time Whippanong was one of the largest townships in the province of New Jersey.


Therefore between 1685 and 1702, Mt. Freedom, would have been classified as lying within the settlement of “Whippeny”, in Burlington Co., in the Province of West Jersey.


In 1702, the Provinces of East and West Jersey were once again united by Queen Anne as the single Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey, however the united Jerseys still maintained the dual capitals at Burlington, NJ (for the former region of West Jersey) and Perth Amboy (for the former region of East Jersey) – which remained the dual capitals of the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey until 1776.  


An iron forge was built on the banks of the Whippanong River in 1710 in Whippany.  Known as “the Old Iron Works” it was the first industry in what later came to be Morris County.


Therefore between 1702 and 1714, Mt. Freedom, NJ would have been classified as lying within the settlement of “Whippenny”, in Burlington Co., in the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey.


After 13 Mar 1714, the provincial government of New Jersey divided Burlington County to create Hunterdon County (Hunterdon County was named after General Robert Hunter, Governor of New Jersey when Hunterdon County was established).  At that time Whippenny Township fell within the boundaries of Hunterdon County.  During that time, Hunterdon County was a vast area that included all of the land that is now Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties.


The church, known as “the Hanover First Presbyterian Church” - was built in the village of Whippeny in 1718 and a “burying yard” was established around it along the Whippanong River.  [Note DMI: the burying ground remains on the south side of Mt. Pleasant Ave / Rt. 10, not far west of Ridgedale Ave.  The original church was relocated/rebuilt on its present site in East Hanover in 1749.  The Presbyterian Church currently in Whippany further west of the original location of the Hanover Presbyterian church was built considerably later, and is not the continuation of the original “Hanover Congregation”].  The "burying yard" was the first colonial cemetery in northwestern New Jersey [Note DMI:  Hanover is presently considered to lie geographically in the northeastern, not northwestern, quadrant of NJ, although Hanover was originally under the Jurisdiction of “West Jersey”].


Therefore between 1714 and 1720, Mt. Freedom, NJ would have been classified as lying within the settlement of “Whippeny”, in Hunterdon Co., in the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey.


In 1720 Whippenny Township was renamed “Hanover Township”, by order of the Hunterdon County Court (although the Township continues to be popularly referred to as “Whippany” by locals to this day. ) The name “Hanover” was designated to honor King George I of the House of Hanover, a name undoubtedly held in high esteem.  The name “Whippenny” was a derivative of the aboriginal tongue and “Hanover” an English name, albeit one and the same land, Whippenny Township ceased to exist and Hanover Township was established.


At that time, the boundaries of Hanover Township included all 39 municipalities that now make up Morris County (it is interesting to note that Whippenny and Hanover Township actually predate Morris County, as well as Sussex and Warren Counties which were all yet to be established).


Hanover Township was divided into two separate townships in 1720.  Most of the land north of the Rockaway River was named Pequannock Township (the name “Pequannock” is a Native American word that means “the water that flows clean”).  All the land south of the Rockaway River retained the name of Hanover Township. At that time, Hanover continued to be one of the largest townships in the province of New Jersey.


Therefore between 1720 and 1739, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Hanover Twsp., in Hunterdon Co., in the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey (with its regional western capital at Burlington, NJ), and it is during this time, that William Hulburd III most likely first came to Mt. Freedom. 


On 15 Mar 1739  Hanover and Pequannock townships (originally one township known as Whippenny), along with Wallpack Township (which was established in 1731), and Greenwich Township (established in 1738), were separated from Hunterdon County and combined to establish Morris County, named in honor of Lewis Morris, the Royal Governor of the province of New Jersey.  At the time Morris County was 1365 square miles, encompassing all of what is now Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. 


In 1740 Hanover Township was again divided, this time to create Hanover Township, Morris Township (i.e. “New Hanover”), and Roxbury Township; Pequannock Township remained intact (this is the source of some confusion because although 1740 is the date the townships of Hanover, Pequannock, Morris, and Roxbury were incorporated, Hanover and Pequannock Townships were actually officially established twenty years earlier in 1720).


Therefore between 1739 and 1749, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Hanover Twsp., in Morris Co., in the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey (with its regional western capital at Burlington, NJ).


When William III’s oldest daughters Mary and Abigail were being married in the mid to late 1740’s, William Hulburd III was considered to be still living in Hanover Twsp.


It’s not until 29 Mar 1749 that Mendham Twsp (containing Mt. Freedom) was separated out of Hanover Twsp., and for the rest of his life, William III’s home at Mt Freedom would remain in Mendham Twsp, in Morris Co.  However, 2 1/2 years before his death in 1779, the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey had declared independence from Great Britain, becoming the independent “Colony of New Jersey”.


Therefore between 1749 and 1776, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Mendham Twsp., in Morris Co., in the Royal Crown Colony of New Jersey (with its regional western capital at Burlington, NJ).


Then between 1776 and 1787, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Mendham Twsp., in Morris Co., in the Colony of New Jersey (with its regional western capital at Burlington, NJ).


The Colony of New Jersey became the third Province to ratify the federal constitution of the United States of America on 18 Dec 1787, thus becoming the “State of New Jersey”. 


Therefore between 1787 and 1790, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Mendham Twsp., in Morris Co., in the State of New Jersey (with its regional western capital at Burlington, NJ).


It was not until 1790, that Trenton was made the sole capital of the State of New Jersey, replacing the dual capitals of Burlington and Perth Amboy.


Therefore between 1790 and 1806, Mt. Freedom would have been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Mendham Twsp., in Morris Co., in the State of New Jersey (with its capital at Trenton, NJ).


Finally, 3 years after his widow Mary died, Randolph Twsp. (including the section of Mt. Freedom) was separated out of Mendham Twsp. on 1 Jan 1806, and the site of the Hulburd homestead has remained classified as lying in the Mt. Freedom Section of Randolph Twsp until this day (with the exception of Mt. Freedom briefly having received the alias of “Walnut Grove” in the mid 1800’s, later being officially renamed Mt. Freedom by its inhabitants about the 1800’s).


Therefore between 1806 and 2010, Mt. Freedom has been classified as being in the jurisdiction of Randolph Twsp., in Morris Co., in the State of New Jersey (with its capital at Trenton, NJ).



The Settling of Mendham, NJ

The following was taken 30 Sep 2009 from the Mendham Township Website http://inmendham.com/mbhist03.htm:


“The First people to occupy this watershed region were the Lenape Indians – one of the many sub-tribes of the great Algonquin Nation.  This area was called Roxiticus by the Indians.  The word means ‘a meeting place’.  Later, Roxiticus was used to designate the two white settlements of Black Horse and Wills’ Settlement, now known as Mendham Center and Ralston (i.e. the Ralston section of Mendham).


About 1700, what the Indians called succasunna (black stone) proved to be iron, and it lured people from Connecticut and Long Island.  The first authentic settlement in this area was by an Englishman, James Wills, who in 1713 bought what is now known as Ralston.  The family never made any real settlement and soon disposed of their holdings to various settlers.  In 1722 James Pitney, of Scottish-Irish descent, settled on what was known as Pitney Corner. 


In the 1740's the Byram family did much to make this early settlement a town.  In 1742 Ebenezer Byram gave this settlement a center – i.e.  The Black Horse Inn, a proud ‘Hilltop’ church in 1745, and on March 29 1749, the name ‘Mendham’.  Eliab Byram, son of Ebenezer Byram, was apparently the first Byram to discover this area.  As a young graduate from Yale Divinity School, he traveled with David Brainard, [expelled from Yale Divinity School, becoming in 1743] an Indian missionary, who made frequent trips to [the] Delaware and stopped here along the way.  They would hold services when here and preached in a little log church [Note DMI:  i.e. the Roxiticus Meeting House and Cemetery in Mendham, NJ].  Byram was eventually asked to stay on as permanent pastor.


[Note DMI:  this is a misleading description, as it implies that Eliab Byram was the first to come to the Mendham area in his Missionary travels with David Brainard, and that Ebenezer Byram removed from MA to Mendham, NJ based upon his son’s travels and reports.  However, Ebenezer Byram had bought the farm which would later become the Black Horse Inn in 1740, which is two years before Brainard was expelled from Yale and was also licensed to preach, and 3 years before Brainard left MA to proselytize the Delaware Indians in NJ].  


At the same time, his father was apparently finding Puritan intolerance in Massachusetts, ‘intolerable’, and prepared to move here by purchasing, in 1740, the small farm house that would become The Black Horse Inn.  When Byram moved from Bridgewater, Massachusetts in 1742, he brought with him a band of hearty men and women of like mind.  [Note DMI:  Were William Hulburd III and family part of that group?  Also, it’s once more not clear from this description, how Ebenezer Byram could have bought a house in Mendham, NJ two years before he left MA].  In 1744, Eliab Byram was officially ordained as the church's [i.e. the congregation’s] first pastor, and construction on the first of four ‘Hilltop’ churches that would occupy the same location, originally chosen by Byram, was begun”.



Speculation on the Early Movements of William Hulburd III from Enfield, CT to Mendham, NJ

Most early settlers to Morris Co., NJ were drawn there by the discovery of very high-grade iron ore about 1700 in essentially exposed veins, in a place the local Indians called “Succasunna”.  The earliest settlers to Hanover and Whippany, who were drawn there primarily from Newark and the Oranges, were the owners of forges rather than farmers.  The Dickerson Mine was opened at Succasunna between 1710-1713.  Before that date the ore was evidently collected in saddle bags from the exposed veins, and transported on horseback to the forges in Whippany, where it was smelted, and the iron ingots were then transported in saddle bags on horseback to Newark, were it was then shipped for use in Manhattan. 


By about 1715, the center of smelting iron ore had shifted from Whippany to West Hanover (i.e. Morristown) and the Randolph area, which was much closer to the mine(s), in a path directly following the Whippany River to it’s headwaters at what was the Settlement of Harmony in Mendham (since 1929 the site of the Clyde Potts’ Reservoir). 


The Allen family of Mendham, NJ (originally from Suffield, CT - the town next to Enfield, CT where William III had grown up) had immigrated to Randolph, NJ about 1717.  Also, William III’s neighbors (and his daughter’s in-laws), the Aber Family had immigrated to Randolph, NJ about 1732.  So, it’s possible that William III could have already been in Morris Co., NJ 10 or (or possibly even 20) years before the marriage there of his dau. Mary in 1745.  If so, he may possibly have even married his first wife in NJ too.


As far as the origins of this Aber family, the marriage in Jamaica, Queens, NY of John Aber (i.e. “Ebere”) to Mary Huls(e) says he was from “Seatucket”.   This is the town of Setauket, NY (essentially Port Jefferson) on the north shore of Long Island due south of Bridgeport, CT (next to New Haven, CT).  A ferry still runs across the L.I. Sound from Bridgeport, CT (near New Haven) to Port Jefferson, L.I., NY.  William III had lived in New Haven, CT when Mary Howard died c.1710 (at which time he was about 12 years old).  His father returned with the family to Enfield, CT and remarried the same year that Mary Howard died.  William III may have subsequently moved back to New Haven, CT (e.g. to apprentice) at about 14 years old, and may have become acquainted with the Aber family while there (as the Setauket section of L.I. was under the jurisdiction of New Haven, CT at the time).


Concerning William III’s first appearing in Morris Co., NJ, a passage regarding William III’s son-in-law William Tuttle appears in Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America by Alva M. Tuttle, 1968, which relies heavily on the late 19th Century genealogical notes of Lotta (Tuthill) Vail.  In this passage is a reference to the dau. of William III, probably being the dau. of “William Hulbert of Rockaway, NJ” (which was once a part of “Hanover Township”, and is next to Randolph).  How Lotta (Tuthill) Vale (compiler of most of the Tuttle genealogical information for that book) knew William III was specifically from “Rockaway, NJ” is not revealed, however it was obviously through a land deed, or possibly some church records, apparently for a congregation that may have existed there before 1745 (as his brother “Ebenezer Holiberd” is said per the Morristown CR to have baptized a dau. Mary in 1745 “at Rockaway”). 


This information seems to indicate that William Hulburd III was possibly first at Rockaway, NJ, before removing to neighboring “Mendham”.  I tend to think that the 1756/7 purchase from the William Penn estate at Mt. Freedom of 200 acres was to augment lands he already owned at Mt. Freedom, since William III is included on the 1752 list of freeholders at Mendham, NJ.


While no evidence has been uncovered to date to connect William III directly with the mining and smelting of iron ore in the area, it is not unlikely that he could have been drawn to that area to participate in some other aspect of that industry (e.g. the production of charcoal, breeding of horses for transportation, or the transportation of iron ore, charcoal, or iron ingots, etc).  His oldest son Benjamin Hulburd Sr. was mentioned (in connection to the marriage to Patience Edwards which was voided in 1797) as a cooper (i.e. barrel-maker) by profession.


The exact route William III took from Enfield, CT before ending up in the area of Randolph, NJ is still completely unknown.  However, the Wilkinson Family and Freeman Family (the two witnesses to the will of William III) were both from Woodbridge (Middlesex Co), NJ before coming to Mendham.  Also, the Payne / Pain(e) family was also specifically at Woodbridge, NJ before coming to Mendham (and William III was apparently the witness to the will of an “Isaac Pain” of Mendham, NJ (d.1762 in Mendham).  Furthermore, there is no previous mention of him in the vicinity of Newark, NJ, so he most likely took the route from Raritan Bay up to the headwaters of the Raritan River near Mt. Freedom.



Was William Hulburd III an Early Baptist Settler to Randolph, NJ?

There are three, maybe more, families specifically from in or around the town of Woodbridge, NJ that we see all in Mendham, NJ later on, and associated with William Hulburd III.   I have suspected for a while that William Hulburd III may have been part of a “religious group” referred to in the History of Randolph, NJ (the religion not being specified, nor the names of the families in this group), that supposedly came up the Raritan River from the New Brunswick area near Raritan Bay, near where Woodbridge is situated. 


I believe this may possibly be a reference to the “Rogerenes / Rogerines” who settled at Schooley’s Mountain and Landing, NJ about 1732 [see notes below].   Woodbridge, NJ itself was founded in the late 1660’s by the followers of a  Rev. Woodbridge of Newbury, MA, who removed to Middlesex Co., NJ and named the new settlement after their spiritual leader back in MA.  The neighboring settlement of Piscataway, NJ (i.e. originally “Piscataqua”, being named after the mother-settlement in Piscataqua, NH) was separated out of Woodbridge, NJ.  While those settlements were composed of early Baptists, the Pastor of the Piscataway congregation, the Rev. Edmund Dunham, soon switched his beliefs over to that of the Seventh Day Baptists in 1705, being a Baptist group unique and different from the Rogerene Baptist group.


Per A History of the Baptists, by Thomas Armitage, 1887, pg 709:


“…Next to Rhode Island, New Jersey had peculiar attractions for Baptists….  In the Grants and Concessions of New Jersey, made by Berkeley and Carteret, published in 1665, religious freedom was guaranteed thus: ‘No person at any time shall be any ways molested, punished, disquieted or called in question for any difference in opinion or practice in matters of religious concernments’.  [Leaming and Spicer, p. 14, 1664-1702]  The religious freedom of Rhode Island seemed to be as broad as possible, yet, because that colony required all its citizens to bear arms, some Quakers were unwilling to become freemen there, but under these grants they went to New Jersey and became citizens.  From the first, therefore, New Jersey was pre-eminent for its religious liberty, so that Baptists, Quakers and Scotch Covenanters became the permanent inhabitants of the new colony.  Many of them came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York, for the two lords' proprietors dispatched messengers to all the colonies proclaiming the liberal terms of the grants. …”


In an email of 20 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volume I of History of Enfield, published 1900:


“…There is an extremely fleeting reference to the following on pg 422:


‘...  at the Same meeting [i.e. 15 March 1756] voted that Edward Collins [i.e., I think the town minister] go to hartford as agent in behalf of the town to act in the affair in which the Baptists or Separates have sued the town and to imploy an attorney if thought best and impower any other person to act in that affair in all Respects as shall be needfull.  ..’.


I believe this is the first mention I've found of Baptists at Enfield, CT and already they're suing the town.  William III was already in NJ for at least ten years (maybe 20 years), but the presence of the lawsuit shows that Baptist teachings were probably already in the area for some time…”.


In an email of 21 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volume II of History of Enfield, published 1900:


“…But perhaps some of the most interesting info in Vol. II has to do with the history of religion in Enfield, starting on pg 1525 entitled ‘Second Ecclesiastical Society, Or Strict Congregationalists Separatists’.


‘Strict Congregationalists / Separatists’ is evidently the term used of the people who would later be called ‘Baptists’.


In the Report of Governor Leete, of Connecticut, to the Privy Council of the English King dated 15 July, 1680, is found the following statement:  


‘Our people in the Colony are, some strict Congregationall men [i.e. Baptists], others more large Congregationall men, and some Presbeterians; and take the Congregationall men of both sorts, they are the greatest part of the people of this Colony.  There are 4 or 5 seven-day men [i.e. Seventh Day Baptists] and about so many more Quakers’. - Col. Rec. of Conn., Vol. III, page 299.


The Strict Congregational Church of Enfield [i.e. Baptist] was probably organized around 1747, and the first known mention is in the Canterbury letters dated 1751 to 1753, when the Enfield church is already mentioned as fully organized, and as having an ordained and covenanted pastor.  However, the Enfield Strict Congregational Church had no legal existence until 1770.  Previous to that date, although it had been in existence for about 25 years, its members were legally members and voters in the Society of the Established Church.  In 1768, they were strong enough to hinder, if not to prevent, the settlement of a minister in the First Church.  So, a compromise was made, they agreeing not to oppose the settlement of a minister in the First Church, and the First Church agreeing not to oppose their petition to the General Assembly to be made a legal Ecclesiastical Society’. 


Amongst the signers of that 4 May 1769 petition to create a legally recognized ‘Strict Congregationalist’ [i.e. Baptist] Society in Enfield were:  Obadiah Hulburd [I], Job Hulburd, Eliphalet Hulburd, Obadiah Hulburd [II], and Ebenezer Hulburd.  [Note DMI: notice the surname spelling of Obadiah I and his 4 sons]


So, we can see, that Baptist leanings were very strong, even in the Enfield, CT branch of the Hulburd family”.



The Baptist Churches near Mendham Prior to the Founding of the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church

The following are those Baptist Churches in the area near to Mendham, NJ, which were in existence before 1800, and may have served as a place of worship, or to hold ceremonies, for the Hulburds of Mt. Freedom (i.e. Mendham), NJ:


1)  First Baptist Congregation at Piscataway (now Piscataway and Edison Twsp.s in Middlesex Co), NJ, congregation first founded 1689, church built in 1748.  Per History of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway-Stelton, NJ, by Oliver B. Leonard, Esq., 1889:


“…William Penn, at the head of a real estate syndicate of Friends, purchased all of the unoccupied land of East Jersey at an auction sale in London, on the 2d of February 1682.  These Quaker proprietors were not slow in making known in England and Scotland the remarkable advantages of this new country [i.e. NJ].  They gave reassurance that the liberal terms of the Constitution formerly granted [i.e. of NJ], would be assiduously maintained, as well as the unrestricted rights of all settlers in matters of religion.


By this time - 1682-'89, the date of the organization of the Piscataway Baptist Church - the limits of the township had been enlarged, and fully eighty families were occupying the territory.  The following names are then found among the prominent freeholders as recently arrived citizens, whose religious affiliations were with the Baptist people.


The Stelton Baptist Church is in Edison, New Jersey.  It is the second oldest Baptist Church in New Jersey and the tenth oldest in the United States [Note DMI: i.e.  the Scotch Plains Baptist Church is considered the oldest in NJ, apparently because its building was erected 1 year beforehand].  The congregation was [originally] formed in the spring of 1689, and among its original members was the Stelle family, after whom the Stelton section of Edison, New Jersey is named.  Up until 1875 the church was known as the First Baptist Church of Piscataway.


The land occupied by the church and cemetery at Stelton was purchased in April of 1731. The first church was erected in 1748, and that building was taken down and rebuilt in 1825.  This building was destroyed by a fire on New Years Day, January 1, 1851.  The building that took its place was destroyed in a fire in 1924.  The present building was erected in 1925.   In 1870 portions of Piscataway, New Jersey and Woodbridge, New Jersey were used to form Raritan, New Jersey.  The site of the church later became Edison, New Jersey. …”


2)  First Baptist Congregation at Scotch Plains (now in Union Co., NJ), organized 5 August 1747, congregants assembling in a Meeting House beforehand.  Per A History of the Baptist Church, Scotch Plains, NJ, author unnamed, 1997, published by said church, and posted on Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb by Audrey Shields Hancock:


“…Becoming increasingly tired of traveling so far to attend their church service at the Piscataway (alias Piscataqua) Baptist Church in Middlesex Co., NJ and desiring to have a church within their own village / community appear to have been the catalysts for a group of faithful servants of God to begin discussing a separation from the mother church.  A meeting house was built before the church was organized.  Desires to separate from their mother church escalated and became more fervent.  This led to the organization of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church.  Fifteen members from the Piscataway Church wrote and endorsed their new covenant on 5 August 1747.


The first pastor chosen to lead the flock was Rev. Benjamin Miller.  He served faithfully from 13 February 1748 until he was called to his Maker on 14 Nov 1781.  He was buried in the churchyard cemetery located on the southeast corner of Mountain Avenue and Park Avenue.  Biography of John Gano indicates he was ordained as pastor of the church in 1754, but left shortly afterwards to preach in various places; and he joined the western movement of 1788 into the Miami Valley of Ohio and Kentucky.  In 1785 Rev. William Van Horne is said to have been pastor…”.


3)  First Baptist Congregation at Morristown (Morris Co., NJ), congregation founded 1717 (meeting in the Goble home), church built in 1752.  Per The Baptist Church of Morristown, NJ, by Evelyn Goble Steen, on Rootsweb, last updated Dec 1998:


“Daniel and Sarah Goble lived in Concord, MA until 1699 when, they went to Berkeley Colony, South Carolina to join the Orangeburg Colony of settlers.  Daniel and Sarah left South Carolina before 1715 arriving in Hanover, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, now Morris County.  Daniel, Sarah and their family were Baptist, and they arrived in Morris Twsp. by 1717.  The Baptist Church was in Piscataway, about 50 miles away, so they often had [visiting] Baptist ministers preach at their homes.


The center of the Baptist population [in Morris Twsp]. seemed to be in the neighborhood of the ‘Brick Schoolhouse’ (situated about three miles south of the Morristown Village Green) [i.e. on Mt. Kemble Ave]. in which religious services were frequent.  These Baptists would often worship on Sunday at the Piscataway Church where many were members.  The Baptist Church at Piscataway was organized in 1689 and was considered the mother church in New Jersey:


‘A journey of about fifty miles, on horseback and perhaps on foot, through the wilderness broken only by their blazed path, to enjoy the privilege of worshipping God according to the dictates of their own consciences, furnishes a most impressive illustration of the sincerity of those pioneers of the Baptist faith in Morris County, NJ’.


On June 8, 1752 the Piscataway Church of Morris County, New Jersey dismissed eleven of its members for the avowed purpose of organizing a church at Morristown.  The Baptist Church of Morristown was organized by Elders Isaac Eaton, Benjamin Miller and Isaac Steele, all men of the mother church.  Jonas Goble gave the first meeting house on Mt. Kemble Ave. and was the first deacon while Robert Goble was the first clerk succeeded by Ezekial Goble”. 


4)  First Baptist Congregation at Augusta (near Newton, Sussex Co., NJ), congregation founded in 1750, church built in 1756.  Per History of the First Baptist Church of Newton, NJ, by unnamed author, posted on the website of said church in Nov 2009:


“In 1750, several families left the Congregationalist Church at Mansfield, CT relocating to New Jersey with William Marsh, their spiritual leader… to form a new settlement of Christian believers near present day Augusta, in Sussex Co., NJ.  They built a log meeting house, and [later] associated with the Baptist faith in 1756.  As people came to faith and the Congregation grew, groups started out to plant new bible believing Churches in Wantage, Hamburg and Newton. …”


5)  Lyons Farms Baptist Church (now Elizabeth, in Union Co., NJ), church built 1768, congregation officially organized in 1769.  Per Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Vol. XXII:  Marriage Records 1665-1800, compiled and edited by William Nelson, pg. 599:


“… The Baptist Church at Lyons Farms (a village adjacent to the Waverly railroad station, between Newark and Elizabeth, and so called from the first settlers, William and Henry Lyon), was constituted April 16, 1769, by twelve persons, chiefly from the Scotch Plains church.  The pulpit was supplied by various clergymen (from Scotch Plains, New York, Morristown and elsewhere) until 1779, when the Rev. Ward was called, being ordained at Short Hills, May 8, 1779.   From Oct. 4, 1780, to June 29, 1785, there is but one entry in the records - of a meeting on Sept. 20, 1783.


George Guthrie, ministered the rite of baptism on June 29, 1785, and frequently thereafter until April 16, 1788, at which time it appears that the Rev. Joseph Stephens was supplying the pulpit.  He was dismissed Dec. 20, 1788, to the churches at Upper Freehold and New-Mills.  The next meeting was held on Sept. 26, 1789, when a committee was appointed to secure the services of the Rev. William Vanhorne, of the Scotch Plains church, for one quarter of his time for one year.  The next meeting reported in the church book was on March 11, 1792. …”


6)  Canoe Brook Baptist Church (i.e. the Northfield section of Livingston, Essex Co., NJ), congregation founded 1768 at the Obed Dunham homestead, congregation officially organized 1786.  Per Northfield Baptist Church Records 1786-1885, by John R. Burnet, posted in 2004 by the NJ Historical Society on their website:


“… The Reverend George Guthrie, a schoolmaster in Livingston, along with several other area ministers, formed the Canoe Brook Baptist Society in 1776.  The church was officially established and constituted on April 17, 1786, as the Canoe Brook Baptist Church. The area was known as the Canoe Brook section of the town of Northfield, which became Livingston, New Jersey in 1813.


The original members of the church were Obed and Mary Dunham, Moses and Desire Edwards, Content Edwards, Timothy Meeker, William Meeker, Sarah Cook, Mary Cory, Thomas Forse Jr., and Timothy Ward.  Those members were joined by Albert Ball and his family in 1788. The name of the church was changed when the Baptist Society was incorporated as the Northfield Baptist Church in 1800, under the Reverend Moses Edwards. Funding was raised and a new church building was erected, also in 1800. Edwards, Deacon Thomas Force, and Albert Ball were the chief contributors to the building of the new church. …”



Was William Hulburd III an Early Quaker Settler to Randolph, NJ?

I emailed ROM on 27 May 06 the following:


The History of Randolph makes it clear, that by 1756, there were at least between 30 and 50 Quaker individuals at Mendham (specifically Randolph, NJ) to justify the holding of ‘preparative meetings’ (i.e. Quaker services), and eventually build a Meeting House there in 1758.


This opens the possibility that the Hulburds (at least William III) were possibly (at least at one point earlier in William III’s life) Quakers, originally from the Woodbridge area (which is where many of the Quaker families in Randolph, and the Wilkinsons and Freemans, seem to have came from too), and that he may have been part of that founding ‘religious’ group that came up the Raritan River from Woodbridge in the 1730’s.


So, that would explain the lack of death record for his 1st wife, lack of baptism records for his children (i.e. Quakers didn't perform infant baptism), lack of tombstone for his first wife (i.e. some early Quakers used un-inscribed boulders as grave markers), perhaps the lack of subsequent marriage record to last wife Mary, etc.   I guess it just wasn't important enough to those settlers in the wilderness to make sure that the births and deaths were ‘properly recorded’ back in Woodbridge at the main Meeting House there [Note DMI:  also, see notes on the Rogerine Baptist / Quakers of the area below, who intentionally didn’t leave official vital records of such things as marriage, birth and death].


It would also explain one of the reasons why the founding ‘religious group’ - if they we indeed Quaker - chose Randolph, NJ...for the iron ore, as one would have guessed anyway, since it seems there was a ‘Quaker Iron Works’ back at Woodbridge, which would have meant that they were sending iron ore (or probably pig iron) down the Raritan River.



Was William Hulburd III an Early Rogerene Settler to Randolph, NJ?

Based upon the following accounts describing the rise of the Rogerenes, and their relocation from CT to Morris County, NJ in the early 1700’s, I think it’s very possible that William III may have come to the Mendham, NJ area as part of specifically the “Mountain Pond” community of Rogerenes.


Per The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, 2005:


“…Rogerines arose from the intercourse through trade of two brothers, John and James Rogers of New London, with the Sabbatarians or Seventh-day Baptists of Rhode Island.  These brothers were baptized in 1674 and 1675, and their parents in the following year.  All were received as members of the Seventh-day church at Newport. …John Rogers, arrogating to himself the office of elder… began to draw disciples to himself.  When he pushed his personal opinions too far, the Newport church attempted to discipline both him and his following, but, this attempt failing, the Rogerines became henceforth a distinct sect.


… Rogers…called the authorities ‘the scarlet beast’ and the Establishment a ‘harlot’, hurling scriptural texts with rankling, exasperating abusiveness in his determination to prove her customs evil and anti-Christian.…  They [i.e. Rogerines] not only exhorted and testified in the streets, but forced their way into the churches, pestering the ministers to argue disputed points…. 


Fines and imprisonment began in 1677.  They were continued in the hope, held by the authorities, that they could suppress the Rogerines by exactions which should melt away their estates.  Sometimes these penalties were unjust, as when John Rogers could rightly claim that he was sentenced without benefit of jury, and, at another, that the authorities had seized his son’s cattle to settle the father’s fines.  John Bolles pleaded against the injustice of forcing men ‘to pay Money for his (the minister’s) preaching when they did not hear him and professed it was against their Consciences’. [pg. 68] But such a plea was many, many years in advance of his time.


…Governor Saltonstall wrote to Rogers offering him protection for his followers if they would consent to give up ‘testifying’ and would hold their services quietly and privately.  Rogers refused upon the ground that he had a right to use the colony churches for his preaching, since he and his people were obliged to contribute to their maintenance.…  The Toleration Act (i.e. 1708 in CT) was of no benefit to Rogerine or Quaker, who by their principles were forbidden to take the oath of allegiance that it demanded ….


Per Savage’s GD:


“ROGERS, JOHN of New London, CT (son of James Rogers the first) m. 17 Oct. 1670, Elizabeth, (the dau. of Matthew Griswold) and began before the end of this year [Note DMI:  i.e. 1674] to assert opinions and follow forms in religion which disgusted his wife who desired to divorce him the next year, and after 18 months gained the reluctant assent of the Court which allowed her to retain both of their children.  Yet as the children grew up, they took to their father [Note DMI:  i.e. left to live with him] (perhaps because their mother had m. 5 Aug. 1679, Peter Pratt, and in 1691 a third husband Matthew Beckwith).  He was founder of a new sect called the Rogerenes, but though he had the glory of knowing that his writings were condemned and burned as pestilent heresies, yet without causing much light to be spread, the schism went off soon after his death, which was 17 Oct. 1721.  A second wife Mary Ransford caused him even more trouble than the first”.


Another source (reference I have since lost) states, “…He married three times (1670, 1690, 1714), the second time to a maidservant without any legal ceremony; she later sued him and was herself imprisoned for bearing a child out of wedlock”.


Per Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey by Henry Charlton Beck, 1984, pgs. 115 – 118:


“… John Rogers, founder of the sect, was a churlish and contrary fellow.  For more than forty years he preached his… ideas, and died a death in 1721 that contradicted them.  With smallpox raging in Boston, Rogers disregarded all warnings and boldly journeyed to the stricken city in order to put his beliefs to the test.  He was fully confident that his faith would guard him from the dread disease.  Poor John not only was stricken by the contagion but communicated it to his family and neighbors before he himself expired.  His followers carried on”.


Per The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut:


“They [i.e. Roger’s followers] had become less fanatic, and persecution had died away during the first ten years following the passage of the Toleration Act.  All might have gone smoothly had they not suddenly stirred Governor Saltonstall to renewed dislike, the magistrates to fresh alarm, and the people to great contempt and indignation.  This they accomplished by a sort of mortuary tribute to their leader, John Rogers, who died in 1721.  This tribute took the form of renewed zeal, and was marked by a revival of some of their most obnoxious practices. 


The Rogerines determined to break up the observance of the Puritan Sabbath.  Immediately, an ‘Act for the Better Detecting and more effectual Punishment of Prophaneness and Immorality’ was passed.  It was especially directed against the Rogerines”.


Per Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey, pgs. 115 – 118:


“A company of Rogerines was set upon in Norwich, Conn., in 1725, for making a disturbance on the Sabbath.  The group was unmercifully beaten and finally driven from the colony”.  [Note DMI:  was this the group who later became known in NJ as the “Mountain Pond Community?”  William Hulburd III would have been 27 years old at this time].


Per The History of Morris County published in 1914 by Lewis Publishing Co., Chapter 18 [Note DMI:  This chapter was written by Theo. F. Wolfe, M.D., Litt.D]. The Rogerenes: First Whites in Roxbury Township:


“…Of this district the pretty lakelet, locally known as Mountain Pond [Note DMI:  i.e. about 8 miles northwest of the center of Mt. Freedom], is the approximate geographical center, and upon its shores and in the adjacent valleys were the abodes of forty or more families of a religious sect called Rogerenes, who came from the vicinity of New London, Connecticut,… seeking an asylum from their tormentors, many families of the sect organized a colony and with their little ones and cattle set out upon a tedious and toilsome march, through a country much of which was then a trackless wilderness.


…The date of their settlement here cannot now be definitely fixed, but trappers, surveyors, etc., who visited the district in 1709-15, found the Rogerenes already established here, having large fields of grain and orchards of productive apple trees.  That the apple trees were already bearing fruit would seem to indicate that the settlement had been begun as early as 1700…. [Note DMI:  this could be an exaggeration].  Why they chose this comparatively rough tract of land for their settlement in preference to the more level and more easily cleared and cultivated lands of the plain bordering the nearby Alamatong (the Indian name for the Black River) [Note DMI:  i.e. the Chester / Long Valley area] will never be known.


They (the Rogerenes [Note DMI:  i.e. the Mountain Pond community]) came at a time when the Indians were yet in undisturbed possession of the territory, and they planted their homes in an unbroken wilderness among reputed savages, whom they found more friendly and tolerant then their Christian neighbors in New England.  Their rude houses were of logs, mostly sixteen feet by twenty in size.  Remains of stone foundations and of excavations for cellars or caves of at least twenty such habitations may yet be found in the district indicated, and many more have been removed in clearing the present fields for cultivation. Their log schoolhouse —sometimes used as a church— stood near the point where the road from Mountain Pond joins the Mt. Arlington highway.  This was the ‘one place of worship’ in New Jersey accredited to the Rogerenes by Samuel Smith, the State's first historian, in his quaint chronicle of 1765….


They [Note DMI:  i.e. the Mountain Pond Rogerenes] said no grace at their meals and held that all prayer should be mental—not articulate, unless ‘the spirit’ compelled utterance; hence at their meetings absolute silence prevailed until ‘the spirit’ moved to audible prayer or exhortation. They held to the Lord's Supper and the immersion of penitents. Their immersions were in the Mountain Pond and during the summer all their religious meetings were held upon its margin… in the ‘temple of the grove’.  It was grassy slope in the shade of a cluster of venerable oaks which stood so near the verge that their foliage was mirrored on the shimmering surface of the water.


The women brought with them low stools (and sometimes spinning wheels) and aligned them along one side of the slope, while the men, with their hats on, seated themselves upon the turf in decorous rows at the other side. Then came the solemn hush of the period of introspection, a long and impressive duration of motionless silence,…  This period was usually terminated by the rise of some one whom ‘the spirit’ impelled to speak; then hands were quickly uncrossed and arms unfolded and neither thereafter were idle for an instant. The women applied themselves to knitting, sewing or spinning and the men to basket-making or other noiseless occupation until the speaking ended and the assemblage dispersed.


They believed it to be sinful to employ medicines or physicians, prayer and the laying on of hands being the only righteous remedies.  But one malady came among them against which these means proved to be inefficacious—indeed the laying on of hands served to communicate the disease instead of curing it.  It was the itch [Note DMI: is this ringworm, impetigo or scabies?].  After many months of consultation (and scratching) they devised a plea which released them from their dilemma without violence to conscience; they agreed that the itch is not a sickness, but an attack of a species of vermin which they might destroy as they would rats, catamounts or other noxious animals. Accordingly they applied the ‘brimstone and lard’ and were cured.


…Although they were squatters and had made no effort to acquire title to the lands they occupied, no one was seeking to dispossess—indeed the tract upon which the greater portion of their clearings was located was not purchased from the proprietors until several decades later.


The sequestered spot where the Mountain Pond Rogerenes laid their dead is upon the Silver Spring property, little more than a furlong from the present shore of Lake Hopatcong [Note DMI:  i.e. the Shore Hills section of Landing (Morris Co), NJ]. Upon a green hillside, which slopes toward the rising sun, all of the original community and most of their children lie in ‘the dreamless sleep that lulls the dead’. Here are indications of scores of graves; some remain as moldering heaps, some are depressed, but most are level with the turf.


Many are marked by rough, untooled stones, picked up on the rocky fields, but many more lack even these rule memorials to show that beneath them buried mortals await the resurrection….  The grass still grows among the old mounds, but the space which the Rogerenes cleared has long been covered by a growth of forest trees—hickories, oaks and chestnuts—some of them a foot and half in diameter, springing out of the graves.


Some decades later, about 1734, a smaller company of Rogerenes, whose practices differ somewhat from those of the Mountain Pond community, came from New London and settled upon the eastern slope of Schooley's Mountain.  This company was …usually called Colverites by other settlers.  Three years later they removed to Monmouth county, where they remained eleven years, and then returned and located on the summit and western declivity of Schooley's Mountain, a few of them near the famous Chalybeate Spring….  But the Mountain Pond Rogerenes had no direct association with the Colverites.…”


Per A Short History of Roxbury Township, Morris County, New Jersey, posted on the Roxbury Town website in 2009 by M. Balston:


“…1710's -- Around this date the first group of white settlers established homes in the area that became Roxbury.  They belonged to a Christian group known as Rogerenes (or Rogerines), named after their founder, John Rogers of Connecticut (1648-1721).  Some date their arrival here as early as 1702, others as late as 1736….


1715 -- Around this time the Roxbury area was first surveyed by John Reading, who also had a keen eye for the business possibilities of the area. Iron Ore lay close to the surface in various area of the Township, and before long an Iron Ore Mine and small forge was in operation. Wolfe relates that the name ‘Suckasunny’ was originally applied by the Indians to the hill that forms a natural boundary on the eastern edge of Roxbury. The name was first recorded by Reading and is made up of the Lenni Lenape words for Black: ‘suka’, and the word for Stone: ‘assun’, hence the Black Stone of the abundant Iron Ore….


1730's --The valley of Suckasunny Plains grows in population as settlers come north following the Black River. They were originally from Connecticut, had come by boat to New Brunswick, and then overland to the fertile fields of Suckasunny.


1740 -- On December 24, 1740 Roxbury was incorporated as the fourth township in Morris County. Within its boundaries at that time were the areas that later would become Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mt. Arlington, Mt. Olive Township, Netcong Borough and Washington Township, in addition to parts of Hopatcong Borough and Stanhope…”.


Per Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey, pgs 115 – 118:


“In the Norwich group was a family called Colner [sic Colver].  John Colner, his wife and their five sons and five daughters, moved to New Jersey in 1734.  They first made their abode on the east side of Schooley’s Mountain in what is now Morris County [Note DMI:  i.e. near the Mountain Pond Rogerine community].  But this section did not suit them very well, and they went on down [in 1737] to Waretown, which was then in Monmouth County.…


The wandering Rogerines [Note DMI:  i.e. specifically the Colverite branch of Rogerines] spent about eleven years in Waretown and then shifted headquarters back to North Jersey [Note DMI: i.e. around 1748]….  The Rogerines believed that marriages need not be performed, that a man and woman could marry in theory without the restraint of any ceremonial vows.  Accordingly, a man and woman, following the show-off ways of their beliefs, presented themselves to the Governor, tantalizing him with the assertion that they had ‘married themselves’ without benefit or consent of Church or State.


The Governor frowned for a moment and then said, ‘What! Do you take this woman for your wife?’

‘Yes, I most certainly do!’ replied the man.

‘And do you take this man for your husband?’ pursued the Governor, sharply addressing the woman.

‘Of course’, she declared.

‘Then’, replied the wily old executive with a smile, ‘in the name of the Commonwealth I pronounce you husband and wife.  Whom God hath joined let no man put asunder’.  The couple retired, much chagrined. …”



The Pre-Revolutionary War Records in NJ of William Hulburd III’s Family

It still remains undiscovered exactly when William Hulburd III first arrived from Enfield, CT to Morris Co., NJ, and along what route.  However, William III was clearly in Morris Co. sometime before his dau. Mary married John Aber in 1745 in Morristown, but for how long? 


Per the History of Randolph, the first settlers to the Mendham area (who were a small, unnamed “congregation”) are said to have come up the Raritan River from New Brunswick, NJ to the southeast, sometime prior to 1738.  If the Hulburds were part of this “small, unnamed, congregation” that came to Mendham maybe sometime around 1735, then we should probably be looking for prior mention of them in the records of Middlesex, Co., NJ (i.e. particularly in places like Woodbridge, Rahway (i.e. “Spanktown”), Piscataway, South Amboy, New Brunswick, etc).  However, it should be remembered, that the Roxiticus Meeting House in the Ralston section of Mendham, NJ was constructed between 1729 and 1736, and several years afterward in 1742, Ebenezer Byram had also brought a group of individuals from MA with him, who formed the nucleus of the Hilltop Presbyterian Congregation at Mendham.


So, what is the first reference we have to the family of William Hulburd III actually residing in Mendham, NJ?  Well, the first mention of a Hulbert/var. in NJ is apparently what ROM found in City, Village and Township Histories: Mendham Township, by Hon. S.R. Axtell, which in Chp. 18 “Mendham Pioneers and Families”, states:


“… Roxiticus has an Indian name and is on a branch of the Raritan.  The brook above the village is called Indian Brook.  At this place the first settlement of white men was made.  They are said to have been Scotch and Irish Protestants.


Here they built the first meeting-house, and here, adjoining the little church, established the first graveyard.  This was before 1738.  This graveyard was not more than 25 yards square.  It is said to have been crowded with graves.  The headstones were unhewn and unlettered.  We have no tradition even of any one buried there.  This church society at its own request was transferred from the presbytery of New Brunswick to that of New York in 1739.  There was no settled pastor.  From the fact that it once belonged to New Brunswick it is fair to infer that the members came from Burlington or New Brunswick, and not from Long Island or the east as many subsequently did.


About the year 1740 the prominent names in Mendham must have been Jacob Cook, Joseph Beach, James Pitney, Caleb Baldwin, Joseph Thompson, Ebenezer Condict, Nathan Cooper, Henry Wick, Robert Cummins, Henry Axtell, Stephen Dod, Jacob Drake, Ephraim Sanders, James McVickers, Henry Clark, Elias Howell, Zebulon Riggs and Benjamin Hurlburt”.


[Note DMI:  S.R. Axtell was mistaken either in the year 1740, or in the forename “Benjamin”.  If S. R. Axtell meant 1740, then Benjamin Hurlburt is sic for “William Hulburd”.  I believe this to be the case.  However, if he meant to say “Benjamin”, then 1740 is sic for 1750.  Benjamin Hulburd, son of William Hulburd III did not begin to appear in Mendham records until 1749, albeit at the precocious age of about 16.  Further alternative speculation regarding this Benjamin Hurlburt’s possible identity is discussed in further detail below].


The first specific mention of the family of William III being in Morris Co., NJ is when William III’s dau. Mary m. 21 Jan 1745 John Aber (i.e. presumably in the just built Morristown Presb. Church in 1745).  The second specific mention of the family of William III being in Morris Co., NJ is when William III’s dau. Abigail m. 18 May 1748 William Tuttle, and the third was when William III’s dau. Hannah m. 16 Aug 1749 John Losey II.


A Benjamin Hulburd is simply listed in 1749 in the Mendham Presbyterian Church records, presumably as a member that year.  Also in 1749 is a list of those who had been assigned Livestock earmarks in Mendham Twsp., and once more the name of Benjamin Hulburd appears on the list (but strangely not that of William Hulburd III).  I believe that ROM had mentioned, that there was also a land deed that had turned up for a “Benjamin Hulburt” in Mendham around 1749 (although I have no further details on that).  Whether or not this is the same person as the supposed “Benjamin Hurlburt, prominent in Mendham in 1740”, and whether or not these are all references to William III’s (apparently precocious) son Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ is still not indisputably proven, but almost certainly the case (see discussion further below).


However, the above marriages of William III’s dau.s in Morris Co. simply infer that William III was situated there before 1745.  The first direct mention of William III being in Morris Co., NJ was found by ROM in the List of Freeholders of Morris County, August 31, 1752: 


“A List of the freeholders of the Towne Ship Mendom as followes: …Wm Holbord” (The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey; Volume 16, Number 3, Whole No. 65; July 1941, published November 1942).


The second mention to wit, of William III by name in NJ comes per email from JH of 22 Sep 2010:


The Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan. 21 1755.  Numb. 1361:  “1755... List of letters in post office at Trenton December 25 last [i.e. Dec 1754] ... William Hulberd...”.


It also appears that William III was possibly living in neighboring Rockaway, NJ (i.e. then a part of “Hanover”) sometime before 1752, which is where 19th century genealogist Lotta Vail lists him as residing in her notes (discussed further below).


It is clear by 1757 exactly where (at least some of) the property of William III was situated (which was in the small settlement of Mt. Freedom) since 1756/7 is when William III purchased that additional 200 acre tract of land from the heirs of the estate of William Penn (i.e. the founder of “Pennsylvania”), and many other neighbors of William III also purchased large tracts from the Penn estate that same year.  Those deeds were registered 22 Feb 1757 in Philadelphia, PA.  Due to his reference as a freeholder in “Mendham” 5 years earlier, I’m inclined to believe that the purchase from the Penn estate was to augment the property that he already held, and was occupying at least since 1755, at Mt. Freedom.


A 21 Aug 1758 Elizabethtown, NJ printed announcement [Note DMI: I was sent a microfilmed copy of the original by ROM (now lost to my files), but he did not identify where he had found it] of land for sale by the William Penn heirs in northern, NJ lists amongst various tracts the following:


“To be old by Jonathan Hampton, of Elizabeth-Town, Agent and Attorney for the Honourable Thomas Penn, and Richard Penn, Equires, for their Lands in New-Jerey; the following Tracts of Land, viz. …Sundry mall Tracts near John Loey; and ome near William Hubbard’s [sic Hulburd’s], in Mendum, Morris-County: About ix Hundred Acres joining Mukoneticung, near Justice Eyres’s…”. 


Per a map of the second settlers at Mt. Freedom, the 200 acre purchase in 1757 of William Hulburd III is depicted as being on the south side of West Hanover area, where the (now defunct, operating as a Day Care Center) Methodist Church and Cemetery are located.


Per Early Records of Mendham Township, Morris County, New Jersey, Transcribed from County and Township Minute Books, by Helen M. Wright, 1964:  on Mar ye 14 of 1758, a “William Holbard” is listed as one of the two Commissioners of Roads at Mendham, NJ.  This is not a reference to his son William IV (who was somewhere bet. about age 18 and 23), since “Junior” would almost certainly have followed the name – therefore being a reference to William III (at age 60).


On 30 June 1761 William Hulburd III and wife Mary of Mendham appear on a deed selling 55.7 acres in Morristown to Silas Condict of Morristown.  They were not residing on this property, as they are listed in the deed as being “of Mendham”.


On 25 Mar 1762, a William Hulburd signed as one of the witnesses, the will of Isaac Pain of Mendham, NJ (see notes further below).


During the July 1769 term of the Court at Morristown, there are apparently two cases brought against “William Halbert Jun. / Jr”. [i.e. William IV], one by “the King” for £20, and another by Israel Aber, apparently for collection of debt.  The Aber case is continued during the March 1770 term (see further notes below).


Per Early Records of Mendham…, on November ye 24 1769 “William halburt” is listed with a note “posting charged”.  This is again likely a reference to William III, as “Jr”. does not follow the name.



What is the Staten Island (and/or Piscataway / Woodbridge, NJ) Connection to William Hulburd III?

In an email to ROM on 10 Jul. 2004, I stated the following:


“William III’s son Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ married a girl who was apparently from Staten Island  - i.e. Elizabeth Van Name.  She and her family were nowhere near Mendham, NJ - thus Benjamin Sr. would have to have courted her, and subsequently married her, on or near Staten Island, and not in Morris Co., NJ.  So just what was Benjamin Sr. doing on or near Staten Island around the estimated time of his marriage (1758)?


Many early Staten Island settlers seemed to have initially come from Monmouth and Middlesex Co.’s, NJ to the south, which was basically the opposite direction of the normal flow of immigration to northeastern NJ, which was from the northeasterly direction.  If William Hulburd and his first wife had come to Mendham via Middlesex Co., NJ (and up the Raritan River), it might explain what their son Benjamin Hulburd Sr. was doing back on Staten Island as a young man.  If one takes a look at a NJ map, New Brunswick is just upstream a little from the Raritan Bay.  Staten Island is on the north side of Raritan Bay, and ‘Middlesex Co’. settlements (such as Woodbridge and Piscataway) are just across the narrow Arthur Kill seaway from Staten Island.


Benjamin Sr. was supposedly only 12 years old in 1745 at the time of his first sibling’s marriage.  So, we really have to start thinking in terms of just why would Benjamin Sr. be on or near Staten Island in the mid to late 1750's to have met Elizabeth Van Name?  I still suspect it's some kind of connection with the family of his unnamed mother.  If so, then William III may have actually been married on Staten Island, NY – or even in nearby Middlesex Co., NJ (e.g. Rahway [i.e. earlier “Spanktown”], Woodbridge, New Brunswick, South Amboy, Piscataway, etc). to which many early Staten Island Anglophone settlers had removed.


The first mention by name in a record we have of Benjamin Sr. (i.e. being back in Mendham, NJ) is in the first Mendham Tax Ratable of 1778.  Also, Benjamin Sr.’s two oldest children (i.e. Aaron and Mary) both died in July 1778 (apparently of a Typhus epidemic which came on the heals of a deadly Smallpox epidemic – per my in depth examination of The Morristown BM for those years), thereby being the first of our Hulburd Family discovered by us to date, to have been buried in a known gravesite, in NJ.


Benjamin Sr. and Elizabeth apparently removed from Staten Island back to Mendham, NJ sometime between 1764 (the only year when Benjamin Sr. is listed as a constable on Staten Island as “Benjamin Halbout”) and 1778 – most probably around 1776 as a result of the onslaught of the Revolutionary War, and early British occupation of Staten Island.


When Elizabeth Van Name died, she was possibly buried with her parents on Staten Island (since the gravesite of her and Benjamin Sr. still remains unknown, and they don’t appear to be buried anywhere in Elizabeth, NJ either).  Benjamin Sr. appears to have remarried to another woman also named Elizabeth (apparently the widow of a Caleb Lindsley), but he had no children with his second wife.  So when he died, his children may have buried him next to their mother Elizabeth Van Name, who may have possibly been buried on Staten Island. …” [Update DMI 31 Oct 2009: a recent internet search I did of Staten Island Cemeteries and burials posted on Rootsweb, did not reveal tombstones or records for Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, nor for his wife or in-laws].


In an email to JH of I wrote the following:


“I found online Morris' Memorial History of Staten Island, Vol. 1, by Ira K. Morris, 1898, with…an interesting footnote on pg. 84 which states, that many of the official documents of Staten Island were lost when the British burned the courthouse there in 1776.  So, any pre-Revolutionary documents are all presumably burned”.



Did Early Hulburd Records in NJ Go Unrecorded, Due to Incompetent and/or Spiteful Ministers at the Hanover Presbyterian Church?

In an email of 26 Aug 2009, I wrote to various Hulburd-Family Researchers:


“Today I stumbled upon photo-images of a pamphlet on the internet, relating the early history of the Hanover Presbyterian Church, which was founded 1718, when William Hulburd III was 20 years old.  It was the only church in all of Morris Co., N.J. for some decades afterward.  I retyped the pertinent parts (keeping all original misspellings) of the pamphlet I found below.  The first church in Mendham (then called Roxsiticus) was started about 1745, which is about the same year when congregations were started in both Madison (then called South Hanover) and Morristown (then called West Hanover).  Mendham was officially incorporated as a township out of Hanover in 1749.  So, any baptisms, marriages, burials, etc. of those living in today’s townships of Mendham and Randolph, NJ would have been recorded (if at all) in ‘Hanover’ NJ, and the Presbyterian Church that was there, bet. 1718 and 1745.


We do not know when William Hulburd III actually first settled in the area now known as the Mt. Freedom section of Randolph, NJ.  But we do see the first evidence William III was at Mt. Freedom already by 1745, which is when his dau. Mary Hulburd married John Aber (son of their immediate Aber neighbors), being married in the just newly constructed Morristown Presbyterian Church.      

So, essentially from the time that William Hulburd was 20 to 47 years old, the only church for him to get married in, and baptize his children in, within Morris Co., NJ (if he were indeed in Morris Co., NJ before 1745, and also of the mind to worship in an established Presbyterian church) was at the Hanover Presbyterian Church.


So, here's the problem: the attached description of the early decades of the Hanover Presby. Church states that no records were kept whatsoever from 1718 to 1746 (i.e. nearly the first 30 years), and were kept only incompletely from 1746 to 1795.  It should also be noted, that it is inferred that had records actually been kept by the previous Pastors, that those Pastors had taken those records with them when they had left (i.e. under contentious circumstances)”.


Per Church Members, Marriages and Baptisms, at Hanover, Morris Co., N.J., during the Pastorate of Rev. Jacob Green, and to the settlement of Rev. Aaron Condit, 1746 – 1796, by W. Ogden Wheeler and Edmund D. Halsey, 1893 [i.e. a pamphlet]:



The first Church established within the bounds of the present County of Morris was the “Hanover” Church at Whippanong, or Whippany as it is now called.  An Account of the establishment and early history of this Church, evidently written by Dr. Jacob Green, and taken from the ancient book of Church records, is as follows: -


“About the year 1710 a few families moved from Newark & Elisabeth Town &c & settled on the west side of pessaick River in that which is now Morris County.  Not long after the settlers erected a House for the publick worship of God on the Bank of Whippenung River (about three miles west of pesaick river), about one hundred rods below the Forge, which is and has long been known by the name of old Iron works. 


There was a Chh. gathered and in the year 1718 Mr. Nathaniel Hubbel was ordained and settled there by the Presbytery of New York.  About this time this place obtained the name of Hanover and became a township but the place was most commonly known by the Indian name Whippenung.  Mr. Hubbil continued minister here till 1730 when for some uneasiness between him and the people he was dismissed. 


This Chh. had then no proper book of records and if Mr. Hubbel kept any Chh. records, upon paper of his own, they were not left to those that came after.  In the year 1730 Mr. John Nutman was ordained pastor of the Chh. in Hanover.  About this time or not long after there was a new parish erected at Morris Town not without much contention and difficulty between Hanover congregation and them. 


In the year 1745 Mr. Nutman was dismist from his pastoral relation to the church, occasioned by uneasiness subsisting between him and the people.  This Chh. had still no book for record and if Mr. Nuttman kept any on paper of his own they were not known of by those that came after.  November, 1746, Mr. Jacob Green was ordained pastor of the Chh. in Hanover.  The meeting house was then old and small and there were proposals for building a new one… Mr. Green continued to preach at the old meeting House till the beginning of the year 1755 when according to the determination of the presbytery two places were erected for public worship [Note DMI: at present Parsippany and East Hanover]…. 


Mr. Green was ordered by the Presby to preach at both these places; which he continued to do till the year 1760.  When Mr. Green settled [Note DMI: preaching only at the new location of the (East) Hanover Presbyterian Church, half a mile east of the old, defunct Hanover Presbyterian Church] there was no Chh. Book he often applyed to the Chh. to procure one; but by one means or another it has been neglected till this present year 1767. 


After he was settled in the ministry Mr. Green began to record baptisms &c. on papers of his own.  But after some years, by one means or other he began to be negligent so that for the space of several years or from anno 1757 to 1769 but few baptisms are recorded.  The records that have been kept since Mr. Greens Settlement are now inserted in this Book”.



[pg 8]…Mr. Green died May 24, 190.  Rev. Calvin White began to supply the pulpit July 11, 1790, and Oct. 18, 1795, he preached his farewell sermon.  Rev. Aaron Condict began his long ministry July 1, 1796….


[pg 9] …After Mr. Green settled in the Ministry he for some years admitted (according to custom) some people to covenant & receive Baptism themselves & offer their children Baptism, without coming into full communion to receive the Lord’s Supper.  These persons were said to enter into covenant or own their covenant or renew their covenant & by some were sometimes called half members.  This custom was tolerated until October in the year 1764.  After that time he thought it his duty to baptize no children but those of parents in full communion….



Did Early Hulburd Records in NJ Go Unrecorded, Due to Attendance at the Early Roxiticus Meeting House?

On 4 Nov 2009 in an email to JH, I wrote the following:


“…In going thru the back-log of emails from you, I came across the excerpt you copied from the Hon. S.R. Axtell’s book on early Mendham, which you had sent me regarding information about early Loree Family settlers to the Mendham area, but which also contains a reference to ‘Benjamin Hurlburt’.


As it turns out, your link was to the book by Axtell, that ROM had provided me the same quote from years ago, albeit truncated, and he never provided the full paragraph quote, or a link to where he found it, or any other info from that book, except for the author’s name, and the title and date.  


When I looked at the actual page of that book that you linked to in your email, I ‘saw it’ several paragraphs just preceding the last paragraph, which you and ROM had provided, and I have underscored the important parts:


City, Village and Township Histories: Mendham Township, by Hon. S.R. Axtell, which in Chp. 18 ‘Mendham Pioneers and Families’, states:


‘… Roxiticus has an Indian name and is on a branch of the Raritan.  The brook above the village is called Indian Brook.  At this place the first settlement of white men was made.  They are said to have been Scotch and Irish Protestants.


Here they built the first meeting-house, and here, adjoining the little church, established the first graveyard.  This was before 1738.  This graveyard was not more than 25 yards square.  It is said to have been crowded with graves.  The headstones were unhewn and unlettered [Note DMI:  i.e. field stones].  We have no tradition[Note DMI:  i.e. no death registry]even of any one buried there.  This church society at its own request was transferred from the presbytery of New Brunswick to that of New York in 1739.  There was no settled pastor [Note DMI:  i.e. "no records kept"].


From the fact that it once belonged to New Brunswick, it is fair to infer that the members came from Burlington or New Brunswick, and not from Long Island or the east as many subsequently did.


About the year 1740 the prominent names in Mendham must have been Jacob Cook, Joseph Beach, James Pitney, Caleb Baldwin, Joseph Thompson, Ebenezer Condict, Nathan Cooper, Henry Wick, Robert Cummins, Henry Axtell, Stephen Dod, Jacob Drake, Ephraim Sanders, James McVickers, Henry Clark, Elias Howell, Zebulon Riggs and Benjamin Hurlburt [sic Hulburd] .…’ 


So, now we have an explanation for a lack of burial records, tombstones, baptisms, etc. for William III's first wife(s) and nine oldest children.  Until now, I had thought this was because the Hanover Presbyterian Church (est. c.1718) didn't get its act together until 1746 regarding record keeping, or alternately because the Hulburds may have been part of the Baptist home-congregation, which had met in the home of the Goble family just outside Morristown from about 1717 to about 1745.  And, I figured the early Hulburd deaths had been buried on their farm, with boulders as markers.  And, this may all still be the case.


However, now I know because of Axtell’s quote, that there was also a small ‘Meeting House’ in the Ralston area of Mendham – with a small, but crowded, cemetery – roughly 7 miles down the road from the Hulburd homestead at Mt. Freedom, which was closer to them, than the original location of the Hanover Presbyterian church (which was about 11 miles from the Hulburd homestead).  The Baptist home meeting at the Goble home outside of Morristown would have been something between 5 and 6 miles from the Hulburd homestead, which is roughly the same distance to the Presbyterian Church later built at Morristown in 1745. 


The Roxiticus Meeting House was built sometime between 1729 and 1736 per the website of the Chester, NJ Historical Society.  So, the Hanover Presbyterian church at Whippany, NJ was still likely the only church structure in the area from 1718 to 1736, since the Rogerenes (who some claim to have been in the area since about 1700) worshiped outdoors, and the Quaker Meeting House was not built at Mendham (i.e. Randolph) until 1758.   So, it seems likely to me, that in the early years when William Hulburd arrived to Mt. Freedom probably sometime during the 1730’s, that the Hulburds would have participated in the Protestant ecumenical services at the Roxiticus Meeting House, and buried their dead at the cemetery attached there, at least during the period spanning from 1726 to 1745. 


One indication of this likelihood, is that after 1745 two Presbyterian Churches were established nearby; one being Morristown 1st Presbyterian, and the other being Hill Top Presbyterian in Mendham.  They were both roughly the same distance from the Hulburd Homestead (i.e. 4 to 5 miles, and the Hilltop Presbyterian Church being only one mile closer on the same route going to the Roxiticus Meeting House).  In 1778 the Hulburds decided to bury their first recorded dead at Hilltop Presbyterian, rather than at Morristown 1st Presbyterian (perhaps to inter them closer to their previously buried dead who had been interred at the by then defunct Roxiticus Graveyard?).


So, the Roxiticus Meeting House Cemetery, is where William III would have probably buried his first (as well as his theorized second) wife, as well as any of his children by those wives who had died as children before 1745 (and there were surely several, about whom we know nothing..), and, this explains the lack of death and baptismal records - because they simply weren't kept (unless the mother church at New Brunswick was keeping records of what went on at the satellite-congregations - which should be verified).


As regards the quote from Axtell in his book, that ‘one of the prominent names in 1740 was Benjamin Hurlburt’; this obviously could not refer to our Benjamin Hulburd Sr., who was only about 7 years old at the time.  I had always thought that Axtell had mistaken the year for 1750 (as a precocious Benjamin was mentioned in Mendham records as early as 1749), but I now believe Axtell simply mistook the forename (between father and son), and should have written William instead of ‘Benjamin’. …”



The Roxiticus Meeting House and Its Spin-Off Congregations

The following is taken from the article entitled The Roxiticus Congregation and their Descendants, by Tammy Scully, and appears in the Jan 2009 addition of NJ Skylands Visitor Magazine:


“…along Route 24 in the area now known as the Ralston section of Mendham Township, the Roxiticus meeting house was built.  This log structure, built in 1738 [Note DMI: prob. built beforehand] and no longer standing, was crudely constructed.  Without window glass, heat, or any decorative touches, it fulfilled the spiritual needs of its worshippers, but not much else.  Congregants traveled from today's Chester, Mt. Olive, Mendham, and Roxbury Townships to attend services.  Roads were simple paths through the wilderness, and getting to services and back was a daylong affair.  In 1740, a ‘great revival’ took place in a barn in Bernards Township, and 3,000 people from all over the region were said to have been in attendance.  It is soon after this revival that the Roxiticus congregation began to have discrepancies over church policy, and the decision was made to form another church.


The ‘Hilltop’ [Presbyterian] church, as it is affectionately known, was [accordingly] established in 1745…. The first church [building] was replaced by the congregation in 1816, and the next two [buildings] were both destroyed by fire.  The present building, circa 1860, is the fourth church erected on the site.  The Hilltop Presbyterian congregation was still serving the outlying areas in 1750, when permission was sought to establish another Presbyterian church in a more convenient location for those further west.  The First Presbyterian Church of Roxbury was built [as a result] along today's Pleasant Hill Road, Chester Township, in 1750”.


Per the website of the Chester, NJ Historical Society (as it appears in Nov 2009), the Presbyterian contingency had actually left the Roxiticus congregation sometime earlier in 1743, to then later erect and establish the nearby Hilltop church in 1745.  The website continues regarding the subsequent re-division of the Presbyterians, to establish a Church at neighboring Chester, NJ: 


“The Black River [i.e. Chester] Presbyterians originally worshipped with a congregation in Mendham [i.e. the Hilltop Presbyterian Congregation], but soon after 1745 they organized the ‘First Presbyterian Congregation of Roxbury’.  About 1750, William Larrason donated a piece of land at the crest of Pleasant Hill for a church and burying ground.  The very earliest building was of logs and was small and served as the church from 1751 to 1756.  It was called the ‘Old Hill Church’ and the name ‘Pleasant Hill’ was not to be used for a hundred years. …


In 1752, Mendham Presbyterians from Black River (Chester), Budd Lake, Mt. Olive, Flanders, Schooley’s Mountain, and German Valley (Long Valley) purchased 36 acres for a parsonage house on what is now Pleasant Hill Road.  In 1754, William Larison donated half an acre for a meeting house.  Most of the land was intended for use as a cemetery.  The first “Hill Meeting House” [Note DMI:  apparently replacing about 1756 the initial log structure used per the same page] is about 22 ft by 27ft, a ‘plain plank structure’.  Wind blasts through cracks between boards.  There is no heat.  People bring heated bricks or charcoal for heat.   Sermons last an hour to an hour and a half. …” 


Regarding the establishment of this Presbyterian Church at Chester, Tammy Scully in her article continues:


“…The road, then known as the ‘Landing Road’, was the main route continuing [from Piscataway, running thru Chester center, thence] on to the Suckasunny Plains and into Sussex County.  The congregation became known [in later times] as the First Presbyterian Church of Chester, and moved from this site around 1851… relocating down to the center of the growing town.   The cemetery [i.e. on Pleasant Hill Road], still in use but no longer owned by the congregation, contains the graves of some early prominent citizens…. 


While still at the Pleasant Hill site, the congregation had again split into two factions.  The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, built on Main Street in Roxbury Township circa 1760, was the result of this division”.  [Note DMI:  There are no Hulberts listed buried in the cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna].


Regarding the original Presbyterian Church in Chester, Edward Collis wrote in 1956 for his history for the 100th Anniversary of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association the following:


“…During the century from 1750 to 1850 this place never appears to have been called the Presbyterian Church.  It was always referred to in deeds and records as the Hill Church, the Hill Churchyard, or the Hill Graveyard.  At times it was celled the Hill Meeting House.  In later years, when the third and fourth generations from the early settlers were its members, it was called reverently ‘The Old Hill Church’.  It is so called in the booklet published at the time the Pleasant Hill Cemetery was incorporated. …”  [Note DMI:  There is only one Hulbert listed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery’s registry:  a Sarah C. Hulbert (1854-1931), wife of John S. Woodhull (1851-1924)].


Regarding the Congregational contingency who had remained back at the Roxiticus Meeting House after the Presbyterian contingency had left about 1743 to establish the Hilltop Church, Scully continues:


“… The second offspring of the Roxiticus church was the First Congregational Church of Chester.  After the split from the Presbyterian faction of the Roxiticus worshippers, the [remaining] congregants established their own organization in 1747 [in neighboring Chester, NJ]”.


The website of the Chester, NJ Historical Society adds:


“…The Congregationalists of Black River [who were part of the Roxiticus Meeting House Congregation] became more and more ‘homesick’ for their own doctrines and form of worship, and in 1747 found themselves able to erect their own meetinghouse.  It was a commodious house of worship, with pews and galleries to seat 400.  The [original] furnishings of the church at Roxiticus were given [i.e. removed] to this new [i.e. essentially re-established] church.  Hymns were sung from memory or, because few could read, the leader spoke a line or two, which the congregation sang back.  This was called lining out the hymns.

     The first site of the [re-established] church was described as across Hillside Road from the cemetery, but we think that it was most likely stood right where the road is now.  Samuel Swayze Jr. was the first pastor of this church and installed in 1753 and served for about 20 years.  In 1772, he led a group of 72 families from Black River to fourteen miles south of Natchez, MS.  Before 1799, Black River was still part of Roxbury, but decided to break away and formed Chester Township. …” [Note DMI:  there are no Hulbert burials listed in the Chester Congregational Churchyard cemetery].



The Probable Site of the Roxiticus Meeting House and Burial Ground

Current Google Maps locates a “Roxiticus Cemetery” just 100 feet off of Washington Turnpike (i.e. old Rt. 24) on the left side of Oak Knoll Rd (just before it bends to the left) in Mendham, NJ.  However, this is an error, since per Joan S. Case of the Chester, NJ Historical Society, that cemetery is the site of the Wills Family Cemetery, which is set back off the road and surrounded by a stone wall.


In an email of 7 Jan 2010 to me, JH wrote:


“… Look under the heading ‘Historical Society Notes’ for more details on the location of the old Roxiticus church and graveyard (1738 era).  Google Maps has ‘Roxiticus Cemetery’ label attached to the graveyard on Oak Knoll Road near the main road.   Evidently the label should be ‘Wills Family Cemetery’ instead.  [Note DMI:  Google Maps corrected the mislabeling after I wrote to them in early 2010].  Another link places the old log church ‘along Route 24 in the Ralston section of Mendham Township’. …”


The site of the original log house of the Roxiticus Meeting House was apparently just below the summit of Ralston Hill.  Ralston Hill is bounded by Ironia Rd to the east and Roxiticus Rd to the west, which both loop around it meeting in the north.  Ralston Hill is located at the point where there is a sharp bend in Mendham Rd (i.e. old Rt. 24), said road bounding Ralston Hill to the south.  About 1995 Ralston Hill was developed, and the cemetery and Meeting House would have apparently been somewhere in the area around where the present Ralston Hill Road and Krista Court intersect, or somewhere just below that point where there is relatively level ground near the hill top.


Joan S. Case of the Chester, NJ Historical Society emailed me the following on 8 Jan 2010:


“I'll attach a photo I took of some writings in a book [i.e. Our Mendham, published by the Mendham Historical Society] at the Morris County library about where the [Roxiticus Meeting] house was set.


[Note DMI: an excerpt from said page reads]

“… Some time before 1738, a primitive log church was established at the right of the road on the brow of the hill sweeping down into Ralston, and around it were buried its early settlers in unmarked graves.  Called ‘God’s Barn’ because of no lighting or heating, it had no established minister but here the settlers of the countryside came to hold service. …”


In an email of 11 Jan 2010, JH wrote to me:


“… I came across the ‘Historical Society Notes[of the March 2004 “Mendham Messenger”, Roseco Press] published in 2004, which I forwarded to Michael. …”


Said Article in the Mendham Messenger reads as follows [edited by DMI]:


“… A handwritten account, by Mrs. Hughemma Nesbitt Rood, of the history of Hilltop Church, with its beginnings in a log church in Ralston in 1738, along with a sketch has been catalogued.  The sketch has a notation that it is Mrs. Rood’s sketch (from memory) of the log church in Ralston 1738….  [Note DMI: Mrs. Rood apparently being long deceased already, perhaps for 100 years or more]. 


In Mrs. Rood’s words:


 ‘The Church was first organized in 1738 in Roxiticus, now Ralston.  It was the outcome of the preaching of Whitefield [Note DMI: an English preacher who preached throughout the colonies at this time] in Basking Ridge in 1738, when 300[?] people gathered under the spreading branches of the magnificent oak, still standing near the Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. John Cross was the pastor of the Church at that time.  The Church of Roxiticus was built of logs, and stood near the top of Ralston Hill where C.C. Davis’ house (that was once the Blacksmith Shop) now stands.  There was a graveyard around it filled with graves.  There is no sign of any graves now to be seen, the ground having been plowed over and cultivated’.


[Note DMI:  C.C. Davis’ house was directly on the northern side of Mendham Rd. (i.e. old Rt. 24), several hundred feet east of the sharp curve in the road.  I find it very unlikely that the cemetery would have been plowed over and cultivated only several generations after it was known to have been in use.  I believe Mrs. Rood may have mistaken cultivated lands lower down the hillside, adjacent to the cemetery higher up, for the site of the cemetery itself.  I believe the cemetery was likely at the spot where later developers of Ralston Hill c.1995 found stones higher up on Ralston Hill, which they thought may have been the foundation stones of the log Meeting House, which Meeting House I presume had no stone foundation].


Another sketch [of the Meeting House] was found earlier in our search (artist unknown) without the chimney and with fewer windows”. 


[Note DMI:  this anonymous sketch was probably more accurate, since “God’s Barn” wouldn’t have had a fire place, or multiple window openings for cold air and rain to come in – unless Mrs. Rood’s sketch was of the structure after it had possibly been converted into a private dwelling by her time.  If so, the chimney may have been constructed from the very nearby scattered field stones, which had once served as primitive grave markers.  If that is the case, then it is possibly the remains of this long collapsed, tightly-scattered chimney that the developers may have mistaken c.1995 for the remains of a stone foundation.  Also, a review of the modern topography of the hill, reveals that the most logical (i.e. easiest) route of assent to the summit would have been a winding path starting just about at the location where the house of C.C. Davis was located, and following the route of the modern Krista Ct].


In an email forwarded to me by Joan S. Case on 12 Jan 2010, Patricia Rhodes of the Ralston Historical Association wrote to Joan the following:


“The meeting house was a log building built by 1738 and located on the north side of Route 24 and east of Roxiticus Road.  It was at the top of the hillside that was developed about 15 years ago now known as Ralston Hill.  Before the development there were stones that were thought to be the foundation of the log church. 


[Note DMI:  These were more likely the early grave markers of the cemetery that was there, rather than the “foundation” of a log house which was nicknamed “God’s Barn” because it had hardly any windows and no heat - and presumably a dirt floor and no foundation.  As opined above, they could have latter been used for the construction of a chimney, if the structure were ever later used as a residential dwelling]. 


In the 250 year history of Hilltop Presbyterian it states: 


‘Historian Helen Martha Wright noted that as early as 1713 or 1714 [Note DMI:  This must be a mistake for “1743 or 1744”, given the remainder of this quote], a tract of land known as “Rocksiticus” was settled by members of the Congregational church from Southold, Long Island.  The Southold church records show that their pastor in 1743 was Eliab Byram.  The following year he left Southold to become the first pastor of the Rocksiticus Meeting House’. ”


I responded to Joan S. Case the same day with the following email:


“… Always in the back of my mind, I had a suspicion that William Hulburd III may have left mainland CT for Southold, L.I. (which was part of CT at that time), before removing to Mendham, NJ but I never found mention of any Hulburds yet in the Southold, L.I., NY records.  However, if he left early on for Roxiticus about 1720 (when William III would have been about 22 years old), then there would be no record of him in Long Island, and he may have married in Roxiticus to a girl there (to a Wilkinson in Piscataway or Perth Amboy?), married by a traveling preacher when he came to the Mendham area, or married in the Hanover Presb. Church, whose records don't exist from 1718 to 1745. …”



The Pre-Revolutionary Royal Colony of New Jersey

Per New Jersey’s Revolutionary Experience, Essay #24Education in New Jersey in the Revolutionary Era, by Douglas Sloan, pp 10-11:


“… Important developments in higher education in New Jersey began during the massive religious revival known as the Great Awakening that swept all of the American colonies in the 1740s.  During the Great Awakening Presbyterian revivalist ministers became especially interested in higher education as a way of promoting and safeguarding their own religious points of view.  Many of these ministers founded institutions of higher education known as academies. … Most of the New Jersey Presbyterian academies – in Elizabethtown (modern Elizabeth), Mendham, Newark, Lower Freehold, and Basking Ridge – were founded by ministers sympathetic to the revivalist outlook. …  Students usually lived with the minister and his wife, or boarded out in a nearby home.  Students probably ranged from ten to fifteen years of age…”.


Per New Jersey’s Revolutionary Experience, Essay #17: New Jersey Society in the Revolutionary Era, by Thomas J. Archdeacon, 1975, [excerpts from pp 7-23]:


“… The last [population] tabulation before the War for Independence took place in 1772.  Since assessors of taxes in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset, who had the responsibility for making the enumeration in those counties, refused to carry out their duties that year, the exact number of persons living in New Jersey on the eve of the uprising against Great Britain cannot be determined,  The best estimate, based on the reports of eight cooperating counties and data on the other five derived from a later census is 122,000 Jerseymen. 


[Note DMI:  In Essay #24, “Education in New Jersey in the Revolutionary Era”, by Douglas Sloan, pg 7 states that the total population of the entire Province of New Jersey in the earlier part of the 18th century was only about 15,000 inhabitants].


Hunterdon was the most populous County.  The number of its inhabitants, rounded to the nearest hundred as are the other figures mentioned, reached 15,600.  Burlington with 13,100 ranked second, and Monmouth with 12,500 was third.  Essex and Morris each had 11,500 residents, and Middlesex, with 10,200, was the only other county to have a five-digit total.  Sussex, Somerset, Gloucester and Bergen followed with 9,200, 8,900, 8,800 and 8,000 respectively.  Salem with 6,000, Cumberland with 5,100, and Cape May with 1,800 completed the list. …


New Jersey, a growing colony in the eighteenth century, had developed a number of its own cities and towns to expedite buying and selling goods.  By 1750, five communities – Perth Amboy, Burlington, Trenton, New Brunswick, and Elizabethtown (modern Elizabeth) – were incorporated as cities.  Although officially a town, Newark was also populous.  And dozens of villages and hamlets, including Bergen (now part of Jersey City), Salem, and Princeton, were scattered across the Province, especially along the route between Philadelphia and New York. …


Elizabethtown, which had as many as twelve hundred residents in 1775, was the largest city in New Jersey. The original settlers, who had emigrated there in 1665 from Jamaica, Long Island [i.e. Queens Co., NY], probably named the community in honor of the wife of Sir George Carteret. …


Still, according to estimates based on the federal census of 1790, only in New Jersey and Pennsylvania did persons of non-English origin comprise the majority of the white population.   The percentage of English was as great as 82 in Massachusetts and 68.5 in Virginia, the leading colonies of New England and the South respectively.  In contrast, the English accounted for only 47 percent of the Jersey total. … 


Peter Kalm, the Swedish botanist who traveled in North America…mentioned that a large number of persons born to Swedish immigrants did not speak their mother tongue:  In some cases they had not properly learned the language, and, in others, the people simply refused to use it lest they appear inferior to the English who held sway in New Jersey.


The Dutch element in New Jersey was much more important than the Swedish.  They accounted for 16.6 percent of the white population, whereas the Swedes totaled only 3.9 percent. …  The Dutch language proved remarkably resilient.  Peter Kalm reported that the Dutch never resorted to English when conversing among themselves.  The churches in particular favored retention of the old tongue.  Even after the Revolution, the controlling body of the Dutch church at Hackensack allowed the use of English only on alternate Sundays. …


According to calculations made from the federal census of 1790, more than 9 percent of Jersey’s [sic New Jersey’s] residents came from the petty states of which Germany was then composed, or were descended from German immigrants…The approximately twelve thousand Germans who settled in New Jersey during the colonial period favored Essex County and communities in the northwest section of the Province, including Amwell, Bedminster, New Germantown (now Oldwick), and Rockaway. …  Scots-Irish immigrants also found their way to New Jersey, and by the time of the Revolution they constituted over 6 percent of the population of the Province…They were especially prominent among the residents of the hill country of Somerset and Morris counties and in Hunterdon and Sussex. …


The best estimates suggest that Blacks composed about 12 percent of the population in the eastern sector of the colony which lay close to New York City, a major port in the slave trade.  In Bergen County, the population of Blacks reached 20 percent.  Africans accounted for approximately 5 percent of the people of West Jersey, where many Quaker settlers had at least some doubts about the morality of slavery. …  The operators of the Jersey mines, such as Lewis Morris, who had between sixty and seventy slaves at his ironworks, also found profits in large bound-labor pools. …


Corn [i.e. Indian Corn, i.e. Maize] was the most important crop…The settlers originally ate the vegetable only out of necessity, but eventually they came to enjoy it…Jerseymen had no export market for corn, but the sale of livestock fattened on it made substantial increments to the incomes of many farmers.  Wheat was the money crop of the eighteenth century.  It was the most popular export grain, and the market for wheat from the middle colonies increased when black stem disease brought an end to New England’s production of the crop. …  Almost all Jersey [sic New Jersey] families grew flax”.


Per New Jersey’s Revolutionary Experience, Essay #1: The Press in Revolutionary New Jersey, by Richard F. Hixson, 1975, pg 9:


“… New Jersey was one of the last of the original colonies to have a newspaper, although nearly forty were being published when war broke out in spring of 1775.  Of the available papers, two were in New Hampshire, seven in Massachusetts, four in Connecticut, two in Rhode Island, four in New York, seven in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, four in Virginia, two in North Carolina, three in South Carolina, and one in Georgia… New Jersey was so late in having its own newspaper largely because most New York and Pennsylvania papers printed news of interest to New Jerseyans and circulated widely in the colony. …”



Can the Earliest Records in NJ for William Hulburd III and Family be Found in the Archives of Hunterdon County?

In an email of 21 Apr 2010, I wrote the following to JH:


“… We don't know exactly when William Hulburd III first came to NJ, but he was there at least by 1745 - maybe ten or more years beforehand.  Before 1739, Morris Co was part of Hunterdon Co., which might explain why no earlier mentions of William III in NJ are known (because no one has ever thought to search "Hunterdon Co”. records bet. 1720-1740 for mention of him).


Burlington (the town) was the capital of West Jersey, until after the Revolution, so State records involving the Hulburds might be there, but there would be no records of Hulburd in Burlington County records, unless for some strange reason they had also invested in land in Burlington, Co., got married there, etc.


All land deeds, mortgages and county court records (e.g. Court of Common Pleas) for William III between roughly 1720 and 1740 would be recorded under Hanover Twsp (alias Whippany) in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, if he were indeed in NJ during that period.


I looked thru what's available on LDS Microfilm for Hunterdon Co., and made a list of all those films that William III would appear in, if he were in NJ anytime between 1720 and 1740, and they include the following records:


I.  Court Records  [Note: the following are also included (i.e. listed for a second time) under the category “Public Records”, with the exception of “Court Liens”] 


Index to files including recognizances, indictments, affidavits, appeals, insolvents and miscellaneous records, 1700-1900


Index to files, Gor-Hill 1700-1900 [Note: for Halbert/var]. FHL US/CAN Film 802473


Index to files, Hill-Hy 1700-1900 [Note: for Holbert/var., Hulbert/var. and Hurlbert/var] FHL US/CAN Film 802474 


Affidavits 1713 – 1860 (Affidavits, nos. 1-202 1713-1860): [Note: 4 different films]


Indictments 1713 – 1860 (Indictments, nos. 2451-2642 1713-1860): [Note: 4 different films]


Miscellaneous Court Records, loans, etc. 1713 – 1860 (Inferior Court of Common Pleas) [Note: there are 131 films]:  


Recognizances 1713 – 1860  [Note: 6 different films]:  


Court Liens 1700’s – 1800’s (subjects: Court Records, and Land and Property) [Note: 2 films]


Minutes 1714 – 1908 (NJ Court of Common Pleas)


Vols. 1-3 1714, 1721-1733 (The last part of v. 1 is missing): FHL US/CAN Film



Vols. 4-7 1733-1756: FHL US/CAN Film



II.  Land and Deeds


Early deeds, 1716-1730: FHL US/CAN Film 818213 Item 1


Mortgages, 1733-1748: FHL US/CAN Film 946855


Account Books and Mortgages (1733-1748):  FHL US/CAN Film 1028302 Items 1-4


Special deeds: 1730-1916 (Index-Grantors 1730-1916, Index-Grantees 1730-1916 v. 1-2 1730-1847): FHL US/CAN Film 588789



Was the First Wife of William Hulburd III an “Allen”?

I have long speculated that the maiden name of William III’s first wife could have been “Allen” or “Dallas”, due to the fact that the name of the oldest son of Amos Harrison (i.e. the grandson of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. thru his dau. Rachel) was “Charles Allen Harrison”, with no know source for this name in the other branches of his ancestry, including all of his paternal.  The same is true for his brother George Dallas Harrison. 


I emailed the following to ROM on 31 Nov 2004:


“…Edward Allen and most of his 7 or so sons, and his daughters, all moved to Suffield, CT.  They all had large families in small Suffield in the second half of the 1600's.  Half the population of Suffield was probably Allens.  Suffield, as you probably already know, is only about 3 miles or so down the road from the center of Enfield - both of them being in the middle of nowhere (at least back then).  And as you probably know, just because someone was from ‘Enfield’ (like the Hulburds) doesn't necessarily mean their farm was smack in the center of town, and not closer to, say, Suffield.


Savage's GD evidently has an interesting one-line, highly-abbreviated blurb about these Suffield Allens:  ‘EDWARD, Ipswich, ace. a very doubtful tradit. came from Scotland, 1636, m. a Kimball, and had, as runs the same story, fifteen s. and three ds.  That acco. was giv. by Hon. Samuel C. Allen to Farmer.  In the Hist. of Hubbard, wh. was his neighb. the burn. of his barn, 1670, is meant’.


Yeah, I know, there were genuine ‘Hubbards’ everywhere in CT (at least three different distinct immigrant lines by that surname, I think).  However, we have seen our own Benjamin Sr. and his son William (erroneously) referred to as ‘Hubbard’ in the Hanover Rateables in the 1780’s.


So, the question is:  ‘Were the Allens of Suffield, and the Hulburds of Enfield actually on neighboring farms?’  And even if they weren't on neighboring farms, does it really make a difference since they were so close in proximity anyway?


So, which Allen girls were of marrying age for William III (and not already taken)?  Not very many.  Of course, there are probably an additional number of Allen girls who were just never recorded too - that seems obvious (since some of the Allen families / genealogies list, say, three or four sons only for a given couple).  So, Samuel Allen moved 1717 to Morris Co., NJ and definitely had a dau. 1712, and another 1714 - too old to probably have been candidates for William III's wife (i.e. mother of his oldest girls).  There's a supposed dau. Elizabeth too, but some accounts list her as born / baptized 1758, so her existence is completely dubious.  We also have the problem of William III having to marry one of the dau.s of Samuel Allen in NJ (since Samuel Allen left for NJ in 1717).  The problem with that, is that I was hoping the marriage to an Allen girl in CT might have provided the reason for William III's subsequent move to NJ.


There is one other possibility (aside from unlisted girls); the brother of Samuel Allen - William Allen - stayed put in Suffield.  He had lots of girls, too.  Of those girls, the two nearest William III's own age (i.e. b. 1698) - and who aren't listed as having otherwise married someone else - are:


Joanna Allen,  b. 21 Apr 1696; and

Sarah Allen,  b. 28 Apr 1699;


Did, William III marry one of these sisters, then move to Mendham, NJ to be near her uncle Samuel Allen (or if he were already dead) near her widowed Allen Aunt and young cousins? 


And if Sarah (or Joanna) Allen of Suffield were the neighbor of William III of Enfield, then she would have known all of William III's siblings personally, and might explain why she actually agreed to name her children after her husband’s brothers and sisters (who were possibly her friends back home).  Of course, in this scenario, William Hulburd IV could actually have been named after Sarah's own father, William Allen, too.


So, I did a search for the names of all the granddaughters of William III, to see if there were any similarities to the Allen girl's names, and this is what I've come up with so far:


Sarah -(apparently no issue);

Abigail – (apparently no issue);

Mary - (dau.s   Joanna;   Eliza[beth]);

Hannah - (dau.s  Elizabeth;   Sarah);

Benjamin Sr. - (a dau.  Elizabeth - his wife's name too);

William IV -  (no dau.s identified);

Rachel – (no dau.s identified);

Ruth – (no children identified);

(Ephraim, Jotham Sr. and Joshua are not children of William III's first wife);


So, we see Elizabeth used three times (see below speculation that William III’s first wife was named Elizabeth based on the naming of Benjamin Sr.’s children).  Sarah and Joanna are both used once (which just happen to be the names of the two Allen sisters, and their theoretical Allen cousin).  Unfortunately, I don't have the names of the dau.s of the other siblings - especially William IV’s daughters, if any.


However, it should not be forgotten, that the immigrant William I 2nd m. Ann, the widow of a Samuel Allen Sr. of MA (who is apparently completely unrelated to the line of Edward Allen, later of Suffield, CT).  This Ann then became the mother of William II, and I found in one internet account by Barbara C. Martin the note (albeit undocumented by her), ‘It is recorded that when William (Hulburd I) settled in Northampton (MA) he took with him the Allen children and his own’.  These were the Allen half / step-uncles and/or half / step-aunts of William III, which meant that William III had Allen half / step-cousins, regardless of whether or not he ever married an Allen himself.  Perhaps he married one of these Allen half / step-cousins, who may have been his first wife”.



Was One of the Wives of William Hulburd III a “Wilkinson” ?

In an email 24 March 2005, I wrote the following to ROM:


“…I was thinking only last night, that James Wilki(n)son has got to be the brother-in-law of William III;  he's a witness on William III's will in 1778 (a position frequently filled by brothers-in-law), and accompanied the widow Rachel (Hulburd) Channel (i.e. as a sworn witness, along with her two brothers Benjamin Sr. and William IV) to make sure she got her dead husband’s pension benefits for war service in 1783.  Particularly because of this involvement with Rachel in 1783, several years after William III had already died, I feel he was very closely related to the Mendham Hulburds.  I definitely feel he was likely an uncle of Benjamin Sr., William IV and Rachel..”.


The Wilki(n)sons were early settlers at Woodbridge (Middlesex Co), NJ.  The website for the town of Woodbridge, NJ states in part:  “Mr. Dally, in his History of Woodbridge and Vicinity, stated that it was so called in honor of Reverend John Woodbridge of Newbury, MA”.  Evidently, the followers of Rev. Woodbridge had removed to Woodbridge, NJ (several years after that territory first became open to English settlement in 1664) by invitation of NJ Governor Carteret. 


The Wilki(n)son family appears to have originally come from CT and/or MA, and they are found in the early records of Milford, CT.  Milford, CT is also the settlement where the Roger family (founders of the Rogerene Baptists) had originally resided.  The patriarch of the Wilki(n)son family early on at Woodbridge, NJ seems to have been an Edward Wilkinson I (b.c.1660?  d.1702 in Woodbridge, NJ).  He is listed as having m. 28 Dec 1692 a Sarah Conger (b. Jan 1667/68 in Woodbridge, NJ?) – but she may have been his second wife, as his three sons found posted on a site in Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb were all apparently born well before 1692.  Those three sons listed for Edward Wilkinson I are:


1.   Edward Wilkinson II,  b.c.1680?  d.?____; 


2.   John Wilkinson I,  b. 15 Jul 1685  d.1733.  He m. bef. 1710 Rebecca Thorpe (b.?____  d.?____), and they had a son John II (b.c.1718  d.?____). 

John Wilkinson II m. bef. 1735 ___________ (b.?____  d.?____), and they had son a James (b.1735 d. 25 Nov 1800 in Woodbridge, NJ?) 

James Wilkinson m.1760 Sarah Burnet (b.?____  d.?____;


3.   Allen Wilkinson,  b. 2 Jun 1687  d.?____;


Woodbridge cemetery records list a Dr. James Wilkinson (b.c.1697  d.1749 in Woodbridge, NJ).  This is apparently the same James Wilkinson who is listed as having m. 16 Dec 1726 Mary Dunham (b. 3 March 1703/4).  This Dr. James Wilkinson (due to a comparison of dates involved) seems to have probably been a son of Edward Wilkinson I by his presumed second wife Sarah Conger.   Did this (Dr). James Wilkinson and Mary Dunham of Woodbridge, NJ have a son named James Wilki(n)son, who is the “James Wilkison” of Mendham, NJ who witnessed in 1778 the will of William Hulburd III, and who in 1783 (4 years after the death of William III) accompanied the adult children of William III during the widow Rachel Channel’s petition for her widow’s pension?  If so, it was probably the first unnamed wife of William Hulburd III who was likely a dau. of Edward Wilkinson I and his (presumed second) wife Sarah Conger of Woodbridge, NJ.


I emailed ROM 1 April 2005 the following:


“There’s some kind of link here of the Wilkinson and Freeman families of Woodbridge, NJ thru the Dunham Family of Woodbridge, NJ, but I’m just not fully understanding it yet:


1)  Dr. James Wilkinson m. a Mary Dunham.  (They probably had a son James Wilkinson Jr. who witnessed William III’s will);


2)  Mary Dunham (said wife of Dr. James Wilkinson) was the sister of David Dunham Jr., as confirmed thru the estate administration of Dr. James Wilkinson;


3)  David Dunham Jr. m. a Miss Mary Freeman (dau. of Henry);


4)  Said Miss Mary Freeman (wife of David Dunham Jr.). was the Aunt of the Miss Mary Freeman (dau. of Samuel), who married Capt. John Payne.  (William III witnessed the will of an Isaac Pain 1762, probably a close relative of this Capt. John Payne);


5)  Said Miss Mary Freeman (wife of David Dunham Jr.). was also the Aunt of Gilman Freeman (son of Benjamin).  Gilman Freeman also apparently married Mary (said née Nicholl? – prob. née Loree), who was apparently the half-sister of Joshua and Jotham Hulburd Sr., who witnessed Gilman Freeman’s will in 1801. …”


In an email to ROM 1 Aug 2005 I wrote:


“…Starting with the packet entitled ‘New Jersey in 1793’ that you sent me, notice, that immediately preceding the Hulburd surname ‘cousins’ who are listed in the (1793 NJ Militia) list, there are two Abers (presumably kin-thru-marriage to their sister / aunt Mary [née Hulburd] Aber).   Sandwiched between these two Abers is the only Wilkinson in the list.  Coincidence?  Since the militia is not listed in 1) alphabetical order, nor in 2) chronological order based on date of enlisting, it's a 3) count of physical order - either of enlistees standing in a line, or of enumerated households.


Either way, it shows that the Abers, Hulburds and Wilkinsons were all either 1) immediate neighbors, or  2) kin or close friends hanging out in a group when the men were lined up for counting.  Just another indication that the signing of the will of William III by James Wilkinson was not just because Wilkinson ‘happened to be passing by the house, and was handy’.…”


In an email to ROM 6 Aug 2005 I wrote:


“…James Wilkinson had accompanied (as a witness) the widow Rachel Hulburd Channel to court (accompanied by Rachel's two older brothers Benjamin Sr. of Hanover and William IV)….


Along these same lines, the other witness to William III's will, ‘Mary Freeman’ [Note DMI: wife of Gilman Freeman, later becoming the 2nd Mrs. John Losey after the death of his first wife Hannah Hulburd] apparently had some sort of a connection specifically with Jotham Sr. and Joshua, and their witnessing of Gilman Freeman's will (see below).  So, the two witnesses to William III's will could possibly have been his local in-laws thru his current wife Mary (i.e. his wife’s dau., and a brother-in-law of some kind).…”


The Morristown Presby. Church Combined Registers records the following baptism for a son of James Wilkerson of Mendham:  1768, Sept. 11 James Wilkerson & Sarah his wf., ch. Willm. Burnet.


On 9 Feb 2011 I emailed JH:


 “James Wilkinson (b.1735) is about 10 years younger than William Hulburd III's last wife Mary, so I'm going to guess that he was her younger brother.  If he were instead related to William III's first wife, then due to his age, it would have to be as her nephew (i.e. making him 1st cousin to William Hulburd III's oldest children, such as Benjamin Sr. of Hanover, William IV, and Rachel).  In either of those two scenarios, William Hulburd III would have been married to a Wilkinson - either his first wife, or his last wife (who was previously married to a Loree - most likely Ephraim Loree).”


JH responded on 10 Feb 2011 via email:


“I did find many family trees for James Wilkinson and his wife Sarah in Rootsweb.   In addition to his 1735 birth year, one family tree reported his death occurred in November 1800 in Morristown.”


I responded the same day via email:


“I noticed the Morristown reference to his place of death too.  And who else do we know of, who first appears on our “radar” as associated with land/residence in Morristown?  That's right - the widow Mary Loree, shortly after her remarriage to William Hulburd III, first appears with him in a deed of 1761, selling land in Morristown proper (and not it’s outskirts).  I had suspected that that was a sell-off of her land after her remarriage to Hulburd, either an inheritance from the recent death of one of her parents, or more probably land inherited due to her former husband's death.  So, it did catch my attention, when James Wilkinson was alleged to have died in Morristown (the inference being that he lived in Morristown) - but once again, no source given for that info posted!”



Was Either William III’s First (or Theorized Second) Wife the “Widow Nichol”?

In an email of 19 March 2005 to Barbara Martin regarding the subject, of a possible Hulburd connection of some sort to the Nichol family, I added:


“…that Sarah Nichol (who m.1763 Ebenezer ‘Haultbut’ Jr.). could very well be a sister of Mary Nicholl (widow of Gilman Freeman, whose will was witnessed by Jotham Sr. and Joshua Hulburd)…that raises an interesting possibility though;  …If William III had married as his theorized second, or possibly third wife the “Widow Nichol”, and if Sarah Nichol were a dau. of a wife of William Hulburd III, then the children of Ebenezer ‘Haultbut / Holbert’ would still be the half nieces and nephews of Jotham Sr. and Joshua (and Ephraim too) – just thru their mother – as well as being cousins thru their father. 


Incidentally, Gilman Freeman’s widow, Mary (Nicholl) Freeman, remarried to John Losey II (whose wife Hannah Hulburd had died in 1803), as John and Mary Losey (‘formerly Mary Freeman’…) then sold in 1806 a piece of land to Jotham Hulburd (presumably Jotham Sr.). in Randolph, NJ (Recorded 28th May 1806 Morris County, New Jersey Deeds, Bk. L, p. 536).  That means that the widow Mary (née Nicholl?) Freeman would have possibly been remarried to the widower of her dead stepsister, Hannah Hulburd. 


Finally, the ‘Mary Freeman’ who witnessed the will of William Hulburd III, would have actually been the stepdaughter of William Hulburd III.  Such a close relationship could explain why she – as a woman in 1778, had witnessed his will, without the accompanying signature of her husband.  However, this is all my pure speculation at this point, until we find that first theorized marriage for William III's last wife Mary to a ‘Mr. Nichol’. …” 


Update DMI 16 Apr 2010:  The widow of William Hulburd III is presumed to have been married to the Ephraim Loree of Southold, L.I., and Ephraim and Mary are presumed to have moved to Mendham, NJ where Ephraim’s other brothers removed.  The reason is because Mary’s teenaged dau., Hannah Loree, is listed as having married Joseph Sanderson in the Morristown CR.  Furthermore, Mrs. Hannah Sanderson’s tombstone is found in the Hulbert burial plot in the Baptist Cemetery at Mt. Freedom, NJ, next to that of Mrs. Mary Hulberts and Joshua Hulberts, and Mrs. Hannah Sanderson’s tombstone explicitly states that Mary Hulbert was her mother.


So, the assumption is, that Mary the wife of Gilman Freeman, was also a dau of Ephraim Loree and his wife, which wife later became Mrs. Mary Hulburd.  Meaning, that Mrs. Mary Freeman should have had the maiden name “Loree” as well.  I’m not sure of the source or account, which states that the maiden name of the wife of Gilman Freeman was “Nicholl”, and not Loree, but given that Mrs. Mary Freeman was a witness to the will of William III, and lived on land apparently adjacent to the Hulburds (per the Mendham Rateables, and whose husband’s estate inventory was handled by Jotham Sr. and Joshua Hulburd, and whose 3 acres listed in the 1802 Mendham Rateables is the same small amount of acreage of Mrs. Mary Hulburd that “went missing” in the Mendham Rateables years earlier, etc. -  it all seems pretty clear that Mrs. Mary Freeman was the dau. by a previous marriage of Mrs. Mary Hulburd.



The First Known Mention of William Hulburd III’s Last Wife Mary

Per the volume of typed-transcriptions in the collection of the Morristown Public Library’s Genealogical Department entitled Land Titles Morris County and Some Unrecorded Deeds, collected by Edward Howell, revised and expanded 1969:


                                                                                                E. H.


William Hulbard of Tp. of Mendom, Yeoman} War. Deed

   } June 30, 1761

to    }1st year of King George III


Silas Condict of Morristown, Cooper    } £160  at 8 sh. per oz.


To all Christian people &c. conveys all one certain tract situate in Morristown.


Beg. at a post for a cor. and corner to David Goddin’s land in the middle of the highway, thence N.58º W. 11.45 to a post, thence N.15º E. 4.65 to a post, thence S.74ºE. 25 ch. to a post, thence S.19ºW 25.15 to a post, thence N.74ºW. 11.18 to a post, thence N.15ºE.30.83 to the first mentioned corner containing 55 7/10 acres, butting and bounding as followeth – the two first and two last by David Goddin, the third by said Condict, the fourth by Peter Condict’s land, be there more or less.


Sary Leonard   William Hubburd LS 

[i.e. Sarah? Mary? Lucy? Sam.l?]         [sic Hulburd] 


Thomas Anddrwze [i.e. Andrews]   her

Israel Her   Mary   X     Hulburd  LS



It should be noted, that literally the very next day, Silas Condict resold (for £100 at 8 sh. per oz) 32.75 of the 55.70 acres purchased only the day before from William Hulburd, to David “Goden” [i.e. Godden], as witnessed by Ebenezer Condict and Zeneas [sic Zenas] Condict.  [Note DMI:  notes in the Morristown CR state that “Godden” can also be spelled as “Godwin”, “Gauden” or “Gordon”].


Perhaps William Hulburd had refused to sell the land directly to David Godden (d. 7 Feb 1790 at 66 [per Morristown CR]) and Silas Condict (b. 7 Mar 1738) acted as a front for David Goddin’s interests, as well as for his own? 


In an email to JH of 30 Cot 2009, I wrote the following:


“… We know William III and Mary his wife were residents of Mendham (prob. the Mt. Freedom section) since 1752, when William III is listed as a freeholder of Mendham.  So, if he had a residence in Morristown, it would have been an additional residence - perhaps for the winter.


However, the deed clearly calls them William and Mary ‘of Mendom’ - meaning, that's where they were residing, and not at Morristown.   This raises the question, as to why they had 50 acres at Morristown, which they then sold in 1761.  I'm thinking it was probably not part of a land investment that William III had made   - because William III probably blew whatever extra cash he had on that purchase of 200 acres from the Penn Estate only 4 years earlier.  And, if you look at the bequests he made to his children 18 years later in 1779 in his will, he was relatively poor.


And then it dawned on me, that his wife Mary was b.c.1725, so she was only about 37 years old in 1761 - and, she was presumably a young widow from the Mendham area.  After pouring over all those other Hulbert deeds from the 1800's, I have become familiarized with the practice, that when an estate is being settled, it usually results in the sale of land, without the transfer deed actually mentioning that it is part of the settling of an estate.  Furthermore, if it is an inheritance that comes thru the wife, the deed almost always lists the husband as an ‘owner / first party’ too.


So, I suspect it’s possible, that the sale of the 50 acres at Morristown in 1761 - which was not a residence of her or her husband - may possibly have been an inheritance that Mrs. Mary (née _____________) Hulburd had recently received from a deceased father (or mother).  Her parents would probably have been only in their early 60's in 1761.


Meaning, William III’s last wife Mary  may have come from Morristown, which was the site of Morris Co.’s only Baptist home-gathering (i.e. in the Goble home since 1717), and later becoming the officially organized Baptist congregation at Morristown in 1752 - where perhaps a widower like William III may have met a widow like Mary?


Accordingly, Mary's parent would have died sometime just prior to the 1761 deed (probably within a year or two).


Maybe Silas Condict or David Godden of Morristown was Mary's brother (or, alternately maybe Condict’s or Godden’s wife was Mary’s sister?), and the property wasn’t ‘flip’ – but maybe Mary and William were simply signing over their claim (i.e. essentially as a "quit claim") and putting it into Condict’s or Godden’s possession, as part of settling an estate they were both part of. …”


Regarding the subject of the “wife Mary” who is listed in this deed, I wrote the following in an email to JH on 1 Nov 2009:


“…When I found the Morristown deed of 1761, mentioning William Hulburd and his ‘wife Mary’, I naturally assumed that this was a reference to William III and his last wife the widow Mary Loree for two reasons:


1) because it had never dawned on me that William III's theorized second wife - could have still been alive in 1761, and that her name could also have been ‘Mary’ (the most common name for women at the time), since I had come to assume that the widow Mary Loree had also been the mother of Ephraim Hulburd, who was born in 1759, and


2) because it had never previously occurred to me, that his son William IV's wife may not have been named ‘Anna’, since it had never occurred to me that the 1804 deed mentioning ‘William and Anner Hulburd’ was a possible reference to the son of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, William Hulburd (later of Pittsford, NY) and his wife Anna (which is what I now believe to be the case).  So, since it never occurred to me that William IV’s wife was not named ‘Anna’ – and that her name could have just as likely been named ‘Mary’, it never occurred to me that this 1761 Morristown deed could possibly have been a reference to a c. age 25 William Hulburd IV and his wife.


Well, I am tentatively assuming that the person in the 1761 deed is indeed a reference to the 63-year-old William III, since ‘Jr’. is not used, and very probably would have been used, considering both William III and IV had been at Mt. Freedom - presumably in the same household - since at least 1744, and probably for 10 years before then. 


However, we really can't assume that the Mary in this 1761 deed is a reference to William III's last wife Mary, and not to a theorized second wife, since we don't know what the names of his former wife(s) were, and it's really not that far-fetched that one - or both - of his former wives could also have been named ‘Mary’.”


Update DMI 6 Nov 2009:  I am now am working under the theory, that this 1761 deed is in fact a reference to Mary, the last wife of William Hulburd III, and may indicate that she and her new husband are selling off Mary’s land at Morristown, which she may have inherited from the estate of her deceased husband Ephraim Loree.  Under this theory, the widow Mary Loree would have married William Hulburd III sometime after the birth of his son Ephraim Hulburd, which would explain the naming of Ephraim as “coincidental” – and not intentional - to the fact that Mary’s dead husband was also named Ephraim (i.e. William III had already named his son Ephraim, before he remarried to the widow of an Ephraim Loree). 


Furthermore, it would explain why the infant baptisms of Jotham Sr. (in 1766) and Joshua (in 1768) appear in the Morristown CR, while a baptism for Ephraim does not (i.e. the Loree Family were Presbyterians, and William Hulburd III apparently allowed the infant baptisms of Jotham Sr. and Joshua in deference to their mother Mary).  Mary not being Ephraim Hulburd’s mother also provides a possible reason behind William III remarrying her at that point; because Ephraim’s birth may have caused the death of William III’s theorized second wife (i.e. “second” wife, because William III’s first wife could not have likely borne both Sarah [b.c.1725] and Ephraim [b.1759]).  As a result, William III was left with an infant son to care for, and his dau. Ruth was likely a young girl – if not potentially a toddler herself.  Alternately, the birth of the “unnamed” child about 1761, could have resulted in the death of William III’s theorized second wife, resulting in his immediate re-marriage to the widow Mary Loree in early 1761, and the immediate reselling of her Morristown land/home on 30 June 1761.  This would also explain why there is no infant baptismal record for this “unnamed” child who died at age 11 (i.e. since he/she wasn’t Mary’s child).


So, under this theory, Ephraim Loree would probably have died from one to several years before June 1761 (when Mary and her new husband from Mt. Freedom were selling off Mary’s land/home at Morristown).  The sale in 1761 indicates that the widow Mary Loree had likely married William III shortly before the sale.  The birth of either Ephraim Hulburd in Apr 1759, likely caused his mother’s death, which resulted in William III’s remarriage to the widow Mary Loree sometime between May 1759 and June 1761, which marriage in turn resulted in the sale of Mary’s land/home in Morristown in 1761.  If Mary’s remarriage were before 1761, then the sale of her land/home was accompanied also in 1761 by the birth of her first child by William III (i.e. the “unnamed” child, who died at age 11, and is listed under her heading in the Morristown CR).  I feel it is likely, that the unnamed child was the child of Mary, the last wife of William Hulburd III.  And, a re-marriage for the widow Mary Loree about 1759/60 probably means her husband Ephraim Loree had died about a year or two beforehand (i.e.1757/8)



Was William Hulburd III’s Last Wife Mary the Widow of Ephraim Loree?

In an email of 31 Oct 2009 to JH, I wrote:


“…I just decided to look once more to see if I could find the maiden name of Mrs. Mary Hulburd’s dau. Hannah (whose married name was ‘Sanderson’ per the tombstone inscription in the Baptist Cemetery in Mt. Freedom).  That inscription is as follows:


In Memory of

Hannah Sanderon

Relict of

Joeph Sanderon

& Daur. of

Mary Hulbert Decd.

who died April 25th

AD 1812, In the 63d Year

of her age.


So, we know that Hannah was b.c. 1748/9, and she was the dau. of  Mrs. Mary Hulbert, and the widow of Joseph Sanderson.


So, after some fruitless internet searching, I decided to look again in the Morristown CR.  Now, I must have looked a dozen times in the past under ‘Sanderson’ - but decided to look again.  There's only one listing for Sanderson in the Morristown CR - for the marriage on 20 Sep 1768 of Joseph Sanderson to Hannah Loree.


Now, why I never saw this in the past - especially since it's the only listing for a Sanderson - I don't know.  But, I can tell you, that if I had noticed it in the past, I would have definitely understood ‘Loree’ to have been a typo for ‘Losey’ (also spelled Losee) - which is not the case.  It's only since my study of the Mt Freedom and Harmony Hollow Atlases, and the deeds from those places, that I understand that the Hulburds had neighbors named ‘Loree’ who were distinct from the ‘Losee’ neighbors.


I don't feel too bad, because I had sent a copy of the Morristown CR to ROM, and he missed this connection too (although, at least in his defense, his eyesight had become extremely poor due to the complications of his brain-cancer).


So, William III's last wife Mary, was the widow of a Mr. Loree - of presumably ‘Mendham’.  So, she was widowed by Mr. Loree sometime before she appears as the wife of William Hulburd in the land deed of 1761 (which I also just found in NJ), and she was married to Mr. Loree sometime before the birth of their dau. Hannah in about 1748/9….


…This means, that Mrs. Mary Hulburd's 1st husband, could only have been a descendant of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY. [Note DMI:  notes in the Morristown CR state that “Loree” can also be spelled as Lore, Lory, Lorey, Lorin, Loring, and Lorain].


So, by further process-of-elimination based on information posted in Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb, she could only have been the wife of Samuel Loree I's son Ephraim Loree, who supposedly died 9 Jan 1759 - except for the fact that Ephraim Hulburd was born 5 April 1759, so, that's a strange situation – if Mary were indeed Ephraim Hulburd’s mother – which is still not an established fact”.


In a follow-up email of 1 Nov 2009 to JH, I wrote:


“William Hulburd III's last wife, the former Mrs. Mary Loree, was b.c.1725.  So, she probably would have first been married to a Mr. Loree about 1745.  Since dau. Hannah died at age 63 in April of 1812, she probably would have been 64 sometime later in 1812, which means she was probably born abt. 1748, which means her mother would have to have been married to Mr. Loree by abt. 1747 (i.e. when Mary was about 22 years old, or earlier).  So, that all works out fine.


The first Loree known in the USA was apparently John Loree, who had two sons - one Richard, who went to South New Jersey on the Delaware River side of the State (i.e. Cumberland Co., NJ).  The other was Samuel I, who went to Southold, LI, but whose sons ended up in the 1740's and 1750's in Mendham, NJ.  So, I think it's pretty safe to assume, Mary was married to a son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, and not to a son of Richard Lore (of isolated Cumberland Co., NJ).


Since Mary’s deceased Loree husband was apparently not a nephew of Samuel Loree I (by his brother Richard), Mary was by default married to a son of Samuel Loree - and not a grandson of Samuel Loree’s - due to relative dates and ages, and there were only 5 known sons of Samuel Loree I who survived him.


As stated, any sons not mentioned in Samuel Loree I's will of 1739, are assumed to have predeceased him.  Of the remaining sons (and presuming that Mary had been widowed - and not divorced) the question becomes: ‘Which sons were still living at a time when Mrs. Mary Loree was presumed to have already been married to William Hulburd III (i.e. in June 1761), and therefore could not have been Mary’s husband?’  All of Samuel Loree I’s sons were known to be alive in 1761, with the one exception of his son Ephraim.


Now, regarding the supposed death date given for Ephraim of 9 Jan 1759: I have concluded by making a comparison of information posted on the internet, that there were two different Ephraim Lorees - apparently cousins; one was the son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY (mentioned in Samuel I’s will of 1739 as a minor child), and the other was the grandson of Samuel I's brother Robert Lore.  


The Ephraim Lore of Dividing Creek in Cumberland Co., NJ is the one who died on 9 Jan 1759, per his tombstone there.  So, there was another Ephraim Loree, whose three brothers settled in Mendham, NJ, and whose death is (as far as I can tell) not known, and has been confused with that of his ‘cousin’ Ephraim”.



The Confusion Between Ephraim Loree of Southold, NY and the Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ

In an email of 5 Nov 2009 to Loree Family Researcher Ruth Hicks, I wrote:


“Thanks for all the information you emailed me, which was scanned from Sara Robbins Hoffman’s 1999 edition of the Lore Genealogy.


It seems to me, that there are two different Ephraim Lore(e)s, and Hoffman (and other researchers as much as 100 years before her) have apparently unwittingly combined information from each of their lives, to create a composite person, because they lacked the information about Miss Hannah Loree (b.1749) and her mother the widow Mrs. Mary Loree - both of Mendham, NJ.


While Hannah Loree's marriage in 1768 to Joseph Sanderson was always theoretically available to researchers via the Morristown CR, what was not as readily available to researchers was the inscription off of the widow Hannah Sanderson's 1812 Tombstone (near to that of her mother Mrs. Mary Hulbert) which explicitly identifies Hannah as the ‘relict of Joseph Sanderson’, as well as having been the ‘Daur. of Mary Hulbert’.  


That tombstone is still standing, and legible as of August 2009, in the tiny, now defunct, Mt. Freedom Baptist Cemetery in Randolph (formerly a part of Mendham), NJ.  (See attached photo)  


Her mother Mary's tombstone is still standing, but no longer legible (see attached photo) - however, an older photo that was posted on the Internet of that stone was still very legible when taken (see attached). The very accelerated deterioration of these tombstones in only (at most) the last 20 years, is no doubt due to acid rain.


So, with this new information from Mendham, NJ regarding Miss Hannah Loree and her mother the widow Mrs. Mary Loree in mind:


There is the Ephraim Loree, son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY.  The one and only explicit mention there is in a document of this Ephraim Loree, is in his father Samuel's will of 1739.  And unfortunately, that's where it ends. 


Because his three brothers had removed to Mendham, NJ, and because Ephraim Loree is not in the Southold, NY records after 1739, and because there is a Mary ________ of Mendham (mother of Miss Hannah Loree), who remarried to William Hulburd III sometime before 30 June 1761 (when William Hulburd III and Mary appear in a deed in Morristown) - it can be inferred that Ephraim Loree must have been her husband, and that he had removed to Mendham along with his three brothers, where he must have died sometime before 1761, and that he did not alternately remove to be with his cousins at Cumberland Co., NJ as has been previously supposed.  


Mary_________ (b.c.1725), who had become the widow of a ‘Mr. _______Loree’ of Mendham, NJ prior to 1761, could not have been the wife of any of Ephraim's other 4 known surviving brothers, and there were no other Lorees within 100 miles as-the-crow-flies of Mendham, NJ at that time to have been her deceased husband (including the Lores of Cumberland, Co., NJ, and/or any Lorees possibly left at Southold, NY).


Therefore, all other records cited for Ephraim Loree coming from Cumberland Co., NJ, (including a birth date from the Hezekiah Lore family bible, and a death date from a Cumberland Co. tombstone), are references to Ephraim Lore, the son of Hezekiah Lore of Lore's Mill/Dividing Creek (Cumberland Co), NJ.


We know that Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co. was married there to an Anna c.1754, and not married to a Mary in Mendham c.1747.


So, the Ephraim Loree (who apparently married Mary, probably in or about Mendham, NJ before 1748), and presumably fathered a dau. Hannah by her, and who was the minor son of Samuel Loree I's 1739 will - is not the same person as the Ephraim Lore b.1726 and d.1759 of Cumberland Co., NJ (who married Anna, and left her a widow with two sons in Cumberland Co., NJ).  


I know, that before I have brought to light the information about the widow Mary Loree and Miss Hannah Loree of Mendham, NJ, that it might have seemed ‘reasonable’ for past and present Loree Family researchers to combine the two Ephraims into one person, since both of their birth and death dates are apparently, coincidentally, within about 5 years of each other, and because they both apparently died ‘in NJ’ (albeit apparently 150 miles apart from each other).


But the difference between their presumed marriage dates, and the names of their respective presumed wives and Loree children, makes it clear that they are not the same person. 


Also, when one examines the various arguments that Hoffman uses to support the theory (i.e. that the Ephraim Lore of Cumberland, Co., NJ is the same person as Ephraim Loree, the son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY), those arguments do not seem to be very convincing to me:


1)  Hoffman writes, ‘Ephraim and his heirs are not named in the Will of Hezekiah Lore’.


Deceased children were frequently not mentioned in wills - an example of that being Samuel Loree's 1739 will, in which his son Joshua is not named.  However, it is true that bequests are frequently - but not always - made to the surviving grandchildren of a deceased child.  That is, unless the testator had a stick-up-his-rear about something...which, as we know, does sometimes happen.  Perhaps there was:


a.  a falling-out between Hezekiah and his daughter-in-law (or previously with his son Ephraim);

b.  some question as to the paternity of Anna's first child, and her second ‘legitimate’ child by Ephraim had already died by the time Hezekiah had written his will (I don't have access to the will, so I don't know when it was written by Hezekiah);  

c.  a falling-out involving Anna's second marriage, by which she had several other children;

d.  a falling-out if Hezekiah was a Presbyterian or a Congregationalist, and didn't care for Ephraim and Anna's Baptist beliefs (including their presumed objections to infant baptism).

e.  a falling-out if Hezekiah - unlike many other of his colonial contemporaries - was not ‘on board’ with Ephraim's marriage to his first-cousin Anna.


However, Hoffman does note nonetheless, that Ephraim Lore's name and birth date do appear in the family bible of Hezekiah Lore.



2)  Hoffman also argues regarding Ephraim Lore’s Will ‘If David Lore [i.e. named as a potential alternate heir] had been his brother it is believed Ephraim would have named him as his brother’.  


I have a stack of deeds transacted between relatives (two brothers buying from an uncle; a father selling to a son; a brother selling to a sister and her husband) and not once is the familial relationship alluded to, let alone explicitly mentioned.  Also, I have the 1860 will of Martin S. Hulburd of Mendham, NJ in which he leaves to his wife Susan his land in Michigan which is ‘occupied by James Hulbert’, without ever clarifying that James Hulbert was in fact the testator Martin’s younger brother.  The same goes for court papers, assigning guardianship to minors.  The same goes for witnesses to wills (who are frequently brothers, brothers-in-law, and nephews).


In previous times, when there were probably only about 100 to 500 people in a settlement like Dividing Creek, it wasn't necessary to explicitly specify exact familial relationships that everyone and their mothers already knew (e.g. ‘my brother David Lore’) - as if there were any other David Lores in the Dividing Creek, or in Cumberland Co. to confuse him with.


And, if Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co. were the son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, doesn’t it seem odd, that he would have assigned as alternate heirs to his sons (as is being suggested by Hoffman) a 1st cousin and a 2nd cousin - rather than his 4 surviving brothers, 3 of whom were at Mendham, NJ?


However, if Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co. were in fact the son of Hezekiah Lore (as I presume), then he would have left as an alternate heir to his sons his brother David, and a local 1st cousin William - which actually makes sense.


3)  Hoffman continues, ‘Anna Lore was a second cousin to Ephraim Lore.  This was not an uncommon practice for second, third and distant cousins to marry’.


This statement infers that first-cousin marriages were somehow ‘frowned upon’, ‘improper’, or ‘discouraged’ - and belies a misunderstanding of the era discussed, during which first-cousin marriages were actually favored amongst many colonial families - and such marriages were particularly favored in tight-knit religious families - say for example - Baptists in isolated outposts of colonial NJ.


4)  Hoffman quotes a  genealogist’s  letter (a Mrs. Bradt) from 1938 (composed with the limited research resources available to Mrs. Bradt in print/internet at that time) to substantiate that both the Ephraim and Hezekiah discussed in Dividing Creek were the two youngest sons of Samuel Loree I of Southold - rather than Hezekiah Lore (son of Richard) and Ephraim Lore (son of said Hezekiah).


At the same time, Hoffman has not presented any of the information placing Hezekiah Loree (son of Samuel Loree I) in Orange Co., NY, where he raised his family.


Furthermore, Hoffman first argues, that the Ephraim Lore birth date in the family bible of Hezekiah Lore was apparently for that Hezekiah Lore’s ‘cousin’ - and further supports that argument by using Mrs. Bradt's Great Depression-Era letter stating that Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co. was almost certainly the same person as the son of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY.  


But in using that particular letter, Sara Robbins Hoffman is also supporting the expressed theory of Mrs. Bradt in that letter, that both Hezekiah and Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ were in fact the ‘brothersHezekiah and Ephraim Loree – both being the sons of Samuel Loree I of Southold, NY.


So, was Hezekiah Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ the  ‘cousin’ of Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ -  or were they both ‘brothers’ who moved from Southold, NY to Cumberland Co., NJ?  They can’t be both.


 And if the later, who were the Hezekiah Loree in Orange Co., NY, and the deceased Loree husband of Mrs. Mary Hulburd of Mendham, NJ?”


[Note DMI:  During later email correspondences between Sara R. Hoffman and myself, I sensed that her unusually contentious tone belied something, so I continued to question her, until I uncovered that she was directly descended from Ephraim Lore and Anna Lore, and that she is also apparently scandalized by the mere notion of first cousin marriages, particularly amongst her own direct ancestors.  This  explains why she continues to argue and write so adamantly in favor of Ephraim Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ being a cousin from Southold, NY rather than the son of Hezekiah Lore of Cumberland Co., NJ, which as a result would make Ephraim the second cousin of his wife Anna Lore, rather than her first cousin husband, as all the data discussed above which I’ve uncovered to date clearly indicates].




William Hulburd III Witnesses the Will of Isaac Pain of Mendham, NJ
The Will Abstracts Morris Co., NJ  1761 – 1770, contains an abstract for the will of an Isaac Pain of Mendham written 25 March 1762.  Said will has as a witness a “William Hulburd” – presumably William III, as William IV probably would have signed or been listed as either “ William Jr”. (as he was recorded in the 1778 and 1779 Mendham Rateables), or as “Bill Hulbert” (as he may have been recorded in the difficult to decipher/damaged 1781 Mendham Rateables). 
The abstract is as follows: 


“1762, March 25.  Pain, Isaac, of Mendham, yeoman; will of.  Wife, Abigail, household goods, etc. Sons, Isaac and John, £50 each. Daughters, Deborah, Sarah, Mary and Ruth, £10 each, when they are 18. Executors - my wife and Samuel Roberts. Witnesses - Henry Clark, William Hulburd, Alexander Aikman.  Proved April 15, 1762.


1762, April 3. Inventory, made by Robert Adams and Henry Clark. Includes house and 122 acres of land, £114.  Lib. H, p. 364”


Per email from JH on 25 Mar 2010, there was apparently a second inventory in the NJ Calendar of Wills 1761-1770, also for the Isaac Pain estate, containing the following:


1762, June 16. Inventory, £979.4.7, made by William Hulburd, and

Robert Adams. Lib. H, p. 136.


Like the Freeman and Wilkinson Families (the two witnesses to William III's own will, discussed both above and below), the Payne / Paine family was also apparently from Woodbridge (Middlesex Co), NJ)  However, the Payne / Pain(e) family appears to have followed a route very similar to that of the Hulburd Family; apparently originally at New Haven, CT, the Payne / Pain(e) family moved to Northampton, MA, before removing to Middlesex Co., NJ, then onward to Morris Co., NJ.  The Northampton, MA cemetery has a sole burial list for someone of that name;  Seth Paine, d.1689.  The exact relationship, if any, is as yet undetermined between this Isaac Pain and William Hulburd III of Mendham.  Isaac Pain’s wife’s name was Abigail, and if Isaac Pain were earlier at Northampton, MA before coming to NJ, it’s entirely possible that his wife Abigail could be the sister of William Hulburd III.  However, this is yet another point of speculation to be proved – or disproved – by future research.


There was an Isaac Pain(e) b. 3 Jan 1698 (son of Samuel Paine and Patience Freeman of Cape Cod, MA) who m. an Abigail Snow.  But there's nothing about them to suggest that they ever left MA for NJ.  I think it's just a coincidence.  I think that the Isaac Pain who died 1762 in Morris Co., NJ may alternately have been a brother of that Capt. John Payne, who is mentioned in NJ records as being born in Woodbridge, NJ.



The 1778 Will of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ

The will of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ was written November 24, 1778 at Mendham, and probated in Jan. 1779.  Also listed aside from his 11 aforementioned children, is his grandson (i.e. which appears to me to be handwritten as “my Oldest Grandson Johns opr h” – which appears to be a reference to his oldest grandson John Aber III, and the “H” at the end (clearly a stand-alone, small-case “h”) perhaps signifying that his middle name was “Hulburd”, in order to distinguish him from his father who was also named John Aber). 


Also listed are attorneys:  Seth Babbit and Artemis Day, both of Mendham; and witnesses:  James Wilki(n)son and Mary Freeman.  As discussed above, it is likely that these two witnesses were William’s theorized stepdaughter Mrs. Mary Freeman, and his theorized brother-in-law James Wilkinson.  William’s own signature (which appears frail, as he states in the beginning that he is “sick and weak”) is nonetheless clearly signed by himself as “William Hulburd” – despite it being spelled otherwise throughout the body of said will by the clerk.  William makes provision in his will for Ephraim, and Jotham Sr. and Joshua, when they turn 21, indicating that they were still minors.


The following will was transcribed first by ROM, then later re-transcribed and re-formatted by myself, from a microfilmed copy of the original, which was so faded out in places that it was completely illegible – at least to me.  The original spelling has been followed as closely as possible, and due to the rambling nature of the original, all punctuation and paragraph brakes (as well as explanatory words in bracketed italics) have been added by myself to facilitate its reading:



Will of William Halbert



[three illegible lines of writing]



William Halberts Last Will and Testament



In the name of God, Amen!


The 24(th) Day of Novembor 1778.  I, William Halbert of Morris County and Mendhom Township, Being sick and weak In Bodey, But of good and Sound Memory - Thanks Be to the Almighty God There for! - and calling to Remembrance the uncertain estate of Transatory Life (That all Fleh must yeald to Death when it hall Please God to Call) Do make Contitute and ordain and Declare This my Last will and Testament In maner and Form, Following Revoking and disannulling By These presents, and this is to Be taken For my Last will and testament - and no other. 


[Item]:  and First Being Penetant and sorry For my Past ins, [I] most humbly Desire the Forgivenes for the same. 


[Item]:  and [as] For my werldly estate, I give and Bequea[th] unto my True and Loving wife The use of The Place I now live on, and all the goods and Chattels thereon, untill my son Ephraim comes to the age of Twenty one years.  and then The Land [is] To be Devided Equally Between my son[s] Ephraim Halbert, and Jotham and Joshua [and given to each of them] when they [each shall also] come to The age of Twenty one years.  and [if] any of the above said - Ephraim Halbert, [and] Jotham or Joshua Halbert - Shall Dye Before They come to the age of 21 years, Their Brother[s] Living hall Share their Part [of he] That Dyes equally. 


[Item]:  and I do Chuse [and] Ordain Seth Babbit esq. and Artemas Day, Both of Mendham, to be my executor[s] of this my Last will and Testament, Revoking and Disalowing all old wills By me here to fore made.


[Item]:  and I do Give and Bequeath unto my Oldest son Grandson Johns opr h [evidently “John Aber, H”]. The sum of Fifteen hillings.


[Item]:  and I give and [bequeath] unto my son Benjamen Halbert a Bodyed [i.e bodice] and Jaccet [i.e. jacket].


[Item]:  and I give and Bequeath unto my son William Halbert a[n] Open Cuft coat and Fifteen hillings in Money.


 [Item]:  and I give unto my Daughter [the spinster] Sarah [Hulburd] ten hillings.


[Item]:  and I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter [the widow] Abigail [Tuttle] the same [amount in] hillings.


[Item]:  and I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Aber a Book of Dayly Directions, valued at Fivety hilling(s).


[Item]:  and I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah Lose[y] a Great Bible, valued at fiveteen hillings.


[Item]:  and I give unto Daugter [the widow] Rachell [Channel] a gound [i.e. “gown”], valued at Twenty hilling.


[Item]:  and I give unto Daughter Ruth Losey the sum of Fiveteen hillings.


[Item]:  and I Declare this to Be my last Will and Testament, Revoking all other wills by me afore made.


                              William Hulburd


Note the words, Then

And Ther, was Done before

The ensealing and signeir              Witnes Present

                                   James Wilkison

                                   Mary Freeman



James Wilkison and Mary Freeman, witnesses to the within will, being duly sworn from on the Holy Evangeligth of Almighty God did swearingly depose and say, that they saw William Haulburd the testator therin named sign and seal the same, and heard him publicly pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament, and that at the doing therof the said testator was of sound and deposing mind and memory as far as those deponents know and as they verily believe, and that they signed their names as witnesses to the said will, in the presence of said testator.


Sworn at Morristown Jan. 27. 1779           James Wilkison

                                        Mary Freeman


Seth Babbit and Artemas Day, executors in the within testament named, being duly sworn on the holy Evangelith of Almighty God did severally depose and say, that the within instrument contains the true last will and testament of William Haulbud the testator their in named so far as they in know and they verily believe; that they will well and truly perform the same by paying first the Debts of the said deceased, and then the [illegible] in the said testament specified so far as the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased can there unto extend; and that they will make and exhibit into the prerogative office of the state of New Jersey a true and perfect inventory of all singular goods, chattels and credits of said deceased that have or shall come to their knowledge or possession, or to the possession of any other person or persons for their use, and render a just and true amount when hereunto lawfully required.


                                   Seth Babbit

                                   Artemis Day

Sworn at Morristown Jan. 27. 1779

Before me Jabez CampfieldSurrogate


[Note DMI:  per the “Grandon Family Webpage”, Seth Babbitt was b. 16 Nov 1741 in Berkley, MA, 2 years before his parents Isaac and Elizabeth (née Babbitt) Babbitt settled at Mendham, NJ.  Seth m. 22 Dec 1763 Jemima Lindsley at Morristown 1st Presb. Church.  Per Ancestry.com’s rootsweb postings, Artemas Day was b. 16 Jun 1745 in Morristown, NJ, the son of Daniel and Mary Day].



The Children of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ

It’s probable that William III had only two wives.  However, the possibility that he could have had up to three wives has not yet been ruled out.  I therefore propose the following:



Children borne by William Hulburd III’s first wife____________: 



1.  Sarah Hulburd,  b.c.1725?  d. aft. 1778, no issue? – apparently never married.  She’s apparently listed as a member of the Rockaway Presb. Church in the 1768 (as is her brother-in-law John Losey), and is mentioned simply as “Sarah” in her father’s will of 1778 – although her sister Rachel, who was the widow of John Channel, was also mentioned only as “Rachel” in that same will.  Sarah Hulburd is not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records that begin 1804, possibly indicating that she had died, or married, beforehand.  Of course, most single women / widows had no sizeable estate to inventory, and didn't need to make out wills either.  And if their husbands survived them, there'd be no wills or inventories made out anyway;


2.  Abigail Hulburd,  b.c.1725?  d. sometime after 1778.  As Abigail “Hulbard” she m. 18 May 1748 William Tuttle (b.?___  d. sometime before 1778), per History of the First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, NJ (hereafter HFPCMNJ), pg. 7  (See notes on them below).  Mrs. Abigail Tuttle is not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records that begin 1804, possibly indicating that she had died, or remarried and/or moved, beforehand; 


3.  Mary Hulburd,  b.c.1727?  d.?____.  As Mary “Hulbard” she m. 21 Jan. 1745 John Aber II (b.?____  d.?____) per HFPCMNJ, pg 7.  The father of John Aber II had moved from Setauket, NY (then part of New Haven, CT) to Jamaica, NY (where he married), then to Mendham, NJ c.1732).  Mrs. Mary Aber is not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records which begin 1804, probably indicating that had she died beforehand.  They had the following 9 children, all born in Morristown, NJ: 


John Aber III (possibly “John Hulburd Aber”),  b. 2 Jan 1746  d.?____  m.____ Elizabeth Dalrymple (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 15 children;

Aaron Aber,  b. 2 Oct 1747  d. 3 Nov 1822 in Romulus (Seneca Co), NY,  m.____ Susan March (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 13 children;

Experience Aber,  b.c.1749  d.?____,  m.____  _______ McHasfy / Harfy (b.?____  d.?____);

Joanna Aber,  b.1750  d.?____,  m.____ William Budd (b.?____  d.?____);

Mary Aber,  b. 5 Dec 1752  d. 27 Oct 1788 in Hanover, NJ,  m. 20 Jul 1772 Samuel Campfield (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 7 children;

Matthew Aber,  b.1753  d.1817 in Plum Boro (Allegheny Co), PA,  1st m.____ Elizabeth ______ (b.?____  d.?____).  They had at least 3 sons.  Matthew 2nd m.____ Martha __________ (b.?____  d.?____);

Abisha Aber,  b.c.1755  d.1817 in Franklin (Westmoreland Co), PA,  m.____ Abigail [Losey?] (b.?____  d.?____), they had 8 children.  Abisha served in Rev. War);

Jabesh Aber,  b.c.1758 d. after 1 Aug 1804,  m.____ Mary Moorehouse (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 7 children.  Jabesh 2nd m.____ Juliaellma _________ [i.e. Julia Elmer?] (b.?____  d.?____);

Hopewell (alias Eliza Hopewell) Aber,  b.c.1761  d.?____ in Westmoreland Co., PA,  m.1780 Charles Harkwell / Harkless / Harclass (b.?____  d.?____);


4.  Hannah Hulburdb.c.1733?  d. 23 Oct. 1803 in Morristown (said at age 70).  As Hannah “Holbord” she m. 16 Aug. 1749  John “Lose Jr”. (i.e. Losey II) (b.c.1723 prob. in Jamaica, NY  d.1808), per HFPCMNJ, pg 14.  John Losey II 2nd m. bet. 1803 and 1805 the widow Mary [née Nichol? / Loree?] Freeman (who was likely Hannah Hulburd’s theorized step-sister).  Hannah and John Losey II had at least 15 children (apparently including two sets of twins), at least 11 of which are known to have married: 


Phoebe Losey,  bap. 27 Oct 1751 in Morristown, NJ  d.?____,  m.1783 ________________ (b.?____  d.?____);

Elizabeth Losey,  bap. 9 Jun 1754  d.?____;

Abigail Losey,  bap. 21 Aug 1757 in Morristown, NJ  d. 30 Dec 1813 in Hamilton, OH,  m. 18 Mar 1773 in Morristown David Garrigus (b.?____  d.?____) of Rockaway, NJ, and they had children:  Sarah (b. 21 Apr 1774), Jeptha (b. 7 Jan 1776, m. Elizabeth Beach), [Child] (d. 22 July 1777), David (b. 30 Jun 1778, m. Rachel Lyon), Stephen (b. 1 Dec 1780), Hannah (b. 26 Jan 1783,  d. 1 Sep 1821,  m. Daniel Ayres), Silas (b. 18 Apr 1785, m. Hannah _______);


Hannah Losey,  bap. 21 Aug 1757 in Morristown, (twin?)  d.?____;

Anne (alias “Nancy”?) Losey,  bap. 11 Nov 1759 in Morristown,  d.?____,  m. 7 Jan 1775 in Morristown David Tredwell (b.?____  d.?____);

Stephen Losey,  bap. 22 Nov 1761 in Morristown,  d.?____;

Cornelius Losey,  bap. 31 Jul 1763 in Morristown  d. 17 Jan 1846 in Wallpack, NJ;

Lucretia Losey,  b.1763,  bap. 4 Nov 1764  d. 17 Sep 1798,  m. 31 Dec 1778 in Morristown William Bowen (b.?____  d.?____);

John Losey III,  bap. 14 Sep 1766 in Morristown [Note JH: on same day as his uncle Jotham Hulburd Sr.],  d.1778;

Mary Losey,  bap. 21 Aug 1768 in Morristown [Note JH: on same day as her uncle Joshua Hulburd],  d. 24 Jun 1772 in Morristown, NJ;

Abner Losey,  b. 28 Jun 1770,  bap. 28 Jun 1772 in Morristown,  d. Jul 1778;

Silas Losey,  b. 24 Mar 1772,  bap. 28 Jun 1772 in Morristown,  d.c.1844? in Mentor, OH. [Note JH: Silas was listed in the 1840 Fed Census in OH.  His will was dated 1839 and filed in Oct 1844.  Silas' parents, John and Hannah Holbord Losey, lived in Rockaway area at one time.    My hunch is he met his future wife Eunice Miller in the Roxbury area, where Silas and (brother?) Stephen Losey where listed in the 1793 NJ Militia List];

Letitia Losey,  b. 3 Mar 1774,  bap. 10 Oct 1782 in Morristown  d.?____;

David Losey,  b. 13 Mar 1777 (twin of Sarah),  bap. 10 Oct 1782 in Morristown,  d. aft. 1856 in Ontario Co., NY,  m. 25 Dec 1799 in Hanover, NJ Mary Jameson (b.?____  d.?____);

Sarah Losey,  b. 13 Mar 1777 (twin of David),  bap. 10 Oct 1782,  d. aft. 1810 in Union Co., PA,  m. 21 May 1801 Michael Smith (b.?____  d.?____);


5.  Benjamin Hulburd Sr.,  b.c.1733 [per The Morristown BM], but possibly born closer towards 1725 per involvement like an “adult” in early Mendham Records  d. 13 Nov 1803, (said at age 70) of consumption, and as a Baptist [per The Morristown B.M.], no tombstone located.  He 1st m.c.1759 on Staten Island Elizabeth Van Name (b. bet. 1740 and 1742 in Port Richmond?, Staten Island, NY,  d. 26 Nov. 1787 in Morris Co. [Note DMI:  i.e. in the Rockaway section of Hanover Twsp.?], NJ,  dau. of Aaron Van Name(n) and Mary McLean). 

         As “Benj. Halbert” he 2nd m. 20 Sep 1791 Elizabeth _________ (b. 1729   d. Mar. 20, 1809 – age 80), the widow of Caleb Lindsley.

         Benjamin apparently 3rd m. just bef. 5 Sep 1797 Patience Edwards (b.?____  d. aft. 1800), a school mistress from the then William Farms section of Elizabethtown, NJ [Note DMI:  i.e. today the town of Roselle Park in Union Co., NJ].  Their marriage was deemed void on 5 Sep 1797 by the Morristown Baptist Church, which describes in its register the marriage as “illegal by virtue of a previous marriage” Benjamin being excommunicated from that church for this infraction (see further notes below).

         (See Benjamin Sr.’s children listed below);


6.  William Hulburd IV,  [Note DMI: possibly “Bill” Hulburd per the very difficult to read/damaged 1781 Mendham Rateables]  b. prob. bet. 1735 and 1745  d.1812 in [Hilltop Cemetery?] Mendham [Note DMI: an “H” as a middle initial is supposedly on his tombstone.  This burial and tombstone information was from ROM, and I do not now know his source.  However, William IV and wife do not appear on any lists for tombstone inscriptions for Hilltop Cemetery in Mendham, NJ that I am aware of, and the tombstones themselves were non-existent in my Aug 2009 thorough search, although quite a few older tombstones had become completely illegible]). 

         William IV as “William Halbert” prob. 1st m. 24 Oct 1760 in Burlington, NJ (i.e. Capital of West Jersey) Rebecca Kitchin  (b.?____  in Hanover?  d. bef. 1804) [Note DMI:  there was per ROM’s (now unknown) source allegedly an illegible tombstone next to William IV’s with an 1816 death date].  He prob. 2nd m. sometime bef. 1804 Anna __________ (b.?  d. aft. 1804 [in 1816?]), per 1804 land sale in Mendham to Peter Till.

         Researcher JH had uncovered over the Internet in the NJ State Library, Trenton NJ’s searchable database, Colonial Marriages 1666-1799:   Halbert, William, residence Burlington as the groom.   The bride, Rebeca Kitchin, residence unrecorded.  Married 24 October 1760.  Reference: A-W (Licenses); 213.  

         This is almost certainly the marriage of our William Hulburd IV of Mendham, NJ.  While Rebecca Kitchin’s residence is not listed, the Hanover, NJ Rateables in the later 1700’s reveal that at least two men with the surname (i.e. James Kitchson / Kitchim in 1786 and 1787) were living in Hanover, NJ, as well as numerous individuals with the surname “Kitchell” [Note DMI: the double ‘l’s” on the end of the name are typically scribbled very short in stature (e.g. Kitchell ), and could be easily misunderstood by a modern transcriber unfamiliar with this particular surname, as being the surname “Kitchen” or “Kitchin”].  At that time, Hanover also incorporated the sections neighboring Randolph of Morris Plains and Rockaway.  Why William and Rebecca would have gone to the Capital of West Jersey (i.e. Burlington) to get married is undetermined, but presumably it was because they wanted to be married in a hurry, and there was no preacher in the Hanover area who was present – or willing – to marry them.  It may have possibly been an elopement.

         Researcher JH uncovered the following remark (in A Tabulated Genealogy of the Family of Jacques Cossart Jr. and Lea Villeman, by Dee Ann Buck, 1991, pg 31) regarding the destruction of some of the older tombstones at Hill Top Cemetery, which might also explain the absence of some of the Hulburd Tombstones there:  “…Samuel [Cozad] and Anne [Clark] were buried near the rear of the old Hill Top Presbyterian Church at Mendham, in which he had been an elder of the church.  At the time the church was burned, in 1816, the headstones were destroyed…”.

         William IV and his presumed 2nd wife are not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records, which begins in 1804.

         Concerning a “William Hulbert of Mendham”, I had read many years ago a quote in a published account housed in the Morristown, NJ Library – but failed to cite the source, and have not been able to find it since - which stated “William Hulbert of Mendham, called a preacher of the Gospel by some, was closely associated with a Benjamin Hulbert of that place.  He apparently died without issue, as there are no heirs mentioned in his will”.

         (See the list of descendants of William Hulburd IV further below);


7.  Rachel Hulburd,  b. sometime bet. 1733 and 1752   d. sometime bet. 23 Oct 1793 and 3 Feb 1794 (per her court records seeking widow’s compensation),  m. bef. 1778 John Channel (b.?____  d.1778 in NYC’s British war prison), and apparently already had at least two children, maybe more:


John Channel Jr.,  b. bef. 1778,  d.?____,  removed to PA;

Samuel Channel,  b. bef. 1778  d.?____,  removed to PA;


[Note DMI: their father John Channel had died a prisoner in NYC in 1778.  John Jr. became a Quaker pacifist];



Child borne either by William Hulburd III’s  first wife____________;  by his possible second wife __________; or by his last wife Mary __________ :

[Note DMI:  gap between birth of #6 (William IV) and #8 (Ruth) of possibly between anywhere from about 10 to 18 years.  Unsure if #7 (Rachel) is closer in age to #6 (William IV) or #8 (Ruth)].



8.  Ruth Hulburd,  b. bef. 1762 (presumably b.c.1752?, but possibly much earlier)  d. aft. 1778,  m.____  ________ Lose(y) [Note DMI: but which Mr. Losey?]  Ruth’s estimated birth date here is pure speculation, and it is possible that Ruth’s age may be older than what is estimated here.  Mrs. Ruth Lose(y) is not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records that begin 1804, possibly indicating that she had died, moved, or remarried beforehand.  Was she first m.____ to a Mr. _______ Severn?  And did she subsequently m.c.1774 Peter Losey (b. 10 Dec 1748 in Morristown, NJ) – since a Peter Losey of Morristown had m.1774 the (widow) Ruth Severn?



Child probably borne by William Hulburd III’s last wife Mary____________:

[Note DMI: c. 7 or more year gap here, based upon a presumed birth of c.1752 for Ruth]



9.  Ephraim Hulburd,  b. 5 April 1759  d. aft. Sep 1845 in Ridge, OH [Note DMI:  i.e. the last time he is listed as having received his military pension, the next payment being due in Mar 1846].  He 1st m.c.1782? in Morris Co., NJ  ____________  (b.?____ d. bef. 1788, prob. d.c.1784).  He was listed as “Epraham Halbert” a householder (i.e. married) in the Jul 1783 Mendham Rateables.   Daniel is his only known child from his first marriage.  Ephraim 2nd m. 19 Oct. 1788 at First Presby. of Goshen (Orange Co), NY Jemima Rumsey (b.1764 in NY d. bef. 1840 Fed. Census for OH).

         Per the 1790 Census for New Cornwall (Orange Co), NY, an Ephraim “Halbert” is head of household consisting of males: 1 (over 16) [Ephraim] and  1 (under 16) [son Daniel, age 7];  and females:  1 (over 16) [2nd wife Jemima Rumsey].

         Per the 1800 Census for the town of Washington (Cayuga Co), NY [note DMI: which in 1808 became the town of Fayette in Seneca Co], an Ephraim “Hulbert” is head of household consisting of males: 2 (under 10) [William B. and Boy (#1)], and 1 (26 to 45) [Ephraim]; and females: 1 (under 10) [Girl (#1)], and 1 (26 to 45) [wife Jemima Rumsey]. Very near Ephraim’s household was a “Benjamin Hulbert”, who as it turns out was his half-nephew, the presumed son of William Hulburd IV of Mendham, NJ.

         Per the 1810 Census for Fayette (Seneca Co), NY [Note DMI: which before 1804 was the town of Washington in Cayuga Co.,], an “Ephriam Holbert” is listed as head of household consisting of males: 1 (under 10) Oliver, 1 (16 to 25) [prob. Boy (#1), or poss. William B]. and 1 (over 44) [Ephraim]; and females: 2 (under 10) [Girl (#2), and Isabella], 1 (10 to 15) [Girl (#1)], and 1 (26 to 44) [wife Jemima Rumsey]

         [Note JH:  An Elijah “Hurlbert” was in nearby Junius (the section which later became Waterloo, NY) in the 1820 Census, however he is not the unnamed son of Ephraim Hulburd, since per “The Centennial Celebration of General Sullivan’s Campaign Against the Iroquois in 1779”, by Rev. S.H. Gridley, 1890, pg. 21,   Elijah had come from Canaan, NY to Waterloo, NY about 1817.  His parents were an Elijah Hulbert and Ruth Frisbie of Canaan, NY.

         Jemima Rumsey's parents Simon Rumsey and Jemima Knapp had a prolific family of 17 children.   They bought their family (some or all?) from Orange Co., NY  to Cayuga Co., NY where their children married and had families around Fayette, NY.   So William B. Hulbert was close to his Rumsey first cousins.  Moses, Simon and Adam, who also relocated to Brownstown-Huron, MI with William B. Hulbert, were the children of Jemima Rumsey’s brothers Jonathan and John Sigler Rumsey].

         Ephraim Hulburd and family moved to Ohio in 1818, and are apparently absent from the 1820 OH Census (although his oldest surviving son William B. is enumerated as head of his own household back in Junius, NY in 1820).

         Per the 1830 Census for Amanda (Fairfield Co), OH, Ephraim “Holbert” is head of household including, males: 1 (under 5) [prob. Richard Hulbert, presumed son of Boy (#1)], and 1 (60 to 69) [Ephraim]; and females: 1 (30 to 39) [prob. Rhoda ______, presumed widow of Boy (#1)], and 1 (60 to 69) [wife Jemima Rumsey].  

         Per the 1840 Military Census (taken as part of the 1840 Federal Census), military pensioner Ephraim “Hubbard” was living with David Graham in Ridge (then Hancock Co., now Wyandot Co), OH.  David Graham had remarried on 2 May 1840 to Rhoda “Hulbert”, the presumed widowed dau.-in-law of Ephraim Hulburd, who was apparently formerly living in Ephraim’s Household in 1830 with her presumed son Richard Hulbert.   Ephraim also appears in the1840 OH Federal Census in David Graham’s household as “1 male over 80”. In that same 1840 Census, a girl and a boy appear, who are not David Graham’s known children, and the presumption is, that the boy is Richard Hulbert, and the girl is either Richard Hulbert’s sister (providing that Rhoda were pregnant by her dead Hulbert husband during the enumeration of the 1830 Census), or an unknown dau. of David Graham.

         Per Ephraim’s military pension records, he stopped receiving payments in Sep. 1845 (presumably upon his death), and he is said per Hancock Co. Library records, to be buried in Lee Cemetery in Amanda (Hancock Co), OH;



Children known to have been borne by William Hulburd III’s  last wife Mary ______________:    

[Note DMI: per the Morristown CR when she was already between 38 and 44 years old, based on her age at death in 1803 (and on a deed with William III as his wife in 1761)]:



10.  (Child) Hulburd,  b.c.1761/2  d. Apr 1773 (at 11).  This child is listed in The Morristown BM under the date “April 1773” as “child of William Huberts”.  The day of death, and cause of death are not provided.  Normally, I would assume that this is a reference to a child of William Hulburd IV, however the compiler of the Morristown CR also lists this same “child” as a bracketed note directly following the same line Jotham Hulburd Sr.’s entry, being found indented along with Joshua’s note under “Mrs. Mary Halbard”, thereby indicating she is the “mother”. 

         Therefore the compiler of the Morristown CR apparently understood or assumed this death in 1773 to refer to another child of William Hulburd III and his last wife Mary, regardless of the child’s forename, or whether or not said notation appears at first glance in the Morristown CR to be a mistaken attached reference to Jotham Sr.  We know it’s not Jotham Sr., because Jotham Sr. lived well afterward.

         Another possibility, is that this child was born to William Hulburd IV and Rebecca Kitchin, who were married in 1760.  However if so, the Morristown BM would have most likely identified the child as having been born of “William Hubert Jr”.  Furthermore, it appears that the first child born to William Hulburd IV and Rebecca Kitchin, was born about the same year as this child (i.e. c.1761 - Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Mt. Carmel, IL). 

         (See speculation regarding the maternity of both Ephraim and this unnamed child further below);


11.  Jotham Hulburd Sr., bap. 14 Sep. 1766 as “Jotham, ch. Will Halbard” per HFPCMNJ, pg. 117,  d. aft. 1836 (i.e. sometime after the 1836 land sale in Randolph).  Jotham was baptized on the same day as his half-nephew John Losey III (i.e. same page and date for baptisms lists “John Lose on wf’s accompt. ch. John”. )  Jotham Sr. 1st m.c.1783 to ____________ (b.?____  d. bef. 1802). [Note DMI:Jotham Hulburd Sr.’s son Jotham Hulbert Jr. was born in either Morris Township or neighboring Morristown, NJ and was 17 years younger than Jotham Hulburd Sr., per Jotham Jr.’s military records, which were found and emailed to me by JH on 28 Feb 2010.  The young age of Jotham Sr. at the birth of his son Jotham Jr. implies Jotham Sr. had gotten a girl pregnant].

         Jotham Hulburd Sr. 2nd m. on or about 1 Jun 1805 Jane Negus of Newton, NJ.  Per  Marriages from the Centinel of Freedom of Newark, New Jersey 1796 to 1809, by Eleanor B. Welcher, 1930:  “1805, Jun 4  Halbert, Jotham of Mendham to Mrs. Jane Neges [Note DMI:sic Negus] of Newton, performed by Rev. Mr. Tinsdale a few days since passed”.  [Note DMI: “Tinsdale” is sic for Rev. Thomas Teasdale, of Hamburg Baptist Church in Hamburg (Sussex Co), NJ.   Mt. Freedom was the over-night stop on the stage-coach route bet. Newark and Newton (Sussex Co), NJ.  Randolph was not separated out of Mendham, NJ until 1 Jan 1806].  He divorced Jane Negus on 7 Nov 1815 in Trenton, NJ for what appears to have been her abandonment and/or adultery.

         Jotham Hulburd Sr. is first listed in the Mendham Rateables in 1790.   Why he is not listed in those Rateables for the prior three years - i.e. after he had turned 21 in 1787 - is undetermined, and may indicate he was not living in either Mendham or Hanover at that time.

         Jotham Hulburd Sr. is subsequently listed in the 1802 Mendham Rateables as “Jonathan Holberd”, a “householder” which was a designation indicating that he was a married man (as only married men, without much taxable assets, were designated as “householders”).  While Jotham Sr. had been listed in previous years beginning in 1790 without the designation of “householder”, he had enough taxable assets during those years, so that the designation of “householder” wasn’t applied to him.  In 1803, he acquired more assets, and householder was not used to designate him as a result.

         Jotham “Hulbert” Sr. sold 10 Jul 1804 “to Jesse Upson, Caleb Meeker, Nathaniel Clarke, George Forsey and Nehemiah Losey being the township committee of Mendham for $22.87, in trust for the use of the inhabitants of Mendham a lot of land and buildings in Mendham..”. (Bk. L, p. 536   Recorded Mar. 2, 1805).  

         Jotham Hulburd Sr. appears in the Randolph, NJ Rateables for the years 1806, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813, 1815, 1816, 1817, 1818, and 18[23?].  The last mention of Jotham “Hulbert” Sr., is when he last sold land at Randolph (also being listed as a resident of Randolph in that deed) to Mary Bonnel in 1836. 


12.  Joshua Hulburd,  bap. 21 Aug. 1768 as “ch. Willm Halbard & wf”. per HFPCMNJ, pg. 117,  d. 8 Feb. 1847 age 78 [Note DMI: per Walnut Grove Baptist Cemetery tombstone inscription] in Randolph, he m.c.1791? Martha Babbit (b.1774  d. 24 Sept. 1825, age 51 [Note DMI:  per Walnut Grove Baptist Cemetery tombstone inscription]). [Note DMI:  she was most probably the dau. of Seth Babbit and Jemima Lindsley of Mendham, NJ].  Joshua was baptized on the same page and date as his half-niece Mary Losey (i.e. “John Lose on wf.’s acc., ch. Mary”). 

         Joshua Hulburd is first listed in the Mendham Rateables in 1790.  Joshua is not listed in the Morris Co. Surrogate Court records that begin 1804.  Per the Index of Deeds for Morris Co., NJ, Joshua Hulbert’s last land deed was filed in 1847 to Martin S. Hulbert, however this is one of the few deeds I was unable to locate based upon it’s reference number given, in the Series I (1785 – 1906) Deed Books housed in the Morris Co. Hall of Records, which deed may in fact have been filed decades after it had actually been produced.  (see a list of their descendants, and presumed descendant, below).



The Unrelated Holberts / Halberts / Halbords of Colonial Burlington Co., NJ

[Note DMI:  See the Update at the end of this section].

Researcher JH emailed me on 13 Aug 2009, that she had found the following listing in her notes, and was wondering if he may be one of our Morris County, NJ Hulburds: 


From NJ State Library, Trenton NJ’s searchable database, Colonial Marriages 1666-1799.   Halbert, William, residence Burlington as the groom.   The bride, Rebeca Kitchin, residence unrecorded.  Married 24 October 1760.  Reference: A-W (Licenses); 213.


In an email to researcher JH on 25 Aug 2009, I wrote the following:


“Today, I did some Internet research, and discovered the following mentions in vol. 3 only (nothing in Vol.s 1 and 2) of  Early Church Records of Burlington County, New Jersey, vol. 3, by Charlotte D. Meldrum, 2007 edition:


[pg. 111]

Marriages Licenses

Nov 1, 1739, Ezekiel Wright, Great Eggharbour, Burlington County, yeoman, and Mercy Holbard of same, spinster.


[pg. 102]

Burlington County Marriages – Justice of the Peace

Dec 14 1793  - Joshua Holbert and Beulah Stratton.


[pg. 90]

Upper Eversham Monthly Meeting Minutes 1794 – 1800

8th mo., 9th da., 1794 …Beulah Halbert late Stratton reported for having gone out in marriage;  disowned [Note DMI:  i.e. “excommunicated”].


So, first you find a William ‘Halbert’, who was married to a Rebeca Kitchin on 24 Oct 1760 in Burlington Co., NJ, and now I find a Joshua ‘Holbert / Halbert’ was married in Burlington Co., NJ in 1793???  Coincidence?


Is it possible, that you have stumbled upon a first marriage for William IV (when he was age about 20), before he had married his last wife Anna.  Likewise, I think I may have possibly stumbled upon a first marriage for Joshua Hulburd (when he was age 25), whose first wife either deserted the marriage, and/or committed adultery and was divorced by him (the meaning of ‘gone out in marriage’ is not entirely clear to me, but whatever it was, it wasn't good, because ‘disowned’ (per all the other similar entries in the church records ending in that word), appears to be what the church did to people who had affairs, illegitimate children, etc.


The William Halbert marriage in Burlington Co., NJ can't be a reference to a marriage of William III, because I just found in Morris Co., NJ when I was there, a deed in Morris Co. for William and wife Mary (i.e. his last wife) dated mid 1761.  Also, it can't be marriages for any other William Hulburds (i.e. the son of William IV, or the son of Ben Sr. by that name) - because they were born about 1760.


The question now becomes; who was Mercy Holbard, spinster, who married in Great Egg Harbor in 1739?  (And do note, that her surname spelling is even closer to ‘Hulburd’ than the surname spelling of the others).


[Note DMI:  Great Egg Harbor had been in Gloucester Co., NJ since 1694, and was no longer in Burlington Co., NJ by 1739, as otherwise indicated.  This could be an indication that the couple were from Great Egg Harbor, but were married in Burlington Co., NJ].


Speculation:  Could she have been the hitherto unknown oldest child of William III, married about 17 years old, who died after her marriage without issue - perhaps in childbirth (which accounts for her and/or her issue not being mentioned in the will of William III)?  Would a 17 year old have been called a ‘spinster?’  A lot of other entries on that same page had labeled the bride's occupation as ‘spinster’ too.


If so, does this indicate that William III left CT to settle at (Quaker) Great Egg Harbor, NJ, before resettling northward to Mendham, NJ sometime before 1745?  Little Egg Harbor, which lies north of Great Egg Harbor, became the dividing line which ran diagonally from there to the Delaware Water Gap creating East and West NJ (West NJ - where Great Egg Harbor lies - being Quaker, and owned by William Penn before 1739)”.


Per the Wikipedia sites on Great Egg Harbor, NJ:


“Egg Harbor Township was first mentioned as part of Gloucester County in records dating back to March 20, 1693, and at times was called New Weymouth. The township's western boundary was established on May 13, 1761, with the area called Great Egg-Harbor township.  Portions of the township were taken to form Galloway Township, which was established by Royal Charter on April 4, 1774.  Additional portions were taken to form Weymouth Township on February 12, 1798.  On February 21, 1798, the area was incorporated as Egg-Harbor Township.  Over the ensuing centuries, portions of the township were taken to create many new municipalities:  Hamilton Township on February 5, 1813; Atlantic City on May 1, 1854; Absecon on May 1, 1854; South Atlantic City (now Margate City) on September 7, 1885; Pleasantville on January 10, 1889; Linwood on February 20, 1889; Somers Point on April 24, 1886; Longport on March 7, 1898; Ventnor City on March 17, 1903; and Northfield on March 21, 1905.  Great Egg Harbor got its name from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey.  In 1614, Mey came upon the inlet to the Great Egg Harbor River.  The meadows were so covered with shorebird and waterfowl eggs that he called it ‘Eyren Haven’ (i.e. ‘Egg Harbor’ in English)”.


Per the Wikipedia sites on Gloucester Co., NJ:


“Gloucester dates back to May 26, 1686, when courts were established separate from those of Burlington. It was officially formed and its boundaries defined as part of West New Jersey on May 17, 1694.  Portions of Gloucester County were set off on February 7, 1837 to create Atlantic County, and on March 13, 1844 to create Camden County”.


Update 15 Sep 2009:  I ended an email exchange today with JH with the following comment:


“…So, essentially, Joshua Hulburd of Randolph, NJ couldn't have been fathering children (i.e. Isaac Babbit Hulburd of Morris Co., NJ and Ephraim Holbert of Burlington Co., NJ) by two different wives (i.e. Martha Babbit and Beulah Stratton, respectively), roughly within the same year (i.e. 1796 – 1797, respectively), therefore, Joshua Holbert of Burlington Co., NJ is not the same person as Joshua Hulburd of Morris Co., NJ. 


That is, I’m not ruling out bigamy; what I’m ruling out, is that Joshua Hulburd of Morris Co., NJ could have been in two different places at the same time, because later accounts indicate that Joshua Holbert of Burlington was raising his son Ephraim in that part of NJ while Joshua Hulburd of Morris Co., NJ was raising his family in Morris Co., NJ.


The Burlington Co., NJ Ephraim Holbert, son of Joshua Holbert, is just a coincidence (i.e. his name ‘Ephraim’), since his Stratton brother-in-law was also named Ephraim.


So, the Burlington Co. NJ William Halbert / Holbert, and Mercy Halbord are probably coincidences as well (although they’re probably related to the Joshua Holbert of Burlington Co., NJ).  However, that still doesn't answer the question, of whether or not the Burlington Co., NJ Holberts / Halberts are completely unrelated to our Hulburds of Mendham, as it’s still possible, they are the descendants of Ebenezer Hulburd / Holbert, the brother of William III, who also moved to NJ”.


[Note DMI:  I am missing in my email archives those emails between myself and JH sent between 31 Aug 2009 and 23 Sep 2009, so in a new email to me of 13 Feb 2010, JH filled in these additional details which I had apparently emailed her on 15 Sep 2009, stating in her own words the following]:


“… I [i.e. JH] finally found an email from you [i.e. DMI] dated 9-15-09 with the subject ‘Note the last excerpt on page 93’ pertaining to the above subject.   The link to page 93 was in another email, which is buried deep in the emails amassed between the two of us.   I think Joshua Holbert and his family moved to Warwick PA where he died later and is buried in the Friends (Quaker) cemetery.   His former wife, Beulah, married a man named Rogers between 1794 and 1796 according to the ‘last excerpt on page 93’ you emailed me. …”


Therefore, Joshua Holbert buried in the Friends Cemetery at Warwick, PA is not the same person as Joshua Hulburd/Hulbert, who is buried in the Mt. Freedom Baptist Cemetery in Randolph, NJ.


Update 11 Feb 2010:  We have determined that the name of William Hulburd IV’s wife was not “Anna” as mentioned in the 1804 land sale in Mendham, NJ, since the William and Anna mentioned in that 1804 land sale in to Peter Till in Morris Co., NJ were William (later of Pittsford, NY) the son of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover,  and William’s wife Anna, who were likely selling the estate of William’s father Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover (who died in 1803).  The names of William and Anna are later recorded in deeds (and other documents like general store ledgers) in and around the Boyle (named Pittsford aft. 1813), NY area, first starting in 1804.  So, at present, we do not know the name of the wife(s) of William Hulburd IV, who bore him his children.


This opens up the possibility, that the marriage of a William “Halbert” (listed in the marriage entry as residing in Burlington, NJ) to Rebeca Kitchin (origin unknown) may possibly have been the marriage of our William Hulburd IV of Mendham – and the timing is right to, for what we know of the birth of William Hulburd IV’s oldest children.


Speculating along these lines, I wrote the following in an email to JH on 11 Feb 2010:


“This raises the question ‘Why would our William Hulburd IV marry in Burlington, NJ instead of in Mendham or Morristown?’  Possible answers include:


1)  He was living/working in Burlington (the capital of West Jersey) in the same

way that his brother Ben Hulburd Sr. of Hanover had been working/living/raising a family on Staten Island, NY for the first part of his life.


2)  There was no one (preacher) available to marry William IV in the area.

Well, there were always the Presbyterian ministers at Hanover and elsewhere - but maybe he didn't want to be married by the Presbyterian Ministers for religious reasons, and preferred to be married by the civil authorities at the capital.


3)  He eloped with Rebecca to Burlington because:  


a) her father didn't want her to marry William Hulburd IV, or

b) she was pregnant, and they didn't want to wait until an itinerant preacher happened to come thru town in Mendham to marry them.


Answer #3 also raises the question of whether or not Rebecca was of legal age to consent to the marriage (21) without her parents’ permission. 


The fact that the marriage record indicates, that William Halbert was ‘of Burlington’ would seem to indicate that Answer #1 might be the case, however, if he had just moved there to elope, and was renting there, then ‘Burlington’ would have been his place of habitation - even if it were only brief.


Finding out the parentage of Rebeca Kitchin, and where they were from, would shed light on matters.  For now, Answer #1 does seem the most logical, though, and that he simply returned to his father's farm in Mendham with his new wife (and maybe whatever children he may have already had), as his father got older (probably sometime before his father remarried and had Ephraim, Jotham Sr. and Joshua - and don’t forget, that brother Ben Sr. was on Staten Island until driven off by the British in 1776).


However, it should not be forgotten, that there were other Holbert/var.s in the Delaware River area (including those with the forename ‘William’) who are unrelated to our Hulburds of Mendham, NJ, so, it is not a certainty that the William Halbert of Burlington who married Rebeca Kitchin 24 Oct 1760 was our William Hulburd IV of Mendham, but it is a possibility. ”


Update 17 Aug 2010I emailed JH the following:


“ In Records of Officers and Men of the New Jersey in Wars 1791-1815, by State Gazette Publishing Co., Printers, Trenton, 1909, there is a listing on pg 143 for the War of 1812 for ‘Gloucester Co’. (in the section which is today's Atlantic Co., NJ) for a ‘Levi Holbert’, and in his same company (on the next page) for an ‘Ebenezer Holbert’.


In the past, we had come across the marriage for a Mercy ‘Holbard’ from ‘Great Egg Harbor, Gloucester Co., NJ’ in 1739.  This is around the area of Atlantic City, NJ.  Then, there was the unrelated Joshua Holbert of Burlington Co., NJ (on the Delaware River) who had a son Ephraim and moved to PA.  Also, the unrelated William Holbert, who was from the Delaware Valley region in Northern, NJ, who moved to Lackawaxen, PA.


I think that's all one unrelated ‘Holbert’ family, which started out somewhere near the present Atlantic City, NJ and worked their way up the NJ side of the Delaware River, eventually settling on the PA side of the river”.


JH immediately responded by email with the following:


“Also, we saw Phineas/Phillip Holbert listed near Jotham Halbert on the War of 1812 service record page.  Like Joshua Holbert, Phineas came from Eversham (Burlington County).   This family seems to have Quaker roots and appears to be distinctly separate from our family”.



Who was the Benjamin Hulburt / var. Allegedly Listed in Mendham, NJ between 1740 and 1750?

[Note DMI: See update of 23 Feb 2007 at end of this section]


There is a Benjamin Hulburt living in Mendham in 1749.  The fact that he was assigned a livestock earmark, and is mentioned in a land deed, and I believe is mentioned in the Presb. Church records - presumably as a member, all would normally indicate that this Benjamin had reached the age of majority (i.e. 21) by 1749, and likely some years before that date.  However, per his age given at death of 70 in 1803, our Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, son of William III, would have been only 16 years old in 1749.


So, who was the “Benjamin Hulburt” in 1749 Mendham, NJ records?  Being in tiny Mendham the same time as William Hulburd III would lead one to naturally believe that he was somehow related to William III – but that’s not necessarily so.  So, how many Benjamin Hulburt / var.’s are known to have been alive somewhere at the time, who were also related to William III?  There are essentially only his son, and William III’s brother Benjamin.  


I believe that William III's brother can be absolutely ruled out as a candidate, although he would have actually been the most logical choice otherwise.  That leaves as more plausible candidates either William III's own son, or the son of the unrelated Stephen Hurlbu(r)t (the son of Thomas Hurlbut(t)).  We don't know if Stephen Hurlbu(r)t's son actually removed to NJ, so that's pure speculation at best, and the Hurlbuts apparently did not move in the direction of NJ until 100 to 150 years later anyway.


We doknow that William III was probably in NJ by or before about 1740, and that his son Benjamin was obviously with him.  It is possible that a precocious Benjamin at sixteen (assuming he was born in 1733), with the cooperation of his father, could have been considered to be an adult by 1749 as far as business transactions were concerned.  The relatively young age of Benjamin’s wife Elizabeth Van Name at their wedding (i.e. about 18) also argues in favor of Benjamin being closer to 25 at his wedding (i.e. born about 1733) rather than closer to 33.  However, if Benjamin were born earlier than presently supposed (by about 7 years, then at least the 1749 references could definitely refer to him.  However, the 1740 reference in Mendham Township (by Hon. S.R. Axtell) is apparently hearsay, and not based in any sort of supporting documents, and in my opinion is probably erroneous information, and a confusion with William III, or the date “1740’s” being confused with the “1750’s”.  However, even in the later case, Benjamin Hulburd Sr. appears to have been residing on Staten Island, at least towards the end of the 1750’s.


Update 23 Feb 2007 – earlier deeds and records at Enfield, CT as recorded in the three volume set History of Enfield, CT, published 1900, clearly show that the sons of William II, notably Obadiah I and probably Thomas, were involved in land transactions and appointed to town posts before their 21st birthdays, which all but confirms that the subsequent mentions of a “Benjamin Hulburt” in Mendham, NJ of the 1740’s are references to the son of William Hulburd III by that name, who had likely not reached the age of 21 yet. 


In an email of 20 Feb 07 to ROM, I wrote the following regarding information found in volume I of History of Enfield, published 1900:


“…The first appearance of Obadiah Hulburd I in records is 12 March 1732/3, when he appears written as ‘Hulbord’ by the town clerk, and was chosen to be a constable.  He would have been roughly 19 or 20 years old at the time.  This, plus the following land deed, demonstrates that one did not necessarily have to be 21 years old (despite the prevailing laws) before being appointed to a public position, or before being able to buy and sell land.  That being the case, it does seem likely that the early mentions of a Benjamin Hulburd in NJ are references to a precocious Benjamin Hulburd Sr. after all.


Obadiah I is most importantly listed in the following land sale (at 20 years old):


I the subscriber for good & Valluable Considerations Doe hereby Alienate & pass over unto Jonathan Hulett & to his heires and assignes for Ever Twenty acres of Land of my Common right of Land Purchased of my father William Hulburd and Doe hereby give to him said Hulett & to his heires & assignes as full Power & Authority to Act & Improve upon ye same as myself might of Could Doe att any time before ye signing hereof;  hereby relinquishing of & quitting Claim to ye premises; hereby giving to him sd Hulett as full Power to take up & record ye same to himself or make over by Will or Deed to any other Person Whomsoever;


In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my Name this twenty sixth Day of May Annoqe Domini 1732.

Obadiah hulburd

Signed in the presence of us 

Daniel Sexton

Benjn Bement 


[In "Book A" no seal - signatures original]



The Maternity of William III’s Four Youngest Children

It has already been pointed out by ROM, that since William III’s three youngest named boys have forenames apparently not found amongst the siblings and ancestry of William III himself (unlike all of the older children), that these names are possibly taken from the family of his last wife Mary (e.g. her father’s, grandfather’s or brother’s forenames, etc).


Due to the inability to find, to date, any baptismal records for the older children of William III (including those known to have been born in Morris Co., NJ like Ephraim and Ruth), as well as the inability to find a Staten Island baptismal record for the wife and Children of Benjamin Hulburd Sr., I emailed ROM on 20 Feb 2005 the following:


“…So, apparently the Baptist movement started on the coast (i.e. Middlesex Co., NJ), and on Staten Island, before penetrating deeper into NJ.  This might explain the tendency of the family of William III of Mendham toward Baptist beliefs (and why we can't find records for his children’s baptisms anywhere) – the Baptist faith may have been something they were already familiar with from their supposed Staten Island connections (e.g. the Rev. James Carman was converted to the Baptist religion on Staten Island in 1692, six years before William III was born in CT).  There may be no records for the baptisms found to date for the children of William III, or for the wife and children of Benjamin Hulburd Sr. because as early Baptist practitioners - they were never baptized as children to start with!


In an email to ROM dated 27 May 2006, I theorized the following as regards the maternity of Ephraim and Unnamed:


“… the fact that we see William III's sons baptized as infants in the Morristown CR  in 1766 and 1768 supports the theory that their mother Mary was likely responsible for their baptisms.  Notice, however, that Ephraim (b. 1759) and William's dead, unnamed child (b. 1761/2) are not listed as baptized while the last two children are.


That unnamed, presumably un-baptized child was about 4 years old when Jotham Sr. was baptized in 1766, and Ephraim was about 7 at that time.  So, if William and Mary were the parents of all of those children, and converted to Presbyterianism sometime before the birth of Jotham Sr., then one would assume they would have had Ephraim and the unnamed child baptized too, rather than let them go un-baptized, while the two youngest, Jotham Sr. and Joshua, are baptized.


Furthermore, we should see about 1773 in Presbyterian Confirmation Records a 13 year old Ephraim - but we don't!  We do, however, see in that same year 1773 the death of the unnamed child recorded in the Presb. Church records….


It's not like Unnamed died unbaptized, and so the Hulburds became superstitious and had Jotham Sr. and Joshua baptized as a precaution afterward, because Unnamed died years after Jotham Sr. and Joshua were born and baptized, and Unnamed apparently wasn't baptized - and neither was Ephraim.  


And while it's true that the Morristown CR also contains info from the Registers of the Baptist Churches in the Morristown area, Baptists didn't then - and still don't – typically practice infant baptism, so the baptism of Jotham Sr. and Joshua in the Morristown CR can best be understood as Presbyterian infant baptisms. …”  



The Source of the Name “Mount Freedom” (alias “Walnut Grove”) for that Section of Randolph, NJ

On 27 Sep 2009 I received an email from JH containing an excerpt from Dover History, compiled by Charles D. Platt, 1914, pg 367:


“… From Mr. Hulbert [Note JH: i.e. Nelson Hulbert], postmaster in Mt. Freedom, over 80 years old [i.e. b.1831]:   Mt. Freedom, on the highway from Newark to Newton and Pennsylvania.  Sometimes thirty teams would stop for the night at the tavern.  Traffic from Pennsylvania came through by wagon.  Two trips a day by stagecoach from Newark to Newton.  In early times had to go to Mendham or Succasunna for mail.


The name Mt. Freedom was changed to ‘Walnut Grove’ by a man who set up a tavern and had some walnut trees [Note DMI: i.e. black walnut trees] in front of it.  Afterwards the people had the name changed back to Mt. Freedom.  This man had the first post office in the village and had the name entered as ‘Walnut Grove P. O’. ”


On 29 Sep 2009, I sent an email to the Randolph, NJ Historical Society containing the following:


“…the question has recently come up, as to how Mount Freedom actually got it's name, who had named it that, why was it named that, and when was it actually first referred to as that (on maps, deeds, personal letters, historical accounts, etc)..


Whenever I find references to ‘Mt. Freedom’ in early historical accounts, they seem to be anachronistic references made by the 19th century author at the time the accounts were actually written, and not an account of what the residents had actually called the settlement themselves during the actual earlier times of which the author is writing…”.


The same day I received an email reply from Marcia Rumsey of the Randolph Historical Society stating:

“…I just received the following information from Gail Hari, a local resident who has just written a book about Randolph:

This story is one that Alan Malakoff, one of the many writers of The History of Randolph Township, edited by Richard Irwin noted: 

‘... a story that has been passed down in one of our oldest families that when Washington was in Morristown and wanted to get away from the cares of war, he would ride over the hills to a quiet place where for a few hours, he would be free from worry.  He called the place his Mount Freedom….

During the course of the 19th Century, the name of the town and area fluctuated between Mount Freedom and Walnut Grove.... the town's name was changed to Walnut Grove by J. H. Davis, who had a tavern with walnut trees in front of it, and this man also had the town's first post office.  In the middle of the 19th Century, the whole area was know as Walnut Grove.  Toward the last fourth of the century, Walnut Grove referred to the eastern part of the area near the Methodist church, while Mount Freedom referred to the western part, near the Presbyterian Church.  With the advent of the 20th Century, the name changed back to Mount Freedom’.

Richard Irwin found and documented in the same book, that in 1769 a document noted that ‘the road from Shongum Forge to Suckasunny plains was relaid and extended...and ended in the road leading from Mt Freedom to Dover west of the Friends Meeting House’.  So all we know, is that the founding fathers, including FitzRandolph (a former tax collector in Mendham), named these sections in the Township”.

I responded the same day by email:

“…Given what you have recounted concerning a document from 1769 naming Mt. Freedom by name, it appears that the George Washington story behind the naming of Mt. Freedom is a legend created after the fact… my own gut instinct told me the naming had probably predated the Revolution, and that the reference to ‘Freedom’ was probably religious in origin, rather than secular in origin.  If I had to venture a guess, I would say it probably came from the first Quaker / Rogerene settlers in the area (including the FitzRandolphs and Schooleys), and the Quaker Meeting House they set up in Randolph in 1758 just north of Mt. Freedom, and, I think the same probably applies to the naming of the nearby settlement of ‘Harmony Hollow’ in Mendham (now under the Clyde Potts Reservoir) – and probably even the relatively close locations of Mt. Hope and Mt. Olive…”. 


Gail Hari sent me an email 1 Oct 2009 with the following additional information:


“…it [i.e. the name Mt. Freedom] goes back to 1673 with Edward Byllynge and John Fenwick, ‘members in England of the Religious Society of Friends... an enthusiastic Fenwick embarked for America in anticipation of political and religious asylum for his fellow Quakers’. 


…the land right across the road from the reservoir has been preserved, called ‘Dismal Harmony’.  To quote from Mendham Twsp.'s website:  ‘Dismal Harmony was once the center of industry in Mendham.  Sawmills, gristmills, a woolen mill, and a forge were powered by the running waters of two streams.  After the Civil War, the area became agricultural, and eventually evolved into the residential area of historic Brookside.  Millponds, millraces, and the remains of stonewalls from the farming era are evident on the property.  Dismal Harmony was named after the two streams running through the property: Dismal Brook and Harmony Brook’, says Katie Porter, chair of the Mendham Township Open Space Committee.  ‘The origin of the name Dismal has never been established; Harmony most likely was named after the village of Harmony, which was settled in the 1750’s and is now covered by the Clyde Potts Reservoir’. ”



The Family of William Hulburd III and the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church and Cemetery

Per The Morristown B.M. (1768 – 1806), the Mt. Freedom (alias Walnut Grove) Baptist Cemetery in Randolph Twp. lists the following “Hulbert” burials:  Hannah [Note DMI:   i.e. wife of Joseph Sanderson, and dau. of Mrs. Mary Hulbert]; William Sr. [i.e. III] and wife Mrs. Mary Hulbert; Joshua Hulbert and his wife Martha Babbit, and their son Isaac Babbit Hulbert.


In an email of 12 Oct 2004 to ROM, I stated the following regarding documents pertaining to the Mt. Freedom Baptist Cemetery, which he had previously forwarded to me:


“…the Morristown Baptist Church baptized in 1783 [Note DMI:  as an adult by full immersion] the Rev. Price, who was later the pastor of the Mt. Freedom congregation.  So, the Morristown Baptist church is where we need to look for earlier Hulburd Family records.  Remember I told you that this church, one of the most beautiful stone churches in Morristown (there are several) - if not the most beautiful - burned down only about 6 years ago. [Note DMI:  ROM subsequently replied that he had discovered that those church records had long ago been transferred to the keeping of the Morristown Library, and so were not lost in the fire].


…Rev. Price was an itinerant preacher, and one of his four or so congregations was at the Canoebrook Baptist Church, ‘Canoebrook’ being identified in your published documents as today's ‘Summit’ (which is between Union and Chatham).  This is a misidentification of ‘Canoebrook’, which I have only previously seen referred to as ‘Livingston / West Orange’ - which is not really near Summit at all.  In fact, this reference to a ‘Canoebrook’ Baptist Congregation is actually be a reference to the present Northfield Baptist Congregation (in Livingston, which was earlier part of Orange, NJ).  After all, Randolph is closer to Northfield (i.e. Livingston) than it is to West Orange. 


There’s lots of great info on Jotham Hulburd Sr. and his pivotal role in the founding of the Baptist church in Randolph.  And do take notice, that his name is spelled ‘Hulburd’, as is the surname of who is presumably his half-brother, William IV (who is listed as one of the builders of the church, which was completed in 1801).  The story of his ‘coming to the rescue’ of the Baptist Parsonage / Cemetery, and his sale / negotiations of the land (which bordered his own) shows that the other source you had earlier found was (slightly) wrong when it had identified the original seller of the land to the Baptist congregation as an ‘Isaac’ Hulburd.  I kept wondering whose son that ‘Isaac’ was.  It looks like ‘Isaac’ was a misidentification / misspelling for ‘Jotham’.  And it should be noted, that the pastor of that church was an Isaac Price, and the confusion in names could have come from there.


Also, notice William IV is listed as having helped regarding the construction of the church.  I'm betting that he or his son William IV acted as the local country evangelist before the Baptist church in Randolph was organized (thus possibly those references I had stumbled across many years ago of ‘William Hulbert of Mendham, who according to some was a preacher of the gospel..’), and when the church was finally built, they installed the Baptist Rev. Price as the proper, ordained Minister.  Note also, that the last mention of the Rev. Price is in 1799, but the church functioned for some time afterward (with whom as pastor?) [Note DMI: apparently under Benjamin Blackford].


…how screwed up is it, that the Mt. Freedom Baptist Cemetery tombstone inscriptions were apparently only recorded in 1982!  Like, after 1/2 of the stones were already destroyed or illegible!  There must be an earlier list made than 1982.  I think that's why William's stone is not in the list - already gone by 1982, when it would have been 203 years old probably of one of the local poor quality stones.  However, having his widow Mary's epitaph is just fantastic:


In Memory of

Mrs. Mary Hulbert

relict of William

Hulbert Senr., died

Augt. 21t  AD 1805 Aged

78 Years


In awful ilence trembling tand,

Behold your doom, death is at hand;

Attend the call which does entreat,

Prepare in time your God to meet.


It's a shame though the epitaphs for his son Joshua, etc. are not legible (whose death year is actually 1847 – and not ‘181_’ as falsely indicated in the records).  My guess, as before, is that William III and others (like the prior death of William III’s 11 year old child that died 1773, etc). were buried on the Hulburd farm, and Jotham Sr. bought the neighbor's property adjacent to the Hulburd homestead, and sold that, along with the small adjacent piece containing the Hulburd family plot, to the newly founded Baptist Church.


The Hulberts (i.e. including William III) seem to have been buried in two of the cemetery’s many large family plots, specifically in plots number 11 and 12, which at least included graves 27 thru 59 - probably more.


…this is definitely one of the most interesting bits of info (i.e. regarding Mrs. Hannah Sanderson, dau. of ‘Mary Hulbert’).:


In Memory of

Hannah Sanderon

Relict of

Joeph Sanderon

& Daur. of

Mary Hulbert Decd.

who died April 25th

AD 1812, In the 63d Year

of her age.


Cold in the grave keen orrow cries,

A tender friend and mother lies;

But to urviving friends a hope remains,

In heaven above the christian reigns.


You were right in you're initial analysis of some months past that this means that William III's last wife Mary had brought her own dau. named Hannah with her into the marriage.  Note that this Hannah is not the same Hannah (who is in fact William III's dau). who is listed as having married John Losey in 1749, since Mary's dau. Mrs. Hannah Sanderson wasn't born until 1749.  Furthermore, Mrs. Hannah Sanderson is not the dau. of William III's dau. Mary (née Hulburd), since the mother is listed on Hannah’s tombstone as ‘(Mrs.) Mary Hulbert’, and not ‘(Mrs.) Mary Aber’. 


Therefore, there were two Hannah's; one Mrs. Hannah (née Hulburd) Losey, dau. of William III by his first unnamed wife, and another Mrs. Hannah (née Loree) Sanderson, who was the dau. of William III's last wife Mary __________ by her previous marriage to (Ephraim?) Loree, and who was born about 17 to 20 years after Mrs. Hannah Losey.  Incidentally, Mrs. Hannah Sanderson is apparently buried along with the Hulburd clan in grave #36.


So, this is actually quite an important find and lead for us, since it dates William III's marriage to his last wife the widow Mary Loree as having occurred sometime after her dau. Hannah's birth in 1749 and probably before Ephraim's birth in 1759 (but definitely before 1761).  Also, this clearly makes William III's last wife Mary approximately 30 years his junior (as confirmed by her age given at death), since Jotham Sr. and Joshua would definitely constitute later in life babies - born 17 and 19 years respectively after their half-sister Mrs. Hannah Sanderson was born.  This confirms my previous speculation that William III had intentionally made a point of referring in his will to Mary as his ‘true and loving wife’ as there was apparently a very great difference in their ages, and their marriage had no doubt left eyebrows raised.


If Mary's Hannah was born after William III's daughters were already marrying in Morris Co., then William III's last wife Mary was also local to the Morristown area, and William and she married presumably in Morris Co., NJ.  So, why isn't their marriage listed in the Morristown CR?  Possibly because it wasn't preformed in a Presbyterian Church in that region.  But the Baptist Church at Mt. Freedom didn't exist yet either, so where were they married?  Possibly in the Baptist Church at Morristown (which is also possibly where William III's dau. Rachel married John Channel, where the burial of William III’s first wife may be registered, where the baptisms of William III’s children may be found, etc…)”. 



The Jail Bust-Out of William Tuttle (i.e. a Son-in-Law of William Hulburd III)

ROM had discovered the following reference on page 562 of the above referenced Tuttle-Tuthill Lines in America, which he had emailed onward to me.  I transcribed the highly abbreviated text (per the compiler’s own notes on the abbreviations used) as follows:


William Tuttle - possibly b.c. the 1720’s, (probably a son, or possibly a grandson, of Henry Tuttle – who was probably b.c.1670); m. 18 May 1748 in Morristown, NJ (per the Morristown CR) Abigail Hulbert (possibly the daughter of William of Rockaway); 


Per a 20 Oct 1750 news clipping: 


3 men broke out of the Trenton, NJ gaol [Note DMI: i.e. jail] last week—one, William TUTTLE, height 5 feet 8 inches, thin face, sandy complexion, bushy hair; born in PA, bred to farming, has a wife at Whippany, NJ’;


If William Tuttle were born in the earlier 1700’s, and had been married beforehand, he might possibly be the father of Henry Tuttle (b.1733), David Tuttle and John Tuttle (both possibly b.c. the 1740’s), and William (b.c.1744).  Sources: NJ Archives;  and the genealogical notes of Lotta (Tuthill) Vail”.


In a follow-up  email to ROM of 7 March 2005, I stated the following:


“…notice that William III and Abigail are said to reside at ‘Whippany’ in the article.  This could possibly be a mistake for neighboring Rockaway by the journalists (as Whippany would have been a better known section of Hanover Township than Rockaway).


Also, notice that the Tuttle Book (i.e. presumably the notes of Lotta Vail) identifies Abigail as a ‘Hulbert’.  It's interesting that those who lived 100 years closer to the facts clearly recognized all the spelling variations to be variations of what we would consider ‘Hulbert’ (which probably also means that by the mid to late 1800's when Lotta Vail was writing, that ‘Hulbert’ had apparently already become the generally accepted spelling of the surname).


Why was William Tuttle in Jail within only two years of being married to Abigail Hulburd, and why in Trenton, NJ?  This was 26 years before the American Revolution, so it likely had nothing to do with military service or activities.  It's also 4 years before the French and Indian War.  King George's War ended in North America in 1749, but this was fought primarily in the north of New England, around NH, ME and Nova Scotia.


So it appears that his imprisonment had nothing to do with wartime activities.  Being a Quaker – or Baptist - was quite possibly still a jail-able offense in 1750 in NJ, particularly if one were publicly denouncing the Established Church, or disrupting services of the Established Church.  For example, in Southold, L.I. we read of my ancestor Barnabas Wines II that ‘...He witnessed against the Quaker Arthur Smith there 19 May 1659...’.  The fact that William Tuttle is said to have been born in PA (one might presume Philadelphia at that point in time) makes me also wonder if he were a Quaker.  1756/7 was the year William III made the land purchase from the William Penn heirs, and PA was founded by Penn as a haven from Quaker persecution, so it's possibly that William Tuttle could have been imprisoned for religious beliefs, but 1750 seems a little late for that. 


And why Trenton, where the Governor's seat is?  It's not exactly a ‘hop, skip and a jump’ from Morristown to Trenton.  Even Newark and Elizabethtown were closer.  Of course, it's equally likely that he was guilty of some criminal offense (e.g. debtor's prison, brawling, speaking against the Crown, or the Church of England, etc). [Note DMI:  The boundary between East and West NJ, settled on as the Lawrence Line in 1743, went through today’s Chester, NJ (part of what became Mendham, NJ in 1749).  Even thought East and West NJ were united under a Royal Charter in 1703, the boundary line between East and West NJ was still used for legal purposes, and William Tuttle may have been sent to the West NJ authorities in Trenton, which may have been ruled to have jurisdiction over his case].


Why did William Tuttle ‘bust out of prison’ from Trenton in 1750 rather than stay in prison, and yet he apparently appears in a public record only two or less years later as a Freeholder in Mendham, NJ in 1752?  How does that happen?  I mean, it's not exactly like he was ‘laying low’ or ‘hiding out from the law’.


Notice, that any children suspected of William Tuttle, are suspected (i.e. and only suspected by Lotta Vail) as the result of a speculated 1st marriage for William Tuttle by her - and that only because she couldn't otherwise place the paternity of certain ‘stray’ Tuttles.  I don't think those are likely his children, though.  And even if they are his, notice there's zero mention of any children by Abigail Hulburd by genealogist Lotta Vail, or in the newspaper clipping of his prison escape.  E.g., Vail doesn't even suspect that the William Tuttle b.c.1744 could have been born about 1749 instead, and thus a child of Abigail's.  So, they obviously couldn't have children for some reason.


Finally, we know that by 1778, Abigail was widowed, had not remarried, as she is mentioned in her father’s will simply as ‘Abigail’, signifying that like Sarah (presumed spinster) and Rachel (widow) who are also listed only by forenames, that they were living under William III’s roof at the time he wrote his will in 1778.  Therefore, the ‘double’ listing in Hanover only in the 1785 tax census for ‘William Tuttle’, and the one listing there in 1786, are apparently not references to the husband of Abigail Hulburd.


So who were the ‘other two’ he busted out of prison with?  Were they known to him, or just fellow inmates?  Of course, this incident produces more questions than answers”.



The Confusion Between the Deserter John Chambers and the Patriot John Channel (i.e. a Son-in-Law of William Hulburd III)

William Hulburd III had by his first wife a daughter named Rachel Hulburd (b.c.1749).  Rachel (dau. of William III), married a John Channel Sr. sometime before the Revolutionary War had started.  John Channel was a Private in Captain David Lyon’s Company in Colonel Oliver Spencer’s Regiment of the Continental Army.  He was evidently captured by the British in a battle around Bound Brook, NJ on 1 June 1777, and remained “one full year” as a prisoner of war in a British dungeon in NYC, dying in 1778.


1778 was also the year that William Hulburd III of Mendham made out his will (i.e. written 24 Nov 1778).  It is probable at that time, that the family had already learned of John Channel Sr.’s death in a NYC British prison, and may be why William III lists his widowed daughter (likely living at home with him) simply as “Rachel”, and not as “Mrs. Rachel Channel”, or the “Widow Rachel Channel”. 


After the war ended in 1783, Rachel applied for her widow's pension, with the help of her brothers William Hulburd IV and Benjamin Hulburd, and James Wilkinson – who had been a witness to her father’s will.  Rachel's son John Channel Jr., having been deprived of his own father by the hostilities of war, grew up to be a Quaker pacifist.


Also fighting in the Revolutionary War was a soldier named “John Chambers”.  It has not yet been satisfactorily determined yet whether the Revolutionary soldier John Chambers was actually the son of John Talbot Chambers, or whether he was from an unrelated Chambers line.  The soldier Chambers is listed in military records as having deserted in the Pocono Mtns. on 29 May 1779, however the Continental Army is said by one descendant of his to have apparently “overlooked” that desertion, and his alleged part in letting spies for the British escape, etc., since there were apparently no court-martial proceedings found, and he was apparently able to subsequently settle in PA and/or NY near other former fellow Revolutionary soldiers. 


However, it may actually have been the very presence of those other former soldiers settling in those very areas which precipitated his moves from PA to NY, and then finally 17 years after the war’s end, to loyalist Canada.


It has apparently been asserted, without proof, in some accounts, that deserter John Chambers was married to a Rachel “Hulbard/Hubbard” (no doubt due to identity confusion between deserter John Chambers and patriot John Channel).


However, it must be remembered that deserter John Chambers deserted the Continental Army in the Pocono Mtns. of PA. on 29 May 1779.   This is fully 2 years after the capture of patriot John Channel in 1777, and fully one year after the death of patriot John Channel in a British prison in Manhattan in 1778You can't desert from the army in the mountains of PA a full year after you've already died in NYC.  The wife of deserter John Chambers, therefore, remains unidentified.


Regarding William III’s daughters Rachel and Ruth, I sent in the same email ROM in an email 31 Nov 2004:


“After searching extensively thru the Ancestry.com’s Rootsweb database, I’ve found nothing on Ruth Hulburd and her husband Mr. Losey.  BUT, I did find in Morristown a Peter Losey b. 10 Dec. 1748 who m.c.1774 a Ruth Severn (parentage unknown).  His age is perfect to have been Ruth's husband, based on her theorized birth date.  I think it could be possible, that Ruth may have been the young widow (possibly without children) of a Mr. Severn (say, married Severn about 1770), and then remarried about 1774 a Peter Losey (about 4 years before William III wrote out his will).


Rachel and John Channel are not listed in any on-line genealogies either.  There are no John Channel's listed at all.  However, I did find an Abraham Channel of Ipswich, MA (who married in 1779), and a Lewis Channel from around Boston, MA (who married bef. 1767).  This Lewis could have been a brother of John.  In any event, the Channels seem to be a family that originated in MA in the early to mid 1600's. 


As far as the John Chambers who is falsely alleged to have married Rachel Hulburd - no on-line genealogies have been found regarding them either.  But there seemed to have been Chambers around Monmouth and Middlesex Co.s, NJ early on, and a John Chambers of Mendham, NJ (about the age of William Hulburd III I believe) was a widower with at least one son (i.e. a John Talbot Chambers)”.



The Fight of Rachel Hulburd to Receive Her Deceases Husband’s Military Half-Pay

Rachel (dau. of William III), married a John Channel Sr. sometime before the Revolutionary War had started.  They probably had at least two sons (John Jr. and Samuel). [note DMI: they actually probably had more than two children per ROM, based on information on colonial citizens of Randolph, NJ posted on the internet by that town’s High School]. 


Per Revolutionary Pension Records of Morris Co. “Certificate of Rachel Channel”:


“(1st).  The written affidavit of Col. Oliver Spencer dated ‘from Camp’ on 15 May 1780, to whom it may concern:  ‘I do hereby Certify that John Channel Said to be deed was an inlisted Soldier in Capt. David Lyon’s Company in my Regt. for during the War; and that he was taken prisoner by the British between Boundbrook & (New) Brunswick on the 1st day of June 1777 after making a Gallant Defense under Lt. (William) Martin of my Reg. who was kiled at the Same time and said to Remain a prisoner with the Enemy one full year after he was made Prisoner’. ”  


Col. Oliver Spencer’s affidavit was later used by the widow Rachel Channel when she filed 7 Dec 1783 to receive her dead husband’s half-pay, as the record shows that “Application was made to the Court of General Quarter Sessions in favour of Rachel Channel widow of John Channel to obtain an adjudication for her Husbands halfpay…”.


The Revolutionary Pension Records of Morris Co. “Certificate of Rachel Channel” continues:


“2nd.  We do Certify that Rachel Channel of the Township of Mendham County of Morris & State of New Jersey is now living & was the lawfull Wife & we believe is real widow of John Channel, Deed. (dated) December 13th, 1783….  Witnesses that saw them married                        

                                                       Jacob Doty, Overseer of poor

                                                       Seth Babbit, Justice peace

                                                       James Wilkisson

                                                       William Hulbard


3rd .  Morris Co. Ss: Personally appeared before me Benjamin Halsey one of the Justices of the peace for said County, Benjamin Halberd & being duly sworn Saith that he Saw Rachel Hulberd married to the above named John Channel & that Serjeant Reed of the same Company in which the said John was inlisted told this deponant that the Said John Died in New York about one year after he was taken which this deponant verily believes to be the Case & that the Said Rachel was the lawfull wife and is the real Widow of the Said John Channel.


                                                                 Benjamin Halburd


Sworn the 13th day of July 1780 before me

Benjamin Halsey, J.P.


The Court having considered the s. Certificates & Affidavits are of the opinion that the said Rachel Channel is intitled to the half pay of her deceased husband from the first day of June 1777 to this day & do order the Clerk to make our Certificate accordingly”.


Nearly 10 years later, the Votes of the House of Assembly on 26 May 1792 state: 


“Mr. Imlay from the Committee, to whom was re-committed the Report made to this house at the last Sitting, together with sundry Petitions for Claims against this State, report as follows:  ‘That in the Opinion of your Committee the Warrant issued to Rachel Channel, Widow of John Channel, late a Private in Colonel Spencer’s Regiment, in the Service of the United States, and who died in Service, the sum of Twenty-five Schillings per Month, from the first Day of June, Seventeen Hundred and Seventy-seven, should be allowed’, and three days later, the House of Assembly ordered ‘that the Speaker do sign the said several Warrants (for half-pay)’, including for ‘Rachel Channel’. ” 


However, the very next day on 30 May 1792 in the House Assembly:  “Mr. Condict from the Council, informed the House that the Warrant entitling Rachel Channel, to receive the Amount of her late Husband’s Half-pay, is rejected by Council”, and also “Resolved, that the Council disagree thereto”. 


Nonetheless, she was later “adjudged by the [Morristown] Court to be entitled to the half pay of her deceased husband from 1 June 1777 until this day 9 May 1793”.  Later that year on 23 October 1793, the House Assembly records that “An Adjudication of the Court of Quarter-Sessions of the County of Morris, in favor of Rachel Channel for the Half-pay of her late Husband John Channel, deceased, formerly a Soldier in Colonel Spencer’s Regiment, was read and ordered a second Reading”.


The final word to wit on the subject seems to have been rendered a few months later on 3 Feb 1794, when the House of Assembly records that “Mr. Camp from the Committee to whom was referred, the Petitions of sundry Widows, praying the Allowance of the Half-pay of their late deceased Husbands, reported:  ‘That the Petition of the late Widow Channel, is not properly supported, and ought not to be allowed’. ” 


The only reason that I can possibly imagine for this turn about, is that the Assembly were questioning the fact that she was actually “legally” married to John Channel, as they were obviously not considering her Quaker (or Baptist) marriage to have been valid, and there were no (Presbyterian) church records to provide “evidence” that a “legal” marriage had in fact taken place.  Of course, we see here that the Morristown Court had previously backed up Rachel’s claims of having been married, since they would have personally known her and her late husband.




OBADIAH HULBURD I of Enfield, CT (1703 – 1785)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Mary Howard of New Haven, CT.


Obadiah Hulburd I Allegedly Representing his Mother’s Interest in Howard Lands?

It is said in some “Hulbert / Hurlbut” accounts that “Obadiah represented his mother Mary's interests in Howard lands” without further clarification to exactly what that means.  [Update DMI of 26 Apr 2009:  this quote apparently came by way of other Hulbert genealogical accounts, which had in turn used as their source the tainted “The Hulbert Family 1305 With The Ancestry of Walter Hulbord, Thomas Hulbert and William Hulbert” by Henry Carlton Hulbert.  That source is tainted due to it’s reliance upon the genealogical forgeries of genealogical conartist Gustav Anjou, and thus this reference to Obadiah and Howard lands is to be considered dubious at best].



The Descendants of Obadiah Hulburd I of Enfield, CT


A-1  OBADIAH HULBURD I,  b. 8 Aug 1703 in Enfield (Hartford Co), CT  d. 13 Nov 1785  in same.  Per GH’s Hurlbut-Hurlburt Genealogy website, Obadiah I’s tombstone in Enfield Street Cemetery, spells his name “Hulburd” and lists his year of death as “1783”.  However, per the History of Enfield, Vol. III, pg 2338, his tombstone reads, “In Memory of Mr. / Obadiah Hulburt died / Nov. 13, 1785 in his 83d year” with the following epitaph: “Altho we moulder in the dust, In God through Christ we Put our trust”. 

         Obadiah I enter an intention to marry Love Parsons on 12 Oct 1729, and he 1st m. 22 Jan 1730 Love Parsons (b. 9 Jun 1712  d. 5 Apr 1744, dau. of Philip Parsons and Anna ________). 

         Obadiah’s intention to marry Esther Colton was entered 15 Dec 1744, and he 2nd m. 4 Jan 1745 Ester Colton (b. 31 Mar 1714 in Enfield (Hartford Co), CT  d. 4 May 1795 in Stafford, CT age 88 [per Enfield death records], dau. of Josiah Colton and Margaret Pease). Obadiah Hurlbut's tombstone reads “Altho we moulder in the dust, In God through Christ we put our trust”;

         [Note DMI: Per the dubious “Dunlevy Genealogy”, Obadiah Hulburd I and 1st wife Love Parsons had 6 children.  Other Internet accounts claim that Love Parsons’ 6 children were named William, Love, Tryphena, Obadiah II, Deborah, and Sarah.  However, Obadiah II’s will mentions his sisters “Tryphena and Eleanor].


A-1  Obadiah Hulburd I  1st m.  Love Parsons

B-1  William Hulburd Sr.,   b. 4 Feb 1731  d.1782,  m. 18 Jan 1751 in Enfield, CT Tabitha Warner (b. 2 Mar 1730 in Stafford [Tolland Co], CT   d.?____, dau. of John Warner and Tabitha Abbe).  Per Vermont Families in 1791, p.181 he was a Sergeant in the Vermont Militia during the Rev. War.  (See notes below on his counterfeiting activities);

         Love Hulburd,  b. 24 May 1733  d.?____;

         Tryphena Hulburd,  b. 12 May 1736 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. 1814 [per great-nephew Obadiah III’s will];

B-2  Obadiah Hulburd II,  b. 23 Aug 1738  d. 30 Sep 1811 in Enfield, CT age 74, bur. in Enfield Street Cemetery.  Hem. 28 Aug 1766 in Enfield, CT Jane “Jennette” Pease (b. 13 Aug 1743 in Enfield, CT  d. 12 Jul 1826 age 83 in same, dau. of Ezekiel Pease and Hannah Chandler). 

         Per the  History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900 pg. 2340, Jane’s tombstone reads:  “In Memory of / Jane Pease / Wife of / Obadiah Hulburt / Died July 11, 1826 / Aged 83”.

         Per the History of Enfield, Vol. III, pg. 2637, Obadiah “Holebard” [i.e. 20 years old] was mustered April 4 – Nov. 15, 1758 into Lieut. David Parsons 3rd Company of Major General Phineas Lyman’s 1st Regiment.  The note at the end of that year states, “This year’s Expedition was successful in taking Fort Ticonderoga & Crown Point”.

         On pg. 2640 of that same volume, Obadiah “Hurlburt” was mustered 16 Apr. 1759 into Capt. David Parsons 9th Company of Major General Phineas Lyman’s 1st Regiment.  The note at the end of that year states, “This year’s Expedition was engaged in the reduction of Fort Louis at Oswego and the capture of Montreal”.

         Obadiah Hulburd II’s will excerpt in the History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg. 2261 reads:  “ Will dated 15 Jan. 1808 – presented 29 Nov. 1811.  Mentions wife Jane.  Children Jane, Hannah, Nancy, Sybell, Tryphena, Eleanor, Obadiah [III].  Grandchild Polly Seers.  Executors Obadiah Hulburd jun., ‘my son’.  Witness Caleb Booth, Lucretia Booth, Sabra Booth.  Inventory $1693.59.  Real and Personal.

         [Note DMI:  several accounts on Ancestry.com’s World Tree note under Obadiah and Jane Pease, that they had 1 son, and 4 dau.s.  The original source for that info appears to be “A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut…”, by Royal Ralph Hinman, 1846.  This is to be understood as 4 dau.s who lived to adulthood (dau.s Jane and Hannah apparently having died when young)]. 

B-3  Deborah Hulburd,  b. 13 Feb 1740 in Enfield, CT  d. 3 Jan 1830 in Union City (Tolland Co), CT,  m. 5 Jun 1765 (apparently intention to marry announced 15 April 1765) in Enfield, CT Isaac Booth (b. 9 Mar 1739  d. 13 Jan 1798 in Union City, CT);

B-4  Sarah Hulburd,  b. 2 Feb 1743  d. 26 Sep 1803,  m. 21 Nov 1771 in Enfield, CT Ebenezer Terry (b. 27 Aug 1748  d. 3 Oct 1838).  Ephraim Terry, Justice of the Peace officiated;


A-1  Obadiah Hulburd I  2nd m.  Esther Colton

         Esther Hulburd,  b.c. Nov 1745?  [Note DMI:  b. 8 Aug 1745 per most sources, which I believe to be in error]   d.?____.

         [Note DMI: If she is the Esther Hulbert/var. who married (allegedly 4 May 1772 in Walpole [Cheshire Co], NH per one account) Timothy Burroughs (b. 20 Aug 1751 in East Windsor, CT  d. 2 Jan 1829 in Brookfield [Orange Co], VT), then she died after 1795.

         Per the dubious “Dunlevy Genealogy”, Obadiah Hulburd I had 6 children by each of his two wives.  If the birth date given in some accounts for Esther Hulburd of 8 Aug 1745 were correct, and the marriage date for her mother Esther Colton given in the dubious Dunlevy Genealogy is correct, then Esther Colton would have been 2 months pregnant when she married Obadiah Hulburd I.  Furthermore, Esther Hulburd would have married then a husband who was 6 years her junior.

         The birth in 1745 for Esther was said to have occurred in Wethersfield, CT (which if true would make her a Hurlbut, and not a Hulburd), and at least one Internet account identifies her as Esther “Hurlbut”.  So the question now becomes, whether Timothy Bourroughs of East Windsor, CT:


1) married an Esther Hurlbut from Wethersfield, CT (c. 12 miles south of him) who was 6 years his senior, or


2)  married an Esther Hulburd from Enfield, CT (c. 10 miles north of him), whose birth date was unknown, but to whom later researchers had falsely attributed the birth date of an Esther Hurlbut?


         If the 8 Aug 1745 birth date of an Esther Hurlbut of Wethersfield were falsely attributed to an Esther Hulburd of Enfield, then that raises the question of when Esther Hulburd would have, and could have, been born.  Her mother Esther Colton was born 31 Mar 1714.  The five other children of Esther Colton were born roughly 2 1/2 years apart from each other, and there is no way to insert a birth for Esther anywhere in between them.  So based upon this birth pattern, Esther could have only been the first, or last, child.  

         So, Esther was either born in the end of 1745 after her mother’s marriage on 4 Jan 1745, or she was born about 1760 when her mother would have been about 46 years old.  While it seems more probable that Esther Colton would have had a child 10 or 11 months after her marriage (rather than having her first child 33 months after her marriage), it also seems more probable that Timothy Burroughs would have married a wife 9 years his junior rather than 5 to 6 years his senior.  The problem with that is, a 1760 birth date would have had Burroughs’ wife bearing their first children (twins) when she was only 13 years old – again, not likely.

         Furthermore, the dubious Dunlevy Genealogy also says, that Ebenezer was the “second son” that Esther Colton bore to Obadiah Hulburd I, but this probably a mistake for “second child”.  That being said, it appears likely that, given her age and date of marriage, that Esther Colton would have had a first child with Obadiah Hulburd I probably around the end of 1745, and that this child may have indeed been named after her. 

         However, I have not seen any documentation or original sources to date 9e.g. baptism or will), showing that Obadiah I and Esther Colton actually had a child (first or otherwise) named “Esther”.  And whether that speculated child grew up to marry Timothy Bourroughs, or whether Timothy Burroughs married an unrelated Esther Hurlbut from Wethersfield, CT is also still unclear];

B-5  Ebenezer Hulburd I,  b. 16 Sep 1747 in Enfield, CT  d.1819 in Orwell, VT,   1st m. 10/16 Mar 1772 in Suffield (Hartford Co), CT Mary “Polly” Sheldon (b.1748  d. 1 Apr 1786 in Orwell [Addison Co], VT),  2nd m.1790 in Orwell, VT Hannah Parker (b. 6 Aug 1751  d. Sep 1845 in Modica, NY, poss. dau. of Ephraim Parker and Bethsheba Pierson).  Hannah was apparently the widow of Capt. Hiland Hall. 

         Per the dubious A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family: “An excerpt from records at Montpelier, Vt., archives mentions Ebenezer Hulburd among Revolutionary soldiers as follows: From a pay roll of Captain Daniel Smith’s Company in Colonel Ira Allen’s Regiment of Militia in the alarm to Skenesborough [NY], March, 1780, it appears that Ebenezer ‘Hulburt’ served at a private two days, and received £0.7.4.   Also under the same command in an alarm to Castleton, October 31, 1781, we find that Ebenezer ‘Hulburt’ served as a private ten days and received £1.3.4.  And under Captain Abraham Underhill Colonel Ira Allen's regiment ‘in an alarm’, Ebenezer ‘Hulburd’ served as a private eleven days (date not given), and received £1.5.1 and1/2”;

B-6  Job Hulburd I,  b. 22 May 1750 in Enfield, CT  d. 11 Jan 1826 age 76 in Somers (Tolland Co), CT, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers.  He m. 11 Nov 1776 in Enfield, CT Dorcas Spencer (b. 14 Oct 1751 in Enfield, CT  d. 7 Apr 1822 in Somers, CT as “Mrs. Dorchas Hulburd”, dau. of Hezekiah Spencer and Mary Boot).  The tombstone for Dorcas reads: “Death is a debt, To nature due, that I have paid, and so must you”.

         Per the History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg. 2497, in the section of the Town Records recording earmarks, it states, “Job hulbord Entored the mark of his Creaters [i.e. Creatures] June 19 1778 wich is a Crop of [i.e. off] the [far] of [i.e. off] Eare and a half Crop [off] the up Per side [of] the neare Eare”.  [Note DMI: I can only guess that the “near ear” is probably the animal’s right ear, which is on your left as the animal faces you];

         Eliphalet Hulburd,  b. 31 Aug 1752  d.?____,  m.____ Mehitabel Demming (b.?____  d.?____);

         Mehitable / Mehitabel Hulburd,  b. 22 Jun 1755  d.?____,  m.____ Hezekiah Spencer (b.?____  d.?____);

         Asa Hulburd,  b. 5 Nov 1757  d.?____,  m.____ Anna Bipell (b.?____  d.?____);


B-1  William Hulburd Sr.  m.  Tabitha Warner

         William Hulburd Jr.,  b. 17 May 1751 in Enfield, CT  d.?____.  [Note DMI:  If he were indeed the son of William Hulburd and Tabitha Warner, then Tabitha Warner would have been 5 months pregnant when she married William Hulburd Sr. on 18 Jan 1751 in Enfield.

          Also, the William “Holbert” of Lackawaxen Twp. (Pike Co), PA (previously on/near the Delaware River in NJ), who died 30 Apr 1819 is said to have been an immigrant from Holland, but I have never seen documentation to support that assertion.  He was said to be b.c.1751, and had at least 2 sons, one of which was named Benjamin.  Could he have actually been the son of William Hulburd and Tabitha Warner?];

C-1  Love (alias Ruth) Hulburd,  b. 9 Jul 1753 in Enfield, CT  d. Sep 1821 in Oswego (Oswego Co), NY,  m.1773 in Bennington, VT Joseph Leavitt III (b. 4 Sep 1753 in Suffield, CT  d. 31 Mar 1835 in Onondaga (Onondaga Co), NY);

         Zacheas Hulburd,  b. 22 May 1757 in Suffield, CT  d.?____ . [Note DMI:  there was a “Zacheas” Hanchett of Suffield, CT, so that appears to be the correct original spelling of his forename, and it is not a scribe’s error for “”Zacharias”];

C-2  Tabitha Hulburd,  b. 18 Jun 1759 in Suffield, CT  d.?____.  [Note DMI:  a Robert Graham (b. 23 Jun 1759 in Suffield, CT  d. 17 Mar 1836 in Rutland, VT) is said to have m. 17 Mar 1781 in NY, NY a Tabitha “Hurlbut” (b. Jul 1761 in Woodbury, CT  d. 1 Aug 1805 in NY, NY).  However, due to Robert’s places of birth and death, I believe the Tabitha attributed as his wife likely to be a mistake for Tabitha Hulburd (b. 18 Jun 1759 in Suffield, CT).  I am tentatively considering him to have been the husband of Tabitha Hulburd, and am including Robert and Tabitha’s children further below];

C-3  Phillip Hulburd (alias Hulbert),  b. 22 Jan/Feb 1761in Suffield, CT [Note DMI:  also claimed by some to have been b. 7 June 1761 as “Pheleg” – perhaps from a later baptismal record?]  d. 12 Feb 1824 in Collamer, NY,  m. 1 Jan 1794 in Suffield, CT Deborah Hanchett (b.c.1768  d. 11 Mar 1852, dau. of David Hanchett and Deborah Sheldon);

         Diana Hulburd,  b. 21 Oct 1764 in Suffield, CT  d.?____;


B-2  Obadiah Hulburd II  m.  Jane “Jennette” Pease

         Jane Hulburd,  b. 29 Dec 1766 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. 1811. [Note DMI:  If Jane were indeed the dau. of Obadiah II and Jane Pease, then Jane Pease was 5 months pregnant when she married Obadiah II on 28 Aug 1766.  Jane is listed in Obadiah’s will in position of oldest dau.  Not to be confused with a Jane “Holabird” (b.c.1765 in CT) m.c.1786 in Canaan (Litchfield Co), CT a Asa Dean, who was the dau. of Elisha Hurlbut];

C-4  Obadiah Hulburd III,  b. 9 Mar 1769  d. 17 Mar 1814 age 45, bur. in Enfield Street Cemetery.   

         [Note DMI: It appears to me if Obadiah impregnated c.1795 his second-cousin-once-removed Abigail Pease (b. 8 Nov 1762  d.1797, dau. of David Pease and Olive Prior), since the “History of Enfield, Vol. III”, 1900, pg. 2249 contains the abstract for the administration of the estate of Abigail Pease 2nd, as follows:  “Administration granted to David Pease 21 April 1798.  Inventory £53:0:1.  Personal estate – part of which is 4 Notes against Obadiah Hulburt and Obadiah Hulburt jun given for support of child of the sd deceased – total £22:9:0”]. 

         Obadiah III m. 22 Apr 1805 in Enfield, CT Rachel Burr (b. 31 Aug 1778 in Norfolk, CT  d. 7 Feb 1813 age 34 in Enfield, CT, bur. in Enfield Street Cemetery, dau. of Daniel Burr and Betty Brown). Obadiah III’s tombstone reads: “Death brings a melancholy gloom, And leaves an empty seat at home”.

         Obadiah III’s will abstract found in History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg 2265 reads:  Will dated 16 March 1814, presented 2 May 1814.   Mentions children Obadiah [IV], Halsey, Daniel Burr, William.  Sisters Tryphena and Eleanor.  Aunt Tryphena.  Mother - not [specifically] named.  Executor Jonathan Pease.  Witnesses Timothy Chapin, Chester Allen 2nd, Caleb Booth.  Inventory $4,372.92.  Real and Personal;

         Hannah Hulburd,  b. 11 Mar 1771 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. 1811;

C-5  Nancy Hulburd,  b. 10 May 1773 in Enfield, CT  d. 1 Sep 1846,  m.____ Daniel Bush (b.1770  d. 7 May 1815);

         Sybel W. Hulburd,  b. 15 Mar 1775 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. 1849 [per sister Tryphena H. Beers’ will],  m.____ Ethan Osborn (b.?____  d.?____)  [Note DMI:  an Ethan Osborn (b.c.1800  d. 4 Feb 1853) of East Windsor, CT (just south of Suffield) is said to have m. 25 Nov 1823 in East Windsor, CT a Sybil Wells (b.c.1800  d. 23 Aug 1854).  Could this possibly be a reference to a widowed Sybel Hulburd marrying for a second time?];

C-6  Mary “Polly” Hulburd,  b. 17 Jul 1777  d. bef. 1811 [Note DMI: not mentioned in her father Obadiah II’s will of 1811, but her dau. Polly is],  m.  2 Nov 1797 in Enfield, CT Simeon Sears (b. 7 Oct 1776 in Sandisfield (Berkshire Co), MA  d.1864 in PA);

         Tryphena Hulburd,  b.c.1780?  d. Oct 1849,  m. 20 Mar 1832 in Enfield, CT Philo Beers (b.?____  d.?____).  Ephraim Terry officiated. 

         The will abstract for Tryphena H. Beers found in History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg 2308 reads:  Will dated 22 Sept. 1849 – presented 26 Oct. 1849.   Mentions  husband Philo Beers.  Also sisters’ daughters – not [specifically] named. Also Sybil W. Osborn wife of Ethan Osborn, and Obadiah Hulbert [IV].   Also Halsey Hulbert, Daniel Hulbert and William Hulbert, brothers [i.e. who are Tryphena’s nephews] now living in Ohio.  Executor Samuel R. Pease.  Witnesses Franklin C. Hulbert, Nancy G. Pease and Jonathan Pease. [Note DMI:  She apparently had no issue, since bequests in her will involve only her spouse, siblings, and their children]

         Eleanor Hulburd,  b.c.1782?  d. aft. 1814 [per brother Obadiah III’s will];


B-3  Deborah Hulburd  m.  Isaac Booth Sr.

         Isaac Booth Jr.,  b. 14 Nov 1765 in Enfield, CT  d. 21 Jan 1864 in Union, CT,  m. 4 Nov 1790 in Stafford, CT Elizabeth Foskett (b.?____  d. 15 Dec 1825 in Union, CT).  They had children:  Lydia (b. 11 Feb 1791), Betsey (b. 7 Jul 1792), Samuel Chandler (b. 4 Jun 1795), Henry (b. 22 Oct 1798), Elam (b. 25 May 1801), Isaac Billings (b. 3 Feb 1805), and Sullivan (b. 5 Jun 1808);

         Benjamin Booth,  b.c.1768? in Enfield, CT  d.?____;

         Sarah Booth,  b. 15 Apr 1770 in Union, CT  d.1861 in Madison, NY,  m.1792 in Enfield, CT Elisha Griggs (b. 12 Oct 1770 in Pomfret [Windham Co], CT  d. 31 Mar 1869 in Stockbridge [Madison Co], NY).  They had children: Lucinda (b. 8 Feb 1793), Joseph Cheney (b. 16 Feb 1795  d.1879  m. 19 May 1816 Mary “Polly” Corbin), Anna (b. 29 Jan 1797), John (b. 6 Dec 1799), Esther (b. 13 Jan 1800), Hannah (b. 2 Feb 1802), and Laura (b. 10 Apr 1804);

         Job Booth,  b. 1 Sep 1774 in Enfield, CT  d. 18 Sep 1774 in same;

         Esther Booth,  b. 22 Feb 1776 in Enfield, CT  d.c.1860 in Union, CT,  m.c.1796 in Union, CT Abner Sessions Sr. (b. 22 Feb 1770 in Enfield, CT  d.?____).  They had children:  John H. (b. 4 Jun 1797), Isaac Booth (#1) (b. 26 May 1799), Polly (b. 14 Apr 1801), Abner Jr. (b. 12 Aug 1803), Elvira (b. 20 Dec 1805), Sarah (b. 28 May 1808), Otis (b. 25 Aug 1810), Diantha (b. 25 Aug 1810, twin of Otis), Isaac Booth (#2) (b. 7 Jan 1813), Martin (b. 16 Oct 1815), Truman (b. 20 Feb 1818), and Melissa (b. 16 Apr 1820);


B-4  Sarah Hulburd  m.  1 Nov 1771 Ebenezer Terry

         Mary Terry,  b. 1 Nov 1772 in Enfield, Ct  d.?____;

         Sarah “Sally” Terry,  b. 11 Apr 1775 in Enfield, CT  d.?____,  m. 17 Dec 1801 in Enfield, CT Winthrop Parsons (b. 8 Jun 1775 in Enfield, CT  d. 25 Feb 1865 in same).  They had children:  Maria Cecelia (b. 7 Oct 1802), Ebenezer Terry (b. 4 Mar 1804), Mariah Cecelia (b. 6 Feb 1806), and Sarah Terry (b. 4 Apr 1809);

         Dorothy (alias Dolla) Terry,  b. 27 Sep 1777  d. 23 May 1826,  m. 11 Sep 1800 Joseph Olmsted (b. 14 May 1776 in Enfield, CT  d. 10 May 1861).  They had children:  Dorothy (#1) (b. 23 Jun 1801  d. 21 Aug 1803), Joseph (#1) (b. 1 Sep 1803  d. 2 Sep 1803), Daniel Terry (b. 8 May 1805  d. 10 Dec 1880,  m. 11 May 1834 Susan Pinney), Norton (b. 18 Sep 1807  d. 9 Apr 1893,  m. 20 Oct 1830 Clarissa M. Allen), Dorothy (#2) (b.1809  d. 6 Jul 1862), and Joseph (#2) (b. 31 Dec 1820  d. 9 Aug 1864,  m. 2 Jun 1852 Sarah Barnes);

         Charlotte Terry,  b. 26 Mar 1780  d.?____;

         Christian Terry (fem),  b. 4 Jan 1782 in Enfield, CT  d. 19 Jun 1868 in same,  m. 16 May 1811 in Enfield Asahel Parsons Jr. (b. 29 Jul 1778 in Enfield, CT  d. 11 Jun 1857 in same).  They had children:  Jabez (b. 10 Mar 1812  d. 12 Feb 1904,  m. 17 Oct 1833 Mary Harriet Allen), Aurelia (b. 7 Feb 1816,  m.1832 Loren Buckland), Lucinda, and Winthrop;

         Esther Terry,  b. 28 Jun 1784 in Enfield, CT  d.?____;

         Aurilla / Aurelia Terry,  b. 6 May 1786 in Enfield, CT  d. 12 Sep 1866,  m. 31 May 1825 the widower Luther Pierce (b. 14 Oct 1781 in Sutton, MA  d. 14 Nov 1861).  They had child:  Ebenezer Pierce (b. 24 Mar 1826 in Enfield, CT);


B-5  Ebenezer Hulburd I  1st m.  Mary “Polly” Sheldon

         Mary Hulburd,  b. 6 Oct 1772 in VT  d.?____,  m.c.1800? James Courtney (b.c.1770?  d.____?);

C-7  Ebenezer Hulburd II,  b. 28 Oct 1774 in Orwell, VT  d. 2 Feb 1857 in Stockholm (St. Lawrence Co), NY,  m. 4 Apr 1802 in Cornwall (Addison Co), VT Lucy Tilden (b. 30 Oct 1782 in Richmond (Berkshire Co), MA  d. 1 Apr 1851 In Stockholm, NY)

         Per History of Stockholm, NY, edited by Gates Curtis, Boston, 1894, chp. 23:  Ebenezer Hulburd was one of the first settlers to arrive in Stockholm, NY in 1802. Stockholm was principally settled by families from Orwell, VT.  In 1806, he was appointed City Supervisor, as well as Overseer of Highways and Pound Master.  Julius (b. 20 Apr 1803), son of Ebenezer Hulburd, was the first “white child” born in that town.  Ebenezer taught the first school in the winter of 1807.  A Congregational church was formed 10 March 1807 at East Stockholm, with seven members meeting first at the house of Ebenezer Hulburd;

C-8  Esther Hulburd,  b. 11 Oct 1776 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d.?____,  m.c.1800? William Staples (b.c.1776?  d. aft. 1825;

C-9  Chloe Hulburd,  b. 30 Oct 1778 in Rupert, VT  d. 1 Oct 1851 in Orwell, VT,  m. 11 Mar 1800 in Orwell, VT Artemidorus “Dorus” Bascom (b. 19 Dec 1774 in Northfield [Franklin Co], VT  d. 26 Aug 1841 in Orwell [Addison Co], VT);

C-10  Sarah Hulburd,  b. 5 Apr 1781 in Rupert, VT  d. 2 Dec 1839 in Ferrisburg (Addison Co), VT,  1st m. 6 Oct 1803 in Orwell, VT Martin Post (b. 11 Nov 1778  d. 2 Feb 1811 in Cornwall, VT),  2nd m.c.1816? Augustus Frederick Hand (b.c.1780?  d.?____);

         Oliver Hulburd,  b. 5 Feb 1783  d.?____.  [Note DMI:  one account claims he m.c.1805? Lucretia Olcault (i.e. “Olcott”) (b.c.1785?  d.?____)];

C-11  Luther Hulburd,  b. 1 May 1785 in Orwell, VT  d. 14 Feb 1874 in Brasher Falls (St. Lawrence Co), NY,  1st m. 29 Dec 1808 Lydia Tilden (b.1789 in Richmond, MA  d. 1848 in Stockholm, NY), 2nd m.____ Lydia Abbot [Mooar? – i.e. Moore?] (b. 15 Aug 1790  d. 6 Feb 1854, widow of Capt. Thomas C. Foster),  3rd m.____  _________________ (b.?____  d.?____), 4th m.____  ________________ (b.?____  d.?____, widow of _________ Loomis).

         Per History of Stockholm, NY, edited by Gates Curtis, Boston, 1894, chp. 23:  “In 1806…Luther Hulburd settled on lot 33, and members of that family have always been prominent in the town”; 


B-5  Ebenezer Hulburd  2nd m.  Hannah Parker

C-12  Hiland Hall Hulburd,  b. 27 Feb 1791 in Orwell, VT  d. 1 Feb 1865 in Columbus, OH, bur. in Greenlawn Cemetery.  He was named after his mother’s first husband, Capt. Hiland Hall.  A Reverend and Missionary to the Seminole Indians at Woodville, AL, he 1st m. 20 Nov 1820 in Natchez, MS Mary Mitchel (b.?____  d.1823),  2nd m. 22 Jun 1826 in Pultneyville, NY Janet Elizabeth Reese (b. 9 Oct 1801 in Bristol (then Wales, now England), UK  d. 4 Jul 1875 in Mt. Clair, NY, bur. in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, OH, dau. William Rees and Abigail Powell)

         Per the dubious  A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family:  “… His daughter (Helen Hulburd Brown) gives the following account:  He received his early education at the district schools, and later at Middlebury College.  He did not graduate then, but when he had won his place, his Alma Mater conferred the Honorary Degree upon him.  He went south in 1813 and finished his studies, graduating at the college in Augusta, Ga., where his half-brother Oliver was then a professor.  Hiland Hall Hulburd studied for the ministry and preached at Fort Clayboarne in the Territory of Alabama (in Woodville, etc).  He was one of the first missionaries to the Seminole Indians.  He settled at Natchez, Miss. in 1817 and preached there seven years.

         He married November 20, 1820 Mary Mitchel, the granddaughter of Reverend Jebediah Smith from Massachusetts, who married them.  Mary Mitchel Hulburd lived but three years, and died leaving a daughter

Mary Eudocia.  

         Reverend Hiland Hulburd came north in 1824, and on June 22, 1825 he married (second) Janet Elizabeth Rees in Pultneyville, NY.  Mr. Hulburd’s labored in a great religious revival of 1826.  A very severe winter compelled him on account of his lungs to seek a milder climate.  He settled in Central Ohio at Worthington, then a very flourishing town.  Here he preached for several years, and here his first daughter Sarah Janet Hulburd (who afterwards became Mrs. John Craig Dunlevy) was born on October 9, 1827, and his oldest son Hiland, in 1829. 

         Receiving urgent calls and with health improved, Reverend Hiland Hall Hulburd returned to New York State and preached in Holly, N. Y., where his third child Helen was born September 9, 1831.  He also preached in Modica, N. Y., and it was here their second son Henry was born in 1834. 

         Again failing health put a stop to his preaching for a year.  They returned to Worthington, Ohio, where he left his family and went to Galveston, Texas, for the winter.  He preached here [i.e. in Worthington] four years.  In July 1837 their son Francis Meeker was born, also their youngest child Llewellyn in 1839. 

         In 1841 Mr. Hulburd moved to Columbus, Ohio, the Capital of the State.  Here he was Chaplain of the Senate for two years, but complete loss of voice compelled him to relinquish all effort at public-speaking, and he never again had a regular charge.  He, however, preached in the summers and, when well enough, for vacant and weak churches and missions, and lived in retirement at Columbus until 1862, when he went to Chicago and spent three years with his daughter Helen.  He died very suddenly while on a visit to Columbus, Ohio on February 1, 1865, where he was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

         Reverend Hiland Hall Hulburd was almost six feet tall, very erect and never bent; he had good, regular features and teeth, black hair when young, but at fifty was snowy white; his eyes were grey.  He had very winning, graceful, gracious manners, with a kind word for every one.  The poor almost worshiped him and he was a most lovely, useful Christian


         Janet Elizabeth Rees, his wife, died at Mt. Clair, N. Y., on July 4, 1875.  She was tall and erect in figure, a woman of superior endowments, intellectual, literary, artistic and musical.  She left many evidences of her talent as a writer.  She was five feet, eight inches in height, with a clear complexion and bright color, blue eyes and brown hair that never became grey.  She was a woman of sympathy and great

kindness of heart, a friend of the poor and suffering, beloved by all who knew her.  She was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio, by the side of her husband, the Reverend Hiland Hulburd”;

C-13  Obed Hulburd,  b. 27 Mar 1793 in Orwell, VT  d.?____,  m.____  ______________ (b.?____  d.?____);

         Oren Hulburd,  b. 25 Mar 1795 in Orwell, VT  d. Mar 1872 in NY State [Note DMI:  is he the Oren Hulburd who m. Sarah Goodrich and fathered Sarah Amelia Hulburd (b. 10 Mar 1822  d. 17 Oct 1907 in Medina or Albion [Oswego Co], NY,  m. Henry Prudden)?];

         Elois Hulburd,  b. 20 Aug 1797 in Orwell, VT  d.?____;

C-14  Horace I. Hulburd,  b. 18 Jul 1799 in Orwell, VT  d. aft. 1843,  m. 20 Aug 1822 Amanda Rutherford (b.c.1800  d. aft. 1843);

         Dyanthia Hulburd,  b.c.1804 in Orwell, VT  d.?____;


B-6  Job Hulburd I  m.  Dorcas Spencer

         Achsa Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Anna Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

C-15  Job Hulburd II,  b. Aug 1781  d. 24 Feb 1872  m.c.1813  Lucinda Collins (b.1788  d. 17 Apr 1863 in Somers, CT, dau. of Jabez Collins).  [Note DMI:  Apparently fought in War of 1812, as he is referred to as “Capt”];

C-16  Augustin Hulburd,  b. 7 Sep 1783/84 in Somers, CT  d. 29 May 1842 in Somers, CT,  m. 10 Apr 1805 in Somers, CT Dorothy Meacham (b. 13 Nov 1784 in Somers, CT  d. 12 Aug 1839 age 56 in same, dau. of Aaron Meacham and Abigail Pease);

         Dorcas Hulburd,  b.1785  d. 13 Jan 1845 at age 60, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT.  Apparently never married;

C-17  Timothy Hulburd,  b.c.1788  d. 2 Jan 1869,  m.1818 in Somers, CT Dorothy Pease (b. 31 Oct 1751 in Enfield, CT  d. 26 Dec 1868);

         Chauncey Hulburd (#1),  b.c.1791?  d. bef. 1794;

C-18  Chauncey Hulburd (#2),  b.1794  d. 28 Jul 1846 age 52, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT.  He m.1817 in Somers, CT Ruby Pease (b. 13 May 1794 in Somers, CT  d. 31 Dec 1878);


C-1  Love (alias Ruth) Hulburd  m.  Joseph Leavitt III

         Oliver Leavitt,  b. 28 Jan 1782 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d. 3 Apr 1837 in Palmero (Oswego Co), NY,  m. Feb 1803 in Oswego, NY Eunice Sheldon (b.1785 in Rupert, VT  d.1857 in Loveland (Clermont Co), OH, dau. of Ezra Sheldon and Eunice Nelson). 

         Oliver and Eunice had children:  Oliver Sheldon (b. 18 Nov 1808  d. 30 Dec 1808, m.1831 Helen Merrill), Philo (b.1810  d. Mar 1873, ), Eunice Maria (b. 13 Apr 1812, m. 3 Mar 1838 William Pinkham), Esther (b.1814  d.1814), Christopher (b. 2 Oct 1815  d. 11 Nov 1878, m. 29 Apr 1838 Elza Lattimer Douglas), Love Lucinda (d.1823), Joseph N. (b.1821  d,1836), Ezra (b. Jul 1822  d. Mar 1823), Samuel Quincy (b.1824  d.1838), Cyrus Kingsbury (b. 18 Oct 1824  d. 31 Jan 1881, m.1847 Elizabeth Watson) and Ezra B. (b.1828  d.1852);

         Love Leavitt,  b. 5 Aug 1785 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d. 25 Aug 1855,  m. 5 Jun 1803 Luther Smith (b.1784 in Rupert, VT  d.?____).  They had children:  Jerome (b.1816), and Lemira (b.1829,  m. Alonzo Stevens);

         Samuel Leavitt,  b.1791 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d. 1 Jan 1869,  m.1815 Sylvia Colton (b.1792 in Hebron [Washington Co], NY  d. Oct 1847, dau. of David Colton and Dolly Powers).  Samuel and Sylvia had children:  John Preston (b.1813  d. 17 Sep 1858, m.1833 Mary Ann Wiggins), James E. (b.1818), Jane E (b.1824), Tobias S. (b.1826), Samuel F. (b.1828), Frank S. (b.1830), Ermone, Emma Love (b.1834), and Calvin Ellis (b.1836);

         Lucina Leavitt,  b. 24 Jan 1793 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d. 17 Jun 1839 in Lancaster (Erie Co), NY,  m.1811 in Rupert, VT Charles P. Colton (b.1790 in Rupert, VT  d. 19 Apr 1867 in Utica (Venango Co), PA).  They had children:  Lauretta (b. 13 Feb 1813), Jullietta (b. 11 Jan 1816, m. ______ Fuller), Maddison Gillespie (b. 30 Mar 1830), and Addison Porter (b. 30 Mar 1830) [Note DMI:  either twins, or Maddison and Addison are the same person];

         Jonathan Leavitt,  b.1794 in Rupert (Bennington Co), VT  d.?____;


C-2  Tabitha Hulburd  m.  Robert Graham

         Mary Sheldon Graham,  b.1783  d. 1 Jun 1867;

         Harrison Graham,  b.1784  d.?____;

         Laura Hurlbut [Hulburd?] Graham,  b.1785  d.1808;

         William Lee Graham,  b.1787  d.1831;

         Charles Horatio Graham,  b.1789  d.1837;

         Sarah Matilda Graham,  b. 13 Jun 1791  d. 16 Nov 1859;

         Lucina Cambell Graham,  b. 15 Jul 1793  d. 2 Jul 1872;

         George Washington Graham,  b. 26 Jun 1795  d. 16 May 1811;

         Eliza Ann Graham,  b. 30 Nov 1798  d. 3 Oct 1899;


C-3  Phillip Hulburd (alias Hulbert)  m.  Deborah Hanchett

         Lucina Hulburt,  b. 29 Apr 1800  d. 5 Nov 1885,  m. 20 Feb 1823 Chauncey Dewey (b. 1 Apr 1800 in Pittsfield [Berkshire Co], MA  d. 1 Jun 1885 in Manlius, NY);

D-1  Erastus Hulburt,  b.c.1803 in Truxton (Cortland Co), NY  d.?____,  m. Dec 1812 Laura Webster (b.c.1805  d.?____, dau. of Benjamin Webster and Lydia Kinsley).  Per the 1850 Census for Decatur (Green Co), WI, Erastus “Hurlbert”, farmer age 46 (b. in NY) was head of household consisting of himself, Laura (44, b. in NY), John A. (17, b. in NY), Hiram P. (12, b. in NY), Lydia A. L. (14, b. in NY), Erastus J. (11, b. in NY), Julius W. (8, b. in WI), and Lorin P. (5, b. in WI);

         Julius Hulburt,  b.c.1806  d. aft. 1870,  m.____ Sarah ________ (b.c.1808 in CT  d. aft. 1870).  Per the 1870 Census for Brodhead (Green Co), WI, Julius “Hulburt”, farmer age 64 (b. in NY) is head of household consisting of himself, and Sarah (62, b. in CT).  They are in the neighboring household to presumed nephew Hiram Hulburt (who may have possibly been their son, and not their nephew?);

D-2  John A. Hulburt,  b.c.1808 in Manlius, NY  d. aft. 1850,  m.____ Elec(r)ta H. ____________ (b.c.1808  d.?____).  Per the 1850 Census for Manlius (Onondaga Co), NY, John A. “Hulbert”, age 42 was head of household consisting of himself, “Electa H”. (42), Julius (13), Carey (11, male), Lucia (8), Mary (5), and Debora (82, b. in CT).  All others were b. in NY;

D-3  Dorwin Hulburt,  b.1810 in NY  d. aft. 1880 in Green Co., WI?,  m. Elizabeth Fanny Sherwood (b.?____  d.?____). 

         Per the 1850 Census for Manlius (Onondaga Co), NY, “Darwin Hulbert”, age 40, was head of household (neighboring his brother John A), consisting of himself, Elizabeth (42), Mary J. (14), Catherine (12), Hannah (10), Erastus (8), David (7), Bradford (5), Chancy (3) and Lyman (1). 

         Dorwin is listed in the 1880 Census for Sylvester (Green Co), WI as a retired farmer, age 70;


C-4  Obadiah Hulburd III  engendered with  Abigail Pease

D-4  Obadiah Hulburd IV,  b. 30 Mar 1797 in Enfield, CT  d. Nov 1865,  m. 27 Nov 1817 in Willbraham, MA Elizabeth Knap “Betsey” Warriner (b. 20 May 1797  d. Feb 1886, dau. of Abner Warriner and Elizabeth Wright).

         Obadiah Hulburd IV must have had an maternal aunt Mehitabel Pease, who married a Mr. Terry and had left issue surviving her, since the History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg 2307 lists a will abstract for a Mehitabel Terry, which reads:  “Will dated 31 Aug. 1848, presented 28 Nov. 1848.  Mentions nephew Obadiah Hulbert and his wife Betsey.  Also mentions Ossian Hulbert and children of Obadiah Hulbert – not [specifically] named.  Executor Jonathan Pease.  Witnesses Jonathan Pease, Aholiab Johnson and Eliza P. Johnson.  Inventory $458.53.  Real and personal”.

         Obadiah IV’s wife was named “Elizabeth”, so that helps to identify Mehitabel’s nephew as specifically Obadiah IV.  She could not have been a sister of Obadiah IV, and the aunt of Obadiah IV’s son Obadiah Warriner Hulburd (who may have had a wife named Betsey), because she could not have been the dau. of Abigail Pease, whose estate administration mentions only “child”, and she cannot be the dau. of Rachel Burr, as she is not mentioned in the will of Obadiah Hulburd III in 1814 (Rachel having died the prior year).  Apparently the bequests in the will are specifically targeted at Obadiah IV and his children, and not toward Obadiah IV’s half siblings and/or their children.



C-4  Obadiah Hulburd III  m.  Rachel Burr

D-5 Halsey Hulburd,  b. 27 Jan 1806 in Enfield, CT  d.1890 in OH,  m. 24 Mar 1831 in Norfolk (Litchfield Co), CT Betsey Moses (b. 1 Oct 1805  d.c.1897 in Medina, OH, dau. of Thomas Moses and Abigail Brown);

         Daniel Burr Hulburd,  b.c.1808  d. aft. 1849.  to OH;

         William Hulburd,  b. 20 Dec 1810 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. 1849  to OH;

         Mehitabel Hulburd, b. aft.


C-5  Nancy Hulburd  m.  Daniel Bush

         Almira (alias Alma) Bush,  b. 5 Jun 1797 in CT  d. 3 Jun 1869 in NY,  m.____ Asa Wicks (b.1793 in NY  d. 13 Apr 1873 in NY).  They had children: Martha J. (b. 15 Sep 1818), Rufus B. (b. 8 Apr 1820), Calvin (b. 13 Mar 1822,  m. Ann Eliza Wheeler), Martha Jane (b. 22 Mar 1824), Edward D. (b. 27 Jun 1826), Ann “Nancy” (b. 8 Apr 1829),  Cornelia (b. 26 Sep 1831 in Liberty, NY  d. 20 Mar 1917,  m. Riley Hill), Andrew Jackson (b. 21 May 1834), Charles (b. 21 May 1834, twin), and Royal Randal (b. 18 Sep 1840);

         Nancy Bush,  b. 6 Dec 1795  d.?____;

         Randal Bush,  b. 29 Mar 1800  d.?____;

         Erastus Bush,  b. 20 Apr 1802 in CT  d. 15 Nov 1860 in NY,  m.____  Cornelia ____________ (b. 2 Feb 1806 in NY  d. 30 Dec 1886 in Liberty, NY).  Per the 1850 NY Census, they had children:  Bradford (b.1830), Rachel, Nancy (b.1838), Arthur (b.1841), Hellen (b.1843), and James (b.1846);

         Charlotte Bush,  28 Feb 1804  d.?____;

         Daniel Bush,  b. 10 Jun 1814  d.?____;

         Tryphena Bush,  b. 17 Jan 1812  d.?____;


C-6  Mary “Polly” Hulburd  m.  Simeon Sears

         Mary “Polly” Hulburd Sears,  b. 23 Nov 1800 in Sandisfield, MA  d. aft. 1811 [Note DMI:  Mentioned in will of grandfather Obadiah Hulburd II];

         Artemesia Sears,  b. 8 Dec 1802 in Sandisfield, MA  d. 13 Jan 1849,  m. 24 Nov 1824 in Sandisfield, MA Calvin Chapin (b. 2 Nov 1800 in Monterey [Berkshire Co], MA  d. Dec 1855 in New Marlborough [Berkshire Co], MA).  They had children:  Nelson S. (b. 17 May 1826  d. 26 Aug 1829), Newton (b. 15 Mar 1828  d. 27 Aug 1829), Newton Spencer (b. 11 Jun 1831  d. 13 Feb 1914,  m. 5 Jul 1852 Sarah Ann Clark), Clarissa Jennette (b. 27 Mar 1833  d. 29 Jul 1854), and Samuel Nelson (b. Jul 1836  4 Feb 1909,  m. 8 Jan 1861 Emily Maria Forbes);

         Emily B. Sears,  b. 17 Apr 1809 in Sandisfield, MA  d.  27 Nov 1886 in West Otis (Berkshire Co), MA,  m. 21 Sep 1832 Samuel Thompson (b. 23 Aug 1805 in Tyringham [Berkshire Co], MA  d. 27 Nov 1886 in West Otis, MA).  They had children:  Merrick Samuel (b. 15 Sep 1833), George E. (b. 3 Mar 1835), Frances Emeline (b. 22 Dec 1836), James Emerson (b. 13 May 1839), Julia Ann (b. 7 Sep 1841), Rosina Amelia (b. 21 Jul 1844), and Millicent Jemima (b. 29 Jul 1849);


C-7  Ebenezer Hulburd II  m.  Lucy Tilden

         Julius Hulburd,  b. 20 Apr 1804 in Stockholm, NY  d. 2 may 1886 in same,  m.c.1825 Almyra Parkhurst (b.c.1805  d. aft. 1875);

         Clarissa Pond Hulburd,  b. 23 Oct 1805 in Stockholm, NY  d. 5 May 1883;

         Lucinda Hulburd,  b. 10 Aug 1807 in Stockholm, NY  d. 20 Feb 1837 in Oberlin, OH,  m.c.1828 William Hulburd / Hurlbut (b.c.1805  d. aft. 1850);

D-6  Calvin Tilden Hulburd,  b. 5 Jun 1809 in Stockholm, NY  d. 25 Oct 1897 in Brasher Falls, NY,  m.____  Isabella ________ (b.?____  d.?____)

         Per the Internet site Political Graveyard:  “Hulburd, Calvin Tilden (1809-1897)… Republican. Member of New York State Assembly 1842-44, 1862 (St. Lawrence County 1842-44, St. Lawrence County 3rd District 1862); U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1863-69; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868…”;

         Ebenezer Hulburd III,  b. 19 May 1812 in Stockholm, NY  d. 26 Feb 1836;

         Mary Jane Hulburd,  b. 16 Aug 1814 in Stockholm, NY  d. 4 Aug 1877 in Oberlin, OH;

D-7  Hiram Hulburd,  b. 14 Jan 1818 in Stockholm, NY  d. 7 Sep 1887 in Chicago, IL,  m. 21 Sep 1846 (apparently entered intention to marry on 21 Jun 1846) in Hopkendon (St. Lawrence Co), NY Amelia H. Culver (b.c.1825  d. aft. 1875).  Per History of Stockholm, NY, edited by Gates Curtis, Boston, 1894, chp. 23, Hiram Hulburd was Town Supervisor for the years 1852-55, 1860-63, and 1867;

         Joel Harmon Hulburd,  b. 26 Jul 1820  d. aft. 1910 in Maywood, IL,  m.c.1850 Cornelia Jane Stebbings (b.c.1825  d. aft. 1900);


C-8  Esther Hulburd  m.  William Staples

[Note DMI:  as Platt was born when his mother was 39, he was likely the youngest of about 7 or so children].

         Platt Rudd Staples,  b. 11 Jan 1816 in Stockholm (St. Lawrence Co), NY,  d. 15 Aug 1893 in Friendship (Columbia Co), WI.  A Congregational Minister, he 1st m. 25 Mar 1840 in Stockholm, NY Catherine Marie Osborne (b.?___  d.1841),  2nd m. 15 Sep 1842 in Malone (Franklin Co), NY Rebecca Matilda Sperry (b. 7 Nov 1817 in Malone, NY  d. 12 Jan 1846 in same, dau. of David Sperry and Rebecca Rockwell),  3rd m. 9 Jan 1847 his wife’s sister Lydia A. Sperry (b. 9 Oct 1828 in Malone, NY  d.1864 in Portage (Columbia Co), WI), and 4th m. 21 Mar 1865 in Marquette, WI Sarah Jane Judd (b. 3 Jun 1832 in OH  d. 9 Oct 1917, dau. of Daniel Judd and Lucinda Wheeler).

         Platt and Catherine had a child b.1841.  Platt and Rebecca had children:  William Sperry (b. 10 Aug 1843  d. 20 Jul 1869, m. Frances Elizabeth Mason), and Matilda Lydia (b. 4 Jan 1846  d. 17 Jan 1881,  m. 10 Oct 1870 Horace Heath Gove).

         Platt and Lydia had children:  Esther Rebecca (b. 4 Jan 1849), Harriet Cornelia (b. 28 Sep 1851  d.1882, m. 21 May 1871 William Seward Van Camp), Mary Elizabeth (b. 4 Oct 1853  d. 15 Jul 1873), Laura A. (b.c.1856, m. Angus L. Campbell) and Charles Hulburd (b.1859, m. Hattie B. Barber).

         Platt and Sarah had child:  Stella Elvira (born and died on same day of 15 Aug sometime between 1865 and 1870);


C-9  Chloe Hulburd  m.  Artemidorus “Dorus” Bascom

         Thankful Bascom,  b. 23 Dec 1800 in Orwell (Rutland Co), VT  d. 19 Feb 1829 in same,  m. 17 Oct 1820 Horace Cobb (b.?____  d.?____);

         Priscilla Elvira Bascom,  b. 7 Mar 1802 in Orwell, VT  d. 15 Mar 1831 in same,  m. 10 Mar 1822 in Orwell, VT Linus Wilcox (b. 31 Jan 1799 in Orwell, VT  d. 12 Dec 1868 in same).  They had children:  (Boy #1) (b.c.1824), (Boy #2) (b.c.1825), Orville (b. 30 Jul 1826  d. 29 Nov 1897, m. 4 Nov 1849 Sarah Coffren Sprague), and Carlos (b.c.1829  d. Jul 1912 in Bad Nauheim, Germany);

         Clarinda (alias Clorinda) Bascom,  b. 27 Oct 1804 in Orwell, VT  d. 15 Apr 1872,  1st m. 28 Nov 1830 in Orwell, VT Samuel Howard (b.?____  d.?____),  2nd m. 28 May 1833 in Orwell, VT Alonzo Safford (b.?____  d.?____);

         Emily Bascom,  b. 21 Aug 1806 in Orwell, VT  d.?____,  m. 14 Oct 1828 in Orwell, VT William Riley Sanford (b.?____  d.?____);

         Oliver Hulburd Bascom,  b. 16 Feb 1810 in Orwell, VT  d.?____,  m. 4 Sep 1834 Lucretia Olcott Young (b. 20 Sep 1814  d.?____).  They had children:  William Oliver (b. 13 May 1838), Henry Dorus (b. 4 Jul 1840), Helen Lucretia (b. 25 Aug 1842) and Truman Post (b. 11 Sep 1853);

         Semanthe Eunice Bascom,  b. 18 Dec 1811 in Orwell, VT  d.?____,  m. 17 Mar 1840 in Orwell, VT Henry H. Bates (b.?____  d.?____, a Reverend);

         Dorus Bascom,  b. 18 Apr 1814 in Orwell, VT  d. 23 Jun 1839,  m. Elizabeth Clark (b.?____  d.?____).  They had child:  Dorus Clark (b. 7 Dec 1839 in Orwell, VT);

         William Franklin Bascom,  b. 17 Jan 1817  d.?____,  m. 16 Sep 1845 in Orwell, VT Annie F. Strong (b.?____  d.?____).  They had children:  William James (b. 11 May 1847), Edith Maud (b. 4 Nov 1849), Gertrude Bascom (b. 19 May 1855), Franklin Bascom (b. 23 Dec 1856  d. 14 Aug 1857), and Ruth Bascom (b. 27 Apr 1858  d. 12 Jun 1859);

         Samuel Hopkins Bascom,  b. 27 Feb 1819 in Orwell, VT  d. 4 Dec 1895,  1st m. 23 May 1842 in Orwell, VT Elizabeth Clark (b. 25 Nov 1819 in Orwell, VT  d. 4 Dec 1870 in same).  2nd m. aft. 1870 Florinda Nichols (b.?____  d.1885 in Orwell, VT.  Samuel is said at 69 years old to have 3rd m.1888 in Orwell, VT Hattie Preseau (b.?____  d.?____).

         Samuel and Elizabeth had children:  Anne Elizabeth (b. 6 Jul 1844,  m. Clayton N. North), Samuel Jay (b. 27 Mar 1846,  m. Olive J. Longley), Wyman Hulburd (b. 9 Mar 1848  d. 16 Jul 1879, m. 22 Sep 1871 Ella Francella Wyman), Clorinda (b. 7 Mar 1850  d. 8 Mar 1853), George (b. 22 Aug 1852  d. 9 Feb 1909), Robert O. (b. 18 Nov 1855  d. 19 May 1909,  m. 20 Dec 1882 Mary Larrabee Platt), Jesse (b. 3 Nov 1857  d. 4 Jan 1858), and Cassius Clay (b. 15 Sep 1861  d. 31 Oct 1894);


C-10  Sarah Hulburd 1st m.  Martin Post

         Martin Mercillian Post,  b. 5 Dec 1805 in Cornwall, VT  d. 11 Oct 1876 in Logansport, Indiana,  m. 9 Sep 1832 Lucretia Hobart (b. 9 Jun 1811 in Homer, (NY?/IL?)  d. 5 Mar 1840 in Logansport, IN).  They had children:  Martin Jr. (b. 15 Apr 1835), and Aurelian Hobart (b. 15 Apr 1838);

         Aurelian Hulburd Post,  b. 26 Feb 1807 in Cornwall, VT  d. 15 Oct 1834 in Logansport, IN;

         Truman Marcellus Post,  b. 3 Jun 1810 in Middlebury, VT  d. 31 Dec 1886 in St. Louis, MO,  m. 5 Oct 1835 in Middlebury, VT Frances Henshaw (b.?____  d.?____ in St. Louis, MO, dau. of Daniel Henshaw).  Truman and Frances had children:  Frances Henshaw (b.c.1836), Truman Augustus (b.1838  d.1902), Henry McClure (b.1840), Catherine Harriet (b.1842), Clara Harrison (b. 10 Jun 1846  d. 2 Feb 1885, m. 15 Dec 1870 Daniel Comstock Young), and Martin Hayward (b.1851  d.1914,  m. Mary Lawrence Tyler).  [Note DMI:  other accounts claim that it was his brother Aurelian Hulburd Post who m. Frances Henshaw, and fathered the children born to her as above named];


C-10  Sarah Hulburd  2nd m.  Augustus Frederick Hand

         August T. Hand,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Oliver Hand,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Sarah Jane Hand,  b.?____  d.?____;


C-11  Luther Hulburd  m.  Lydia Tilden

D-8  Oliver Hulburd,  b.1816 in Stockholm, NY  d.1854 in same,  m.1842 Maria Holmes (b.1817 in St. Albans (Franklin Co), VT  d.1854 in Stockholm, NY);

D-9  Henry M. Hulburd,  b. 19 Mar 1824 in Stockholm, NY  d. 8 Feb 1896 in Brasher (St. Lawrence Co), NY,  m. 1 May 1863 his step-sister Margaret W. Foster (b. 15 Nov 1830  d. 19 Apr 1887 in Brasher, NY, dau. of Timothy Foster II and Lydia A. Mooar);


C-12  Hiland Hall Hulburd  1st m.  Mary Mitchel

         Mary Eudocia Hulburd,  b.c.1822  d.?____;


C-12  Hiland Hall Hulburd  2nd m.  Janet Elizabeth Reese

D-10  Sarah Janet Hulburd,  b. 9 Oct 1827 in Worthington, OH  d. 24 Oct 1884 in Chicago, IL, bur. in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, OH,  m. 26 Sep 1848 in Columbus, OH John Craig Dunlevy, a judge;

         Hiland Hulburd,  b.1829 in Worthington, OH  d.?____;

         Helen Hulburd,  b. 9 Sep 1831 in Holly, NY  d.?____;

         Henry Hulburd,  b.1834 in Modica, NY  d.?____;

         Francis Meeker Hulburd,  b. Jul 1837 (in Galveston, TX?)  d.?____;

         Llewellyn Hulburd,  b.1839 (in Galveston, TX?)  d.?____;


C-13  Obed Hulburd  m.  ___________________

D-11  Hiland (alias Highland, alias Hyland) Smith Hulburd,  b.c.1817 in VT  d. aft. 1880 in Placerville (Eldorado Co), CA,  m. 5 Oct 1842 in Medina, NY Huldah Je(a)nette Northrup (b. 30 Apr 1822 in Galway (Saratoga Co), NY  d. aft. 1880 in CA, dau. of Booth Northup and Huldah Shepard).  Hiland S. Hulburd removed to Rochester, NY, then to Racine, WI, then with his brothers Mason and Royal to Placerville, CA in 1850, where his wife and 4 children joined him.  In the 1880 Census for CA, Hiland’s son “Hyland G. Hulburt” (30) and grandson George H. Woodward were in his household;

         Nancy Emily Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Luna Rosaline Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Obed Horatio Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Mason O. Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____ in CA;

         Royal A. Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____ in CA;

         Delia S. Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Julius A. Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;


C-14  Horace I. Hulburd  m.  Amanda Rutherford

         Franklin Kellog Hulburd,  b.1823 in Orwell, VT  d.?____;

         Hannah Eudocia Hulburd,  b.1825 in Orwell, VT d.?____;

         Ebenezer Wallace Hulburd,  b. Aug 1827 in Orwell, VT d.?____;

         Philoma Hulburd,  b.1835 in Orwell, VT d.?____;

         Helena Amanda Hulburd,  b.1837 in Orwell, VT d.?____;

D-12  Horace Rutherford Hulburd,  b. Jul 1840 in NY  d. aft. 1879 in San Diego, CA,  m.1868 in NY Mary Ellen Williams (b.1841 in NY  d. aft. 1879);

         Andrew Clinton Hulburd,  b.1843 in OH  d.?____;


C-15  Job Hulburd II  m.  Lucinda Collins

         Emily Hulburd (#1),  b. 26 Mar 1814  d. as “Emely Hulbard”, 7 Nov 1814 age 7 months and 12 days, bur. in South Cemetery, Somers;

         (Boy) (#1) Hulburd, b.?____   d. 30 Mar 1819 [Note DMI: South Cemetery Somers has in its list of graveyard inscriptions “Two infant sons of Job & Lucinda Hulburd died Mar. 30, 1819”.  Apparently they were twins, probably newborns];

         (Boy) (#2) Hulburd, b.?____   d. 30 Mar 1819;

         Theodore Hulburd,  b. 26 Dec 1824 in Somers, CT  d.?____;

D-13  Emeline Cady Hulburd,  b. 26 Dec 1824 [twin of Theodore]  d. 9 Sep 1871 in Springfield (Hampden Co), MA,  m. 1 May 1848 in Somers, CT Franklin Dexter Chaffee (b. 16 Apr 1824 in Hampden (Hampden Co), MA  d.?____);

         Emily Hulburd (#2),  b. 25 Jan 1826  d. 5 Apr 1826, age 10 weeks, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT;

         Alpheus C. Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Lucinda Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

D-14  Henry Hulburd,  b.?____  d. aft. 1845,  m. bef. 1845 Emeline __________ (b.?____  d.?____);

         Benjamin Franklin Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         James Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Job Hulburd III,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Edwin Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

D-15  Mary Ann Hulburd,  b. 10 Sep 1810 in Somers, CT  d. 16 Nov 1878 in same,  m. 16 Sep 1829  Charles Backus Pomeroy (b. bef. 23 Nov 1806 in Somers, CT  d. 5 Sep 1847 in same);


C-16  Augustin Hulburd  m.  Dorothy Meacham

         Omie [or Omri] Carrie Hulburd,  b. 1 Apr 1806 in Somers, CT  d. 28 Oct 1810;

         Sarah Maria Hulburd,  b. 25 Jan 1808 in Somers, CT  d.1887,  m. 5 Jan 1832 Josiah Brittain (b.?____  d.?____);

D-16  Dorothy Meacham Hulburd,  b. 22 Aug 1810 in Somers, CT  d. 23 Oct 1890 in same,  m. 7 Jun 1832 in Somers, CT Frederick Loomer (b. 1 Aug 1807 in South Hadley [Hampshire Co], CT  d. 17 Aug 1887 in Somers, CT);

         Omie Augustine Hulburd,  b. 12 Dec 1812 in Somers, CT  d.

         Lester Ossin Hulburd,  b. 22 Jan 1814 in Somers, CT  d. 13 Aug 1869,  m. 19 Jan 1842 Harriet McQueen (b.?____  d.?____);

D-17  Loren Billings Hulburd,  b. 26 Feb 1816 in Somers, CT  d.?____,  m. 25 Nov 1841 Mariah L. Smith (b.1821  d. 5 Feb 1845 age 24, apparently in childbirth);

         Gaius Pease Hulburd,  b.1818 in Somers, CT  d. 27 Apr 1886,  m.____ Laura M. Spencer (b.1822  d. 11 Oct 1888);

         Salome Abigail Hulburd,  b. 17 Nov 1820 in Somers, CT  d. 19 Aug 1847 age 27, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT.  Apparently never married.  Her tombstone reads: “O dream that the heavenly birth, Hides her a moment from our love.  We have a dear one less on earth, But one more angel formed above”;

         Harriet Sophrona Hulburd,  b. 9 Jun 1821 in Somers, CT  d. 16 Jun 1906,  m. 11 Sep 1848 Warren Kibbe (b.?____  d.?____);

D-18  Warren Moses Hulburd (alias Hulbert),  b. 15 May 1823 in Somers, CT  d. 1 Jan 1906 in Nokomis (Montgomery Co), IL,  1st m.____  Cenith Tooley (b.?____  d.?____),  2nd m.____ Laura Tooley (b.?____  d.?____, sister of Cenith),  3rd m.____ in Montgomery Co., IL Lizzie Wilson (b.?____  d.?____),  4th m.____ Martha Jane Traylor (b.?____  d.?____, dau. of Caleb Traylor and Martha Duncan);

         Elvirah Sophia Hulburd,  b. 31 Jan 1829 in Somers, CT  d. 5 Aug 1908 in same;


C-17  Timothy Hulburd  m.  Dorothy Pease

         Elvira A. Hulburd,  b.1818  d. 18 Nov 1821 age 3, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT;

         Dorothy Hulburd,  b. 2 Mar. 1822  d. 27 Apr 1822 age 8 weeks, bur. in South Cemetery;


C-18 Chauncey Hulburd  m.  Ruby Pease

         George Hulburd,  b. 18 Nov 1832  d. 18 Jan 1836 age 3 years and 2 months, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT;


D-1  Erastus Hulburt  m.  Laura Webster

E-1  John A. Hulburt,  b.c.1832  d. aft. 1874,  m. bef 1864 Lorinda Smiley (b. 5 Jun 1838  d.?____, dau. of Daniel Smiley and Elenor Bemus).  Per the 1860 Census for Afton, IA, John “Hulbert”, farmer age 27 (b. in NY) is head of household consisting of himself, Lecinda (27, b. in WI), H.[iram] (male 23, farmer, b. in NY), and Jud [i.e. Erastus Jackson] (male 21, farmer, b. in NY);

E-2  Lydia A. L. Hulburt,  b. 22 Aug 1835 in Syracuse, NY  d.?____ in Seattle, WA,  m. 1 Jan 1856 in Albany (Green Co), WI Timothy Kellogg (b. Oct 1833 in Jamestown (Chautauqua Co), NY  d.?____). 

         The following is an excerpt from an unnamed newspaper clipping of 1905, of the Golden Anniversary of Timothy and Lydia Kellogg: “… Mrs. Kellogg (Lydia Hulburt) was born August 22, 1835, at Syracuse, N. Y., and is now 70 years old.  At the age of 4 years she crossed Lake Michigan with her parents to Chicago, then a small village, and from Chicago by wagon to Green County, Wisconsin.  Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg attended school together at the first log school house built in Green County, Wisconsin.  They were married January 1, 1856, at Albany, Green County, Wis., where they lived six years, and then moved to McGregor, Clayton county, IA., and lived in Iowa twenty years, afterward lived for a short time in Minnesota, and came to Seattle in1888, and built their residence at 1101 Twenty-fourth avenue south, which is one of the most attractive homes in Seattle, which they still own, and adjoining which, on Norman street, in1901, they erected the cottage where they now reside. 

         They have two children, May Kellogg Sullivan, wife of Rev. Frank L. Sullivan, field editor of the Watchman, Boston, Mass. Mrs. Sullivan is the author of "A Woman Who Went to Alaska" and other Alaska trail tales, and Edward E. Kellogg, formerly of Everett, where he was councilman and now of Fairbanks, Alaska, where he owns extensive mining interests…”;

E-3  Hiram P. Hulburt,  b.c.1837  d. aft. 1880,  1st m.____ Emma _________ (b.c.1839 in OH  d. bet. 1870 and 1880),  2nd m. bet. 1870 and 1880 Julia _________ (b.c.1850 in NY  d.?____, both parents b. in Bavaria).  Per the 1870 Census for Brodhead (Green Co), WI, Hiram “Hulburt”, farmer age 32 (b. in NY) is head of household consisting of himself, Emma (30, b. in OH), Lillian (9, b. in IA), Jane (7, b. in IA), Eveline (5, b. IA), Harvey (2, b. in WI), and Carrie (age 3 months, b. in WI);

         Erastus Jackson [or “Judson”] Hulburt,  b.c.1838 in Decatur, WI  d.?____;

         Julius Webster Hulburt,  b.c.1841  d. bef. 1860;

         Lorin P. Hulburt,  b.c.1844 in Decatur, WI  d.?____;


D-2  John A. Hulburt  m.  Elect(r)a H.____________

         Julius Hulburt,  b.c.1837 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

         Carey Hulburt,  b.c.1839 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

         Lucia Hulburt,  b.c.1842 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

         Mary Hulburt,  b.c.1845 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;


D-3  Dorwin Hulburt  m.  Elizabeth Fanny Sherwood

         Mary Jane Hulburt,  b.c.1836 in Manlius, NY  d.?____.  She was single, and a house keeper for her brother Marvin per the 1880 WI Census;

         Catherine Ann Hulburt,  b.c.1838 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

         Hannah Maria Hulburt,  b. 14 Aug 1839 in Manlius (Onondaga Co), NY  d. 1926 in Sylvester (Green Co), WI;

E-4  Erastus Hulburt,  b.1841 in Manlius, NY  d.1890,  1st m.____ Nancy _________ (b.?____  d. bef. Oct 1869),  2nd m. 28 Oct 1869 Ann Stull (b. 17 Feb 1843 in Juda (Green Co), WI  d. 29 Jun 1874 in Green Co., WI, dau. of Abraham William Stull and Isabelle Scudder).  Per the 1880 Census for Sylvester, WI, Erastus Hulbert, farmer age 39 (b. in NY), is head of household consisting of himself, Nancy (39, wife, b. in WI), Grace (9, dau., b. in WI, at school), Angie (3, dau., b. in WI), and Henry (1, son, b. in WI);

E-5  David Sherwood Hulburt,  b.c.1843 in Manlius, NY  d.?____,  m.____  ______________ (b.?____  d.?____);

E-6  John Bradford Hulburt,  b.c.1846 in Manlius, NY  d.?____,  m.c.1867 Lucy Fidelia Hare (b. Jun 1850  d.?____);

         Chauncey Dewey Hulburt,  b.c.1848 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

         Lyman Merwin Hulburt,  b.c.1850 in Manlius, NY  d.?____;

E-7  Marvin Matthew Hulburt,  b.c. 1852 in Sylvester (Green Co), WI [per 1870 WI Census]  d. 12 Feb 1935 in Monroe (Green Co), WI, bur. in Gap Cemetery in Brodhead, WI.  He 1st m. 31 Mar 1878 Laura L. Hare (b. 18 Jun 1856 in WI  d. 27 Jan 1879, bur. in Gap Cemetery, dau. of Linus Hare and Clarinda Hills).  He 2nd m. 19 May 1881 Nancy Jane Hamman (b. 24 Aug 1844 in WI  d. 21 Oct 1921, dau. of Jacob Hamman and Eliza Jane James).  He 3rd m. 10 Nov 1924 Ida Lindly Carver (b.?____  d.?____).    

         Per the 1880 Census for Sylvester, WI, Marvin Hulbert, farmer age 27 (b. in NY) is head of household (neighboring that of his brother Erastus) consisting of himself, Mary J. (44, sister, single, housekeeping), and nephew Jonnie Bert (9, nephew, b. in IA, at school);


D-4  Obadiah Hulburd IV  m.  Elizabeth Knap “Betsey” Warriner

         Obadiah Warriner Hulbert,  b. 16 Apr 1817  d.1854;

         Julia Hulbert,  b. 12 Sep 1818  d.?____;

         Edwin Hulbert,  b. 30 Jan 1821  d.1853;

E-8  Ossian Hulbert,  b. 14 Jul 1823  d. 7 Feb 1921,  m. 13 Feb 1843 Nancy Maria Lord (b. 28 Sep 1816  d. 10 May 1899);

         Franklin Corydon Hulbert (#1),  b. 17 Feb 1826  d.1828;

         Elizabeth Smith Hulbert,  b. 19 Mar 1828  d.?____;

         Franklin Corydon Hulbert (#2),  b. 7 Apr 1831  d.1855;

         Clarissa Evelina Hulbert,  b. 15 Feb 1834  d.?____;

         Olive Rosanna Hulbert,  b. 24 Nov 1837  d.1849;

         Eleanor Sophia Hulbert,  23 Jul 1840  d.1865;


D-5  Halsey Hulburd  m.  Betsey Moses

E-9  Mary Hulburd,  b.1833  d.1929,  m.1852 Horace Elias Matteson (b.1826 d.1905);


D-6  Calvin Tilden Hulburd  m.  Isabella ________

Kitty Hulburd,  b.1858 in NY  d.?____;


D-7  Hiram Hulburd  m.  Amelia H. Culver

         Clarence Culver Hulburd,  b.1847  d. Jul 1848;

E-10  Charles Henry Hulburd,  b. 28 May 1850 in Stockholm, NY  d. aft. 1920 in Cook Co., IL,  m.____ Anna Richmond Bel(l)knap (b.1859 in IL  d. aft. 1920);

         Hiram DeForest  “DeForest” Hulburd,  b.1856  d. Jun 1866;


D-8  Oliver Hulburd  m.  Maria Holmes

E-11  Oscar Tilden Hulburd,  b.1847 in Stockholm, NY  d. 1918 in Chicago, IL,  m. 9 Oct 1884 in Dodge Co., MN Anna Kilian (b.1862 in Winona (Winona Co), MN  d.1953 in Chicago, IL);


D-9  Henry M. Hulburd  m.  Margaret W. Foster

         Alice L. Hulburd,  b. 31 Dec 1865  d.?____;

         Henry Roster Hulburd,  b. 3 Oct 1867  d.?____;

         Arthur F. Hulburd,  b. 5 Jun 1869  d.?____;

         Harvey Hulburd, b.?____  d.?____.  Died young;

         Isaac Hulburd, b.?____  d.?____.  Died young;


D-10  Sarah Janet Hulburd  m.  John Craig Dunlevy

         Mary Craig Dunlevy,  b.1849 in Lebanon (Warren Co), OH  d.?____,   m. 8 Nov 1876 Alfred Kelley (b. 8 Sep 1839 in Columbus, OH  d.?____).  They had children:  Helen Gwendolyn (b. 10 Nov 1877) and Alfred Dunlevy Kelley (b. 18 Jan 1884);


D-11 Hiland (alias Highland, alias Hyland) Smith Hulburd  m. 

Huldah Je(a)nette Northrup

         (Child) Hulburd,  b. bef. 1850  d.?____ in CA;

         (Child) Hulburd,  b. bef. 1850  d.?____ in CA;

E-12  (Girl) Hulburd,  b. bef. 1850 in WI  d. bef. 1880,  m. bef. 1868 _________ Woodward (b.?____ in PA  d. bef. 1880?);

         Hiland G. Hulburd,  b.1850 in WI [per the 1880 Census]  d. aft. 1885.  A fruit-canner in 1880, he m. 9 Dec 1885 in Chico (Butte Co), CA Clara B. Cable (b.1863 in Butte Co., CA  d. aft. 1885, dau. of Andrew Cable and Elizabeth Jane Ditzler);


D-12  Horace Rutherford Hulburd  m.  Mary Ellen Williams

E-13  Charles P. Hulburd,  b. 17 Jun 1869 in Traverse City, MI  d. 3 Nov 1939,  m. 3 Jul 1900 in Chicago (Cook Co), IL Mary Reed Lufkin (b. 28 Nov 1868 in Tama (Tama Co), IA  d. aft. 1904, dau. of Joseph H. Lufkin and Lucinda Reed);

         Mamie M. Hulburd,  b.1873 in Traverse City, MI  d.?____;

         Nettie Hulburd,  b.1875 in Traverse City, MI  d.?____;

         Carrie L. Hulburd,  b. Sep 1879 in Traverse City, MI  d.?____;


D-13  Emeline Cady Hulburd  m.  Franklin Dexter Chaffee

         Frank Winslow Chaffee,  b. 17 Dec 1849 in Springfield, MA  d.?____;


D-14  Henry Hulburd  m.  Emeline __________

         Elizabeth Ann Hulburd,  b. 20 Nov 1845  d. 25 Dec 1845 at age 5 weeks, bur. in South Cemetery in Somers, CT;


D-15  Mary Ann Hulburd  m.  Charles Backus Pomeroy

         Sophronia Hyde Pomeroy,  b. 31 Jul 1830  d. 27 Dec. 1893;

         Charles Backus Pomeroy,  b. 15 May 1832  d. 12 May 1910 in Willimantic, CT;

         Edward Payson Pomeroy,  b. 3 Jan 1835  d.?____;

         William Samuel Pomeroy,  b. 15 Feb 1845  d.?____.  Medical Doctor;


D-16  Dorothy Meacham Hulburd  m.  Frederick Loomer

         Otis Loomer,  b. 3 Oct 1833 in Somers, CT  d. 18 Aug 1907 in South Hadley, MA,  m. 4 Jun 1857 Helen Mabel Buffington (b. 6 Jan 1838 in CT  d. 11 Oct 1930);

         Maria Gay Loomer,  b. 20 Jun 1835 in Worcester (Hampshire Co), MA  d. 16 Oct 1872 in Hazardville (Hartford Co), CT,  m. 12 Nov 1856 in Somers, CT Loren Griswold (b. 17 Mar 1830 in Enfield, CT  d. 5 May 1893 in Hazardville, CT).  They had children:  Francis Loren (b. 30 Apr 1858  d. 13 Feb 1924,  m. 5 Dec 1889 Evalina Hall Cole), and Charles Clinton (b. 11 Jul 1863  d. 4 Nov 1864); 

         Origen Loomer,  b.1838 in Somers, CT  d. 26 Apr 1923;

         Harriet Loomer,  b.1846 in Somers, CT  d. 24 Feb 1933;


D-17  Loren Billings Hulburd  m.  Mariah L. Smith

         Loren Hulburd,  b.c. 5 Feb 1844  d. 15 Feb 1845 “as infant”;


D-18 Warren Moses Hulburd (alias Hulbert)  m.  ?  [children by first 3 wives] 

         Elvirah Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____  _________ Lohr (b.?____  d.?____);

         Ebert Moses Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Harriet Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____  _________ Stanley (b.?____  d.?____);

         Jennie Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Edward Landrop Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


D-18  Warren Moses Hulburd (alias Hulbert)  4th m.  Martha Traylor

E-14  Warren Franklin Hulbert,  b. 1 Nov 1876 in Nokomis, IL  d. 20 Aug 1959 in Hillsboro, IL,  m. 5 Dec 1898 Luetta “Lulu” Gage (b. 13 Jul 1880  d. 11 May 1960 in Hillsboro, IL, dau. of William Gage and Mary Melissa Sides);


E-1  John A. Hulburt  m.  Lorinda Smiley

F-1  Daniel S. Hulburt,  b. 23 Oct in Mt. Pleasant (Green Co), WI  d. aft. 1897,  m. 25 Jun 1888 Lizzie Watkins (b.?____  d.?____);

         Nellie Hulburt,  b. 1 Jan 1870 in Mt. Pleasant (Green Co), WI  d.?____;

         Julia Hulburt,  b. 21 Feb 1872 in Mt. Pleasant (Green Co), WI  d.?____;

         John Hulburt,  b. 17 Sep 1874 in Mt. Pleasant (Green Co), WI  d.?____,  m. 2 Oct 1895 Sarah Kennedy (b.?____  d.?____);


E-2  Lydia A. L. Hulburt  m.  Timothy Kellogg

         May Kellogg,  b.c.1858 in WI  d. aft. 1905,  m.____ Frank L. Sullivan.  To AK?;

         Edward E. Kellogg,  b. Dec 1866 in IA  d. Feb 1974 (in Fairbanks, AK?),  m.____ Agnes Ann Turk (b. 8 Feb 1855 in Lutterworth (Ontario), Canada  d.?____, dau. of Lewis Turk and Mary Louise McNally).  They had child:  Francis E. “Frank” Kellogg (b. Jun 1896);


E-3  Hiram P. Hulburt  1st m.  Emma _________

         Lillian Hulburt,  b.1861 in IA  d. aft. 1870;

         Jane Hulburt,  b.1863 in IA  d. aft. 1870;

         Eveline Hulburt,  b.1865 in IA  d. aft. 1870;

         Harvey Hulburt,  b.1868 in WI  d. aft. 1870;

         Caroline “Carrie” Hulburt,  b.1870 in WI  d.?____;


E-4  Erastus Hulburt  2nd m.  Ann Stull

         Grace Hulbert,  b.1870 in Sylvester (Green Co), WI  d.?____ in KS.

         Frank Stull Hulbert,  b. 1 Jun 1872 in Sylvester, WI  d. 1 Oct 1873 in same;

         Clark Scudder Hulbert,  b. 14 Jun 1874 in Sylvester, WI  d. 14 Sep 1874 in same;

         Angie Hulbert,  b.c.1877 in Sylvester, WI  d.?____;

         Henry Hulbert,  b.c.1879 in Sylvester, WI  d.?____;


E-5  David Sherwood Hulburt  m.  _________________

         Ray G. Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


E-6  John Bradford Hulburt  m.  Lucy Fidelia Hare

         Alta Elizabeth Hulburt,  b. 1 Jul 1869  d.?____,  m.c.1890 George Hewitt (b.?____  d.?____);

F-2  Arthur Dorwin Hulburt,  b. Aug 1871  d.?____,  m. 14 Mar 1894 in Green Co., WI Minnie Caroline Bicknell (b. Aug 1871  d.?____);

         Francis Almos Hulburt,  b. 25 Oct 1880 d. Jul 1968 in Leaf River (Wadena Co), MN,  1st m.c.1900 Tena Steindorf (b. 29 Aug 1880  d.?____),  2nd m. 1 Oct 1931 Julia Peterson (b.?____  d.?____);

         Ira Newton Hulburt,  b. 1 Aug 1883  d.?____,  m. 1 Oct 1911 Alma Waite (b.c.1885  d.?____);

         Guy Ross Hulburt,  b. 16 Dec 1887  d. Feb 1968 in Wheeling (Livingston Co), MO,  m. 6 Mar 1912 Mary Strickle (b.?____  d.?____);


E-7  Marvin Matthew Hulburt  m.  Laura L. Hare

Laurain L. Hulburt,  b.1879  d. bet. 1879 and 1880 Census, bur. in Gap Cemetery;


E-8  Ossian Hulbert  m.  Nancy Maria Lord

         Ellen Maria Hulbert,  b. 16 Nov 1845  d.?____;

         Alice Jerusha Hulbert,  b. 1 Oct 1847  d.?____;

         Sarah Elizabeth Hulbert,  b. 26 Dec 1849  d.?____;

F-3  Ellerd Ossian Hulbert,  b. 18 Aug 1851  d. 2 Sep 1938,  m. 1 Jan 1884 Anna Adelia Howlett (b. 30 Apr. 1864  d. 4 Dec 1951);

         Henry Russell Hulbert,  b. 22 Nov 1853  d.?____;

         Joseph Obadiah Hulbert,  b. 17 Feb 1856  d.?____;

         Olive Rosanna Hulbert,  b. 3 Feb 1860  d.?____;


E-9  Mary Hulburd  m.  Horace Elias Matteson

         Ida Mozelle Matteson,  b.1853  d.?____;

         Charles Freemont Matteson,  b.1856  d.?____;

         Claude Lorraine Matteson,  b.1859  d.?____;

         Clifford Virgil Matteson,  b.1861  d.?____;

         Halsey Hulburt Matteson,  b.1866  d.?____;

         Mary Irene Matteson,  b. 19 Jan 1872 in Seville (Medina Co), OH  d.?____,  m. 28 Aug 1901 Hollis Elias Wilbur (b. 19 Apr 1874 in Honeoye (Ontario Co), NY  d.?____).  They had child:  Hollis Adelbert (b. 27 Oct 1906  d. 16 May 1907);

         David Maydole Matteson,  b.1875  d.?____;


E-10  Charles Henry Hulburd  m.  Anna Richmond Bel(l)knap

F-4  DeForest Hulburd,  b. 22 Dec 1886 in IL  d. 30 May 1981 in Vineyard Haven/Tisbury, (Dukes Co), MA,  m.____  Marie Clara Hessert (b.?____  d.?____).

         (Child) Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;


E-11  Oscar Tilden Hulburd  m.  Anna Kilian

F-5  Florence Hulburd,  b.1889 in Hiawatha (Brown Co), KS  d.1962 in Chicago, IL,  m. 31 Jan 1915 Harold Augustus Wampler (b.1886 in Chicago, IL  d.1965 in same);


E-12  (Girl) Hulburd  m.__________Woodward

         George Hiland Woodward,  b.1868 in NV  d. aft. 1880;


E-13  Charles P. Hulburd  m.  Mary Reed Lufkin

         Mary Azel Hulburd,  b. 24 May 1901 in Chicago, IL  d.?____;

F-6  Horace Lufkin Hulbard,  b. 10 Mar 1904 in Chicago, IL  d. 10 Feb 1973,  m. 15 Aug 1938 in Los Angeles, CA Nelda Gertrude Drennen (b. 6 Mar 1903 in San Jose, CA  d. 26 Jan 1989, dau. of Robert Frank Drennen and Hattie Love Warnock);


E-14  Warren Franklin Hulbert  m.  Luetta “Lulu” Gage

         Lloyd W. Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Howard E. Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Everett W. Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

F-7  Suavilla Isadora Hulbert,  b. 6 Jan 1900 in Nokomis, IL  d. 1 May 1970 of heart attack in Oconee (Montgomery Co), IL,  m. 8 Jun 1921  Charles Leo “Leo” Clayton (b.?____  d. 23 Aug 1987 in Hillsboro, IL);

         Grace Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____  ,  m.____  ________ Ponder (b.?____  d.?____);

         Edna Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____  ,  m.____  ________ Helm (b.?____  d.?____);

         Ida Mae Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____  ,  m.____  ________ Yordy (b.?____  d.?____);


F-1  Daniel S. Hulburt  m.  Lizzie Watkins

         Lydia Hulbert,  b. 12 Mar 1889  d.?____;

         Fanny Eliza Hulbert,  b. 15 Jan 1893  d.?____;

         Fred Saxon Hulbert,  b. 23 Sep 1894  d.?____;

         William Bemus Hulbert,  b. 11 Jan 1897  d.?____;


F-2  Arthur Dorwin Hulburt  m.  Minnie Caroline Bicknell

         Ruth C. Hulburt,  b. Jun 1897  d.?____;


F-3  Ellerd Ossian Hulbert  m.  Anna Adelia Howlett

         Elsie Olive Hulbert,  b. 18 Aug 1851  d.?____;

         Gertrude Adelia Hulbert,  b. 1 Sep 1886  d.?____;

G-1  Ernest Ellerd Hulbert,  b. 21 Sep 1888 in Enfield, CT  d. Dec 1969 in Maitland (Orange Co), FL,  m. 16 Nov 1912 Grace Elizabeth Anderson (b. 9 Apr 1888 in Hartford, CT  d. Apr 1982 in Maitland, FL);

         Daisy Charlotte Hulbert,  b. 14 Dec 1889  d.?____;

         Florance Nancy Hulbert,  b. 31 Jul 1891  d.?____;

         Leslie Walter Hulbert,  b. 9 Feb 1894  d.?____;

         Liela Marion Hulbert,  b. 28 Aug 1895  d.?____;

         Percy Edward Hulbert,  b. 31 Jan 1904  d. 30 Aug 1995 in East Hampton (Middlesex Co), CT,  m.____ Harriet _________ (b. 20 Aug 1894  d. 16 May 1996 in East Hampton, CT);


F-4  DeForest Hulburd  m.  _________ Hessert

         (Child) Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;

         (Child) Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____;


F-5  Florence Hulburd  m.  Harold Augustus Wampler

         Hulburd Wampler,  b.1918 in Bethlehem, PA  d.1988 in Chicago, IL,  m. 28 Feb 1948 Mary Elizabeth Davis (b.1923 in Kokomo (Howard Co), IN  d.2001 in Chicago, IL).  They had child:  (Girl) (b.?____  d?____,  m.____  ________ Teten (b.?____  d.?____);


F-6  Horace Lufkin Hulbard  m.  Nelda Gertrude Drennen

G-2  Bonnie Hulburd,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ Gordon Thomas Larson (b. 15 Apr 1941  d. 20 Mar 1993);

         (Boy) Hulburd (#1),  b.?____  d.?____;

         (Boy) Hulburd (#2),  b.?____  d.?____;


F-7  Suavilla Isadora Hulbert  m.  Charles Leo “Leo” Clayton

         Paul Clayton,  b.?___  d. at birth;

         Dale Everett Clayton,  b. 1 Aug 1924 in Nokomis, IL,  m. 1 Mar 1945 Lavonne Armentrout (b. 22 Apr 1925 in Witt [Montgomery Co], IL, dau. of John Armentrout and Myrtle Eddington).  Dale and Lavonne had children: Kenneth Melvin, Merle Everett, Olin Dale (b.xxxx,  m. Barbara Hays), Anita Elaine (m. ______ Wahlsmith), Yvonne Marie (m. _______ Hicks), James Dean, Lester Norman, Gail Irene (m. _______ Kessler), and Janice Eileen (m. ________ Valentine);

         Charles Warren Clayton,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Carl Melvin Clayton,  b.?____  d.?____;


G-1  Ernest Ellerd Hulbert  m.  Grace Elizabeth Anderson

H-1  (Boy) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____  ________ Wilks (b.?____  d.?____);

H-2  (Boy) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____  ________ McNair (b.?____  d.?____);

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


G-2  (Girl) Hulburd  m.  Gordon Thomas Larson

         Tiffany Larson,  b.?____  d,?____,  m.____  _______ Nearson (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 4 children;

         (Girl) Larson,  b.?____  d,?____,  m.____  _______ Palmer (b.?____  d.?____).  They had 2 or 3 children;


H-1  (Boy) Hulbert  m.             Wilks

I-1  (Boy) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  1st m.____  ________ Batrus (b.?____  d.?____),  2nd m.____  __________ Milant (b.?____  d.?____),  3rd m.____  __________ Russell (b.?____  d.?____);


H-2  (Boy) Hulbert  m.            McNair

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


I-1  (Boy) Hulbert  1st m.          Batrus

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

         (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;


I-1  (Boy) Hulbert  3rd m.            Russell

        (Child) Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____




EBENEZER HULBURD SR. of Hanover, NJ (1705 – 1770)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Mary Howard of New Haven, CT.


Ebenezer “Holiberd” first appears in the Rockaway section of Hanover (Morris Co.), NJ on 14 Aug 1745 for the baptism of his dau. Mary in the records of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ.


To date, he has been identified as Ebenezer “Holbert”, son of Thomas “Holbert” (i.e. Hurlbut) of Norwalk, CT based solely upon his being presumed to be one of the mentioned parties in the following document:


Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, and State of Connecticut, by Spencer P. Mead, L.L.B. Volume 10, 1748 - 1755. Page 215: 


“Holbert, Thomas, late of Norwalk, Jan. 24, 1754, letters of administration on his estate granted to Ebenezer Holbert of Norwalk, CT, page 503”.


However, it should be noted, that had that estate-administrator Ebenezer Holbert been a resident of Hanover, NJ at least 10 years prior to the letters of estate administration being granted in Norwalk, CT in 1754, then he almost certainly would have been referred to in those letters as “Ebenezer Holbert of Hanover, NJ” and not as “Ebenezer Holbert of Norwalk, CT.”


It should also be pointed out, that while there are no other confirmed Hurlbut-family relatives in (or anywhere near) the Hanover, NJ area at that time (or for many decades afterward), that 1745 is also the same year that William Hulburd III of Enfield, CT first appears “out of nowhere” in the same Morristown, NJ Presbyterian Church records (as inferred thru the marriage of his dau. Mary on 21 Jan 1745 to their Mendham, NJ neighbor John Aber II).


Furthermore, William Hulburd III (baptized in New Haven, CT) had a younger brother Ebenezer Hulburd (bap. 15 Jul. 1705 in New Haven, CT) of which nothing is known following his said baptismal entry.  Based upon the above, it is my belief that the Ebenezer “Holbert” who first appears in Morristown Presbyterian Church records in 1745 is more probably the younger brother of William Hulburd III of Enfield, CT, than the son of Thomas Holbert/Hurlbut of Norwalk, CT.


Ebenezer Holbert of Hanover, NJ had several sons, all of whom seemed to relocate sometime after the close of the American Revolutionary War to the area in or around Goshen (Orange Co.), NJ.  One of these sons who removed to Orange Co., NY after 1783 was Capt. John "Holburd" of Sussex Co., NJ, who appears as "John Holbert" in subsequent federal census records.


The only way to indisputably verify the ancestry of Ebenezer Holbert of Hanover, NJ is thru the Y-DNA analysis of his Holbert-surnamed male descendants.  The Y-DNA profiles for both the unrelated Hulburd and Hurlbut Families are already known for comparison.



The Apparent Confusion Between Ebenezer “Holbert” (i.e. Hurlbut) of the Norwalk, CT Area, and Ebenezer “Holbert” (i.e. Hulburd) of the Middleton, CT Area

In an email of 9 May 2011 to JH I wrote:


“While the Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ of Morris Co., NJ is attributed in most accounts as having m.1734 in CT a Dorothy Brown(e) (allegedly of Middleton, CT), the Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ of Norwalk, CT (son of Thomas who died 1753) is attributed in some accounts as having m. 13 May 1740 in Wilton, CT a Sarah St. John, the widow of a Stephen Mo(o)rehouse.  Wilton, CT is just about 8 miles north of Norwalk, basically a suburb of Norwalk.  Norwalk and Wilton, which are in the southwestern part of CT, are not near Hartford/Windsor/Enfield, which are in the northeastern part of CT; Hartford being over 60 miles away by road from Norwalk, CT.  By contrast, Middleton, CT is only about 20 miles south on the CT River from Hartford and Windsor, CT, which is where William Hulburd III was located (the CT River being the major route of transportation at that time in the eastern half of CT). 


Per Wilton, CT Church Records which are viewable online, the Ebenezer Holbert of Norwalk, CT joined the church at Wilton, CT in 1741, several years after Sarah (St. John) Morehouse is listed there as a member.  I think the implication may be, that he married a widow for the farm/inheritance she had received thru her husband’s death, and then moved in with her at her Wilton, CT homestead.  Sarah St. John had a dau. Mary (b.1736) from her previous marriage to Stephen Morehouse, and Mary Morehouse grew up to marry in CT, and not in Morris Co., NJ, as one would have expected if Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ of Rockaway, NJ had become her step-father in 1740, removing the family shortly afterward to Rockaway, NJ bet. 1743 and 1745. 


More importantly, Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ of Norwalk, CT is also listed as dying in Wilton, CT in 1769 (day and month not given), and being buried at Sharp Hill Cemetery there, while Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ of Rockaway, NJ is listed in various accounts as having died 9 Jun 1770 in Hanover, NJ (although this death date appears neither in the Morristown Presbyterian Church Records, nor in the Morristown Bill of Mortality).  However, as you have pointed out, the info regarding the death date and place for Ebenezer Holbert of Morris Co., NJ, as well as the name of his wife as Dorothy Brown(e), may have come from the Bible of their son Capt. John Holbert, which is allegedly in the possession of the Orange Co., NY Genealogical Society.  


Be that as it may, the ‘source’ indicated in many Ancestry.com Worldtree accounts for Ebenezer of Rockaway's death date is Hurlbut Genealogy, by Henry J. Hurlbut, pub. 1888 in Albany, NY, pg. 42 and 43.  The author mentions Ebenezer of Rockaway's alleged Hurlbut ancestry, as well as his marriage to Dorothy Brown(e) in CT c.1734, and lists the four older children known to their union.  Notice he doesn't also mention the marriage for Ebenezer in Wilton, CT to the widow Sarah St. John in 1740, as this would contradict the contemporaneous marriage to Dorothy Browne in a different region of CT.  


Also notice, he is unsure, but makes a connection between the last listed child born in CT (i.e. Jonathan) with John Holbert of Orange Co., NY.  However, he doesn’t point out, that the birth of this son “Jonathan/John Holbert” to wife Dorothy Brown(e) was about 2 years after Ebenezer Holbert of Norwalk, CT had married the widow Sarah Morehouse in/about Wilton, CT.  Also notice, that while Henry J. Hurlbut mentions that Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ is in Morris Co., NJ in 1745, he inexplicably omits the reason for that specific date; the bap. of dau Mary in 1745; Mary being omitted from his list of children with Dorothy Browne.  I believe Henry J. Hurlbut mixed up various pieces info of the Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ (i.e. Hulburd) of Rockaway, NJ with bits of info of the other Ebenezer ‘Holbert’ (i.e. Hurlbut) of Wilton, CT to create a composite person of the two, and his account has been repeated as ‘fact’ since 1888.


Yet another indication that Ebenezer of Rockaway was the younger brother of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ, is that William III’s widowed son and a veteran of the American Revolution Ephraim Hulburd  (with his young son Daniel) relocated specifically to the Goshen area of Orange Co., NY before 1790 for a reason (which is where he then met and married second wife Jemima Rumsey).  I believe the reason he specifically relocated to the Goshen, area was to be with/near his presumed older first cousin, ‘Capt. John Holburd’.”



The Ebenezer “Holiberd / Holbert” (i.e. Hulburd) of 1745 Hanover (i.e. Rockaway), NJ, and His Presumed Descendants

All info on John Holbert Sr. Descendants is from the Predmore Genealogy via Lee M. Frederick’s Family Tree, by Lee M. Fredericks, 2011, who also sites as his sources: O.C.G.S. Bulletin, Vol 2 Issue 3, p.23 LDS fiche# 6048732 article “John Holbert: Old Orange county Families”, No 21, by J R V. Independent Republican, Tuesday October 14, 1913, and the “Notes of Eleanor Wibb” p 35, O.C.G.S.  Info. on other descendants of Ebenezer “Holbert” Sr. of Morris Co., NJ was gathered and pieced together from numerous accounts posted on Ancestry.com’s Worldtree in early 2011.


A-1  EBENEZER HULBURD (alias Holbert) Sr.,  b. 15 Jul 1705 in New Haven, CT  d. 9 Jun 1770 in “Hanover” (Morris Co), NJ [Note DMI: the section of Hanover, NJ which is now Rockaway, NJ].  He is said to have m.c.1734 presumably in Middleton, CT Dorothy Brown(e) (b. 12 Jan 1714/15  d.?____ in Rockaway, NJ(?), said to be a dau. of John Browne and [Elizabeth Smith ? / Anna Porter ?] of Middletown, CT).  [Note DMI: there are no records in Morris Co., NJ recovered to date by me, specifically naming Ebenezer Sr.’s wife, including as “Dorothy Browne”.  JH pointed out in an email to me of 11 May 2011: “I read a long time ago that Captain John Holbert [someone in his family] kept a family bible which was donated to Orange County NY historical society(?).  I’m guessing that was probably how they knew the maiden name of John's mother”.]

According to some accounts, Dorothy Browne’s sister Lydia (alias Lidia) Brown(e) removed to Rockaway, NJ [Note DMI:  removed with whom as a single woman?  With her brother-in-law Ebenezer?], where she m.c.1745 Samuel Shipman and raised a family in Rockaway, NJ.  However, JH has pointed out, that other internet accounts list the Lidia who m.c.1745 Samuel Shipman as Lidia Hathaway, the widow of a Mr. Browne;


A-1  Ebenezer Hulburd (alias Holbert) Sr.  m.  Dorothy Brown(e)

         Martha Holbert,  bap. 18 Jan 1734/5  d.?____;

B-1  Ebenezer Hulburd  Jr.,  bap. 2 May 1737 (as “Haultbut”),  m. 9 Jan 1763 in Morris Co., NJ Sarah [Nichol?] (b.?____  d.?____).  Removed to Orange Co., NY before 1810;

         Elizabeth Holbert,  bap. 24 Aug 1740  d.?____;

B-2  John (poss. bap. as “Jonathan”) Hulburd (alias Holbert) Sr,  bap. 16 Jan 1742 in CT  d. 4 Mar 1829 in Chester (Orange Co), NY,  will probated that same year.  He m.1763 in Sussex Co., NJ Mary Belles (alias Bellis, Bellus, etc. b. 14 Apr 1741 in Amwell, NJ [Note DMI: erroneously claimed in some accounts to have been born in Ireland]  d. 28 Aug 1807 in Goshen, NY, dau. of Johann Peter Boellesfeldt of Nordhofen, Germany and Elisabetha Christina Nollen of Niederbieber, Germany).  He settled earlier in life to Sussex Co., NJ, where he’s listed in 1773/4 as “John Holburd”.  He is listed in a land deed (Sussex Co., NJ Abstracts, Vol. 94, pg 279) as a resident of Knowlton (then Sussex Co., now Warren Co.), NJ on 1 May 1773. 

         Per New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, by Office of the State Comptroller (James A. Roberts, Comptroller), Albany, NY, 1904, pp 40 and 256, during the Revolutionary War, John Holbert served as a private in the 4th Regiment of the Orange Co., NY Militia under Col. Hawthorn, and he also served as Captain in Col. J. Clinton's Regiment.  He subsequently removed to Orange Co., NY with his family “soon after the close of the conflict”, per a biography of his grandson John F. Durland.  John Hulburd is listed in the Orange Co., NY Censuses from 1790 to 1820.

         The 1790 Census for Goshen (Orange Co.), NY lists [pg 139, 3rd column] John “Halbert” as head of household consisting of Males: 1 (over 16) [John Holbert Sr.], and 3 (under 16) [prob. youngest sons Ebenezer, Samuel and James]; and Females: 4 (of unspecified age) [wife Mary Bellus, and prob. dau.s Mary, Martha and Susan]; and no slaves;


[Note DMI: the additional children of Ebenezer Hulburd / Holbert Sr. born in “Hanover”, NJ to wit were]:


         Mary Holbert,  bap. 14 Aug 1745 at Hanover (i.e. Rockaway), NJ (as “Mary Holiberd”),  d.?____;

         Susannah Holbert,  bap.?____  d.?____.  As “Susannah Halbart” she was received as a member of the Morristown Presb. Church on 27 Apr 1766, per HPCMNJ, pg. 100.  As “Susanna Halbert” she m.1770 in Morris Co., NJ Nathan Hall (b.?____  d.?____) [Note DMI:  I have assigned her as a child of Ebenezer Hulburd Sr., since I have been unable to assign her as a descendant of William Hulburd III];


B-1  Ebenezer Hulburd Jr.  m.  Sarah [Nichol?]

         Mary Hulburd,  bap.1764 in Morris Co., NJ (as “Mary Halbard”)  d.?____;


B-2  John Hulburd (alias Holbert) Sr.  m.  Mary Belles

         Mary Holbert,  b. 8 Sep 1764 in NJ  d. 23 May 1849 age 84;

C-1  Peter Holbert,  b. 24 Aug 1768  in NJ  d. 19 Oct 1836 age 68,  m. 25 Aug 1789 Rosanna/Roxanna Durland (b. 10 Apr 1770 in Minisink,  d. 15 May 1839, dau. of Charles Durland and Jane Swartwout). A farmer at Goshen (Orange Co.), NY, he bought land and settled at Minisink, NY and was a staunch whig,  and a Justice of the Peace for 27 years, and served in the State Legislature from Orange Co. in 1812.

The 1790 Fed. Census for Minisink (Orange Co.), NY lists [pg 143, 2nd column] Peter “Halbert” as head of household consisting of Males: 1 (over 16) [Peter Holbert]; Females: 2 (of unspecified age) [wife, and dau.]; and no slaves;

C-2  Martha Holbert,  b.1769 in NJ  d. 1 Dec 1835 in same.  She m.1790 John Durland (b. 31 Aug 1773 in Chester, NY  d. 5 Apr 1837).  She is attributed as the mother of all of John Durland’s alleged children, beginning with Moses b.1791 and Peter b.1841.  However, since this is a biological impossibility, I am attributing to her all those 12 children who were born in the cluster in Minisink (Orange Co.), NY and surroundings, ranging between the years 1791 to 1817.  She is listed as a Baptist in her son John F. Durland’s biography;

C-3  John Holbert Jr.,  b. 1 Jan 1773 in NJ  d. 19 May 1846,  m. 26 Oct 1799 Eleanor Smith (b. 1 Jun 1777 in Smith’s Clove [Orange Co], NY  d. 13 Jul 1843, bur. on Holbert Farm in Sugar Loaf, NY.  He is listed in Orange Co., NY Census(es);

C-4  Ebenezer Holbert,  b. 18 Dec 1776 in Sussex Co., NJ,  d. 12 Jun 1844 in Orange Co., NY,  m.____ Catherine __________ (b. 9 Aug 1780  d. 28 Oct 1849)  He’s listed in Orange Co., NY Census(es);

C-5  James Holbert,  b. 8 Feb 1778 in NJ  d.1871, listed in Orange Co., NY Census(es).  He 1st m.____ Susan Drake (b. 22 Nov 1791  d. 2 May 1854, dau. David Grassett Drake and Mary Smith).  He 2nd m.____ Sarah ________ (b.?____  d.?____).  [Note DMI:  Frances and Susan Drake also had a sister named Sarah (nicknamed “Sally”).  Could this be her?];

         Susan Holbert,  b. 27 Oct 1779 in NJ  d. 13 Jul 1857,  m.____ Reynard House (b.?____  d.?____);

C-6  Samuel Holbert,  b. 22 Jan 1782  d. 11 Nov 1833 in Slate Hill, NY of fall in house,  buried in Union Cemetery, listed in the Orange Co., NY Census for 1820.  He m.1806 Frances Drake (b. 19 Jun 1788  d. 21 May 1861, dau. David Grassett Drake and Mary Smith);


C-1  Peter Holbert   m.  Rosannah/Roxannah Durland

D-1  Mary “Polly” Holbert,  b. 17 Mar. 1790  d.1808,  m.____ David Robertson (b.?____  d.?____).  [Note DMI:  In the 1790 Fed Census for Minisink (Orange Co), NY there are “2 females” listed in the household of Peter “Halbert” – presumably his wife and first child Polly];

         William Holbert,  b. 29 Jul 1791  d.?____;

D-2  Susanna/Susan Holbert,  b. 1 Jan 1794  d. aft. 1869 in Bingington, NY,  1st m.____ Thomas Sigler (b.?____  d.?____), 2nd m. 10 Feb 1819 Abraham Tyler (b. 22 Mar 1793 in Cochecton [Sullivan Co.], NY  d. aft. 1870 in East Union [Broome Co.], NY);

D-3  Miriam Holbert,  b. 19 Feb 1796  d. 17 Sep 1880.  She m.1812 William Wells II (bap. 18 May 1790 in Goshen [Orange Co.], NY  d. 6 Dec 1857 in same);

         Martha Holbert,  b. 16 Feb 1798  d.?____;

D-4  John Holbert,  b. 29 Dec 1800  d. 23 Jun 1864.  He m.____ Amanda Sayre (b. 10 Feb 1806 in Orange Co., NY  d. 23 Jul 1870, dau Joshua Sayre and Prudence Slauson).  John removed to Chemung, NY and settled at Holbert Town;

         “Sally” Holbert,  b. 19 Dec 1802  d.?____;

D-5  Harriet Holbert,  b.1804  d.1872,  m.____ Jacob H. Dunning (b.1804  d.1872);

         Amanda Holbert,  b. 10 Feb 1806  d.?____;

         “Betsey” Holbert,  b. 20 Aug 1807  d.?____;

         Adrian Holbert,  b. 11 Aug 1809  d.?____;

         Peter Holbert Jr.,  b. 5 Sep 1811  d.?____;


C-2  Martha Holbert  m.  John Durland

Moses Durland,  b.1791  d. 22 Apr 1872 in Minisink (Orange Co.), NY.  He m.____ Jerusha Clark (b.?____  d.?____);

Elias Durland,  b.1793 in Minisink, NY  d.1795 in same;

Mary Durland,  b.1795 in Minisink, NY  d.?____;

John Holbert Durland,  b.1797 in Minisink, NY  d.1869 in Huguenot (Orange Co.), NY.  He 1st m.____ Hannah Owen (b.?____  d.?____), and 2nd m.____ Catherine Drake (b.?____  d.?____);

Susannah Durland,  b.1801 in Minisink, NY  d.?____;

Rosannah Durland,  b.1807 in Minisink, NY  d.1837 in same;

Henry Durland,  b.1809 in Port Jervis (Orange Co.), NY  d.1835 in NY;

George Durland,  b.1812 in Minisink, NY  d.1814 in same;

James F. Durland,  b. 17 Jan 1817 in Greenville (Orange Co.), NY  d. 5 Apr 1837 age 64 in same.  He m. 22 Dec 1838 Thirza Drake of Sullivan Co., NY. 

         Per Portrait and Biological Record of Rockland and Orange Counties, New York

“Of the family of twelve children, our subject is the only survivor.  He was seven years old when his father lost his home and the family broke up housekeeping.  From that age until he attained his majority, he made his home with an older brother on a farm, and upon starting out for himself rented a farm in the town of Deer park, where he tilled the soil for four years.  By using economy and good management, he saved a sufficient amount to enable him to become a landowner.  He purchased one hundred acres of unimproved land in the Shawangunk Mountains, where he built a cabin and began the difficult task of clearing his property.  Later he sold that place and purchased the farm which he now owns… He is now the owner of two hundred and twenty-three acres of good land in Orange and Sullivan Counties, all of which has been accumulated through his own efforts, and from the cultivation of which he receives a fair income. He is one of the oldest residents of the town, and is a man of honor and the utmost probity of character who is in every way worthy of the esteem in which he is held.”


C-3  John Holbert Jr.  m.  Eleanor Smith

         Coe Holbert,  b. 15 Dec 1800  d. 29 Jul 1849.  He never married;

D-6  Ezra Holbert,  b. 6 Mar 1802  d. 29 Jan 1873,  m.____ Philia Ann Weeden (b.1808  d. 18 May 1844).  Per the 1850 Fed Census for NY, he was a farmer with 6,000 acres;

D-7  Jesse Holbert,  b. 2 Jun 1803 in Chester (Orange Co.), NY  d. 17 Mar 1849 in Chester, NY,  m. 5 Apr 1827 Maria Reid Whitman (b. 1 Feb 1802  d. 15 Apr 1871);

D-8  Marie Holbert,  b.15 Nov 1804  d. 24 Apr 1883,  m.____ John Knapp (b. 26 Jun 1797  d. 21 Nov 1866);

         Elizabeth Holbert,  b. 3 Apr 1807  d. 27 Sep 1881, never married;

         Fanny Holbert,  b. 21 Oct 1808  d. 11 Dec 1874,  m.c.1830 John Vanderoot (b. 5 Jan 1806  d. 11 Oct 1879);

D-9  John Smith Holbert Sr.,  b. 18 Aug 1810  d. 5 May 1876,  m.____ Catherine E. Bertholf (b. 17 Mar 1814  d. 7 Feb 1895);

         Eleanor Holbert,  b. 15 Apr 1815  d.?____,  m. 14 Jan 1839 James Lewis Rhodes (b.1809  d. 10 Oct 1891);

         Jane Holbert,  b. 2 Oct 1817  d. 25 Oct 1824;

         Samuel Holbert,  b. 3 Sep 1822  d. 25 Oct 1824;


C-4  Ebenezer Holbert  m.  Catherine ____________

         Mary Ann Holbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ George B. Vandervoort (b. 28 Nov 1806 in NY  d. 20 Feb 1894);

D-10  Susan Holbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ Cornelius Vandervoort (b. 15 May 1808 in NY  d. 10 Jan 1887);


C-5  James Holbert  1st m.  Susan Drake

D-11  Almira Holbert,  b. 6 Mar 1819  d.?____,  m. 3 Jan 1849 Robert W. Colfax (b. 25 Dec 1825 in West Milford, NJ  d. aft. 1874).  He moved to Chester, NY c.1842 and became partners in Colwells and Colfax cabinet business there until 1855, afterward owner of a stove and tinware store until 1874.  Elder of the Presbyterian Church at Chester, NY.


C-6  Samuel Holbert  m.  Frances Drake 

         Hezekiah Holbert,  b. 23 Jul 1807  d. 11 Nov. 1845;

D-12  Samuel F. Holbert,  b. 19 Jul 1810  d. 24 Apr 1884 in Ellsworth, KS,   m. 24 Oct 1839 Sarah Judd (b. 1 Feb 1817  d. 7 Aug 1881 in Ellsworth, KS, dau. of Ebenezer Judd and Esther Oakley);

         Almeda Holbert,  b. 7 Jan 1812  d. 25 Sep 1822;

         Lewis Holbert,  b. 17 Sep 1813  d.1885;

         James Holbert,  b. 31 Jul 1816  d.?____;

         David Coe Holbert,  b. 23 Dec 1823  d. 7 Jul 1883;


D-1  Mary “Polly” Holbert  m.  David Robertson

         George E. Robertson,  b. 16 Aug 1815 in Montague (Sussex Co.), NJ  d. 6 Mar 1896,  m. 12 Dec 1839 Catherine Swartwout (b. 7 Aug 1821 in Montague, NJ  d. bef. 1895);


D-2  Susanna/Susan Holbert  2nd  Abraham Tyler

         Lewis Holbert Tyler,  b. 24 Dec 1819 in Minisink, NY  d. 9 Jan 1819 in Newark (Essex Co.), NJ.  He m. 17 Jan 1847 in East Union, NY Cordelia Elizabeth Mills (b. 17 Dec 1824  d. aft. 1855 in Newark, NJ);

         Silas B. Tyler,  b. 12 Jul 1821 in Minisink, NY  d. 12 Oct 1895 in East Union, NY.  He m. 18 Feb 1846 Harriet E. Packard (b.c.1822  d. aft. 1856);

         Harriet Tyler,  b. 1 Jun 1823 in Minisink, NY  d. aft 1870 in Hudson Co., NJ,  m.c.1845 John F. Dodge (b.c.1816  d. aft. 1870 in Hudson Co., NJ);

         Mary Elizabeth Tyler,  b. 12 Jun 1825 in Minisink, NY  d. 24 Dec 1880 in Binghampton (Broome Co.), NY.  She m.1842 in Binghampton, NY James Ferris Bloomer  (b. 22 Jun 1821  d. 19 Apr 1900);

         Adrian Jesse Tyler,  b. 7 Apr 1827 in Minisink, NY  d. aft. 1870 in Brooklyn, NY.  He. m. 4 Nov 1854 Mary “Polly” Finch (b.c.1835  d. aft. 1870 in Brooklyn, NY);

         Benjamin Frank Tyler,  b. 7 Jan 1829 in Minisink, NY  d. 13 Mar 1900 in Bingington, NY.  He m.c.1855 Amanda Mather (b.c.1835  d. aft. 1860);

         Susan Emmeline Tyler,  b. 24 Mar 1834 in East Union, NY  d. 1 Aug 1896,  m.c.1855 Elijah Fowler Bloomer (b. 20 Jun 1829  d. aft. 1880);


D-3  Miriam Holbert  m.  William Wells II

         Hiram Wells,  b. 1 Aug 1813  d. 9 Feb 1891,  m.____ Cynthia Jane Johnson (b.c.1816  d.?____);

         John Murray Wells,  b. 10 Feb 1815  d. 29 Sep 1899 in Wheaton (DuPage Co.), IL.  He m. 29 Jan 1840 Clarissa C. Callendar (b. 27 Dec 1819  d. 14 Sep 1850, dau. Nathan Callendar and Thireah “Thirza” Weatherbee);

         William Wells III,  b. 3 Aug 1816  d.?____;

         Cynthia Jane Wells,  b. 17 Jan 1819  d.____;

         Almina Wells,  b. 5 Apr 1820  d.____;

         Sarah M. Wells,  b. 2 Jun 1822  d.____;

         Harriet Elizabeth Wells,  b. 17 Sep 1824  d.____;

         Dewitt Clinton Wells,  b. 3 Mar 1827  d.____;

         George Washington Wells,  b. 31 Oct 1828  d.____;

         Benjamin Franklin Wells,  b. 27 Feb 1831  d.____;

         Thomas Jefferson Wells,  b. 27 Apr 1833  d.____;

         Mary Amanda Welles,  b. 13 Aug 1837  d.1875,  m.____ Edwin Briggs (b.c.1833  d.?____);


D-4  John Holbert  m.  Amanda “Betsey” Sayre

E-1  Mary Ann Holbert,  b. 1 Sep 1826  d.?____,  m.1846  John Adams Whitaker (b. 1 Jul 1818  d.?____);

E-2  Joshua Sayer Holbert,  b. 11 Nov 1827  d. 27 Jun 1892.  A Farmer at Holbert Town (i.e. Chemung, NY), he m. 11 Nov 1851 Catherine Van Houten Ryerson (b. 10 Mar 1831 in Paterson, NJ  d.?____, dau. of John Ryerson of Goshen, NY);

E-3  Joseph Emmet Holbert,  b. 24 Apr 1830  d. 25 Apr 1905 in Waverly, NY.  A farmer at Holbert Town, he m. 17 Sep 1856 Catherine “Kate” Hanna (b. 6 June 1837  d.?____, dau. of George W. Hanna);

E-4  William Holbert,  b. 9 Aug 1833 in Minisink, NY  d. aft. 1900,  m. 9 Feb 1859 Hanna Jane Ryerson (b. 22 Jul 1841  d. aft. 1910);

E-5  George Wells Holbert,  b. 13 Sep 1835  d. aft. 1900,  m.c.1860 Barbara Mercereau Badger (b. 12 Aug 1843 in Union [Broome Co.], NY  d. aft. 1920);

         Martha M. Holbert,  b. 13 Sep 1835  d.?____,  m.____ Henry Hoffman (b.?____  d.?____), a Colonel from Horseheads, NY.  They had no issue.

E-6  Gabriel Holbert,  b. 18 Feb 1837  d. 30 Nov 1884,  m. 30 Jun 1869 Larunie Smith (b.c.1846  d. aft. 1900);


D-5  Harriet Holbert  m.  Jacob H. Dunning

         Adrain H. Dunning,  b.c.1824  d.?____,  m.1852 Mary Ann Reynolds (b.1825  d.?____);

         Daniel Webster Dunning,  b. 13 Jan 1827 in Orange Co., NY  d. 17 Apr 1893,  m. 20 Feb 1851 Mary Hannah Barteau (b. 28 Jan 1826  d. 21 May 1907 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, dau. David Barteau and Mary Rose);

         Jonathan Frank Dunning,  b.c.1828  d.?____.  He m.____ Frances S. Wasson (b.?____ d.?____);

         DeWitt Dunning,  b.c.1830  d. 1910 in Broome Co., NY.  He m.____ Harriet Amanda Barteau (b. 12 Dec 1829  d. 5 Sep 1885 in Broome Co., NY, dau. of David Barteau and Mary Rose);

         Julia E. Dunning,  b.c.1836  d.?____;

         Jane Alganett Dunning,  b. Apr 1837  d. 14 Jul 1917,  m.____ William Strigham (b.?____  d.?____);

         William Henry Harrison Dunning,  b.c.1840  d.?____,  m.1864 Dorcas Davis (b.?____  d.?____);

         Timothy Lester Dunning,  b.c.1841  d. 5 Apr 1862 in Colesville (Broome Co.), NY;

         Louisa A. Dunning,  b. 15 Sep 1847  d. 24 Dec 1917 in Monroe City (Monroe Co.), MO of broncho pneumonia;


D-6         Ezra Holbert  m.  Philia Ann Weeden

         Ann E. Holbert,  b.1826  d.?____,  m.c.1849 to Isaac J. Wright (b.1820  d.?____);

E-7  Albert Ruggles Holbert,  b.1837  d.1914,  m. 31 Oct 1861 May Henrietta Wisner (b. 3 May 1842  d. 23 Mar 1894);

         Jesse Holbert,  b.1842  d.?____;


D-7         Jesse Holbert  m.  Maria Reid Whitman

E-8  Mary Elizabeth Holbert,  b.1828  d. 1 Nov 1897,  m.____ George F. Andrews (b.1830  d. 10 Aug 1914);


D-8         Marie Holbert  m.  John Knapp

         Alameda Knapp,  b. 2 Jul 1837 in Sugar Loaf (Orange Co.), NY  d. 25 Feb 1916 in Warwick (Orange Co.), NY,   m. 16 Dec 1867 William Washburn Pelton (b. 15 Dec 1837  d. 25 Feb 1837);


D-9  John Smith Holbert Sr.  m.  Catherine E. Bertholf

         Caroline Holbert,  b.1836  d.?____;

         Charlotte Holbert,  b.1837  d.?____;

         Elizabeth Holbert,  b.1839  d.?____;

         Othaniel Coe Holbert,  b. 20 Nov 1840 in Warwick (Orange Co.), NY  d.?____.  He m.____ Gennette Fitzgerald (b.?____  d.?____);

         Samuel Holbert,  b.1843  d.?____;

         Emily Holbert, b.1845  d.?____;

         Ella Holbert,  b.1849  d.?____;

         John Smith Holbert Jr.,  b.?____  d.?____;


D-10  Susan Holbert  m.   Cornelius Vandervoort Sr.

         Cornelius Vandervoort Jr.,  b.?____  d.?____;


D-11  Almira Holbert  m.  Robert W. Colfax

         Emily Holbert Colfax,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ James Strong Roe (b.?____  d.?____) of Chester, NY;


D-12  Samuel F. Holbert  m.  Sarah Judd

E-9  Frances Amelia Holbert,  b. 17 Oct 1841  d. 31 May 1916 in Ellsworth, KS.  She m.____ Lewis Herman Westerman (b. 19 Sep 1840 in Hanover, Germany  d. 28 Feb 1914 in Ellsworth, KS);


E-1  Mary Ann Holbert  m.  John Adams Whitaker

         Marie Alice Whitaker,  b.?____  d.?____,  m. 2 Sep 1869 Charles Dolson Tyler (b.?____  d.?____);

         Isabel Whitaker,  b. 1 Jul 1847  d.1917,  m. 15 Feb 1872 Theodore F. Margarum (b. 7 Jun 1840 inn Stockholm [Sussex Co.], NJ  d. 18 Nov 1905);

         Amanda Whitaker,  b.?____  d.?____,  m. 5 Oct 1870 Theodore F. Northrop (b. 31 May 1843  d.?____);

         Josephine Whitaker,  b.?____  d.?____,  m. 25 Dec 1872 John Bennett (b.?____  d.?____);


E-2  Joshua Sayer Holbert  m.  Catherine van Houten Ryerson

         Amanda Sayer Holbert,  b. 22 Nov 1853 in Paterson (Passaic Co.), NJ  d. 30 Jan 1855 age 1 year, 2 months and 6 days;

         Elizabeth Gertrude Holbert,  b. 7 Jan 1856  d. 27 Apr 1893,  m. 8 Feb 1889 in Paterson, NJ James C. Clooney (b.?____  d.?____) of Binghamton, NY.  No issue;

F-1  Mary Martha Holbert,  b. 22 Mar 1858  d.?____,  m. 13 Nov 1882 John Romeyn/Romaine Bro(a)dhead (b.?____  d.?____).  They removed to Buffalo, NY;

         John Henry Holbert,  b. 7 Oct 1860 in Paterson, NJ  d.?____,  m.____ Mary Caroline Bragden/King (b.?____  d.?____).  He was a dealer of Chemung Valley Water in NYC;

F-2  Anna Ryerson “Annie” Holbert,  b. 13 Jul 1862  d.?____,  m.____George W. Byrum Sr. (b. 29 Aug 1861 in Trenton, NJ  d.?____), an attorney in Newark, NJ;


E-3  Joseph Emmet Holbert  m.  Kate Hanna

F-3  Ella Holbert,  b. 2 Mar 1858  d.?____,  m. 26 May 1880 John C. Shear (b.?____  d.?____);

F-4  Mary C. Holbert,  b. 16 Aug 1861  d.?____,  m. Preston Ross Tompkins (b.?____  d.?____);

F-5  Lena Holbert,  b. 20 Nov 1868  d.?____  m. 10 Sep 1890 Edwin S. Hanford (b.?____  d.?____), a funeral director at Waverly, NY;

         Freddie Holbert,  b.?____  d.?____ in infancy;


E-4  William Holbert  m.  Hanna Jane Ryerson

F-6  John Ryerson Holbert,  b. 17 Jun 1860  d. ?____,  m. 24 Apr 1889 Carrie Emma Carpenter (b.?____  d.?____);

F-7  Joshua Sayer Holbert,  b. 2 Nov 1862  d. aft. 1910,  m. 6 May 1886 Theodora Hopkins Clark(e) (b.c.1862  d. aft. 1910);

         Gabriel Sayer Holbert,  b. 16 Dec 1867  d. aft. 1880,  m. 4 Sep 1889 Clara Beulah Paxson (b.?____  d.?____);

         Henry Hoffman Holbert,  b. 26 Aug 1870  d. aft. 1880.  Moved to Kansas City, MO;


E-5  George Wells Holbert  m.  Barbara Mercereau Badger

F-8  Charles Holbert,  b. 23 Dec 1860  d. aft. 1917,  m. 25 Oct 1882 Mary Virginia Goodspeed (b.?____  d.?____);

F-9  Frank Holbert,  b. 31 Aug 1863 in Union, NY  d. 24 Oct 1918 in Sussex (Sussex Co.), NJ.  He m. 29 Aug 1888 Sarah E. Cox (b. 23 Aug 1869  d. 2 May 1960, dau. John M. Cox and Mary Jane Coe);

F-10  Judson Holbert,  b. 7 Apr 1869  d. aft. 1920,  m.c.1893 Mattie Pinkey (b.c.1870  d. aft. 1920);

F-11  Tracy Brooks Holbert,  b. 29 Jul 1874  d. aft. 1920,  m.c.1899  Florence __________ (b. Sep 1870 in PA  d. aft. 1920);

         George Hoffman Holbert,  b. 20 Jun 1879  d. 27 Oct 1879.  Listed in the household of Edward Recor(?) of St. Clair City, MI in the 1900 Census;


E-6  Gabriel Holbert  m.  Larunie Smith

         Francis Smith Holbert,  b. 18 Jun 1870  d. aft 1880;

         Henry Hoffman Holbert,  b. 23 Apr 1872 in MI  d. aft. 1880;

         Gabriel Sherwood Holbert,  b. 19 Dec 1876 in MI  d. aft. 1880;

         Galen Murray Holbert,  b. 4 Mar 1880 in MI  d. aft. 1900;


E-7  Albert Ruggles Holbert  m.  May Henrietta Wisner

F-12  Frank Holbert,  b. 10 Aug 1865  d. 18 Oct 1942.  He m. Dec 1890 Grace Pelton (b. 24 Apr 1870  d.?____) For many years Mr. Frank Holbert had a jewelry store in Brooklyn.  When he retired they made their home at Pelton Homestead in Orange County, NY.  The house was built in 1803.  In 1940 Mr. and Mrs. Holbert celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  In 1942, Mr. Holbert passed away.  Her son and her daughter Almeda, live with Mrs. Holbert at Pelton Homestead.  [Note DMI:  apparently taken from an obituary for Frank Holbert];


E-8  Mary Elizabeth Holbert  m.  George F. Andrews

         Jesse H. Andrews,  b. May 1853  d.1916,  m. bef. 1876 Sarah E. Tuthill (b.1854  d. 17 May 1883);


E-9  Frances Amelia Holbert  m.  Lewis Herman Westerman

         Alvina Lesetta Westerman,  b. 25 Jan 1865  d. 29 Mar 1947 of fire.  She m. 26 Dec 1886 in Ellsworth, KS Frank Hahn Burnham (b. 6 Jun 1853  d. 21 Jun 1935 in Wakeeney, KS);

         Martha Westerman,  b. 13 Mar 1866  d. Aug 1934;

         Lizzie Westerman,  b. 22 Jun 1867  d. 5 Jun 1942;

         Capitola Ellen Westerman,  b. 15 Dec 1868  d. 25 Jun 1944;

         William H. Westerman,  b. 31 Oct 1870  d. 17 Jan 1893;

         Bertha Westerman,  b.1872  d. same year;

         Sarah Westerman,  21 Aug 1873  d. 5 Dec 1947 in Artesia, CA:

         Mary Frances Westerman,  b. 24 Mar 1875  d. Sep 1956;

         Otto C. Westerman,  b. 15 Dec 1879  d. Jul 1955;

         Sylvia L. Westerman,  b. 2 Dec 1879  d. July 1955;

         Edwin Lewis Westerman,  b. 24 Feb 1882  d.?____;


F-1  Martha Holbert  m.  John Romaine/Romeyn Bro(a)dhead

         Henry Holbert Bro(a)dhead,  b. 29 Sep 1883  d.?____;

         Arthur Sayre Bro(a)dhead,  b. 25 Nov 1886  d.?____;


F-2  Annie Holbert  m.  George Byrum Sr.

         Catherine Byrum,  b.?____  d.?____;

         George Byrum Sr.,  b.?____  d.?____;


F-3  Ella Holbert  m.  John C. Shear

         Fanchon Shear,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Matt Shear,  b.?____  d.?____;

         Carrie Shear,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ A. Paul Tallmadge (b.?____  d.?____);


F-4  Mary C. Holbert  m.  Preston Ross Tompkins

         Joseph E. Tompkins,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ Eva Overfield (b.?____  d.?____);


F-5  Lena Holbert  m.  Edwin S. Hanford

         Charles H. Hanford,  b. 14 Jun 1894  d.?____;


F-6  John Ryerson Holbert  m.  Carrie Emma Carpenter

         William Carpenter Holbert,  b. 18 Oct 1890  d.?____;

         Theodora Clark Holbert,  b. 4 Aug 1893  d.?____;


F-7  Joshua Sayer Holbert  m.  Theodora Hopkins Clark(e)

         Martha Hoffman Holbert,  b. 19 Feb 1891  d. aft. 1910;


F-8  Charles Holbert  m.  Mary Virginia Goodspeed

         Rebecca Barbara Holbert,  b. 30 Jul 1883  d.?____;

         Martha Hoffman Holbert,  b. 30 Jul 1885  d.?____;

         George Washington Holbert,  b. 13 Jan 1888  d.?____;

         Theodore Northrop Holbert,  b. 25 Jun 1890  d.?_____;


F-9  Frank Holbert  m.  Sarah E. Cox

G-1  Theodore Margarum Holbert,  b. 7 Jul 1890  in Deckertown (Sussex Co.), NJ  d. 8 Dec 1976 in same.  He m.c.1919 Charlotte Lawrence (b. 2 May 1896  d. 11 Dec 1991 in Newton, NJ, dau. of Frederick W. Lawrence and Josephine Ward);

         Adelaide Coe Holbert,  b. 17 Dec 1891  d. 2 Dec 1959 of breast cancer;

         Jacob Northrop Holbert,  b. 2 Nov 1899 in Sussex Co., NJ  d. 18 Feb 1924 of tubercular menegitis;


F-10  Judson Holbert  m.  Mattie Pinkey

         Leeland Holbert,  b. 27 Sep 1894  d. aft. 1920;

         Northrup Holbert,  b.c.1901  d. aft. 1920;


F-11  Tracy Brooks Holbert  m.  Florence __________

         Sayer Holbert,  b.c.1902  d. aft. 1920;

         Pauline Holbert,  b.c.1905  d. aft. 1920;


F-12  Frank Holbert  m.  Grace Pelton

G-2  Ramsen Wisner Holbert,  b. 26 Oct 1891  d.?____,  m.____ Wihemena Dunning (b.?____  d.?____);

         Frank Ruggles Holbert,  b. 12 Apr 1902  d. 17 Mar 1955;

         Grace Pelton Holbert,  b.?____  d.?____, m.____ Raymond E. Bennett (b.?____  d.?____);


G-1  Theodore Margarum Holbert  m.  Charlotte Lawrence

         Theodore Frank Holbert,  b. 15 Jul 1921  d. 31 Dec 1995.  He m.____  _______________ (b.?____  d.?____). Wantage, NJ;


G-2  Ramsen Wisner Holbert  m.  Wihemena Dunning

         Clara Holbert,  b.?____  d,?____;



Who was Ebenezer “Halbert”, born in Morristown, NJ in 1781?

It is indicated in his military records immediately below, that Ebenezer “Halbert” was later a resident of Sussex Co., NJ, which in turn would further indicate (aside from his forename) that he is somehow descended from the line of Ebenezer Hulburd/Holbert Sr. of Rockaway, NJ (which line had moved to Sussex Co. from Morris county, then onward to Orange Co., NY about 1800), as his forename Ebenezer also suggests.


ROM had found in the Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars, Part V with Great Britain, 1812 - 1815, pg. 228 the following entry:  “Halbert, Ebenezer - Private, Capt. James F. DePeyster's Company; enlisted, at Paterson, N.J., May 6, 1814, for the war; discharged at New York, N.Y., May 24, 1815, close of the war”.  


It is undetermined at present if this is the same as the Ebenezer b.1776, or a relation to him, but is likely a different person, as there is a 5 year difference in age, and the Ebenezer Holbert born 1776 apparently relocated with his father John and siblings to Goshen (Orange Co), NY by 1810.


On 2 Mar 2010, JH found his military pension records in Ancestry.com’s archives, which she emailed to me.  They contained the following information:


Per U.S. Army Register of Enlistments, 1798 – 1914, sec. 1798 – 1815, letter “H”, image 100 of 618, original pg 98, enlistment No. 1136:


Name:  Halbert, Ebenezer,

Rank:  Pri.

Regiment:  42 U.S. Infy.

Height:  5’6”

Company Commander:  [blank]

Eyes:  blk.

Hair:  dk.

Complexion:  dk.

Age:  33

Occupation:  laborer [apparently at Morristown?], Hatter [apparently in Sussex Co.?],

Where born:  Morristown, NJ [apparently later of] Sussex [Co., NJ],

Enlistment Date and Place:  May 6, [18]14, NY [and later at?] Patterson [sic Paterson], NJ,

Enlisted by:  Lt. Shaw

Comments: Capt Jas. F. DePeyster’s Co. Bk. 1814/15, M.R. [Muster Roll] Nov. 1, [18]14, D.R. [Drill Roll?] Feby 16 + I.R. [Infantry Regiment?] Mar. 2 + May 3 [18]15, Present.  Certificate + Book 557, Discharged at New York, May 24 or June 8 [18]15, term expired.  See pension case.




BENJAMIN HULBURD I of Enfield, CT (1709 – 1757)

The son of William Hulburd II of Enfield, CT and Mary Howard of New Haven, CT.


Did Benjamin Hulburd I Remove to Bennington, VT Prior to His Death in 1757?

In an email to JH of 27 Oct 2010, I wrote the following:


“…Ambrose Hulburd Sr. was born in Jan 1752.  His biographical sketch (included in that of his grandson Eleazar S. Hulbert) says he was actually born in Bennington, VT, but that seems not to be the case, as he was appointed guardians by the court of Hampshire Co., MA (i.e. at Northampton) in 1770.  He was about 18/19 years old at the time, which makes me wonder why he was appointed guardians at such a late date, since his father had died 13 years earlier.


His mother died sometime after Aug 1780, and it was typical for courts to grant male guardianship to children (especially male children) even if the mother were still alive.  Incidentally, if his younger brother Elihu were still alive by 1770, one might have seen guardianship papers for him at this time too.  Elihu was apparently an infant death.


I suppose one possible scenario could be, that Ambrose Hulburd Sr. was apprenticing to be a blacksmith at Northampton, MA (where he had Hulburd cousins), and when his years of apprenticeship were over, he was still a minor under age 21, and so for legal purposes still needed to be appointed a guardian in that particular county and colony.  The guardianship papers show, that both guardians were listed as ‘of Hadley in Hampshire Co’.  Hadley is only 4 miles northeast of the center of Northampton, MA.


However, Ambrose Hulburd Sr.’s father Benjamin Hulburd I is listed in those guardianship papers as ‘late of Enfield’, and the fact that Benjamin Hulburd I had enlisted in the same company that Obadiah Hulburd II had enlisted in during the French and Indian War, suggests that in 1757 Benjamin Hulburd I was still living with his family by or near Enfield, CT.   Had Benjamin Hulburd I been living for 6 or 7 years already in Bennington, VT prior to his death, he probably would have been listed as ‘late of Bennington’ in the Guardianship papers of his Ambrose Hulburd Sr.


That the guardianship papers were filed in Northampton is not unusual, since Enfield was still considered by MA to be part of MA - and as said - Ambrose Hulburd Sr. seemed to be in residence at of near Northampton, MA anyway, given the fact that his guardians were both from Hadley, MA.  


Benjamin Hulburd I had enlisted in Ensign David Parsons’ 3rd Company of Major General Phineas Lyman’s 1st Regiment.  Major General Phineas Lyman was from Suffield, CT, which neighbors Enfield, CT.  Benjamin Hulburd I died in NY State during the French and Indian War, simply because his company went there to fight, but there’s no evidence that I’ve come across to date, that he had actually moved his family to VT a matter of years prior to his death in 1757.


A review of the Bennington, VT Town Records, Book A only mentions the baptisms for the children of his son Benjamin Hulburd II (who had married Chloe Branch).  The children of Ambrose Hulburd Sr. were also all apparently born in Bennington, VT (per various internet accounts which provide specific dates), so he probably removed there sometime after his marriage in Conway, MA in 1777 (Conway being about 25 miles north of Northampton, MA), presumably to join his brother Benjamin Hulburd II, who was at Bennington, VT at least as early as 1776 (when his first child was born there).  Ambrose Hulburd Sr.’s first child is said to have been born at Bennington, VT in 1779. 


Since their cousin William Hulburd Sr. (the counterfeiter) was supposedly a captain in the VT militia during the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Hulburd II and Ambrose Hulburd Sr. may have possibly moved to Bennington, VT to serve in his company.


Back to their father Benjamin Hulburd I; the fact of the matter is, that the enlistment in the last year of his life in 1757, apparently in or near Enfield, CT, as well as the 1770 guardianship papers for his son Ambrose Hulburd Sr., seem to disprove the popular belief, as repeated in internet accounts and published histories, that Benjamin Hulburd I had removed with his family to Bennington, VT years before his death, supposedly at Ft. Ticonderoga.  This rumor seems to have started because of confusion between Benjamin I and his son Benjamin II…”.


On 27 Oct 2010 JH responded by email with the following:


“…There are two (MA / CT) land transactions for Benjamin Hulbert (probably II) as the grantee in 1770.   Is this a coincidence?”


I responded immediately by email with the following:


“The sale of land by Benjamin Hulburd II in 1770 was likely part of the estate distribution of his father that occurred in 1770.  Perhaps oldest son Benjamin Hulburd II was appointed Executor by the court (which is entirely likely).  Benjamin Hulburd II had turned 21 already, and was probably demanding his share by law of his father's inheritance.  No… it was not necessarily Benjamin Hulburd II ... but Barijah Hulburd.   It was Barijah Hulburd who turned 21 in 1770; Benjamin Hulburd II was already 23 by 1770.  So, it looks like it was probably Barijah Hulburd who was demanding the release of his inheritance, which would have in turn resulted in the relatively late appointment of an guardian for Ambrose Hulburd Sr., to act as steward of Ambrose Hulburd Sr.’s share in his father’s newly released inheritance, until Ambrose turned 21.  Apparently Barijah Hulburd couldn't just get his own portion, without his brothers also being allotted their portions.  This also shows, that Benjamin Hulburd I’s estate / inheritance was in the Enfield, CT area, and not in VT.  


This also explains why the file that includes Ambrose Sr.’s Guardianship papers is entitled ‘the Estate of Benjamin Hulburd of Enfield, 1770’.  This in turn implies, that there were originally additional papers in that estate settlement file (relating to the inventory and distribution of Benjamin Hulburd I's estate), which are no longer present in said file”.


Email from JH:


“[the fact that Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT never removed from that town]…is supported  by the book ‘Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War’.   Ben Hulburd I enlisted in Connecticut on July 30, 1757, and died few months later, far away from home…”.



The Death of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT During the French and Indian War of 1757

According to many accounts, Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT died supposedly on 1 Nov 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga, NY.  Some accounts add the detail that he died “in battle”.  However, primary sources for this information are never provided.  Ft. Ticonderoga was founded in 1755 by the French as “Fort Carillon”, and it was not until seven or so months after the death on 3 Nov 1757 of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, that Fort Carillon was captured in the summer of 1758 by New England forces and renamed Fort Ticonderoga.  Before it’s capture in 1758, there were no battles at Fort Carillon (later Ticonderoga), so, Benjamin Hulburd I could not have died fighting there in 1757 as claimed.


On 27 Oct 2010, JH sent me an email, containing a link to Luke Girdley’s Diary of 1757, edited by “F.M.”, first printed in 1907 (Luke Gridley was a militia man stationed mostly at the New England force’s Fort Edward, NY).  She followed this up with an email of 29 Oct 2010, stating:


“… The foreword states Luke did not participate in any battle and most of his time was spent at Fort Edward.  He enlisted on 30 Mar 1757 in the same regiment that Ben Hulburd I latter enlisted in on 30 Jul 1757.  Ben was the only one who enlisted in that regiment on 30 Jul 1757; most of the men in his regiment had enlisted in March and April 1757 with very few latecomers (e.g. in August and September of 1757).  On Page 49 (i.e. the entry for 12 Aug 1757), Luke writes, ‘haford troops came haer’.   Did Ben travel with these troops from CT before finally meeting up with Luke and the rest? …”


I responded to JH with an email of 4 Nov 2010:


“I suspect that Ben Hulburd I of Enfield would have been part of the soldiers from “upper Connecticut” whom Gridley mentions arrived at Fort Edward on 11 Aug 1757.  The following is a timeline of events leading up to the death of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT:



March   Fort William Henry comes under fire by French forces. Hampered by a blinding snowstorm, the French call off the assault on 21 March 1757. 

Late Spring – Indians coming from the French controlled Fort Carillon (later Fort Ticonderoga) continually harass and kill anyone who wanders outside of the walls of Fort William Henry.   

 June – reinforcements from NJ, NY and NH arrive at Fort William Henry from Fort Edward. 

23 July – at the ‘Battle of Sabbath Day Point’, the French and Indians ambush New England soldiers just north of Fort William Henry, killing about 160 New Englanders, and ritually cannibalizing some of the slain. 

30 July  Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, at about age 48, enlists in the military.

3 Aug  – Colonel Monro sends a message to Fort Edward, informing them that Fort William Henry is in imminent threat by French forces.

5 Aug – the French start firing on Fort William Henry.

7 Aug – Colonel Monro surrenders Fort William Henry to the French.

10 Aug – Luke Gridley (stationed at Fort Edward) notes in his diary on pg 48, ‘our ick et out for allboney, ye Remainder of ye Command of fort william henerry Come Down Being Striped of thare Coleres [i.e. clothes], wonded & Lame’.

11 Aug  – Gridley notes pg 48, ‘ume Connecttecut men from ye uper towns Came hear’.

12 Aug – Gridely notes pg 49, ‘…haford [i.e. Hartford, CT] troops came hear’.

12 Sep – Gridley notes pg 53, ‘more of the Sick went Downe to Allbanney”.

9 Oct – Gridley notes pg 56, ‘…those which had the Rumatis & the worst of the ick ware Cayryed Down to Allbanny from hear, thare by wather, one man Dies with mall pox : & one with Camp Destemper [i.e. Typhoid]”.

12 Oct – Gridley notes pg 57, ‘... Being the the 10th man has Died with Detempers out of our Compenney’.

19 Oct – Gridley notes pg 58, ‘a grate number of the ick Regelars with the teams, we heard that we hould march for home the 27th Day of october Instant &ccc’....

25 Oct – Gridley notes pg 59, ‘a considerrable nomber whice ware week and poor ware ent Down In Carts and wagons, one man Died”.

30 Oct  Gridley notes pg 59, ‘… fifteen of our Rigment et out for home & marcht urrotoge [i.e. to Saratoga].

2 Nov – Gridley notes pg 60, ‘from thence we marcht & taryed 6 miles above albany’.

3 Nov  – Gridley notes pg 60, ‘from thence we thraviled to Green Bouch [i.e. Greenbush, NY]: Colonal manrow1 Died one man was hot to Death three of our ick2 Died. …’

 1 Monro, ex-commander of Fort William Henry.  He was stricken with apoplexy in the street.

2 Stephen Deming of Lyman’s company, Benjamin Hulbert of Payson’s, and a third not identifiable. …”

Summer of 1758 - Fort Carillon falls to New England forces, and is renamed Fort Ticonderoga. 





The Descendants of Benjamin Hulburd I of Enfield, CT


A-1  BENJAMIN HULBURD I,  b. 13 Mar 1709/10 in New Haven, CT  d. 3 Nov 1757 at Greenbush, NY, coming home from Fort Edward, most likely of typhoid fever, less likely of small pox.  Per History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg. 2637, Benjamin “Hurlbut” [at age 47] was mustered into Ensign David Parsons 3rd Company of Major General Phineas Lyman’s 1st Regiment from 30 Jul 1757 until his death on 3 Nov 1757.  This is the same company that his nephew Obadiah Hulburd II served in the following two years. 

         Benjamin Hulburd I entered an intention to marry on 13 Sep 1740, and m. 20 Nov 1740 in Enfield, CT Thankful “Perse” [i.e. Pierce] (b. 3 Mar 1715/16 in Enfield, CT  d. aft. Aug 1780 in same, dau. of Nathaniel Pierce and Mary _________).  He was still at Enfield, CT in 1754 as he appears in the History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg. 2504, entered in the Town Meeting records [Note DMI: in what appears to be in a long list of items owned, or received with payment pending, by various residents]: “Taken up by Benjamin hulbard a Checked linin apron January 1754”.

         Per the History of Enfield, Vol. III, 1900, pg. 2240, the abstract of the will of the spinster Mary Pierce is as follows:  Will date 19 Aug. 1780 presented 11 Sept. 1780.  Mentions my sister Thankful Hulbert.  Executrix sister Thankful.  Witnesses Eliphalet Terry, Mary Raynolds, John Raynolds”.


A-1  Benjamin Hulburd I  m.  Thankful Pierce

         Abel Hulburd (#1),  b. Nov 1741 in Enfield, CT  d. bef. Nov 1743 in same;

         Abel Hulburd (#2),  b. 26 Nov 1743 in Enfield, CT  d. bef. 1770?;

B-1  Benjamin Hulburd II,  b. 10 Aug 1746 in Enfield, CT  d. 18 May 1810 in Bennington/Pittsford, VT, bur. Sugar Hollow Cemetery in Brandon, VT.   He m.c.1775 Chloe Branch (b.1758  d.1817, bur. in Sugar Hollow Cemetery).  Per Bennington, VT Town Records A, pg 86, “Benjn Hulbert” was listed as a freeman in 1778.  Per Bennington, VT Town Records A, pg 261,  a road was laid out on 12 Jun 1786 in Bennington, VT, and one of the landmarks mentioned was “Hulburt’s Mill”;

         Barijah Hulburd,  b. 21 May 1749  d. 16 Nov 1777 in Rev. War at Fort Mifflin [i.e. Philadelphia], PA;

B-2  Ambrose Hulburd Sr.,  b. 27 Jan 1752 in Enfield, CT  d.1781,  m. 4 Jan 1777 in Conway (Franklin Co), MA Jain [i.e. Jane] Gilmore (b.?____  d.?____).  Ambrose Sr. died in the Rev. War before the birth of his second child Ambrose Jr.

         Per History of The Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Vol. II, by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1879, pg. 695 (i.e. in a biographical sketch on his grandson Ebenezer S. Hulbert): 

“Ambrose Hulbert [sic for Hulburd]…was born in Bennington, VT [sic for Enfield, CT].  He served as a private soldier in the Revolutionary war, and died in the service in 1780.  He was a blacksmith, and above the average in mechanical ability.  He made the swords for the officers of his regiment, and their silver shoe-buckles with the owner’s names engraved upon them.  Indeed, he fashioned almost any metal article then in use”;

         Elihu Hulburd,  b. 16 Feb 1756  d. bef. 1770?;


B-1  Benjamin Hulburd II  m.  Chloe Branch

C-1  Benjamin Hulburd III,  b. 20 May 1776 in Bennington, VT [Note DMI: per “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, pg 316]  [b. 28 Sep 1794 in Washington Co., NY - Note DMI: per another internet account, which apparently has him confused with a younger Benjamin Hulburd]  d. 3 May 1880 in Fremont (Steuben Co), NY,  1st m. bef.1818 Sarah Dunning (b.?____  d. bef. 1818),  2nd m.c.1818 Cynthia Beckwith (b. 7 May 1808  d. 27 Aug 1888 in Fremont, NY, dau. of Dyer Beckwith and Susannah E. Bartholomew);

         Chloe Hulburd,  b. 15 Feb 1778 in Bennington, VT [Note DMI: per “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, pg 316]  d.?____,  m.____  ________ Bohman (b.?____  d.?____);

         Luther Hulburd,  b. 2 Mar 1780 in Bennington, VT [Note DMI: per “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, pg 316]   d.?____,  m. 20 Aug 1809 in Pittsford, VT Tamar Sawyer Rand (b.?____  d.?____), marriage performed by C. Harder, Justice of the Peace;

C-2  Calvin Hulburd,  b. 7 Apr 1782 as “Calven Hulburd” in Bennington, VT [Note DMI: per “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, pg 316]  d. 4 Aug 1817 in Pittsford, VT, bur. in Sugar Hollow Cemetery,   m. 5 Oct 1807 in Pittsford, VT Lucinda Rand (b. 24 Sep 1792  d. 13 Jul 1870, dau. of Zachariah Rand and Jerusha Sawyer);

         Ambrose Hulburd,  b. 3 May 1784 as “Ambros Hulburd” in Bennington, VT [Note DMI: per “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, pg 316]  d.?____;

         Almond Hulburd,  b.c.1786? d.?____  [Note DMI:  not listed in the “Bennington, VT Town Records A”, for births to Benjamin and Chloe Hulburd, so unsure as to place of birth].m. 20 Jun 1809 in Pittsford, VT Sallie Taft, married by Amos Kellog Justice of the Peace;

         Fannie Hulburd,  b.c.1788?  d.?____;

C-3  Temperance Hulburd,  b. 22 Jun 1790 in Sugar Hollow, VT  d. 18 Jun 1887 in Bushville (Genesee Co), NY, bur. in Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia (Genesee Co), NY.  She 1st m.____  ________ Watkins (b.?____  d.?____),  2nd m. 5 Oct 1819 in Batavia, NY William Sullings (b. b. 19 Jun 1791 in New Bedford [Bristol Co], MA  d. 13 Aug 1873 in Bushville, NY, bur. in Elmwood Cemetery);

         Pamela Hulburd,  b.c.1792?  d.?____,  m.____ Eli Stone (b.?____  d.____);


B-2  Ambrose Hulburd Sr.  m.  Jain [i.e. Jane] Gilmore

         Lucinda Hulburd,  b. 28 Mar 1779 in Bennington, VT  d. 10 Dec 1845 in Burlington Flats, NY,  m.____ Israel Chapin (b. 18 Feb 1770 in Bennington, VT  d. 29 Mar 1813 in Burlington Flats, NY);

C-4  Ambrose Hulburd Jr.,  b. 26 Feb 1781 in Bennington, VT  d. 24 Feb 1869 in Burlington Flats (Otsego), NY,  1st m.1805 Dorothy Baker (b.c.1787 in Burlington, VT  d. 22 Jun 1815 in Burlington Flats, NY),  2nd m. Sep 1819 Elizabeth “Betsey” Sheldon (b. 18 Aug 1790 in Bernardston, MA  d. 12 Jan 1849 in Burlington, NY, dau. of Jonathan Sheldon and Naomi Fox);

         Per History of The Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Vol. II, by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1879, pg. 695 (i.e. in a biographical sketch on his son Ebenezer S. Hulbert):

“Ambrose [Hulbert Jr.]. was born in Bennington [VT], on 26th of February, 1781.  He learned his father’s [blacksmith] trade, and when eighteen years of age removed to Burlington, Ostego Co., N.Y., where he spent the remainder of his life, and died there at the age of eighty-eight years.  His wife was Elizabeth Sheldon, of Bernardston, Mass.  They were married in September, 1814, and had a family of five children, - two sons and three daughters, - viz.: Ebenezer S; Louisa N., born Feb. 17, 1823, wife of Edward Colban, of Plainfield, NY; Charles, born March 30, 1826, now residing in Rushford, Minn; Mary M., born Oct. 15, 1831, wife of O. B. Green, of Gill, Mass; and Abbie L. , born April 2, 1835, now residing in Bernardston”.


C-1  Benjamin Hulburd III  2nd m.c.  Cynthia Beckwith

D-1  Cyrenus Hulburd,  b. Mar 1819 in NY  d.1905 in Greenwood (Steuben Co), NY,  m.____ Emeline ________ (b.1820  d. bef. 1900 in Steuben Co., NY);

D-2  Silas Hulburd,  b.c.1821  in NY  d.?____,  m.____ Amanda Baker (b.1819  d.?____);

D-3  Louisa Hulburd,  b.1827 in NY  d. bef. 1900 in Steuben Co., NY,  m.c.1849 Robert McNaughton (b.1813 in NY  d. aft. 1900);

D-4  Amanda Hulburd,  b. 10 Apr 1830 in Whitehall, NY  d. 6 Nov 1911 in Princeton (Bureau Co), IL,  m. 13 Jun 1846 in Howard (Steuben Co), NY Franklin Metcalf Coddington (b. 14 Mar 1825 in Howard, NY  d. 10 Feb 1882);

D-5  Francis Hulburd,  b.1838 in NY  d. 11 Jun 1864 in Baltimore, MD,  m. 15 Aug 1861 in Fremont, NY Annie L. Allen (b. 9 Jul 1846 in Bath [Steuben Co], NY  d. 18 Dec 1929 in Newark [Marshall Co], SD,  dau. of James Allen and Mary ________);


C-2  Calvin Hulburd  m.  Lucinda Rand

         Chloe Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____,  m.____ Samuel Tower (b.?____  d.?____);

         Milton Hulbert,  b.?____  d.?____;

D-6  Almira Delilah Hulbert,  b. 30 Oct 1810 in Brandon (Rutland Co), VT  d. 28 Sep 1880 in Dickinson (Center Co), NY,  m. 25 Jan 1832 in Brandon, VT John Holman Waste (b. 13 Apr 1807 in Bolton (Warren Co), NY  d. 14 Sep 1884 in Dickinson Center, NY);

         Alonzo Hulbert,  b.c.1811  d.?____,  m.____ Credulia Sumner (b.?____  d.?____);


C-3  Temperance Hulburd  2nd m.  William Sullings

         Frances Adelia Sullings,  b. 26 Dec 1822 in Bushville, NY  d. 2 Jun 1901 in Vicksburg (Kalamazoo Co), MI,  m. 15 Sep 1852 in Batavia, NY Alexander Brewster Smith (b. 16 Jun 1827 in Charlton (Saratoga Co), NY  d. 8 Nov 1899 in Vicksburg, MI).  They had children:  Clara Augusta (b. 10 Oct 1854  d. 5 Apr 1929, m. 9 Oct 1879 Frank A. Osborn), Ruth Temperance (b. 11 Jun 1853  d. 14 Aug 1910), Allen Isaac (b. Nov 1856 d. 22 Jun 1939), William Sullings (b. May 1859  d.1938), Jennifer (Dec 1860  d.1928), and Fannie Rachel (b. Oct 1864  d.1926);

         Ruth A Sullings,  b. 8 Jul 1820 in Bushville, NY  d. 22 Jun 1913 in Batavia, NY;

         Julius R. Sullings,  b.1826 in Bushville, NY  d. 3 Feb 1859 in Plainfield (Hendricks Co), IN of typhoid fever;

         Harvey Sullings,  b. Dec 1828 in Bushville, NY  d. 4 Apr 1901 in Comstock (Kalamazoo Co), MI.  A dentist and physician;

         David Sullings,  b. 20 Dec 1830 in Bushville, NY  d.?____;


C-4  Ambrose Hulburd Jr.  1st m.  Dorothy Baker

D-7  Eri Baker Hulbert Sr.,  b. 11 Mar 1807  d. 9 Jun 1852.  A grain Merchant in Chicago, IL., he m.____ Mary Louisa Walker (b.?____  d.?____);


C-4  Ambrose Hulburd Jr.  2nd m.  Elizabeth “Betsey” Sheldon

D-8  Ebenezer S. Hulbert,  b. 27 May 1820 in Burlington (Ostego Co), NY  d. aft. 1879,  m. Dec 1863 to Laura Burr (b.?____  d. aft. 1879, dau. Chancey P. Burr of Mercer, ME).

         Per History of The Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Vol. II, by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1879, pg. 695:

          “[The] Hon. Ebenezer S. Hulbert was born in Burlington, Ostego Co., N.Y., May 27, 1820…had the advantages of a good common-school education, and during his minority worked with his father in the latter’s foundry and blacksmith-shop.  When Twenty-two years old he went to Chicago, Ill., and was there employed as a clerk in a dry-goods store, in which position he, however, remained but one year, and then, returning to Burlington [VT], worked with his father until August, 1846.

          He then moved to Waterville, NY, where his services were engaged by E. and J. Wilber & Co. in the manufacture of hoes.  In his employment he remained three years, after which he entered into partnership with S.A. Willard, in Clayville, Oneida Co., with whom he was associated three years in the same business.  In December of 1852 he removed to Bernardston, Franklin Co., Mass., where he established a manufactory of hoes, under the firm-name of E. S. Hulbert & Co.  Thus the firm remained until 1864, when Mr. Hulbert assumed the entire control of the business, which he has continued to the present time (1879).  In the mean time he has greatly increased the business, and in connection with hoes now manufactures brick- and plastering-trowels and corn-cutters, turning out two thousand dozen hoes and one thousand dozen corn-cutters and trowels per annum.

          Mr. Hulbert is a thorough business-man, and has been identified with most of the leading interests of Bernardston since he has been a resident of the town.  He is a trustee of Powers Institute, and also of the Cushman Library.  In 1854 he was elected to the Legislature, in which he served one term.  He has also held the office of justice of the peace twelve years, and has served eight terms as member of the board of selectmen.

          Upon the breaking out of the Rebellion he at once espoused the cause of the Union, and in 1862 was commissioned lieutenant in Co. A of the 52nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  The duties of that office he most honorably and faithfully discharged, taking part in the siege of Port Hudson and in the campaigns of 1862-63 in Louisiana.

          Mr. Hulbert was married, in December, 1863, to Laura Burr, daughter of Chauncey P. Burr, of Mercer, Maine.  They have one child, Julia B., born on the 6th of July, 1867”.

         Louisa Naoma Hulbert,  b. 17 Feb 1823  d. aft. 1879, m.____ Edward Colban, of Plainfield, NY (b.?____ d. aft. 1879);

         Charles Hulbert,  b. 30 Mar 1826  d. aft. 1879, of Rushford, Minn;

         Mary M. Hulbert,  b. 15 Oct 1831  d. aft. 1879, m.____ O. B. Green, of Gill, MA (b.?____ d.?____);

         Abbie L. Hulbert,  b. 2 April 1835  d. aft. 1879,  of Bernardston, NY.


D-1  Cyrenus Hulburd  m.  Emeline ________

E-1  (Boy) Hulburd,  b.c.1843 in Fremont, NY  d.?____,  m.____  _________________ (b.?____  d.?____);

E-2  Byron C. Hulburd,  b.c.1844 in NY  d.?____,  m.____ Harriet C. __________ (b.1846 in NY  d.?____); 

E-3  Warren Hulburd,  b. Dec 1844 in NY  d.?____,  m.____  _______________ (b.?____  d.?____);

E-4  Benjamin Hulburd,  b.c.1845 in NY  d.?____,  1st m.____ Anne M. ________ (b.1849 in NY  d.?____),  2nd m.c.1895 Eliza A Sulor (b. Aug 1853 in NY  d.?____, widow of ________ Bromell);

         Mary Hulburd,  b.c.1851 in NY  d.?____;

         Winifield Hulburd,  b.c.1852 in NY  d.?____;

         Emiline Hulburd,  b.c.1855 in NY  d.?____;

         Josephine Hulburd,  b.c.1857 in Fremont, NY  d.1939, prob. in MI,  m.c.1878 prob. in MI Chester A Cratsenburg (b. Jun 1854 in NY  d. May 1934, prob. in MI);

         William Hulburd,  b. Sep 1858 in NY  d.?____,  m.____ Stena [i.e. Stella?] _________ (b. Oct. 1854 in NY  d.?____);

         Abram Hulburd,  b.c.1861 in Fremont, NY  d.?____;


D-2  Silas Hulburd  m.  Amanda Baker

         Charles H. Hulburt,  b.1847 in NY

E-5  Philena Rosette Hulburt,  b. 14 Oct 1848 in Hornellsville (Steuben Co), NY  d. 3 Jul 1919 in Prentice (Price Co), WI,  1st m.1867 in Hornellsville, NY Charles Delany Winn (b.1840  d.?____),  2nd m.____ Louis Pascal Fortin (b. 6 Oct 1849 in L’Islet [Quebec Province], Canada  d.?____);

         Morgan Hulburt,  b.1852 in NY

         Ella Hulburt,  b.1855 in NY

         Lucy Hulburt,  b.1858 in NY

         Austin Hulburt,  b.1861 in NY


D-3  Louisa Hulburd  m.  Robert McNaughton

         Clarissa McNaughton,  b.1850 in NY  d.?____;

         Myron M. McNaughton,  b.1854 in NY  d.?____;

         Murray McNaughton,  b.1863 in NY  d.?____;

         Marshall McNaughton,  b. Oct 1865 in NY d.?____,  m.____ Fannie __________ (b. Sep 1871 in NY  d.?____).  They had children:  May B. (b. 1891) and Robert M. (b. May 1893, m. Helen ________);


D-4  Amanda Hulburd  m.  Franklin Metcalf Coddington

         Emily R. Coddington,  b. 10 Jun 1847 in NY  d. 12 Mar 1924 in Ladd (Bureau Co), IL.  She 1st m. 25 Dec 1864 in Bureau Co., IL Alexander Warner (b.?____  d.?____), divorced(?) c.1868.  She 2nd m. 16 Aug 1874 in Toledo, OH James Theophilus Hight (b.1855 in OH  d.?____). 

         Emily and Alexander had children:  Frank C. (b. 1 Feb 1866  d. 7 Apr 1866) and Joseph Clifford (b. 7 Sep 1867  d.1943  m. Edna Zorado Brown). 

         Emily and James had children:  John Elmer (b. 2 Apr 1876, 1st m. Belle ______, 2nd m. Cora______), Daisy Della (b. 18 Aug 1878), Mabel Amanda (b. 5 May 1880, m. ________ Gustonski), Roscoe Calvin (b. 28 Feb 1882), Mary Ellen (b. 17 Jun 1884), Walter Scott (b. 31 Oct 1886, m. Hannah _______), and Charles Arthur (b. 10 Sep 1889, m. Velma _______);

         Ella R. Coddington,  b. 28 Apr 1850 in NY  d.?____ in Cass Co., IA,  m. 17 Feb 1867 in Bureau Co. IL Julius C. Triplett (b. 11 Jun 1844 in Princeton, IL  d. 25 Dec 1926 in Cass Co., IA).  They had children:  Clayton (b. 8 Oct 1867), Kittie (b. 12 Oct 1869), Jennie (b. 15 Jan 1872, m. Pearl H. Heath), Bessie A. (b. 28 Feb 1875, m. George A Hill), Franklin Aquilla (b. 1 Oct 1877), Julia E. (b. 25 Sep 1879), Edward C. “Ned” (b. 5 Jan 1882), Thomas Burke (b. 3 Mar 1885), Blanche “Lura” (b. 20 Apr 1887), and Marcia (b. 29 Oct 1888, m. ________ Wilson);

         Calvin Robinson Coddington,  b. 15 Feb 1854 in Arlington (LaSalle Co), IL  d. 29 Apr 1910 in Princeton, IL,  m. 31 Oct 1875 in Arlington, IL Mary Adeline McGowan (b. 15 Jul 1858 in Princeton, IL  d.?____).  They had children:  Annie C. (b. 9 Nov 1876  23 Nov 1884), Gertrude Bella (b. 27 Sep 1878  d. 12 Nov 1957, m. William John Logan), Della May (b. 11 Apr 1881  d. in CA, m. 20 Jun 1900 Thomas Tuggle), Blanche O. (b. 16 Aug 1884, 1st m. Oliver Batchelder, 2nd m. Levi Edward Lund, 3rd m. Jacob H. Regetz, and 4th m. Perry Moss), Elmer (b. 11 Apr 1886  d. 22 Apr 1886), Joseph Leroy (b. 27 Sep 1887  d. 26 Jan 1973 in Los Angeles, CA, m. Mary Nordgren), Leonard Phillip (b. 6 Jul 1890  d. 20 Jul 1967 in Escondido, CA, m. 6 Aug 1912 Winifred Pelley), and Grace Belva (b. 31 Dec 1893 in IL  d. 27 Sep 1957 in Linden, CA, m. 8 Nov 1910 James Preston Tuggle);

         Mary Etta Coddington,  b. 17 Jul 1857 in Princeton (Bureau Co), IL  d. 21 Dec 1935 same,  m. 5 Nov 1874 in Princeton, IL Robert James (b. 19 Apr 1852  d.?____).  They had children:  Mary Bella (b. 13 Feb 1879), Etta May (b. 20 Feb 1880), Allen Robert (b. 7 Apr 1882, m. Nellie Josephine Simpson), and Raymond James (b. 26 Feb 1885);

         Gertrude Ellen Coddington,  b. 17 Jul 1869  d. 14 Apr 1878;


D-5  Almira Delilah Hulbert  m.  John Holman Waste

         Oramel Edwin Waste,  b. 29 Sep 1833  d.?____;

         Martha Lucinda Waste,  b. 31 Oct 1835  d.?____;

         Milton Hulbert Waste,  b. 10 Jul 1837  d.?____;

         Charles Lyman Waste,  b. 24 Jun 1839  d.?____;

         Harvey Gray Waste,  b. 27 Feb 1841  d.?____;

         Seraph[ine] Amelia Waste,  b. 10 Oct 1843 in Dickinson, NY  d. 10 Nov 1926 in Cacheville (Yolo Co), CA,  m. 22 Aug 1866 in the Methodist Church at Jericho, VT Ebenezer Durgy Woodward (alias John Ring) (b. 16 May 1835 in Waterbury, VT  d. 9 Jan 1909 in Napa, CA).  They had children:  Herbert Ernest (b. 9 Nov 1867  d. 25 Aug 1868), Katie Almira (b. 20 Apr 1870),  William Wellington (b. 28 Aug 1873, m. Jane Shearin),  Murray Waste (b. 29 Sep 1875), Milton Durgy (b. 19 Jan 1879  d. 2 Mar 1964, m. Birdie Mae Jameson), and Edna Amelia (b. 28 Mar 1888, m. John Jackson Sr.);

         John Murray Waste,  b. 13 Aug 1845  d.?____;

         Lucius Herbert Waste,  b. 1 Oct 1847  d.?____;

         (Boy) Waste,  b. 19 Jun 1851  d. at birth;

         Amy Almira Waste,  b. 11 Nov 1852  d.?____;


D-6  Francis Hulburd  m.  Annie L. Allen

         Franklin M. Hulburt,  b. 2 Sep 1862  d.c.1920;


D-7  Eri Baker Hulbert Sr.  m.  Mary Louisa Walker

         Eri Baker Hulbert Jr.,  b.?____  d.?____;

         George Henry Hulbert, 

         William A. Hulbert,  b. 23 Oct 1832 in Burlington Flats (Ostego Co), NY  d. 10 Apr 1882.  Organizer of the National Baseball League, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996;


D-8  Ebenezer S. Hulbert  m.  Laura Burr

         Julia B. Hulbert,  b. 6 Jul 1867  d. aft. 1879;


E-1  (Boy) Hulburd  m. __________________

         Susan Hulburt,  b.1882 in NY  d.1921 in Ithaca (Gratiot Co), MI,  m.c.1902 David Sidney Biddinger (b. 15 Jul 1880 in Gratiot Co., MI  d.?____);


E-2  Byron C. Hulburd  m.  Harriet C. __________

         Edward C. Hulburt,  b.1868 in NY  d.?____;

         Kent C. Hulburt,  b.1874 in NY  d.?____;

         Alice C. Hulburd,  b. Mar 1882 in NY  d.?____;

         Phoebe C. Hulburt,  b. Sep 1885 in NY  d.?____;


E-3  Warren Hulburd  m. ________________

         Lewis W. Hulburt,  b. Mar 1887 in NY  d.?____;

         Leonard H. Hulburt,  b. Dec 1889 in NY  d.?____:


E-4  Benjamin Hulburd  1st m.  Anne M. ________

         Marietta Hulburt,  b.1869 in NY  d.?____;


E-5  Philena Rosette Hulburt  2nd m.  Louis Pascal Fortin

         Ora Fortin,  b.1891  d.  17 Jul 1904 in Prentice (Price Co), WI;











Third Generation



DANIEL HUBBARD of Pittsfield, MA (1714 – 1777)

Falsely attributed as the son of John Hulburd Jr. of Northampton, MA and his wife Ruth.


Daniel Hubbard of Pittsfield, MA:  Not a Hulburd Descendant as Had Long Been Claimed

Per One Thousand Years of Hubbard History, 866 to 1895…, by Edward Warren Day, 1895, [pg. 71?]:


“… Daniel Hubbard, the supposed son of John [Note DMI: son of John Hulburd Sr. of Northampton, MA] and Ruth Hulberd, was adopted by Thomas Ponder and Mary (Hulberd) Ponder of Westfield, Mass., and was born in 1714 in Westfield, where in 1736 he married Naomi Root.  In 1759 he removed to Pittsfield, Mass., where he was generally known as Captain Daniel Hubbard.  The change in the spelling from Hulberd or Hulburd to Hubbard now takes place, and for what reason can not at this late period be determined.  Correct spelling was not then deemed of much importance.  His children bore the name ‘Hubbard’ thereafter.  He was a surveyor, Revolutionary War soldier, one of the original eight members of the Pittsfield Church (organized in 1763), and died [i.e. 19 Dec 1777] of ‘camp fever and hard labor’.  It is claimed that all his four sons and five sons-in-law were Revolutionary soldiers. …” 


However, about March 2007, a descendant of Daniel Hubbard, who still has the last name Hubbard, was Y-Chromosome DNA tested.  The results indicate that the adopted Daniel Hubbard was not descended from William Hulburd, immigrant to CT in 1630, (allegedly thru William Hulburd's son John Hulburd Sr.). as has been asserted for the last 300 years.  Furthermore, the DNA sample revealed that Daniel Hubbard was not related to any other Hubbard lines in the USA either, but instead was related to a family with a completely different surname (Johnson, if memory serves correctly).


JH emailed me on 18 Oct 2010 with a link to an excerpt from a contract between Thomas Ponder and his adoptive son Daniel Hubbard as contained in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, by Octavius Pickering, Boston, 1853, pg. 25:


“… Also a deed from Ponder to Daniel Hubbard, dated July 9, 1736, in which the grantor says, ‘in consideration of the love, respect and good will I bear to Daniel Hubbard, I give and grant unto him, his heirs and assigns for ever’, the one half of all my lands lying within the township of Westfield, and one half of all my personal estate, habendum to Hubbard, his heirs and assigns forever, and ‘after my decease and after my wife’s decease, then the said Hubbard, for the consideration above mentioned, shall have the other half of all my estate, both real and personal, free and clear, freely and clearly from all other gifts’ &c., (with covenants of right to convey and for quiet enjoyment,) ‘and the said Hubbard is to maintain the said Thomas Ponder and his wife all their days’. …”


[Note DMI:  Daniel Hulberd’s surname seems to have been anachronistically “corrected” to “Hubbard” in the above published transcription].


In an email of 30 Nov 2010, I wrote JH the following:


“I have tried to find the deaths and/or graves of Mary Hulberd and her husband Thomas Ponder in Westfield, MA, but with no luck.  They would have been buried in the ‘Mechanics Street Cemetery’, but there are hundreds (about 500) of early unmarked graves there, apparently including those of the Ponders.


Based upon the terms of the 1736 life-rights contract signed between Thomas Ponder and Daniel ‘Hulberd’ (later ‘Hubbard’) I have speculated the following:


1759 is the year their only adoptive child, Daniel Hulberd (later Daniel ‘Hubbard’, who was falsely alleged to have been the son of Mary’s brother John Hulberd/Hulbert Jr.), removed to Pittsfield, MA and simultaneously changed the spelling of his surname to ‘Hubbard’.  He had been granted half of the estate of Thomas Ponder by contract in 1736, and per the terms of said life-rights contract, was to receive the other half of Ponder’s estate upon the death of Ponder or Ponder's wife (i.e. Mary Hulberd), whichever came last.  Therefore, I suppose that the move to Pittsfield, MA and simultaneous surname change to ‘Hubbard’ in 1759 to have been immediately preceded by the death of either Thomas Ponder, or of his wife Mary, whoever was the last to die.


About 1761, Daniel Hubbard is listed as one of the founders of the church at Pittsfield, MA.  Nowhere in those church records are ‘Mary Ponder’ or ‘Thomas Ponder’ mentioned, as they would have been if either one were still alive and had relocated westward to Pittsfield, MA with their adoptive son.  So, it appears that both Thomas Ponder and his wife Mary Hulberd had died by 1759 in Westfield, MA.  Hulbert's Mill at Florence, MA was sold only 1 or 2 years later in 1761.  If Mary had held a share in the Mill, then it could have been Mary's death in 1758/9, which could have allowed the remaining Hulburds who would have had shares in the Mill (i.e. James Hulberd I and/or his two sons) to then sell-off the Mill by 1761, unencumbered.


So, one other possibility is, that Daniel Hulberd may have changed his surname to ‘Hubbard’ in 1761, possibly as a result of feeling that he had been cut out of what he may have imagined should have been his share of the mill (i.e. thru his adoptive mother)”.






BENJAMIN HULBURD SR. of Hanover, NJ (c.1733 – 1803)

The son of William Hulburd III of Mendham, NJ and his first unidentified wife of Mendham, NJ.


Benjamin Hulburd Sr. (of Hanover) was  b. prob. sometime bet. 1728 to 1733  d. 13 Nov. 1803 of tuberculosis in (Morris Co.?), NJ at “70 years old” [Note DMI: he was prob. at least 3 years older at death] per the Morristown Bill of Mortality.  Possibly moved to Rockland Co., NY c.1798/9 with 3rd wife Patience Edwards.  He 1st m.c.1758 [presumably on Staten Island] Elizabeth Van Name (b. bet. 1740 and 1742 in Port Richmond?, Staten Island, NY,  d. 26 Nov. 1787 in Morris Co. [i.e. in the Rockaway section of Hanover Twsp.?], NJ,  dau. of Aaron Van Name(n) and Mary McLean).  (See Van Name Genealogy for her ancestry).   The location of Benjamin Hulburd’s and Elizabeth Van Name’s graves remains unknown (however, see notes below on their daughter Rachel).    


As “Benj. Halbert” he 2nd m. 20 Sep. 1791 in the Morristown Presbyterian Church Elizabeth ______________ (b. 1729   d. Mar. 20, 1809 – age 80), widow of a Caleb Lindsley.  They had no issue, and Benjamin probably “divorced” her sometime before 1797, said possible divorce apparently not being recognized by the authorities (at least the Baptist religious authorities) in NJ when his subsequent marriage in 1797 to the widow Patience Edwards was deemed “illegal” (see notes below). 



Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, Living in Staten Island, NY

Per ROM 27 Jul. 2004:


“The first reference to a Benjamin Hulbert / var. (on Staten Island) is found in   Richmond Co, NY Court Records of the Courts of Session and Common Pleas 1711-1844 (0946673):


Benjn Halbout, Constable, Appears, 25th day of September in the fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the dread[?] grace of God of Great Britain, France & Ireland, King Defenr of the faith and so forth, anno domini 1764.  Benjn Halbout sworn constable ordered to attend the Jury’.


He seems to appear as Constable only in 1764.  An Aaron Van Names is listed as a Justice in different years; 1761, 1762”.


In an email of 8 Jul 2004, I wrote to ROM:


“… We've talked a lot about how Daniel Harrison and Benjamin Hulburd Sr.’s dau. Rachel could have met - and just where.  Well, just how - and where - did Benjamin Hulburd Sr. of Hanover, NJ meet his first wife Elizabeth Van Name of Staten Island?  These places are relatively quite far from one another, even by today's standards.  Presumably, it would have been a young Benjamin Sr. milling around in or near Staten Island before he was married, and not a young Elizabeth loitering around Mendham before she was married…”. [See notes above under father William III].



The Alleged “Bigamous” Marriage of  “Benjamin Halbert, Cooper of Morris-town, NJ”

ROM wrote the following in his email to me of 29 Jul. 2004 :


“…New Jersey Marriages 1665-1800, by Nelson and noted the following [Note DMI: from the records of the Lyons Farms Baptist church, on the border between Newark and Elizabeth, NJ]:  Benjamin Halbert - cooper, Morris-Town, and Patience Edwards, widow, school mad., Williams Farms, (illegal) N.B.- void by previous marriage 1797 Sept. 5. [note DMI:  N.B. is a Latin abbreviation that stands for “Note”, and “Williams Farms” was a section of Elizabethtown, which was part of Union Twsp.  When that town was formed out of Elizabeth in 1808.  The present Union Co., NJ was created out of Essex Co. in 1857.  The Williams Farms section of Union Twsp. was then incorporated in 1901 as the independent town of Roselle Park (Union Co), NJ, which it remains today].


I had forgotten about this Benjamin marriage.  As best as I can tell the source named for this entry is Lyons Farms Church Marriage