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Wedding portrait of Cyrus Hull and Katherine Kitty McNamara Hull (both left), with Emma Loretta Hull Logan and Clinton Perry Logan
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The Hull Family Association (HFA) is a non-profit association, organized in October 1985 by a small group of Hull* descendants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado to develop, preserve, and exchange information on Hull history and genealogy in the United States.

Note: This website contains no publicly available information. All genealogical data is maintained off-line, and is provided to HFA members only. We regret that, due to constraints of time and effort, we cannot respond to non-member requests for genealogical information. A list of genealogical benefits for members is available here. Non-members are welcome to submit queries using this query form.

Submissions Policy

All submissions to the HFA of any kind
become the joint property of the submitter
and the HFA, with the understanding that the
HFA may, using its own discretion, share this
information with others unless otherwise
requested in writing by the submitter.
The submitter’s expenses cannot
be reimbursed by the HFA.
Questions? E-mail us.

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We are grateful to the generosity of our Patron Members whose contributions help offset the cost of placing our publications in one of approximately 30 libraries, and support special projects. See the list of Patron Members here, updated as of 17 Mar 2015.

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See also What’s New for updates to the website not posted under Breaking News.

   23 Mar 2015 | 2015 HFA Reunion Registration Form, Agenda and Hotel Info: From Dan and Linda Hull, 2015 Reunion Hosts – Registration, agenda and hotel info for the annual meeting are now available. It will be held in Rancho Cucamonga, California on October 15–17 at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn. The deadline for registration and special room rates is 01 Oct 2015.

   20 Sep 2014 | Spokt Is Not Spam: From the HFA Website Committee to All HFA Members: Earlier this week you hopefully received a message with a subject-line that ran something like this: “David Hughes invited you to Spokt.com!” If you suspected that this was spam, it is not.
   Spokt.com is the alternative that we have chosen to replace MyFamily.com, which is shutting down at the end of the month. The invitation to join Spokt is legitimate. You may already have thrown away your invitation. If so, please email me and ask for another.
   All of the MyFamily.com queries (News category) have been migrated to Spokt, but it has not yet developed all the features of MyFamily.com. The good news is that many of the missing features have been stored by Spokt and will be implemented later. We’ll keep you posted.
   Feel free to look through Spokt and let us know what you’d like changed so we can create a wish list to send to Spokt.

   08 May 2014 | Attention!!! Is Your Hull Ancestor in a Biography?: From Phyllis J. Hughes, HFA Genealogist and Journal editor – I presently have approximately 550 large notebooks comprising Hull information. These notebooks cover all states in the US. We would like to publish a biography of your ancestor in one of our upcoming Journals, if it is in our files. Please turn your request in to me and we will check our files to see if such a biography exists. We must have a name (or names), a date (preferably pre 1910), and a location (including a county and state), in order to do this. Include your full name and HFA number. Please send your request to me: .

   06 Dec 2013 | Hulls in the California Gold Rush: From Phyllis J. Hughes, HFA Genealogist – Did one of your Hull ancestors participate in the California Gold Rush of 1848–1850? Are you missing your ancestor in the 1850 or 1860 United States Census? If so, chances are that your missing forebear was involved in the California Gold Rush. More than 90,000 people made their way to California in the two years following the discovery of gold, and more than 300,000 by 1854.

The Hull Family Association is here to assist you with any potential people who joined the throngs of fortune-hunters questing for new-found wealth through the discovery of gold.

Our April HFA Journal will contain a detailed account of the Hulls in the 1850 and 1860 California US census, plus the 1852 California State Census. Using our information from the detailed HFA database, we will include the names of wives and children of these fortune-seekers when that data is available to us.

A bonus, also to be printed in a future issue of the Journal, will be an article on Hulls involved in mining in other locations.

Please notify us if you have located your ancestor in California in this era—especially in the 1850 or 1860 census. Contact: Phyllis J. Hughes, HFA Journal Editor at: .

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HFA members—and non-members who wish to offer Hull-related material—can submit queries, listed below, using this online form. To protect privacy, we do not post e-mail addresses; we will notify you when we receive a reply. Space permitting we also will publish queries in an upcoming issue of the HFA Newsletter.

Notice to Non-Members: Query answers that contain not-commonly-available genealogical information are accessible to our members only. Non-members can feel free to submit a query, but when we notify you that we’ve received a reply to your query, you will be asked to join the HFA in order to view the reply (via our “members only” website).

Below are the most recent queries we’ve received (in descending order). See also:

 Query #378 – Holl Births/Baptisms, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD; Children of John & Martha Holl: Desire info on births & baptisms for children of John and Martha Holl, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD:

  • Anna Maria, bap. 26 Jun 1808 (b. 04 Jul 1805)
  • Jacob, bap. 16 Jun 1808 (b. 04 Feb 1807)
  • Ludwig, bap. 22 Sep 1811 (b. 29 Dec 1810)

John Holl may be the man who operated a tavern near Hagerstown in the 1809–1812 period. Is anyone able to place this Holl Family?

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— Submitted 24 Mar 2015
by Michael Hull, MD (HFA Member #1048)

 Query #377 – Henry Hull m. Hannah Harness, German line: I have documents and records for my ancestry up to and including Henry Hull and Hannah Harness, but I need correction or clarification on Peter Hull (1730–1818) and his father Peter Thomas Hull (1706–1776). Peter Thomas Hull did not marry S.M. Diefenbach until 1750. Am I missing a generation, or is Peter the son of PT Hohl/Holl/Hull and his first wife?

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— Submitted 23 Mar 2015 by Myrna Jo Herren (HFA Member #1786)

  • 23 Mar 2015 Reply from the HFA Genealogist: To answer your issue about the dates for Peter Hull, the son of Peter Thomas Hull, have you read or ordered the Journal article which we published on this Peter Thomas Hull and his children? It appeared in our Summer 1998 Hull Family Association Journal. If you haven’t seen that, I urge you to order that Journal. It is available at our cost. It explains a lot of the problems surrounding the family of Peter Thomas Hull, including dates for both him and his children.
       Peter Hull, son of Peter Thomas Hull:
       We estimate 1752–1755 as a possible birth date, based on estimated age when Peter received his first land patent and had his first child. Peter Hull [Jr.’s.] oldest child appears to be Henry, born 1780, but birth years are not known for Susannah, Wm. P., nor Elizabeth; therefore, this estimation is subject to revision. [Note: It has been frequently stated in various printed publications that Peter Hull [Jr.] was born in Germany, the son of the first wife of Peter Thomas Hull, and came with his father to Pennsylvania. We do not have a firm birth date for Peter Hull [Jr.], estimated birth dates have ranged from 1730 to 1752, all without reliable verification. If Peter Jr. were born ca. 1752–1755, he would not have been born in Germany, nor have been a son of the first wife, since his father, Peter Thomas Hull, immigrated in 1741 and married his second wife Susanna Margaretha Tieffenbachin (Dieffenbach), in 1750.]
       Therefore, we are not showing the son Peter to have been born in 1730. We think it was much later, but we have no firm date from original records, so we really prefer to not give him a birth date at all.
       Also if you are using Internet info, chances are that you are seeing a lot of sons of PTH who were not his sons at all. My article explains all of this in some detail.

 Query #376: Desire Info on 2nd Gt. Grandmother, Mary Jane (Hull) Holcomb, Boone Co., IA: Desire lineage for Mary Jane Hull, b. 11 Mar 1833; d. 26 Feb 1875, Boone, Boone Co., IA. Is her father Levi Hull, b. 1808, son of Charles Hull, b. ca. 1768, and Mary Lambert, b. ca. 1768; m. to Sarah Wright, b. 1805? I have Levi as the son of Samuel Hull, b. 1734 and Martha Glover, b. 1736, and did Martha’s family include Mayflower descendants?

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— Submitted 02 Mar 2015
by Susan Lynn Holcomb Philleo, non-member

  • 02 Mar 2015 Reply from the HFA Genealogist: First I can reply to certain aspects of this lineage, since it is part of my own line and I’ve been studying this line for about 40 years. I am also a Wright descendant.
       No, Martha (Glover) Hull’s line does not go back to a Mayflower lineage. This is only one of the numerous errors on this line. Please pay no attention to what can be found on the Internet on this line, because much of it is also wrong in the earlier generations preceding Samuel Hull and Martha Glover.
       If you join the Hull Family Association we will be very happy to help you in many ways on this line.

 Query #375 – Wish Info on Gt Grandparents Lewis Hull and Claudia Gertrude Modglin: I am in the process of joining the association. My Grandmother Helen Loretta Hull, b. 11 Aug 1914; d. 11 Feb 1999, m. William H Harbison, b. 1905; d. 1977. Grandma Helen told us her parents were Lewis Hull and Claudia Gertrude Modglin. Lewis's parents were Peter and Mary. Gertie’s father was Moss Modglin. I have found quite a bit of genealogy information on the Internet, but I’m not sure how much if any of the sources I have found are verified to be accurate. After finding and trading emails with Phyllis, I learned of the Hull Family Association, and I would like to benefit from your professional research to learn more accurately of my family’s genealogy and history. I’m including below on this [Member Lineage] form the family history that was passed down directly from my grandmother Helen Hull. Thank you!

Jane Hull Goodin, b. ca. 1750, Monmouth Co., NJ. Married about 1769. Died 1821, Perry Co., OH. Spouse’s first name: Moses Goodin, Sr., b. 1744, RI; d. 1836, Perry Co., OH.

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— Submitted 25 Feb 2015 by Carri Flewellyn (HFA Member #1843)

  • 25 Feb 2015 Reply from the HFA Genealogist: We have received your lineage and have added 8 more generations to it. Your grandmother’s parents were Peter Finletter Hull and Mary Elizabeth Jones. You should now have all of our additions. You may also order our family group sheets, 3 at a time.

 Query #374 – 6th Gt Grandparent Johann Nickel Holl: Desire info on 6th gt. grandparent, Johann Nicklas/Nickel Hull, b. Liebsthal, Pfalz, (now Germany); lived Lancaster Co., PA. Would like info on his life, e.g. occupation, wife’s last name, will?, date and place of death.

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— Submitted 25 Feb 2015 by Virginia H. Foster, HFA Member #1844

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