Generations on Durham Farm
The Hull Family
Originally published in the Greene County Examiner, July 19, 1923. Copy presented to The Durham Center Museum August 14, 1965 by Alfreda Hull of Cornwallville and California
Retyped by Sylvia Hasenkopf
Hull place remains in family of early settler. John Hull, one
of town's pioneers, purchased it in 1786. Present owner (1923) his great
From our Durham Correspondent.
A gathering of the sons and daughters of the late Austin L. Hull and wife was held at the old home recently. It was a business occasion caused by the death of the beloved mother, Martha Cole Hull. Orville Hull, the fourth son, according to their ages, has always remained on the old farm and we are glad to say that he has purchased the farm. This keeps the farm in the Hull name which the farm has been known since the first settlement of the town.
John Hull, Orville's great great grandfather, came from Durham, Conn, and was one of the first settlers, and located on this place, or very near it, and so the farm has always been owned by the Hull's.
Orville has a son, Austin, who, we hope in the years to come, will succeed his father, so that the farm will retain the honored name.
The Hull's have occupied a prominent place in the town of Durham since the first settlement of the family there.
The History of Greene County, the Durham portion of which was written by the late Joshua G. Borthwick about forty years ago, contains the following:
John Hull was the son of Joseph and Sybil Hull and was born in Durham, Conn. Nov. 18, 1756; Sally Baldwin, his wife, was born in the same town Nov. 2, 1765. In or about the year 1786, they came to this town (Durham, NY) and settled on the Van Wagoner farm. It is said that when he moved his goods from Catskill, he constructed a sort of from two strong poles, hitching a horse between the two front ends of these poles and letting the back ends drag on the ground. Upon this dray he brought a barrel of pork and other articles needful for their family use. He was a very quiet, bashful, man and at the same time, courageous in the time of danger. At one time a wolf came upon his sheep and he went to the rescue and, in some way, managed to catch the wolf by a hind foot and, by breaking its leg across his knee, rescued the sheep. He, also, was one of the original members (the ORIGINAL NINE) of the Presbyterian Church, and while he was not demonstrative, his life was consistent with his profession. They had six children of whom lived to maturity. Anson died young.
The descendants of the family have been very numerous and influential in the town. Two of the sons, Elizur and Luman, were industrious farmers and each left large families. Lyman A. and David B. who were Elizur's sons, and Anson P., Luman's son, have passed away within a few years, and are greatly lamented. They held various offices of honor and trust in the town. They were, all of them, elders in the Church. Anson and David were Sunday School Superintendents and Lyman was the teacher of the old ladies Bible class.
John and Dwight, sons of Elizur, are highly esteemed for their sterling worth. Theodore P,. son of Luman, is a merchant in Durham village. He is a good financier, and a well-read man. They are grandsons of John Hull, Sr. The grand-daughters, twenty in all, have thus far, been an honor to the family and a blessing to the world.
Among the descendents pf John Hull Sr., is the third and forth generation, Austin L., David S., and Cowles are enterprising, successful farmers and Judson D. and Addison C. are prominent merchants in the town.