REV. J. H. HULL, a well known retired minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, performed his last service in his sacred calling as pastor for three years, of the church at Toronto. He was born in 1821, at Knottsville, W. Va., the son of Jacob and Catharine Hull. His father, a native of Maryland, was a tanner by trade, and this was his vocation until in later years he gave his attention to farming. His first marriage was to Fannie Robinson, by who he had three children, all now deceased. After the death of his first wife he was married to Catharine Snyder, who became the mother of the subject of this mention. They had six sons and two daughters. THe latter wife died in 1840 but Mr. Hull, by reason of a vigorous constitution and temperate habits, survived to the notable age of one hundred and twelve years. J. H. Hull received his early education in Taylor county, W> Va., and subsequently took a course in the Rector college of Harrison county and then he took up the trade of blacksmithing at which he had been employed before entering college. He was thus occupied for about thirteen years during which time he also prosecuted his studies for the ministry which he had determined to enter. He was raised and converted in the Methodist Episcopal church and remained in that communion eleven years, during which time he was licensed to preach, acted as a local preacher for four or five years, and then concluded to enter the regular work for the ministry bur there being no room in the Pittsburgh conference he united with the Methodist Protestant church, and was admitted to the Pittsburgh conference of that denomination in 1850. He acted as president of that conference three years, and served in the Methodist Protestant church in all some thirty-five years. He then again united ten years. His last appointment was in Steubenville, east Ohio conference. He was a zealous and effective worker. In 1842 Mr. Hull was married to Elizabeth, daughter of William Courtney, of Morgantown, W. Va. and by this union had ten children: Matilda J., Samuel F., Lucien, Maria L., Fletcher, Marvellus L., Margaret J., Frank C., George W., and Lizzie C., of whom Fletcher, George and Lizzie alone survive.
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