The Hulme family is of Norman ancestry and can be traced back to Seigneure de Houlme who crossed the English Channel from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. He was the ancestor of Randulphus de Houlme who was the proprietor of the Manor of Houlme in Lancashire including the site of the city of Manchester in the 12th century. Sir John de Hulme, a great-grandson of Randulphus, was knighted by Henry II in 1160, and the several proprietors of the Manor of Hulme figure prominently in history until the 16th century. Sir William de Hulme was knighted for services under the Black Prince in France and his grandson of the same name is said to have sold the manor in 1489. However, descendants who spell the name “Hulme”, without the French prefix of “de”, held land in the vicinity of Hulme Hall until the end of the 17th century. There is a reference in Genealogies of Mayflower Families of a Geoffrey Hulme who in 1481 witnessed a quitclaim deed of the Standish family (of Miles and Pocohontas fame) in Ormskirk and Newburgh, England. Richard Hulme, clerk, also witnessed the settlement.
The earliest Hulme immigrant to America I can locate is Thomas Hulme who arrived in Virginia in 1584 according to Explorations, Descriptions, and Attempted Settlements of Carolina 1584-1590 by Richard Hakluyt. He is listed twice, under: “The Names of Those, as Well Gentlemen as Others, That Remained One Whole year in Virginia under the Government of Master Lane” and “The Names of All the Men, Women and Children, Which safely Arrived in Virginia, and Remained to Inhabit There 1587.”
Another early Hulme immigrant to America is George Hulme who arrived in Pennsylvania on the vessel John and Susannah in 1701 from Bristol, England. He was the grandson of the Norman Knight, Sir William de Houlme. One early researcher (Catherine Hamilton ca 1940s) believed that our ancestors came from Cheshire, England about 1700, locating at first in Pennsylvania and that it is most probable that our direct ancestor was George Hulme, one of the four sons of Hugh, son of Sir William Hulme. However, more recent researchers do not believe that the Pennsylvania Hulme’s are related to the Virginia Hulme’s. Catherine Hamilton states that Ann Hulme, the wife of George, died in Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia about 1759 and left a will in which one of her children was named as William.
There is a William Hulme listed as a North Carolina State Representative in the House of Commons, Wilkes County from 1800 to 1810. Not sure how he is related to our family though. Interestingly, David Witherspoon served in the same position four years earlier. John Wesley Hulme (see below) bought land from the Witherspoons around the turn of the century.
WILLIAM HULME & ANN:
William was probably born around 1670. William is listed in a tax list for Prince George County, Virginia in 1704 with 100 acres. William is mentioned in the will of Captain John Poythress, Dec. 13, 1726 in Prince George Co.,Virginia. He apparently died before 1758.
Prince George Co., VA Wills And Deeds P.999: May 9, 1727 William Hulme of Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George Co., Planter, to William Binford of same, Planter, for L 25, land in Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George Co., 133 acres, bounded by Matthews Run, line of property formerly Charles Goodrich’s now belonging to John Hamlin, Kins Road, and along line of deed from George Tillman to said Hulme. Wit. Thomas Binford, John Binford, William Hulme. Recorded June 13, 1727. Ann, wife of William Hulme, relinq. dower rt.
Sussex Co., Virginia Deed Book A p.350: December 21, 1758 Ann Hulme of Albemarle Parish to her son, William Hulme of Nottoway Parish of Amelia County,… for Love and Affection… a negro girl and her two children. Wit: Nathaniel Mitchell, William Cureton and William Hulme. Ann (X) Hulme.
Sussex Co., Virginia Deed Book A p.124: Ann Hulme Aug. 14, 1757/ april 20, 1759. Son William Hulme. Daughter Sarah Biggins. Daughter Ann Sandifer. Daughter Frances Hamilton and grandson John Hamilton. Exor: Daughter Sarah Biggins.
He married Ann and had the following children:
1.) Sarah Hulme married Mr. Biggins
2.) WILLIAM HULME b. abt 1700
3.) Ann Hulme married Mr. Sandifer
4.) Frances Hulme married Mr. Hamilton
WILLIAM HULME & MARY:
William was probably born around 1700. William Sr. died on November 6, 1760 in Nottoway Parrish, Amelia County, Virginia. His will:
“HULME, WILLIAM. Of Nottoway Parish. d. Nov. 6, 1760, p. Nov. 27, 1760. wit. Ch. Haskins, Edward Price, Charles (X) Clay. Ex. sons Bell, William, and Thomas Hulme. Leg: dau. Ann Hulme; son John Hulme half the money which my land shall fetch; son Robert Hulme; son Charles Hulme half the money my land shall fetch; Ex. to sell land whereon I live; rest of est. be equally div. between my 8 children, viz: Bell Hulme, William Hulme, Thomas Hulme, Ann Hulme, John Hulme, Robert Hulme, Charles Hulme, and Mary Hulme. Slaves: Negro girls Beck and Nan.
He married Mary and had the following children:
1.) WILLIAM HULME, JR (Abt. 1730 – 1778)
2.) Bell Hulme is listed in Amelia Co., Virginia’s Militia Roster in Hening’s Statutes At Large for September 1758.
3.) Thomas Hulme is also listed as being in the Virginia Militia.
4.) Ann Hulme (b.abt 1742) married Ruler Richardson on April 23, 1761 in Amelia County, Virginia (sur. Richard Hulme)
5.) John Hulme
6.) Robert Hulme
7.) Charles Hulme was wounded at the battle of Guilford Court House, NC, died shortly thereafter. His wife remarried and moved to Elbert Co., Georgia. His sons were John and William.
8.) Mary Hulme
WILLIAM HULME, JR. & ELIZABETH JONES
William was born about 1730 in Nottoway Parrish, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Jones (source: Pete Hamilton). William died in 1778 in Northhampton, North Carolina. They had the following children:
1.) William was Sheriff and Tax Collector of Williamson County, TN around 1810. He is listed on an 1815 tax list. He died before 1818. J. Witherspoon & H. Cook administrated his will.
2.) George was probably born about 1761. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War at age 15. He is listed on the 1810 and 1815 Tax lists, as well as the 1820 Census, all for Williamson Co., TN. In 1822 he served on the Grand Jury of Williamson County. On July 17, 1829 D. Sharp was appointed guardian for George, his minor son. George Sr., is listed on a plaque of Revolutionary War Soldiers in Williamson Co., TN.
3.) Robert (born about 1772 – Died July 7, 1844,)
ROBERT HULME & SUSAN BEARD (STOCKETT), widow:
Robert was born about 1772 in Virginia. He married first, an unknown Clayton. Their child was:
1.) George W. Hulme (b. unknown / d. April 29, 1834) He mar. Serena Porter Jan. 26, 1829 (source: Robert T. Ray)
Robert mar. second, Frances Clayton, the sister of his first wife. their child was:
1.) Henry Clayton Hulme ( Sept. 25, 1798 – Oct. 13, 1876) He mar. Lucy Anderson Wright Sept. 11, 1823.
Family stories relate that Robert went back to his double father-in-law and asked for the hand of a third daughter, but the old man told him two was all he was going to get. Robert then married Susan Beard. Susan was born about 1776 in Montgomery Co., Maryland and was previously married to a Mr. Stockett. They had settled in the same part of Williamson Co., TN as Robert Hulme. Susan was homesick for Maryland and when her husband died, leaving her with two young children, she only agreed to marry Robert if he would take her back to Maryland. Robert and Susan married in 1795 and moved back to Maryland, but soon returned to Tennessee after only one year. Susan felt betrayed and let everyone know about it, however she remained with Robert and bore him seven children. (source: Pete Hamilton). They reportedly lived near “Old Union Church.” Robert is listed on the Williamson Co., TN Tax List for 1810. He is listed in the 1820 Census as residing in Williamson County. In 1822 in Williamson Co., TN, there is recorded a petition for divorce by Susan Childress who was married to a Thomas Hulme in 1812. Her father requested rights of a feme sole for her which were granted except that she could not remarry while Thomas was alive. It is possible that this Thomas may be another son of Robert. Robert died July 7, 1844. Susan was 74 years old in 1850, living with Susan (35) and Louisa (32) in Williamson County, Tennessee. A child, Myra A. Hulme was also with the family. Susan died before 1860. Robert and Susan had the following children:
1.) Elizabeth Hulme (Nov. 23, 1803 – May 12, 1860) mar. Joshua W. Pearre Nov. 13, 1823, Williamson Co., TN
2.) Rebecca Hulme
3.) WILLIAM BEARD HULME (Jan. 29, 1808 – Nov. 6, 1862)
4.) John Wesley Hulme (1811 – aft 1870) married Charlotte E. Wright Dec. 21, 1833 in Wilson Co.,TN/ was still in TN in 1870. He is listed in Wilson County in the 1820 TN Census. In 1860, he is in Williamson Co., TN.
5.) Mary L. Hulme (1813 – ?) married Maury Jones March 15, 1832 in Williamson Co.,TN and/or John H. Hamilton
6.) Susan Hulme (1815 – ?)
7.) Louisa Hulme (1818 – ?)
WILLIAM BEARD HULME & MARY LEIGH
William was born January 29, 1808. He married Mary Leigh on February 26, 1833. Mary was born May 1, 1815. William died November 6, 1862. Mary died March 1, 1879.
They had the following children:
1.) Robert B. Hulme (b.abt 1835) killed in the battle of Chicamaugua. Unmarried. He was said to have been kneeling beside a wounded comrade to help him, when word was passed that the enemy was approaching. His reached for his gun, which was thrust bayonet down in the ground. As he reached for his gun, an enemy soldier shot him dead. He was found still kneeling, his knees and gun forming a tripod.
2.) JOHN WESLEY HULME (Dec. 1837 – ?)
3.) Ellen E. Hulme (b.abt 1839) married John W. Wray Jan 25, 1859 Williamson Co.,TN
4.) Elizabeth Stockett Hulme (b.abt 1840) married Henry C. Hamilton Nov 13, 1868 Williamson Co.,TN
5.) William Beard Hulme, Jr. (b.abt 1844) married Sarah A. Sayer June 9, 1865 Williamson Co.,TN
6.) Fountain Elliott Hulme (b.abt 1846) married 1.)Lucy A. Phillips Oct 5, 1861 2.)Amanda C. Johnson Sep 21, 1865 3.)Mollie C. Sawyer Feb 16, 1861
7.) Mary Catherine Hulme (b.abt 1849) married D.G. Stokey Dec 3, 1860 Williamson Co.,TN
8.) James Joseph Hulme (b.abt 1853)
9.) Daniel Hulme (b.abt 1856)
1850 Williamson Co., TN Census:
William B. Hulme 42
Mary C. 34
Robert B. 15
John W. 12
Ellen E. 11
Elizabeth S. 10
William B. 6
Fountain E. 4
Mary C. 1
1860 Williamson Co.,TN Census:
William B. Hulme 51
Mary C. 45
JOHN WESLEY HULME & SARAH JANE COWLEY
John was born about 1838. He married Sarah Jane (or James) Cowley, daughter of Jacob Cowley and Frances Beale. John was a doctor. His granddaughter Mrs. J.P. (Evelyn) Colven still has some of his medical books. They had the following children:
1.) William (1870 – ?) married Abby (?). Their children were: Lillian, Barbara Mae, and Mary.
2.) Francis “Fannie Mae” Hulme (1872 – ?) married Joe Vesy. Their children were: Joe Jr., Lucille, and Brenie Hulme
3.) Ida Mae Hulme (May 1876 – ?) never married. She received her masters degree from Columbia University in New York and taught school in Oklahoma.
4.) John Hulme (1878 – ?) John’s name only occurs in the 1880 census; he probably died young.
5.) Katherine “Kate” Hulme (Mar. 1880 – ?) married Walter Hadley. Their children were Gertrude and Sara Katherine.
6.) Delle “Ella” (Jan. 1882 – ?) married Dr. Harvill Pickard Their children were: Robert and Evelyn.
7.) EMMA LOUISE HULME (Feb. 1886 – 1918)
8.) Bruce F. Hulme (Nov. 1883 – ?) was also a doctor. He married Jean Short. Their children were: Elizabeth, George, Carolyn, Louise Beale, Harriett, Evelyn (Mrs. J.P. Colvin).
1860 Census for Hickman Co., Tennessee:
J.W. Hulme 33 Physician Born in TN
Jane 21 TN
B.T. Bantley 8 TN
In 1870 John was still living in Hickman County, Tennessee.
1880 Census for Maury Co., Tennessee:
House #7 North Street, Santa Fe, TN
Dr. John Hulme 41
Jimmie wife 20
Ida May 5
1900 Census for Maury Co., Tennessee/ vol49,ed.87,sh1,line8:
John W. Hulme 62 b.Dec 1837 parents born: TN M.D.
Sarah J. 51 b.Dur.1849 TN
Ida May 24 b.May 1876 TN
Katie 20 b.Mar 1880 TN
Ella B. 18 b.Jan 1882 TN
Bruce F. 16 b.Nov 1883 TN
Emma 14 b.Feb 1886 TN
Jacob H. Cowley 78 b.Sep 1821 KY
EMMA LOUISE HULME was born in 1887 in Tennessee. She married Charles E. Gardner. In 1906, Emma was a teacher in Monroe Co., Mississippi. She probably married Charles about 1908. In 1917, she was in Gadsden, AL. She died from a goiter in Nashville, TN in 1918.
Some poetry written by Emma:
by Mrs. C. E. Gardner
(Emma Louise Hulme)
I stood on the height of a mountain top,
And gazed at the World below–
I lifted my eyes to the bending skies,
I listened with all my soul!
Was it the breath of a zephyr breeze,
Or the echoing murmur of the distant seas,
This melody that comes to me?
The throb of human life,
All blended into one great rhythmic sound,
Rolls upward to my height!
This life of man which God has found,
Worthy of increasing care.
As with my soul I look and look,
I yearn with heart and mind,
To draw them up to stand with me,
And share the peace I find.
Oh soul, once I sailed a wandering craft,
To drink deep the joys of all life hath,
Not giving aught, but taking all God gave.
And these days lengthened into years–
Wandering, discontent, until all but submerged,
Hope, faith, even life, seemed drowned in my tears.
Then lo, from the deep and from the mountain top,
And from each thing that earth doth hold,
A wondering sense of unseen things,
My heart, my life, enfold.
Oh soul, look up– not in thy narrow self,
Look out, and with thy fellowmen rejoice,
Yourself, made in the image of God’s love,
Isn’t here but for a short space of time,
And in your journey to the realms above,
Live– with– lift up thy fellow kind!
2.) AN INVOCATION
By Emma Hulme Gardner
(*** My conjecture is that this poem was written shortly before World War I. – – – DEJ)
If each and every one of us
Who believe in God above,
Would go to Him in heart-felt faith,
So full of trust and love- –
Like little children, when at night
They lay me down to sleep,
Believe that God will hear the prayer
They pray at mother’s feet.
If every doubt we will expell
And approach the Throne of Grace,
Fill full our hearts with faith in Him
As we plead before His face.
Then could we not this baleful thing
That hangs o’er our beautiful world
O’er come with our prayers for peace
And the flag of peace unfurl?
Oh, slumbering army of the Righteous One
Awake to your sense of power!
Wait not—now is the time for prayer,
Haste, ere the war-clouds lower!
3.) A letter from Emma Louise Hulme, presumedly to her husband Charles Gardner, apparently shortly before she died from Goiter in 1918. It is written on her brother’s stationary, although the address is scratched out and what looks like 27 Lind Ave is written beside it. This is very likely the last thing she ever wrote:
Dr. F.B. Hulme
727 Fourth Avenue, South
St. Thomas Hospital July 7
I will write a little note, the last time I can write you until I leave the hospital I expect. I want to tell you not to pay any attention to Bruce writing you to come unless you just want to. I think you had better keep your job where you are. I believe I am going to get well soon. Be sure and get me money for hospital expenses by Wednesday.
*** Sources: *Robert Bratton
*Jack Burnette, Sr. Baltimore, MD
*Mrs. Evelyn Colven of Tennessee
*Sarah Mae Gardner
*Research by David E. Jones & Edward G. Jones
*Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1982-1985 Cumulation, Filby & Myer, p.1421 vol. 2 F-K
*Explorations, Descriptions, and Attempted Settlements of Carolina, 1584-1590, Hakluyt & Corbitt. Raleigh, NC: State Dept of Archaeology and History, 1948, Reprint 1953 pp. 32-33, 108-109
*Genealogies of Mayflower Families, vol. 3, P-W, page 421