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The Family

Warren Hull (born 1762, died 1838) married Polly Gillett (b. 1765, d. 1834) in 1783 in Killingworth, Connecticut. Prior to his marriage, Warren served in the Revolutionary War with his father, Peter. 

Before settling in Western New York, Warren and Polly lived in Otsego County, Madison County, Ontario County and Livingston County. Their family grew as they moved westward; when they purchased their property from the Holland Land Company in 1804, they already had ten children. 

The Hull Children

Following are the names and years of birth and death of each of their 12 children:

Polly: 1786-1863
Rebecca: 1788-1871
James: 1789-1867
Anna: 1791-1851
Maria: 1793 - ?
Edmund: 1795-1852
Justus: 1797-1863
Sophia: 1799-1866
Miranda: 1802 - ?
Minerva: 1804-1830
Aurilla: 1805-1898
Vilera: 1808-1835

It is difficult to imagine how this family survived in this virtual wilderness in 1804. Warren and Polly appear to have been intelligent and well-educated, and they were obviously able to take advantage of whatever resources were available to them. They worked their farm and were able to take grain and wood to nearby mills. It is safe to assume that Polly taught her children until the nearest schoolhouse was built on the corner of Gunnville Road.

After the death of Warren and Polly, their daughter Polly Hull Lewis lived in the family home; she had six children and had been widowed in 1830. Rebecca married a man named William Tyler, who bought land adjoining the Hull property. James married Betsy Crosby, and they settled in Fredonia/Chautauqua area with their five children where he was a newspaper publisher. Anna Hull Tyler had one child and was widowed; and Maria Hull married Ezra Sheldon, whose family owned land east of the Hull property. Edmund Hull married Eliza Garrett, had six children, and was a lawyer who represented Erie County as a legislator in Albany. 

Justus Hull, a brick maker, married Harriet Bivens, had seven children and lived in Buffalo. Sophia married Eber Howe, a printer/publisher; they moved to Ohio where they demonstrated their commitment to the abolitionist movement. Miranda Hull married her sister Vilera’s widower, William Conley, after Vilera’s death in 1835; she raised her own son and Vilera’s two children on property across the road from the Hull house. Vilera is buried in the family cemetery with her parents.

Minerva Hull died at age 26, unmarried and childless, while Aurilla married twice and had seven children in all. Aurilla, with her second husband, Robert Wheelock, purchased the Hull house from her sister, Polly, in1849. Several Wheelock family members are buried in the Hull Family Cemetery. 

Most of the Hull children lived and died in the Lancaster area. However, their offspring were part of the westward movement, and many of them settled in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.