Henry Sealy HULL
- BIRTH: Abt. 1784; England
- DEATH: 19 Mar 1829; Greenwood?, North Carolina, USA
Mother: Eleanor SEALY
Family 1: Eleanor WEBB
- MARRIAGE: 20 Dec 1817; Scotland Neck, Halifax Co., North Carolina, USA
__ __| | |__ _Henry HULL ____| | | __ | |__| | |__ | |--Henry Sealy HULL | | __ | __| | | |__ |_Eleanor SEALY _| | __ |__| |__
NotesUpdated July 1, 2012. Compiled by Howder (www.howderfamily.com) from the following source(s):
Henry Sealy HULL was born in England to Henry HULL and Eleanor SEALY (1) about 1784 and probably came to the United States between 1815 and 1817. Conflicting documentation records his motivation. One source reports he was "one of his majesty's soldiers and was present and an active participant in the decisive battle of Waterloo in which battle he received across the back of his right hand a sabre cut that marked him for life. The restoration of peace, and honorable discharge from the army gave him liberty and leisure to immigrate to the United States." (2) A second source supports this claim by noting that "before his recovery from this wound he and his brothers Samuel and Edwin took ship at Bristol, England, bound for the Unites States."(1) However a third states that "stories told to us when we were children are to the effect that there were three Hull brothers who ran away from England so they would not have to serve in the... army."(3)
All sources agree that Henry HULL survived a shipwrecked off the coast of North Carolina which must have been a horrifying experience, since few passengers aboard the ship survived. "He and another passenger clung to a chicken coop or some other kind of a piece of wreckage until a projecting rock, about three miles from the shore, offered them a more secure and safe refuge."(2) He settled in North Carolina and married Eleanor WEBB about December 20, 1817, near Scotland Neck in Halifax County.(4) Around 1819 the family moved to Lincoln Co., Georgia, but returned to North Carolina after a few years. Henry passed away on March 19, 1829 from a heart attack: "they found him lying by a tree, with his arm under his head, faithfully guarded by his dog."(2)
(1) Johnson, Frank W., "A History of Texas and Texans," vol. III (Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society, 1914), pp. 1412-1413.
(2) Panola Watchman [a newspaper based in Panola County, Texas], obituary for Col. Edwin Sealy Hull, February 24, 1909. Available through the Stephen F. Austin State University, Ralph W. Steen Library, Nacogdoches, TX.
(3) A family genealogy prepared by an unknown great-grandchild of Henry Sealy Hull, probably before 1958.
(4) From marriage bond recorded 20 December 1817. Halifax County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds. Typed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1939. Page 94. Groom - HULL, Henry, Bride - Elenor WEBB, Bondsman & Witness - David CLARK, (w) Richard EPPES, C.Ct.
(5) North Carolina, Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 via Ancestry.com
- Name: Eleanor WEBB
- Spouse: Henry HULL
- Marriage Date: 20 Dec 1817
- Marriage county: Halifax
- Marriage State: North Carolina
- Source Vendor: County Court Records - FHL # 1002774-1002775
- Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT