Hulse, Abraham C. Family - Macoupin County Illinois

in part submitted by Glenn Land
Abraham C. Hulse

A. C. Hulse born September 23, 1835 Washington Co TN, died May 15, 1919 Adams Co IL, son of William Keen and Hannah Cox Hulse.
Hannah born 1811, died 1875, buried in Old Union Cemetery, Palmyra Macoupin County IL.

    married Oct 2, 1856 in Macoupin County IL to Martha A. Ross born June 25, 1840, died June 30, 1915, buried Oak Hill Cemetery, North Palmyra Twp, Macoupin County IL; Martha married 2nd September 26, 1896, Morgan County IL to Dempsey M. Solomon, Vol D, p104, license     #6293
    married 2nd June 8, 1898 in Macoupin County IL to Mrs. Dora T. Meteer Baldwin
    1. Mary Rosella born about 1857, married Sept 9, 1875 in Macoupin County IL to Charles L. Davis, ledger 05, page 111 cert no. 8553
    2. Catherine or Hannah C. born about 1859 married Elijah Etter
    3. William R.
December 2, 1860, Palmyra Macoupin County IL, married Jan 26, 1881 in Macoupin County IL to Mattie Lou Mayfield, p 0237, cert. no. 00002604
    4. Robert S. born about 1866, married Alice Tappan
    5. Charles Abraham died in infancy

Other Information from Glenn Land:
Member of GAR Post # 339 (Dan Messick) in Carlinville, IL
died 5/14/1919
After the War he lived in Quincy, IL
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
 - Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men
 - GAR Dept of Illinois:  Death Rolls
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Glenn Land wrote, "The tragedy of Abraham's family is typical to what happened to our great country north and south. He left east Tennessee in the 1850's and probably never saw his father and brothers again. His younger brother Thomas enlisted in what would become company E of the Confederate 26th Tenn Inf. on July 5,1861 at Knoxville,Tennessee. He died of disease Dec. 8, 1861 at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Only 19 years old. He is named on the " Roll of Honor " for the 26th Tennessee and probably never fired a shot in combat. The oldest brother, John W. had tried to join the army in the Mexican War but they sent him home for underage. He joined company E 60th Tennessee Sept. 25, 1862. He died of diphtheria Dec. 17, 1862 at the Confederate General Hospital, Mobile, Alabama. and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery there. Their father William, born in 1806, along with John volunteered in 1862 but was sent home due to his age. However, in February 1863, in exchange for 66 acres of land he agreed to enter the southern army as a replacement for man about to be conscripted! He was captured at Big Black River May 17, 1863. and died at Camp Morton, Indiana, July 2, 1863. He is mistakenly listed on the monument there as William R. Hulse. The brother's mother, Hannah Cox was a sister to my 3 x maternal great-grandfather and my 3rd great grand aunt. Abraham returned to Tennessee following the war and  took his mother home with him to Illinois."

History of Macoupin County Illinois, 1763-1879, Brink, McDonough & Co.
Captain A. C. Hulse
Was born in East Tennessee, September 23, 1835. His father, W. K. Hulse, was a native of Tennessee, and a carpenter by trade. At the age of eighteen Mr. Hulse turned his face westward and after travelling around some time located in Palmyra, and went into the blacksmith trade; a vocation he has since followed at that place. October 2, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha A. Ross, daughter of Robert Ross, of Macoupin County. They have raised a family of four children. In 1862, when this country was at fever heat in consequence of the late civil war, Mr. Hulse turned the key on his blacksmith shop, bid his family farewell, and enlisted in the 122d regiment, under Col. Rinaker. He was elected second lieutenant of company E, a position he held until April 3, 1863, when he was promoted captain of his company. He received this promotion over the first lieutenant of his company, which position he held until the close-of-the war. He was in all the hard-fought battles incident to this regiment's campaign through the war. He was never wounded, under arrest or reprimanded while he was in the service. At the close of the war he returned to his home, in Palmyra, where he has since resided. Captain Hulse has always adhered to the principles of democracy; he cast his first vote for James Buchanan, and has ever since voted the democratic ticket. He went into war believing that "the first principle of democracy was to sustain the government." He is highly respected as an energetic and honest man, a good neighbor, and a worthy and patriotic citizen.

Biographical Record of Leading Citizens of Macoupin County Illinois, Richmond and Arnold, Chicago IL, 1904
From the Bio for Abraham C. Hulse's son W. R. Hulse p. 41
W. R. Hulse
W. R. Hulse, one of the best known citizens of Carlinville, Macoupin County Illinois, is extensively engaged in real estate, abstract and insurance business, which he has followed successfully for many years. He is one of the most energetic and enterprising men of the city, and has done much to aid its development and progress. He was born in Palmyra, Macoupin County, December 2, 1860, and is a son of Capt. Abraham C. and Martha A. (Ross) Hulse, and grandson of W. K. and Hannah (Cox) Hulse, both of the last named being natives of Tennessee. His maternal great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
W. K. Hulse, the grandfather, was a mechanic and spent many years in constructing flat-boats which were piloted down the river laden with produce for city markets. He served in the Confederate Army, was taken prisoner and sent to Sandusky, Ohio, where he was confined to military prison. He and his wife were parents of the following children; Sarah; John W.; W. A., a physician and surgeon; Caroline; Capt. Abraham C.; Polly A.; Thomas, a soldier in the Confederate Army, who was wounded at the battle of Bull Run and died from the effects of his injury; Elizabeth; Louisa; and Elvira.
Capt. Abraham C. Hulse was born in Eastern Tennessee, September 23, 1835, and there passed his boyhood days. In 1853, he came to Illinois and followed his trade as a blacksmith until the Civil War was in progress, when in August, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, 122d Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf., as a private. He was promoted to 2d lieutenant, and later for meritorious conduct on the field of battle was commissioned a captain. He was serving with that rank when the war closed in 1865, participating in the last engagement of the war at Fort Blakely, Alabama. He again returned to Carlinville where he opened his blacksmith shop and carried on business until 1882. In that year he was elected Sheriff (1882-1886) of Macoupin County on the Democratic ticket, and served efficiently for a period of four years. After the expiration of his term, he turned his attention to raising standard bred horses, and this he has followed successfully up to the present time. He is a man representative of the best type of citizenship, and has many friends throughout the county. He and his wife reared the following children: Rosella, Catherine, W. R. and R. S.
W. R. Hulse, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the common schools of this county and at Blackburn University from which he was graduated in the class of 1884. Prior to entering college, he taught school one term, and upon leaving served as deputy sheriff under his father during 1885 and 1886. He read law in the office of Hon. C. A. Walker and was admitted to the bar in 1887. One year later he formed a partnership with B. M. Burke in the real estate, abstract and insurance business, which continued until 1890, when our subject purchased his partner's interest in the business. He has since carried on this business by himself, and has attained a high degree of success, particularly in the real estate branch of the business. He has won the title of "Hulse the Hustler," and well may the term be applied, for no man in Macoupin County puts more energy in his work than he. He is well known for his business integrity and the straightforward methods which charaterize his every transaction. He represents seven fire insurance companies.
On January 26, 1888, Mr. Hulse was joined in marriage with Mattie L. Mayfield, a daughter of Alfred S. Mayfield, formerly clerk of the Circuit Court for eight years. Mrs Hulse graduated from the Illinois Female College at Jacksonville now known as the Illinois Woman's College. She also received a degree from the University of Chicago, for a course in English that she completed. To Mr. and Mrs. Hulse were born two children: Sidney D., deceased; and William M. Religiously, the family are of the Methodist faith. Our subject is a Democrat, and during the last campaign was president of the Carlinville Democratic Club. He is prominent member of Mount Nebo Lodge, No. 76, A. F. & A. M.

History of Macoupin County, Illinois : biographical and pictorial. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1911.
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The Civil war passed into history as one of the most important struggles mankind has known and the men who participated for the Union will ever be regarded with reverance and honor by lovers of liberty. One of the anomalies of the war was the division of families occasioned by difference of opinion as to the cause and object of the great conflict, brothers being in many instances arrated against brothers and father against sons. Captain Abraham C. Hulse belonged to a family of this kind, his father and brothers fighting for the south, while he donned the uniform of the blue and upheld the stars and stripes. Each was thoroughly conscientious at the time and performed his duty as he saw it. The crucible of years was shown that Captain Hulse was right.

He was born in Washington county. East Tennessee, September 23, 1835, a son of William K. and Hannah (Cox) Hulse, both of whom were natives of Tennessee. They were the parents of eleven children, one of whom died in infancy, the others being; Sarah, who married Jessie Baines and is now deceased;

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John W., who was a Confederate soldier and is also deceased; Dr. William., who is deceased; Caroline, who became the wife of James Wheelock and is deceased; Abraham C.; Thomas, who was also a Confederate soldier and is now deceased; Polly, the wife of Franklin Hulse, of Jonesboro, Tennessee; Elizabeth, who married Joseph F. Galloway, of Palmyra, Illinois; Louisa, now Mrs. William J. Solomon, also of Palmyra; and Elvira, the wife of Nelson Chase, of Palmyra.

The father of our subject was reared in Tennessee and learned the carpenter and joiner's trade, becoming a flatboat builder and also a pilot on the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers. At the time of the Civil war he was colonel of a confederate regiment. He was captured at Black River Bridge and imprisoned at Sandusky, Ohio, dying in prison when he was about sixty years of age. His wife died shortly after the close of the war, being then about fifty-five years of age. They were both members of the Methodist church. Mr. Hulse served as colonel of the State Militia of Tennessee previous to the war. The paternal grandfather of our subject was William Hulse, who was Scotch-Irish and Dutch descent. He lived in Sullivan county, East Tennessee, and was a millwright by trade. He built a mill on his own account and owned considerable body of land in Sullivan county. he was married to a Miss Keen and lost his property at the time of the Civil war. his father was Wilhelm Hultz (as the name originally spelled), who came from Holland and died in Tennessee. The grandfather on the maternal side was John Cox. He was of Irish descent and his wife was a Miss Job, who traced her ancestry to France. They both died in Tennessee.

Abraham C. Hulse was reared on his father's farm close to the line of Washington and Sullivan counties, Tennessee, until eighteen years of age and received only limited advantages of education. In 1853 he came to Illinois and took up his residence at Old Cummington, now Palmyra, in Macoupin County, working at the trades of blacksmith and wagon making until twenty-seven years of age. He then enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and twenty-second Illinois Volunteers, uner General John I. Rinaker, record of whom appears elsewhere in this work, and served in this regiment until the close of the war, participating in many hard-fought battles and rigorous campaigns. He entered the army as second lieutenant and was promoted to captain on the battlefield at Parker's Cross Roads, Tennessee, for gallant and meritorious conduct. After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Macoupin County and engaged in blacksmithing at Palmyra until 1882. He was then elected sheriff of the county and served to general satisfaction of the people for four years. After retiring from office he returned his attention to breeding standard-bred horses and followed this occupation successfully for a number of years. On the 1st of April 1911, he was elected city marshal of Carlinville, an office he now fills.

In October, 1855, Captain Hulse was married to Miss Martha Ross, a daughter of Robert and Mary (Hunt) Ross, and to this union five children were born. Rosella married Charles Davis and resides at Salem, Oregon. Catharine is the wife of Elijah Etter, an attorney of Waverly, Illinois,, and the mother of one son Robert. William R., is an abstractor and is engaged in the real-estate business at Carlinville. Robert S., a farmer of Oklahoma, married Alice Tappin and they have two children, Harry and Lee. Charles Abraham, the youngest of

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the children of Captain and Mrs. Hulse died in infancy. Captain Hulse's present wife was Mrs. Dora Baldwin, widow of Thomas J. Baldwin and the mother of five children by her first marriage, namely: Orville, deaceased; Roy; Roscoe, who married Lucy Mant and is the father of three children, Daniel, R.C. and Lee; Maude, who married Isaac Van Zandt, of Fort Worth, Texas, by whom she has three children; and Lottie, who married Elmer Barrows, of Girard, Illinois, and has one son, Orville Edwin.

Captain Hulse and his wife are both members of the Christian Church, of which he is a steward. Politically he gives his support to the democratic party and fraternally he holds membership in Mount Nebo Lodge, No. 76, A.F. & A.M.; Macoupin Chapter, No. 187, R.A.M.; and is also a member of Dan Messick Post, G.A.R. The esteem in which he is held by his army comrades was shown by his election for two terms as commander of the post. Captain Hulse is greatly interested in the community in which he lives and has often demonstrated this interest by personal service in behalf of those less fortunate than himself. A true soldier when the life of the republic was imperiled, he is a patriotic, capable and progressive citizen, and it would be difficult to name a man in Macoupin county who stands higher in the respect of the people than the one whose name introduces this sketch.

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