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Hulan=Hulen, Hulin, -on, -ing, -and, &c.
Posted by: Dick Hulan Date: January 19, 1999 at 11:11:20
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In addition to the message headed "Origins" that I posted Jan. 14, here are parts of a 1992 letter to an industrious researcher into the descendants of a Wilkes County, NC family who spell the name Hulen. (They have a GenForum page also; to date it has been somewhat more active than this Hulan one. Anyone trying to sort out the NC entanglements should look at both families' pages. The Huling families in Knox Co TN also are from the Rowan Co NC stock, but most Hulings in America are unrelated, and of Swedish ancestry.)

Extracts from my letter to Verna Rosacrans of Olympia, WA:

...several things have further persuaded me that both the
Rowan County and the Wilkes County NC Hulen families descend from
Thomas Hulen of Franklin (formerly Bute and Granville) County,
who had moved there about 1748 from Northampton County.

...the given name Osborne recurs among the Rowan County
Hulens and their descendants in Tennessee (of whom I am one).
Thomas Huland was #25 in Osborne Jeffreys' Granville County
militia company in 1754, and was also one of his closest
neighbors. On the same militia roster, a few names farther down
(#31) is Ambrose Crane (Crain). He moved to Wilkes County, as an
old man with at least two adult sons, and lived near William

I am reasonably sure that the given name Ambrose in your
Wilkes County Hulen family may be traced to Ambrose Crain. I
have just learned that both Hulen and Taylor are found as *first*
names among the Louisiana and Texas descendants of Joel Crain of
Wilkes County, a Revolutionary soldier (on the American side) and
presumably the son of Ambrose.

I had deduced some connection with the Crains after
searching the Wilkes County land grant and deed abstracts, and
also the bridegrooms index, for the uncommon given names Ambrose
and Osborne. Both turned up on Hunting Creek, right alongside
your William Hulen. You already know about Osburn Keeling (he's
mentioned in your most recent letter). "Old Mr. Crane," so
called early in 1779 (entry #815, Wilkes County Land Entry Book
1778-81), just about has to be Ambrose. According to Land Entry
#1757, Osburn Keeling's land adjoined Ambrose Crane's in 1780.

[In 1992] I came across a Crain genealogy published twenty
years ago, titled Ten Sons of Oliver. On page 110 its authors
speculate about a Hulen connection. I think they are right, and
that there were at least two connections - Ambrose Hulen's mother
(or grandmother - Taylor?) was probably a Crain; and Ambrose
Crain's son Joel probably married a Hulen (with a Taylor

...the Rowan County "Hulen" family included Jonathan Hulan
who married Eliza Trexler in 1827, and moved to Davidson County,
TN in the mid-1840s. These are my gr.-gr.-grandparents. They
lived in the northwest part of the county, not in Nashville. My
great-grandfather was William A. Hulan, b. 1842 in NC. He was
the oldest boy but had four or five older sisters; also younger
sisters, and brothers Thomas, Osborn ("Boone") and George.
William A. Hulan was a ferryman, carpenter and blacksmith, and
played fiddle well. He had thirteen children by two wives, of
whom the first was Sarah Frances McCrory (my gr.-grandmother); he
lived to the age of 105.


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