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Re: Origins of Hulans in NC
Posted by: Dick Hulan (ID *****1797) Date: August 14, 2010 at 08:44:43
In Reply to: HULLIN -- fl 1690s NY French Protestant Chh by Winnie Gilreath Westbury of 182

I'm still around and working on this. Offhand I don't see any connection between the Susanne in the records of a church many hundreds of miles away in NY, and this family that seems to have been in VA since the 1660s, if not 1620s. A lot of research has been done that isn't yet posted on these forums.

However, if you want to pursue one slim lead, the name Cordry in the French Protestant records you cite could, conceivably, have an echo in the name of "Correry" swamp in the cited land records of NC. That word has been assumed to be Corduroy; and certainly there was such a thing as a "corduroy road" of horizontally laid small logs, typically laid through swampy areas. But in that usage it's not a family name. "Cord du roy" (in French) translates as "royal cord" -- a bumpy weave structure that is found in the pattern drafts (written code for warping a loom, and the sequence of treading its foot pedals) of Anglo-American pioneers, of no known French ancestry (or other connections).

I haven't looked for a Cordry family in the earliest records of the Carolinas (or tidewater VA). Possible, I guess.

Since the French Protestant specter is being raised, I hasten to add that most of the information on this family name (Hulings, etc.) in Stapleton's Memorials of the Huguenots is clearly poppycock; and even the part that's based upon records is not all about people who were kin to each other. It keeps turning up, like a bad penny, so I just mention it.


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