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Origins of Hulans in NC
Posted by: Dick Hulan Date: January 14, 1999 at 11:32:54
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Most of the Hulans descend from a few close relatives in Rowan County NC. The exceptions I know about are of distant French ancestry, and live in the Canadian maritime provinces. What follows (sorry about the length) will be notes I assembled in the fall of 1990. It is also relevant to the Hulen family of Wilkes County NC, and the Hulon family of SC. Feel free not to agree with my conclusions.

1728 17 March, 400 acres at Hog Pen Meadow on NE side of
Moratuck (=Roanoke) River granted by patent to Osborne Jeffreys,
according to recitation of title in Bertie County NC Deed Book F,
p. 92. [This area was in Northampton County when that county was
formed out of Bertie in 1741. Simon Jeffreys, who had been a
surveyor in Virginia after 1706, had moved to North Carolina
where he died in 1728. His son Osborne sold this tract (to his
half-brother, William Hilliard) in 1740, but owned other land in
the county well into the 1750s. From Northampton County deed
abstracts, Osborne seems to have moved to Granville (now
Franklin) County soon after 1747.]

1742 13 February, Lawrence Smith and Jane his wife, of Isle
of Wight County VA, to Thomas Hulen of Northampton County NC, 200
acres on Corduroy Swamp, joining a marsh and the swamp. Wit:
Samuel Taylor, Thomas Hart, James Smith. Reg. Northampton Co.
August Ct. 1742, J. Edwards Clerk. Northampton Co. Deed Book 1,
p. 25.

1748 6 February, Thomas Hulen of Granville County NC to
Joseph Smith of Northampton County, for 20 pounds, 200 acres more
or less on Correroy swamp, joining a marsh and the swamp, all
houses, orchards, gardens, etc. Wit: Nicholas Burk, Mary Burk.
Reg. Northampton Co. August Ct. 1749, J. Edwards Clerk.
Northampton County Deed Book 1, p. 396. [This tract was on the
south branch of Kirby Creek, which enters the Meherrin River on
the south side, near the northwest corner of Northampton County

1753 18 June, John Hewlin and William White (#23 below) are
chain carriers on the survey of 420 acres in Granville County, on
Frank's Branch of Cedar Creek, adjacent to "Osbain" Jeffreys, for
John Pope of Edgecombe County NC. (Lord Granville Patent Book 11,
p. 242.)

1754 Muster Roll of Col. Wm. Eaton's Regiment of NC Militia
representing all the males of age to bear arms in Granville
County. Second in command, Lt. Col. William Person. One company
of 83 enlisted men is under Capt. Osborn Jeffreys; five of the
men listed are his neighbors (from later deed abstracts):
#21 Robert Morgan
#22 Isaac Winston
#23 William White (see above)
#24 John Green
#25 Thomas Huland

1755 9 December, Thomas Hulin sworn chain carrier on the
survey of 557 acres in Granville County on Brandy Creek for
Robert Morgan (#21 above); entered 14 March 1760. LGPB 11, p.

1760 19 May, William Hulin and James Bitty sworn chain
carriers on the survey of 335 acres in Granville County on south
side of Cedar Creek for Thomas Hulin. Thomas Person, Surveyor.
Entered 28 November 1760. LGPB 11, p. 378.

1760 19 July, William Hulin and Edward Hulin sworn chain
carriers on the survey of 700 acres in Granville County on Cabbin
Branch near the Poplar Spring, Megee's Line, Morgan's [#21],
Winston's [#22], [Thomas] Hulin's [#25], Green's [#24], Ray's
Creek, [Osborn] Jeffreys' line, for Thomas Person. Entered 29
November 1760. LGPB 11, p. 44.

1761 August court of Granville County: from the Minute
Docket Book, docket #66, second case is Edward Hulin versus
Richard Williams.

1761 26 November, a survey entered for Samuel Hayes of 700
acres in Northampton County NC adjoining John Wade, Robert Parks,
James Parks, William Seagraves, Murfrees Road, William Hulin,
James Smith, Nathan Pierce. LGPB 14, p. 290.

1765 4 February, reference in Warren County (records of old
Bute County) Deed Book 1 to John Pope's land adjoining Hewlin.
[Note: there are also indexed references to Thomas Hewland and to
Edward Hewlin(e), which I couldn't check because the first Bute
County volume was not on shelf at NGS -- their books circulate,
to some extent.]

1766 19 February. Thomas Huland, planter, to Osborn
Jeffreys, planter, both of Bute County. 47 pounds Virginia money
for 413 acres in Bute County, on the south side of Cedar Creek,
up Rays Creek and Beaver Dam Branch, adjoining said Thomas Huland
and William Bass. 100 acres of this land bought 16 February 1759
from Thomas Ray, deceased, and the remainder being part of a 613
acre tract, an Earl Granville grant to Thomas Huland, 12 November
1760. Witnessed by Robert Smith, William Jeffreys, John Smith.
Proved by William Jeffreys, Bute October Court 1766, Ben
McCulloch Clerk of Court. Reg. 23 January 1767 by Will Johnson,
Public Register.

1781 A skirmish took place when American patriots caught two
Loyalist guerrillas at Hulin's Mill on Catfish Creek about 12
miles NNW of Marion Courthouse, SC. [This is near the present
small town of Latta in Dillon County, SC. The only one of the
name in this county is Thomas Hulen in the 1790 census (Prince
George's Parish of Georgetown District, SC); in 1791 and 1792,
Thomas Hulin(e) sold 100 acres bordering Catfish Creek and
another 100 acres not identified; in the 1800 census two families
in Marion County, both on p. 462, are headed by Charles Huland
and Thomas Huland.] The patriots killed one of the Loyalists and
wounded the other in the arm before he escaped into the swamp and
eluded them. The wounded man, who survived and was a respected
Marion County citizen until his death in 1840, was Osborne Lane
(or Lean). Alexander Gregg, History of the Old Cheraws (1867),
p. 359. Most of the houses in the vicinity of Hulin's Mill
belonged to Bass families in 1825, per Robert Mill's map of
Marion County.

1791 20 January, Samson Bass of Franklin County to Job Selff
of same for 100 pounds, a tract of 100 acres lying on the south
bank of Cedar Creek and on the Beaver Dam Branch, it being part
of a tract of land which Thomas Hulin formerly granted to William
Bass by deed and William Bass to Samson Bass. Franklin County
Deed Book 7, p. 168. [A few pages later, p. 170 and p. 172, part
of Thomas Person's former land is also sold by Samson Bass and
purchased by Job Senff; it is bordered on the east by Col.
Jeffrey's land.]

All of these names (John, Thomas, William and Edward) show
up in the Rowan County Hulin family. None, I admit, is an
unusual name. But Osborne Hulin, a name we find in Rowan County,
is very unusual. [It recurs in the Davidson County TN branch of the Hulan family, who came from Rowan Co. NC.]

Osborne Lane, and the Bass families, may link the Thomas
Hulin of Marion/Dillon County SC with the one who disappeared
from Franklin County NC between 1766 and 1791. This is probably
also the Thomas who was Loyalist militiaman from the Cheraw
District of SC in 1782. The two extant muster rolls naming him
do not indicate that he died in service; but a widow Hulin
applied to the Royalist authorities for relief because she had
been driven from her home in the Cheraw District. If this was
Thomas' widow, the Thomas and Charles of 1790-1800 are in a later
generation. [I believe the descendants of this SC family spell the name Hulon.]


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