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Ches03 - Descendants of Jasper Howley who was born at Hurdesfield in 1667

This family tree starts with the baptism of Jasper Howley in 1667, the son of Jasper Hooley de Hurdsefield who was a a descendant of the One House family of Rainow, because several males were given Jasper as a first name. This was derived from the marriage of John Hulley of the One House (born 1590) to Katherine, daughter of Jasper Willott of Titherington. Their first son (born 1622) was named John, after his great grandfather and father; and their second son (born 1625) was called Jasper, after his maternal grandfather. The last-named person was the father of Jasper Howley the lead person in this tree.

This family tree contains the details, as far as I have researched them, of the following two individuals that make fascinating reading:

Robert Churchman Hulley born at Frodsham in 1809 the son of Thomas Boydell Hulley and Elizabeth Nevitt Hulley nee Bennett. Robert came from a medical family with his great grandfather a Surgeon Apothecary and Man-Midwife; his grandfather a Surgeon; and his father another Surgeon. Even his uncle was a Chemist and Druggist. Robert attempted to aspire to the same professional heights as his relatives and claimed that he had been trained in medicine at Glasgow University, later changed to Edinburgh. However he failed his Interview at the Apothecaries' Hall for a Certificate of Qualification. In spite of this setback, he continued to call himself a Physician and evidently ignored repeated attempts by the Medical Directory to reveal his qualifications. Further details of his life and adventures are shown in his Notes.

John Hulley was born 1832 at Liverpool and was a nephew of RC Hulley and a much more likeable and successful person than his uncle. John was very keen on all things to do with physical education and organised the Liverpool Olympic Festivals of 1862, 1863, 1864 and 1865. He opened the Liverpool Gymnasium in Myrtle Street in 1865, and was one of the 'Three Wise Men' of the foundling Olympic Movement, the other two being Dr. William Penny Brookes of the Wenlock Olympian Society and Mr. E.G. Ravenstein, president of the German Gymnastic Society, London. On 7 November 1865 the inaugural meeting of the National Olympian Association was held at the Liverpool Gymnasium, Myrtle Street under John Hulley's chairmanship. Initial members included Messrs Brookes and Ravenstein and this organisation was the forerunner of the International Olympic Committee and was established over 35 years before the first of the 'modern Olympics' in 1901. Further details of his short life in Liverpool are shown in his Notes.


October 2018

The following members of this FT are listed on the Cheshire Marriage Licence Bonds and Allegations 1606-1905

Jasper Howley born 1667
Elizabetha Hulley born 1695
Rebeccah Hooley born 1700
John Hooley born 1705
Hannah Hulley born 1736
Thomas Hulley born 1740
James Hulley born 1750
Hannah Hooley born 1755
Deborah Hooley born 1781
John Hooley born 1826
Esther Hulley born 1828
Mary Hooley born 1834
Fanny Sarah Hulley born 1851
Thomas Cooper Hooley born 1852
Martha Hooley born 1854
Elizabeth Hooley born 1856
Alice Hooley born 1858
Eliza Hooley born 1861
James Henry Hooley born 1867
Thomas Boydell Hulley born 1880
Full details are shown in their Notes.

September 2016

Full details of the marriages of the following persons shown on this FT have been added to their Notes.

Martha Hulley to David Parkinson in 1842; Elizabeth Hulley to Charles Bottomley in 1842; Jasper Hulley to Sarah Hooley in 1847; Esther Hulley to John Harlow in 1851; Esther Hooley to Isaac Royle in 1851; Jasper Hulley to Amanda Oakey in 1875; Fanny Sarah Hulley to Frederick Barlow in 1875; Jasper Hulley to Hannah Hartley in 1877; Charlotte Hulley to John Mathew Bostock 1902; Clara Hulley to William Barlow Gaskell 1902.

February 2016

The following member of this FT is listed in the Freemason Membership Registers: John Jasper Hulley 1857-1950. Details of each entry are shown in his Notes.

January 2016

Peter John has kindly supplied more details of William Jasper Hulley born 1901 and his wife Winifred nee Burdin.

October 2015

The following persons shown on this FT have at least one entry from the Find My Past newspaper collection 1725-1901. Details are shown in their Notes: James Hulley c1750; Jasper Hulley c1787; John Jasper Hulley b.1867; Thomas Boydell Hulley b.1784; Elizabeth Nevitt Bennett b.1778; John Nevitt Hulley c.1803; Robert Churchman Hulley c.1809; John Hulley c.1832; Georgiana Theodosis Hulley b.1870; William Hooley b.1842; Elizabeth Lloyd b.1849; Hannah Hooley b.1755; John Stonehewer m.s.1783; William Hooley b.1827.

January 2014

Three sources of recently published information have been searched for members of this family. The Cheshire Electoral Registers 1842-1900 (1,448 Hulley entries) and the Manchester Poor Rate Books 1706-1900 (575 Hulley entries) are now on Find my Past; the Cheshire Tithe Apportionments 1814-1850 (200 Hulley entries) are shown on the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies website. There are 24 persons from this FT included on one or more of the above lists; full details are shown in their Notes.

July 2012

Welcome to Pat Gregory who has provided details of Elizabeth Hooley born 1856, who was her mother-in-law's maternal grandmother. Elizabeth married Thomas Burgess in 1879.

November 2011

At long last the recognition of John Hulley, the Liverpool Gymnasiarch who was the co-founder of the National Olympian Association in 1865, the forerunner of the International Olympic Committee, has taken off in a spectacular fashion. His name has been linked to many sporting events which have been arranged in Liverpool for the remaining months of this year and many more will be held in 2012, the Olympic Year.

All this is due to the efforts of a Liverpool charity run by Robin Baynes MBE called Liverpool Heartbeat whose website at gives full details. Robin has also set up a website devoted to John Hulley and the planned events linked to him at

I have been invited on to the Steering Group and will be aware of all the events and functions organised in John Hulley's name in the forthcoming months. Currently these include the following:

The John Hulley Sports for All; The John Hulley Equestrian Event; The John Hulley Pageant; The John Hulley Junior Bowls Festival; The John Hulley Across Mersey Aquathon; The John Hulley Sefton Triathlon; The John Hulley Street Hip-Hop Dance Competition; and the John Hulley Big Splash Bash.

The John Hulley Olympic Festival was recently launched at a dinner attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and over 300 guests were entertained by a singer, dance band and 1960 videos of Liverpool pop groups. An auction and raffle were held to raise funds for Liverpool Heartbeat and the evening was a successful start to the Festival.

January 2011

13 more persons have been added to this FT; please refer to the name index if you wish to search for a particular individual.

October 2010

It has been discovered that the Jaspar Hooley born 1697 is the same person as the lead one in Ches06 and the latter FT has been combined into this FT. This brings another 52 persons into this tree and has clearly identified the link to The One House family. Jaspar's father (Jasper born 1667) is the son of Jasper Howley of The One House (1625-1700).

July 2010

Further research of on-line newspapers has revealed many interesting news items about members of this FT, particularly John Hulley, the Liverpool Gymnasiarch. Other members of this family shown are the following: Thomas Boydell Hulley b.1784; Betty Hulley b.1785; Robert Churchman Hulley b1809; James Ridley Hulley b.1818;Sarah Hulley nee Hooley (wid.) b.1825; Jonathan Hulley b.1830;Sarah Hulley b.1834; Georgina Bolton b.1840; William Hooley b.1842; John Jasper Hulley b.1867; and Georginia Theodosis Hulley b.1870. Full details are shown in the Notes for each person.

April 2010

I have now published a new website covering the life and times of a member of this family tree - John Hulley born 1832 - at

December 2009

23 additional persons have been added to this tree as descendants of Samuel Hulley born 1812 at Macclesfield. This branch changed their surnames to Hooley, moved from Cheshire initially to Hulme, Manchester then to Eccles where Samuel Hooley born 1841 became a coal merchant. His eldest son James Hooley born 1870 carried on the family coal business, but the other 5 sons decided to persue other careers.

Hooley's the Coal Merchants were still in the Eccles area in the late 1950's when I met Joan, my future wife! Indeed they were her family's coal suppliers and her Uncle Arthur Nightingale worked as an Office Clerk for the company. It's a small world!

November 2009

The 1895 marriage of Georgina Theodosis Hulley and William Thomas Jolliffe has been found in the registers of St John's church Hampstead. See her Notes for full details.

August 2009

The location of Georgina Theodosis Jolliffe (daughter of John Hulley, the Liverpool Gymnasiarch) and her husband William Thomas has been found on the 1901 census. They were living at Mount Alwyn, Burton, Flintshire with 5 servants to attend to their every need!

A 20th century descendant of this FT has been found. Michael Hulley, son of Ronald Jasper Hulley and Jean (nee Staniforth) was born in 1960 at Barton Registration District in Lancashire. If anyone knows of the present location of Michael - or his descendants, please contact me.

July 2009

The re-dedication ceremony for the grave of John Hulley (1832-75) was held at Smithdown Road cemetery on Sunday 14 June 2009. There will be a full report on the website.

March 2009

A considerable number of newspaper reports concerning John Hulley has been added to his Notes. These cover the period 1865 to 1873 and include several articles from the "Porcupine" - a type of off-beat satirical weekly news and comment magazine published in Liverpool. The introduction into Liverpool by John Hulley of the "two-wheeled velocipede, now called the bicycle" is featured in newspaper reports dated January 20th, and April 19th 1869 and a Bicycle Tournament was held at the Liverpool Gymnasium on April 24th 1869. Also found is the fascinating account of his on-off-on marriage to Georgina Bolton whose father, a wealthy Liverpool merchant, objected strongly to the union even as far as to lock her in her bedroom on her wedding day! The full story is told in various publications on July 16th, 17th and 19th 1869. Ladies Evenings at the Gymnasium were introduced by John Hulley in 1870, with admission, which were by invitation, strictly confined to "the lady friends of the pupils and gentlemen who were of the medical profession."

September 2008

A website has been established to cover the gymnastic career, the founding of the British Olympic movement in 1865 and death of John Hulley, born in 1832. After the re-discovery of his gravestone in Smithdown Road cemetery, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, it was decided to set up a memorial fund for its renovation and re-instatement. Full details are shown at

Terry Jackson has sent details of the Bromley-Davenport papers relating to Martha Hooley (nee Garner) born 1795 and her son John born 1826. These are shown in their Notes.

May 2008

Additional information has been gleaned from 19th newspapers particularly for Robert Churchman Hulley and John Hulley, the Liverpool Gymnasiarch. The grave of the latter has been located in Smithdown Road Cemetery, Liverpool. It is slighty damaged but most of the inscription is readable.

A Chancery case of 1855 involving Robert Churchman Hulley and John Hulley the Liverpool Gymnasiarch and his sister Sarah Hulley concerning the Will of their aunt Sarah Hulley who died in 1845 at Manchester has been found and further research will be necessary to establish the outcome. The university and ecclesiastical career of John Jasper Hulley born 1867 has also come to light.

Full details are shown in the Notes of the above persons.

March 2008

The Notes for Robert Churchman Hulley have been considerably expanded because of access to a website showing 19th century newsapapers. This was a free trial site and was only available for a limited period.

His Notes now include his attendance at several Chartist, Zoological Gardens, Oddfellows and St John's Ward meetings, where he tried to be nominated as a councillor. The most important find was a summary account of his Insolvency hearing at Lancaster Assizes in December 1851. Also added to this tree are further details of Robert's father Thomas Boydell Hulley and Robert's brother John Nevitt Hulley. See their Notes for the details.

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