Some of the following family trees
are shown as PAF (Personal Ancestry Files) in the Family
Trees section of this website. Others will be added in due course. If you have
any queries about any particular Hulley family, please email me for further details.
Hulley family of The One House, Rainow near Macclesfield, Cheshire
This was a very old established family
in the area with their ancestors going back to at least 1441. They
lived in the same house for 420 years; it was knocked down in 1939
and only few of the remains (including the entrance gates) can still
be seen. The name appeared as Hulley at this time, but later changed
to Howley and Hooley before reverting back to Hulley. An Adam de
Hulley is listed in one of the Court Rolls of Macclesfield dated
1369 (Adam de Hollay in 1362, Adam de Hull in 1358). There were
also five Hulleys/Hooleys who were mayors of Macclesfield between 1709
and 1795. These were a branch of the main One House tree and lived
in Macclesfield Town and Park.
My book entitled "The History and Hulley
families of the One House, Rainow" gives the full story
of the house and family. This is available to purchase - see
the Longview Publishing section.
Hully family of NE Lancashire/NW
This was a large family of farmers/cattle
dealers and eventually butchers in the Kendal/Orton district.
Their locations also included Bentham, Clapham (Yorks) and Tatham Fells
in Lancs. The family may have spread down the Yorkshire valley
to the Craven district of Yorkshire. Their tree currently starts
at 1627 with further (unconnected as yet) entries for 1559 - 1568. Moses and Francis were repetitive
names in this family. Branches of this family have been found in the Manchester area in the late 19th century.
Hulley family of Frodsham, Cheshire
This family had three generations
of surgeons/physicians/doctors and is a possible off-shoot of
the Macclesfield line by the marriage of a James (b. before 1742) to Betty
Ridley at Prestbury in 1773. The most interesting person from this
was Robert Churchman Hulley. He was born in 1809, trained as a
physician (i.e. doctor) in Glasgow in 1830-35, following his
grandfather, father and brother, and set up practise in Manchester. He sought
to be declared insolvent in 1851 through ill-health, bad debts,
gambling and railway share speculation and died penniless in Australia
in 1862. He was related to the Hulleys of Liverpool (c. 1850-70) and to Georgiana
Hulley (see Wills section).
Another interesting member of this family was John Hulley of Liverpool,
born 1833 brother of Robert Churchman Hulley. John was a devotee of the
philosophy of muscular Christianity. He was a co-founder of the
National Olympian Assocation based in Liverpool in 1865, and
their first Festival for amateur athletes was held in 1866 at
Crystal Palace in front of 10,000 spectators.
John Hulley went on to establish the first public Gymnasium in
Liverpool in 1867 where he was the self-styled
Gymniarch. He married Georgina Bolton, the daughter of a wealthy
iron manufacturer from South Wales in 1869, but died at
the early age of 42 from emphysema and bronchitis.
Hulley family of
Radcliffe, Lancashire (my ancestors)
This has been taken back to c. 1650
in Dukinfield and Ashton under Lyne with the family moving to
Ringley and Unsworth before settling in Radcliffe. Their occupations were
mainly weavers and other cotton trade employment. There may
be a connection with the Hulleys of Saddleworth, whose tree goes back
to 1720 at the present time. Some Hulleys from this district
emigrated to the USA in the 1800's; an unusual Christian
name - Elkanah - has been found in the Ashton under Lyne district
as well as in USA. The earliest entries in the Ashton registers (1590-1635)
for Hulley/Howley/Hooley are those from Dukinfield; because
Dukinfield was formerly a part of the Macclesfield Hundred, this line is almost
certainly an off-shoot of the Macclesfield family, or vice versa.
There is already a link with a Will of Miles Howley of Adlington
1668 (William Howley Clothier was his Executor) and more research
will probably confirm the link before this date. Each family grouping
of Macclesfield and Dukinfield has common first names, e.g. Lawrence
and John; this points to a definite link, but one that cannot be
proved at the present time.
Hulley family of South Yorkshire
This is one of a number of families
from this area, which included Sheffield, Rotherham and Ecclesfield.
The name is also written as Ulley and Halley in this area.
(See Wills for other spellings in Yorkshire). The
tree starts at around 1550 and includes one of the first Hulley emigrants to
South Africa - Richard and Ann in 1820. See the Family Trees, South
for details of Richard's family tree.
Hulley family of Derbyshire
A few pieces of information are available
on this line, whose main areas in the 18th and 19th Century
were Bakewell, Baslow, Great Longstone and Edensor. Their tree starts
at c. 1770, with other IGI entries going back to 1640 at Great Longstone
with the christening of Georgius, son of Thomae
Hulley. The name
is also spelt HULLY in this county. One line of the Derbyshire
Hulleys has been found in the West Midlands (Dudley/Tipton) in 1840 and
another one turns up in Manchester in 1850. The pedigree for
the Hulley family of Baslow who are well-known coach proprietors in
the county, is also available.
Hulley family of Stockport, London,
Great Yarmouth and South Wales
This was a very widely travelled
branch of the family! The origins of this line are from Dukinfield
and Ashton under Lyne where Robert Hulley was baptised in 1705. He
was the brother of my G7 grandfather Arthur. Robert married
a Stockport girl Mary Leigh in 1735 and was a butcher there. He was fined by
Manchester Court Leet in 1738 - 42 for either selling beef after
ten o' clock at night or for selling unsuitable meat. They had
10 children including Robert (1737) who married Sarah ? c. 1760.
They had 7 children including Robert (1781) who later became the licensee
of the Boar's Head public house in Market Place, Stockport,
and James (1768). James married Keziah Spencer in 1793. They had several
children including Thomas Spencer (1796). I have established
from census returns and other records that Thomas probably went to London
to be trained as an architect because he married Mary Anne Slade
and their first child (named Keziah Spencer after her grandmother
and father's second name) was born in Islington in 1822.
The family moved to Reading c.
1831 and then to Great Yarmouth in 1834, where Thomas practised
as an estate agent and architect for 35 years until his death in
1869. Thomas and Mary Anne had 11 children, 3 of whom were originally
registered as Quakers (1834 -1841) before being baptised into the
Roman Catholic faith in Great Yarmouth in c. 1846. This family
was very talented in the music profession, with children William Henry
and Mary both professors of music. William H. went on to become
the organist at St Marys RC church in Great Yarmouth and music tutor
as was his sister Mary. William H. married in 1852 and had 8 children,
one of whom William Frederick (1854) married in 1876 and moved
to Swansea, where he had 7 children. His eldest son Ernest J
(1879) formed a musical ensemble (with his children and wife) in the south
Wales area and played at the local music halls during the 1920s
An off-shoot of this family has turned
up in Tasmania after being sentenced to transportation in 1825.
Keziah and James Hulley of Stockport were convicted of stealing
hats and were given 7 years' transportation. Keziah died after
being in Australia for a few years and James's ancestors are still there
Hulley migrants to America
The main group under this category
are George and Hannah Hulley (née Whitehead) and family
who emigrated to America in 1832. The family originally came
from Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire and are my direct relations. George
was 58 years old at the time and he, his wife and their six
boys flat-boated down the Ohio River to start a new life as a farmer in the
then pioneer Switzerland County, Indiana. Their ancestors include Elkanah
Hulley, one-time mayor of Marion, Indiana, and Dr. Lincoln Hulley
30 years president of John B. Stetson University, De Land, Florida.
Many of their descendants still live in America today. See the Family Trees, America section
for more details.
Hulley family of London and Bath
This was another gifted family. Harry Hulley born
in 1759 in London, exhibited at the Royal Academy
in 1783, 1784 and 1785 whilst he lived in Hackney, north east
London. He is listed in National Dictionaries and Directories of
painters from 1783 to 1830. His older brother Thomas was a silk
merchant in London and the family may have had Macclesfield connections
through this trade, the town being the centre of the Cheshire silk industry
of the day. Harry's son Thomas also followed his father into painting
and was listed in the Bath Directory from 1819 to 1846 as an artist
Hulley migrants to South Africa
This line was led by Richard Hulley, formerly of
Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, who emigrated to South Africa in 1820.
There are now hundreds of his ancestors living there and his family
tree is reproduced partly under the Yorkshire section
and partly under South Africa.
A male heir of the Hulley family of the One House,
Rainow also emigrated to South Africa in the late 19th century
and married into the gentry there. No trace of this line has been
found up to now.
Other groups of Hulleys
My records show that these include
Birmingham, the Isle of Wight (Ulley), Bilton, west of York and Canada where
my great uncle Franklin settled in the early 20th century before
being killed on active service in World War 1. In-depth research
has still to be undertaken on these
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