Henry H. (Henry Higgins) Hurlbut.

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r A direct lineal descendont In the seventh

'generation of Thomas H^irlhu t. who a/-

iv>^d In Connecticut irom England in

• and took an active part in tlie early

tory and Indian wars of New England,

iinm E. Hurlbut died at his home, 1241

III street, early yesterday morning at

'•Mo age of 91 years.

Death was due to penlllty. This is the
first death in the immediate family dur-
ing a period of 41 years. Had Mr. Hurl-
but lived a month longer he and his -wife
would havo celebrated the tiOth annivers-
ary of their niarrlage.
Mr. Hurlbut wae born In Newark, O.,
'{ A"&. 19, 1813. He was a California pio-
: neer. In 1849 during tjje gold excitement
I in Calllornia ;u» ci-ossed t'le pla'jis. With
' hundred;} of mhers h« fought against the
J hardships' encoui. s^i r" on the journey.
/■ Loti\ iniLi Caliioriiia, lAIr. Hurlbut ro-
I turned to Colorrxdo by a circuitous route.
'I '-f ' went a.s-' far south as the Isthmus of
-lama. Somewhat of a roving ditpo.sl-
. )i during hl.s youth, and possessed of
li ;i desire to see the coujitry, Mr. Hurlbut
covorod much of the territory in;' the

southwest before returning to Colorado.

Ho came to Coloi-ado In ISGO. Locat-
ing in Gold Dirt, which Is now Gilpin
county, he erected one of the first quartz
mills In this country. Mr. Hurlbut was
engaged there for a few years, after-
waixis going to Cheyenne and engaging
In the mercantile business. For some
time he was also a stook raiser In Wyom-
ing and Utah.

Mr. Hurlbut came to Denver 25 years
ago. He retired from business and had
lived a quiet life since. Previous to re- I
tiring, however, he was active In busl- I
ness affairs and figured in many large '

Besides a widow. Mr. Hurlbut lenvoi;
eight cMUlron. I'hey are . Walter a.
Hurlbu'., -vir.. Yi ^'^ Q; 'ilP"!^ ^'3 3.
V. (jlovor aiuTBdwin Hurlbut of Dt^n-
vor; Frank D. Hurlbut, Park City, Utali;
Dr. H. H. Hurlbut, Missoula, Mont.: \
Mrs. George Holt, Buffalo, Wyo., and j
Mrs. Johii F. Carroll, Portland, Ore.

The funeral will be held from the res- j
idencc at 2 o'clock this afternoon. In- |
torment will bo at Falrmount. y



iiurlliut ^enealoflg,

Record of the Descendants





Cojnpiler of


[a. D. 163 7.]








It was not altogether intentional, this becoming the historian
of the family here essayed to be shown genealogically. To
explain let me say ; incidentally making inquiry for some one
to look at sundry records of Middlesex county, Conn., for the
purpose of learning the names of certain of my own line of pro-
genitors, I was referred to the late Hon. Edwin Stearns of Mid-
dletown, Conn. This gentleman /IP jC/—^

having a taste for such research, /^^^i^^^J~u^ ^^^^c^Hl-**-*^
an extensive acquaintance and an ample library to consult, and
with leisure also, offered to collect, for a mere nominal compen-
sation, all the facts relating to our family, readily attainable
in that neighborhood, from public or private records, from
living witnesses and printed books. It is scarcely necessary
to say that I requested him to proceed, and the result was
(excepting some errors and inaccuracies) a fair beginning for
a genealogical history of the descendants of our paternal
Emigrant ancestor, comprising several hundred names. Having
thus formed for me the groimdwork or foundation upon which
I might build, should the materials be tolerably well gathered,
a somewhat colossal superstructure, I very naturally, as gen-
ealogists at least will understand, fell into the desire of know-
ing something more of the matter.

It is perhajjs unfortunate, that some other of the family (in
place of leaving it for the present compiler) had not at an
earlier period, say a half century before, caught the mania for
doing this genealogy. One with the proper zeal and plenty of
pocket money to pay expense of travel, might have saved
from the mists of oblivion, not a few now lost branches, and


regarding particularly the earlier generations, a more com-
plete record.

But if the compiler of this volume at length voluntarily
assumed the self-sacrificing office, he can perhaps have little
cause for complaint, if in the twenty-five years past, he has
appropriated much time and labor to the work, including
thousands of letters written, and withal not a few dollars ex-
pended, for which he must of necessity, be in great part a
loser. "

Upon the whole, 1 think that the families herein displayed
may very reasonably feel themselves obliged to me for the
service ; yet at the risk of losing half the credit for the phil-
anthropy of the thing, I will be frank enough to say, that
had not the research been a pleasurable pursuit, there would
be no occasion for a vote of thanks to the undersigned, by the
present generation, nor by the many which will no doubt
succeed it.

It is proper here . to mention the fact that the name of our
family has gained, or suffered various mutations in form since
the settlement of our early ancestor at Wethersfield, Ct., some
250 years ago. The fancies, I believe, of some have occasion,
ally wrought changes for which the excuse does not appear-

It was necessary for the compiler to adopt in this volume,
some common form of the name, and whether he has judged
properly and hit upon the true, original orthography or not is
yet perhaps undetermined. We have no knowledge of the
antecedents of our ancestor Thomas across the Atlantic.
None, I dare say, will change the mode of spelling the name
from anything said in this book, nor is it perhaps desirable, on
account of identity in years to come.

In the progress of my investigations, I met members of a
family distinct from ours, whose emigrant ancestor William
Hulbert (of Roxbury and Northampton, Mass.) though cotem-


porary with our own progenitor, was not of kin as far as
known. As many individuals of both lines, however, use the
same mode of spelling tlie name, it was important to collect
the facts regarding the said William's family, and place the
record by itself for reference, to avoid confusion. The de-
scendants of William Hulbert are far less numerous than
those of Thomas. It is is probable that the record of the
family of William Hulbert which I have gathered will be

The vignette which appears on our title-page is borrowed
from the compiler's book-mark ; its use is to be shared between
them ; it is perhaps not inappropriate, symbolizing as it does
an incident in our ancestor's experience at Saybrook.

I have received from a number of our family, copies and a
description of a coat of arms taken from some English volume
of Heraldry, supposed by my correspondents; or suggested by
them, that we had some proper claim and interest in the
ornament. As far as I can see we have no right to the coat
spoken of. The subject is further referred to, and a drawing
of the arms given in the Introduction. 'J'he fact is with very
few exceptions, the early emigrants to New England, the
founders of a great share of our American lines, were j)lebians;
that large and respectable class of conjmon pe()j)le, who with
their descendants, subdued, settled, and christianized New
England and much of America. As a matter to be proud of
we need scarcely attempt to look after a lineage more noble
than we have at home, beginning Avhen our ancestors first
placed foot upon Amei'ican soil. It is true that it would be
gratifying to our curiosity at least, could we be furnished with
a series of photographic pictures, and a faithful description of
our ancestors in the old world, running back to the days before
the use of spinning-wheel and loom, when our fore-fathers
were clad in skins.


I am writing in the belief that our progenitors over the sea
were merely honest burghers or plodders of the soil, bearing
no taint of disreputable act, which had won high place or title,
or castles, or manors achieved by cruelty and crime. I would
by no means be led to be uncharitable,' but I have little respect
for that horde of filibusters, whose services were rewarded with
the avails of robbery, by that prince of plunder, William of

It was deemed expedient, for the better order of the volume,
to place the families of female branches in the Appendix.

Much care has beeen taken to copy accurately the items
procured, and when statements were found to conflict, the
most reasonable were chosen, though in this, as in other con-
clusions, I cannot expect entire immunity from error.

Loose and unreliable tradition, in place of written family
record, has imposed much labor in verifying some reports and
rejecting others ; yet I have succeeded in finding living
representatives, descendants of the six sons of our emigrant
ancestor, Thomas, of Wethersfield.

Quite a number of pages or records of families, supposed to
be our kinsman (the descendants of Thomas Hurlbut), which
as yet arc not fully identified, wanting a missing link of one
name perhaps, are placed in the Appendix for future reference
and search by jjarties interested.

I would make my sincere thanks to the numerous persons
who have furnished me with information ; yet not a few of
those that have extended to me such favors, have passed be-
yond the acceptance of this acknowledgment, and their forms
rest in the stillness of the grave. I must not omit to say that
from the class of correspondents known as genealogists, I
have received marked and painstaking favors ; particularly
»re those kindnesses noticeable, goming from those not of the


family. I need not recite their names, but will just speak of

as prominent for his numerous items, the scores upon scores of
letters filled with facts, sought and ransacked for, among old
documents, public and private, in crannies and cupboards, or in
the memories of the aged; very useful to me was the knowledge
he secured and so kindly gave.

I finish here all that seems to be demanded of me in this
compilation ; whatever I may have left undone, must devolve
upon others.

Henry H. Hurlbut.
39 WiNTHROP Place,

Chicago, III., June 5th^ 1888.


The home of the parents of our emigrant ancestor, (whose
Christian name was Thomas) whether in England, Scotland,
or Wales, has not been revealed to us ; yet it is reasonably-
supposed that it was somewhere upon that Island. Neither
do we know the form in which those parents spelled their sur-
name, nor indeed in what mode Thomas himself wrote the
patronymic, after his arrival on this side of the Atlantic. It
cannot be proven by early records, and if there were such rec-
ords, the scribes of that day were often rather careless in their
orthography, or at least were quaint and peculiar. It would
seem that the atmosphere of the new world gave freedom to
their pens, and not un frequently originality to their autographs.
This however is my suggestion merely, and I Avill now speak
of some reports received in my correspondence during some
years past. There is, of course, often to be met, the old story
of the " three brothers " that came over, but the number for
my enlightenment has occasionally been varied from two to
four, though one old lady assured me according to her under-
standing of the matter, there were " seven brothers Hurlbuts
who landed at Plymouth." One gentleman in Ohio wrote me
that he had the tradition from his father that our emigrant
progimitor was Welsh. Another, living in New York, had
understood that the family was from Wales, and the name
formerly was Ilulburdt. Another very old gentleman says,
that his uncle told him that the Hurlburts came from Scotland
or Northumberland, England.

It was the suggestion of one intelligent individual that our
name is an abbreviation of what was formerly Haliharton.

One correspondent wrote me, " I may say a word about our
" misspelt surname, having counted some twenty errors from
" Ilolabird to Hurlburt. The origin of the name ought to cor-
" rect this. From a work by Bardsley, published in London in
" 187H, entitled ' Our English Surnames,' which you may have
" seen, it appears that ours belongs to the class of nicknames
" like Shakespeare. Wearenamed after an old instrument of
" war, called a Whirlbat. I think this can be found in
" Webster's Dictionary ; it was an instrument held or hurled
"by the hand. * * * * There is no chance for
" a second r, nor for omitting the r in the first syllable. *
" * * * J think we came of a fighter, one who

"never gave up when in the right, without a fight."



Not a few communications addressed to me, have shown the
<jreat confidence of the writers in some story they had heard,
rel.itinj:^ to an "immense fortune " awaiting for the family, only
needing to be proved up," and I have been questioned if that
was not tlie purpose of my research, and wanting to know re-
garding the prospect of getting our fingers on the coin.

I have in the Preface noticed the fact that a deep interest
had been exhibited witli some of our relatives, in reference to
a Coat of Anns, and I have now lying before me by the fa-
vors of various of our cousins, six small drawings in diflFer-
ent manner of finish, of the Arms, of which a copy of one is
2:1 ven below.


" Granted to Justice George Hurlbert, March, 1639. Quar-
terly Argent and Sable in the sinister chief and dexter base,
each a lion rampant, o^ over all a bend gules, charged with
the amulets of the third."

The description I copy as it was sent me ; whether cor-
rect or not, is more than I can determine. Drawings of the
arms were made many yoars ago, for persons in America, de-
scendants of our ancestor Thomas, who have honestly, yet un-
wittingly, had the faith to believe themselves among the true
heirs of the decoration Those drawings, which were as I
have learned, on parchment or large sized paper, I have no
doubt, still, or at least some of them, hang upon the walls of
the dwellings of representatives of the mistaken claimants. I
am constrained to believe that there is a fascination pertaining
to the pretty bauble. Yet, how the progeny of Thomas Hurl-
but of Wethersfield, who came to America certainly as early
as 1636, can lay claim to coat-armor granted to Justice George
Hulbert of England in 1639, in no manner proven, nor claimed
to be a relative, I am not able to perceive. Frequent stories
have been told, that this, that, and some other gentleman had
visited England, and verified the statements of our relationship
to certain English families, but unluckily for credence, no
names or other particulars of affinity have at any time ap-

It will be proper here to say that while one polite gentle-
man of our large family, sent me an impression of his Seal,
bearing the arms as above, with some additions of his own, in-
cluding a scriptural motto, another equally polite, foiwarded
a photograph of an heir loom in his family of which he was
the possessor, being a silver goblet with said arms thereon en-
graved. The existence of the aforesaid AetWoo;?*, did not how-
ever precede the lime of our Revolution.

At the risk of being tedious, I will add a paragraph or two,
copied from letters of relatives and correspondents, and close
this notice of the Arms. An 'old gentleman, (since passed
away) wrote as follows : " My grandfather in some way pro-
cured from England a parchment with a hereditary title on it
in print, of or for some ancestor or something or somebody
(you see I do not know what) but I can just remember it. On
it was printed the name Hulbert. What became of it I don't
know. It was in a tine frame, and hung up in the front room ;
we had no parlors in those days."


Another member of the family, a descendant of the same
"grandfather" prefaces his reference to the Arms, by the re-
mark that it may be " rather a hazardous thing to follow back
the line of one's ancestry, for the reason that we might find
some one or more of them had reached a point of elevation, that
would'nt add much to the family pride."

Of the parcJiment, he says : " I haven't seen it for some
years ; about all I can recollect of it is a lion and unicorn
rampant. Whether descriptive of the celebrated battle in
which the Lion beat the Unicorn all about the town, I can't
say ; nor do I know whether any of my progenitors lost or
won anything on the issue of the fight"

The computation of time by the Christian era was first in-
troduced by the Abbot Dionysius, but the precise year when
this was done has been at variance among historians. Dr.
Blair placed it in the year 516, Prideaux in 527, and Beda
(whom Dr. Holmes thinks gives it correctly) says the year 567.
In the year 1752, the hitherto OldStyleof the Julian Calendar,
by which the year began 25th March, was abolislied in Eng-
land by Act of Parliament, and by which the first day of Jan-
uary was made the commencement of the year. On the day
following the 2d of September, 1752, it was to be called the
14th, being eleven days added, or the time pushe<l so far ahead.
Hence the New Style took the place of the Old, and upon
many of the New England records of births, etc , whicli had
occurred previous to thr^ passage of thit Act, happening be-
tween January 1st and March 25th, an additional year was
placed to distinguish the time according to the new regulation.
I have made my entries, agreeable to the information and fig-
ures procured ; in the early part of the record herein given,
occasionally will appear the additional year referred to, in
manner for example, say March, 4, 171|.

The plan of this Genealogy will be readily understood with-
out much explanation. Thomas Hurlbut is given as Number
1, and every descetidant of thfe name of Hurlbut, whose name
was received in time to be marshalled in the regular line, has a
number. When further notice of any individual is continued,
it is indicated by the plus mark -\-

The number of generations in America, preceding each head
of a family, are represented by the line of paternal progenitors
beginning with the emigrant Thomas. The female descend-
ants with families are generally transferred to the Appendix.


Their descendants are numbered if they were received in time
for such figures.

The various Indexes provided will no doubt be sufficient ;
they are as follows :

Descendants of Thomas of the name Hurlbut.

Names of wives of ditto, before marriage.

Names of husbands other than Hurlbut.

Names of persons not identified as the progeny of Thomas

Tlie following are various abbrevi£^tions used in this volume :

b. born ; hel. believed ; cA. child or children ; ch'h. church ;
d. died ; dau. daughter ; /, father ; fam. f;imily ; gent, gentle-
man ; grad. graduate or graduated ; A. husband ; m. married
or marriage ; mem. member ; m.o. month ; per. perhaps ; proh.
probably ; re.c. records ; rem. removed ; rev. revolution ; res.
residence, residing or resided ; sup. supposed ; unm. unmar-
ried ; w. wife ; wid. widow.



X 1 Thomas Hurlbut came across the Atlantic, it is sup-
posed, in the year 1635, for he was a soldier under Lion Gar-
diner, who built and had command of the fort at Saybrook,
Conn. Lion Gardiner, it is said, was an Englishman, and
by profession an engineer, and had been in Holland in the
service of the Prince of Orange, but was engaged by the pro-
prietors of the Connecticut Patent, issued by Charles IL to Lord
Say and Seal, Lord Brooke and others, granting a large tract
of territory on the banks of the Connecticut river, io erect a
fortification at its mouth. Gar diner, said Judge Savage, em-
barked at London in the Bachiloi\ of only 25 tons, 11 August,
1635, with his wife and female servant, and eleven male pas-
sengers, and after a long and tempestuous voyage, arrived at
Boston 28 of following November. It is believed, however,
that Gov. Wiiitlirop told that Gardiner sailed in a Norsey
barque (a fishing vessel of the coast of Norway), 10 July,
1635. It is supposed that Thomas Hurl but w as one of the 11_
passengeis above referred to ; but who his parents were, or
when or where he was born, we have not been able to learn.
We may yet pretty confidently believe that his birth occurred
as early as the year 1610, and I am more inclined to believe
that he was a native of Scotland than I am able, perhaps, to
show satisfactory evidence for such belief. Mr. Hurlbut while
at Saybrook, in an encounter with the Pequot Indians in 1637,
was wounded by an arrow. This appears in a letter of Lion
Gardiner, written in June, 1660, some 23 years after the skir-
mish with the Indians, addressed to Robert Chapman and
Thomas Hurlbut, detailing incidents regarding the Pequot war,
as far as came within his personal knowledge. Capt. Gardiner,
in the communication named, says that Mr. Robert Chapman,
Thomas Hurlbut and Major Mason urged him to do it, *' and


having rumaged and found some old papers then written, It
was a great help to my memory." The document laid in
manuscript until 1833 (173 years) when it was printed in Vol.
3, 3d Ser. of Mass. Historical Soc. Colls. The following is an
extract :

" In the 22d of February, I went out with ten Men and three
Dogs, Half a Mile from the House (.Fort), to burn the Weeds,
Leaves and Reeds upon the Neck of Land, because we had
felled twenty timber trees, which we were to roll to the Water-
side to bring home, every Man carrying a Length of Match
with Brimstone-matches with him to kindle the Fire withal.
But when we came to the small of the Neck, the Weeds burn-
ing, I having before this set two Sentinelg on the small of the
Neck, I called to the Men that were burning the Reeds to come
away, but they would not until they had burnt up the rest of
their Matches. Presently there starts up four Indians out of
the fiery Reeds, but they ran away, I calling to the rest of our
Men to come away out of the Marsh, Then Robert Chapman
and Thomas Hurlbut, being Sentinels, called to me, saying
there came a Number of Indians out of the other side of the
Marsh. Then I went to stop them, that they should not get
the Woodland ; but Thomas Hurlbut cried out to me that some
of the Men did not follow me, for Thomas Rumble and Arthur
Branch threw down their two Guns and ran away ; then the
Indians shot two of them that were in the Reeds, and sought
to get between us and Home, but durst not come before us,
but kept us in a Half, moon, we retreating and exchanging
many a Shot, so that Thomas Hurlbut was shot almost through
the Thigh, John Spencer in the back into his Kidneys, myself
into the Thigh, two more shot dead. But in our Retreat, I
kept Hurlbut and Spencer still before us, we defending our-
selves with our naked Swords, or else they had taken us all
alive, so that the two sore wounded Men, by our slow Retreat,


got home with theii* Guns, when our two sound Men ran away
and left their Guns behind them."

Gardiner does not mention his estimate of the number of the
assailants, but Underwood, in his History, says there were " a
hundred or more."

Mr. Hurlbut was by trade a blacksmith, and after the war
with the Pequots, he located and established himself in business
at Wethersfield, Ct., and was one of the early settlers of that
place, as well as first blacksmith. A single extract from the
Colonial Records would seem to indicate that he was a good
workman and charged a good price for his work : " March 2,
1642. Thomas Hallibut was fined 40 shillings for encouraging
Others in taking excessive rates for work and ware." But this
fine appears to have been " respited " Feb. 5, 1643, upon Peter
Bassaker's tryal to make " nayles " with less loss and cheaper

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