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BANGOR HISTORICAL MAGAZINE.
BANGOR, ME., JAN., FEB., MARCH, 1891. No. 7, 8, 9.
REV. JOSEPH HULL, OF YORK, ME.
Rev. Joseph Hull* was born in Somersetshire, England 1594. He matriculated at Saint Mary's Hall, Oxford, May 12, 1612 and received the Degree of A B Nov. 14, 1614. He was rector at Northleigh, Devon, April 14, 1614. He sailed from Weymouth, England, March 20, 1635, and in due course of time arrived in Boston. He was at what is now Weymouth, Mass., in July. The General Court, July 8, 1835, “ordered that the Rev. Joseph Hull with twenty-one families* be allowed to sit down at Wessaguscus," now Weymouth. Among the families in this list were those of Richard Porter, John Whitmarsh, William Reed, George Allen, Edward Pool, Zachary Bicknell, Henry Kingman, Thomas Holbrook, Robert Lovell, John Upham and others, whose descendents, male and female, are as plenty in Maine as those of any other names.
Mr. Hull was made a “Freeman” by the General Court, Sept. 2, 1635, for at that time and for many years after a man could not vote nor hold office unless he was made a Freeman by the General Court, aud was a member of the church. Mr. Hull had a grant of land June 12, 1635
Mr. Hull was neither a Puritan nor a Pilgrim, but an Independdent. When he signed the passenger list of the ship in which he came over, he signed it boldly “Joseph Hull, Minister," while many of the early Puritan Ministers came to this country under
I am indebted to Robert B. Hull of New York, for much information relating 10 his ancestor.
† Ancestors of the writer.
assumed names. The people of Weymouth chafed under the rule of the General Court at Boston. The Puritans there were somewhat aristocratic in their ways and clung to office with great tenacity.
Mr. Hull was in sympathy with the people, and did not maintain that docility necessary to a good understanding with the General Court. Governor Winthrop in his history says he was a “contentious person.” Weymouth was treated cooly and other ministers encouraged to go there until the town became a camping ground for eclesiastical ministerial claimants. The people were liberal and independent, in fact the most so of any town in the “Bay" Colony. Mr. Hull
to have become discouraged or dis. gusted, and in 1637 moved to Nantasket, then a part of Hingham. He was elected a Deputy there May 5, 1637.
He preached his last sermon there according to Rev. Peter Hobart's Diary, May 5, 1639.
Nantasket was made a town in 1644 and named Hull. I have no doubt so named for the minister. Many attempts have been made to disprove this, and give some other explanation for the name, but so far without success.
Mr. Hull went to Barnstable where he had a grant of land June 4, 1639. He was made a Freeman of Plymouth Col
3, 1639, and immediately elected a Deputy to Plymouth General Court, and took his seat Dec. 1639. Mr. Hull was a moving character, for what reasons we cannot now
He removed to Yarmouth in 1641 and was excommunicated from the church there in 1643.
Mr. Hull seems to have been at the Isle of Shoals in 1641, but in 1643 he removed bis family to York. April 17, 1643 he witnessed a deed from Deputy Governor Thomas Gorges to Rev. John Wheelwright, of Exeter, of a “Neck of land on Ogunquit River, (York Deeds, Vol. 1, Folio 28.)
July 19, 1645 he and wife Agnes witnessed a deed from William Hook to Abraham Preble (from Scituate) of land in Yor k (York Deeds, Vol. 1, Folio, 101.)
20th, 9th month, 1645, he witnessed a deed from Richard Vines
of Saco, to John Wadleigh and als near Wells. (From Records, Vol. 2, Folia 13.)
An account says that Mr. Hull returned to England in 1659, where he was rector of St. Buryan Cornwall. He was at York in 1662, and was preaching at Oyster River, (Dover,) N. H., in 1662, but it is said was driven away from that place by the Quakers. *
I think his family lived at York and the Isle of Shoals. He died Nov. 19, 1665. He was a man of worth and learning, given to change, popular with the people and unpopular with the authorities. His widow administered on his estate, York County. “Miss Agnes Hull, the relect widow of Mr. Joseph Hull lately deceased doth ingage herself in a bond of £100 unto this Court, according to this inventory here entered on the records to make a true return thereof by a just account of this estate after twelve months and one day unto the next session houlden for the western division of this Province, to be deposited according to law.”
Letters of administration granted to Mis Agnes Hull.
An inventory of the goods of Mr. Joseph Hull, who departed this life 19th of November, 1665 : Eight small pewter dishes, 208. ; 2 plates, 2 saucers, 25., I-02-00 One pewter candlestick, pint pot and salter,
0-05-00 One silver dram cup, 25., 6d. ; 1 brass mortar and pestle, 0-03-00 One small teapot and skellett, 7s. ; small brass kettle, 55., One-half case knives, 25., 6d.; two earthen porringers, 8d., 0-03.00 Two stone bottles and cup, 12d. ; i beare glass and i wine glass, 6d.,
0-01-06 One fattine pan and 6 trenchers, 8d. ; 2 chests, ios.,
0-14-08 Two ould sattan caps and two cloth caps,
0-03-00 Five ould chairs, ros. ; an ould carpet and 2 ould cushions, 8s., 0-18.00 One hat brush, 6d. ; 1 iron spit, 2s.,
0-02-06 One peyr tonges, I fyre shovel, i peyr pot hangers,
0-05-00 One gread iron, 15d.; I come and case,
I-00-00 Six napkins, 1 table cloth, i pr. sheets and 3 towels,
1-00-00 So much stuff with buttons for a sute, To an ould flocke bed, 5s. an axe and small hatchett, 2od., 0-06-08 Two wooden bowls and a small runlet, 28., 6d. ; his woolen cloaths,
4-02-06 His lining cloaths, 355. ; 3 hatts, 2os. ; 2 pr. shoes, 8s., 3-03-00 Two washing tubs and one water bucket,
0-03-00 His books, ten pounds; in cash, 6s.,
Sketch of Weymouth, Mass., page 159.