Family Organization- 1962March 14, 1677, Abigail Bedele Powel bequeathed to Samuel Howlett, age four, who had been born in Boston 6 February 1673. He was son of Abigail's daughter, Abigail, wife of John Howlett. The Grandmother died before April 14, 1677.
In 1662 Charles II granted Connecticut a very liberal charter (from sea to sea). 2 copies were made. In 1685, his brother James II became king of England; and as he didn't share the views of Charles II, he appointed the tyrant Sir Edmond Andros as governor of New York and New England. He took away the Massachusetts charter of liberty and in 1687 arrived in Hartford to take away the Connecticut Charter. But as Andros was reading the order, the Captain ordered the band to play. Andros ordered the music to stop. The Captain ordered the band to play and said to Andros, "If you tell them again to stop, �I�ll let daylight through you.�
Suddenly the light went out. When the candles were again lit, the charter had disappeared. (Tradition has it that a Hartford Councilor fell in a swoon over the candles and put them out. In the meantime they were supposedly passed out the window to Captain Joseph Wadsworth who in turn hid them in an old oak tree, which stood nearby.)
Historical evidence is lacking on the exact part that Wadsworth played in the �hiding of the Charter�, but he evidently hid it in some fashion, as he was later awarded 20 schillings for �faithful and good service, especially in securing the duplicate charter of this Colony when our constitution was struck at.� (This same captain Joseph Wadsworth is a direct ancestor of our Whiting relatives. (on the Paternal line.)
Our John (0) Howlett refused to live in Boston near the Tyrant Andros, so abandoned his blacksmith shop and removed to Newton.
Our Hulet cousin in Pawlet, Rutland County, Vermont have sent us much genealogy and family history. We suppose John and Our Michael Howlett, who had children born in Newton, were Samuel's brothers; and since their grandmother Abigail did not mention them in her will, that they were born after her death in 1677.
We cannot find any evidence that John Howlett, Mariner, who died in Boston about 1673, was any relation to our John Howlett. Michael (1) Howlett had two or more children born in Newton and perhaps three. At least three of his children were born in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut. Our Michael moved to Connecticut, which had more liberty than Massachusetts, for it�s charter had not been confiscated. Our John (2) Hulet was christened in Killingly 12 June, 1716. Our Sylvanus (3) Hulet was born there 7 November, 1758.
The war against the French and Indians was fought in 1754 to 1763. Our John (2) was a soldier in that war. The Indians from Canada has been coming south on Lake Champlain and killing Americans. Berkshire County in West Massachusetts had not been settled, but now that the war was won, our John (2) moved to Lee, Berkshire County in 1860. Sylvanus (4) Hulet was a soldier in two campaigns in the Revolutionary War against Bourgoigne in 177- and against Arnold, who burned his home town in South Connecticut in 1780.
Three brothers, John, Sylvanus and Samuel were partners in a blacksmith and wagon making shop, and in a mill in the edge of Lee Township against Tryingham township, Berkshire, County, Massachusetts. Samuel died 6 March, 1813. The farm was valued at $35 per acre. The estate was settled and by 1815, Sylvanus and John had moved to Nelson township, Portage County, Ohio.
When Sylvanus applied for a Revolutionary pension in 1820 his 160 acres was valued at $3 per acre. Connecticut had kept the N. E. corner of Ohio for her Revolutionary soldiers as the "Western Reserve."
Four families descended from Sylvanus (3) Hulet came early to Utah.
- Elvira (5) Mills Cox, daughter of Rhoda (4) Hulet Mills, arrived in Salt Lake October 2, 1847. She lived in Manti and Fairview. Her descendants numbered about 2000.
- Edwin (5) Whiting, son of Sally (4) Hulet Whiting, arrived in the fall of 1849. He lived in Manti and Springville. His descendants number about 80000.
- Charles (4) Hulet, son of Sylvanus (3) came in 1850; lived in Springville, with descendants perhaps about 9000.
- Emeline (4) Whiting Cox, daughter of Sally, came in 1852, lived in Manti, with descendants perhaps about 2000.
Charles' oldest daughter Anna Maria married Stephen C. Perry and lived in Springville. They have about 2000 descendants.
His second daughter Catherine Ann M. Cyrus Winget, lived in Sevier County, and has about 2000 descendants.
Daughter Electa Fidelia, married Silas Hillman. They perhaps have about 500 descendants.
His son Sylvanus Cyrus Sr. has about 2000 descendants scattered from St. George to Idaho.
In 1857 Charles married a handcart widow, Mary Lawson Kirkman, and had two more daughters. Margot married Mr. Patricy and Mary Francis married Henry Roylance.
Paraphrasing 1 John, 4:20. "How can we pretend to love our dead relatives whom we have not seen unless we love our living relatives? And how can we love them unless we know something about them?"
Our living Hulet relatives are practically all humble, faithful Latter day Saints.
I wish we had a more accurate record of them. Perhaps they number about 21,000.
Uncle Sylvester Hulet, a Lieutenant in the Mormon Battalion, lived in Manti but had no children.
- Can we find the ancestry back in England of Charles Gott?
- Perhaps we have found the parents of Experience wife of Michael (2) Hulet; but can we prove it.
- We need proof of the parentage of Robert Searles, husband of Elizabeth Hathorne.
- Michael and Experience Hulet had a son Michael christened in Killingly, Connecticut, 15 December 1717. Did he die young? Did he marry? Was he a Revolutionary soldier? Or was a grandson the Revolutionary soldier?