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Charles Hulet Summary

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Charles Hulet

Charles Hulet

Born: March 3, 1790 Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts
Died: May 9, 1863 Springville, Utah
Baptized: October 1830
Endowed: December 18, 1845
Son of: Sylvanus Hulet and Mary Lewis (sister Sally Hulet Whiting) (Sealed to Parents:  August 22, 1951 Idaho Falls Temple)
Married: Margaret Haynes Noah October 10, 1816 Ravenna, Portage, Ohio (Sealed: March 23, 1857)

Charles married Margaret Ann Noah, after his first wife’s death, at Ravenna Township, Portage County, Ohio October 10, 1816.  Charles’ brother Sylvester heard the story that Joseph Smith had found a book written by civilized people who once lived in America.  In January of 1830 Sylvester traveled 175 miles to New York to learn about them.  There, in March, before the church was organized, he was baptized.  He brought a Book of Mormon back with him for the Hulet’s to read.  When Oliver Cowdery, Ziba Peterson, and Parley P. Pratt came to Ohio as missionaries the Hulets were among the first to be baptized in October 1830.  When Joseph Smith moved to Hiram, just seven miles from the ‘Hulet Settlement’ in Nelson township, he told them that children should be baptized when eight years old.  So, in February 1831, the Hulet children over eight were baptized; including Catherine Hulet Winget, our ancestor.  They arrived in Jackson County, Missouri in 1832.  They lived about six miles west of Independence.  In 1838 the Prophet Joseph Smith arrived in Missouri to make his home and found that Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer were in rebellion against the presidency of the church.  A trial was already in progress and upon Joseph’s arrival he confirmed their excommunication.  The Hulets were close friends with the Whitmer family and never felt quite right about the excommunication.  In 1839, when the mob drove his family from Missouri, Charles took his family to Illinois.  Charles helped with the building of the Nauvoo Temple and some of the homes in the city of Nauvoo.  He had the privilege of seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith many times and hearing him speak.  Charles and Margaret were among the 66 people who received their endowments on December 18, 1845 in the Nauvoo Temple.  He was in attendance at the conference in Nauvoo when those present witnessed the mantle of Joseph Smith fall upon Brigham Young, showing that the Lord had chosen Brigham Young to lead His church. 

Charles’s brother, Sylvester Hulet joined the Mormon Battalion at Mt. Pisgah in July of 1846 along with over 500 members of the Church.  They marched from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to San Diego, California arriving January 29th 1847.  They suffered much from over-marching, lack of water and food.  Near the Arizona-California border they encountered a heard of wild Mexican bulls.  Amos Cox (brother to our ancestor Fredrick Walter Cox Sr.) was caught on the horns of one bull and thrown at least 14 feet high and severely injured with a 7-inch tear in the groin.  Not trusting the company Doctor, Amos requested that his hurt be kept a secret among his friends.  Sylvester, a lieutenant, sewed the wound up and it was healed in less than 7 days.  When General Kearny arrived in California, he found that the great pathfinder, John C. Fremont, had proclaimed himself the First Governor of California.  Since this was not acceptable Kearny arrested Fremont and took him prisoner to Washington D.C. for usurpation.  Both Amos Cox and Sylvester Hulet were chosen as guards to escort the illustrious prisoner on the trip east.  Sylvester, by request, received his honorable discharge when he met the Rich Company and joined them westward, arriving in Salt Lake Valley October 3, 1847.  He was in the company with Catherine Hulet Winget, daughter of Charles, and her Husband Cyrus, and their three children. 

They arrived in Salt Lake City in late September 1850.  President Young asked them to go on to Hobble Creek and help settle that area.  It was the first week in October 1850 when they arrived there, later named Springville.  Charles and his son, Sylvanus, took up farming and chair making as a means of providing for their families.   Margaret died April 15, 1851 and Cyrus became a widower again.  He married Cynthia Davis Clyde on January 24, 1952, but they were soon divorced.  On March 1, 1858 Charles, then 68 years old, married Mary Kirkman, a thirty-six year old widow.  They had two daughters together.  He died May 9, 1863 in Springville, Utah.

Margaret Haynes Noah

Born: April 19, 1794 Kennet, Cheseter, Pennsylvania   
Died: May 15, 1851 Springville, Utah
Baptized: October 1830
Endowed: December 18, 1845
Daughter of: John Mathias Noah and Elizabeth Schmidt (Sealed to Parents: June 23, 1852 Logan Temple)
Married: Charles Hulet October 10, 1816 Ravenna, Portage, Ohio (Sealed: March 23, 1857)

1. Anna Maria Hulet            b: December 11, 1817            d: July 21, 1884
2. Melvina Hulet                b: March 12, 1820            d: November 28, 1848
3. Catherine Hulet            b: March 12, 1820            d: October 7, 1918
4. Electa Fidelia Hulet            b: May 1, 1823            d: September 18, 1849
5. Sylvanus Cyrus Hulet            b: March 14, 1826            d: October 22, 1901
6. Elizabeth Hulet                b: July 21, 1832            d: May 13, 1882
7. Jane Hulet                b: August 22, 1832            d:
8. Sarah Hulet                b: April 12, 1835            d: 1847
9. Jane Hulet                b: August 22, 1838            d: April 12, 1930
10. Dorcus Tabitha Hulet            b: July 23, 1839            d:
11. Warren Hulet                b: abt. 1841                d:

Church history says that the Prophet Joseph ate dinner at the Hulet Settlement in Nelson.  Christian Whitmer, one of the eight witnesses to the book of Mormon, died in Clay County and, Charles’ brother, Sylvester married his widow Annie.  The family tells a story of Mother Whitmer (which was printed in B.H. Roberts “New Witness for God”.)  David Whitmer had invited Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to live in his father’s home while translating the Book of Mormon.  When Oliver’s hand and Joseph’s eyes grew tired they went to the woods for a rest.  There they often skated rocks on a pond.  Mother Whitmer, with five grown sons and a husband to care for often grew tired.  She thought they might just as well carry her a bucket of water or chop a bit of wood as to skate rocks on a pond.  She was about to order them out of her home.  One morning, just at daybreak, she came out of her cow stable with two full buckets of milk in her hands, when a short, heavy-set, gray-haired man carrying a package met her and said, “My name is Moroni.  You have become pretty tired with all the extra work you have to do.  The Lord has given me permission to show you this record;” turning the golden leaves one by one.  They also tell how they knew the Martin Harris family and the Angel Moroni had warned Joseph Smith that if the plates were lost through any carelessness of his, he would be cut off.  But if he did his best they would be protected.  For a time they were hidden under the hearthstone, then fearing the mob would find them he hid them in a hollow tree. 

Margaret was a good practical nurse and was commonly known as nurse Hulet in Springville.  There was an epidemic of diphtheria and while she was caring for a stricken family, she contracted the disease herself and died.  She was one of the first to be buried in Springville.