- GIVN: Sylvanus
- SURN: Hulet
- NSFX: Revolutionary War Soldier
- GIVN: Sylvanus
- SURN: Hulett
- Sex: M
- Born: 7 Nov 1758 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States
- Christened: 10 Dec 1758 in Thompson Church, Killingly, Windham, Connecticut
- Died: 10 Nov 1824 in Nelson, Portage, Ohio, United States
- Buried: Nov 1824 in Nelson, Portage, Ohio, United States
- AFN: 8KKQ-7F
- _UID: F6CB583D2A0111DAB9B700A0CC5D9B65A550
- _FSFTID: LZHP-5NV
- Baptised LDS: 28 Jul 1844
- TEMP: NAUVO 20 Feb 1878
- TEMP: SGEOR 27 Feb 1947
- TEMP: IFALL
- Record last updated: 26 Jul 2014
- TIME: 09:28
Note: These accounts are duplicate in some places, but there is enough difference that I was interested. I hope you will be too. C T Cox
Sylvanus Hulet and Mary Lewis RHB
«/b»Sylvanus Hulet was born in Killingly, Connecticut to John Hulet and Sarah Searles on November 7, 1758. At Lee Berkshire, Massachusetts about 1786 he married Mary Lewis. Their eight children were born in Lee, Massachusetts. Seven of these children were known to have joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and probably the other did, also.
Sylvanus served in the Continental Army for the term of nine months from June 9, 1779 to April 10, 1780 in Colonel John Ashley's regiment which drove the British from New London westward across Connecticut to New York. He then reenlisted on October 13, 1781 and was discharged on October 20, 1781. This latter enlistment included four days (84 miles) of travel from home marching under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Collar by order of Colonel John Ashley, Jr. on an alarm at the Northward.
Sylvanus was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and of a dark complexion. He also appears on early records as a yeoman - that is, a man who owned land and worked it himself.
Sylvanus and his brothers, John and Samuel were partners in a blacksmith and wagon-making shop and a mill on the edge of Lee township against Tyringham township, Berkshire, Massachusetts. Samuel died in 1813 and the farm was valued at $35 per acre. The estate was settled and by 1815 Sylvanus and John had moved to Nelson township, Portage, Ohio in that part known as the "Connecticut Reserve" which was used by the state to give farms to her soldiers. (Connecticut kept the northeast corner of Ohio for Revolutionary Soldiers as the "Western Reserve.") By 1814 Sylvanus owned 640 acres. (He purchased land in Nelson, Ohio in 1814.)
Six years later in 1820 when he applied for a Revolutionary Pension, his 160 acres was valued at $3 per acre. This was partly because of ill health. The Revolutionary War pension was not granted.
The family heard of the vision of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon in 1830. Sylvester, one of Sylvanus' sons, traveled east to New York on horseback to talk to the prophet, Joseph Smith. The prophet converted and baptized Sylvester in March of 1830, before the church was organized and then Sylvester returned to Nelson with a freshly printed Book of Mormon. In October 1830 Mormon Missionaries came to Nelson and most of the Hulet family were baptized. In 1831, Joseph Smith was in Hiram, revising the scriptures, so no doubt, the family became well acquainted with him. Hiram was seven miles from the Hulet Settlement in Nelson township.
In 1831 the Hulet family, including Mary, moved to Jackson County, Missouri. In November 1833, the family was driven with the other members of the church from Jackson County into Clay County. Mary died in 1835 and is buried in Clay County. (Some family members think Mary is buried in the cemetery at the Hulet settlement near Nauvoo.)
In 1836 the rest of the Hulet family moved north into Far West, Caldwell, Missouri. In early spring 1839 they moved to Yelrome, Lima township, Illinois about 30 miles south of Nauvoo. In the fall of 1845 mobs drove them into Nauvoo. In 1846 they were driven into Iowa, later coming to the Salt Lake Valley.
Mary was left without either of her parents when she was only nine years of age. When a researcher asked Sylvanus Hulet if the Hulets/Howletts had any Indian blood in them, his reply was "not a drop." [from: The Hulet Quarterly, September 1971]. Other family stories indicate that Mary Lewis was descended from an Indian woman named Running Deer. Quoting from a letter from Orvill Cox Day dated February 7, 1967 comes the following:
«i»"July 6, 1966, I got Running Deer's name from cousin Clare Christensen; he got it from cousin Howard R. Driggs, now dead. He from his grandmother, Emeline Whiting Cox who died in 1895; she was the first wife of F. Walter Cox of Manti. Emeline from her mother, Sally Hulet Whiting who died about 1846 in Iowa; she from her mother, Mary Lewis Hulet. Also apparently, on her way from Massachusetts to Ohio, Sally seems to have visited with her Mohawk Indian relatives about 1811, in northern New York. Mary Lewis was great grandaughter of Josnorum Scoenonti or Running Deer.
July 16, 1966, at 4:30 a.m., she visited me; I was awake. She said she was appearing as she looked at age 18 just before she married a white man; tall, athletic, beautiful, and very appealing; wearing yellowish-brown buckskin, beaded moccasins; leggings - ankles to waist; dress, shoulders almost to knees.
She said she was converted; wants temple work done; then go to happy paradise and learn the gospel thoroughly, then return to her people, helled and damned from progress, as a savior on mount Zion.
Had been a choice spirit in heaven; asked permission to be born to the family of Lehi that she might bring salvation to them.
July 30, got the name Josnorum Scoenonti from Utah's representative in Washington, D.D. He got it from the Indian dictionary - for Running Deer.
Oct 6, got permission for her temple work to be done.
I suppose she will try to convert her own family, first and then they will help us to find their genealogy. The prophet Joseph said, "The greatest responsibility the Lord has laid on this people is to seek after our dead." Seek means search and that means research or genealogy."
Signed, Orville Cox Day
Sylvanus is buried in Abbott Cemetery in Nelson Center, Ohio. Abbott Cemetery on the West side of Ravenna-Parkman Road (SR 88), «b».«/b»9 mile north of SR 305 is very hard to locate as it is on private property and behind some houses. This location of Sylvanus's burial in this old cemetery was near the farm Elisha Whiting owned at the time.
Edited and collected by Ruth H. Barker, submitted 2010
Another telling of the visit of Running Deer:
«i»I am now 82 years old. When I was about 10 years old, my mother told me that my fifth great-grandmother, my seventh mother back, was an Indian; that the Book of Mormon is our book, with it's wonderful promises regarding the descendants of Lehi.
We hunted for her for 71 years, before I found out that her name was "Running Deer".
On the 6th day of July, 1966, it took me a week to figure out how to get her Indian name. Then I wrote to Representative of Burton, in Washington D.C. and asked him to look in the Indian Dictionary, in the library of Congress, which has more books than any other library in the world, and he wrote back to me that her name was Josnorum Scoenonti (Josnorum, for "Running", and Scoenonti. for "Deer".)
She visited me about 4:30 in the morning of July 6, 1966. She said she was appearing as she looked when she was 18 years old, just before she married a White man.
She had on a yellowish brown clothing, with beaded moccasins, leggings that came from her ankles to her waist, and a dress that came from her shoulders to her knees. She had been dead for a little more than 200 years. Of course, in prison, and she said that she had been converted by the Mormon Missionaries, and now she wanted her Temple work done, so that she could go to Happy Paradise and there learn the Gospel thoroughly, and then return to her people helled and damned in Prison, as a Saviour on Mount Zion.
She had been a choice Spirit in Heaven, and had asked permission to be born into the family of Lehi, that she might bring them Salvation.
In October, 1967, we got permission to get her Temple work done. Her baptism had already been done before; they told us on the 15th of September 1966, and her endowment on the 2nd of February 1967. I was very happy to get a copy of her Index card giving the date on her Temple work.
O C Day
Sylvanus was a Soldier in 2 campaigns in the Revolutionary War, against Bourgogne in 1777 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 a mill in the edge of Lee township against Tyringham twp, Berkshire, MA. Samuel died 6 Mar 1813. The farm was valued at $35 per acre. The estate was settled and by 1815 Sylvanus and John had moved to Nelson twp, Portage, OH. When Sylvanus applied for a Revolutionary Pension in 1820, his 160 acres was valued at $3 per acre. Connecticut kept the NE corner of Ohio for Revolutionary Soldiers as the "Western Reserve".
Sylvanus was 56 years of age when he moved to Nelson: his wife, Mary, 51. He owned more than $3000 in 1814 before he moved to Ohio. The Hulets were considered well-to-do at that time. Most of their children went to Ohio with their parents. When Sylvanus applied for a Revolutionary pension in 1820 his 160 acres was valued at $3 per acre.
Their oldest daughter, Sally, had married Elisha Whiting in 1806. They came to Ohio a few years after Sally's parents came, about 1816.
The Hulets were baptized Mormons in Oct 1831. About 1831 they moved to Independence, Jackson, MO. Oct 31, 1833 mobs drove them north across the Missouri River into Clay County. In 1836 they moved north into Far West, Caldwell, MO. In early spring 1839 they moved to Yelrome, Lima twp, IL, about 30 miles south of Nauvoo. In the fall of 1845 mobs drove them into Nauvoo. Sylvanus was a member of the Nauvoo, Illinois First Ward. In 1846 they were driven into Iowa, later coming to the Salt Lake Valley.
Patricia Skinner (4 - 2000) firstname.lastname@example.org "Sylvanus bought land in Lee, Massachusetts and Great Barrington in 1800. He stayed in that vicinity until approximately 1812, when he bought land in the new frontier - Ohio. He moved to Portage, Ohio. He married Mary (Polly) Lewis. Sylvanus' children were among the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). . . . Sylvanus can be found in the tax list for Hiram, Portage County in 1817 and 1818. In 1819 and 1820 I have found him in the tax list for Nelson, Portage County, Ohio. He applied for a Soldier's Pension on 14 Jun 1819 while living in Nelson. Many in his family moved to Missouri and then later to Utah."
Four families descended from Sylvanus (4) Hulet came early to Utah.
1. Elvira (6) Mills Cox, daughter of Rhoda (5) Hulet Mills, arrived in Salt Lake October 2, 1847. She lived in Manti and Fairview. Her descendants numbered about 2000.
2. Edwin (6) Whiting, son of Sally (5) Hulet Whiting, ar in the fall of 1849. He lived in Manti and Springville. His descendants number about 8000.
3. Charles (5) Hulet, son of Sylvanus (4) came in 1850; lived in Springville, with descendants perhaps about 9000.
4. Emeline (5) Whiting Cox, daughter of Sally, came in 1852, lived in Manti, with descendants perhaps about 2000.
Your cousin, Orville Cox Day , about 1950
Birth: Birth per Killingly vital records
Alt Birth: 7 Nov 1758 Killingly, Windham, Connecticut
Alt Birth: 13 Nov 1758 Of, Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts
Baptism given by Thompson, Windham, Connecticut church records.
Alt Death: 10 Mar 1824 Nelson, Portage, Ohio
Alt Baptism: 1 Nov 1933
Alt Endowment: 15 Mar 1937
Alt Seal to Parents: 18 Sep 1944
Alt Seal to Parents: 21 Apr 1973 PROVO - Provo Utah
Alt 1 marriage: 1 Sep 1944
Alt 1 marriage seal: 1 Sep 1944
Naoma Manwaring Harker Research: FGS 57
1. O.C. Day Records
2. Utah Gen. & Hist. Mag. vol XXV p. 77 Call #979.2/B2ug Film #564,353
3. Church Records of Thompson, Connecticut 974.645/T1/K2t
4. Vital Records of Lee, Massachusetts Q/974.41/L1/V2h
5. Baptisms for the Dead in Nauvoo 1841
Rec of Ella Whiting Waite- LaGrande, Oregon; Archive Rec of Charlotte Cox;
Ut Gen Mag 1934 p 130; Hartford Times 27 Nov 1937; Boston Transcript 12 Dec 1928 by O.C. Day; IGI 1988 Conn p 7,588 batch 7450336 0;
DOCUMENTATION (by Margaret Neuffer):
BIRTH: Source - Utah Gen & Hist. mag. Vol XXV, p. 77; Church Rec of T Thompson, Conn. Vital Records of Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts.
[1790, 1 free male over 16, one under 16 (Charles), 2 women (Mary and Sally), Lee, Mass]
In 1850, Sylvanus had a household of five, a real wealth of $0, and a personal wealth of $0.
In 1860, Sylvanus had a household of 9, a real wealth of $250.00, and a personal wealth of $1200.00
In 1870, Sylvanus had a household of 8, a real wealth of $0, and a personal wealth of $300.00
He and Polly had 4 children. They were: (1) Sally, born 29 Oct 1787 who married Elisha Whiting on 18 Sep 1806, (2) Charles, born 3 Mar 1790 (3) Charlott, born 7 Nov 1792 (4) Rhoda, born 8 Jun 1795. Those were the children listed as born in Lee Vital Records. Other children I have found born to him and Mary (Polly) are (5) Sylvester, born about 1800 (6) Francis, born about 1803, and (7) Mary, born about 1805.
Father: John Hulet, b. 16 Sep 1716 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States
Mother: Sarah Searles, b. 23 Jun 1723 in Ashford, Windham, Connecticut, United States
Family 1: Mary "Polly" LewisPolly Lewis Young, b. 3 Apr 1763 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Married: 1786-1787 in , , Connecticut, United States
Alt Marriage: Sylvanus HULET Date: 18 Nov 1947
Alt Marriage: Sylvanus HULET Date: 22 Aug 1951 Location: Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho
Alt Marriage: Sylvanus HULET Date: 19 Jan 1953
Alt Seal to Spouse: Sylvanus HULET Seal Date: 22 Aug 1951 Seal Temple: IFALL - Idaho Falls Idaho 19 Jan 1953 8 Nov 2008
- Sally Hulet, b. 29 Oct 1787 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Charles Hulet, b. 3 Mar 1790 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Charlotte Hulet-HulettCharlott Hulett, b. 7 Nov 1792 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Rhoda Hulet, b. 8 Nov 1795 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Tryphena Hulet, b. 8 Aug 1797 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Jonathan Hulet, b. Abt 1798 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Sylvester Hulet, b. 2 Mar 1800 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Francis Hulet, b. 3 Mar 1803 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
- Mary Smith Hulet, b. 15 Dec 1805 in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
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