|Josiah G. Hulett|
Josiah Garrett Hulett was born on April 9, 1839 to William Hulett (1790-1850) and Martha Bailey Hulett (1805-1877). Martha was the sister of John and James Bailey, and the daughter of Amor Bailey. Although it's hard to pin down the exact location, census records hint that William Hulett's farm may have been on Yorklyn road, not far east of the Hockessin Friends Meeting House. William and Martha had five children before William's death in 1850. After his death, Martha was unable to keep the farm, having only small children. As many do, she turned to her family for help. The Huletts went then to live with Martha's brothers, the Baileys. They split between the brothers, and Josiah ended up with James Bailey. (Although to be fair, they were on neighboring farms, so the family wasn't actually very "split up". The arrangement was probably just more practical from a living space standpoint.)
In the summer of 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal Early led a series of raids into Union-held Maryland, even reaching the outskirts of Washington, DC. In response to this, and the fear of more raids deeper into the North, a number of emergency units were formed to defend northern Maryland. One of these was the 2nd DE Cavalry, commonly known as Milligan’s Independent Cavalry. In mid-July, Josiah and his horse, Phil, enlisted for a 30 day stint in the cavalry. They saw no combat, but did patrol a wide area, ranging from Wilmington, to Baltimore, to Westminster, MD. After mustering out in August, Josiah and Phil returned home, and in a few years, he would start a family of his own (Josiah, not Phil. Maybe Phil did, too – I don’t know).
|Margaret Stotsenburg Hulett|
In 1870, Josiah married Margaret Bailey Stotsenburg (1853-1921), who after being orphaned in 1866 had become a ward of Samuel A. Bailey, living in the same house where Josiah had lived after his own father had died. On the 1870 census, Josiah and Margaret are shown on their own farm, on or near Limestone Road between Brackenville Road and Valley Road. By 1880, though, they had moved, and thus brings us to the biggest unsolved mystery in the story. Although he is not listed on the 1881 map, the 1880 census seems to indicate that Josiah, Margaret, and their family were living on a farm in the vicinity of the Bailey family, and the present-day Hercules property. It has been passed down in Jeanne’s family that the farm was eventually sold to Hercules, and that it was near the Baileys, so this seems to fit. We even have a picture of the house in 1920, but it’s unknown exactly where the house was located, or when it was torn down. If any older reader recalls seeing this house near the Hercules/Lancaster Pike area, please let us know.
|Josiah Hulett's House near Wooddale, 1920|
|Josiah Garrett Hulett|
Additional Facts and Related Thoughts:
- William Hulett was obviously a Quaker, since he is buried in the cemetery at the Hockessin Friends Meeting. Martha's family, the Baileys, were Presbyterian.
- I can't verify it, but Cokesbury Village may actually sit on land once owned by Martha Hulett.
- It's interesting that both William and Josiah married women much younger than themselves -- 15 and 14 years.
- Margaret Stotsenburg became a ward of Samuel Bailey because he was her cousin. Their mothers were sisters.
- Another story in Jeanne's family states that there is a family house that was lost beneath Hoopes Reservoir. While it’s possible, I don’t think that it was this house.