Charles Wesley Hulse was born October 1st, 1822 in Manchester, Lancashire, England to Job and Francis (Webb) Hulse. His father died when Charles was only ten years old, and little Charles had to quit school and find work to help support his family. He worked at the Tony Isles Print Works and earned the title of Designer by the time he was thirteen years old.
In 1845 when he was twenty two, Charles married Ann Smith in Manchester where he was born. Ann is the daughter of George and Mary (Hartley) Smith. Ann’s mother died when she was only five and by eight years old she had been sent away to the work house because the family was very poor. Ann had a very hard life until she finally went to work for a family who treated her well. While working for them, she met Charles.
On April 6th, 1846, the couple welcomed their first child, a son, Henry Edward Hulse. A daughter, Mary Ann, was born in November of 1848 in Manchester. The family immigrated to America, setting sail on the 26th of May, 1849. They landed in New York and settled in Rhode Island for a time where another son, Charles Emanuel, was born.
Charles and Ann became members of the LDS church in 1851. The family moved several times due to religious persecution. At one time, Charles was hired as a designer in Hartford, Connecticut. They moved on to Utah in 1862 as part of one of the Mormon Trail pioneers. In 1864 the family settled in Millville, Utah with their eight children. Another four were born in Millville. Charles and his sons worked at the local lumber mill and Charles also worked as the pound keeper for local strays. (I’m guessing this means he was the local dog catcher!) He also served as Justice of the Peace and Lawyer for the people of the local communities. Ann nursed the sick, sang in the choir, served in the church auxiliary, and raised the family. What a busy couple they were!
There is also a story that Charles at one time was lost in the desert, (maybe while going west to Utah?). He was badly burned, (sunburned, I’m guessing), and almost died. He suffered from heat intolerance the rest of his life and was known to wear dampened rhubarb and cabbage leaves on his head to help cool himself down.
Charles died January 7th, 1882 and Ann followed on December 12th, 1900. They are both buried in the Millville Cemetery in Utah.
(Charles and Ann are my 3rd great-grandparents on my mothers side of the family.)