Mary Ann Hulse Hovey

Hovey, Mary Ann Hulse

Mary Ann Hulse was born in an area of Manchester, England called Ardwick on the 26th of November in 1848.  Her parents were Charles Wesley and Ann (Smith) Hulse.  Mary had one big brother, Henry Edward. She was the second born of thirteen children.  The rest of Mary’s siblings would be born in the United States.

Ardwick was a factory town at this time, full of railroad’s, factories, and terraced housing.

Manchester Napier St. (2) - Ardwick

(This picture comes from the Manchester Photographic Archives and would have been very similar to the housing of the village at the time Mary Ann was born.)

Little Mary Ann was baptized on the 23rd of May. 1849 in the parish of St. Simon and St. Jude on Granby Row in Manchester.  This parish was part of The Church of England and was founded in 1842 but closed in 1906.

Shortly after Mary’s baptism, the family left England bound for the United States of America.  They landed in New York where they stayed with a cousin of Charles’ for a couple of weeks before moving on to Tiverton, Rhode Island where Mary’s dad had found work.  The Hulse family stayed in this area for five or six years.  It is my understanding that while here, they had joined the Mormon religion.  Around 1858, they moved to an area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to persecution of their religious beliefs.

In 1862, when Mary was 13 years old, the family traveled to Omaha, Nebraska and joined up with other Mormon pioneers traveling to Salt Lake City under the guidance of Henry W. Miller.

Mary got a new baby brother while they were on the trail, but a two year old little sister, Amelia Emma, died along the way.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have to bury her and leave her behind.

The company reached Salt Lake City in mid-October of 1862.  The Hulse family settled in Millville, Utah, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake.

Mary was just 17 years old when she married Joseph Grafton Hovey II on June 8th, 1866 right there in the couple’s hometown of Millville.

A little over a year later, the couple’s first child was born, a daughter, Martha Ann.  Over the next thirty years, twelve children would be born. Two little girls would die while still small.  Mary Ann was 48 years old when their youngest daughter, Nesta was born. Holy cow! She had to have been exhausted by then.


(The Joseph and Mary Ann Hovey Family)

Joseph and Mary Ann raised a large family.  They were active within their church and farmed their land.  Both Joseph’s and Mary Ann’s families lived nearby and were all active in their community.

On April 14th, 1908 Joseph passed away.  Mary Ann was a widow at 59 years old. The couple had been married for just short of 42 years.

In the 1910 census, Mary is now listed as a farmer, farming the land where the couple raised their family.

I can’t find her in the 1920 census, but she shows up again in 1930 at the age of 82.  Mary is now living in Hyrum, Utah with her daughter and son-in-law, John and Nesta Lauritzen.  Hyrum is just about 5 miles away from Millville, so she didn’t go too far.

Mary Ann passed away on the 15th of April in 1934 at the age of 85 years old.  Her cause of death is listed as bronchitis on her death certificate.

Hovey, Mary Ann Headstone - Millville, Utah City Cemetery

Mary Ann and Joseph are buried next to each other in the Millville City Cemetery in Millville, Utah.


(Mary Ann is my 2nd great-grandmother.)

Hovey, Mary Ann Hulse Line


Charles Wesley and Ann (Smith) Hulse

Hulse, Charles Wesley

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.

Hulse, Ann Smith - wife of Charles Wesley

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.

Hulse, Ann with daughters and son Joseph

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!

Hulse, Ann and daughter Edna

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.

Hulse, Charles Wesley Headstone, Millville Utah Hulse, Ann Smith headstone - Millville Utah

(Charles and Ann are my 3rd great-grandparents on my mothers side of the family.)

Hulse Charles Wesley Line