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.
(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.
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.)