Sunday, June 3, 2012

1887 Photograph of John H. Hulford, by Lawrence, Massachusetts studio

October 1887 cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse as John H. Hulford, who served in Co. F, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery from 1861 to 1865.  

John inscribed the photograph to his daughter Alice Gertrude Hulford.

From online research, hopefully correct:

John Hamilton Hulford was born at Hamilton, Bermuda on 11 November 1841, the son of John Rendle Hulford and wife Sarah (Sharland) Hulford of England.  The elder John was serving in Bermuda with the 20th Battalion.

The family had moved back to England by the time of the 1851 Census of England and Wales, where young John and his parents are shown living in the parish of St. Philip and St. Jacob at Bristol in Gloucestershire, England.  John's siblings Theresa Alice Hulford and William Jessey Hulford were listed as well.

John Rendle Hulford died in 1855 at Bristol.  Sarah and her children John, Theresa, Thomas and William are shown on the manifest of the vessel Juventa, out of Thomaston, Maine, that arrived at Boston, Massachusetts from Liverpool, England on 5 December 1859.  Their intention was to live with relatives already in Massachusetts.

The 1860 Census of Lawrence, Massachusetts has Sarah and four  children, John, Teresa, Thomas and William living in the household of James Warburton, also a native of England.  I'm assuming that Sarah (Sharland) Hulford was married to James Warburton, but I'm not positive.

Thomas returned to England to live with his grandmother Thomasine in North Molton, Devon.

John Hamilton Hulford appears to have spent the rest of his life, except for his Civil War service, at Lawrence, Massachusetts, as he's listed in the Censuses there up to 1900.    He died at Lawrence on 22 March 1905.

He married Mary Ann Whitaker, daughter of Robert and Helen Whitaker, on 4 October 1867 at Johnston, Rhode Island.  Mary Ann was born in England about 1845.

John and Mary Ann had six daughters, Grace, Agnes, Lillian, Florence, Alice Gertrude, to whom the photograph was inscribed, and Bertha. 

Alice Gertrude Hulford was born 6 February 1877 at Lawrence, Massachusetts.  She became the second wife of Joseph A. Clough on 30 June 1903.  He was born at Manchester, England on 27 September 1872, the son of John and Elizabeth (Kenyon) Clough.

Alice and Joseph were in Massachusetts as late as the 1930 Census, where they were listed as living in Methuen.  Alice died at Old Town, Maine, in 1966.  

Alice may have moved to nearby Orono, Maine, to make her home with her only child, daughter Arline K. (Clough) Thomson, an accomplished artist and proponent of the arts, who was associated with the University of Maine for many years.

I'm most appreciative for the research shared by a Hulford family relative living in Bermuda.

If you have any corrections to the above information or any insights into the Hulford and Whitaker families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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