Hillsborough County, Florida


1827 - 1897

Ezekiel Josiah Hull was born in Burke County, Georgia on July 4, 1827. His father may be the Ezekiel Hull listed in the 1830 Burke County census. Ezekiel married Mary Miller about 1851. She was born April 1, 1834 in Georgia, probably daughter of John James & Nancy Miller. Children of Ezekiel Josiah and Mary Hull:

1. Sarah E. Hull, born 1852; died before 1878; married Moses T. Howell in Polk Couny, Florida on October 14, 1872. Moses was the son of Joseph Howell and Sarah (Turner) Sistrunk Howell.

2. Daniel Webster Hull, born January 14, 1854; died December 9, 1932; married on June 13, 1878 in Manatee County, Alice Lee Hendry daughter of James Madison and Mary Jane (Payne) Hendry.

3. Didema Selema Hull, born 1856; married Henry H. Norris in 1873.

4. James Miller Hull, born 1858; died young.

5. Cynthia Hull, born November 12, 1861; died January 30, 1934; married Moses T. Howell on December 24, 1878 after the death of her sister, Sarah E. (Hull) Howell.

6. Artemus Floyd Hull, born 1863; died 1939; married Sallie Frances Bulloch on September 18, 1887 in DeSoto County, Florida.

7. Mary E. "Mollie" Hull, born January 5, 1870, twin; died at age 18 with pneumonia.

8. William A. Hull, born January 5, 1870; died March 27, 1914; married Donelis "Donella" Smith.

9. A. Bell Hull, born June 12, 1874; died May 14, 1945; married David Wesley Mizell son of George Clinton and Mary (Platt) Mizell.

Ezekiel and his family were living in Volusia County, Florida in the 1860 census in the Enterprise community. He was listed as a timber cutter. Living in the same county were William Hull, age 43 & family and John James & Nancy Miller.

In the 1860's the Hull family settled in the eastern Hillsborough County area. E. J. Hull was delegate from Beulah Church in Polk County on October 20, 1869 to the third annual South Florida Baptist Association meeting held at Shiloh Church. He was elected clerk.

The Hull family was enumerated in the 1870 Hillsborough County census. On November 12, 1870 E. J. Hull represented Beulah Church again as a delegate along with J. R. Stewart to the fourth annual session of the South Florida Baptist Association meeting held at Pine Pleasant Church in Hillsborough County. He was listed as a minister (licentiate) of the association and gave his post office as Alafia.

In 1875 Ezekiel Hull was listed as pastor at Friendship Church in Manatee County. In 1876 he gave his post office as Pine Level. M. T. Howell was a delegate from Friendship Church that year. Ezekiel attended the first annual session of the Manatee Missionary Baptist Association on October 27, 1876. He was appointed to the Articles of Faith committee. In 1877 he was shown as pastor at Alafia, Mount Pleasant, Mount Moriah & Friendship churches. He was pastor at New Zion, Mount Moriah, Mount Pleasant & Alifia in 1879. On November 12, 1880 he was elected moderator of the fifth annual session of the Manatee Missionary Baptist Association. In 1893 he was shown as the pastor of Mount Ephraim, New Hope and Wauchula churches.

In the mid-1870's the Hull family settled in the Pine Level area of Manatee County. They were listed there in the 1880 census along with James H. Johnson, Charles Whidden, Webster Hull, Wells Hanchy and Joshua Platt.

The 1885 Manatee County agricultural schedule shows that Ezekiel J. Hull owned 260 acres of wooded and pasture land, 2 horses and 14 cattle.

Ezekiel Josiah Hull died April 20, 1897 and was buried in the Wauchula Cemetery. Mary Hull, age 66, was living at Pine Level with Moses and Scynthia Howell in the 1900 DeSoto County census. Mary died April 21, 1901 according to her tombstone. The Bullock Bible states that Mrs. E. J. Hull died March 15, 1901.

SOURCES: Bullock Bible records in Stephens Ancestors and Pioneer Relatives by Clyde S. Stephens, 1982; interview with Mrs. Cynthia (Hull) Rumsey in 1970; 1830 Burke County, Georgia census; 1860 Volusia County, Florida census; 1870 Hillsborough County, Florida census; 1880 & 1885 Manatee County, Florida census; 1900 DeSoto County, Florida census; marriage records of Polk, Manatee & DeSoto counties; Wauchula, New Zion, New Hope & Campground cemeteries; minutes of the annual sessions of the South Florida Baptist and Manatee Missionary Baptist associations.

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