John Hulon was born in Montgomery County, Texas, on October 30, 1845, the son of William Henry Hulon and Phoebe Reese Spillers.
He was the brother of James William Hulon.
John was entered as John Wesley in the 1850 census enumeration and as John W. in 1860. However, by 1870, his name was entered as John S. Hulon. He was still living with his parents in that year.
John was only sixteen when the Danville Mounted Riflemen militia was formed in his county under Captain S. D. Wooldridge
The Riflemen was a company of cavalry that was part of the Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops. John was too young to join the Confederate forces, but he was not too young to join the militia. Even though his name does not appear on one of the two extant muster rolls, in later years he filed a deposition supporting the pension application of J. P. Childers, stating that he had been a member of the Riflemen with Childers. This is entirely possible, as there were boys as young as fourteen who served in the militia at the local level; there was nothing in the militia law specifying age of recruits.
There is no record of John joining a C. S. A. unit, even though he would have turned eighteen before the end of the war.
In 1870, John S. Hulon was still living with his parents in Montgomery County. He was employed, probably by his father, as a farm laborer. On March 31, 1874, he married Sallie M. Williamson. Sallie was born in 1844.
He was living in Precinct One of Montgomery County in 1880 with his wife and three children. His mother Phoebe was also living with him.
John filed depositions for various applicants for pension, including his sister-in-law, Jennie Hulon in 1915, and for William C. Moore in 1914. In the latter, he claimed to have served for two years with William. This would have had to be in the last two years of the war, with John serving as a member of the militia, since his name is not recorded in the CSA muster rolls.
John S. Hulon died on September 9, 1915, and was buried in Willis Cemetery.
Sallie died in 1934 and was also buried in Willis Cemetery.
Thanks to Bobby and Carol Babin Estes for permission to use their Findagrave photo.
Information was compiled from county, cemetery, and census records, from Hulon family records, and from pension records in the Texas State Archives.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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