William Henry Hulon was born in Virginia in 1803.
According to the Montgomery County History (1981) his wife was Phoebe Reese Spillers, daughter of John Spillers and Frances Conger of Illinois. She was born 20 September 1814 and married William on 31 March 1838 in Montgomery County, Texas.
Image of Montgomery County marriage record from Portal to Texas History
Williamís name is found in the county records as a witness to a deed in Montgomery County in August, 1838. He was listed on the 1839 tax list as William Huling with no taxable property and one poll. In 1840, he rendered 436 acres of land with a value of $436. This was apparently the headright grant, Certificate #320, that he would later patent. By 1845, William's wealth included twenty-two head of cattle.
In late 1842, William Hulon participated in the Somervell Expedition. President Sam Houston ordered Alexander Somervell to organize the Texas militia to invade Mexico, and Hulon joined Richard Williams' Company of men from Montgomery County.
On December 12, 1850, William was finally paid for his Republic of Texas service of 1842.
William and wife were enumerated on the 1850 census of Montgomery County with five children. William was a farmer with $1100 in assets. They lived in the vicinity of Danville, a community in the northern part of the county just south of the Walker County line.
By 1860, the value of his real estate had increased to $2023, and his personal wealth was estimated at $2050. There were seven children living in the family, ages six through twenty-one.
William Hulon joined the local militia, the Danville Mounted Riflemen on May 4, 1861, a militia unit formed under Captain Samuel D. Wooldridge in the county at the beginning of the Civil War. He did not join the Confederate States Army, however, being several years over age.
After the Civil War, the family was still residing in the Danville area, and William reported a sizable sum as the value of his personally-owned real estate. Several of their children were living in the household.
According to the history of Montgomery, Phoebe died 12 February 1902 and is buried at Willis. No further information is given on William.
One of the daughters of William and Phoebe, Lucy, married Edward A. Anderson who was also a member of the Riflemen.
A son, James William Hulon, joined Company B, 24th Texas Cavalry under Captain Wooldridge.
A younger son, John S. Hulon, served in the local militia, even though he was under age for CSA service.
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 [email protected]
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