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McLean County, Illinois
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JAMES T. HULL, a native of the Old Dominion, came to Illinois in the spring of 1864, and since that time has been a worthy resident of the Prairie State. He was born in Hampshire County, W. Va., June 16, 1843, and is the son of Stephen and Catherine (Utta) Hull, both natives of Virginia. The father was a Whig in politics, and a farmer by occupation. He died at his home in West Virginia in about 1862, when seventy-five years of age. The mother died in April, 1884, in Iowa. Their four children were Benjamin, John H., Ann G. and James T. By a former marriage Stephen Hull became the father of six Elmira, Polly, Eliza J., Nancy, William and Betsey.

The subject of this history was reared under the parental roof and received a good common-school education. During the late war he served as a soldier in Co. K, 9th Ill. Vol. Cav., being with the army ten months. He gained a good insight into the hardships of a soldier's life, but received no wounds. After returning from the army he purchased eighty acres of land in De Witt County, which he sold in 1879 and removed to this county. Here he has now 120 acres, finely cultivated, and supplied with all conveniences for the business to which of late years he has turned his attention, the breeding of Norman and Clydesdale horses. In this he has been very successful, his stables containing some of the finest animals in this part of the State. He also owns sixty acres in DeWitt County, Ill.

Mr. Hull was married in De Witt County, on the 25th of January, 1866, to Miss Mary E., daughter of Peter J. and Nancy (Clagg) Sutton, natives respectively of Kentucky and Ohio. Mr. Sutton was born Aug. 14, 1816, and died in De Witt County on the 23d of February, 1885. He was Republican in politics, and a gentleman universally respected for his excellent traits of character. The wife and mother, who was born Oct. 20, 1817, is still living, and a member of the Christian Church. She was married to Peter J. Sutton on the 2d of June, 1839. Their seven children were, William C., Mary E., George R., Johnson P., Jonathan J., Henry C. and Malinda J. The eldest brother of Mrs. Hull. William C., served as a soldier in Co. B, 187th Ill. Vol. Inf., and died in 1864, at Knoxville, Tenn. Her youngest brother, Henry Clay, died of typhoid fever, in 1873, when eighteen years of age.

Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Hull, Clara B. became the wife of William Hinthorn, and lives in Gibson City; Ella N., May, William L. and Charles H. are at home with their parents; Bertie died when five months old, and Lulu in early infancy. Mr. Hull is Republican in politics and a strong temperance man. Both he and his wife are members in good standing of the Christian Church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 549. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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