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Sarah Hull 1755 ~ 1826


Sarah Hull, the wife of Major William Hull, was one of those women who followed their husbands in the response to the Revolutionary call to arms and partook of their dangers and privations. She was the daughter of Judge Fuller of Newton, Massachusetts, and was born about 1755.

While with the army at Saratoga, she joined the other American women there in kind and soothing attentions to the wives and families of the British officers who were held prisoners, after Burgoyne's surrender. For several years after the close of the war General Hull held the office of Governor of Michigan Territory, and in her eminent station, Mrs. Hull displayed so much good sense with more brilliant accomplishments, that she improved the state of society in this neighborhood, which was at that time a pioneer tract, without provoking envy by her superiority. Those who visited the then wild country about them found a generous welcome at her hospitable mansion, and departed with admiring recollections of her and her daughters.

But it was in the cloud of misfortune that the energy of Mrs. Hull's character was most clearly shown. Governor Hull having been appointed Major General in the war of 1812, met with disasters which compelled his surrender and subjected him to suspicion of treason. His protracted trial and his defense belong to history. His wife sustained these evils with patient, trustful serenity, believing that the day would come when all doubts would be cleared away, and her husband restored to public confidence. The loss of her son in battle was also borne with the same Christian fortitude, her quiet demeanor and placid face betraying no trace of the suffering that had wrung her heart. Happily she lived to see her hopes realized in the General's complete vindication, and died in 1826, in less than a year after his decease.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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