About Francis David Thomas Hulley
Francis, the] second son of Richard, was born in Yorkshire in 1819; he spent the early years of his life in the Lower Albany district - Trappe's Valley- and took up his rifle in all the Kaffir War, and first bore arms when a mere lad of 15, in 1834.
From Grahamstown, the family moved to Somerset East. He later married his old flame Elizabeth Wright of Clumber. Subsequently, he moved to the Transvaal and settled on the farm 'Olivedale' near Braamfontein, Johannesburg, where his wife died and was buried on the farm.
When the Boer War was imminent, Francis Turner, with his family, left for Mafeking, then in British territory, and with a large number of British refugees, sons, nephews and grandsons went through the siege. Four of his sons, two nephews, one son-in-law and two grandsons took part in the defence of the town, while several others of his family, of whom two were killed, fought on the British side in various parts of the country.
Colonel C.S. Vyvyan took a great interest in this old settler, and after the trying times of the investment were over, placed the family in charge of the Government dairy farm, which supplied milk and other comforts for the military hospital in Mafeking.
Here Francis Turner lived until his death on 12th May, 1901, at the age of 82. A few days before he died, he predicted that the war would end in a very short time. He was not destined to see his prophesy come true, and expressed a wish that his body be taken to Johannesburg, after peace, for burial on his farm. His last wish was carried out, and his remains were finally laid to rest at Braamfontein. His body was brought across from Mafeking by ox-wagon via Lichtenberg and Potchefstroom, under the charge of his two grandsons, Wycliffe James Hulley and Francis David Thomas Hulley (Mary Pearson -Pearsonfamily @dsl.pipex.com)