Richard Hull, of Crewkerne

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Richard Hull

Birthplace: Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Place of Burial: Crewkerne, Somerset, , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown father of Richard Hull
Husband of Alice Hull
Father of Thomas (the Younger) Hull and John Hull

Occupation: Husbandman, miller, Beer brewer
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About Richard Hull, of Crewkerne

Parents unknown.

Richard Hull was born in England in—say—1525. He married Alice _____ born in England in—say—1525. An unknown number of children were born, but included:

  • i. Thomas Hull. He was born in England in 1552, and died in Crewkerne, county Somerset, England, in December, 1636.

The earliest known mention of this family was in 1548, living in Crewkerne, Someret, England, where Richard was a husbandman and a miller. He is mentioned in The Survey and Rental of the Somerset Chantries, 1548, as holding by copy, half a mill called Cont [sic] (Court) mill and rendering per annum 3s. 6d. The survey was made after the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII, when the lands and property of the chantries were seized by the Crown during the reign of King Edward VI.

Richard's will refers to his ghostly father, Sir William Sherewell. This indicates that he had been baptized and that Sir William Sherewell was his godfather. The records of the family are found inSt. Bartholomew's Parish Church at Crewkerne beginning in the year 1558. Prior to the dissolution of the monestaries no written records were kept. It is logical to assume that the Hull family had been parishioners prior to that time and were faithful Roman Catholics until, in the time of King Henry VIII, the whole parish became the Church of England. Richard probably was baptised a Roman Catholic circa 1515, at St. Bartholomew's. Two generations later, some of Richard's descendants were Puritans in the Church of England and left for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America.

Richard apparently had two wives. Very little is known of his first wife who may have been the mother to three or four of his children. He married second, circa 1550, Alice. Alice's will was dated 12 October 1587 and was proved in November 1587. Richard's will was dated 10 February 1558/59 and was proved in June 1559. Richard's will refers to Thomas, the elder, and also to Thomas [probably the younger]. St. Bartholomew's parish records also uses the term "Thomas, the elder." Alice's will does not refer to either Raynold of Thomas, the elder. This leads to the conclusion that they were sons by the first wife. The original wills of Richard and Alice were destroyed by fire at the Exeter Probate Registry.2

Richard made a will on 10 February 1558/59. Transcript of Richard's will, Archdeaconry of Taunton, book 3, fol. 38 (Transcript was made by Miss Olive Moger):

Richard Hull of Crokehorne, husbandman, dated 10 Feb. 1558/59.

    To be buried in churchyard of Crokehorne.
    To the mother church of Wells, 4d.
    To my parish church a wether [sheep].
    To Sir William Hull my son a fether bed and many household goods enumerated.
    To Thomas Hull my son the elder a furnes pan and 2 witches.
    To Raynold Hull my son a hand mill with such timber as is in my barton.
    To my three sons James Hull, Thomas Hull and John Hull 2 silver spoons a piece.
    To my wife Alice Hull and to my daughter Elynor Hull a silver spoon each.
    To my wife Alice Hull 4 oxe, my weave my sole my dragge, my ithe my iron ropes.
    Residue to my wife Alice and Elnor Hull Hull my executrixes.
    To Sir William Sherewell my ghostly father 8d.
    Overseers William Metford and Thomas Price.
    I due owe to sire William Hull my son 15s. 8d and Alice Hawkins 6s. 8d.2 
His will was proved on 6 June 1559.2

Family 1 Unknown ?

Children William Hull 1

Thomas Hull 1

Raynold Hull 1

Elinor Hull 1

Family 2 Alice ? b. circa 1533, d. before 25 November 1587

Children James Hull d. 27 Jul 15671

John Hull 1

Thomas Hull b. 1552, d. b 29 Dec 16361


  1. [S815] Ancestry World Tree Project (Ancestry Family Tree). Online
  2. [S833] Hull, Robert E.. The Ancestors and Descendants


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Richard Hull, of Crewkerne's Timeline

Crewkerne, Somerset, England
July 21, 1552
Age 31
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Age 33
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
February 10, 1559
Age 38
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
November 21, 1579
Age 38
Crewkerne, Somersetshire, , Eng.
November 21, 1579
Age 38
Crewkerne, Somersetshire, Eng.
December 1599
Age 38
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
December 1599
Age 38
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
August 14, 1978
Age 38