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The United States deeded Lot number six, located in Township twenty- four, to David Branson on October 5, 1826. David and his wife Hannah deeded Lot six to Thomas Branson on January 21, 1835. After five years, Thomas and his wife Ruth Branson deeded the land to Nathan Branson. Nathan then platted the outline for all the Lots in, what would become, the Branson addition in the town of Marion. Nathan and his wife Francis deeded half of Lot six to Martin Gingery on October 17, 1840. By February 23, 1843, Martin Gingery received all of the interest for Lot six. Martin’s wife Agness Gingery deeded half of her land on Lot six to Samuel and Joseph Hulley for five hundred dollars (Grant County Abstract).
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Samuel Hulley and Family
Samuel Hulley was born in Lancaster, England on September 2, 1819. He and his three brothers were brought to America as small children by their parents. The Hulley family first lived in Pennsylvania, and later moved to Moorefield, Indiana. In 1840 Samuel Hulley moved to Richmond and learned the trade of mechanist. Samuel married a Miss Hannah Goddard on October 1, 1843 (Biographical Memoirs). Eager for gold, Samuel moved to California in 1850 but stayed only a short time before moving back to Indiana. In 1857 Samuel moved to Marion and made extensive investments in the line of real estate by buying property on South Adams Street. Samuel was elected councilman for the city of Marion in 1876. To help get elected, Samuel was an advocate of making a “Water Works” in Marion, and got one running by 1877. The water works was Marion’s water system, which was one of the cleanest water sources around (Marvelous Marion). Samuel and his nephew Joseph owned S & J Hulley Foundry for a quarter of a century until 1893 when Samuel sold his share of the North part of Lot six to Joseph for eight thousand dollars (Grant County Abstract).
Over a six-year period Joseph bought all the buildings and tools on the Lot, and completed his payments on November 16, 1899. Both Joseph and Samuel were members of the Church of England. Joseph Hulley brought an alligator from Florida and kept it at Marion’s Water Works and Matter Park for twenty-eight years. Joseph married on September 12, 1871 to a Miss Harriet Mowrer. They had two daughters, Ida and Katherine, who both graduated from Marion High School (Son). Joseph Hulley owned the Foundry until his death on April 24, 1909 (Fifty Years). Joseph was seventy-three years old and died around twelve o’clock Saturday night after suffering from an illness for over two years that reduced his strength and vitality (Aged Foundry Man). Joseph was highly respected throughout his community (Death Claims). After Joseph’s death the land and property on Lot six was given to his wife Harriet Hulley (Grant County Abstract).
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Harriet Hulley died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of seventy-seven. She was very active in civic affairs and was widely known and respected. Harriet out lived her husband Joseph Hulley by twenty years. Mrs. Hulley was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the hospital board and a member of the Wednesday Reading Club, one of Marion’s first literary organizations (Mrs. J. Hulley). Each of Harriet’s daughters, Ida and Katherine, received $3671.60 even though Harriet did not leave a will and last testament (Grant County Abstract).
Conclusion Lot six in Township twenty-four has developed over the years from a Foundry to a car dealership. This Lot held a business that was considered a pioneer industry in this area of Indiana (Marvelous Marion). Lot six on 802 South Adams Street has an amazing history.
- “Aged Foundry Man Has Passed Away.” The Marion Chronicle 26 April 1909, p4.
- “Biographical Memoirs of Grant County, Indiana.” The Bowen Publishing Company: Chicago, 1901.
- “Death Claims Joseph Hulley.” Marion Daily Leader 26 April 1909, p1-2.
- Ed. Rolland Lewis Whit Son. “Continental History of Grant county Indiana.” Vol. II. The Lewis Publishing Company: Chicago, 1914.
- “Fifty Years In Activity In Community.” Marion News-Tribune 26 April 1919, p8.
- Grant County Abstract Company, Inc.
- “History Grant County Indiana.” Chicago: Grant & Fuller. 1886, (2: 546). “Marvelous Marion.” Marion Illustrated. Marion, IN. 1892.
- “Mrs. J. Hulley Dies Suddenly.” Marion Leader Tribune 18 May 1932, p1.
Kari A. Burnett submitted this paper on May 19, 2005 for Mr. Munn's AP U.S. History class at Marion High School.