From "The Hull Family in America":
GEORGE HULL, 1590-1659, surveyor, Indian trader, magistrate, statesman and founder of a prominent branch of the Hull family in America, the son of Thomas and Joane Peson Hull, of Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England. On August 17, 1614, as shown by the original parish records of the ancient church at Crewkerne village, he was married to Thamzen (Thomasene) Michell, daughter of Robert Michell, a well-to-do yeoman of Stockland, in the adjoining shire of Dorset. Stockland is about six miles distant from the village of Crewkerne, at or near which the ancestral home of the Hulls was situated, and it was probably included within the bounds of Crewkerne parish. The parish records of Winsham, Somersetshire, an adjoining parish to Crewkerne, contained the following entry.
Baptizati, Novembris 6to die, Gulielmus Hull, filius Thomas Hull, Joannes Higinus, Vicarius Winsamiae.
Crewkerne is three miles north of its hamlet, Clapton, and is in western Somerset, the river Ax dividing the parish from Dorsetshire at the northwestern extremity of that county. The parish comprises an area of 6,183 acres.
It is a very ancient town known in the Saxon time as Cruserne, a name composed of the words "Cruse," a cross, and "Carne," a cottage. There is no doubt that this name was applied in the early ages of Christianity when churches were rare and hermitages or cells the usual place of religious association.
The part played by Crewkerne in the civil wars between the King and Parliament in the 17th century, if not conspicuous as that of many other places, was neither unexciting nor devoid of danger. The town was frequently occupied by troops of the contending parties, and Hinton St. George, in the immediate vicinity of Crewkerne, was the quarters of Lord Poulett, who greatly distinguished himself in the King's cause and early held an important command in the Royal Army.
The great ornament of Crewkerne is undoubtedly its beautiful church, which is slightly elevated above the body of the town on its western edge. It is dedicated to St. Bartholomew, and a fair or wake is still held near the anniversary of that saint, viz.: on September 4th, the anniversary itself being on August 24th.
The church is built in the style for which Somerset is celebrated, that of perpendicular or latest form of Gothic, while upon the whole it may be considered as belonging to the local style of the district. It is by no means wanting in peculiarities of its own. It was probably erected on the site of a more ancient structure during the latter half of the 15th century. Crewkerne church is a large cruciform building, with a central tower. There are aisles to the nave, but the choir has no regular aisles. There is, however, a remarkable arrangement of the chapel between the tower and the north transept. The total length of the church is 122 feet, and the width of the transept 102 feet. The west front is pronounced one of the finest belonging to any parish church in England.
William and Joseph Hull, the oldest and youngest of the brothers of George Hull, were graduates of St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, and ministers of the Church of England. William, who was vicar of Colyton in Devonshire, died childless in 1627, leaving a will, in which he names his brothers George, John, and Joseph, also Marie (Mary), daughter of his brother George, and Johanna, daughter of his brother Joseph.
George Hull was about forty years of age when he left England, and so far as is known, land surveying was not only his profession but his principal avocation while he remained there.
On March 30th, 1629-30, he sailed from Plymouth, England, with a noted company of adventurers which included Ludlow, Mason, Underhill, Southcote, Maverick and Warham, all of whom became men of marked prominence in either the civil, military or ecclesiastical affairs of New England. The record of baptism of his son Joshua at Crewkerne, seven and a half months after his departure suggests the probability that he sailed unaccompanied by his family and at a late date after he had "spied out the land," he either returned for or was joined by them.
No record of place or date of death of Thomasene Michell Hull has been discovered, but that she died previous to 1655 is shown by the recorded fact that about that date George Hull was married to Sarah, widow of David Phipin, Esq., of Boston.
As previously stated George Hull came to New England in 1629-30. After spending a short time in Boston, he with other colonists settled the town of Dorchester, the records of which show that he was a prominent member of its first board of selectmen, and its representative in the first general court of Massachusetts Bay Colony held May 14, 1634.
In 1636 he moved to Windsor, Conn., of which and the adjoining town of Wethersfield, he made official surveys, receiving in compensation for his service, awards of choice town lots. The records of Windsor contain divers records showing that he was one of the "first comers" and prominent grantees of that town, which he was chosen to represent in the general court of Connecticut. Hurd, in his history of Fairfield, says:--
"George Hull was the personal friend and political adherent of Governor Roger Ludlow. He came from England in the same ship, with him and his brother John and Humphrie Pinney, who afterwards married his daughter, Marie (Mary) at Dorchester, moved with him to Windsor, Connecticut, and jointly with him obtained from the general court of 1638, a monopoly of the beaver trade on the Connecticut river. When Ludlow moved to Fairfield, George Hull soon followed him, and was selected by the general court as his assistant; and in 1651, 1653, and 1654 he was appointed by the governor as associate magistrate for the towns by the seaside. . . . He was public spirited, active and intelligent, and as a legislator and magistrate was instrumental in establishing two of the enlightened commonwealths of New England--Massachusetts and Connecticut. Cotten Mather distinguishes him with a place in his great book, and places his brother Joseph in his First Classis or List of First Good Men. Mr. Trumbull, the historian of Connecticut, groups him with those whose names are worthy of perpetuation, and Mr. Stiles, in his history of Windsor tells us that he was a citizen of worth and distinction."