Hiram Harvey Hurlburt

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This page is part of the Genealogy Research being done by Samuel Antonio Minter. It represents the best information I have at this time on this individual. This site is a Wiki open to be edited by anyone. If you see errors, or have additional relevant information, feel free to update this page. If you are not comfortable editing the page directly, please email me with the information at abulsme@abulsme.com. Thank you!


Birth

  • Date: UNKNOWN
  • Location: UNKNOWN

Immediate Ancestors

Immediate Descendants

With Susannah Bullard

  • Oliver L. Hurlburt
  • Hiram Harvey Hurlburt Jr
  • Henry W Hurlburt (b 30 Jun 1829, d ~1835)
  • Ward Bullard Hurlburt (1842 Ripton, VT to 5 Nov 1905 Burlington, VT)
  • Arley Hurlburt (1842 Ripton, VT to ???, Died Young)
  • Arlie Hurlburt (27 Aug 1849 to 18 Feb 1886)

Places Lived

  • Ripton, VT (1842-?)

Marriages

Death

  • Date: 1861
  • Buried: California

Biographical Information

  • Hiram is the one who added the "r" to Hurlbut to make Hurlburt.
  • Co-owned with his brother-in-law John Robbins a woolen factory for making broadcloth
  • From Diary of Hiram Harvey Hurlburt Jr - Chapter 1
    • The word cloth was in frequent use, and I suppose why it was so common was that my father and his brother in law "John Robbins" were joint owners in a woolen factory for making broadcloth. This business was one of the necessary ones for this Quaker Village. It was quite in advance for the times, in one particular manner it excelled all others far and near - it had an indigo blue dye, of which the sitting up and getting in proper shape cost one hundred and fifty dollars. There was a secret process whereby the dye could be kept perpetually of which these ??? had exclusive knowledge.
    • There had to be a large copper kettle set in an arch of brick arranged for a fire underneath that would hold one hundred gallons - then convenient to ladle oil to a tank of wood that would hold the same amount. I remember well this tank of whose top was about four inches above my head, with a wooden reel above to run the cloth into the dye an almost endless job, as the pieces of cloth were attached together, so there could be an endless web of two hundred yards or more and its journeyings again and again. Then another reel over the copper in the arch for an immersion when the dye was properly heated.
    • This dyeing of cloth was almost a wizard business, the secret of preparation and keeping from year to year caused its reputation for durability of color to go far and wide - goods being sent from Troy and Whitehall N.Y. and north to the Canada Line.
    • There were three weavers employed - two English and one Welsh and their goods were well liked - having a ready sale.
    • In July 1830, a freshet occurred and swept away this four story factory. There were fourteen lives lost, from a village called Beamens Hollow in the town of New Haven, Vt. (now Brooksville.) Eleven of the bodies were found when the water fell on some islands below Quaker Village. The jacks and mule and looms were found on those islands broken and worthless. The loss of the factory was complete except the blue dye tank and the arch and kettle.
    • My father and Uncle soon had another substantial wooden structure erected. They went at carding wool and the coloring and finishing up of the cloth spun and wove by the thrifty families about them.
  • From Diary of Hiram Harvey Hurlburt Jr - Chapter 1
    • My father was a teacher of vocal music.
  • From Diary of Hiram Harvey Hurlburt Jr - Chapter 13
    • The spring I was fifteen years old my father (HHH) moved to Ripton, on the Green Mountains. He built a sawmill, it was thirty by forty feet. He finished off the part intended for a shingle mill and lived in it. The damn was built in range with the upper end of the mill; so the pond of water was near a slide or rather an inclined plane was from the floor of the mill into the water, and the logs were drawn from the water as wen by the mill power of a sash sawmill. The lumber from the saw, made from the logs that came out of the water were excessively heavy. I remember to carry them away took my whole strength. When winter came the logs were brought to the mill in front on the logway.

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Notes

  • Both Creitz and the HHHJr Diary say Hiram died in California, but Ruth Marilyn Brandon reports that he is buried along with HHHJr in Middlebury, VT. I would believe a death in California and burial in Vermont in 2006, but not in 1861. He would have been buried near where he died. But there is a memorial stone in Vermont. For the moment though, I will put the death location in California.


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