The Hultz Family

Compiled with the help of Sam Couch

Taken on the Hultz farm, date unknown

Richard Hultz (1760-1840) was about 26 years old when he and his brother Henry came to this area from Virginia with their father, Henry Sr. (Henry Sr. served in the Revolutionary War and is buried in Peter’s Creek Cemetery). Richard purchased 300 acres, patented April 25, 1788, called “Hulse’s Walk.” On the Warrantee Atlas there are two segments of land, comprising 537 acres, that adjoin Richard’s property, purchased by “Henry Hulse,” but it has not been determined if Henry Sr. owned both parcels or if one belonged to him and another to his son Henry Jr. (NOTE: The name is recorded in different documents as Hultz, Hulse, and Huls.) The oldest patent to the family was for “Oak Hill” dated June 1, 1786. The Hultz property covered the area of between what is now St. Anne’s Church on Hoodrige Drive, Bethel Church Road and South Park. Richard and the Henrys farmed the land.

Richard, a ruling elder at MLEP Church, married Abigail (1758-1832) and they had five children, of whom only James (1787-1833) has been positively identified as being buried here. James was a farmer and a ruling elder at MLEP Church. Buried along with James are his wife, Mary Calhoon (1790-1864), and their three children-David Calhoon (1820-1893), superintendent of Mayview Hospital (and David’s first wife Sarah Ann Adamson and David’s 18-year-old daughter Jennie M. by his second wife, Mary Walker); Eleanor King Hultz; and Hiram (as well as Hiram’s wife Mathilda Boyer and young sons Alfred and James Boyd). Hiram served in the Civil War as a sergeant in Company K, 127th United States Colored Infantry. He later became a colonel.

It is possible that Richard and Abigail’s son Henry B. could also be buried here with his wife, Margaret Mathews (1803-1868), and three of their four children-Sara Jane (and Sara’s husband Henry H. Murray); Marshall M., who graduated Jefferson Medical College in Philadephia in 1858, set up a practice in Washington County, entered Co. H, 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry (as a sugeon), and died of consumption at age 28 shortly after returning home from his three years of service (according to the PA State Archives, Marshall stood just over 5 feet 8 inches tall and had black hair and grey eyes); and Captain James Hultz. Also buried here are James’ wife, Abigail Espy, and three of their six children-Albert M., Thomas Harry (see below), and William Park (as well as William’s wife, Susanna Blanche McCabe and their son Roy Marshall, who died at age 3).

Thomas Harry (1860-1928)-known as T. Harry-served as a clerk of sessions for MLUP Church for 20 years. He resigned from the position in October 1918, because the church was too far from his home (church notes refer to his home as being located on Bethel Church Road). T. Harry lived on his father, James’, farm and joined MLEPC on May 12, 1877 at age 17. By the time he was 30 years old, he was a ruling elder, a position he held for 40 years. When he died, the church reported he had missed only 17 days during his tenure. On his passing, the church noted that T. Harry “stood as a lighthouse to warn earthly mariners of the perils of life’s seas, and to mark out by this example the safe channel. His clearness of vision and fairness of judgment made his counsel exceedingly valuable to the large number of people who sought his advice.” On Jan. 24, 1901, T. Harry married Ella Roach (1868-1945).

Other Hultzes buried here are the great-granddaughter and great-grandson of Henry Hultz Sr.-Jane Hultz (and her husband, Samuel Cooley) and Isaac Phillips and his wife, Margaret Williams.

Hultzes married into many local families including Cooley, McMillen, McCully, Philips, Long, Couch, Murray and Espy.

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave
I will redeem thee from death
O, death will be thy plague.”

Susan Dryer, a Hultz descendant, sent us the following information. Thanks, Susan!

I recently discovered my Hultz connection. Henry Huls/Hultz was my 5th great-grandfather and he was the father of Richard Hultz whose family is buried at St. Clair. Although I’m descended from Richard’s sister Miriam, I still consider Richard and family “my people,” so I have researched him/them and continue to look for more information.

1. I have added this story to my Ancestry tree for both Richard and his son, Henry Hultz:

On July 19, 2011, I visited St Clair Cemetery, Scott Road, Mt Lebanon, to photograph and transcribe the Hultz graves located there. The Richard Hultz plot is located near the middle of the cemetery, not far from the fence at Scott Road, under trees. The plot is marked off by corner stones. Located in the front of the site are six old gravestones, side by side. The first on the left is broken off about a foot above the ground; the second is that of Abigail, consort of Richard Hultz; the third belongs to James Hultz, son of Richard and Abigail; next is James’ wife, Mary Calhoon; beside her is a gravestone that looks very much like Abigail’s and James’ that has lost its entire surface; the last is that of Margaret, wife of Henry Hultz.

Considering that a husband and wife would more than likely be buried side by side, I would think that the first broken gravestone is that of Richard Hultz. Using the same logic, the gravestone missing its face should belong to Henry Hultz, son of Richard and Abigail, beside his wife Margaret. In addition, as both Abigail’s, James’, and Mary Calhoon’s graves have footstones which bear their owner’s two initials, and the blank grave bears the initials “HH,” I believe the blank gravestone is that of Henry Hultz

2. Robert S Huls/Hultz was born about 1802 and died in 1810. I found the information about his burial from an abstract done of the Old Mt Lebanon Cemetery by Miss Mary Ellison Wood for the PA Genealogical Society. She reported his stone to be illegible in 1915, saying it was a very old stone. I took the birth and death years for Robert from a tree on Ancestry whose owner is a descendent of Richard and Abigail’s oldest son, Richard, who left Allegheny County for Fleming County, Kentucky before 1800. He is found in Kentucky, at 20 years of age, in the 1800 U.S. Census.

3. Hiram and Matilda Boyer Hultz’s children, sons, Alfred Marks and James Boyer: I took photos of the boys gravestones and played with them in Photoshop. I discovered that James is not James Boyd, but James Boyer. Matilda’s maiden name is Boyer and the name showed up more clearly in Photoshop. Hiram and Matilda married in 1846. With James’ death date being August 28, 1847, there would not be enough time for them to have a 3- or 8-year old child. While I realize that they could have had James out of wedlock, I think it unlikely. What I do believe is that Alfred and James were twins, both being born in July of 1847. James lasted only a little over a month and Albert died 22 February 1851. His obituary is on page 2 of the 25 February 1851 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and reads as follows: “On Saturday, the 22nd inst., at the residence of his father, Alfred Marks, the only child of Col. Hiram and MT Hultz, aged three years, seven months, and six days. A bud clipped just as it was preparing to bloom, but will bloom in eternal youth.”

4. James Harry Hultz is the infant son of David C Hultz and Mary R Hultz. His headstone is beside Sarah Adams Hultz, David C’s first wife, and the “Darling Harry” stone you have mentioned on your site is actually the footstone for his grave. Again in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, on page 1 of the June 29, 1867 edition is the obituary as follows: “Hultz – June 24th, 1867, James Harry, infant son (unreadable info, maybe age?) of D C and Mary R Hultz. Funeral this afternoon at ? o’clock from ??? residence ??? Allegheny City.” Forgive the many question marks but this obit was at the end of page and I had a very difficult time deciphering it. I did the same Photoshop work to the headstone but could only read the name James. That’s enough to confirm for me who the head- and footstone belong to.

5. David C’s daughter, the 18-year-old, is not named Jeannie, but is Jennie May Walker Hultz. I think this was just a typo in the List of those buried here.

I spent two days visiting the cemetery and was so pleased with it, even in the killer heat on those summer days that I stopped. My husband and I cleaned up all the Hultz graves, abstracted the information, and took numerous photos. The Boy Scout efforts were much appreciated, especially after I looked at the photos on your site. Feel free to use any of my information for your site or contact me if you have any questions. I also have photos of Mary Calhoon Hultz and Ellen K Hultz if you would care to have them, as well as information that Richard was a resident here in Allegheny County in 1772. Just let me know if you’re interested. Genealogy is about sharing and I’m always willing to do that.

Eleanor King Hultz
Mary Calhoun Hultz

The following pictures were found in a folder of information about the Hultz family at the Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center. None of the people were identified. If you know who these people are, please email us

We received an email from Jennie Griggs who says this is John Hultz.
Another picture of him can be found in “Memoirs of Allegheny County”
Available online Here

Jennie Griggs also identified the older woman wearing a cape as Matilda Alison Hultz. She is the mother of John Hultz (pictured above) and the wife of Elson Hultz (Henry Elston Hultz)–the older man pictured with his arm resting on a table.

Thanks Jennie!

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