~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Abner Hull ~ Seeking the Tree

Our Hull Line

Lincoln County, North Carolina

Maude Rose Hull

Maude Rose Hull Arrowood

was the daughter of ~

Elias "Eli" Burton Hull & Vergie Dellinger Hull

Eli Berton and Virgie Hull are buried at Bethel Baptist in Lincolnton, NC.

Eli Burton Hull

was the son of ~

Elias Morgan Hull & Margaret Elizabeth Pendleton

Elias Morgan served during the Civil War.
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: North Carolina
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 9 July 1861 at the age of 28.
Enlisted in Company D, 1st Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 9 Jul 1861.
Promoted to Full Corporal on 30 Nov 1861.
Promoted to Full Sergeant on 24 Sep 1862.

Elias Morgan and Margaret Hull are buried at Bethel Baptist in Lincolnton, NC.

Elias Morgan Hull was the son of ~

William Hull & Barbara "Barbary" Greenhill James
Both are buried at Mt. Vernon Church, Vale, Lincoln County, NC.

Beautiful photo by Mike Huffstetler ~ Thanks, Mike!

William was the son of Abner and Elizabeth Parker Hull ~

On September 2, 1795, Abner Hull married Elizabeth Parker in Lincoln County,
N.C. . She was born about 1780 possibly in New Jersey, and was 15 years old at
the time of the marriage. Abner was 23, having been born in September 1772.
Elizabeth's birthplace is not known. Abner died April 4, 1852 and is buried in
Western Lincoln Co., NC.

Elizabeth died

December 15, 1840

and is buried in

the same cemetery.

In a 1850 census record, Abner claims to have been born in Pennsylvania.

On September 14, 1849, Abner, age 77, testified in writing, that
he was acquainted with a Capt. Moses Moore

in Middlesex, New Jersey some 52 years hence.

This puts the Hull family in Middlesex in 1787.

Abner and Elizabeth Parker Hull are buried in a stand of trees off the highway outside of Lincolnton.

I was quietly researching in a library in Lincolnton some years ago when the stillness was interrupted by a voice..asking me if I was searching for a "Abner Hull." I looked up and a fellow walked over and told me that he knew where he was buried. I was elated!

Not long after that chance encounter, I went to find Abner for myself.
I went to a nearby house, as I was instructed, and not only was I given directions but I was given a ride to the location, in a golf cart, by the man himself. He was just as nice as he could be to me.

Abner was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Hutchison Hull.

Benjamin Hull


During the early 1790's Benjamin Hull and his family came to live in Lincoln
County, North Carolina. There has been some speculation that the Hull originated from Holland, but not sure about this yet.

Benjamin, born August 27, 1740, was already 50 years old. Family tradition says that "He came to North Carolina with only a sack of grain on his back.". That may have been his only possession, but we presume that his family was with him, or followed soon thereafter. His wife was Sarah Hutchison who was born in 1749 and at age 41 was a bit younger than her spouse. They brought the children with them.

The oldest was a son named Abner who was 18 at the time.
Mary, a daughter, was 17 years of age.
Two other sons, Benjamin and Richard were with them, both being about 15 years old.
A younger son, William was along. William was about five years old.
And there was Sarah who was about four years of age.
Their last child, Major, may have been born in NC. Major's birth date was June 11, 1790.

The first written record of Benjamin Hull in North Carolina occurs on June 20,
1792 when he is granted 200 acres of land on the fork of Indian Creek on the
head of Long Bridge, westerly of the widow Ramsour. After that, Benjamin was
seen obtaining other property around this location in 1793 and 1794. Abner, his
first born, was granted land in 1799 near his father. All of the sons are seen
obtaining land near their father as they became of age, with the exception of

Another accounting of Benjamin occurred on January 22, 1798.
In Civil Action Papers of Lincoln County, N.C. there is a complaint by Henry Ramer vs. Benjamin
Hull Sr. & Jr., and Abner Hull.

It appears that they and two other gentlemen, "with force and arms came into the woods near Ramer's house and did there steal, carry away and kill a certain Barrow hog on the property of Ramer".

Don’t you just hate it when someone steals your Barrow Hog?? giggle

Fortunately, they were found not guilty. By reviewing census records of the state, it appears
that Benjamin and his sons were farmers. Perhaps they were hunters also and
mistook Mr. Ramer's hog as one in the wild??

Stepping into those deeply canopied woods was an experience that I will never forget. A small footpath led the way. A hush fell all around us as we made our way up the path. There in a small clearing was the headstones of Abner and his wife. That moment of discovery made it’s mark on this girl. I got the goosebumps and the lump in my throat and I was hooked. I was forever changed when I emerged out of those trees. I was a seeker of the lost family from that day forward and I haven’t regretted one moment.

Abner and his wife, located in that stand of trees, seemingly separated from the rest of the family, that are buried along that same highway, just a few miles further up. Hull’s Grove Community. A whole grove full of our family. If you get a chance, stop in and visit. They will be waiting for you.