Bea Wilkinson used her descent from Hugh Healey as the lineage which gained her
membership in the DAR. As a result of her efforts there is quite a bit of
documentation for the history of the Healey branch of our family and related lines. I
have included a selection of the most important documents in this section.
Hugh Healey was born at sea in 1754 while his parents and a brother sailed to the
new world. Oral tradition says the family came from Ireland (and probably the
Protestant region of Ulster, now called Norther Ireland) and were contracted to come
to the colonies to work as teachers. The family eventually settled in Guilford County,
North Carolina where they were prominent land owners. Hugh's brother John built a
fine large family home and distinguished himself in the community, serving as a local
sheriff for some time. The home that John Healey (Haley) built is now a part of the
High Point Historical Society Museum in Greensboro, North Carlina and has been
restored to its appearance as it would have been in the late 18th century when the
family was living there. In the records which have been collected by the Museum
there is mention of Patrick and Mary Healey living with John, Hugh and their families.
I am assuming for the moment that they would be the parents and would have
persued the teaching vocation in Guilford County. Hugh volunteered with the
continental Army during the Revolutionary war and served two terms, the first in the
navy on board the brigate Hornet and the second on land in New Jersey. One of the
unaswered questions I will continue to research is why he volunteered in the colony
of New Jersey. One thought I have relates to the Quaker faith of the Healey family.
The Quakers were oppossed to military service and at this period disfellowshipped
any of their breathern who joined in the Revolutionary War hostilities. Hugh Healey
eventually returned to Guilford County and married a woman named Sophia
Hargrave, whose family owned land adjacent to the Healey land. The Hargrave
family has its origins in Sowersby, Yorkshire, England. The line has been traced
back to Richard Hargrave, born in 1520 in that location. Another branch of this family
has been traced back to a man named Nicholas Sebrell who was born in 1628 on
the Isle of Guernsey, an english possession off the coast of France in the English
Channel. Both the Hargrave and Sebrell families immigrated to the American
colonies very early, probably in the 1640's and settled first in the Williamsburg,
Virginia region before migrating south to Guilford County in North Carolina.
Hugh and Sophia had several chidren including a son named Jesse (1794 – 1857).
After the death of Hugh's brother John the family migrated to Indiana. This is said to
have happened in 1818 and is said to have been motivated by a desire by the family
to escape from a region where slavery was practiced. This is understandable in a
family where many were of the Quaker faith. It did not stop the family, however,
from owning slaves themselves at an earlier date. John's last will and testiment
includes two slaves who were passed on to the ownership of other members of the
family. No information remains about these slaves save their names. It is possible
that somewhere out there in America today there are African American families who
could trace their family lines back to those slaves. An interesting and sobering
thought. The family stopped off in Wayne County, Indiana for a season but then
moved on to the newly opened land which became Henry County. Here Jesse
became the first Sheriff of the county and in later years served as a Judge and State
Senator when not persuing his vocations of teaching and farming. He was a member
of the Whig party, a now defunct polical party that was once quite powerful in the
frontier areas. I have included several documents discussing the Healey family in
North Carolina and Jesse's career in early Henry County for you to read.
Jesse married a woman named Sarah Bundy whose father, Christopher was a
volunteer in the Revolutionary War. The Bundy family has been traced back to a man
named James Bundy, born in 1587 in Roxton, Bedfordshire, England. The Bundy
family was in the new world and living in Pasquatank County, North Carolina by the
time of the birth of William Bundy in 1643. Other branches of the Bundy family
related to us hailed from Scotland, the Isle of Wight and France. In 19th century
Henry county, Indiana, one of our ancestors, a man named Martin L. Bundy, was a
prominent citizen. He held a judgeship and served in the legislature and was among
those old time Whigs who went on to organize the Republican Party in the 1850's. He
was appointed by President Lincoln to be Paymaster to the Union army and resigned
his commision after the Civil war, in 1866, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He
went on to organize two Henry County banks.
Jesse and Sarah Healey had a large family among whom was a son, Welborn
Healey, born in 1824 in Henry county. He married a woman named Hulday Julian
(1828 – 1906). The Julian family has a well documented lineage back to a man
named Rene Julian who was born in 1669 in Brittany, France. He seems to have
been a Hugonaut (French protestant) who immigrated first to Ireland where he was
a soldier in the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and then set sail for the new
While stopped on the voyage at the island of Bermuda, then a major port of call for
ships to the new world, Rene met and married a woman named Margarate Bullock,
daughter of a sea captain resident there. The new couple moved on to the colonies
and eventually settled in Maryland where they had a large family and built an estate
in Bohemia Manor sometime after 1712. I have included a portion of a much larger
detailed genealogy of the descendants of Rene Julian in this section which includes
our direct ancestors. In 1755 Isaac I. Julian lead a group of the Julian family south
from Virginia during a period when the Virginia colonists were under attack by local
Indian tribes. They eventually settled in Randolph County, North Carolina. His son,
also named Isaac, was born in Randolph County in 1751. This Isaac served in the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He eventually migrated to Henry
County, Indiana where he died in 1831. Isaac had a son named Bohan who was
born in 1777. This Isaac lived his entire life in Randolph County. His son was also
named Isaac , born in 1804. Isaac married a woman named Elizabeth Welborn,
whose family was related to the Healeys through the marriage of Hugh's daughter
Phoebe. Issac and Elizabeth Julian moved a large family group to Henry County in
the 1820's, following several of Isaac's brothers to the newly opened frontier in
search of inexpensive land. Isaac and Elizabeth had a large family, the first child a
daughter named Huldah who was born in 1828 in Henry County. Interestingly,
Huldah's husband, Welborn Healey is named after the Welborn family to honor the
family connection back to North Carolina.
Welborn became a prominent citizen of Henry County, a successful farmer who was
active in local politics. He died tragically in an accident in 1874 at the age of 50.
Several accounts of this accident have come down in the family which I have
included in this chapter. They shed interesting light on day to day affairs in 19th
century Henry County. I will never look at an umbrella in quite the same way after
reading accounts of his accident. Intrigued? Read the account. At the time of his
tragic accident Welborn and his wife had a family of six children, one of whom was
Ema Ora Healey, born in 1862. She married a farmer named John Harrold, born in
1863 in Henry County. The Harrold family settled in Virginia and then migrated to
Indiana by way of what is now West Virginia. John's mother was a woman named
Lucinda Hayes. The Hayes family has been traced back to a man named Aldovane
Hayes, a man of considerable wealth who for a time served in the English army
garrison of Calais, in France. After Queen Mary relinquished that garrison to the
French, in 1556, Aldovane returned to family lands in Oxfordshire, England. I have
found data which says he died in a duel with the Duke of Cumberland in 1589.
Descendants of Aldovane immigrated to the colonies sometime around 1670 and
settled in the Chester, Pennsylvania region where they remained until the 1750's
when they migrated to North Carolina. There are gaps in the information and I do
not know when the Hayes family migrated on to Henry County but they are there by
John and Ema Ora Harrold had two children one of whom was a daughter named
Lillian Harrold, born in 1892 in Henry County. She married a man named Marion
Miller whose family came from the Cromwell, Indiana area where they were potato
farmers. Marion's father, Charles, died when he was quite young and his mother
raised an older brother Clarence, he and a twin brother alone. In his youth he
worked at various jobs connected with digging canals and irrigation trenches. We
have photographs of him on various rigs, one of which I have included in this chapter.
For a time after he married he and his wife and their two children, Bea and Harrold,
lived in the Los Angeles, California region while he worked on a major project
establishing the metropolitan water system for that city. After this job the family
returned to Henry County and in later years Marion worked at the Chrysler Motors
plant in New Castle. Of interest to me are family stories of Marion sometimes
dowsing for water in the Henry County area, as well as being a man who could
remove warts by doing something under the full moon. Come on old timers, is this a
true story? If so I wish he had passed on the practice. I have memories of Marian
and Lillian in their later years, both in New Castle and at Lake Wawasee. I value
those early memories as it ties me back to family history in the 19th century.
There is little known about the ancestors of the Miller family from Cromwell, Indiana.
I am hoping that more information can be found, however. As a young child I can
remember being taken to several older relatives in the vicinity of Lake Wawasee to
visit on our way to the lake cottage. There is an oral tradtion that says the Millers
immigrated from Holland sometime in the mid 19th century but as of yet I have no
documentation of this.
Bea Miller was born in Dunrieth, Indiana in 1910 and married Herman T. Wilkinson.
Their story continues in the Wilkinson chapter.
Hugh Healey and the DAR