Reverend Joseph Hull, father of Elizabeth Hull Heard, was the son of Thomas and Joane Peson Hull of Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He was born in 1595, the youngest of eleven children. His elder brother William was also a clergyman. Both William and Joseph attended St. Mary's Hall at Oxford University. William matriculated in 1592 and Joseph in 1612 and on November 14, 1614 he received his Bachelor of Arts. In 1612 William became the vicar of Colyton in Devonshire. Joseph served as a curate under William at Colyton, he was ordained in 1620 and in 1621 was given the Rectory at St. Giles in North Leigh where he served until 1632. William his brother died in 1627.
Joseph Hull was twice married, the name and ancestry of his first wife are unknown. She was not Joanna Coffin as claimed by many on ancestry.com. In fact, Robert Charles Anderson says in his Great Migration Series that there is no reason to believe that her name was even Joanna. When the Hull family immigrated Hull's wife Agnes was listed as being 25 years old. Given the age of the first three children, she could not possibly be their mother, and may not have been the mother of any of the first seven children.
Joana b. 1619/20 Colyton, Devon d. after 1693
Joseph Jr. b. 1622 prob. Northleigh
Tristram b. abt. 1624
Temperence bap. March 1625/6
Grissell b. abt. 1630
Dorothy b. abt. 1632
Children born in New England:
Benjamin bap. Hingham
Naomi bap. 23 March 1639 Barnstable
Ruth bap. 9 March 1641 Barnstable
Dodavah b. 1643 may or may not be his child, RCA of Great Migration says yes
Samuel b. 1645-47?
Phineas b. 1647? may or may not be his, again RCA says yes
Children born on the return trip to England
Reuben bap. 23 Jan 1648/9 Launceston, Cornwall
Ephraim bap. 13 Feb 1649/50
Isaac bap. 25 March 1651 d. 1653
Pricilla b. March 1652 died June 1652
Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration series
The Hull Family Association
Laurence Cook, The Exodus of Rev. Joseph Hull, www.laurencecook.com