I do not have a picture of this adventurous gentleman. He was born on Mar 11 1807, probably in Burlington Flats, New York , where he grew to adulthood. He was the son of Ambrose Hulbert II and Dorothy Baker. He married Mary Louisa Walker, b. Feb 10 1810 d. Nov 27 1874 on Oct 20 1831 in Burlington Flats. He was not able to support his family financially in Burlington Flats, but a brother of his wife, Charles Walker visited Chicago and suggested a partnership, with Eri Hulbert as front man in Chicago, in a general store, sometime before 1837. The partnership was dissolved in January 1841. Eri moved to a grocery store on the spot later occupied by Marshall Fields, and was a successful grain merchant in the village of Chicago until about 1849 when his store was burned by an arsonist. He never recovered financially, and finally in desperation decided to take a Singer sewing machine to San Francisco to make harness, etc. in the gold rush (a la Levi Strauss). He wrote his last letter to his wife Louisa on May 30, 1852 from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where he died on Jun 9 1852 of malaria contracted while traversing the Isthmus of Panama. He is buried in the American burying ground in San Juan del Sur. In an ironic postscript, the Panama Railroad was completed in 1855, and the Isthmus could be crossed in 4 hours.
Eri Baker Hulbert I and Mary Louisa Hulbert had three children, William Ambrose Hulbert, b. 1832; Eri Baker Hulbert II, b. 1841; and George Henry Hulbert, b. 1844.