Thomas ("Tom") Roy Hulings was born in Elk City, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1881, the son of William Hulings (d. 1924) and Emma Yost. William Hulings married Carrie Ione Moody (1870-1965) before 1900, and the family lived in Sistersville, West Virginia. Tom Hulings left for Burma in April 1921. He worked for the Yamah Oil Company in Yenangyaung until December 1926, when he moved to Nyaunghla, where he worked for the Yenangyaung Oilfield Southern Extension. He married Florence Hilda Parry, head nurse for the Rangoon Corporation General Hospital, on June 6, 1925, but she died of appendicitis soon afterward, on July 24, 1925. Hulings returned to Sistersville sometime after 1927, and he later lived in Dayton, Ohio, with his second wife, Blanche. Tom R. Hulings died on October 15, 1948.