According to the 1880 U.S. Census (top of page), this property wasn't only home to the Hurley family. As was the case in many well-to-do households at the time, the Hurleys employed a live-in domestic servant who was Black.
In 1880, Tina Robinson was just 25 years old when she was employed by the Hurleys. Born in Alabama (as were her mother and father), she was single and could not read or write. The census also indicates that Robinson was sick, evidenced by a hash mark under its corresponding column, though the exact sickness is not provided. As the largest city in Texas at the time and a busy international port (in part thanks to the efforts of businessmen like C.W. Hurley), Galveston was stricken with epidemics of many kinds over the latter half of the 19th century, including cholera, smallpox, dengue fever, measles, influenza, diphtheria, and whooping cough. In less than 30 years, Galveston experienced no less than nine epidemics of yellow fever, also known as the "Yellow Jack."
Tina's employment with Hurley was short-lived. By 1882, her address in the Galveston City Directory was listed as the residence of B.F. Wolfe, a cotton factor and commission merchant and likely her employer after Hurley. Little else could be found on Tina Robinson, but too often a property history will note only the owners when one could argue that Tina spent the most time of anyone inside the Hurley home. What memories would she have of her time in this house? Did she have family nearby? The record may never say.