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Joseph Hills

Also Known As: "http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hills-202"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Great Burstead, Billericay, Essex, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of George Hill; George Hills; Mary Hills and Mary Hills
Husband of Hannah Hills; Rose Hills; Helen Hills; Rose Hills; Hannah Smith and 2 others
Father of Rebecca Greene; Child Hills; Mary Waite; Elizabeth Blanchard; Joseph Hills, Jr and 17 others
Brother of Abigail Hills; John Hills; Rebecca Hills; Abraham Hills; Charles Hill and 1 other

Occupation: Woolen draper to Charlestown M/a 1638, then Malden MA 1647
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About Capt. Joseph Hills

Joseph Hills of Malden, MA (1602-1688)

He was one of the first settlers of Malden, Massachusetts, "a man of considerable note," and a lawyer. He was born in 1602; came to New England at least as early as 1639, and was admitted a free, man in 1645. It is believed that Joseph immigrated in 1638 on the "Susan and Ellen". He was one of only a few lawyers in the colony. He was blind eight years prior to his death. He resided first in Charlestown, then in Malden, and last at Newbury, where he moved in 1657, and where he died February 5, 1688, aged 86 years. He was married four times.

He married (1) Rose Dunster, a sister of Henry Dunster, the first President of Harvard College. She died in Malden on March 24, 1650.

He married (2) June 21, 1651, Hannah (Smith) Mellows, widow of Edward Mellows, of Charlestown, who died in 1655.

He married (3) January, 1656, Helen. Ellen or Eleanor Atkinson. She died January 6, 1663.

He married (4) in Newbury, March 8, 1664, Ann, widow of Henry Lunt.

Children of Joseph Hills and Rose Clarke or Dunster:

  1. Mary Hills b. b 13 Nov 1625, d. 25 Nov 1674
  2. Elizabeth Hills b. b 21 Oct 1627
  3. Joseph Hills b. b 2 Aug 1629, d. 19 Apr 1674
  4. James Hills b. b 6 Mar 1630/31
  5. John Hills b. b 21 Mar 1631/32, d. 28 Jun 1652
  6. Rebecca Hills+ b. b 20 Apr 1634, d. 6 Jun 1674
  7. Steven Hills b. b 1 May 1636, d. b 1637/38
  8. Sarah Hills b. b 14 Aug 1637
  9. Wayt Gershom Hills+ b. 27 Jul 1639, d. bt 1709/10 - 1720
  10. Mehitable Hills b. 1 Jan 1640/41, d. Jul 1653

Children of Joseph Hills and Ann (Hannah) Smith:

  1. Hannah Hills
  2. Samuel Hills b. 1651/52, who lived at Newbury
  3. Nathaniel Hills b. 1652/53

Children of Joseph Hills and Helen Atkinson:

  1. Deborah Hills b. 1656/57
  2. Abigail Hills b. 1657/58
  3. daughter, married a Blanchard
  4. daughter, married a Vinton
  5. daughter, married a Green

Notable Positions Held

He was representative from Charlestown in the General Court for 1647, in which year, also, he was Speaker. He was for some time Captain of the Malden Company, and also represented Malden from 1650 to 1656. He was for several years one of the Assistants of the Colony, a class of magistrates corresponding to the present Senate and Governor's Council combined. In 1667, he represented the town of Newbury in the General Court.

Contrary to the Law, served as both magistrate and groom

In one of his marriages Mr. Hills acted the part of magistrate as well as groom, and married himself. The law required marriages to be solemnized by magistrates. Governor Bellingham set Mr. Hills an example by marrying himself to Penelope Pelham. He was called upon to come down and plead to a complaint against him for the act, but he refused to do so. Joseph Hills, being a magistrate to end small causes, followed the example of the governor, January, 1656, and was presented to the grand jury for marrying himself contrary to the laws of the colony.

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ID: I1576 Name: Capt. Joseph (Immigrant, 1638 "Susan and Ellen") * Hills Sex: M Birth: 3 MAR 1602 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England Death: 5 FEB 1687 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA Occupation: Woolen Draper Note:

aka Hill

Poet/Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, First Lady Lucretia Garfield, social reformer Rev. Daniel Parker Livermore, suffragist Lucy Stone and Walt Disney are descendants of Joseph and wife Rose. Photographer Ansel Adams is a descendant of Joseph and wife Hannah.

IMMIGRANT, 1638

CAPTAIN OF THE MALDEN MILITARY COMPANY

SELECTMAN, REPRESENTATIVE TO THE GENERAL COURT, MAGISTRATE

BROTHER-IN-LAW OF HENRY DUNSTER (1ST PRESIDENT OF HARVARD)

Joseph immigrated in 1638 on the "Susan and Ellen" and settled in Malden and Newbury, MA. He was one of only a few lawyers in the colony. He was blind eight years prior to his death.

"JOSEPH, Charlestown 1638, was from Malden, in Essex, Eng. where, and not Shrewsbury, in the other side of the island, as had been said, he was a woollen draper, having large transact. at London, had br. John of Barnham, wh. is a. 10 ms. from Malden, wh. may have come over or d. sev. yrs. earlier, with w. Rose, wh. is thot. to have been sis. of Presid. Dunster, adm. of the ch. 2 Feb. 1640, yet not freem. until 1645, tho. he was selectman the yr. preced. rep. for Malden 1647, 50 to 6, speaker of the ho. in the earliest yr. but not 'the first speaker,' as in Geneal. Reg. IX. 34, is said; and leader of the milit. of the town. His w. d. 24 Mar. 1650, and he m. 24 June of the foll. yr. Hannah, wid. of Edward Mellows. Again he m. Jan. 1656. officiat. as magistr. at the solemnity (of course, as third w.) Helen Atkinson, call. d. of Hugh, of Kendall, in Co. Westmoreland; and at Newbury m. 8 Mar. 1665, fourth w. Ann, wid. of Henry Lunt. He d. at N. 5 Feb. 1688, in 86th yr. His ch. were Joseph, b. prob. in Eng.; Gershom, b. 27 July 1639, bapt. 17 Feb. foll. bef. ment.; Mehitable, 1 Jan. 1641, d.young,; as did also, John; and Nathaniel, wh. was b. 19 Dec. 1653; Samuel, July 1652; Hannah; Deborah, Mar. 1657, d. young; Abigail 6 Oct. 1658, d. young; and Wait, tho. it seems prob. that this last is call. s. only from m. a d. of the testator. He wrote his name with final s; but in some rec. that addit. does not appear. In the third m. he imitat. the foolish precedent of Gov. Bellingham at an earlier day, performing, in his own right, the legal ceremony, for wh. act he was presented at the Court. His will, of 14 Sept. 1687, names gr.childr. Hannah and Elizabeth Blanchard, Hannah Vinton, and Samuel Greene; makes s. Samuel an s.-in-law Abiel Long to be excors. See Geneal. Reg. VIII. 309." --James Savage

NOTABLE RELATIONS Joseph Hills shares common ancestors with Princess Diana Spencer and her sons Princes William and Henry Windsor, President Millard Fillmore, Johnny Appleseed, Walt Disney, photographer Ansel Adams, playwright Tennessee Williams, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald), poets Emily Dickinson, Archibald MacLeish and Robinson Jeffers, the philanthropic Rockefeller heirs, composer Charles Edward Ives, author Laura Ingalls Wilder, chef Julia Child, choreographer Martha Graham, actors Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Perkins, and Oliver Platt.

Notes on this copyrighted website are authored by Larry Overmire, unless noted otherwise. Permission of the author is required to reproduce elsewhere. Plagiarism is against the law. Violators are subject to prosecution.

Sources: 1) Joseph A. Betz Database, 12 Dec 2003 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED &db=betz&id=I3173 2) Bud Paige Database http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED &db=uncle_bud&id=I6139 3) THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER For the year 1878, Volume XXXII Published at the Society's House, 1S. Somerset Street 1878 Page 189. 4) The Spragues of Malden Massachusetts, page 287 5) The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire 1735-1914 With Genealogical Records of the Principal Families Compiled and Written by Charles Henry Chandler with the assistance of Sarah Fiske Lee Fitchburg, Massachusetts Sentinel Printing Company 1914 G974.28 N425ch page 466. 7) Alice J. Ramsay Database, 28 Oct 2003 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=ajramsay&id=I2221 8) Edward Finigan Database http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=:1641292&id=I1114 9) David W. Piepho Database http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dwpiep ho&id=I43346 10) A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 Volume #2, by James Savage. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/vt/state/savage/bk2/dunen-earl.htm http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/bk2/higgins-h ill.htm 11) Michael Rugg Database, 7 Aug 2002 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET &db=:1748129&id=I80877495 12) Pedigree of Joseph Hills http://rmeservy.byu.edu/cgi-win/pafweb.exe/CGI?Paynep~5143 13) Ancestry of Northeastern Pennsylvania http://www.dsdata.com.au/cgi-bin/ind_scr.cgi?478 14) Ancestors of Russell Edward Spooner II, 2003 http://www.spoonergen.com/res/resg71.htm 15) Dave Utzinger Database, 21 Nov 2003 http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED &db=utzing&id=I211884 _UID: F00B5A90BE694D2E9F9A68059B9299190C10 Change Date: 19 SEP 2009

Ancestry Hints for Capt. Joseph (Immigrant, 1638 "Susan and Ellen") * Hills

   9 possible matches found on Ancestry.com	

Father: George (of Great Burstead) * Hills b: 20 NOV 1578 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England Mother: Mary * Symonds b: ABT 1578 in England

Marriage 1 Rose (Immigrant) * Dunster b: 1603 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England Married: 22 JUL 1624 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex Co., England Change Date: 10 JUL 2008 Note: 17:25 Children

Mary (Immigrant, 1638 "Susan and Ellen") Hills b: 13 NOV 1625 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex Co., England
Elizabeth (Immigrant) * Hills b: BEF 21 OCT 1627 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England
Joseph (Immigrant) Hills b: 2 AUG 1629 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England
James Hills b: 6 FEB 1631 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England
John (Immigrant) Hills b: 21 MAR 1632 in Great Burstead, Billerica, Essex, England
Wayte Hills b: 1634
Hannah Hills b: JAN 1635 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
Rebecca Hills b: 20 APR 1634 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA
Stephen Hills b: 20 APR 1634
Sarah Hills b: 14 AUG 1637 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA
Gershom (Walt Disney Ancestor) Hills b: 27 MAY 1639 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA
Mehitable Hills b: 1 NOV 1640 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA

Marriage 2 Hannah Smith b: ABT 1615 Married: 24 JUN 1651 Change Date: 24 JUN 2005 Note: 20:51 Children

Sgt. Samuel (Ansel Adams Ancestor) Hills b: JUL 1652 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA

Marriage 3 Helen Atkinson b: ABT 1602 in Kendall, Westmoreland, England Married: JAN 1666 Change Date: 24 JUN 2005 Note: 20:51 Children

Deborah Hills b: MAR 1657
Abigail Hills b: 6 AUG 1658

Marriage 4 Ann (Immigrant) b: ABT 1618 in probably England Married: 8 MAR 1665 Change Date: 24 JUN 2005 Note: 20:51 -------------------- Note: This branch up from John Barrett b. 1704 is somewhat speculative in that I (as well as some others who appear responsible) have made a bit of a best guess that the wife of that John was Dorothy Lynde. Even though she was as much as 12 years older than him.

Joseph Hill married Rose Clark at Great Burstead, and they removed to Maldon, Essex where 4 children were baptized.

Father: George HILLS b: 20 NOV 1570 in Great Burstead, ESS, ENG

Mother: Mary SYMONDS b: ABT 1570 in Great Burstead, ESS, ENG

Joseph Hills was born before 3 March 1601/2 at Great Burstead, Billericay, Essex, England. He was baptized on 3 March 1601/2 at Great Burstead, Billericay, Essex, England. He was the son of George Hilles and Mary Unknown. Joseph Hills married Rose Clarke on 22 July 1624 at Great Burstead, Billericay, Essex, England. Joseph Hills married Hannah Smith on 24 June 1651. Joseph Hills married Helen Atkinson in January 1655/56. Joseph Hills married Ann Unknown on 8 October 1665 at Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Joseph Hills died on 5 February 1687/88 at Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

Children of Joseph Hills and Rose Clarke:

Mary Hills b. b 13 Nov 1625, d. 25 Nov 1674

Elizabeth Hills b. b 21 Oct 1627

Joseph Hills b. b 2 Aug 1629, d. 19 Apr 1674

James Hills b. b 6 Mar 1630/31

John Hills b. b 21 Mar 1631/32, d. 28 Jun 1652

Rebecca Hills+ b. b 20 Apr 1634, d. 6 Jun 1674

Steven Hills b. b 1 May 1636, d. b 1637/38

Sarah Hills b. b 14 Aug 1637

Gershom Hills+ b. 27 Jul 1639, d. bt 1709/10 - 1720

Mehitable Hills b. 1 Jan 1640/41, d. Jul 1653

Children of Joseph Hills and Hannah Smith:

Hannah Hills

Samuel Hills b. 1651/52

Nathaniel Hills b. 1652/53

Children of Joseph Hills and Helen Atkinson:

Deborah Hills b. 1656/57

Abigail Hills b. 1657/58

It appears Joseph was the 3rd husband of his 2nd wife Hannah, who appears in this tree as the mother-law of his son Joseph, who married her daughter Hannah by her first husband (Samuel?) Smith. See the entry of the elder Hannah for more on this.

There was a spirit of unrest in Maldon in 1628, when a company of Irish soldiers were quartered on the inhabitants who had been obstinate in making loans to king Charles I.

In 1635, Maldon, which had begun to decay in her trade, was charged for a share in the ship money tax levied by the king on all his subjects of any estate. This tax met with great opposition in Maldon, as in other parts, and for the next 2-3 years there was a steady emmigration to New England and the other colonies to avoid payment.

In 1638, Joseph Hills became a stockbroker or "undertaker" in the ship "Susan and Ellen" in which he sailed with his family for Boston, arriving there July 17, 1638. He settled at Charlestown, MA, and in 1644 was made a selectman there, in 1646 was in the General Court and in the next year was elected speaker. He lived on the Mystic side of Charlestown, in the part that became Malden. He served as Captain of the train band, represented Malden in the first General Court, and served continously in that position until 1664, when he removed to Newbury, MA. His successor, John Waite, was representative for 19 years and was his son-in-law.

In 1645 he was on the committee to set out lots to the settlers of the Nashaway plantation. In 1650 he was on a committee headed up by the governor to draw up instructions for the massachusetts delegates to a gathering where commissioners of all the colonies were to meet. In 1654, with Captains Hawthorne and Johnson and the treasurer of the colony, he served on a committee to frame a reply to the home government which had demanded an explanation for certain acts. He was an auditor of treasury accounts in 1650, 1653, and 1661.

His most important public service, however, was to codify the laws of the colony in 1648 and later. He made this first code in his own handwriting and supervised the printing. In part payment for this work he received a grant of five hundred acres of land on the Nashua River in New Hampshire and remission of taxes in his old age.

He was a woolen-draper in England and it appears he was a lawyer of some note in early New England.

The Will of Joseph Hills is dated Sept. 14, 1687 and proved at Ipswich, March 14, 1688. Sealed and recorded at Boston, March 23, 1688 as Lib. 10, fol. 241, in the Suffolk Probate records. He describes himself as late of Malden, now of Newbury, but in the probate he is called Joseph Hills of Malden. He speaks of his wife Ann, his sons Gershom, Wait, and Samuel as then living; his daughter Hannah also living and unmarried; his grandchildren, Hannah and Elizabeth Blanchard, Hannah Winten [Vinton], and Samuel green. To each of the two last he gives 45 acres of upland, and 5 of meadow out of his farm in Dunstable. He gives 40 shillings to this town of Newbury for the purchase of a bell for the meeting-house, on condition that the inhabitants make it up to 30 pounds or more, within three years after his decease. His son Samuel and son-in-law Abiel Long are executors; the overseers were Lieut. Tristram Coffin and Capt. Daniel Pierce

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Joseph Hills, Esq. Of Malden and afterward of Newbury, Representative, Speaker of the House, and active and energetic magistrate, a trusted elder or the church and compiler of the laws of the Colony, in the performance of the duties of which latter office he lost the use of his eyes, as appears from a petition on file at the State House.

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As of June 1966 the Antiquarian Society in Boston, MA had a 1906 copy of the Hills Family in America. My Uncle Donald Johnson did some research and sent my mother the following. Joseph Hills' baptismal certificate of March 3, 1602 listed him as the sonne of George Hilles. George had married Mary Symonds on Oct 13, 1596. Mary was the widow of a tanner named William Symonds and George was a linen draper. Joseph married Rose Clarke on July 22, 1624 and moved to Maldon, Eng. Later they boarded the "Susan and Ellen" and arrived in Boston on July 17, 1638. They first lived in Charlestown, MA which later split, with Malden, MA being the newer section. Rose died in Malden on March 24,1650, and Joseph married Hannah (Smith) Mellows who was the widow of Edward Mellows. Their eldest son was Samuel Hills who is my gggggggggrandfather. Joseph married twice more... Helen (or Elline or Eleanor) Atkinson in Jan 1656 and Anne Lunt on Oct 8, 1665 in Newbury, MA

Joseph Hills, the immigrant ancestor of the Hills family, was born in the parish of Great Bur- stead, Billericay, Essex, England. The record of his baptism reads, "1602, March, Joseph Hilles the sonne of George, was baptized the third 'day." His father was a linen draper, and his mother was Mary Symonds, widow of William Symonds. They were married October 13, 1596. Joseph Hills married, July 22. 1624, in Great Burstead, Rose Clark, and there his elder children were born. Not later than March, 1632, the family moved to Maldon, Essex county. In 1638 he embarked on the ship "Susan and Ellen" arriving at Boston, July 17, 1638. He settled at Charlestown in that part of the town north of the Mystic river, and called "Mystic Side.1' It was in that part of Charlestown which is now Maiden. He was selectman in 1644 am' m 1646 was deputy to the general court, being Maiden's first deputy.

In 1647 he was speaker of the house of deputies. He served on many important committees, but his greatest public service was that of the leading member of the committee that in 1648 reported to the general court the first codification of the laws of the colony. That he was the actual compiler of the laws, that he prepared the copy for the press and supervised their printing, is clearly proved. For this service, besides a money payment, he was granted five hundred acres of land on the Nashua river, and the remission of taxes in his old age.

Rose Clark, the first wife of Joseph Hills, died at Maiden, March 24, 1650.

He married (second), June 24. 1651, Hannah (Smith) Mellows (appears elsewhere in this tree!), widow of Edward Mellows, of Charlestown. He married (third), in January, 1656, Helen or Eleanor Atkinson, daughter of Hugh Atkinson, of Kendall, Westmoreland, England, who died at some time between January 8, 1661 and November 10, 1662. In connection with this marriage a noteworthy incident occurred. In the early days of the colony all marriages were solemnized by the magistrates, the clergy having no part in them. In 1641 Governor Bellingham, as magistrate, married himself to Penelope Pelham, and when called on to come down from the bench and plead to a complaint against him for the act, he refused to do so.

Joseph Hills was a magistrate "for the trial of small causes," and followed the governor's example in his marriage to Helen Atkinson. The records of Middlesex county show that, April 1, 1656, "Mr. Joseph Hills of Mauldon being presented to the grand jury for marrying of himself, contrary to the law of this Collony page 38 in ye.old Booke. Нее freely acknowledged his offence therein, and his misunderstanding the grounds whereon he went wch he now confesseth to be unwarrantable. And was admonished by the Court." October 8, 1665, he married (fourth), at Newbury Anne Lunt, widow of Henry Lunt, of Newbury.

Children of the first wife: i. Mary, baptized November 13, 1625, died at Maiden. November 25, 1674. 2. Elizabeth, baptized October 21, 1627. 3. Joseph, baptized August 2. 1629, mentioned below. 4. James, baptized March 6, 1631, probably died young. 5. John, baptized at Maiden, March 21, 1632, died June 28, 1652. 6. Rebecca, baptized April 20. 1634. died June 6. 1674. 7. Steven, baptized May i, 1636, died before 1638. 8. Sarah, baptized August 14, 1637, died August 14, 1637. 9. Gershom, born at Charlestown, July 27, 1639, died between 1710 and 1721. 10. Mehitable, born at Maiden, January I, 1641, died July, 1653.

Children of the second wife (our Hannah): II. Samuel, born July, 1652, died at Newbury, August 18, 1732. 12. Nathaniel, born December 19, 1653, died 1664. 13. Hannah (not our line!).

Children of the third wife : 14. Deborah, born March, 1657, died October i, 1662. 15. Abigail, born October 6, 1658, died October 9, 1662.

from Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester county, Massachusetts, with a history of Worcester society of antiquity

By Ellery Bicknell Crane :

HILLS FAMILY. Joseph Hills (t), the emigrant, ancestor of Edwin Hawes through his mother's line, was born in the parish of Great Burstead. Billericay, Essex county, England. He was baptized there March, 1602, son of George Hills, who married Mary Simonds of Billericay, widow of the late William Symonds, of Billericay, tanner. The marriage license was dated October 13, 1596, at which time Joseph Hills did not use the fmal "s" in his surname. It appears first February, 1608, probably through a change in the vicar who kept the records.

Joseph Hills married Rose Clarke, at Great Burstead. July 22, 1624, and the elder children were born there. Not later than March, 1632, he and his family removed to Maldon, a place in Essex county, England, which was the birthplace of their sons John and Stephen, and daughter Sarah. In 1638 he was an "undertaker" or stockholder in the voyage of the "Susan and Ellen," which arrived July 17, 1638, at Boston, with him and his family. They made their first abiding place in Charlestown, Massachusetts, near the Market place, but soon removed to a farm on the Mystic side. He was one of the founders of the town of Maiden. He was the first deputy to the general court, and continuously represented the town in the legislature until 1664. It was he who gave the name to the town, after the name of his last place of residence in England, Maldon. He was selectman of Maiden in 1644 and speaker of the house of deputies in 1647. He was captain of the Trainband, and willed his buff coat to his son Samuel, and his back sword to Henry Lunt, his step-son. He was one of the most prominent legislators of his day. In 1666, when he retired from public life, he was succeeded by his son-in-law, John Waite, who filled the position of deputy for nineteen years, being speaker in 1684 and nominated as a magistrate in 1683.

In 1645 Joseph Hills was named by the general court to set out the lots to settlers in the Nasha- way plantation. In 1650 he was second on a committee, of which the governor was the chairman, to draw up instructions for the Massachusetts delegates to a gathering of commissioners of all the colonies. In 1653 he served on a commission to consider the question as to whether the United Colonies have power by the articles of agreement to engage the colonies in war. In 1654, with Captain Hawthorne, Captain Johnson and the treasurer of the colony, he was on a committee to frame an answer to the home government, which had demanded an explanation of certain acts. He was on a committee to audit the treasury accounts in 1650-53-61. He framed the first code of laws in the colony, and was for many years engaged in the revision of the statutes. In 1648 he was one of the committee that reported the first codification of the laws of the colony, and it was he who compiled the laws, prepared the copy for the printer and supervised the printing. He was voted as extra compensation for his work five hundred acres of land on the Nashua river and remission of taxes in his old age. He was appointed more times to edit the laws than even Governor Bellingham.

His wife died in Maiden, March 24, 1650, and he married (second), June 21, 1651, Hannah (Smith) Mellows, widow of Edward Mellows, of Charles- town, who died 1655. In January, 1656, he married (third) Helen. Ellen or Eleanor Atkinson. She died January 6, 1663. In one of his marriages Mr. Hills acted the pan of magistrate as well as groom, and married himself. The law required marriages to be solemnized by magistrates. Governor Bellingham set Mr. Hills an example by marrying himself to Penelope Pelham. He was called upon to come down and plead to a complaint against him for the act, but he refused to do so. Joseph Hills, being a magistrate to end small causes, followed the example of the governor, January, 1656, and was presented to the grand jury for marrying himself contrary to the laws of the colony.

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Capt. Joseph Hills's Timeline

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