Ebeneezer Hilton (b. - 1747)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: Indian attack
Managed by: Steven Donald Howden
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About Ebeneezer Hilton

Ebeneezer Hilton was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of John and Sarah (Emery) Thompson. Elizabeth b. about 1681, accused Manwaring Hilton of being the father. Manwaring Hilton was the great grandson of William Hilton, who came from England in 1621. When manwaring heard that he was being accused of being the father of this child, he vanished, never to be heard of again. The court gave Ebeneezer the legal name of Hilton.

His mother then married Alexander Grey and Ebeneezer was raised by them, along with several other children born to that union. Alexander died April 7 1725.

Ebeneezer married Mary Lord, whose great grandfather and grandmother , Nathan and Judith Lord had come from England. This Ebeneezer Hilton of Berwich and Wiscasset, built a Garrison house overlooking Montsweag Creek. Walkers and Grants, as well as the Greys, lived nearby and could see the garrison from their front door.

Ebeneezer was a wheelwright, millwright and carpenter, and he was working with James Grant rebuilding and improving a sawmill belonging to Christopher Tappan, until the Indian attack on July 31 1747, when he was killed.

On that day he and his son Joshua and Willaim, and his son in law John Boyington, were working in the fields when a band of Indians crept between them and where they had laid their muskets. His daughter, Mary was probably in the house because she saw the attack. Ebeneezer was said to have held them at bay against an old tree and fought till the end, even fighting on his knees after the Indians had hacked off both feet. He,Joshua and John were killed. William, then a boy of 15 or 16 was the only one left alive, and he was taken prisoner. He was carried up the Kennebeck River to Canada. where he was turned over to the French.

He escaped by the Gulf of St Lawrence and returned late that summer to tell of his hundred and fifty mile journey. He has been called the Christopher Columbus of Embden because, on his way, he was impressed by a country where he later settled, which is called Anson.

Ebeneezer Hilton's daughter Mary married James Savage son of James and Christian (Hunter) Savage, who was born in Londonberry Co. Ireland in 1715 and died in Woolwich, Maine in 1742. Mary became a averitable " mother in Isreal" to Woolwich people of her day.

Her grandmother, Ebeneezers mother, Elizabeth (Thompson) Grey, died in 1777 in Berwich me.