About John Hill
John Hill born abt. 1624 ; died abt. 1695.(married Elizabeth). From Dover, Greenland, Portsmouth, NH and Boston, MA. (received grant of land at Oyster River). Had 4 sons: Joseph, Samuel, John and Benjamin. "there are some reasons for believing he was a brother of Valentine Hill"
History of Durham, NH by E.S. Stackpole, p.213, part 2 - It is thought that John Hill of Oyster River married in Boston, 15 Jan 1656, Elizabeth Strong. It is certain that he had wife, Elizabeth. He was NOT brother to Valentine Hill, as some have supposed, since the latter had a brother, John in London. Since John Hill was living at Oyster River eight years before his marriage to Elizabeth Strong, it is supposable that she may have been his second wife, and that he may have been father of the William Hill, who was born in 1646, but there is no proof of this made known.
John was admitted as a freeman at Boston 6 March 1645. He apparently inherited land in Dover, NH from his father as he was taxed for it in 1650 and in 1657. "Oyster River provition Rate maed the 22:9::59... Mr. Hill 2-12-8 The great Rate 5-5-4... John Hill 0-6-8 Rate 0-13-4." "Oyster River 3d Raet. 4:9 mo. in ye yeir 61", the second group of figures was probably in the same year but, another levy and is headed "Oyster Riv- in the yeir-...John hill 0-17-6 0-11- 8."(1)
John was excused from training in June 1661 "on account of the smallness of his stature".(2)
"Oyster River Provetion Rate made throwe the hole towneship ye 7th 10th month 1663... Mr. Hills estat 1-5- 0."(3)
John was on the grand jury in 1661/2, 1665, 1668, 1671, 1674 and in 1677. John signed a petition to incorporate Dover into a township "so the clergy may prosper" 19 May 1669. He signed a 1680 deposition about the Drew and Giles land.
John was taxed in Greenland, NH in 1690/1. Elizabeth witnessed a Crockett deed in 1683. In 1698 John Sr. of Greenland formerly of Portsmouth sold his Portsmouth grant.
- there are 3 separate listings for John Hill in Whittemore's Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America that seem to have often been put together into one person:
- "John Hill, Boston, perhaps brother of Valentine, admitted to our church, 1647; married 1657 Elizabeth Strong, who may have been daughter, though more likely sister, of Elder John Strong."
- "John Hill, Dover, 1649-1672; by wife Elizabeth had Benjamin, born 1665."
- "John Hill, Portsmouth, 1665; had wife Elizabeth, and perhaps sons Joseph, Nathaniel, and Samuel, all born of Portsmouth."
- Old Kittery and her families by Everett S. Stackpole. Published 1903 by Press of Lewiston journal company in Lewiston, Me . Page 514
- History of the town of Durham, New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation) with genealogical notes by Everett S. Stackpole and Lucien Thompson. Published 1913 by Published by vote of the town in Durham? N.H.. Page 212
- Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," (1939), pp. 327-8, #5.
- John HILL of Dover [NH] in 1649, and some of his descendants. Compiled by W.B. Lapham. Augusta, Maine Farmer Job Print, 1889. 8vo, 16 pages.
- -Biographical sketch and genealogical record of the descendants of Melancthon HILL of Connecticut, 1610-1895. By Francis C. Hill. New York: T. A. Wright, printer, 1895. 8vo, 22 pages, index, 2 portraits.
- -Genealogical notes of the Whipple-HILL families. [Zaccheus Hill of Boston, Mass., 1720 and Capt. John Whipple of Providence, RI, 1658] together with fragmentary records of other families. Compiled by John Whipple Hill. Chicago, Ill.: Fergus Printing Co., 1897. 8vo, 106 pages.
- -[p.179] Michael HILLEGAS [born in Philadelphia, Pa., 1729] and his descendants. Compiled by his great-granddaughter Emma St. Clair Whitney. Pottsville, Pa.: 1891. 8vo, 118 pages, edition 100, portrait, index.
- -The golden wedding of M. and Mrs. Darwin T. HILLS of Crawfordsville, Indiana., November 18, 1878. Published by their children. [With a family register.] Allegheny, Pa.: 1878. 8vo, 23 pages.
- -First reunion of the HILLS family of Franklin, Mass., with historical notes. By Edwin M. Hills. Published for family purposes. C. A. Hack & Son, Taunton, Mass., 1891. 8vo, 47 pages. Other reports were issued later.
- -The HILLS family genealogical and historical association. Annual reports. 1895-9. 4—14—16—15 pages.
- -Some of the descendants of William HILTON [of Plymouth, Mass., 1621]. By John T. Hassam, A.M. [Reprinted from the New Eng. History. and Gen. Register for April, 1877.] 8vo, 18 pages, superseded by the 1896 work.
- -HILTON family. By J. Kelley. Exeter, NH: 1879. 8vo, 24 pages.
- -The Dover settlement and the HILTONS. By John T. Hassam, A.M. [Reprinted from the New Eng. History. and Gen. Register for Jan., 1882.] Boston: press of David Clapp & Son, 1882. 8vo, 9 pages, superseded by the 1896 work.