About Rev. Joseph Hillhouse
Joseph Hillhouse was born October 11, 1788 in New York He married on Harriet Gibert, daughter of the able Huguenot leader, Pierre Gibert, and a second cousin of the distinguished Charleston lawyer, Judge James Louis Petigru. He died on November 22, 1855 and was buried at Mount Zion Presbyterian Cemetery, Sandy Springs, South Carolina.
The inscription on Joseph's gravestone is difficult to read, but it appears that he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. His ordination is confirmed in the 1850 census for Anderson County, South Carolina.
Pierre Gibert, Harriet's father, had succeeded his uncle, the Reverend Jean Louis Gibert, as head of the last Huguenot colony to come to South Carolina (settled at New Bordeaux near Abbeville in 1764) and was also a nephew of the Rt. Reverend Etienne Gibert, minister of the Chapel Royal of St. James and later Rector of St. Andrew's, Isle of Guernsey.
Joseph and Harriet had twelve children, five sons and seven daughters: Mary Gibert, Joseph Bienaime, John Peter, James Waddell, Benjamin, Elizabeth Gibert, Harriet Newell, Lucy Kennedy, William Chambers, Sophie Golden, Susan Humphries, and Eliza. All reached maturity and nine were married. One (James Waddell) died at Manassas during the Civil War, on July 22, 1861, the day after the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run).
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