About David Hilliard
David and Johanna moved from Little Compton to Stonington after the birth of their second child in OCT 1702 and before the birth of their third child in OCT 1703. They were active in the First Congretational Church (Road Church) of Stonington. Their children were all christened there. David was elected Selectman in 1714 and 1715. He was also active in the Town Militia, as the ammunition and weapons were stored in his household.
After the death of Johanna, David returned with his family to Little Compton, where he married Susannah Luther. In little Compton, David obtained the military rank of Captain in the Indian wars. His occupation appeared to be that of a carpenter because he is mentioned many times for receiving payment for constructing wooden items such as caskets, collection plates and ammunition storage chests, etc.
Edward Yeomans of Groton, for 84 pounds to David Hillard.
Parcel of land which I bought of William Marsh except from a small part which was formally disposed of said Edward Yeomans and John Yeomans by William March as shall appear by deed of record which tract of land be it more or less lyeth for 50 acres and lyeth between Samuel Chesebrough, his land, and James York, his land, bounded as follows, beginning at a black oak tree marked on four sides which is the most northwest corner of land laid out to Edward Yeomans from thence running upon a line to a white oak tree marked on four sides adjoining to land of James York and bounded by said James York Land to his northwest corner tree, from hence upon a direct line to the southeast corner tree of land laid out to James Dean, from thence running southerly to a black oak tree marked on four sides which is the northwest corner tree of land laid out to Samule Chesebrough, and is bounded with Samuel Chesebrough, his land, and land of Edward Yeomans to black oak tree first mentioned. Witnessed by Joseph Davoll and Joseph Babcock. Stonington Land Records, Volume 2, page 472 dated Dec. 17, 1711
David Hillard of Little Compton, R.I., and wife Susanna to Jonathan Hillard of Stonington. Feb. 4, 1718.
Land beginning at the sw corner of Moses Palmer, his land, and thence running in a direct line southwest and by west near to a great rock on ye left side of a brook, and a walnut tree standing on ye rock, and a rock marked thus I on ye side of it, and marked D on ye north side, from thence bounded by the brook on the east side until it comes to land laid out to Joshue Holmes, ye northeast corner of it being a pine tree, and so by said land to land laid out to Moses Palmer, and by said palmer to ye tree first mentioned. Witnessed by JohnMcDowell and William Holdridge. Stonington Land Records, Volume 3, page 239
His will recorded in Little Compton Probate, book 1, page 50, made 1 AUG 1748 and proved 6 FEB 1748/9.
"In the Name of God Amen: This First Day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred Forty & Eight I David Hillard of Little Compton in the County of Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island ___ and Providence Plantations in New England. Gentleman being well & in good health of body & of perfect mind and memory Thanks be to God Therefore calling to mond the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make & ordain my Last Will & Testament, That is to Say Principally & First of all I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it & my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in Decent manner at the Discretion of my Executrixe hereafter Named: And as touching Such Worldy Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I Give Demise & Dispose of the same in the following manner & form.
Imprimis - I Give & Bequeave unto my Well beloved Wife Susannah Hillard in Lieu of her Thirds Dowry or any other Claim unto my Estate, that is my pew in the meeting-house & my Negro Girl named Kate, & also one third part of all my Personal Estate Except a bond of money Due to me from my son William Hillard of Six hundred Pounds bearing Date The Seventeeth Day of December ____ Domini one Thousand Seven hundred forty three & also a Bond of Three Hundred Pounds which is Due to me from my son Benony Hillard & my Farming Tools and Shop Tools only excepted; & I also give unto my well beloved Wife for her support so long as she remains my Widow the Improvements & Profits of the house I now Dwell in: Except the Great Chamber as I shall herafter Butt it & Bound it: that is Beginning at two large stones lying between eight or ten rods to the northward of my garden wall by the side of the Highway & so running from the two stones above mentioned westerly across a large rock standing in the Pasture & so continuing a straight line to land that is hereafter given to my son Oliver Hillard, Then southerly by Olivers till it comes to Capt. John Palmers land, & southerly by said Palmers land to a Highway, then easterly & northerly to the first bounds mentioned & also the wood & timber that is upon that Lott of Land that I Bought of George Bailey; & this my will is to be understood that my said Wife is to have the Improvements of my house & Lands Wood & Timber above mentioned so long as she remains my Widow: But if my said wife shall see cause to marry, then to have no more Profits of the house orchards or lands; & it is further my will concerning my beloved Wife that what soever crop shall be growing or standing upon any part of my home farm at the time of my decease whether it be grass hay or grain on my said farm it shall be hers to improve on said farm; or to remove it off at any time within six months after my decease as she shall see cause:
Item - I Give and Bequeave unto my Beloved son William Hillard Six hundred Pounds in a bond bearing Date - the Seventeenth Day of December one Thousand seven Hundred Forty & Three, the bond is that my son William Hillard gave to me for part of that farm that he now liveth on in Stonington in Conecticut Colony he my said son William Hillard Paying such sum; or sums of as I shall hereafter order him.
Item - I Give and Bequeave unto my Beloved son Oliver Hillard; to him his Heirs assigns for ever the westerly part of my farm I now dwell on his part being bounded as followeth: To begin at the southwest corner of Joseph Peckmans farm: southerly, by a Highway until it comes to the north-west corner of Capt. John Palmers land; thence easterly by said Palmer's land until it comes to the northeast corner of said Palmers land, thence north or northerly till it comes to the East end of the new field so called & so by the wall to Joseph Peckhams land: & so westerly by Peckhams land to the first Bounds mentionedL & it is to be understood that my said son Oliver Hillard is to make and maintain for ever a good sufficient fence between him & the other part of my said farm & likewise I give unto my said Oliver Hillard to him his Heirs & Assigns for ever all my rights. & Interest in Those Little Lotts in the Eighteenth Fifty acer Lott. In Southworths pasture he my said son Oliver Hillard Paying such sum or sums of money as I shall hereafter order him.
Item - I Give & Bequeave unto my four Grand Children of my Deceased son Joseph Hillard Eighty & five Pounds apeace to each of them to be paid to them as I shall hereafter order as they come of age that is to say the sons to the age of twenty one years & the daughters to the age of eighteen years. But if any of thee Children should die before they come of age; Then the money shall be equally divided amongst them the survivors.
Item - I Give & Bequeave unto my Beloved son Benony Three Hundred Pounds in a bond bearing date 15 Dec. 1743; to sons Joshua and David, north part of my homestead, begins 21 stones north of my garden, east by Peckham, south to the highway, to them my new house and shop; to daughter Deborah Wheaton 5 pounds; to four grandchildren, children of Priscilla Palmer, deceased, 40 pounds to be divided; to daughter Hannah Wilbor, wife of John Wilbor, 30 pounds; to Abigail Hillard 100 pounds; to Church of Christ 10 pounds; wife Susannah executrix . . ."
The property in Stonington that David refers to in the Will is described in the following deed found in the Stonington Court Records.
". . . in consideration of 900 pounds . . . unto sd William Hillard . . . a certain parcel or tract of land situate and lying in Stonington being ninety five acres more or less, beginning at a wallnut tree standing on the south side of Cousadok hill on the north side of a brook, and from thence running East and by North 80 rods to a black oak tree marked on four sides and from thence upon a straight line to a white oak tree markt on four sides, which tree, being the southeast corner of land laid out to James Dean, and from thence easterly to a black oak tree standing by the side of a rock being the northwest corner tree of Thomas Shaws land, then running southwardly by sd Shaws land to a chestnut tree marked, from thence running southwardly by Magduells land to a burch tree marked on four sides, from thence by Magduels land to a heap of stones, and then westerly by Magduels land to a white oak tree marked on four sides, from thence westardly by Jones land ten rods to a black oak tree marked on four sides, and from thence a straight line to the first bounds mentioned. . . . ." David Hillard
In memory of
Capt. David Hillard
died January ye 11th 1748-9
in ye 71st year of his age
Birth: 25 FEB 1677/78
_SDATE: 25 FEB 1677 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 1
Death: 11 JAN 1748/49
_SDATE: 11 JAN 1748 in Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island 2
Burial: Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island (Old Commons Cemetery)
Note: Inscription: "In memory of Capt David Hillard died January ye 11th 1748/9 in the 71st year of his age" 3 4
Baptism: 3 MAR 1678 Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 5
Religion: Admitted to Little Compton United Congregational Church 30 MAY 1717 Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island 6
Religion: Admitted to Stonington First Congregational Church 4 APR 1708 Stonington, New London County, Connecticut 7
Religion: Dismissed to Little Compton 16 MAY 1717 Stonington, New London County, Connecticut 8
Little Compton Families: Left to second wife, Susannah, "pew in meeting house, negro girl named Kate..."
David Hilliard's Timeline
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
March 4, 1700
Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
October 27, 1719
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
October 11, 1732
Stonington, New London County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
January 11, 1748
Little Compton, Newport County, Province of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States