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John Hill

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Chard, Somerset, England
Death: May 31, 1664 (59-67)
Lower Mills, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hill of Poundsford and Jane Hill
Husband of Frances Austin
Father of John Hill of Sherbourn; Rebecca Gray; Mary Breck; Samuel Hill; Jonathan Hill of Rhode Island and 8 others
Brother of Jonathan Hill

Occupation: blacksmith
Immigration Year: By 1634
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About John Hill of Dorchester

Parents are speculated as Jane Hill & John Hill of Poundsford - supporting evidence needed

Immigration: Possibly by Feb 1631/32, but no later than Jan 6, 1633/34  Probably migrated with wife Frances and oldest son. Death:  May 31, 1664, Dorchester, Mass.

"John Hill is first mentioned in the Dorchester Records as follows: "Jan 6, 1633/34. It is agreed that the great lotts from Mr. Rosciter's to John Hills lott tow[ward] Naponset in bredth and eight score in length shall be forthwith enclosed by good sufficient Pale."

Not in a Church?  Most of our ancestors were Puritans or Quakers, and most were pronounced "freemen" (ie full citizens, with powers to vote). The John Hill article, in NEHGR 58:157-168 says there is no evidence of him becoming a member of the church, no record of becoming a freeman, and no record of holding any office. (However, do note that his wife and children were apparently church members, as the church records took note of her daughter's removal to Taunton and her marriage to Jonas Austin. nmt)


The 1904 genealogy of John Hill and his descendants, starting in NEHGR 58:157 in installments, shows a daughter, Frances, who married Jonas Austin, and had no children. (Possibly following the same assertion made by Savage, or vice versa.) This was actually the marriage of the WIDOW of John Hill: Frances (__). (See Torrey). The daughter was a "ghost" made up to fit the marriage. There was no such person. (Note, if one counts John, Samuel and Mary, who were mentioned by name in the will, one arrives at twelve children. The genealogy lists 13 children. Subtract the "ghost" of Hannah from that list, and one is back to the twelve we count from the will. The death date given for this "ghost", Nov 18, 1676, is that of the mother: Frances (___) (Hill) Austin.


  1. John Hill of Dorchester, Mass., and his descendants by J. Gardner Bartlett. Published 1904 by New-England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Written in English.  Page 4-5.
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John Hill of Dorchester's Timeline

Chard, Somerset, England
September 23, 1602
Age 1
S. Molton, Devonshire, England
March 14, 1630
Age 29
England, United Kingdom
Age 31
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettes Bay Colony
Age 32
Age 33
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 35
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony