John Hill, of Guilford

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John Hill

Birthplace: perhaps, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Katherine Post Hill; Frances Hill and Katherine Hill
Father of Elizabeth Hill; Sarah Allen; James Hill; John Hill; Hannah Hill and 1 other

Occupation: Carpenter
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About John Hill, of Guilford

John Hill

  • born around 1602 [1] / in 1623 in (perhaps) Northamptonshire, England
  • died in Guilford, Connecticut on 8 June 1689
  • will proved on 17 June 1689 and inventory of estate taken 13 June 1689. [2,3]
  • Parents: not known
  • Wives: 1) Frances 2) Katherine Post, who was the widow Chalker

He was known as Goodman Hill.

"on 02 Dec 1658 John Hill, of Guilford, sued Thomas Clark for slander. The plaintiff declared that the defendant hath slanderously reported that he John Hill laid violent hands upon him and shook him and offered to strike him with his fork and another while with his fists, which the said Hill denied, and so looks upon himself as wronged, and desires satisfaction for the slander. Mr Clark gave the truth in evidence, which he fully sustained, so the court awarded that the Defendant was not guilty of slandering Hill and awarded the Defendant his costs."


His parents are not known.


  1. Frances ? in England, who died May 1673. [4] Her parents are not known.
  2. Katharine Post probably the widow of Alexander Chalker at her age of 16 on 23 Sep 1673 in prob Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut.

Children of Frances ? and John Hill:

  1. John b. 10 January 1650 England died 8 May 1690 m Thankful Stow 1646 – 1711
  2. James b. 1646 England died 8 Oct 1707 m. Sarah Griswold children: Isaac and Michael
  3. Ann b. 1648 England d. 1706 (may be the same as Hannah)
  4. Ann or Hannah b. 18 Jan 1652 England d. 1732 Milford ? m. James Tapping of Mlford (1643) may be son of Capt Thomas Tapping of Wethersfield by his wife Emma.
  5. Sarah died before 1680 m. Henry Allen. (daughter Frances Allen b 1676)
  6. Elizabeth died before 1680


John Hill came from Northamptonshire, in England, as early as 1654, and settled upon the north side {n.b. or south side: see below} of the green, on the place now [in 1877] occupied by E. C. Bishop and Tabor Smith. [6] It is stated that he was by trade a carpenter, and came early to Guilford, but not in the first company; that he was at Branford in 1646, but came with his family soon after to Guilford, the thought being that the Hill family were "North Britons."

He was a freeman in Guilford before 1657. Suits against him for slander are discussed in 'Steiner's History of Guilford' page 95: On the 14th of May, 1655. John Hill and Goodwife Hill testified in court at Guilford.

John Hill was one of the lesser planters, being known as Goodman Hill. His home lot was on the south side of the Green, and contained about an acre and three-fourths. In addition to this, he had other lands.

Of his English ancestry and date of birth nothing is known, but there is a family tradition of Welsh origin.


Will was proved June 17, 1689, and names his wife Katherine, his sons John ,and James, his daughter Tapping, and the children of his deceased daughters Sarah and Elizabeth, of whom Frances Allen was to receive a double portion. On the second Monday of June, 1695, the following record was made (New Haven County Court Records, I., 232): "The legacies yet due out of ye estate of John Hill of Guilford deceased is 9 lb 20s which is to be distributed to 13 grandchildren of the deceased the eldest of them viz. Frances Allen to have I lb 5s 5d as a double portion, and each of the rest to have 12s 20d as a single portion to every of them."

For More Information

Those interested in this family might like to know that Dr. Alvan Talcott's manuscript genealogies of Guilford families contain quite an extended account of the descendants of John (1) of Guilford. The original is in the library of the New Haven Colony Historical Society at New Haven, Conn., and a copy is filed in the office of the town clerk of Guilford. Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society (1865)||New Haven Museum Manuscript Collections

History of Guilford, New Haven County, CT

In May of 1639, a band of puritans, led by the Reverend Henry Whitfield, left England to seek religious freedom in the New World. They set sail for Quinnipiac (now called New Haven) and arrived there later that Summer.

After negotiating with the local Native Americans, who were represented by their squaw sachem (female chief) Shaumpishuh, the group purchased land halfway between New Haven and Saybrook. There they established the plantation of Menuncatuck, which would later be known as Guilford.

Like most 17th century New England towns, Guilford was organized around a common or green. The first houses were small huts with thatched roofs, wooden walls, and dirt floors. Guilford, unlike other villages, had no protective palisade fence surrounding the community; instead they build four large stone houses for the leaders of the plantation. These homes were strategically located and used for shelter during times of danger. Life in Guilford was extremely primitive and resembled a medieval village for several generations.

Later in the 17th century, Guilford became part of the New Haven Colony and then Connecticut Colony. By the 18th century, the town had become a thriving coastal community with agriculture and the sea supporting the economy.


re: Ebenezer b: ABT 1644 in Dorchester, Massachusetts [5] died 1696 in Bridgewater, Litchfield, CT.

He shows as the son of John Hill (1606-1664) and Frances Tilder (1608-1676). However John Hill of Guilford died in 1683 and John Hill of Dorchester is known to be the son of John Hill (1571-1635) and Frances Gaud (1575-1682), who seem well documented. Therefore I am removing any links or associations.

- Erica Howton 2 Dec 2010


  1. Lawrence. John Hill was probably born about 1602. He was a landholder at Dorchester, Mass. in 1633.
  2. NEHGS. he died June 8, 1689.
  3. Ricker. John, Elder, d. 8 Jun 1689 - Guilford Births & Deaths
  4. NEHGS. He married first, Frances --------, who was the mother of his children, and who died May, 1673;
  5. Smith, p. 24.


  • Atwater, Edward E. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption into Connecticut. New Haven: Printed for the author, 1881. Print. read online
  • Hill, Edwin A., Esq. Genealogies of Connecticut Families Vol. II Notes on the Family of John Hill of Guilford, Conn: pages 163-165. read online
  • Lawrence, John S., Compiler. The Descendants of Moses and Sarah Kilham Porter of Pawlet, Vermont: with some notice of their ancestors and those of Timothy Hatch, Amy and Lucy Seymour Hatch, Mary Lawrence Porter and L Lucretia Bushnell Porter. Grand Rapids: 1910, p. 128.
  • NEHGS, Vol. 57, Jan. 1903, page 87, 88.
  • Ricker, Jacquelyn Ladd. The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Ea rly Connecticut: Based on The Barber Collection of Connecticut Town Vit al Records and Other Statistical Sources. Baltimore: 2006. p. 6265
  • Roberts, Gary B, and Judith McGhan. Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1983. Print. p. 163-165.||find in a library||read online
  • Smith, Ralph D, and Lewis H. Steiner. The History of Guilford, Connecticut: From Its First Settlement in 1639. Albany: J. Munsell, printer, 1877. Print. read online
  • Genealogies of Connecticut families, page 163 "Notes on the Family of John Hill of Guilford,Conn." by Edwin A. Hill Judith McGhan, Genealogical Publishing Co. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1983.


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John Hill, of Guilford's Timeline

March 21, 1623
Northamptonshire, England
Age 7
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 18
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
May 15, 1646
Age 23
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 24
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
January 10, 1650
Age 26
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
January 18, 1652
Age 28
Guilford, CT, USA