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Phyllis Hills (Lyman)

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: High Ongar, Essex, England
Death: April 22, 1648 (37)
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Lyman (Immigrant); Richard Lyman; Sarah Lyman and Sarah Lyman
Wife of William Hills and William Hills
Mother of Sarah Lyman Ward; Sarah Davis, of Hartford; William Hills and John Hills
Sister of William Lyman; Richard Lyman; Anne Lyman; Elizabeth Lyman; John Lyman and 4 others

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About Phyllis Hills

Phyllis Lyman

  • chr.12 Sep 1611 High Ongar, Essex, England
  • d.bef Dec 1648 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (probably)
  • Parents: Richard Lyman (1580 - 1640) & Sarah Lyman (____ - 1642)
  • Married: William Hills (1607 - 1683)


  1. Sarah Hills Ward Davis (1638 - 1691)
  2. William Hills (1640 - 1693)
  3. John Hills (1644 - 1692)

Immigrated on the Lyon, 1631, with her parents.


  • 'Full text of "The Hills family in America; the ancestry and descendants of William Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1632; of Joseph Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1638, and of the great-grandsons of Robert Hills, of the parish of Wye, county of Kent, England, emigrants to New England 1794-1806"
  • It has been generally accepted as a fact that Mary, the widow of the emigrant of 1632, was his second wife, but it appears by probate records that she had two predecessors. The distribution of the estate of Thomas Bunce shows that one parcel of real estate, about four acres on the east side of the great river, had been bought by the decedent of William Hills, and that the lot was " formerly Richard Risley's, and came to said Hills by right of his wife relict of said Risley, as appears by a writing under said Hills hand, dated P^eb. 26, 1680," witnessed by James Steele and Thomas Watts. The inventory of the Risley estate was filed October 17, 1648. The court records show there were three children, the eldest less than eight years old, "William Hill bringing them up and giving security to the court " for their several portions of their father's estate.
  • The wife who probably survived William Hills was, before her last marriage, Mary, the widow of John Steele, Junior, who died about 1653 leaving two sons, John and Samuel. The inventory of his estate was take". March 11, 1654. The Warner genealogy states that Mary, daughter of Andrew Warner, of Hadley, Mass., married John Steele, January 22, 1646, and that her second husband was William Hill, of Hartford. When the widow Steele again became a wife is unknown. It was before the 25th of January, 1669, for at that date the Steele estate was settled, and in the instrument of distribution she is referred to as Mary Hill, and William Hill, her husband, " having taken upon himself to administer the estate, is to make good to the children as they come of age." That her second husband was William Hills, of Hartford, and that she was living some twelve years later, appear from the will of the emigrant of 1632, which is dated February 21, 1681, in which he refers to the revenues of the lands in Farmington as those he has " right unto by and in right of my wife," and provides that they be " demanded and received " for her. She i)robably was the mother of Jonathan ( born about 1664 ), youngest sou of the oinijirant. ...........................
  • 1. 'William*, born in England came in ship " Lyon," arrived in Boston, September, 1632; probably died at Hartford, 1683, where his will was jtrobuted, December 6 of that year. Married 1st, Phillis Lyman, daughter of liichard unfl Sarah (Osborne) Lyman who emigrated from High Onger, Essex County, England, in 1631. He married, 2d, the widow of Richard Risley, who died prior to October 17, 1648, the date of the inventory of his estate. The date of her death is unknown. He married, 3d, Mary, widow of John Steele, Jr., of Farmington, who died there, 1653-4, daughter of Andrew Warner of Hadley, Hampshire Co., Mass., who was living in 1681.
  • Children of William Hills, the emigrant of whom record has been found :
    • 2. William, b. Hartford, about 1646; d. (Savage says buried at Hartford, Aug. 15, 1693).
    • 3. John, b. Hartford, about 1648; d. (buried April 5, 1692).
    • 4. Joseph, bapt. March 17, 1650; d. Glastonbury, Conn., Nov. 8, 1713.
    • 5. Benjamin, b. Hartford, — ; d. Hartford (not before 1726, not after 1728).
    • 6. Susannah, b. " 1651; d. — Oct., 1701.
    • 7. Mary, b. Hartford (Porter Gen. says 1654); d. — .
    • 8. Lt. Jonathan, b. Hartford, about 1665; d. Hartford, Sept. 29, 1727.
    • 9. Hannah, b. Hartford, — ; d. before Oct., 1712.
    • 10. Sarah, b. " — ; d. Newark, N. J., 1691.
  • _____________________

Notes for PHYLLIS/PHILLIS LYMAN: --came over with parents --became deaf --Fillis

(f/g) Phyllis Lyman Hills Birth: Sep., 1611 Harwich, England Death: unknown Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Phyllis Lyman was baptised in High Ongar, Essex, 12 September 1611, daughter of Richard & Sarah Lyman, who came to early Hartford CT. She married William Hills of Hartford by about 1638 as his 1st wife. Eliot reports that "she came to the land with her father anno 1631. God wrought upon her heart in this Land, she grew deaf which disease increasing was a great affliction to her, she was married to William Hills & lived with him at Hartford on Conecticot." They had 3 children: Sarah Ward Davis, William, & John. The eldest child, Sarah, is assigned a birth date of about 1638, some years younger than that proposed by most other writers. She married first John Ward of Branford, and if she was the mother of all his children she must have married him by about 1651 (assuming that his first child was Sarah, born at Branford on 22 March 1651[/2]; there were two John Wards having children in Branford in the 1650s and early 1660s). Since her parents cannot have married until 1633, Sarah Hills could not have been born until 1634 at the earliest, and would have been sixteen or seventeen at marriage to John Ward. And if this is the case, there would be a gap of six years until the birth of the second child of William Hills. There seem to be two possibilities: William and Phyllis (Lyman) Hills did have daughter Sarah in 1634, and then no other children until about 1640, and Sarah did marry John Ward at the age of about sixteen; or Sarah Hills was not born until about 1638, and she was the second wife of John Ward. We have chosen the latter option, and recommend further research on the two John Wards of Branford and Newark.

Family links:

 Richard Lyman (1580 - 1640)
 Sarah Lyman (____ - 1642) 
 William Hills (1607 - 1683)
 Sarah Hills Ward Davis (1638 - 1691)
 William Hills (1640 - 1693)
 John Hills (1644 - 1692)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 08, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35660460 -tcd

Summary for Phillis Lyman by Elwin C. Nickerson:

Born High Ongar, England (Baptized Oct30,1580) Daughter of Richard Lyman. Richard Lymans wife's name was Sarah Lyman.

Bapt. Sept,12,1611.

Phillis Lyman ,married William Hill (Born England, Died Hartford Conn. in July 1683)

Arrived Boston Roxbury, in Lion 1631- (Ben M. Angel notes: she apparently was part of the group following Rev. John Eliot, who was on the same ship and settled in Roxbury shortly after arrival.)

Daughter Was Margery Hill (Born Roxbury,MA.) Married JAMES Morgan (Born Wales 1607, Died 1685 New London,Conn. Resided first in Roxbury,MA. James Morgan was the Son of Capt. John Morgan Born 03./201645-Died 1712 New London Conn.)

Johns wife was Rachel Demming.(Mother Honour Treat) Wethersfield, Conn, Richard Treat Father. .

Died in Hartford Conn. in 1640.


Activities of the ship Lyon during the Gregorian Calendar year 1631, from Ben M. Angel's notes:

1630/1631, February 15 (February 5 Julian Calendar, Saturday), New England: In the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the ship “Lyon” under English Captain William Pierce, after 10 weeks in tempestuous seas, arrives at Natascot (present Hull) from Bristol with provisions that save many colonists from starvation. Along with the supplies, the ship discharges additional colonists, including religious dissident Roger Williams and his wife Mary Barnard Williams, who make their way to Plymouth Colony after Roger declines to be a teacher for the Boston Congregation (saying that the church is “unseparated” because it allows civil magistrates to punish people for religious sins such as idolatry). Margaret Tyndall Winthrop, wife of Governor John Winthrop, arrives as well, but after suffering the loss of both their children (including youngest daughter Ann, age 18 months).

March 4 (February 22 Julian Calendar, Shrove Tuesday), New England: As a result of the arrival of the ship “Lyon,” a public Thanksgiving feast is held in Boston to celebrate being saved from death by famine and extreme cold.

1631, April 11 (April 1 Julian Calendar, Friday), New England: In Massachusetts Bay Colony, the ship “Lyon” under English Captain William Pierce sets sail from Salem for London. With preacher John Wilson aboard, the Boston church is left without a preacher until the eventual arrival of John Eliot.

November 9 (October 30 Julian Calendar, Sunday), New England: In the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a violent storm washes out the foundation of a stone house that English Governor John Winthrop had ordered erected at Mystic. Later, the walls are found to have been built of clay instead of lime, which had contributed to its failure. Outside of Boston, the ship “Lyon” (under English Captain William Pierce) is spotted, but it cannot yet enter the harbor because of heavy weather.

November 12 (November 2 Julian Calendar, Wednesday), arriving at the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the ship “Lyon” returns to Boston Harbor. Among the settlers brought in with this ship is the Reverend John Eliot, who will later preach to the natives and translate the Bible into the local native language, and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop’s third wife Margaret and their five children, as well as 60 other settlers (shortly after arrival, she becomes pregnant).

November 21 (November 11 Julian Calendar, Friday), New England: A day of thanksgiving is held in Boston after the arrival of the ship “Lyon” (under English Captain William Pierce).

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