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Roger Hill

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Biddeford, York, Maine
Death: August 26, 1693 (54-62)
Wells, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Hill and Mary Hill
Husband of Mary Hill, of Wells
Father of Sarah Priest; Hannah Storer; Capt. John Hill; Samuel Hill, I; Joseph Hill and 3 others

Managed by: Jonathan William Shea
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About Roger Hill of Wells

Roger Hill

  • Birth: Aug 1635 - Biddeford, York, Maine
  • Parents: Peter Hill, Mary
  • Wife: Mary Cross
  • Death: Aug 26 1693 - Wells, York, Maine


  • Sarah Hill, Mercy Hill, Mary Hill, Samuel Hill, Hannah Hill, John Hill, Benjamin Hill, Ebenezer Hill, I, Joseph Hill


Planter. Selectman, 1685,6,7. Of Salem, Mass 1676-1680. Corporal, expedition against French and Indians, 1690.

Roger was admitted a freeman 5 July 1653 and also took the oath of allegiance to Massachusetts in 1653. Roger was evidently satisfied with the Massachusetts government as he signed the petition to Cromwell which referred to the complaints presented to the Protector by "some gentlemen of worth" (i.e. Godfrey) for restitution of their right of jurisdiction and asked that they be not heeded, intimating that they are instigated by "professed Royalists whose breathings that way... have been so farre stifled".(1)

From Shores of Saco Bay: A Historical Guide to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach, Pine Point, Prout's Neck (Google eBook) John Staples Locke. J. S. Locke & Company, 1880 - 106 pages

John Hill was Lieutenant and subsequently Captain. While at South Berwick, under command of Major Charles Frost, whose garrison was at Kittery, he became acquainted with and married the Major's daughter, Mary Frost, in 1694. Some suppose he named this fort in honor of Mary, his wife ; others claim that it was in honor of Mary, wife of William, Prince of Orange, who together were the reigning English sovereigns at that time. During this war, so distressing was the condition of the inhabitants in this vicinity, that many were obliged to leave their new homes and seek protection in the stronger settlements west. Those, however, who could be protected in forts and garrisons remained. In this fort were several families; among the women was Captain Hill's mother, who remained with her son.

Her husband, Roger, who was in Wells, wrote, in care of Captain John Hill, at Fort Mary, Saco, as follows:

Wells, May 7, 1690. Dear And Loving Wife: These are to let you know that we are all well here, blessed be God for it; and all our children remember their duty to you. The Indians have killed Goodman Frost and James Littlefield, and carried away Nathaniel Frost, and burnt several houses here at Wells, and I would have our son John Hill hire a boat, if he can, to bring you and some of our things by water, for I fear it is not safe to come by land. Son John, be as careful of your mother as possibly you can, for it is very dangerous times. The Lord only knows whether we shall ver see one another any more. Fraying for your prosperity, Your loving husband until death, Roger Hill.

It seems that as the war went on the inhabitants became more distressed, and there was danger that the Saco settlement would be entirely abandoned. Fort Mary was considered in danger, and this seemed to be the last stronghold for the people in the vicinity. The following letter gives a graphic idea of the country's condition:

Wells, August 13, 1696. Son Hill: I am now at Wells with twenty horse, intending to come over to you, but hearing of several guns about your parts I have sent over three men to know how it is with you. I have an order from the Governor to assist you in drawing off; and I have an order from the Lieutenant-Governor to draw off and bring away what can be transported by land, and to hide the rest in the ground with the guns; but our towns are so weak for want of men that if the enemy be about you we fear we are too weak to bring you off. .... Our people are much troubled that your fort should be demolished. Let me hear from you by bearer. My love to yourself and wife. I pray God to keep you from the rage of the enemy. I remain, your loving father-in-law, Charles Frost. 'Tis said six Indians were seen here this day. "To Captain John Hill, at Saco Fort. Haste, Post Haste."



  1. Mass. Archives, Vol.3, p. 242.


  1. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Portland, ME 1928-1939; Reprint, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Page: p. 329
  2. Folger Library - Special Collections: Guide to the Hill Family Papers
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Roger Hill of Wells's Timeline

Biddeford, York, Maine
April 7, 1661
Age 26
Saco or Scarboro (Cumberland Co.), York, Maine
September 7, 1664
Age 29
Saco, York, Maine, USA
May 28, 1666
Age 31
Saco, York , Maine
December 14, 1668
Age 33
Saco, York, Maine, USA
Age 35
Saco, York, Maine, USA
June 25, 1672
Age 37
Wells, York, Maine
February 24, 1674
Age 39
Saco Vrx, York, Maine, USA
February 14, 1679
Age 44
Saco, York, Maine, USA