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William Thomas Hill, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Hill; William HILL and Samuel Hill
Husband of Mary Spivey and Mary Ann Hill
Father of Aaron Hill; Aaron Hill, Sr. and Mary Nicholson

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About William Thomas Hill, Sr.

Willliam HILL Sex: M Note: Family tradition says he left Scotland in 1702 for the colony of Virgnia.

The name Hill is English, not Scots. The only possible explanations are: he left for the colonies via Scotland; his family was one of the English who settled in Scotland after subjugating the people; or family tradition is wrong.

If the date 1702 is correct, this William would have been 76 or 86 when Robert was born. (There are two different birth dates written by local family members in Heritage Books for Robert). I believe we are missing at least one generation, maybe more, in this genealogy.

Another researcher has William Hill, his wife and two sons moving to Anson County, N.C., in 1726.

There is a deed in Rutherford County where a William Hill bought 200 acres of land, including house, etc., in 1786, from John Sorrels. The land was on Mountain Creek of the Main Broad River below Major Hampton's land. Sorrels bought the land in Oct. 28, 1782, according to the deed. Witnesses were John and Jonathan Hampton and the registrar was William Grant.

JOHN SORRELLS, Sr. , Rutherford Co. NC lived on the main Broad river at Mountain Creek for which he was granted a patent for 200 acres on 28 October 1782, and which he sold to WILLIAM HILL fot 72 pds on 9 January 1786. The land was described as on Mountain Creek of Main Broad River below Major Hampton's land. Bk E-10:546. This is the same land or near the same land Robert Hill buys 100 acres of in 1819.

Hill listings in the 13th Company, Morgan District, Rutherford County Census 1790 are below. This district would include the area of Mill Spring, Bills Creek, areas into Rutherford along Broad River from Bills Creek, Lake Lure, Gerton, all of Hickory Nut Gorge. This section remained Rutherford County, except for Gerton which was placed in Old Buncombe County in early 1800s. About 1835, Henderson County was formed from Old Buncombe and Rutherford. In late 1850s, Polk County was formed. The Main Broad River where Mountain Creek is remained in Rutherford County. If you drive from Bills Creek to Reedy Patch, it is only a few miles.

William Hill 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, one female. Rb Hill is also listed: 1 male over 16, 2 males under 16, 1 female. There is also a Charles Hills who descends from the Fairfield County, S.C., William Hill family. That family is well researched and can find no connection between it and our Hills. If there is one it goes back previous to Fairfield County, S.C.

Rutherford County was formed from parts of old Tryon County, Anson and Lincoln counties about 1790, just as the census was being taken. In the Morgan District, Lincoln County, Third Company, there is listed William Hill, 3 males over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females. James Hill, 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females. Robert Hill, 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16, 6 females. In Morgan District, Ninth Company, Lincoln County: John Hill Sr., 1 male over 16, 5 females. John Hill Jr., 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 1 female. Thomas Hill, 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females.

My theory is that sometime after the Revolutionary War, about 1786, before John Hill was born, our Hill ancestors moved into Lincoln County, which became Rutherford County. Robert married in Warren County, 1779. Land was bought in Rutherford 1786. John was born in Rutherford 1788.

If they moved from Warren County, where a Robert Hill married Martha "Margaret" Johnson, then it is necessary to understand that a family could live on the same land for generations, never moving, and be listed in 7 or 8 different counties and two different states and never moved from the original land.

Also of interest is the fact that Sarah Wheeler's family (Sarah married John Hill) was also from Bute (Granville, Warren, Edgecombe, etc.)

1779 Warren County was formed from old Bute County. Bute County was dissolved in 1779. 1764 Bute County was formed from Granville County. 1756 Granville County was formed from Edgecombe County. 1741 Edgecombe County was formed from Bertie County. 1729 Bertie County was formed from Chowan County. 1685 Old Shaftesbury County's name was changed to Chowan County. 1670 Shaftesbury County was formed from Albemarle County 1664 Albemarle County was formed and included parts of Virginia and North Carolina, including parts of Surry and Brunswick counties in Virginia. The border line of the two states changed many times until after the Civil War. Remember the Jamestown Colony included Northeastern North Carolina.

1701-1786 TAXPAYER NC lists: Robert, William Sr, William Jr, & Ephraim, Green (Hill), and more in all the above counties.

Warren County: Robert Hill marries Martha Johnson Nov. 6, 1779.

Hill, Robert 1782 was on the Warrenton Safety Committee in Warren County.

Aug. 11, 1779, Warren County William Hill vs. William Newsom, there was a suit over some property, it doesn't explain or give details. Judgment: Assess damages to plaintiff for 20 pounds and costs.

Nov. 1, 1779, Warren County William Hills is on a jury.

Elizabeth Jones marries Marmaduke Johnson, son of William Johnson Sr., in Warren County. They were all born in Granville County. From researach of others and deeds, etc., it appears Marmadue was Martha Johnson's brother, which makes her the daughter of William Johnson Sr.

Bute County Hills APPENDIX I THE EARLY MASONS IN BUTE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA Blanford Bute Lodge Green Hill, Thomas Hill, Ben Hill, all sons of Green Hill

Johnson-Caswell Buffalo Blanford -Bute No.10 Warrenton Safety Committee: Hill, Green 1767 Hill, Henry 1767 Hill, Thomas 1766

BROWNS COMPANY militia Robert Hill, Capt.

Oaths of Allegiance to North Carolina were given after the Revolutionary War in Bute County by William Hills, Robert Hill, John Hills and several other Hills.

Oct. 9, 1775, Thomas Hill to son Henry Hill, 1,155 acres in Bute County on Tar River, which he bought in 1743 from Alstons; and 360 acres on Long Branch and Wolf Pett Branch adjacent to the river, which he bought from Richard Hill in 1762.

March 10, 1775, Thomas Hill Jr. and wife, Rebecca, to William Johnson, guardian in trust for William and James Johnson, orphans of Sugan Johnson, deceased, 50 pounds for right of dower in lands of Sugan Johnson, deceased. Witnessed by James Johnson, Tabitha Johnson and Marmaduke Johnson. Proved by James Johnson. (Not certain how this relates)

August 1774, there were several land transactions adjacent to William Hill on Sycamore Creek; also adjacent to Thomas Hill, Henry Hill, Ben Hill.

February 1773, William Hill sold 400 acres on Red Bud Creek adjacent Watson and Hill.

Sept. 4, 1772, William Hill sold 200 acres on Peachtree Creek, which he bought March 29, 1772.

In early 1770s, Green Hill and Benjamin Hill were witnesses to several land deeds.

DB-2, page 3. 2 August 1767. WILLIAM HILL,JR. to EDWARD JONES, both of Bute Co. 55 Pds. Va. money for 175 A. in Bute Co. on SS Rich Land Branch, adj. JAMES JONES. Wit: WILLIAM PARK, JOHN DICKERSON. Ack: by WILLIAM HILL, JR., his wife (not named) relinquishing right of dower before PHILLEMON HAWKINS, Esq. Bute October Court 1767, BEN McCULLOCH, C.C. Reg: 5 January 1768, by WILLIAM JOHNSON, P.R. Marginal notation: Deld. to E. JONES 14th Feby. 1771

Parts of old Bute County records are now found in Granville County, Vance County, Warren County, Franklin County.

Granville County Mary Jones marries William Hill, son of Green Hill Sr. and Grace Bennett. They moved to Tennessee and appear to have well documented research. So this is not our ancestor.

Bertie County, Edgecombe Precinct: 1737, Thompkin sold to a Lynch 100 acres, tract of a plantation, on the south side of Morratuck River adjacent Beaverdam Creek, with houses, orchards, gardens, part of a patent of 570 acres to Whitmel in 1722, he sold to Young, Young sold to Robert Hill, Hill sold to Thompkin on March 28, 1730.

1728, Youngs sold land adjacent to Robert Hill on Beaverdam, south side of Morattuck River.

Chowan County Will of William Hill 1751 Chowan County NC

North Carolina | Chowan County | Know all men by these presents that I William Hill Husbandman of the place aforesaid being very sick and weak of Body but of Disposing mind & memory. Thanks be given to God therefor and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain these presents to Contain my last Will & Testament. Viz Principally & first of alle I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God That Gave it & my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Decent & Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named; and as Touching Such worldly Estate & Goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give Devise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner & Form - Viz. First my will is that my Just Debts & Funeral Expenses be paid & Defraid by my Ex- in Convenient time after my Decease -Imprimus I give to my Grandson Aaron Hill Son of Moses Hill part of a Tract of Land which my Father in Law Thomas Spive Gave to me by his Last will & Testemt lying up a branch that issues ought of Cathern Creek above the Plantation where my son Moses Hill lived, & my Said Grandson to have that part joyning to the said Land belonging to his Father Moses Hill to be Bounded as Follows beginning at the mouth of a Small branch which is the first small Branch above the Fork of the main Branch on the East side & to be Divided by a parallel line across the other Branch which James Griffin lives on and my said Grandson Aaron Hill to have that part adjacent to his own to him his Heirs & assigns for Ever - - Item, I Give to My Grandson Robert Hill Son of Aaron Hill all the remainder of the above said tract of Land to him his Heirs & assigns forever Item I Give to my said Grandsons Aaron & Robert Hill all the Residue of my woodland lands to be Eaqually Divided Between them & Aaron to have the South Side thereof to them their heirs & assigns for Ever - - Item I Give to my Daughter Rachel Hill one white mare in the woods. also one Cow & Two year old Heiffer, also one Feather Bed & pair of Sheets which have all gone by the name of hers, to her & her heirs for Ever Item I Give to my Son William Hill my Hunting Gun; also all my wearing apparel - - Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Barrow wife of Joseph Barrow sener one Large Brass kittle also one Ovel pine table being part of my Father in Law Thos. Spives Household Goods to her & her disposal - - Item I Give to my Grandaughter Mary Nicholson Daughter of Thos. Nicholson one Large Iron Pot, also one wooden Cubbord, being part of the Household Goods of the sd. Thos. Spive to her & her Disposal after the Decease of her mother Mary Nicholson - - Item I Give to my well beloved Wife Mary Hill the use of all the Residue or Remainder part of my Personal Estate whatsoever during the term or time of her Natural Life & after her Decease to be Equally Divided amongst my Seven Children now living in the County of Albermarl Viz Aaron Hill Sarah Barrow Mary Nicholson Susannah White Leah Moore Rachel Hill & Ruth Davis and then to them & their Disposal æ Lastly I do hereby Appoint Constitute & ordain my loving son Aaron Hill & trusty Son in Law Thomas Nicholson Executors of this my Last will & Testament Hereby disanulling, Recoking & Disallowing all & every other Formes Will Testament Bequest or Executor before this time by me named willed or Bequeathed Ratifing & Confirming this & no other to by my last will & Testiment - - Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared By the Said William Hill To be his Last Will & Testament In the presence of us the Subscribers This Tenth Day of the first month William Hill his mark {seal} Commonly called March 1750/51 Exet Qualified James Griffin Jethro Rabey his mark Jurat Ann Peters her mark

North Carolina | Chowan County | April County Court 1751 Present His Magestys Justices These may Certifie that Jethro Rabey a subscribing Evidence to the within will appeared in open Court & made Oath on the Holy Evangelist that he was Present & saw William Hill Sign Seal Publish and Declare the within to be and contain his last Will and Testament and that the said William Hill was then and at that time of sound & Disposing Memory and that he also saw James Griffin and Ann Peters sign their names hereto the same ____ then appeared Aaron Hill [struck thru: & Thomas Nicholson Executors] Mentioned in said Will in open Court and took the Executors Oath in due form of Law / Order: that the Hon. Nath[?] Rice[?] Esq. Secretary of said Province have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentory Issue thereon as the Law Directs Test I C Cravinces Transcribed by Robert F. Hill from the original documents located at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC.

Will of Thomas Spivey In the name of God Amen The Twenty third day of Desember and in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred twenty nine I Thomas Spivey senior living in North Carolina in the County of Albamarle in Chowan presink being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory praise Be given to Almity God forth____ same and knowing the incertainty of this life on earth and being desirous to settle things in order to make this my last Will and Testament in mannor and forme as following that is to say first and principally I command my soul to the Almighty God my creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and find remission of my sins and to be saved by the precious death and merits of my blessed savior and Redeemer Christ Jesus and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent and christian like manner as to my Exectuor hear&after named Shall be therg_ meet and convenient and as tuching such worldly Estates as the Lord in mercy hath Cent me my will and meaning is the same & shall be imployed and bestowed as here&after by this my will is expressed And first I revoke & renounce frustrate[?] and make void all Wills by me formerly made and do declare and appoint this onely to be my last Will and testament - - - Item I give and bequiuoth unto my son in law William Hill ninty acres of land more or less - - - to him his heirs for Ever beginning att marked gumm standing in the mouth of A branch caled the two pine branch and so running up the said branch two the maine Rode & over the Rode two Another small branch and then Up that branch Rite across to my out side line and along the outside line to A marked pine --James Griffins corner tree - - - Item I give and bequiuoth unto my son Jacob Spivey my plantation where on I now live in during his life and afterwards to my grandson Jacob Spivey to him his heirs for Ever beginning upon a branch side at a oake and Runing as my son Jacob Spiveys paster fence now Runes his can[?] field soo Across his cane field to a line of marked trees and along that line to Charles Campbells line & soo a long his line to William Wessons line A long his line to my out side line and soo binding upon William Hill - - - Item I give and bequioth unto my daughter Mary Hill my cubord and my round tablee I Also give unto the said Mary Hill my grate Brass Cittoll and my grate Iron pott - - - Item I give and bequiuoth unto my gran daughter Sarah Hill one young Cow an Calf Item I give and bequiuoth unto my grandaughter Mary Hill one young cow and Calf Item I give and bequiuoth unto my gran daughter Susanah Hill one Yerling hefer Item I give and bequiuoth unto Marke Chapell one young cow and calf - - - I also give unto the said Marke Chapell two young sows and piggs - - - Item I give ont my Son Benjamine Spivey one Fether bed and Rugg I also give unto my son Benjamine my grate chist and my Chouch and a young Steare- Item I give and bequiuoth unto my Son Jacob Spivey my fether bed wheare on I lie ‹ I also give him my bed stead and all the furnature belonging theare unto - I also give the said Jacob Spivey my great Cheare - - - Item I give and bequioth unto my son Thomas Spivey ____ pence[?] and a Bible - - - Item I give and bequioth unto my son William Spivey ____ pence[?] and a Bible - and it is my will and desire that my son Jacob Spivey be my hole Executor of this my last will and testament as witness our hands the day month & year first above written Signed sealed in the presence of us Robert Blanshard Wm Wosson his marks Thomas Spivey his mark {seal} Hamal Man_____

North Carolina This day came before me ___ Robt Blanchard and on Oath proved this Will of Thos Spiveys according to Law this 5th of Feb 1729 Rehd Everarch[?] Tho Spivey Will letter granted Feb 7th 1729

1717 15 July Thomas Spivey Sr of Chowan Prect. and Mary his wife to James Griffin of the same Prect. 8? sterling Money of Great Britian. 200 acres more or less on the north side of Catharine Creek Swamp in Meherrin Neck, joining Thomas Brooks, the Main Road, a branch, the land whereon the sd. Spivey now lives, Fras. Roundtree and Crooked branch part of a patent for 429 acres dated 16 Aug 1716. Wit: William Hill, Abner Spivey, Thomas Rountree, reg. 19 Aug 1717

My theory, which is not proven, is our Hills are descended from one of the sons of William Hill/Mary Spivey. Which one is the question?

Did Robert move into Rutherford County with his father or with a brother? Since he bought 100 acres of William Hill's 200 acre property in 1818, he must not have received all the land when William died. Even more interesting is the land was bought not from a person but from the state. How did it pass from William Hill to the state and then be sold as a state land grant to Robert? Unless it wasn't the same property, but adjacent property of 100 acres.

Here is the lineage of William Hill of Chowan County FIRST GENERATION A1. WILLIAM HILL of Chowan County, North Carolina Born ___, Died Jan. 10, 1750 Married Mary Spivey, dau. of Thomas Spivey Children: 1. Moses Hill b ___, d ___, m Dorothy Gray 2. Jacob, b ___, d ___, m Elizabeth Bogue, dau. of William 3. Aaron Hill, b 1710 d ___ m 1st Hunnicutt m 2nd Margaret Chappell, dau. of Thomas m 3rd Miriam Overman, dau. of Thomas and Miriam (Nicholson) 4. Sarah, b ___, m Joseph Barrow 5. Mary, b ___, m Thomas Nicholson 6. Willliam b ___, m ___ 7. Rachel b ___, 8. Susannah, b___, m John White 9. Leah,b ___, m Truman Moore 10. Ruth, b ___, m ___ Davis This information is from the will of William Hill1 REF: 1Hathaway, NC. Hist. Gen. Register, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 221.

Details about William Hill are sketchy. We know that he first lived in Virginia in Nansemond County. He paid a tax on 150 acres of land there in 1704. Mentioned on the same tax roll are: Henry Hill, 175 acres, Thomas Spivey, 200 acres, George Spivey, 200 acres, and John Smith, 100 acres. Henry Hill was a servant or clerk of Robert Bennett, which implies that he had come in Bennett's party to the colony, at Bennett's expense. He does not appear to have been the father of William, as William is not named in Henry's will. Instead they may have been brothers. William also may have had other Hill relatives in Virginia, many of whom had ties with the Bennett plantation.

In 1714-1715 Henry and William patented lands near each other in Perquimans Co., NC. Jacob Hill, “Lately of Virginia,” is mentioned with Henry and William as witnesses or neighbors in land deeds in 1718.

Neither Henry nor William Hill's family appears to have been Quaker. This is probably because the Quaker missionaries had not yet converted them. William Hill married Mary Spivey. Their son, Aaron, married a girl from Prince George County, Virginia, whose family (the Chappells and the Hunnicutts) was undoubtedly known to the Hills before moving to North Carolina. The Chappells and the Hunnicutts were Quakers, and this is probably why Aaron Hill's family were of that religion.

Family tradition says that William Hill came to America as a religious dissenter to practice his own beliefs. William Hill patented 780 acres of land in Chowan County, North Carolina. This land was located between Bennett's Creek and Catherine Creek, and was later known as Little River. The same area was settled by Quakers after the missionary, George Fox, journeyed through the swamps to preach to the settlers in the wilderness of NC. The people met for worship in homes until gradually meeting houses were built in several areas. Most of the homes were built near waterways which provided the only means of transportation. Families raised their crops, cut the forests, and sent their products by boat to other parts of the world. Many had relatives living in the Caribbean islands. Ships captained by a family member would transport the goods to another trader in the family. Lumber, tar, tobacco, cotton, and other commodities were marketed in this way. There were two William Hills in Antigua who may have represented one part of the chain. One of these was willed 820 acres in Perquimans County by a Basil Sanders, a customs official. It is a fact that in 1639 the master of the ship “The Blessing” (under charter to Edward Bennett) was a William Hill. Another Bennett ship captain was John Chappell, ancestor of Margaret Chappell, wife of William Hill's son, Aaron. In 1659 the “Blessing” was holding Quaker meetings when discovered by the local sheriff, John Hill.

No conclusive evidence can be produced to substantiate these links of the Hill family, but they do seem logical.

AARON HILL (William) Born 1710, died October 30, 1761 Married 1st: Hunnicutt Children: 1. Robert Hill Married 2nd: Margaret Chappell, d. of Thomas in Dec. 17361 in Prince George Co., VA. She died May 1, 1742. 2. Huldah, b Sept. 18, 1737, m. Samuel Bundy April 7, 1763 3. William, b Jan. 31, 1740, m. Mary Smith Dec. 1, 1762 Married 3rd: Miriam Overman, d. of Thomas on Nov. 2, 1745. Miriam Overman Hill married 2nd Joseph Morrison Nov. 19, 1766. She died July 28, 1788. 4. Mary, b Dec. 16, 1746, m Henry Palin Apr. 3, 17662 5. Moses, b Sept. 18, 1748, d Nov. 22, 1780 6. Aaron, b May 4, 1752, m Sarah Rich Nov. 8, 1781 7. Miriam, b Mar. 13, 1754, d. Feb. 12, 1787 8. Jacob, b Feb. 6, 1756 9. Jesse, b Apr. 5, 1758 m 1st: Mary Pritchard m 2nd: Elizabeth Overman 10. Thomas, b Mar. 7, 1760, m. Annie Hackett Apr. 20, 1785 Change Date: 1 JUN 2005 at 00:13:45

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown Children Has Children Robert HILLS b: Abt 1765 in North Carolina Has Children Jonathan HILL

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William Thomas Hill, Sr.'s Timeline

1670
1670
England
1706
1706
Age 36
NC, USA
1711
1711
Age 41
Pasquotank County, Province of Carolina, (present USA)
1750
January 10, 1750
Age 80
Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
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