William Hilton, "the Elder"

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William Hilton, "the Elder"

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northwich, Chester, England
Death: September 07, 1675
Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hilton and 1st wife of William Hilton
Husband of Sarah Hilton and Mehitable Cutler
Father of Sarah Winslow; Charles Hilton; Anna "Hannah" Woodman and Elizabeth Cutler
Brother of Elizabeth Hilton; Mary Hilton and John Hilton
Half brother of Magdalene Wiggin; Mainwaring Hilton; Agnes Beale and William Hilton (The Younger)

Occupation: Mariner
Managed by: Karen Dorothy Plummer
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About William Hilton, "the Elder"

William Hilton, mariner, was born about 1617 in Northwich, Cheshire, England, baptized there on June 22, 1617, and died intestate on 7 Sep 1675 at Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

He came to America with his mother aboard the ship, Anne, to Plymouth in 1623, at six years old.

Family

He was the son of William Hilton Sr and his first wife.

Married

  1. before 1641 to Sarah Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf and Sara More. She was chr .26 Mar 1620/21 at St Margaret, Ipswich, Suffolk, England and died before 1659
  2. at Charleston on September 16, 1659 to Mehitable Nowell, daughter of Increase Nowell and Parnell Gray. She was b.2 Feb 1637/38 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts and d. 29 Sep 1711 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She survived him and married John Cutler 2nd

William and Sarah (Greenleaf) had the following known children, born at Newbury:[2]

  1. Sarah, b June 1641; d April 4, 1667; m by 1661 Edward Winslow
  2. Mary, b about 1645; d of small-pox July 15, 1678; m William Marshall October 2, 1666 at Charlestown
  3. Anne/Hannah, b February 12, 1648/9; m Jonathan Woodman at Newbury July 2, 1668
  4. Elizabeth, b November 6, 1650; m Timothy Cutler (her step-brother) at Charleston, December 22, 1673; d between November 30, 1726 and April 20, 1733
  5. William, b June 28, 1653; d probably before grandfather Greenleaf's will in 1668.
  6. Charles, b July 1653; (???) d young probably before grandfather Greenleaf's will in 1668

William and Mehitable (Nowell) had the following known children, born and baptized at Charlestown:[2]

  1. Nowell, b May 4, 1653; d between October 6, 1687 and Sept 17, 1689
  2. Edward, b March 3, 1666; not mentioned in mother's or siblings' wills
  3. John, bp May 24 1668; d before January 14, 1741; m Sarah Parruck
  4. Richard, b September 13, 1670; d Charlestown January 25, 1720/1; m Elizabeth Lord January 22, 1711/12 at Charlestown
  5. Charles, b April 19, 1673; not mentioned in mother's or siblings' wills
  6. Samuel, living December 8, 1709 when mother mentioned him in her will; not mentioned in brother Richard's will in 1721.

Sources

  1. Anderson, Robert Charles The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Reference Volumes I-III, page 953
  2. Early New England Families, 1641 1700. (Original Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) Reference William Hilton Volume, pages 1-6
  3. Hall, Louise "New Englanders At Sea: Cape Fear before the Royal Charter of March 24, 1662/3" The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) Reference Volume 124, pages 90+

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Notes

William Hilton

The English colonists in Barbados grew sugar on plantations, or large farms. They were looking for more land so they could build more plantations. They sent William Hilton to explore the coast of Carolina.

In his ship Adventure, Hilton explored the coast. He looked for good soil so settlers could start plantations. He looked for rivers so they could ship their crops to many places. He looked for trees so they could build homes and ships.

Hilton saw an island that had all of these things. He claimed it for England and named it Hilton Head. He wrote about the rich land he had seen in Carolina.

  • The air is sweet, the country [sic]
  • Very pleasant and delightful, we
  • Wish that all [those people] waiting
  • A happy [community] were

William explored the Cape Fear River.

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-colonial/1899

A Biography.

https://spark.adobe.com/page/PLg4A/

William made the noted voyage to the southward on the Atlantic coast in 1662, when he discovered and named many places, among them Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was a sea Captain and Commander.

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William Hilton, "the Elder"'s Timeline

1617
June 22, 1617
Northwich, Chester, England
1641
June 1641
Age 23
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1643
July 1643
Age 26
Newbury, Essex, Mass
1649
February 12, 1649
Age 31
Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1650
May 6, 1650
Age 32
Newbury, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay County, Colonial America
1675
September 7, 1675
Age 58
Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America