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William Hill

Male 1737 - 1783  (46 years)


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  • Name William Hill 
    Born 15 April, 1737  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Married 29 Sep 1757  Old Brunswick Town, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "Orton" 
    History ...William Hill, 15 Apr 1737-23 Aug 1783, from Boston. Married 29 Sep 1757,Old Brunswick Town, NC, to Margaret Moore, Dec 1735-3 Nov 1788, d/o Nathaniel Moore,1699-bef.Nov 1748,(s/o Royal Governor James Moore of SC and Margaret Berringer) and married (2) to Elizabeth (Webb?)...Lt William Hill was in R/W, held captive by the British (long story)..He was the s/o
    ...John Hill, bap 11 Aug 1700-died Oct 1777. Married 15 May 1722 Boston, to Elizabeth Maxwell d/o John and Elizabeth Maxwell of Boston. He was the s/o

    ...John Hill, bap 11 Aug 1700-died Oct 1777. Married 15 May 1722 Boston, to Elizabeth Maxwell d/o John and Elizabeth Maxwell of Boston. He was the s/o
    ...HENRY and Mary Hill of Boston..  [3
    History Extract from \"Captain Roger Jones of London and Virginia\" by Judge L. H. Jones (1891)
    William Hill is mentioned in Waddell\'s History of New Hanover County as follows: \"Mr. William Hill, merchant of Brunswick and justice of the peace, was a man of prominence, of high character and well connected, having married Margaret, daughter of Nathaniel Moore. He was a native of Boston.\"
    William Hill, son of John Hill of Boston, made a will, of which Margaret Hill qualified as executrix Oct. 9, 1783, and which mentions wife Margaret, sons John, William Henry, Nathaniel Moore, and Thomas Hill.  [4
    History Extract from \"Thomas Hill Family Bible Records\", part of the North Carolina Digital Collection
    William Hill and Margaret Moore were married at Orton, Brunswick County, N.C., on the 29th Sept. 1757, at noon. The ceremony was performed by the Revd. John McDonnell.
    William Hill was born 15 April 1737;
    Margaret Moore was born Dec. 1735.
    Their children were:
    I. Margaret Anna was born in Charlestown, South Carolina, the 5th Dec. 1759 and died 27th same month and year;
    II. John was born near Brunswick, 12th Aprtil 1761, at 1 o\'clock in the morning;
    III. Henry Richardson was born in Brunswick 7th Jany, 1763, and died 27th July 1764;
    IV. William was born in Brunswick 16th March 1765, and alas, he died on the 11th day of November 1766;
    V. William Henry, born in Brunswick the 1st day of May, between 3 & 4 o\'clock in the morning, in the year 1767;
    VI. Nathaniel Moore was born in Brunswick 1st Jany. 1769;
    VII. Thomas, born in Brunswick 28th Nov. 1770;
    VIII. Maurice, born in Brunswick 15th Nov. 1772 and died 4th July 1774;
    IX. Maurice Moore was born in Wilmington 10th Dec. 1775, and died.  [5
    History Held captive by the British in R/W \"long story\" 
    Education William Hill, the father, was a native of Boston; a graduate of Harvard in 1756, came to North Carolina on account of his health and settled at Brunswick where he taught school. He married Margaret, daughter of Nathaniel Moore, and the grand-daughter of James Moore, Governor of the two Carolinas by the daughter of Sir John Yeamans. His eldest son, John, was a Lieutenant at the battle of the Eutaw Springs.
      [6
    Occupation Extract from \"Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol. 3\" by William Stevens Powell (1913)
    Hill, William (15 Apr. 1737 - 23 Aug. 1783), colonial official and merchant, was born in Boston, Mass., the son of John and Elizabeth Maxwell Hill and the grandson of Henry Hill who arrived in Boston in 1726, leaving his family large holdings of property including distilleries near Essex Street.
    William Hill and his brother, John (1732-58), attended Harvard College, graduating in the class of 1756. In their freshman year they boarded in the home of President Holyoke. They were described as \"quiet and orderly undergraduates\". Shortly after his graduation William went to Brunswick, N.C., a port town on the Cape Fear River., to become the local schoolmaster. On 29 Sept. 1757 he married Margaret Moore, of Brunswick, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Webb Moore and granddaughter of Governor James Moore of South Carolina. The ceremony was performed at Orton Plantation by the Reverend John McDowell, and Anglican missionary in the Cape Fear section. They had nine children but only four reached maturity: John (1761-1832), William Henry (1767-1808), Nathaniel Moore (1769-1842), and Thomas (1770-1818).
    Not long after settling in Brunswick, Hill gave up teaching to enter the mrecantile business with Parker Quince as his partner. His business was successful, and he seems to have been respected and liked in the Lower Cape Fear section, where he was commonly refereed to as \"the elegant gentleman from Boston\". In 1764 Governor Arthur Dobbs appointed Hill collector of duties \"on rum, wine and other distilled liquors\" for the port of Brunswick. He held this position until the end of the colonial period, and at the same time continued his mercantile business, exporting and importing goods to and from England.
    Although the approaching break with the British government seriously affected his business, Hill was sympathetic towards the grievances of his fellow colonists. On a visit to North Carolina in March 1773, Josiah Quincy, Jr., of Massachusetts, wrote: \"Lodged last night in Brunswick, N.C., at the house of William Hill, Esq., a most sensible, polite gentleman, and though a crown officer, a man replete with sentiments of general liberty, and warmly attached to the cause of American freedom\". On 25 July 1774, Hill wrote the English firm of Kelly and Co. that the tea he had repeatedly ordered had not arrived but that he did not complain because \"the flame into which this whole Continent is thrown by the operation of the Boston Port bill will presently show itself in an universal stop to all intervourse between Great Britain and the Colonies. My little connection with trade must cease with the rest\". Three months later Hill wrote Kelly that he had received a shipment of tea that he was returning in the same vessel, remarking that even if he was disposed to accept it \"the people here would not suffer it to be landed. Poison would now be more acceptable\". He pointed out that the British were greatly mistaken in their belief in \"a disunion among the American Provinces, and I can venture to assure you that North Carolina will not be behind any of her sister Colonies in virtue\". In the same letter he refused to accept the agency \"for supplying his Majesty\'s ships,\" and declined further trade until \"the present difficulties are happily over, which, as a warm friend of Great Britain and her Colonies, I sincerely wish may be speedily accomplished\".
    In November 1775, there being no longer any commerce out of the port of Brunswick, Hill gave up his position as naval officer and shortly afterwards moved to Wilmington. In 1780 he was elected to the House of Commons from New Hanover, but was declared ineligible to take his seat because he already held a county office, commissioner of forfeitures. Remarking on his election, Hill said that the \"Choice was made without my Privity or Consent, and I knew not that any Person had set me up as a Candidate till near the close of the Poll\". Following this reversal, he was placed in charge of administering the law relative to encouraging the importation of arms and munitions into the port of Brunswick. When commerce on the Cape Fear was resumed, he was appointed one of the commissioners to regulate pilotage on that river.
    A member of the Anglican church, Hill served as a vestryman and lay reader of St. Philip\'s Parish, Brunswick, where he was buried. Referring to Hill\'s death in a letter to a friend, Archibald Maclaine Hooper said, \"Mr Hill died . . . of obstinate quackery\", not calling in a physician until \"about four days before his death\".  [7
    Died 23 August, 1783  Wilmington, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Y  [1
    Person ID I641  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2018 

    Father John Hill,   b. 11 Aug, 1700, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. Oct 18, 1777, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship putative 
    Mother Elizabeth Maxwell 
    Relationship putative 
    Family ID F356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Moore,   b. 13 Dec 1735, Brunswick County, North Caroliina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1788, Old Town, Brunswick County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Children 
    +1. John Hill, II,   b. 12 Apr 1761,   d. 1812  (Age 50 years)  [putative]
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
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