Ancestral Family Topic 932

 932   Thomas Hill I (-c.1730)
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Thomas Hill I, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Thomas Hill I might describe his life as follows.

James Honey and Margaret (Dixon) Honey paid the cost of passage to Virginia for me and eleven others before 1703 when they got 600 acres in the part of King William County that was added to Spotsylvania County in 1721. 
My family lived near Arnolds Creek at the southern tip of Spotsylvania, near Hanover County. Dennett Abney settled there, too, and in 1728 he and I received a grant to 419 acres in St. George’s Parish next to his son, Dennett Abney Jr. 
Spotsylvania records speak often of the very wealthy and well-educated merchant Mr. Thomas Hill, Gent. Well, he was someone else—I was the Thomas Hill who could not write his name. That’s how one could tell us apart. During November 1727 I did serve on a jury,  and with Dennett Abney Jr. was summoned as a witness in a lawsuit. 
After I and my good neighbor Dennett Abney died, our families sold our plantation. Dennett’s widow, Mary, sold his 209-acre portion in 1735. My eldest son, Thomas Hill, and his wife, Barsheba, disposed of the remainder of the tract in two deeds to John Lewis: 124 acres in 1760 and 86 acres in 1764. My wife, whose name is unknown, had a right to one-third of my land and she must have been living on the 86 acres until her death.
Because my daughter-in-law’s very peculiar name was nearly identical to Bathsheba, the name of Dennett Abney’s mother, she must have been his daughter.

He was possibly the Thomas Hill who paid quit rents on 150 acres in King William County in 1704. 

The prominent Thomas Hill
In Spotsylvania County contemporaneous with Thomas Hill I was another Thomas Hill—the son of Thomas Hill and Edith Bell of London and the brother of Humphrey Hill of King and Queen County. This Thomas Hill married Elizabeth Grayson in Spotsylvania County 3 Aug. 1731 and was dead before 7 July 1741 when Elizabeth Hill refused execution of her husband’s will and the court appointed his brother, Humphrey Hill, the administrator.  Both Thomas and Humphrey Hill were wealthy merchants and undoubtedly saw to it that their children were educated. More specifically, Humphrey Hill’s will left £500 in trust to St. Stephens Parish, the interest on which was to be used to educate children of the parish who were unable to pay for instruction. My Thomas Hill, who was illiterate and made his mark on deeds and his will, was undoubtedly not of this family.

Descendants of Thomas Hill I
Information about the children of Thomas Hill I, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Thomas Hill II (-1773),  

Selected sources
Harris, Malcolm H. “The Family of Humphrey Hill.” Old New Kent County, 1997:431-3. • Includes information on the prominent Thomas Hill who was a contemporary in Spotsylvania County with Thomas Hill.

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