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years before the Puritan emigration. It has been
borne by numerous prominent citizens of the Ameri-
can colonies and of the LTnited States, and is still
among the most widely distributed names known in
the history of the country.

(I) The first of wdiom we have distinct infor-
mation in the line herein traced was George Hilles,
who resided in the parish of Great Burstead. Biller-
icay, Essex county, England. Neither his birthplace
nor_ his parentage has yet been discovered. The
parish register of Great Burstead between 1579 and
1596 is still missing, and this prevents the discovery
of name and parentage of his wife. The earliest
known record of George Hilles is in relation to his
marriage : "George Hilles. linen draper, and Mary
Symonds of Billericay, County Essex, widow of
W^illiam Symonds. late of the same, tanner; general
licences of the Bishop of London, thirteenth of
October, 1596."

(II) The records of Burstead gives the follow-
ing: "1602, ]March, Joseph Hilles, sonne of George,
was baptized the third day." He was married July
22, 1634. to Rose Clarke, in Great Burstead, and
there his elder children were born. Not later than
]\Iarch, 1632. all the family moved to Maiden, also
of Essex, where three of his children were born.
In 1638 he was. the "undertaker" of the voyage of
the ship "Susan and Ellen." which arrived in Bos-
ton, July 17, of that year. He first settled in Charles-
town, upon the Charles and ]\Iystic rivers. The
family- dwelling w-as hear the market-place, but in
a iew years he became a resident of the north side
on the Mystic river, and established his home on
"Mystic Side."' on a farm of considerable size. When
this was set off in a separate town it became known
as Maiden, which name was probably given by him
in memory of his former dwelling place in England.
He was a man of much influence in the community,
and served as selectman in 1644 and 1646, and was
representative in the general court. He was re-
elected in the following year and w^as chosen speaker
of the house of deputies. During his residence in
IMystic and ^lalden he was captain of the train band.
At his death he willed his "buffe coate" to his son
Samuel, and his backsword to his stepson Henry
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no other representative until 1664. He moved to
Newbury, on the Merrimack river, and was suc-
■ceeded in this office by his son-in-law, John Wade.
In 1645 Joseph Hilles was the first named on a com-
mittee "to set the loss of the settlers of the Nasha-
waj' plantacon." Three years later he was the first
of a committee of four "to change the location of
the highway between Winnesemit and Reading."
In 1650 he was the second of a committee to change
the government, and was chairman to draw up in-
structions for blocks, to a gathering, where "com-
missioners of all the colonies shall meete." In 1635
he was one of a committee to consider whether the
colonies by their articles of agreement were em-
powered to engage the colonies in "warre." In 1654
he was appointed with others to frame a reply to
the Holden government, which had demanded an
explanation of certain acts of the colonies. He was
three times on a committee to audit the treasury
accounts, and in 1648 was leading member of the
committee which reported to the general court the
first codification of the loss of the colony. He was
the actual compiler of the law, prepared the copy
for the press, and supervised the printing. Be-
sides a money compensation he was granted by the
colony for his work, five hundred acres of land
on the Nashaway river, and the remission of his
taxes in his old age.

His first wife. Rose Clarke, died March 24, 1650.
in IMalden, and he was married. June 24, 1651, to
Hannah Smith, widow of Edward Mellows, of
Charlestown, who died about 1655. In January,
1656, he married (third) Helen (Elline or Elea-
nor), daughter of Hugh Atkinson, of Kendall, West-
moreland, England. She died between January 8,
1861, and November 10. 1662. On ]\Iarch 8. 1665,
he was married in Newbury, to Ann, the widow of
Henry Lunt, of that town, and until his death re-
sided in her dwelling in Newbury. He died Febru-
ary 5, 1688. at Newbury, having been deprived of
his sight by blindness for about eight years. The
children of his first wife were : ]\[ary. Elizabeth.
Joseph, James, Rebecca, Stephen. Sarah. Gershom
and Mehitable. The first four were born in "Eng-
land. The children of Joseph and Hannah were:
Samuel, Nathaniel and Hannah. The children of
Joseph and Helen (Atkinson) Hilles were: Deb-
orah and Abigail.

(III) Samuel, eleventh child of Joseph Hilles,
and the eldest of his second wife, Hannah (Smith)
Mellows, was born in July, 1652, in Maiden, and died
in Newbury. IMassachusetts. August 18. 1732. He
was sergeant in King Philip's war, and was at the
battle of Bloody Brook and Narragansett, in 1675.
He was married in Newbury, Massachusetts. May
.20, 1679, to Abigail Wheeler, who died April 13,
17^2. She was the daughter of David and Sarah
(Wise) Wheeler, of Newbury, David being the son
ofjohn Wheeler, who was born at Salisbury. Wilke-
>hire, England, in 1625. and came to New England
in the ship "Confidence." in 1638. He was married,
"May II. 1650, to IMary. daughter of Samuel Wise.
Their children were : Samuel, Joseph, Nathaniel.
Benjamin. Abigail (died young), Henry, William.
Josiah. John, Abigail, James and Hannah (twins^,
Daniel and Smith. (Mention of Daniel and de-
scendants follovv's in this article.)

(IV) Henry, fifth son and sixth child of
Samuel and Abigail (Wheeler) Hilles, was born
April 23, 1688. in Newbury, and died August 20.
1757. in Hudson, New Hampshire. He received
from his father, before his death, a deed of lands
and meadow on the east side of the Merrimac
river, in Dunstable, that portion which is now the



town of Hudson. This was a part of the land
granted by the colony to Joseph Hilles, the grand-
father of Henry. On October 16, 1721, Henry
Hilles bought of John Usher fifteen acres of land in
Dunstable, where he was then living, and on the
twentieth of the same month he sold his land in
Essex county, Massachusetts, to his brother John.
In the record of his third marriage at Newbury he
is described as of Nottingham, which is the same
locality as Hudson. It is probable that he removed
to New Hampshire immediately after receiving his
father's deed, which is dated August 22, 1721. He
was married (intention published May 23, 1715, in
Newbury), to Hannah, daughter of Henry and
Bethiah (Emery) Bodwell, of Haverhill. She was
born September, i6g6, in Methuen, Massachusetts,
which was formerly a part of Haverhill. Henry
Hill's second wife was named Abigail, but no date
of the marriage or of her birth and parentage has
been found. He married (third) at Newburj^, No-
vember II, 1736. Dorcas Thornton. There were
probably no children of the third marriage. Those
of the first were : Ezekiel, and Henry and of the
second, Ebenezer and Jonathan.

(V) Lieutenant Ezekiel, eldest child of Henry
and Hannah (Bodwell) Hill, was born April 11,
1718, in Newbury, Massachusetts, and died in Hud-
son, New Hampshire, May 14, 1790. His wife Han-
nah was born in 1719, and died September 27, 1816,
in Hudson. Their children were : Mehitable,
Thomas and Esther.

(VI) Thomas, only son and second child of
Lieutenant Ezekiel and Hannah Hill, was born
March 30, 1751, in Hudson, and died in that town
May 21, 1833. His wife Ruth died there August
25, 1826. Their children were : Amos, Isaac,
Thomas, Hannah, Sally and Ruth.

(VII) Isaac, second son and child of Thomas
and Ruth Hill, was born October 15, 1782, in Hud-
son, and resided in Arlington, Massachusetts. He
died in 1881.

(VIII) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (i) and Lu-
cinda (Cutter) Hill, was born October 13, 1829, in '
Arlington, Massachusetts. He was educated in Dra-
cut, Massachusetts, and engaged there in farming.
He was an attendant of the Congregational Church,
and a Republican in politics. He was married,
1854, to Eliza Ann Peabody, daughter of Nathaniel
Peabody, of Dracut (see Peabody, V). They had
eight children : Frank A., John P., Fred Roland,
Martha E., Orton, Grant, Sarah, and Emma.

(IX) John P., second son and child of Isaac
(2) and Eliza A. (Peabody) Hill, was born Sep-
tember 15, 1856, in Dracut. Massachusetts, and was
educated in the public schools of that town. He
carried on the old farm there, of one hundred and
fifty acres, for about fifteen years, when he engaged
in the wholesale manufacturing of lumber, and in
1895 he removed to Warner, New Hampshire, and
engaged in the lumber business there in which he
has been successful, and is numbered among the rep-
resentative citizens of the town, popular, and re-
spected by his fellows. He has served the town
four years as selectman, and is a leading member
and treasurer of the Grange. He attends and sup-
ports the Baptist Church, and is an ardent Republi-
can in politics. He is affiliated with Centreville
Lodge, No. 215, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and of the Welcome
Rebekah Lodge of Warner, and is past master of
Haris Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
of Warner. He was married, October 15, 1895, to
Hannah Burbank, daughter of David S. and Amanda
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children : Florence, Orton F., Edna Amanda and
Alice Burbank. His wife died April 25, 1903, and
June 28, 1906, he married Kate S. Hard}^ of Warner,
a daughter of Charles E. and Sarah A. (Clough)
Hardy.

(IV) Captain Daniel, tenth son and twelfth of
the fourteen children of Samuel and Abigail
(Wheeler) Hills, was born at Newburj^ Massachu-
setts, December 8, 1700. He was of the Colonial
army that captured Louisburg in 1745. From
March, 1748, to September, 1749, with the rank of
captain, he was in command of a detached company
in the unsettled district of Maine. He was con-
nected with the artillery train under command of
Colonel Richard Gridley from February 18, 1756,
till his death in October of that year. For a short
time, about 1730, he was living in a township that
is now a part of Hudson, Xew Hampshire. In De-
cember, 1724 (published December 5), Daniel Hills
married Elizabeth Biggs, daughter of John and Ruth
(Wheeler) Biggs, who was born at Gloucester,
Massachusetts, June 28, 1707. They had three chil-
dren : Ruth, born February 5, 1726 ; Abigail, May
10, 1728; and Daniel (2), whose sketch follows.
Captain Daniel Hills died October 28, 1756, on the
second expedition to Crown Point.

(V) Captain Daniel (2), only son and third
and youngest child of Captain Daniel (i) and
Elizabeth (Biggs) Hills, was born in that part of
Newbury, Massachusetts, w'hich is now a part of
Hudson, New Hampshire. From 1758 to 1786 he
was assessed as a citizen of Haverhill, Massachu-
setts. In November, 1789, fifty acres of land in
Northfield were deeded to him as a cordwainer
in Concord, New Hampshire. In January, 1791,
a lot of one hundred acres in the same town'ship
was conveyed to him as a resident of Haverhill,
and in this conveyance he is styled gentleman. Like
his father in the Colonial wars, he held a commission
as captain in the Revolution, and he drilled the
Haverhill company that marched upon the Lex-
ington alarm. In the history of Haverhill, Massa-
chusetts, among the list of those who gave clothing
for the soldiers of the Revolution, appears the
name of Captain Daniel (2) Hills, who contributed
nine pairs of "Shuss." On Mav 10, 1757, at New-
bury, Captain Daniel (2) Hills married Hannah
Emery, daughter of David and Abigail (Chase)
Emery, who was born in Newbury, in February,
1739- They had six children: Daniel, whose sketch
follows; Abigail, born ]\Iarch 7, 1760, married Amos
Clement; David, June 4, 1761, died at Northfield,
IMarch 9, 1820 ; Timothy, whose sketch follows ;
Hannah, July 17, 1768, died at Sanbornton, New
Hampshire, July 24, 1826; John, June 15, 1770, died
at Northfield, January 20, 1825. All of these chil-
dren were born at Haverhill, Massachusetts. Cap-
tain Daniel (2) Hills died at Northfield, New Hamp-
shire, some time after January 16, 1810.

(VI) Daniel (3), eldest child of Captain Daniel
(2) and Hannah (Emery) Hills, was born at Haver-
hill, Massachusetts, I\Iay 12, 1758. He was in the
Revolutionary army during the siege of Boston, and
served six weeks in Roxbury in a company com-
manded by Captain Elton. On or before his mar-
riage he moved to Northfield, New Hampshire,
where he was town clerk for many years. Daniel
Hills married Hannah Young, and they had five
children, all born in Northfield : Betsey, whose
sketch follows; Susan, married (first) Benjamin

Darling, (second) Favor, (third) Samuel

Leanard, had six children and died at Troy, Indi-
ana, August 10, 1855 ; Hannah, married Richard
Blanchard, of Northfield; Sally, married Sherborn



Locke, who moved to Schenectad}^ New York, with
his family; Daniel, married Abi B. Ambler, and
lived in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Daniel Hills
died about i8i's, at Northfield, New Hampshire;^
and his estate was administered on May 17, of that
year.

(VII) Betsey, eldest child of Daniel (3) and
Hannah (Young) Hills, was born at Northfield,
New Hampshire, June 10, 1793. On May 27, 1814,
she was married to John Cilley, who was born at
Northfield, March 21, 1793. They removed to Co-
lumbia, Coos county, this state, where their six
children were born : Mary A., Sarah J., Susan,.
Hannah, Lydia and John. Mary Ann Cilley married
her second cousin, Barker Lanham Hill, of North-
field and Campton (see Hill, VII). Sarah J. Cilley
married Jacob Sanborn, and died at Franklin, this
state, JMarch 18, 1884, aged forty-seven. Susan died
unmarried, December 5, 18S6, aged fifty-eight. Han-
nah and Lydia died in early childhood. John Cilley
married r\iaria Hibbard, and lives at Colebrook-.
New Hampshire.

(VI) Coloniel Timothy Hill, third son and
fourth child of Captain Daniel (2) and Hannah
(Emery) Hills, was born at Haverhill, Massachu-
setts, January 27, 1764. Like his father and grand-
father he saw extended service in behalf of his
country. He was commissioned colonel of the First
New Hampshire Regiment, July 4, 1812, and took
part in the three years' war with England. Either
before or at the time of his marriage, which took
place about 1793, he migrated to Northfield, New
Hampshire, where he was one of the first settlers.
Colonel Timothy Hill married Elizabeth Lapham,
born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, September 18,
1771, and they had five children, all born in North-
field, New Hampshire : King L., born January 22,.-
1794, married Sally Gillman, settled in Sheffield,.
Vermont, had twelve children, and died December
22, 1868; Harriet, born September 13, 1797, married
Lowell Land, of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, had
eight children, and died at the early age of thirty-
three, June 4, 1830; Warren L., born September
28, 1801, married Betsey Tucker, had seven chil-
dren, and died at Northfield, March 22,, 1887; Betsey,
born October i, 1803, married Furber A. Goodwin..
had seven children, lived at Sheffield, Vermont, and
died at forty-three years of age, April 18, 1846 ;
Barker L., whose sketch follows. Colonel Timothy
Hill died April 22, 1850, at the age of eighty-six.
and his wife died August 17, 1845, aged seventy-
four.

(VII) Barker Lapham, third son and fifth
and youngest child of Colonel Timothy and Eliza-
beth (Lapham) Hill, was born at Northfield, New-
Hampshire, September 20, 1805. He lived in his-
native towai till the age of twenty-seven, when he
removed to Campton, this state, where for sixty
years he was a successful farmer and useful citizen.
He was a Whig in politics, later joining the Re-
publican party, and he held the position of highway
surveyor and other minor town offices. On January
7, 1835, Barker Lapham Hill married his cousin,
Mary Ann Cilley, daughter of John and Betsey
(Hills) Cilley, who was born at Columbia, Coos
county. New Hampshire, September 16, 1815 (see
Hill, VII). They had two children: Elizabeth L.,
born at Campton, February 10, 1837, married Abel
Mitchell, of Bridgewater, New Hampshire; and
Daniel C., whose sketch follows. Barker L. Hill
died at Campton, January 2T, 1895, aged eighty-
eight, and his wife died at Campton, February 13,
1888, aged seventy-one.

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son of Barker Lapham and Mary A. (Cilley) Hill,
was born at Campton, New Hampshire, November
28, 1844. He was educated in the schools of Camp-
ton, Plymouth Academy and Tilton Seminary. For
the next five years after finishing his studies he
taught school in Campton, Thornton, Bridgcwater,
Hebron and Holderness. He served six years on
the school board of his native town. Mr. Hill con-
tinued to live on the old Hill homestead at Camp-
ton till May, 1895, when he moved to Ashland vil-
lage, where he has since made his home. On Janu-
ary 17, 1902, he was elected president of the Ash-
land Savings Bank, and was also made trustee.
During that year he engaged in the fire insurance
business with Willis F. Hardy, which partnership
continues until the present time. Mr. Hill is a
Republican in politics, and attends the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He was selectman of Ashland
in 1902-03-04-08, and tax collector of his town during
1904-05. He is not married.

(Second Family.)
(I) Abraham Hill, the first American
HILL ancestor of this branch of the family, was
born in 1615, and was an inhabitant of
Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1636. He kept a
mill for John Coitmore, and was the owner of five
lots of land in Charlestown and the neighborhood.
He was admitted to the church in 1639, and his wife,
Sarah Long, daughter of Robert Long, born in
England in 1617, was admitted to the church in
1644. Abraham and Sarah (Long) Hill were mar-
ried in 1639, and had eight children : Ruth, bap-
tized in 1640, married William Augur; Isaac, 1641 ;
Abraham, 1643: Zachary, whose sketch follows;
Sarah, 1647; Sarah, born and died in 1649; Mary,
1652 ; Jacob, ^larch, 1656-57. Abraham Hill died
February 13, 1669-70, and the inventory of his
estate amounted to six hundred and thirty-three
pounds.

(II) Zachary, third son and fourth child of
Abraham and Sarah (Long) Hill, was born in
Charlestown, Massachusetts, probably about 1645,
though the record of his baptism is not given, as
in the case of his brothers and sisters. On Sep-
tember 24, 1667, Zachary Hill married Deborah Nor-
ton, daughter of Captain Francis and Mary Norton,
of Charlestown, and they had three children : Zach-
ary, born November 10, 1668; Abraham, born about
1670; and Benjamin, who died intestate about 1698.
Zachary Hill probably died at the age of twenty-
seven, as the inventorv of his estate was taken
June 12, 1672. The estate was valued at eighty-
six pounds, and that same year the widow sold a
house, probably the homestead, to W. Stilson. Mrs.
Deborah Hill afterwards married Matthew Griffin,
and died in 1698.

(HI) Abraham (2), second son and child of
Zachary and Deborah (Norton) Hill, was born about
1670, probably at Charlestown, Massachusetts,
though he lived afterwards at Cambridge. Abra-
ham Hill married Sarah Cooper, daughter of
Timothy Cooper, of Groton, Massachusetts, and
they had three children : Abraham, who died Febru-
ary II, 1723-24, in his thirtieth year; Deborah, born
February 25. 1696-97: and Zachariah, whose sketch
follows. Abraham Hill (2) died March 9, 1746,
at Cambridge, aged seventy-five, and his widow died
March 30, 1762, at Cambridge, in her eightieth year.

(IV) Zachariah, second son and youngest of
the three children of Abraham (2) and Sarah
(Cooper) Hill, was baptized April 2, 1707 or 1708.
He lived at Cambridge, Massachusetts, w-here he was
probably born. On February 10, 1731-32, he mar-
ried Rebecca Cutter, daughter 01 Deacon John and



Lydia Cutter, and they had eleven children, some
of whose names are not recorded. They were Sarah,,
born 1732, married William Adams ; Abraham,
whose sketch follows; Zachariah, born in 1737;
Samuel, born 1741 ; Rebecca, who married John
Cutter (3); Susanna, married Thomas Francis;
Deborah, born in 1756, married Nehemiah Cutter.
Zachariah Hill died March 10 or 11, 1768, aged
sixty years. On December 11, 1770, his widow mar-
ried Samuel Carter, and died February i, 1797.

(V) Abraham (3), eldest son and second child
of Zachariah and Rebecca (Cutter) Hill, was born
in 1734 at Menotomy, now Arlington, Massachu-
setts. He was one of the minute men at Concord
and Lexington, and also fought at Bunker Hill.
It is said that he and his next brother Zachariah
had also served in the French and Indian wars.
Abraham (3) Hill has a record of five enlistments
during the Revolution, and his longest term of ser-
vice at one time was nine months, July 2";, 1779,
to April 27, 1780. His service was mostly in the
Thirty-seventh Regiment of Foot, commanded by
Captain Benjamin Locke, and known as the "Me-
notomy Boys." Abraham (3) Hill married. Febru-
ary 16, 1757, Susanna Wellington, daughter of
Thomas Wellington, of Cambridge, and they had
at least seven children, of whom the names of the
fourth, fifth and seventh only have been preserved :
Thomas; Isaac, whose sketch follows; and Sarah,,
born in 1769, who married Thomas Rand. Abra-
ham (3) Hill died December 16, 1812, at ]Menotomy,
now Arlington, Massachusetts.

(VI) Isaac, fifth child of Abraham (3) and
Susanna (Wellington) Hill, was born at Menotomy,
now Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1766. At the age
of nine years he took part in the battle of Bunker
Hill. With his brother Thomas, who was but elevea
at the time, the boy Isaac drove a heavy rack,
loaded probably with hay, which was used to fill
the redoubts, and they were fired upon by cannon.
Such childish heroism recalls Kipling's tale, "The
Drums of the Fore and Aft," which had been
thought to be almost without a parallel. The early
life of Isaac Hill was one continued struggle. His
father returned at the close of the revolution to
take charge of a large family, who w-ere nearly
destitute, owing to the circumstances of the times,,
and the depreciation of his wages ' caused complete
financial ruin.

Isaac Hill married, in 1787, Hannah Russell,^
daughter of Walter and Hannah .(Adams) Russell,
who was born in that part of Menotomy, now
Charlestown, Massachusetts. She was a descendant
of William Russell, the English emigrant, wholcame
to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1645. Her father,
Walter Russell, commanded a company of Alarm-
ists at Lexington, and did great service in harassing,
the enemy. Walter Russell died iSIarch 5, 1783,.
aged forty-five years. Isaac and Hannah (Russell)
Hill had nine children, four boys and five girls,
and the mother of this family was but fifteen wdien
she was married. The children were : Governor
Isaac, whose sketch follows ; Walter Russell, born
February 22, 1790; Hannah Russell, born October
31, 1792, married George E. Gushing; Sultina, born-
June 2, 1795, married Reuben Townsend ; Susan
Wellington, born October 3, 1797, married Charles
Hastings; Mary Adams, born July 10, 1800, married,.
August 26, 1820, Jacob Bailey Moore, a prominent
publisher and historian of Concord, New Hampshire,,
and postmaster of San Francisco from 1849 to 1852;
George Washington, born Jan. 4, 1804, lived at ^lont-
pelier where he was editor of the Vermont Patriot;
Horatio, born March 19, 1807, was in the publish-



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ing business early in life, and afterwards moved to
Chicago; Rebecca Russell, born July 3, 1810, married
John R. Reding, member of congress from Massa-
chusetts, 1841-45. Mrs. Reding died January 28,
1844, and the house adjourned to enable the members
to attend her funeral, the first time such a mark
of respect had been paid to a woman. Isaac Hill's
health had become impaired, and the management
of affairs fell upon his wife, who contrived to save
enough out of their ruined fortunes to purcha.se a
farm at Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where the
whole family moved in the spring of 1798. In 1819
the farm was sold and the family removed to the
•central village, where Isaac Hill died December 23,
1843, aged seventy-seven; his wife died March i,
1847, aged seventy-five.

(,^'II) Governor Isaac (2), eldest child of Isaac
(i) and Hannah (Russell) Hill, was born at the
home of his maternal grandfather at Menotomy,
now Arlington, Massachusetts, April 6, 1788. His
early educational opportunities were exceedingly



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