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^f>-' PREFACE.

'' I ^HE notes of the different lines here given
^ were mainly collected as data for admission
into the patriotic hereditary societies, and no at-
tempt has been made to trace the families beyond
the confines of America.

To account for meagre information on some
lines, it is only necessary to mention a few of the
""■^^;\ difficulties met on the Hill line: The Newtown
(Mass.) records were all destroyed by fire in 1770;
those of Montgomery County (N.Y.) in 1840; and
Bennington records, the county-seat for Peru, for-
merly Bromley (Vt.), were also burned; while in
Ashford (Conn.), previous to 1780, there is only
a partial list of births, marriages, and deaths.



Zaccheus and Susan L. (Whipple) Hill:

(No. 29)
Zaccheus Hill

(No. 13)
Zaccheus Hill

(No. 8)
Mary Hawkins

(No. ro)
Squter Hill

{No. 39)
Dorothy Walker

(No. .)
John Hawkins
Lydia Stevenson

(No. 48)
Susan L. Whipple

(No. 41)
John H.Whipple

(No. 34) . ,
Benjamin Whipple

(No. i)
Zaccheus Hill
Marj' Squier

(No. 25)
Ebenezer Walker

(No. 4)
Bethiah Brown

(No. J!)
David Whipple

(No. 22)
Martha Read

(No. 28)
Susannah Hall

(No. 2 2)

John Hall

Thomas Hill

(No. 13)
Ebenezer Walker

(No. s)
Dorothy Abel

(No. t)
William Brown

(No. o>
Elizabeth Wngcr

(No. 4)
Henry Wager

Lactctia Ismoiid

(No. 11)
Esther Slocomb

(No. 1)
Barrnnt Wager
Elizabeth ShelTcr

(No. 16)
Jeremi.ah Whipple

(No. 13)
Deborah Hucklin

(No. 19)
Thomas Read

(No. 8)
Martha Barstow

(No. ia)
Josiah Hail

(No. 16)
Mary Farrington

(No. 2)
Simon Slocomb

(No. 14)
Abigail Mctcalf

f (No. 4I

Philip Walker

(No. 6)
Jane Metcalf

(No, 3)
Preserved Abel

Martha Redeway

(No. 9)
David Whipple

(No. 0)
Hannah Tower

(No. 5)
Joseph Eucklin

(No. 18)
Mehetabel Sabin

1 (No. i)

.; Michael Metcalf

j Sarah

1 (No. i)

.; Robert Abel

_( James Redeway

(N'o 5^

(No. 6)
George Barstow

(No. i)
John Whipple

(No. a)
John Tower

(No. 6>
Margaret I brook

(No. 3)
Joseph Bucklin

Deborah Allen

I (No. ■)

I William Sabin

1 (No, 4^

{ Martha Allen

{ (No. I)
•I John Read
( Sarah

Robert Tower
Dorothy Damon

(No. ,)
Richard Ibrook

(No. I)
William Bucklin

1 (No. ,)

< James Allen
I Ann Guild
J William Read
1 Lucy Henage

Matthew Barstow

(No. 2)
George Barstow
i (No. 3) ( (No. 1)
I. Susannah Maryott j Thomas Marryott
( Susannah

(No. 10)
Benjamin Hall

Sarah Fisher

(No. 8)
Daniel Farrington

(No. 8)
.Abigail Fisher

(No. I)
Simon Slocomb

(No. 9)
I Abigail \Vheatley

(No. 11)
Eleazer Metcalf

Judith George

(No. 2)
Edward Hall

(No. 3)
Cornelius Fisher

John Farrington
Mary Bullard

(No. 2)
Samuel Fisher

(No. jl
Meletiah Snow

(No. 1)
Lionel Wheattey

Abigail Matlson

(No. io>
Eleazer Mctcalf

(No, 6)
Meletirth Kisher

(No. 3)
.A.nthony Fisher

(No. i)
William Bullard

(No. 1)
Thomas Fisher

(No. i)

Thomas Snow

! Milcah

(No. i) Matlson

(No. 3)
Michael Metcalf
Mary Fairbanks


Thomas Hill, a prosperous and thrifty Scotchman,
moved to the north of Ireland, where he married. Owing
to the oppression of the crown, which caused such large
emigrations to America of the Scotch- Irish in the early-
part of the last century, his five sons came to America
about 1720. These sons were J AMES, John, William,
Zaccheus, and Robert.

-}-(i) Zaccheus was twelve years of age, and went to
reside with his kinsman, John Hill of Boston, who, with
his brother Thomas, were distillers, and prominent in
business and social life. Later, John retired, leaving
Thomas to carry on the business, while he dealt largely
in real estate. In 1734, he bought 173 acres of land in
Newtown, now Newton ville, of Wm. Ward, and Zaccheus
went there to reside. November 6, 1735, he married
Mary Squier of Newtown. Unfortunately the early rec-
ords were burned in 1770, so that dates of births of elder
children born in Newtown can not be obtained.

July 16, 1720, Benjamin White, tanner, of Boston,
deeded to John HiU, distiller, 280 acres of land in the
extreme north of Ashford, Connecticut. In 1742, John
Hill and Elizabeth, his wife, deeded to Zaccheus Hill this
same land, and later, Zaccheus removed to Ashford to
reside. December 4, 1752, Zaccheus Hill was elected
highway- surveyor, and was a grand -juror in 1756. In
1764, the Church of Westford was set off from Ashford,
and they began the erection of a church -edifice. Rev.
Ebenezer Martin was the first pastor of the church, and
he was called at a meeting held February 5, 1768. Thomas
Chapman was moderator and deacon. June 14, 1770, the
exterior of the new meeting-house was finished. There
were to be twenty pews, and each pew was to be occupied


by two families. Forty inhabitants, the highest on the
list were to draw said pews according to said lists, build
the pews, and ceil up to the gallery-girths. Among the
pew-spots distributed were:

No. I. Benjamin Walker and Elijah Whiton.

" 3. Thomas Chapman and Ebenezer Walker, sr.

" 4. Joseph Woodward and Zaccheus Hill.

" 5. Ezra Smith and Ebenezer Walker, jr.

" 13. Samuel Eastman and Henry Works.

" 16. Jas. Ould and Stephen Coye.

Among later arrivals in this church were Stephen Nott
and Dr. Thomas Huntington.

Zaccheus Hill died in 1776, and the following are the
records of the probate court:

At a Court of Probate holden at Pomfret, within and for the
District of Pomfret, on this second day of July, 1776, present
Ebenezer Williams, Esquire, Judge.

I'his court grants administration on the Estate of Zaccheus
Hill, late of Ashford, deceased, intestate, to Squier Hill of said
Ashford, who has this day given Bond according to law, with one
good surety, for his faithful discharge of that trust.

Test, Thomas Williams, Clerk of Probate.

Ashford, July 2d Day, A.D. 1776.

We, the subscribers, being appointed to appraise the estate
of Mr. Zaccheus Hill, late of Ashford, deceased, and being
sworn for that purpose, appraise the same as followeth, viz. :
[here follow the several items of personal property.] ;!^i6i, 14s.
4^d., sum total. Thomas Snell, \

Joseph Amidon, > Appraisers.

Henry Works, J

This inventory was exhibited into Court the Second Day 01
July, 1776, by the Administrator, and the same is accepted by
the Judge, and ordered to be recorded and kept on file.

Test, Thomas Williams, Clerk of Probate.


At a Court of Probate holden at Pomfret, the 5th day of
August, 1777, the following receipts and allowances were made
and accepted by the Judge on the estate of Zaccheus Hill of
Ashford, deceased, exhibited by Esquire Hill, administrator on
said estate, as follows, viz. : P'd to Noah Gris wold, ^11 o o

Timothy Holton, 16 19 o
Elijah Whiton, 020

Ruben Marcy, 2 in

Mijah Brooks, 8 13 o

£z^ 15 II
Test, Nathan Frink, Clerk.

Deed on File in Ashford.

To all people to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
Know ye that we, David Spencer and Mary Spencer and Deliver-
ance Hill of Windham, in Windham County, Peter Eastman and
Abigail Eastman and Anna Hill of Ashford, County of W^indham,
Sarah Coye of Union, in said Windham County, Benjamin Chap-
man and Lois Chapman, both of Ashford, and Elizabeth Hill of
Norwich, County of New London, in consideration of ten pounds
lawful money paid us by Squier Hill of Ashford, do by these
presents give, grant, bargain, sell, and convey unto the said
Squier Hill, and to his heirs forever, our right, title, and interest
we have in or unto a certain piece or parcel of land in Ashford
[here follows a description of the land], 150 acres, and is the
land our honored father Zaccheus Hill, deceased, lived on.

Signed and delivered, November 27, 1777.

March 15, 1777, Thomas Hill of Bromley, in the Coun-
ty of Charlotte, State of New York, quit-claims to Squier
Hill of Ashford, all his right in his father Zaccheus Hill's

July 7, 1778, Squier Hill, administrator, exhibited re-
ceipts which were allowed for the "necessary living and
keeping house of the widow, relict of said deceased, as
follows, as they are set and inventoried [here follow items].
Total, £1/^0 2."


At a Court of Probate holden June i6, 1778, present E.
Williams, Esq., Judge. The following receipts allowed to Esquire
Hill, administrator, on ye estate of Zaccheus Hill of Ashford,

P'd to Sarah Cheney on a mortgage to Col.

Thomas Cheney, deceased, - - £<)o o o
P'd to Ezra Smith, - - - - 19 16 o

David Spencer, - - - -450

Caleb Hendry, - - - - 4 10 o

Thomas Huntington, - - - o 15 o
Deliverance Hill, - - - 200

Allowed ye administrator a/c as on file, - 7 14 o

^129 o o
Test, Nathan Frink, Clerk.

At a Court holden at Pomfret, May ye 8, 1780, the Esqr.
.Hill exhibited to this Court a receipt of his paying Ebenezer
Walker jQ6 18 11, also allowed the administrator for four years'
services done in his father's lifetime, which his mother also bears
witness he has not been satisfied for, ;^72 o o.

Test, Abishai Sabin, Probate Clerk.

We, the subscribers, together with Mr. Henry Works, being
appointed by Squier Hill, administrator to the estate of Mr.
Zaccheus Hill, dec'd, to appraise said estate, and being under
oath, have this day been on and appraised one hundred acres of
land, with the barn standing thereon, which was the estate of said
deceased, which land was under mortgage to one Cheney when
we with Mr. Works made the former inventory, and we do
appraise the said land and barn at one hundred and forty-three
pounds, ten shillings, L. M., and no more; in witness whereof
we have herewith set our hands this the 14th day of Feb'y, A.D.

^783- Thoms. Snell, \ .

, > Appraisers.

Joseph Amidon, J

At a Probate Court holden at Pomfret, in the district of
Pomfret, on the 9th day of March, A.D. 1784, present Charles
Church Chandler, Esq., Judge, this additional inventory was ex-


hibited by Squire Hill, administrator on Zaccheus Hill's estate,
and the same is by this Court accepted of, and ordered to be
recorded and placed on file.

Test, Lemuel Grosvenor, Clerk of Probate.

At a Probate Court holden at Ponifret, in the District of
Pomfret, on the 9th Day of March, A.D. 1784, present Charles
Church Chandler, Esqr., Judge. Personally appeared before this
Court Squier Hill, administrator on the estate of Zaccheus Hill,
late of Ashford, dec'd, and moved to settle his administration
account, and chargeth himself with the original inventory of the
estate of said deceased, . . . . ^161 14 4)^
also with additional inventory this day exhibited, 143 10 o

£Z°S 4 4>2
and prays allowances as follows: Allowance formerly made,
;^26o 15 I ; administrator's further costs, court charges, and
appraising, etc., £2 o o; total, ^262 15 1; ball ^42 9 :^y2.
So that there now remains in the hands of the administrator the
sum of £42 9 3j^ to close the whole estate, real and personal.
Test, Lemuel Grosvenor, Clerk of Probate.

At a Probate Court holden at Pomfret, in the District of
Pomfret, on the 23d day of December, 1793.

Present, Thomas Grosvenor, Judge.

Personally appeared Captain William Walker, in behalf of
Captain Squire Hill, administrator on the estate of Mr. Zaccheus
Hill of Ashford, deceased, and moved to have a further allow-
ance for a debt paid as per receipt exhibited and on file,
Paid WiUiam. Allen, two pounds two shillings,
so that there remains the sum of thirty-nine pounds, thirteen
shilling, and 3^ iu the hands of the administrator of said estate
to distribute.

Test, Lemuel Grosvenor, Clerk of Probate.


Children of Zaccheus (i) and Mary (Squier) Hill:

2. 1. Mary, married David Spencer at Windham, Conn.,
June 1 6, 1762. David Spencer was a corporal in Capt.
Willcy's company in the Lexington Alarm; sergeant in
Capt. Spencer's company, 2d Regiment, and a lieutenant
under Col. Wells in the Connecticut Line. In all, served
five years.

3. II. Deliverance, single in 1777, and at that time
living in Windham.

4. III. Elizabeth, single in 1777; lived in Norwich.

5. IV. Sarah, married Amasa Coye of Union, Febru-
ary 10, 1774. He served in the Lexington Alarm under
Capt. Lawson, and died November 6, 1776.

6. V. Anna, single in 1777; lived in Ashford.

7. VI. Louise, married Benjamin Chapman of Ashford,
August 27, 1772. He served five months, in 1780, in the
8th Conn. Regiment.

8. Vll. Abigail, married Peter Eastman of Ashford,
October 17, 1762. He was a drummer in Capt. Knowlton's
company in the Lexington Alarm, from Ashford ; sergeant
in Capt. Brackett's company, 5th Battalion, serving in
New- York City and Long Island, in Washington's army,
and in 1777 under Gen. Gates, "to the Northward."

9. VIII. Thomas, in 1766, with others, bought a tract of
land in Vermont. In 1777, he was hving in Bromley
(afterward Peru). In 1780, he bought land in Manchester,
where he lived, after selling his Bromley property in 1782.
He was a private in the Continental service, being called
out in 1 78 1 and again in 1782.

-I- 10. IX. Squier, born in Ashford, Conn., Aug. 14, 1747;
died in Canajoharie, N.Y., November 17, 1826. He mar-
ried Dorothy Walker, at Ashford, October 25, 1770. He
was elected "Trying Man" in 1771; September 6, 1774, he


was one of a committee of the "Sons of Liberty" who
waited on the Rev. Samuel Peters, a clergyman of the
Church of England, who had "insulted the grand cause
of Liberty by calling it Rebellion." Mr. Peters, a few
days later, thought best to retire to Boston, and in Novem-
ber sailed for England.

April 20, 1775, the news of the battle of Lexington
reached Windham County. The 21st was spent in active
preparations, and April 22 over 1000 volunteers assembled
at Pomfret It was resolved to take only one-fifth of the
assembled troops. The whole Ashford company was
chosen to go, but a great number of volunteers from other
towns were sent home. Ashford's picked company of
seventy-eight men, under Capt. Thomas Knowlton, was
esteemed one of the best In the service. Squier Hill was
a sergeant of this company. John Keyes, a lieutenant in
this company, later a captain, and subsequently adjutant-
general of the Connecticut Militia, was a life-long friend
of Squier Hill. This company attracted great attention
on their march by their orderly and soldierly bearing.
They were received at Cambridge with especial distinction
as the first trained troops that had come from abroad to
the aid of Massachusetts.

May I, 1775, he received commission as ensign in the
5th company of the 3d Conn. Regiment, under Col. Israel
Putnam. The night of June i6th, measures were taken
to fortify Bunker's Hill. Of the two hundred Connecticut
troops detailed for special service the night before the
battle, under Capt. Knowlton, one hundred and twenty
were from Putnam's regiment. These were the men who
toiled all night at the famous rail fence, and, aided by the
"Hampshire boys," under Stark, and the Connecticut rein-
forcements, drove back again and again the flower of the
British army. They saved the retreating garrison from
capture and annihilation, as they did not retreat until the
main body had left the field. Later at Cambridge, Knowl-
ton brought his soldiers into more rigid discipline, and


they served as a sort of voluntary body-guard to the
commander-in-chief. In July, this regiment was made a
Continental one.

Squier Hill was engaged in throwing up earthworks
the night before the battle, and toward morning threw
himself on the ground and fell asleep. He dreamed that
a British officer was about to kill him. That day he served
behind the fence, and in the first charge beheld the officer
of his dream, "even to the watch fob." He said "he took
as good aim as he ever did at a squirrel, and the officer
fell." When they retired from the field and marched down
the neck, they were assailed by a heavy fire, both from
the shore and the water. There was a hole in a fence
through which his men crawled, but he reflected that it
would be beneath the dignity of an officer to thus escape,
and leisurely climbed the fence. As he went over, a ball
passed through his hat, knocking out the cockade.

On the call of November, 1776, he was first lieutenant
in Capt. Amaziah Wright's company, 3d Battalion, under
Col. Roger Enos. September 9, 1777, he took the oath
of fidelity, also the New Freeman's oath. March i, 1778,
he received a captain's commission in Col. Samuel McLel-
lan's regiment, and in August and September, 1778, served
in Tyler's brigade, under Sullivan, in Rhode Island. This
regiment was enlisted for duty in the Northern Depart-
ment, but were detailed instead to recapture Newport.
The expedition was a failure, through lack of cooperation
of the French fleet.

The officers of Putnam's first regiment, the Connecticut
Third of 1775, who had sallied out at the first cry from
Lexington, served through the war. All were ready to
do their part, and share in the sufferings and sacrifices;
they had pledged "their lives, their fortunes, and their
sacred honor" to the patriot cause, and a call was never
made in vain. At the close of the war, the government
was indebted to Capt. Squier Hill ;^4000 in money, as
well as for horses and beef furnished the troops. A por-


tion of this was paid in worthless scrip, and he never made
application for the remainder. He, in common with many-
affluent families, were almost reduced to poverty by the
inability of the government to redeem its pledges. To
such unselfish devotion and true patriotism we owe our
national independence.

His home was twice burned by tories, and all of his
papers destroyed. He was obliged, after his return from
the war, to mortgage his farm to his life-long friend, Gen.
Keyes, for "296 Spanish-milled dollars." In 1786, he
repaid this money, when he sold his farm and moved to
Wales, Mass.; thence he removed to Canajoharie, N.Y.
He brought from Connecticut the first single wagon seen
in that town. He lived there until his death, and all the
quarrels of the neighborhood were referred to him for
arbitration. He said that in all the numerous times he
had seen Gen. Washington, he only once knew him to
smile, and that was caused by a letter received from
Lafayette. He was a large man, tall, with blue eyes, and
light-brown hair, and a smiling countenance. After an
illness of three months' duration he died, November 17,
1826. He was a farmer, but, as quaintly expressed, "never
milked a cow," indicating more of the gentleman farmer.

Children of Squier (10) and Dorothy Hill:

11. I. Bethiah, born in Ashford, September 25, 1771;
died January 29, 1842; married, June 26, 1788, to Darius
Rogers of Wales, Mass.

12. II. Mary, born September 14, 1773; died 1813;
married Dayid Utley, who was born 1750, and died Octo-
ber 5, 1827.

-I- 13. III. Zaccheus, born in Ashford, Conn., March 10,
I -j-je, and died in Western, N.Y., Jan. 15,1857. He removed
with his father to Canajoharie, where he lived until his
marriage, October 29, 1797, to Mary, daughter of John


and Lydia Hawkins, when he moved to Western, Oneida
County, N.Y. He settled on what is known as Quaker
Hill, and cleared the farm on which he spent the remain-
der of his life. After his marriage, he and his wife joined
the Quakers, and she later became a preacher in thac
denomination. The following Is a letter that appeared in
the Rome Sentinel:

Rome, January 15, 1857.
Mv De/Vr Mr. Comstock:

You will regret to learn that your aged friend, Zacchcus Hill,
the venerable Quaker of Western, is dead. Until a few days he
went in and out among us in his usual health, beloved and
respected by all who knew him. Those who remember Zaccheus
Hill for twenty-five years (and some of your readers remember
him for twice that length of time), will bear you witness that he
was a man of guileless sincerity, who, amid all temptation, set
before others the example of an honest and faithful man. In his
social life he was a man of a warm and hearty temper, full of
mirthfulness, and whose welcome 'how dost thee do?' was always
from the heart. In his political views, he was a man of national
principles, a democrat of the old school, and to him there was
no subject which so touched on the quick of his affections as
the welfare of his country.

He was a devout believer in Divine Revelation, and faithfully
sought to exemplify the moral precepts of Christianity in his life.
He came to Oneida County when it was a wilderness, and with
such men as the late George Brayton, Henry Wager, and David
Brown, was a pioneer, and they lived to see the print of their
toil in the richest agricultural county of New York. The mem-
ory of these men is fast passing away, and it would be well if
our people could be made to cherish the virtues of the men
whose plighted word was as good as the sealed bond.

Yours, M.

14. IV. Ebenezer, born in Ashford, Feb. 2, 1778; died
September i, 1862. He married Elizabeth Hurlburt, April
9, 1801. She died November 13, 1856, at Lowville, N.Y.

15. V. Elizabeth, born September 15, 1780, and died


December 14, 1841. She married Noah Durren of Lovv-
ville, N.Y., November 8, 1797.

16. VI. Squier, born July 9, 17S1, at Ashford, Conn.;
died April 8, 1852, at Ames, Montgomery County, N.Y.
January 31, 181 r, he married Sarah Arthur, who died
January 19, 1848.

17. VII. William, born July 3, 1783; died June 14,
1861; married, March 17, 1805, Ann Mills, who was born
December 7, 1786, and died March 8, 1864.

18. VIIL Pliny, born May 16, 1789; died at the age
of twelve.

19. IX. Dorothy, born at Canajoharie, Aug. 27, 1792;
died August 12, 1836. She married Smith Tracy, March
12, 1812.

Children of Zaccheus (13) and Mary (Hawkins) Hill:

20. L Ann, born October 9, 1799; died June 21, 1873;
married, February 25, 18 17, to John Spencer Powell, who
was born at Clinton, Dutchess County, N.Y., June 28, 1795,
and died August, 1853.

21. II. ROXENA, born at Western, May 22, 1801, and
died at Pelham, Ontario, March 5, 1878.

22. III. Hawkins, born May 2, 1803; died June 3, 1803.

23. IV. Joseph, born at Western, Dec. 3, 1804, and
died at Rome, N.Y., June 6, 1896. He married, November
II, 1852, Ruth S. Cary, daughter of Lucius and Cynthia
Cary of Saratoga County. Previous to his marriage, he
held the offices of inspector of school teachers, assessor,
commissioner of schools, superintendent of schools, and
superintendent of the poor for Oneida County.

24. V. Samuel, born at Western, June 2, 1807; died at
Pelham, Ontario, May 12, 1885. He married first, Eliza-
beth Townsend of Lowville, January 10, 1838; she was


born January 4, 1814, and died February 12, 1849. ^^
married second, January 14, 185 1, Olive Montague, who
was born July, 1805, and died at Pelhain, Ontario, Novem-
ber 18, 1869.

25. VI. William H., was born at Western, January 14,
1810, and died at Pulaski, N.Y., June 24, 1883. He mar-
ried, February 19, 1861, Evelyn, daughter of Hon. W. C.
Pierrepont of Pierrepont Manor, N.Y.

26. VII. Zacciieus, born June 19, 18 12; died March
29, 1813.

27. VIII. Mary, born P'cb. 3, 1814; died at Western,
February 5, 1881. She married, March 30, 1840, Capt.
John Swan, who was born P"cbruary 22, 1799, and died
October 10, 1882.

28. IX. Sarah, born June 3, 18 16; married, August 31,
1834, to Anson Beckwith, who was born January 2, 1809,
and died November 21, 1868.

-f 29. X. Zaccheus, born at Western, Aug. 20, 18 18, and
died at Clinton, N.Y., December 11, 1877. He married,
September 3, 1850, Susan L.Whipple (48), at Adams, N.Y.
At the age of 19 he removed to Rome, and became a clerk
in the store of Howland, Hill & Co.; a few years later,
Mr. P. Chas. Cole, the "Company," retired, and Zaccheus
Hill was admitted to partnership; later, Wm. H. Howland
retired, and Wm. H. and Zaccheus Hill continued the
business under the firm name of Hill Brothers until 1857.
In that year, owing to reverses in business, he became

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