Dred Rogers Hill Birth:Sep. 3, 1815 Oglethorpe County Georgia, USA Death:Aug. 7, 1870 Bell County Texas, USA
Birth & death dates courtesy of Karen Hill,(#47312871)
Bio courtesy of Terry F. Whitley (#46812506)
Dred came to Texas from Georgia with his brother, William F. Hill, between 1844 and 1887 (William later moved to Louisiana). Together they bought property on the Leon River in Bell County and lived in a small cabin in a group of 4-5 live oak trees near the East bank of the river just below Military Road Crossing.
Dred married Mary Jane Beene on December 16, 1851 in Bell County Texas. They lived just East of the Leon River in a large gray stone house built with the help of slave labor. He kept a ferry at the crossing of the Military Road on the Leon River and paid $5.00 to keep the license for a period for od twelve months.
Dred was one of the first settlers between Belton and Waco, and was among the prominent leaders in the county among state rights Democrats. He and was a member of the Bell County Agricultural Club and owned all the land between the Leon River and Pepper's Creek, for which he paid 50 cents an acre. He had slaves and built the first church in the area as well as a school called Rock Church. Just before the civil war he erected an old-time cotton gin on his farm, just East of Belton.
Dred and his personal slave, Dave, thought a great deal of each other. The two of them took a team of Georgia Stock and plowed two furrows from the Leon River Ferry Crossing to Waco, thus marking the opening of the first road between Belton and Waco. Dave took Dred's last name after the Civil War, and at Dave's request was buried in the Hill Family Cemetery not far from Dred's site.
In 1855 Dred was appointed Captain of the patrol detachment for his patrol district known as the Belton Patrol District. The service was compulsory for 3 months and without compensation. It was his patrol's duties to search for and apprehend runaway slaves and white persons associating with slaves or participating in any assemblage of slaves without permission of their masters. The patrols were not intended to be oppresive, but entirely disciplinary and defensive. The ended with the end of the Civil War.
Cause of death was heart failure.
Father: Jeptha P. Hill, born abt 1777 in Georgia, died March 25, 1832 in Monroe County, GA, and served in the War of 1812.
Spouse: Temperance Chapman. Married March 27, 1810, in Baldwin County, GA.
Terry F. Whitley
Family links: Parents: Jeptha P Hill (1777 - 1832) Temperence Chapman Hill (1789 - 1825)
Spouse: Mary Hill (1831 - 1916)
Children: Jeptha Joseph Hill (1857 - 1926) Franklin Beene Hill (1859 - 1937) Delia Hill Miller (1870 - 1929)
Burial: Hill Cemetery Midway (Bell County) Bell County Texas, USA