The Hill Family
of Bertie, Martin, and Halifax Counties, N.C.
The first of this Hill family of whom there is any record is ISAAC HILL who died in Bertie precinct in 1710.It is probably that he came to Bertie from Nansemond County, Virginia, but it is impossible, owing to the loss of the Nansemond records, to learn the date of his removal or the names of his parents.His will was datd march 5, 1710 and probated the same year.According to his will he had issue, MICHAEL HILL, ISAAC HILL, NATHANIEL HILL and JOHN HILL, of whom later.
1.JOHN HILL, son of Isaac, was a large land and slave owner in Bertie County, and lived near the site of the present town of Woodville.He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in August, 1749 and represented Bertie County in the General Assembly in 1760.In 1742, he married Martha Whitmel, the widow of Henry Laurence Bate and one of the eleven children of Thomas Whitmel and Elizabeth Bryan of Bertie County.The will of Henry L. Bate, Martha Whitmel'
s first cousin, was probated in Bertie in 1740.The will of John Hill was dated June 12th, 1762 and was probated in December of the same year.
John Hill and Martha Whitmel had issue.
a.WHITMEL HILL, b. February 12th, 1743, of whom later
b.MARY HILL, married Thomas Ballard of Bertie County but had no issue.
c.SARAH HILL, married Francis Pugh, son of Col. Thomas Pugh, but had no issue.
d.HENRY HILL, attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg in 1776.He married Martha, the oldest daughter of Joseph John Williams of "Rock Hill" plantation in western halifax County.They had one son Joseph John Hill, who died unmarried in 1808.Martha Williams married (2) Dr. Samuel Thorne and had issue.
e.ELIZABETH HILL, married Jonathan Jacocks, the son of Jonathan Jacocks and Mary Blount of Bertie County.They had issue.
1.Charles Worth Jacocks, married Janette House and had issue.
2.Jonathan Jacocks, married Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Hardy Hill and Janey Bryan of Bertie.Hardy Hill was a grandson of Nathaniel Hill, mentioned in the will of Isaac Hill, d. 1710 above.
3.John Hill Jacocks settled in Hartford, Conn. where he left descendants.
4.Anne W. Jacocks married Richard Nixon and had issue.
5.Thomas Jacocks, died unmarried
f.WINIFRED HILL, married William Scott Pugh, son of Col. Thomas Pugh of Bertie County and had issue.
1.Dr. Joseph Hill Pugh, d.s.p.
2.Thomas Pugh, d.s.p.
3.John Hill Pugh, married Elizabeth Lockhart
4.Elizabeth Hill Pugh, d.s.p.
5.Henry Hill Pugh married Susan Dunn
6.Sarah Winifred Pugh, married William Tunstall
7.James Pugh married Sarah Anderson
8.Dr. Whitmel Hill Pugh married Mary Whitmel Bryan, widow of his first cousin John Hill, d. 1802, of Bertie.Dr. Pugh was graduated in medicine from the University of Pa and moved to Louisiana in 1819.He acquired large holdings on both sides of the Bayou La fourche and became a noted sugar planter.(see Plantation Parade by Harnett Kane).
9.William Pugh married Frances Helen Slade of Bertie and had issue among others, Frances Pugh who was the first wife of Dr. Stephen Norfleet of "Woodburne", Bertie County, N.C.
2.COL. WHITMEL HILL, son of John Hill and Martha Whitmel, was graduated from the University of Pa. in 1760 and in 1761, married his first cousin Winifred Blount, the daughter of Thomas Blount and Elizabeth Whitmel, widow to George Pollock.Mrs. Blount married after the death of her second husband in 1745, William Williams of Martin County.Whitmel Hill lived at Hill's Ferry, near the present village of Palmyra in easter halifax County.During the Revolution, he was first Lt. Col. and then Col. of the Martin County Militia, a representative of Martin County at the Congresses in Hillsboro in 1775 and Halifax in 1776, a Councillor of State, and a delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.He died September 12th, 1797 at Palmyra and his will was probated in Martin County.His remains were later removed to Trinity Churchyard, Scotland Neck.(See "The Life of Letters of Whitmel Hill", by Gov. D.L. Swain, in the March 1861 issue of the University of N.C. Magazine.Also the Colonial State Records of N.C., and Ballard vs Hill, 7 N.C. Supreme Court Reports, p. 332.")
Col. Hill and his wife Winifred Blount had issue.
a.Dr. JOSEPH BLOUNT HILL, b. October 5th 1762, died unmarried November 26th, 1795.His will, probated in Martin County, devised all his lands to his father.
b.JOHN HILL, b. circa 1767, settled across the Roanoke in Bertie County and married his cousin Mary Whitmel Bryan.The had no issue.His will, probated in Bertie county in 1802 mentions wife Polly, nephew John Hill Anthony, sister Elizabeth Anthony, nieces Elizabeth, Martha, and Henrietta Anthony, brother Thomas Blount Hill, cousin William Pugh, cousin John Hill Pugh, son of William Pugh, a mare called "The Dare Devil Filly", and cousin Whitmel Hill Pugh.
c.Thomas Bounty Hill of whom later
d.ELIZABETH HILL, married John Anthony, son of Capt. Joseph Anthony of Pa and first cousin to Gilbert Stuart, the noted portrait painter.John Anthony noved to halifax County where his will was probated November 1812.John Anthony, when he moved to North Carolina, brought with him a portrait of himself painted by his cousin Gilbert Stuart.During the Civil War, Mrs. Whilliam Whitmel Anthony, who then owned the picture, had it boxed and lowered in the Roanoke River, to prevent its seizure by the Union troops who were then in the neighborhood of Scotland Neck.
Elizabeth Hill and John Anthony had issue.
1.John Hill Anthony, married Lucy Tunstall and had issue amoung others, Peyton Tunstall Anthony who married Henrietta Dillard of Sussex co., Va., and died without issue in 1870.
2.Elizabeth Anthony, married James Gordon and had issue.
3.Martha W.H. Anthony married John Goodrum and died without issue.
4.Marie Anthony, d.s.p.
5.Henrietta Anthony married Byrus Dillard of Surry County, Va. Their son Joseph married Marie Antoinette, the daughter of Charles Fox Urquhart and Eliza Hill of Southampton Co., Va.Eliza Hill was the daughter of Thomas Blount Hill, of whom later.
6.Cariline Anthony marriedPegram.Issue;Blair Pegram marriedand had issue Carrie A. Pegram who married Charles W. Warren of Bacons Castle, surry County, Va. (see V.H.G., p. 252).
7. Whitmel Hill Anthony married Charity Dawson Atherton Barnes and had issue.
3.THOMAS BLOUNT HILL, b. Feburary 26, 1775, d. October 15th 1815, married November 26, 1799 Rebecca Norfleet, the daughte of Reuben Norfleet of Bertie County and his second wife Mary figues.About 1800 the Hill residence at Palmyra was burned by one of the family slaves, and Thomas Blount Hill purchased a plantation near Tillery in the central pat of Halifax County and built a house called "The Hermitage".(The Early Architecture of N.C. by Wateman).Rebecca Norfleet was born January 28th, 1783 and died May 19th, 1845.They had issue.
a.MARY LOUISA HILL, b. 1802, married 1818 George Evans Spruill, son of Benjamin Spruill of tyrell County and Anne Hines, widow of George Evans.(See Hines).George E. Spruill was graduated from Yale in 1814 and settled at "Roseland" in Warren County where he died in 1845.They had ten children, only two of whom married and left issue;Louisa Spruill married as his second wife Stephen Norfleet of "Woodbourne" Bertie Conty; and Julia Adlaide Spruill married William Henry Smith of Scotland Neck, son of William Russin Smith and Susan Evans. (V.H.G. p. 355)
b.WHITMEL JOHN HILL, of whom later
c.MARIE ANTOINETTE HILL, B. 1807, married April 11, 1825.James Burwell Urquhart of "Warrique", Southampton County, Va., by whom she had issue.
d.ELIZA BLOUNT HILL, b. November 10th, 1810 married November 13, 1827 Charles Fox Urquhart of "Charlie's Hope", Southampton County, Va.He was the brother of James B. Urquhart and son of John Urquhart, and Nancy, the daughter of Burwell Williamson of Southampton Co., Va.Eliza Hill and Charles F. Urquhart had several children
e.WINIFRED BLOUNT HILL, b. 1812, married april 18, 1832 the Rev. William Norwood, an Episcopal Minister, a native of Hillsboro, N.C.He was a descendant of the Norwood family of Northampton County, N.C. (V.H.G. p.335).The Rev. William Norwood was called to assist Bishop Moore at Monumental Church in Richmond.They had issue amont others, the Rv. John Jones Norwood, also an Episcopal clergyman.
f.Thomas Blount Hill, b. June 28th, 1813, married September 15, 1836 Miss Maria T. Simpson of New Bern, N.C.He later sold "The Hermitage", the plantation in Halifax County inherited from his mother, and noved to Hillsboro, N.C. where he died August 18, 1888.They had issue.
1.ELIZABETH HILL, b. July 11, 1838 married October 26, 1859 Dr. Joseph Graham, son of Gov. William A. Graham, and had issue.
2.REBECCA HILL, d.s.p.
4.SARAH SIMPSON HILL, d.s.p.
5.MARIA LOUISA HILL, d.s.p.
6.JOHN BOYD HILL, d.s.p.
7.MARY ALICE HILL, b.January 8th 1853, married January 10, 1876 Joseph Cheshire Webb of Hillsboro.She died April 29, 1931 leaving issue.
a.Thomas Norfleet Webb, b. November 29, 1877, married December 5th, 1901 Anne Ruffin Peebles, daughter of Judge Robert B. Peebles of Jackson, Northampton County, N.C. and his wife Margaret Cameron, the daughter of Paul Cameron and Anne Ruffin of Hillsboro, N.C.They had issue.
b.Joseph Cheshire Webb, b. October 11, 1879 married June 9, 1910 Eliza Harwood Drane, the daughter of the Rev. Robert Brent Drane, the Rector of St. Paul's Church, Edenton, N.C.Issue two children
c.Whitmel Hill Webb, b. November 8th, 1881 married July 11, 1907 Fredericka Towers of North Conway, New Hampshire.Three Children.
d.Frank Blount Webb, b. Hillsboro, April 18, 1885, married June 1, 1910 Gertrude Winston, daughter of Judge Robert Winston and Sophronia Horner.isue, three children
e.Maria Hill Webb, b. 1888, married 1910 William L. de Roulhac of Hillsboro and died without issue.
4.WHITMEL JOHN HILL, b. July 17th, 1804, was graduated from Yale in 1823 and became a plante.On November 24, 1829 he married Lavinia Dorothy Barnes of Halifax County, the daughter of James Barnes and Temperance Atherton.She was born January 13th, 1808 and died October 26, 1848.The will of Whitmel John Hill was probated in Halifax in 1873.Issue.
a.REBECCA NORFLEET HILL, b. September 15, 1830 married 1852 Peter Evans Smith, the oldest son of William Ruffin Smith II and Susan Evans. (V.H.G. p.355)
1.Lavinia Hill Smith (b. September 5, 1854, d. May 10, 1943, she was for many years principal of the Vine Hill Academy in Scotland Neck and genealogist of the Smith and Hill families.
2.Rebecca Whitmel Smith, b. January 21, 1861, married December 22, 1887 Walter D. Shields of Scotland Neck, and had issue, four children.
3.Nan Hill Smith, married James Durham but died without issue.
b.ATHERTON BARNES HILL, b. June 29th, 1833, married December 17th, 1856, Mary Elizabeth Hyman, daughter of John H. Hyman of Palmyra, Halifax Co. and had issue, ten children.
c.THOMAS NORFLEET HILL, b. March 12th, 1838, married June 4th, 1861, Eliza Hall, the daughter of Dr. Isaac Hall of Pittsboro, N.C.She died October 25, 1884 and Thomas Hill married (2) Mary Amis Long, daughter of Col Nicholas M. Long of "Bells" near Welldon.No issue by last marriage.Mr. Hill for many years was presideing Judge of Halifax County Court and died July 24, 1904.Issue.
1.JOHN MANNING HILL, d.s..p.
2.ELIZA EVANS HILL, d.s.p.
3.THOMAS N. HILL, JR., married Emily Browne and died without issue
4.LOUISA HALL HILL, died unmarried
5.REBECCA NORFLEET HILL, unmarried, of Weldon, N.C.
6.JAMES NORWOOD HILL, died unmarried
7.STUART HALL HILL, b. March 30th, 1876, died May 14th 1948, married September 28, 1925 Madeline Blossom of Elmira, N.Y. but had no issue.He spent a great deal of time compiling genealogical material and placed many volumes of bound mauscripts on various families in different libraries.
8.SUSAN EVANS HILL, unmarried
9.WINIFRED BLOUNT HILL, married Edward Wood Hall of Scotland Neck but had no issue.
10.ELIZA HALL HILL, b. October 2, 1882, married November 8th 1913 Weldon Hall of Warrenton, N.C. (See Weldon).Issue
a.Weldon Hall Jr., b. Novembe 24, 1916 married December 28th, 1949 Margaret Farsett and had Ann Hall and Jane Hall, twins, 6 March 14, 1951
d.lUCY ANN HILL, b. August 12, 1840, married April 15, 1865 Gilbert Elliott of Elizabeth City, N.C.Issue, five children
e.LOUISA CATHERINE HILL, b. June 4th, 1843, married January 5th, 1863 Benjamin Gordon Smith, brother of peter Evans Smith who married her sister Rebecca.Issue, ten children
f.JAMES CHARLES HILL, died unmarried.
The above chapter was written by the late Mr. Stuart Hall Hill and kindly furnished by Dr. Claiborne T. Smith.
Southside Virginia Families
by John Bennett Boddie
Pacific Coast Publishers
Redwood City, California, 1955