I wrote the first recorded history of Albert Taylor and his wife Julia Hill in 1986. Most of the information was supplied by my mother, Lucille Theresa Taylor Bell, who was the oldest of fifteen children born to George and Sarah Taylor. Other information presented in the history was obtained through word of morth from various family members, most of whom now rest from their labors with the Heavenly saints.
The traceable part of our history is tied to slavery which, unfortunately, some may find offensive. But the truth of the matter is that we cannot rewrite history nor can we pretend that certain events did not occur. The history told to us by our parents has served as the basis for describing our rich heritage which we must appreciate as a special place in time and space. We are thankful to God that He has given us a small role in the making of history. We are indeed thankful that He has allowed us to continue to tell the story from stories told to us by a proud generation of God's people. We hope that others will continue to contribute and perpetuate our history as it unfolds.
Not much is known about the Taylor side of our family. My mother related that she remembers hearing her grandfather, Albert Taylor say, "I'm going back to Virginia." Nothing more is known about him at this writing.
The Hills, we've been told, were a prominent family in Greensboro, Alabama (Hale County) and owned a large plantation there. A cousin, Christopher Hill Coulter, related that the Hills and the Hamiltons are related through Julia Hill. The information she gave closely parallels the information that was given by my mother, her sister, Mellernee Taylor Wilson, and her brother, Clarence Taylor. The family group charts, pedigree charts, and ancestry charts outline the Hill lineage as nearly as we have been able to trace and authenticate.
Aunt Mell recalled vividly delivering her grandmother Julia's meals and sitting and listening to Julia's stories about her mother, Harriet Hamilton Hill. Julia is reported to have told Aunt Mell about how Harriet was brought to this country as a slave. According to Cousin CC (Christopher Coulter), Harriet was the daughter of Tom Hamilton who was a methodist minister. Tom Hamilton and his family were brought to this country by William Wallace Hill, a slave owner and also a minister. They moved to Alabama from Virginia through North Carolina.
When the family moved back to North Carolina Fabius Hill, one of William Hill's sons, remained on the plantation in Greenboro, Alabama and the Hamilton family remained with him. Harriet had a sister named Rose Hamilton. Fabius had children with both of them It was with Harriet that Fabius Hill fathered Julia, Homer, and Henrietta. The must have taken on the Hill name from their father Fabius. (This was the usual custon in those days), the slaves took on the name of their masters. Fabius and Rose had one child named Marcelus.
Julia married Albert Taylor and they had eleven children, ten boys and one girl. My grandfather, George Taylor, was one of their sons. He married Sarah Biggs and they had fifteen children, the oldest of which was my mother, Lucille. Homer Hill married Mildred Watts and they had twelve children. Charlie Hill, one of their sons, married Susie Harper and they had nine children. According to several sources Charlie Hill and Nora Biggs had one child, Sarah Biggs, my grandmother and George Taylor's wife.
And so this background was the beginning of a dynasty that continues to increase in size and prominence.