Various notes on early settlers of Virginia 1607. The settlers landed at Jamestown, May 23, 1607. This was the first permanent settlement effected by the English in North America. Upon landing Edward M. Wingfield was elected President. About the end of the year 1607 they were joyfully surprised by the arrival of the Phoenix, commanded by Captain Nelson. He brought with him the remainder of the first supply which comprised 130 settlers, among whom was George Hill.
An expedition of nine vessels was fitted out with supplied and men and women of 500 settlers. They sailed from Plymouth in May 1609. On the way over one of the vessels was wrecked within eight days sail of Virginia. They were caught in a hurricane, the vessels scattered by the storm reached Jamestown in August 1609. On the ship Diamond was ROBERT HILL, Gent, and his father-in-law WILLIAM ATKINSON.
ROBERT HILL was born in England in 1570 and died in Virginia prior to 1631. He married in England 1590, Judith, daughter of William Atkinson. One May 6, 1609 with his father-in-law having subscribed and paid 87 pounds 10 shillings, about $436.00 to the London Company he sailed on the ship Diamond under Captain Radcliffe, master, from Plymouth and reached Jamestown in August, 1609. Records of the Colony in 1624 show Col. Robert Hill returned to England, but came back to Virginia prior to 1630 as he was in Elizabeth City April 15, 1630.
The children of Robert Hill and Judith Atkinson:
EDWARD HILL was born in England in 1590. He married Mary Boyle, daughter of Richard Boyle of Blackfriar, London. Edward Hill came to Virginia prior to 1621. He was a member of the Council of Elizabeth City, Virginia. He died in Elizabeth City, Virginia on May 15, 1624.
Children of Edward Hill and Mary Boyle:
CAPTAIN THOMAS HILL, son of Edward Hill and Mary Boyle, was born in England in 1612 and came to America with his family. Thomas was a captain of the York County, Virginia militia. He was elected Burgess in 1641. In 1652 he patented 500 acres on the Potomac and 5000 acres in York County, Virginia which he named Essex Lodge, since called Washington Lodge, being headquarters of General George Washington. In 1632 Captain Hill married Mary Piersey, daughter of Abraham Piersey and Elizabeth Draper, born 1613. Captain Thomas Hill died in York County, Virginia in 1659. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Draper Hill married Col. Thomas Bushrod. She died at Essex Lodge in 1679.
The children of Captain Thomas Hill and Mary Piersey:
MAJOR THOMAS HILL, son of Captain Thomas Hill and Mary Piersey, was born in the Town of York, on October 6, 1634. He received a grant of 3000 acres from Jane, widow of Edward Bland, on the lower part of the James River. A contemporary wrote in 1669 that Thomas Hill had a fine house, sewed much hemp and flax, and had 40 Black slaves. Finally, described as one who kept a good house, lived bravely, and was a true lover of Virginia. Thomas was a major in the Virginia militia. He married Frances Unknown in 1657.
Children of Major Thomas and Frances Hill
THOMAS HILL, son of Major Thomas and Frances Hill was born in York County, Virginia on May 14, 1658. He died in Middlesex County, Virginia on August 3, 1720. On May 16, 1677 he married Ann Russell, born 1660, a descendant of Sir William Russell who came to Virginia in 1620. Thomas was a capatin of the Middlesex County Militia Number 23 in 1687 and a vestryman at Christ Church. Birth and marriage records for the children of Thomas and Ann Hill were taken from the Christís Church register.
Children of Thomas Hill and Ann Russell:
THOMAS HILL, son of Thomas Hill and Ann Russell was born on May 22, 1680 probably in Middlesex County, Virginia. He died on August 3, 1720 in King and Queens County, Virginia. On June 23, 1700 he married Edith Bell of King William County, Virginia.
Children of Thomas Hill and Edith Bell:
JOHN HILL, son of Thomas Hill and Edith Bell, was born on August 10, 1708. He married Ann Unknown in 1728. The family lived in the Bristol Parish of New Kent County, Virginia.
Children of John and Ann Hill:
WILLIAM HILL, son of John and Ann Hill, born February 14, 1731 in New Kent County, Virginia removed to King William County, Virginia and married in 1753 Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Robert Johnson who was an uncle of Col. Christopher Johnson, sheriff of King William County, Virginia.
Children of William Hill and Elizabeth Johnson:
Records of King William County, Virginia and Frederick County, Virginia show that William and Robert Hill removed to Frederick County and then to Monongalia County, (West) Virginia.
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