Hill Family

Notes on the Hill Family from Mabel Phillips re William, Ruth & Roswell Hill -- September 2002

William Wyman Hill's  obituary

Gill Cemetery, Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont

William Wyman Hill’s family Bible

Benjamin Swan Carey

1880 Census Extractions


Notes on the Hill Family from Mabel Phillips re William, Ruth & Roswell Hill -- September 2002

My third great grandfather, Roswell Hill, spent most of his life in Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont. According to his 1859 death record there, he was born 12 March 1772 in Westminster Vermont to William and Ruth Hill.

Roswell Hill married first 1803 in Springfield Vermont Polly Nutting. They are believed to have had two children - definitely, Mary Hill, wife of Benjamin Swan Carey of Hartland; and possibly Roswell Hill. The father Roswell Hill married Betsey Rickard in 1820 in Hartland. They only child, William Wyman Hill, was born in April 1821, and Betsey died a few months later. Shortly after that, Roswell married Betsey Carey, a older sister of the man who would later become Roswell's son-in-law.

William Wyman Hill was my great, great grandfather. I have wondered whether his middle name perhaps indicated an ancestral line, but I had not been able to establish that.

Last night, I noticed on-line a marriage record of William Hill of Westminster NY to Ruth Wyman 13 Feb 1770 in Haverhill Essex County MA.

What I am hoping to learn is whether the William Hill and Ruth Wyman who married in 1770 in Essex County Massachusetts are the William and Ruth Hill whose son Roswell Hill was born in March 1772 in Westminster Vermont.

My great grandfather, Owen Taft Hill and his wife raised my mother whose own mother died at her 1925 birth. Mom's parents were visiting in Arkansas when Mom was born. My grandfather wanted to return to Kansas and did not feel he could work and take care of a newborn. He did take his three-year-old daughter back to Kansas with him, but he ended up leaving her with his sister for eight years then bringing up back to her grandparents in Arkansas. Since my mother grew up hearing the stories O. T. told of growing up in a horse barn in Vermont with three generations in the house, then homesteading in a soddy in Kansas as a young man, we have a wealth of Hill stories - just can't nudge the line back before Roswell's parents' names.


 William Wyman Hill's  obituary from the Ada Kansas newspaper. [Issue, page, column or even the newspaper's exact title are not known].

William Wyman Hill

It is with deepest sorrow we are called upon to record the death of our most highly esteemed friend and neighbor, W. W. Hill, Sr. who was laid away in the Fairview Cemetery there to await the sounding of the last trumpet when he shall be raised in immortality, there to enter into that joy, peace and happiness that await those who die in the Lord.

Father Hill was a good Christian man, a member of the Methodist Church and has been for years trying to show in a practical way in his daily life the real spirit of his profession.

His funeral services were held in the Methodist church lad Sunday evening, Rev. Selby officiating. Fully five hundred people were in the congregation. The sermon was preached from the text: “Prepare to meet thy God.” and was most ably handled by Rev. Selby. Music was selected for the occasion and was most beautifully rendered. The entire service was most solemn and impressive and was concluded at the cemetery where the remains of Father Hill were followed by a vast concourse of people, fully eighty vehicles being in the procession. Father Hill’s friends were without number.

He was born in Hartland Vermont April the 24th, 1821. In early life he improved and fostered those traits of character that developed as he grew older that made him the man that he afterwards became, whom to know was to respect and love. His early education and training was looked upon by a pious mother. July  4, 1843, he was married to Miss Elmira Knowlton. He was the father of ten children, seven of whom were with him when he breathed his last. [Note: Roswell Hill born Aug 15, 1844 Thursday died Aug 6, 1856, age 12 ; Benjamin C. Hill born March 7th 1846 Saturday died Nov 19th 1864, age 18; Marian B. Hill born Nov 5th 1847 Thursday died Aug 6th 1870, age 22 all died in Vermont]  He has a daughter living in the Indian territory.

Father Hill came to Kansas in 1872 and took up a homestead just south of Ada where he has lived with his family ever since. During his residence here he has been honored by many positions of honor and trust. At the time of his death, he was president of the school board and also a justice of the peace. He died at a good old age of seventy-five years, six months and two days.

Father Hill’s death was so sudden and his illness so short that we can hardly believe that he has passed away. On last Wednesday, Oct 21st, he drove to town in a one horse buggy, on business, and when returning home, he turned out on the road to pass some wagons he met and drove close to a wire fence. One of the wires was loose and lay close to the ground. The loose wire caught the axle of his buggy. He was driving fast when he got to the place where the wire was fast to the post. He did not know the wire was fast to his buggy, and when he came to the post, it brought the buggy to a sudden stop which threw Mr. Hill out in front where he fell on his head. He was unconscious for a long time.  This fall was the cause of his death. We extend to the bereaved family our most heartfelt sympathy in the hour of their most sad bereavement.

 

 

Grieve no more all ye who are sighing,

Wail no more for the blest  

Fear no more ye that are dying,

Death is the last and the best.

The end of life is rest.

 

I too feared and as children crying

Lay them down to their sleep

Scepter-haunted struggling,

defying Sunk to my slumber deep

‘mid the moanings of those who weep

 

What to me though the marbles crumble

Slowly o’er my head!

What to me are the storms that rumble

Fiercely above my head

For peace is with the dead.

Mourn then not, O ye that are signing,

Mourn not for the blest.


Answer to query on Windsor County VT GenWeb Posted by Bev Lasure on Tue, 04 Jan 2000, in response to Hill - Hartland - 1800 - 1872, posted by Mabel G. Phillips on Tue, 04 Jan 2000
                  

In the Gill Cemetery, Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont, there are the following graves:

Roswell Hill "died with a cancer. My sand is run. d1859 age 86; wives:
Mary d 1820 age 46, [Note - Nutting, mar 1803]
Betsey d 1821 age 24,  [Note - Rickard, mar 1820]
Betsey d. 1871 age 86,;  [Note - Cary, mar 1822]
Daughter Ruth by Mary died 1819, age 5;
Marian B. dtr. of Wm. W. & H. E. Hill d. 1870 age 22,
Roswell d 1856 age 22;  [should be age 12??? - this is W. W. & H. E.’s son
Roswell, rather than Roswell’s son Roswell]
Benjamin C. died Winchester VA 1864 age 18, Battery H 1st VT.H. Art.

 

I have an 1860 map that shows the W. Hill home, adjacent to B. S. Cary home and I have a photo of the restored home of W. Hill that I can send to you if you email me directly.  Bev Lasure

From William Wyman Hill’s Family Bible - later kept by daughter Jennie Baumert

- now owned by Carolyn Elder, Granddaughter of Mary Aramantha (Hill) Baldwin
 

William W. Hill born April 24, 1821 [other sources give birthdate as April 21, 1821]

Heartland VT died Oct 23, 1896 at Ada Kansas married Elvira H. Knowlton born in
Bridgewater, VT April 20th 1822 died Jan 13, 1898 Ada KS
 

Children:

Roswell Hill born Aug 15, 1844 Thursday died Aug 6, 1856, age 12
Benjamin C. Hill born March 7th 1846 Saturday died Nov 19th 1864, age 18
Marian B. Hill born Nov 5th 1847 Thursday died Aug 6th 1870, age 22
Owen T. Hill born Sept. 13th 1849 Wednesday died Dec 31st, 1936, age 87; mar Myrtle Isabelle Tipton 21 Apr 1891 Ada, Ottawa Co KS
Mary A. Hill born May 26th 1851 Monday died Feb 11, 1921, age 69; mar Henry Baldwin
Harriet E. Hill born May 26th 1853 Wednesday
Ellen E. Hill born June 5th 1855 Thursday died July 18, 1920, age 65; mar Boyer
William W. Hill born Nov 29th 1857 Sunday; mar went to California no children
Jane A. Hill born Nov 29th 1860 Thursday died Mar 5th 1945, age 84; called “Jennie” mar Baumert
Charley E. Hill born Feb 27th 1863 Thursday died 1929, age 66; mar Cora 1876 - 1959. He was a veterinarian
 

William Wyman & Elvira Harriet (Knowlton) Hill came to Kansas in 1872 with children, Owen Taft, Mary A, Harriet Elvira, Ellen Elizabeth, William Wyman Jr., Jane a. “Jennie” and Charley E. Hill

 

Copied from “The HOLY BIBLE, containing of Old and New Terstaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues: and with the former Translations

Diligently Compared and Revised With Canne’s Marginal Reference, Also An Index, A Table of Texts, and What has never before been added, An Account of The Lives and Martydom of the Apostles and Evangelists, With Plates, The Text Corrected according to the standard of the American Bible Society - Brattleboro, VT - Printed and Published by ---Brook and Fessenden” - no date on photocopy

Pasted inside cover of Holy Bible
Benjamin Swan Carey
 
 Captain Carey, as he was familiarly known, was born in Hartland August 12, 1801. He died April 12th 1878. He was born and reared on the farm now occupied by Alfred Bell and lived there till he was twenty-five years old. January 18th, 1826, he was married to Mary Hill of Hartland and began housekeeping on the farm where he lived until his death. Mary Hill was the daughter of Roswell Hill whose farm joined Capt. Carey’s homestead. Mrs. Carey died August 7th, 1870.  The couple lived together 44 1/2 years. Four children survive them.

Mary A., wife of William Hutchinson of Pomfret;
Ruth E., unmarried who has always lived with her father;
Jane L. wife of Arthur Kneen and
Addie A., wife of George S. Marcy, both of the latter being located on Hartland Hill within two miles of the old

homestead.
 
October 10th, 1871, Capt. Carey was married to Mrs. Loisa Thomas of Hartland who died the 25th of May 1872. March 12th, 1873, he was married to Mrs. Abigail Kneen of Hartland who survives him.

 As a citizen, he was punctual and faithful in his discharge of every trust. As a neighbor, he was kind and accomodating. As a farmer, he had but few equals. His work was done thoroughly and in season. He was patient and exact in carrying out the details of his farming operation and being a man of large stature, great physical power, strong common sense and much energy, he succeeded at this, his life work and wrung from the soil a competence. He was eminently social in his habits and intercourse with society generally but loved home and friends ardently and was ever ready to sacrifice his own convenience to make them comfortable and happy. His integrity was never questioned. He lived a quiet, unobtrusive way, with but few incidents and accidents to interrupt the ordinary routine of his life. He shrank from public life - hated shams and was fully content with his lot. The poor and distresses will sadly miss his kind gentle face, his good advice and his bounties. The whole community will mourn the loss of an upright, a Just man.

Deaths
 In Hartland, August 7th, Mary, wife of Benjamin S. Cary, aged 64 years and 10 months.
 By sudden death has passed away she who was greatly esteemed by a large circle of relatives and acquaintances. An affectionate wife and mother, a beloved neighbor and friend has fallen, leaving those who knew her in sorrow and tears to mourn the inestimable loss they have sustained:

 

 “As the winged arrow flies,

 Speeding the mark to find,

 As the lightning from the sky

 Darts, and leaves no trace behind.

 Swiftly thus our fleeting days

 Bear us down life’s rapid stream.

 Upward, Lord, our spirits rise.

 All below is but a dream.”
 

Transplanted Death is sad and gloomy. Nature revolts at the thought. But we must meet it.

Willing or unwilling; eyes open or eyes closed, we must meet death meet it as is seizes

upon our friends and meet it as our own implacable and resistless assailant. It is true that

there is no use in brooding in sorrow over an evil, while it is yet distant; but it is equally

true that where it is possible so to anticipate an evil as to ameliorate it or to associate it

with things joyous, then as bids us look forward......................
[this goes on for several similar paragraphs]

 

Family Record - Births & Deaths - some entries to dim to be sure of transcriptions
Ephraim Cary born 1746 Died June 23rd 1836
Abigail Cary born 1759 Died June 4th 1833
Hannah Cary born Jan 15th 1780 Died August 1st 182-
----- Cary  born 1784 Died May 18th, 1815
Betsey Cary born June 1783 Died age 15 months
Betsey Cary the 2nd born Sept 26 1785 Died Nov 27 1871
Abigail Cary born July1st 1787 Died May 25, 1857
Ephraim Cary born  Feb 9th 1789 - no death date listed
John Cary born August 25th 1791 Died April 21 1865
Rebecca Cary born Sept 25th 1793 Died March 31 1855
Mary Cary born May 8th 1798 Died May 8th 1863
Benj. S. Cary born August 12th 1801 Died April 12th 1878
 

Benj. S. and Mary Carey was Married January 18th 1826

Mary Carey was born ___ 6 1806. Died August 7, 1870
Children
Mary  Carey was born ____ 1828. Died July 26th 1904
Ruth E. Carey was born ____ 1831. Died Nov 24th 1888
Jane E. Carey was born_____ 1835 - no death date listed
Adeline A. Carey was born Sept 3rd 1841 - no death date listed

 

Mary H. Carey was married April 15th 1851
Jane L. Carey was married May 8th 1862
Adeline A. Carey was married January 13th 1864
 

Louisa H. Thomas, 2nd wife of Benj S. Carey died 1872 aged 64 years and 2 months

 

Marriages

Ephraim and Abigail Cary married June 14th 1778
Their Children’s Marriages
Hannah Cary was Married Dec 15th 1799
Betsey Cary 2nd was married Feb 24th 1806 [doesn't tell her 1st huband's name]
Betsey Cary 2nd was married 2nd time - to Mr. Hill Feb 27th 1822
Abigail Cary was married Jan 27th 1813
Epharim Cary was married Feb 1814
John W. Cary was married Feb 5th 1818
Rebecca Cary was married March 11th 1819
Mary Cary was married May 28th 1815
Benj. S. Cary was married Jan 18th 1826
Benj. S. Carey was married 2nd time Oct 10th 1871
Benj, S. Carey was married 3rd time March 13, 1873 to Mrs. Kneen
 
Copied from “The HOLY BIBLE, containing of Old and New Terstaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues: and with the former Translations
Diligently Compared and Revised With Canne’s Marginal Reference, Also An Index, A Table of Texts, and What has never before been added, An Account of The Lives and Martydom of the Apostles and Evangelists, With Plates, The Text Corrected according to the standard of the American Bible Society - Brattleboro, VT - Printed and Published by ---Brook and Fessenden” - no date on photocopy

1880 Census Extractions

1880 VT Windsor Pomfret p 201C

HUTCHINSON William m w married 69 VT
 , Mary A. wife f w married 53 VT [Mary A. Cary - dau of Mary (Hill) Cary]
 , Willie B. son m w married 26 VT
 , Lizzie dau-in-law f w married 25 VT
 , Charles E. son m w single VT
 

1880 VT Windsor Woodstock p 381B

CARY, Abigail f w widow 75 VT [widow of Benj. Swan Cary who m/1 Mary Hill]
KNEENE, Julia dau f w single 44 VT

 

1880 VT Windsor Hartland p 139B
MARCY, G. Sylvester m w married 46 VT
 , Adeline A. wife f w married 37 VT [Adeline A. Cary - dau of Mary (Hill)
Cary]
 , Charity H. dau f w single 12 VT
 , Benjamine G. son m w single 9 VT
 , Mary L. dau f w single 7 VT
 , Stephen son m w single 3 VT
 

1880 VT Windsor Hartland p 140 C

[should be KEENE]
KHUN, Arthur m w married 47 VT
     , Jennie L. wife f w married 43 VT [Jane “Jennie” L. Cary - dau of Mary
(Hill) Cary]
 , Arthur W. son m w single 8 VT
SANDERSON, Frederic other m w widower 40 VT