William Hills

M, #13639, b. 27 December 1598, d. July 1683
ChartsBentley (maternal side) - Phoebe Meredith Frey
Note*  Arrived at Roxbury, MA and then settled in Hartford, CT in 1636 Ancestors of Joseph Alexander Cook webpage www.familytree.com/users/h/a/m/Bonnie-L-Hamilton A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687. Page 143-4-5 Name: WILLIAM HILLS SEN. Location: Hartford Died July, 1683. Invt. oe274-00-02. Taken August, 1683, by Bevel Waters, Nath. Willett, Townsmen. Will dated 21 February, 1680-1. I William Hills sen., of Hoccanum, within the Township of Hartford, doe make this to be my Last Will & Testament: And in the first place, after my death, I desire my Executors & Overseers to take care for a decent Burial, & my desire is that due care be taken for payment of all my just debts. Imprimis. My will is that my wife Mary Hills & my son Jonathan Hills be Joynt Executors of this my will. My will is that my wife shall have the use of the one halfe of my housen & Lands that I now live in and upon, & the halfe of all my stock, catle & moveables during her naturall life, which sayd Lands are 8 acres on the east side of my dwelling house & about 18 acres of the west side of my sayd house. I give to my wife the use of one halfe of 17 rods wide of unimproved Lands Lying on the east end of the foresayd 8 acres which runneth to the east end of the 3 mile Lotts, during her Life. I give and bequeath, & my will is, that my sonn Jonathan Hills shall have the other full halfe of the foresayd housen and Lottments with their appurtenances, & my will is that after my wive's Decease I doe give the whole and full of that Land left in her hand to my son Jonathan Hills & to his heirs forever, with all catle, Stock & moveables, to have and to hold forever. And Whereas I have one Lott of Twenty-five rods broad abutting on the widdow Andrews house lott on the West, running to the end of the 3 mile Lotts east, abutting on the country Highway on the south, & on the widdow Andrews Lott North, that she bought of Deacon Wm. Holton, One Third part of said Lott being taken off which I have sould to Mr. William Pitkin, the other Two parts thereof Left and remaining in my hands I give and bequeath Two Thirds thereof to my Daughter Mary Hills and her heirs for ever, and the other Third of ye foresayd Two parts I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanna Kilbern, to her and her heirs forever. And Whereas there is a consederable part of that Land I bought of Thomas Hosmore of Hartford, Lyeing in & within the south division, wch I have not yet taken up, I doe give that sayd Land (about six score acres, abutting on Benjamin Hills & Joseph Hills there Lotts on the west, & abutting on James Curtice on the south, & on my Land on the North, running east to the end of the 3 mile Lotts), my will is, & I bequeath, the sayd Land & all of it to my sonn William Hills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, & to my son Benjamin Hills, to my daughter SARAH WARD, & to my daughter Susannah Kilbourn, to be divided by an equal proportion to each child, & their heirs forever; & at the death of my sonn William Hills the proportion given to him I give and bequeath to my grand sonn, the eldest sonn of my son William, whoe is of the same name to him, and to his heirs forever. Farther, my will is, that within one yeare after the death of my wife, Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the Estate the just & full sume of Ten pounds to my daughter Mary Hills. And my will is that all my Land given to my children shall forever & att all times hereafter contribute & pay a Just proportion of all rates, dues & Leases required toward the Mayntenance of the ministry of that particular Church within the Township of Hartford which my overseers of this my will & Testament shall by their Joynt act in writeing under their hands agree upon. I doe desire Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert & Corporal Gilbert to be my overseers with full power to fill vacancies in case of the death of any of them. Farther I doe desire & will that the revenues of the Lands in Farmington that I have right unto by & in right of my wife, that it be duly demanded & received for the help of my wife, & desire my overseers with my Executors to take care about the same, which is the final conclusion of this my Last Will & Testament. Pr me William Hill., sen., Ls. Witness: John Hill, Thomas Kilbourn, John Gilbert. Court Record, Page 76--6 December, 1683: Will Proven. The Great Migration Begins PRESERVED PURITAN WILLIAM HILLS ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1632 on the William & Francis [Hotten 149] FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury REMOVES: Hartford 1636 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Roxbury church records: 'William Hills, a man servant,he came over in the year 1632. He married Phillice Lyman, the daughter ofRichard Liman. He removed to Conecticott, where he lived several years,without giving such good satisfaction to the consciences of the saints'[RChR 77]. FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 (eleventh in a sequence of twelve Roxbury men) [MBCR1:368]. 'Will[ia]m Hills Sen[io]r' was in the October 1669 list offreemen on the south side in Hartford [CCCR 2:519]. EDUCATION: Signed his will. OFFICES: Appointed Hartford constable, 29 January 1643/4 [HaTR 69]. On 18 May 1653 Connecticut General Court ordered that the 'inhabitantsof the east side of the Great River are exempted from training with thetowns on the west side, this present time, & are to meet on the east sideas Will[iam] Hill shall appoint & train there together, and so tocontinue on their training days until the Court take further order: &Will[iam] Hill is to return the names of those that do not meet accordingto appointment, as notice shall be given them' [CCCR 1:240-41]. ESTATE: In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639[/40] 'WilliamHills' held nine parcels of land, six of which were granted to him: oneacre and one rood with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens;seven acres of upland; nine acres of upland; one acre and two roods inthe South Meadow; another one acre and two roods in the South Meadow; oneacre and one rood in the South Meadow; five hundred seventeen acres ofupland in Hockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; ten acres of meadow inHockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; and three acres, two roods andtwenty-nine rods of meadow in Hockanum 'bought of Frances Andrews' [HaBOP262-64]. At the end of this list of parcels is an additional entry,undated: 'W[illia]m Hill doth grant to W[illia]m Hill his son, to JohnHill, Joseph Hill, Benjamin Hill & Thomas Kilborn, that they their heirs& successors shall forever have free liberty to pass through the saidW[illia]m Hill's lot from the highway on the east to Hoccanum Meadow onthe west on the south side of W[illia]m Hill's lot, to pass with cart &horse according as they shall have occasion' [HaBOP 264]. In his will, dated 25 February 1680/1 and brought to court sometime in1683, 'William Hills Senior of Hocanum within the township of Hartford... being weak in body through old age' made 'my loving wife Mary Hillsand my son Jonathan Hills' joint executors; 'my wife shall have the useand improvement of the one half of my housing and lands that I now livein and upon and the one half of all my stock cattle and moveables duringher natural life, which said lands are eight acres on the east side of mydwelling house and eighteen acres on the west side of my said house, alsothe use and improvement of one half of seventeen rods of unimproved landsand eight acres ... [at] the three mile lots during her natural life'; to'my son Jonathan Hills' the other full half 'and after my wife's decease... that land left in his hands to my son Jonathan Hills ... with all thecattle stock and moveables'; 'that my son Jonathan behave himselfsuitably to his mother after my death, hoping she will encourage him thathe may so do'; any disagreements to be settled by the overseers;two-thirds of a twenty-five rod lot to 'my daughter Mary Hills'; theother third to 'my daughter Hanna Kilbern'; land in the south division'which I have not yet taken up' to 'my daughter Mary'; a parcel ofsixscore acres near the end of the Three Mile lots to 'my son WilliamHills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, and to my sonBenjamin Hills, to my daughter Sarah Ward and to my daughter SuzanahKilburn' in equal proportions; 'at the death of my son William Hill, thatproportion ... I give and bequeath to my grandson the eldest son of myson William who is of the same name'; 'one year after the death of mywife Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the estate... Ð10 to my daughter Mary Hills'; in case of son Jonathan's deathbefore the death of 'my wife and without issue', overseers to distribute'to my surviving children according to their good and sound discretion';'my loving friends Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert and CorporalJohn Gilbert' overseers with power of survivorship; the revenues of thelands in Farmington 'that I have right unto by and in right of my wifethat it be duly demanded and received for the help of my wife' [HartfordPD Case #2724]. The inventory of the estate of William Hills Senior, deceased, wastaken in July 1683 and totalled Ð274 2d. [so stated, but incorrectlysummed], including real estate valued at Ð259 14s.: 'the dwelling houseand half the barn,' Ð42; 'thirty-one acres of upland fenced in &improved,' Ð196; 'two hundred seventeen acres of land,' Ð21 14s; and'more upland lying near the widow Andrews we are not informed how manyacres,' no value stated [Hartford PD Case #2724]. BIRTH: By about 1607 based on estimated date of marriage. (Jacobussuggested that he may be that William Hills baptized at Upminster, Essex,on 27 December 1598, son of Thomas Hills; the age is not far off andUpminster is near High Ongar, the home of his future wife[Ackley-Bosworth 144].) DEATH: Hartford by July 1683 (date of inventory). MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1638 Phyllis Lyman, daughter of RICHARD LYMAN.Eliot reports that 'she came to the land with her father anno 1631. Godwrought upon her heart in this Land, she grew deaf which diseaseincreasing was a great affliction to her, she was married to WilliamHills & lived with him at Hartford on Conecticot' [RChR 78]. (2) Late 1648 Mary (_____) Risley, widow of Richard Risley [TAG25:233; Manwaring 1:31]; she died about 1655, presumably at or shortlyafter the birth of her son Benoni. (3) Late 1655 or early 1656 Mary (Warner) Steele, widow of John Steele(son of JOHN STEELE) and daughter of ANDREW WARNER; she died afterFebruary 1680[/1] (when she is named in her husband's will). CHILDREN: With first wife i SARAH, b. say 1638; m. (1) by an uncertain date John Ward; m. (2)after 1684 Stephen Davis (see COMMENTS below). (In her will of 27 March1691 Sarah Davis bequeathed to 'my son Josiah and his heirs twenty acresof land at Hockanum, which was given to me by my father's will' [MulfordAnc 261]. This matches precisely a bequest of twenty acres to 'mydaughter Sarah Ward' by William Hills.) ii WILLIAM, b. about 1640 (aged seventeen and a half on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged eighteen on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1665 Sarah _____ ('Hill, Sarah 2½ y: daughter of Williaarrived at Roxbury, MA and then settled in Hartford, CT in 1636 Ancestors of Joseph Alexander Cook webpage www.familytree.com/users/h/a/m/Bonnie-L-Hamilton A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687. Page 143-4-5 Name: WILLIAM HILLS SEN. Location: Hartford Died July, 1683. Invt. oe274-00-02. Taken August, 1683, by Bevel Waters, Nath. Willett, Townsmen. Will dated 21 February, 1680-1. I William Hills sen., of Hoccanum, within the Township of Hartford, doe make this to be my Last Will & Testament: And in the first place, after my death, I desire my Executors & Overseers to take care for a decent Burial, & my desire is that due care be taken for payment of all my just debts. Imprimis. My will is that my wife Mary Hills & my son Jonathan Hills be Joynt Executors of this my will. My will is that my wife shall have the use of the one halfe of my housen & Lands that I now live in and upon, & the halfe of all my stock, catle & moveables during her naturall life, which sayd Lands are 8 acres on the east side of my dwelling house & about 18 acres of the west side of my sayd house. I give to my wife the use of one halfe of 17 rods wide of unimproved Lands Lying on the east end of the foresayd 8 acres which runneth to the east end of the 3 mile Lotts, during her Life. I give and bequeath, & my will is, that my sonn Jonathan Hills shall have the other full halfe of the foresayd housen and Lottments with their appurtenances, & my will is that after my wive's Decease I doe give the whole and full of that Land left in her hand to my son Jonathan Hills & to his heirs forever, with all catle, Stock & moveables, to have and to hold forever. And Whereas I have one Lott of Twenty-five rods broad abutting on the widdow Andrews house lott on the West, running to the end of the 3 mile Lotts east, abutting on the country Highway on the south, & on the widdow Andrews Lott North, that she bought of Deacon Wm. Holton, One Third part of said Lott being taken off which I have sould to Mr. William Pitkin, the other Two parts thereof Left and remaining in my hands I give and bequeath Two Thirds thereof to my Daughter Mary Hills and her heirs for ever, and the other Third of ye foresayd Two parts I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanna Kilbern, to her and her heirs forever. And Whereas there is a consederable part of that Land I bought of Thomas Hosmore of Hartford, Lyeing in & within the south division, wch I have not yet taken up, I doe give that sayd Land (about six score acres, abutting on Benjamin Hills & Joseph Hills there Lotts on the west, & abutting on James Curtice on the south, & on my Land on the North, running east to the end of the 3 mile Lotts), my will is, & I bequeath, the sayd Land & all of it to my sonn William Hills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, & to my son Benjamin Hills, to my daughter SARAH WARD, & to my daughter Susannah Kilbourn, to be divided by an equal proportion to each child, & their heirs forever; & at the death of my sonn William Hills the proportion given to him I give and bequeath to my grand sonn, the eldest sonn of my son William, whoe is of the same name to him, and to his heirs forever. Farther, my will is, that within one yeare after the death of my wife, Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the Estate the just & full sume of Ten pounds to my daughter Mary Hills. And my will is that all my Land given to my children shall forever & att all times hereafter contribute & pay a Just proportion of all rates, dues & Leases required toward the Mayntenance of the ministry of that particular Church within the Township of Hartford which my overseers of this my will & Testament shall by their Joynt act in writeing under their hands agree upon. I doe desire Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert & Corporal Gilbert to be my overseers with full power to fill vacancies in case of the death of any of them. Farther I doe desire & will that the revenues of the Lands in Farmington that I have right unto by & in right of my wife, that it be duly demanded & received for the help of my wife, & desire my overseers with my Executors to take care about the same, which is the final conclusion of this my Last Will & Testament. Pr me William Hill., sen., Ls. Witness: John Hill, Thomas Kilbourn, John Gilbert. Court Record, Page 76--6 December, 1683: Will Proven. The Great Migration Begins PRESERVED PURITAN WILLIAM HILLS ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1632 on the William & Francis [Hotten 149] FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury REMOVES: Hartford 1636 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Roxbury church records: 'William Hills, a man servant,he came over in the year 1632. He married Phillice Lyman, the daughter ofRichard Liman. He removed to Conecticott, where he lived several years,without giving such good satisfaction to the consciences of the saints'[RChR 77]. FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 (eleventh in a sequence of twelve Roxbury men) [MBCR1:368]. 'Will[ia]m Hills Sen[io]r' was in the October 1669 list offreemen on the south side in Hartford [CCCR 2:519]. EDUCATION: Signed his will. OFFICES: Appointed Hartford constable, 29 January 1643/4 [HaTR 69]. On 18 May 1653 Connecticut General Court ordered that the 'inhabitantsof the east side of the Great River are exempted from training with thetowns on the west side, this present time, & are to meet on the east sideas Will[iam] Hill shall appoint & train there together, and so tocontinue on their training days until the Court take further order: &Will[iam] Hill is to return the names of those that do not meet accordingto appointment, as notice shall be given them' [CCCR 1:240-41]. ESTATE: In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639[/40] 'WilliamHills' held nine parcels of land, six of which were granted to him: oneacre and one rood with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens;seven acres of upland; nine acres of upland; one acre and two roods inthe South Meadow; another one acre and two roods in the South Meadow; oneacre and one rood in the South Meadow; five hundred seventeen acres ofupland in Hockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; ten acres of meadow inHockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; and three acres, two roods andtwenty-nine rods of meadow in Hockanum 'bought of Frances Andrews' [HaBOP262-64]. At the end of this list of parcels is an additional entry,undated: 'W[illia]m Hill doth grant to W[illia]m Hill his son, to JohnHill, Joseph Hill, Benjamin Hill & Thomas Kilborn, that they their heirs& successors shall forever have free liberty to pass through the saidW[illia]m Hill's lot from the highway on the east to Hoccanum Meadow onthe west on the south side of W[illia]m Hill's lot, to pass with cart &horse according as they shall have occasion' [HaBOP 264]. In his will, dated 25 February 1680/1 and brought to court sometime in1683, 'William Hills Senior of Hocanum within the township of Hartford... being weak in body through old age' made 'my loving wife Mary Hillsand my son Jonathan Hills' joint executors; 'my wife shall have the useand improvement of the one half of my housing and lands that I now livein and upon and the one half of all my stock cattle and moveables duringher natural life, which said lands are eight acres on the east side of mydwelling house and eighteen acres on the west side of my said house, alsothe use and improvement of one half of seventeen rods of unimproved landsand eight acres ... [at] the three mile lots during her natural life'; to'my son Jonathan Hills' the other full half 'and after my wife's decease... that land left in his hands to my son Jonathan Hills ... with all thecattle stock and moveables'; 'that my son Jonathan behave himselfsuitably to his mother after my death, hoping she will encourage him thathe may so do'; any disagreements to be settled by the overseers;two-thirds of a twenty-five rod lot to 'my daughter Mary Hills'; theother third to 'my daughter Hanna Kilbern'; land in the south division'which I have not yet taken up' to 'my daughter Mary'; a parcel ofsixscore acres near the end of the Three Mile lots to 'my son WilliamHills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, and to my sonBenjamin Hills, to my daughter Sarah Ward and to my daughter SuzanahKilburn' in equal proportions; 'at the death of my son William Hill, thatproportion ... I give and bequeath to my grandson the eldest son of myson William who is of the same name'; 'one year after the death of mywife Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the estate... Ð10 to my daughter Mary Hills'; in case of son Jonathan's deathbefore the death of 'my wife and without issue', overseers to distribute'to my surviving children according to their good and sound discretion';'my loving friends Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert and CorporalJohn Gilbert' overseers with power of survivorship; the revenues of thelands in Farmington 'that I have right unto by and in right of my wifethat it be duly demanded and received for the help of my wife' [HartfordPD Case #2724]. The inventory of the estate of William Hills Senior, deceased, wastaken in July 1683 and totalled Ð274 2d. [so stated, but incorrectlysummed], including real estate valued at Ð259 14s.: 'the dwelling houseand half the barn,' Ð42; 'thirty-one acres of upland fenced in &improved,' Ð196; 'two hundred seventeen acres of land,' Ð21 14s; and'more upland lying near the widow Andrews we are not informed how manyacres,' no value stated [Hartford PD Case #2724]. BIRTH: By about 1607 based on estimated date of marriage. (Jacobussuggested that he may be that William Hills baptized at Upminster, Essex,on 27 December 1598, son of Thomas Hills; the age is not far off andUpminster is near High Ongar, the home of his future wife[Ackley-Bosworth 144].) DEATH: Hartford by July 1683 (date of inventory). MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1638 Phyllis Lyman, daughter of RICHARD LYMAN.Eliot reports that 'she came to the land with her father anno 1631. Godwrought upon her heart in this Land, she grew deaf which diseaseincreasing was a great affliction to her, she was married to WilliamHills & lived with him at Hartford on Conecticot' [RChR 78]. (2) Late 1648 Mary (_____) Risley, widow of Richard Risley [TAG25:233; Manwaring 1:31]; she died about 1655, presumably at or shortlyafter the birth of her son Benoni. (3) Late 1655 or early 1656 Mary (Warner) Steele, widow of John Steele(son of JOHN STEELE) and daughter of ANDREW WARNER; she died afterFebruary 1680[/1] (when she is named in her husband's will). CHILDREN: With first wife i SARAH, b. say 1638; m. (1) by an uncertain date John Ward; m. (2)after 1684 Stephen Davis (see COMMENTS below). (In her will of 27 March1691 Sarah Davis bequeathed to 'my son Josiah and his heirs twenty acresof land at Hockanum, which was given to me by my father's will' [MulfordAnc 261]. This matches precisely a bequest of twenty acres to 'mydaughter Sarah Ward' by William Hills.) ii WILLIAM, b. about 1640 (aged seventeen and a half on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged eighteen on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1665 Sarah _____ ('Hill, Sarah 2½ y: daughter of Willia[m] Hill Junior ofHockanu[m],' 27 February 1667/8 [WMJ 788]). iii JOHN, b. about 1644 (aged thirteen on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged 'above thirteen' on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1678 Mary _____ [Hale, House 581-82; TAG 69:178]. With second wife iv JOSEPH, bp. 17 March 1649 [HaVR 581] (aged eight on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged nine on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. (1) by about1676 Hannah Edwards [NEHGR 149:41-45]; m. (2) about 1699 Mehitable(Hinsdale) Dickinson [Hale, House 586]; m. (3) by about 1703 Elizabeth_____ [Hale, House 585]. v SUSANNAH, b. about 1651 (aged six on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88];aged seven on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]; d. Glastonbury 23 October 1701in her 50th year [Hale, House 657]); m. Wethersfield 4 March 1673[/4]John Kilborn [WetVR Barbour 174 (surname of bride not given); Hale, House657]. vi BENJAMIN, b. about 1653 (aged four on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged five on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. Wethersfield 11 January1688[/9] Mary Bronson [TAG 39:120-21]. vii BENONI, b. about 1655 (aged two and three-quarters on 24February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged four years on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]);treated by John Winthrop Jr. on 8 July 1659 [WMJ 163]; no further record. With third wife viii ABRAHAM, b. late in 1656 (aged one on 23 February 1657/8 [WMJ87]; aged two and a quarter on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); no furtherrecord. ix HANNAH, b. Hartford about 6 December 1658 ('Hill, William, hiswife, hath been delivered about ten days, hath now great cough,' 16December 1658 [WMJ 131]; 'Hill, Hanna, 1½,' 26 August 1660 [WMJ 216]); m.by about 1677 Thomas Kilborn (eldest child was born about 1677 [Hale,House 658-59]). x MARY, b. say 1660; living unmarried on 25 February 1680/1; nofurther record. xi JONATHAN, b. about 1664 (aged 4½ on 6 May 1669 [WMJ 910], anddeposed aged twenty-eight on 1 September 1692 [Manwaring 1:466]; but d.29 September 1727 aged sixty-one [Hale, House 591]); m. by 1688 DorothyHale (eldest child bp. 22 July 1688 [Hale, House 8, 591-93]), daughter ofSamuel and Mary (Smith) Hale [Hale, House 8, 608-09]. xii HESTER, b. about 1667 ('Hill, Hester, 3/4 y: daughter ofWillia[m] Hill Senior,' 7 January 1667/8 [WMJ 773]); not named infather's will, 25 February 1680/1. ASSOCIATIONS: Edward Harrison by a nuncupative will in 1650 gave WilliamHills his chest and contents because Hills 'was his countryman and thathe had no other that he knew in the country' [RPCC 81; Manwaring 1:123]. COMMENTS: Pope has mingled some records relating to WILLIAM HILL ofDorchester and Windsor in his account of William Hills of Roxbury andHartford. Jacobus included in his account of this family a listing of childrenwho were treated on one day in 1658 by John Winthrop Junior, comprisingchildren by all three of his wives, as well as children of his second andthird wives by their first husbands [Hale, House 580]. This list omitsthe daughter Susannah, who was in the original. The Winthrop medicalrecords also contain a similar list from about a year earlier, and manyother entries on this family, many, but not all, of which areincorporated in the present treatment. These lists of children treated by Winthrop provide part of theevidence identifying the second and third wives of William Hills. In theprobate of the estate of Richard Risley, on 7 December 1648, WilliamHills is required to post bond for the payment of legacies to the Risleychildren and to provide for their education [Manwaring 1:31], thuscompleting the identification of the second wife of William Hills. In thecase of the third wife, we have the bequest in the will of ANDREW WARNER,on 18 June 1681, of ten shillings to 'my daughter Hills' [Hale, House580]. The eldest child of William Hills, Sarah, is here assigned a birthdate of about 1638, some years younger than that proposed by most otherwriters. She married first John Ward of Branford, and if she was themother of all his children she must have married him by about 1651(assuming that his first child was Sarah, born at Branford on 22 March1651[/2] [TAG 12:102]; there were two John Wards having children inBranford in the 1650s and early 1660s). Since her parents cannot havemarried until 1633, Sarah Hills could not have been born until 1634 atthe earliest, and would have been sixteen or seventeen at marriage toJohn Ward. And if this is the case, there would be a gap of six yearsuntil the birth of the second child of William Hills. There seem to be two possibilities: William and Phyllis (Lyman) Hillsdid have daughter Sarah in 1634, and then no other children until about1640, and Sarah did marry John Ward at the age of about sixteen; or SarahHills was not born until about 1638, and she was the second wife of JohnWard. We have chosen the latter option, and recommend further research onthe two John Wards of Branford and Newark. On 4 June 1640 William Hill of Hartford was fined Ð4 for 'buying astolen piece of Mr. Plum's man and breaking open the cobbler's hogshead &pack' [RPCC 12]. It must have been actions such as these that earned forHill the description given by John Eliot as 'without giving such goodsatisfaction to the consciences of the saints.' On 25 January 1650 servant Richard Harrow was assigned over to'Will[iam] Hill of Hartford' for his remaining time by 'Tho[mas] Allcottof Hartford' [RPCC 121]. On 7 June 1655 'Will[iam] Hill' sued EdwardAndrews over the loss of a mare [RPCC 143]. Inasmuch as they involve Hartford men, two additional items probablyalso pertain to this William Hills: He sued Peter Bassaker for anundisclosed cause December 1644 [RPCC 30]. Richard Fellows sued him for39s. on 24 April 1649, but Hill failed to appear and lost the case [RPCC62, 63; CCCR 1:181]. On 18 February 1675/6 the Council reported that the 'enemy having cometo Hoccanum and shot at W[illia]m Hill and sorely wounded him, theCouncil sent forth a party of soldiers to make search for the enemy'[CCCR 2:410]; later inquiry identified the Indian who shot Hill, andassaulted other English men [CCCR 2:472, 479]. This was almost certainlythe son of the immigrant rather than the immigrant himself. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The best treatment of the family of William Hills wasprepared by Donald Lines Jacobus in 1952 [Hale, House 579-611]. Althoughmore recent research has augmented and revised his findings in someplaces, we rely heavily on several of his identifications, and in theseinstances refer the reader to the detailed arguments made by Jacobus, andthe evidence he marshalled in support of his conclusions. Hill Junior ofHockanuarrived at Roxbury, MA and then settled in Hartford, CT in 1636 Ancestors of Joseph Alexander Cook webpage www.familytree.com/users/h/a/m/Bonnie-L-Hamilton A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687. Page 143-4-5 Name: WILLIAM HILLS SEN. Location: Hartford Died July, 1683. Invt. oe274-00-02. Taken August, 1683, by Bevel Waters, Nath. Willett, Townsmen. Will dated 21 February, 1680-1. I William Hills sen., of Hoccanum, within the Township of Hartford, doe make this to be my Last Will & Testament: And in the first place, after my death, I desire my Executors & Overseers to take care for a decent Burial, & my desire is that due care be taken for payment of all my just debts. Imprimis. My will is that my wife Mary Hills & my son Jonathan Hills be Joynt Executors of this my will. My will is that my wife shall have the use of the one halfe of my housen & Lands that I now live in and upon, & the halfe of all my stock, catle & moveables during her naturall life, which sayd Lands are 8 acres on the east side of my dwelling house & about 18 acres of the west side of my sayd house. I give to my wife the use of one halfe of 17 rods wide of unimproved Lands Lying on the east end of the foresayd 8 acres which runneth to the east end of the 3 mile Lotts, during her Life. I give and bequeath, & my will is, that my sonn Jonathan Hills shall have the other full halfe of the foresayd housen and Lottments with their appurtenances, & my will is that after my wive's Decease I doe give the whole and full of that Land left in her hand to my son Jonathan Hills & to his heirs forever, with all catle, Stock & moveables, to have and to hold forever. And Whereas I have one Lott of Twenty-five rods broad abutting on the widdow Andrews house lott on the West, running to the end of the 3 mile Lotts east, abutting on the country Highway on the south, & on the widdow Andrews Lott North, that she bought of Deacon Wm. Holton, One Third part of said Lott being taken off which I have sould to Mr. William Pitkin, the other Two parts thereof Left and remaining in my hands I give and bequeath Two Thirds thereof to my Daughter Mary Hills and her heirs for ever, and the other Third of ye foresayd Two parts I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanna Kilbern, to her and her heirs forever. And Whereas there is a consederable part of that Land I bought of Thomas Hosmore of Hartford, Lyeing in & within the south division, wch I have not yet taken up, I doe give that sayd Land (about six score acres, abutting on Benjamin Hills & Joseph Hills there Lotts on the west, & abutting on James Curtice on the south, & on my Land on the North, running east to the end of the 3 mile Lotts), my will is, & I bequeath, the sayd Land & all of it to my sonn William Hills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, & to my son Benjamin Hills, to my daughter SARAH WARD, & to my daughter Susannah Kilbourn, to be divided by an equal proportion to each child, & their heirs forever; & at the death of my sonn William Hills the proportion given to him I give and bequeath to my grand sonn, the eldest sonn of my son William, whoe is of the same name to him, and to his heirs forever. Farther, my will is, that within one yeare after the death of my wife, Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the Estate the just & full sume of Ten pounds to my daughter Mary Hills. And my will is that all my Land given to my children shall forever & att all times hereafter contribute & pay a Just proportion of all rates, dues & Leases required toward the Mayntenance of the ministry of that particular Church within the Township of Hartford which my overseers of this my will & Testament shall by their Joynt act in writeing under their hands agree upon. I doe desire Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert & Corporal Gilbert to be my overseers with full power to fill vacancies in case of the death of any of them. Farther I doe desire & will that the revenues of the Lands in Farmington that I have right unto by & in right of my wife, that it be duly demanded & received for the help of my wife, & desire my overseers with my Executors to take care about the same, which is the final conclusion of this my Last Will & Testament. Pr me William Hill., sen., Ls. Witness: John Hill, Thomas Kilbourn, John Gilbert. Court Record, Page 76--6 December, 1683: Will Proven. The Great Migration Begins PRESERVED PURITAN WILLIAM HILLS ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1632 on the William & Francis [Hotten 149] FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury REMOVES: Hartford 1636 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Roxbury church records: 'William Hills, a man servant,he came over in the year 1632. He married Phillice Lyman, the daughter ofRichard Liman. He removed to Conecticott, where he lived several years,without giving such good satisfaction to the consciences of the saints'[RChR 77]. FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 (eleventh in a sequence of twelve Roxbury men) [MBCR1:368]. 'Will[ia]m Hills Sen[io]r' was in the October 1669 list offreemen on the south side in Hartford [CCCR 2:519]. EDUCATION: Signed his will. OFFICES: Appointed Hartford constable, 29 January 1643/4 [HaTR 69]. On 18 May 1653 Connecticut General Court ordered that the 'inhabitantsof the east side of the Great River are exempted from training with thetowns on the west side, this present time, & are to meet on the east sideas Will[iam] Hill shall appoint & train there together, and so tocontinue on their training days until the Court take further order: &Will[iam] Hill is to return the names of those that do not meet accordingto appointment, as notice shall be given them' [CCCR 1:240-41]. ESTATE: In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639[/40] 'WilliamHills' held nine parcels of land, six of which were granted to him: oneacre and one rood with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens;seven acres of upland; nine acres of upland; one acre and two roods inthe South Meadow; another one acre and two roods in the South Meadow; oneacre and one rood in the South Meadow; five hundred seventeen acres ofupland in Hockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; ten acres of meadow inHockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; and three acres, two roods andtwenty-nine rods of meadow in Hockanum 'bought of Frances Andrews' [HaBOP262-64]. At the end of this list of parcels is an additional entry,undated: 'W[illia]m Hill doth grant to W[illia]m Hill his son, to JohnHill, Joseph Hill, Benjamin Hill & Thomas Kilborn, that they their heirs& successors shall forever have free liberty to pass through the saidW[illia]m Hill's lot from the highway on the east to Hoccanum Meadow onthe west on the south side of W[illia]m Hill's lot, to pass with cart &horse according as they shall have occasion' [HaBOP 264]. In his will, dated 25 February 1680/1 and brought to court sometime in1683, 'William Hills Senior of Hocanum within the township of Hartford... being weak in body through old age' made 'my loving wife Mary Hillsand my son Jonathan Hills' joint executors; 'my wife shall have the useand improvement of the one half of my housing and lands that I now livein and upon and the one half of all my stock cattle and moveables duringher natural life, which said lands are eight acres on the east side of mydwelling house and eighteen acres on the west side of my said house, alsothe use and improvement of one half of seventeen rods of unimproved landsand eight acres ... [at] the three mile lots during her natural life'; to'my son Jonathan Hills' the other full half 'and after my wife's decease... that land left in his hands to my son Jonathan Hills ... with all thecattle stock and moveables'; 'that my son Jonathan behave himselfsuitably to his mother after my death, hoping she will encourage him thathe may so do'; any disagreements to be settled by the overseers;two-thirds of a twenty-five rod lot to 'my daughter Mary Hills'; theother third to 'my daughter Hanna Kilbern'; land in the south division'which I have not yet taken up' to 'my daughter Mary'; a parcel ofsixscore acres near the end of the Three Mile lots to 'my son WilliamHills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, and to my sonBenjamin Hills, to my daughter Sarah Ward and to my daughter SuzanahKilburn' in equal proportions; 'at the death of my son William Hill, thatproportion ... I give and bequeath to my grandson the eldest son of myson William who is of the same name'; 'one year after the death of mywife Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the estate... Ð10 to my daughter Mary Hills'; in case of son Jonathan's deathbefore the death of 'my wife and without issue', overseers to distribute'to my surviving children according to their good and sound discretion';'my loving friends Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert and CorporalJohn Gilbert' overseers with power of survivorship; the revenues of thelands in Farmington 'that I have right unto by and in right of my wifethat it be duly demanded and received for the help of my wife' [HartfordPD Case #2724]. The inventory of the estate of William Hills Senior, deceased, wastaken in July 1683 and totalled Ð274 2d. [so stated, but incorrectlysummed], including real estate valued at Ð259 14s.: 'the dwelling houseand half the barn,' Ð42; 'thirty-one acres of upland fenced in &improved,' Ð196; 'two hundred seventeen acres of land,' Ð21 14s; and'more upland lying near the widow Andrews we are not informed how manyacres,' no value stated [Hartford PD Case #2724]. BIRTH: By about 1607 based on estimated date of marriage. (Jacobussuggested that he may be that William Hills baptized at Upminster, Essex,on 27 December 1598, son of Thomas Hills; the age is not far off andUpminster is near High Ongar, the home of his future wife[Ackley-Bosworth 144].) DEATH: Hartford by July 1683 (date of inventory). MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1638 Phyllis Lyman, daughter of RICHARD LYMAN.Eliot reports that 'she came to the land with her father anno 1631. Godwrought upon her heart in this Land, she grew deaf which diseaseincreasing was a great affliction to her, she was married to WilliamHills & lived with him at Hartford on Conecticot' [RChR 78]. (2) Late 1648 Mary (_____) Risley, widow of Richard Risley [TAG25:233; Manwaring 1:31]; she died about 1655, presumably at or shortlyafter the birth of her son Benoni. (3) Late 1655 or early 1656 Mary (Warner) Steele, widow of John Steele(son of JOHN STEELE) and daughter of ANDREW WARNER; she died afterFebruary 1680[/1] (when she is named in her husband's will). CHILDREN: With first wife i SARAH, b. say 1638; m. (1) by an uncertain date John Ward; m. (2)after 1684 Stephen Davis (see COMMENTS below). (In her will of 27 March1691 Sarah Davis bequeathed to 'my son Josiah and his heirs twenty acresof land at Hockanum, which was given to me by my father's will' [MulfordAnc 261]. This matches precisely a bequest of twenty acres to 'mydaughter Sarah Ward' by William Hills.) ii WILLIAM, b. about 1640 (aged seventeen and a half on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged eighteen on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1665 Sarah _____ ('Hill, Sarah 2½ y: daughter of Willia[m] Hill Junior ofHockanu[m],' 27 February 1667/8 [WMJ 788]). iii JOHN, b. about 1644 (aged thirteen on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged 'above thirteen' on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1678 Mary _____ [Hale, House 581-82; TAG 69:178]. With second wife iv JOSEPH, bp. 17 March 1649 [HaVR 581] (aged eight on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged nine on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. (1) by about1676 Hannah Edwards [NEHGR 149:41-45]; m. (2) about 1699 Mehitable(Hinsdale) Dickinson [Hale, House 586]; m. (3) by about 1703 Elizabeth_____ [Hale, House 585]. v SUSANNAH, b. about 1651 (aged six on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88];aged seven on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]; d. Glastonbury 23 October 1701in her 50th year [Hale, House 657]); m. Wethersfield 4 March 1673[/4]John Kilborn [WetVR Barbour 174 (surname of bride not given); Hale, House657]. vi BENJAMIN, b. about 1653 (aged four on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged five on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. Wethersfield 11 January1688[/9] Mary Bronson [TAG 39:120-21]. vii BENONI, b. about 1655 (aged two and three-quarters on 24February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged four years on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]);treated by John Winthrop Jr. on 8 July 1659 [WMJ 163]; no further record. With third wife viii ABRAHAM, b. late in 1656 (aged one on 23 February 1657/8 [WMJ87]; aged two and a quarter on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); no furtherrecord. ix HANNAH, b. Hartford about 6 December 1658 ('Hill, William, hiswife, hath been delivered about ten days, hath now great cough,' 16December 1658 [WMJ 131]; 'Hill, Hanna, 1½,' 26 August 1660 [WMJ 216]); m.by about 1677 Thomas Kilborn (eldest child was born about 1677 [Hale,House 658-59]). x MARY, b. say 1660; living unmarried on 25 February 1680/1; nofurther record. xi JONATHAN, b. about 1664 (aged 4½ on 6 May 1669 [WMJ 910], anddeposed aged twenty-eight on 1 September 1692 [Manwaring 1:466]; but d.29 September 1727 aged sixty-one [Hale, House 591]); m. by 1688 DorothyHale (eldest child bp. 22 July 1688 [Hale, House 8, 591-93]), daughter ofSamuel and Mary (Smith) Hale [Hale, House 8, 608-09]. xii HESTER, b. about 1667 ('Hill, Hester, 3/4 y: daughter ofWillia[m] Hill Senior,' 7 January 1667/8 [WMJ 773]); not named infather's will, 25 February 1680/1. ASSOCIATIONS: Edward Harrison by a nuncupative will in 1650 gave WilliamHills his chest and contents because Hills 'was his countryman and thathe had no other that he knew in the country' [RPCC 81; Manwaring 1:123]. COMMENTS: Pope has mingled some records relating to WILLIAM HILL ofDorchester and Windsor in his account of William Hills of Roxbury andHartford. Jacobus included in his account of this family a listing of childrenwho were treated on one day in 1658 by John Winthrop Junior, comprisingchildren by all three of his wives, as well as children of his second andthird wives by their first husbands [Hale, House 580]. This list omitsthe daughter Susannah, who was in the original. The Winthrop medicalrecords also contain a similar list from about a year earlier, and manyother entries on this family, many, but not all, of which areincorporated in the present treatment. These lists of children treated by Winthrop provide part of theevidence identifying the second and third wives of William Hills. In theprobate of the estate of Richard Risley, on 7 December 1648, WilliamHills is required to post bond for the payment of legacies to the Risleychildren and to provide for their education [Manwaring 1:31], thuscompleting the identification of the second wife of William Hills. In thecase of the third wife, we have the bequest in the will of ANDREW WARNER,on 18 June 1681, of ten shillings to 'my daughter Hills' [Hale, House580]. The eldest child of William Hills, Sarah, is here assigned a birthdate of about 1638, some years younger than that proposed by most otherwriters. She married first John Ward of Branford, and if she was themother of all his children she must have married him by about 1651(assuming that his first child was Sarah, born at Branford on 22 March1651[/2] [TAG 12:102]; there were two John Wards having children inBranford in the 1650s and early 1660s). Since her parents cannot havemarried until 1633, Sarah Hills could not have been born until 1634 atthe earliest, and would have been sixteen or seventeen at marriage toJohn Ward. And if this is the case, there would be a gap of six yearsuntil the birth of the second child of William Hills. There seem to be two possibilities: William and Phyllis (Lyman) Hillsdid have daughter Sarah in 1634, and then no other children until about1640, and Sarah did marry John Ward at the age of about sixteen; or SarahHills was not born until about 1638, and she was the second wife of JohnWard. We have chosen the latter option, and recommend further research onthe two John Wards of Branford and Newark. On 4 June 1640 William Hill of Hartford was fined Ð4 for 'buying astolen piece of Mr. Plum's man and breaking open the cobbler's hogshead &pack' [RPCC 12]. It must have been actions such as these that earned forHill the description given by John Eliot as 'without giving such goodsatisfaction to the consciences of the saints.' On 25 January 1650 servant Richard Harrow was assigned over to'Will[iam] Hill of Hartford' for his remaining time by 'Tho[mas] Allcottof Hartford' [RPCC 121]. On 7 June 1655 'Will[iam] Hill' sued EdwardAndrews over the loss of a mare [RPCC 143]. Inasmuch as they involve Hartford men, two additional items probablyalso pertain to this William Hills: He sued Peter Bassaker for anundisclosed cause December 1644 [RPCC 30]. Richard Fellows sued him for39s. on 24 April 1649, but Hill failed to appear and lost the case [RPCC62, 63; CCCR 1:181]. On 18 February 1675/6 the Council reported that the 'enemy having cometo Hoccanum and shot at W[illia]m Hill and sorely wounded him, theCouncil sent forth a party of soldiers to make search for the enemy'[CCCR 2:410]; later inquiry identified the Indian who shot Hill, andassaulted other English men [CCCR 2:472, 479]. This was almost certainlythe son of the immigrant rather than the immigrant himself. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The best treatment of the family of William Hills wasprepared by Donald Lines Jacobus in 1952 [Hale, House 579-611]. Althoughmore recent research has augmented and revised his findings in someplaces, we rely heavily on several of his identifications, and in theseinstances refer the reader to the detailed arguments made by Jacobus, andthe evidence he marshalled in support of his conclusions.,' 27 February 1667/8 [WMJ 788]). iii JOHN, b. about 1644 (aged thirteen on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged 'above thirteen' on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1678 Mary _____ [Hale, House 581-82; TAG 69:178]. With second wife iv JOSEPH, bp. 17 March 1649 [HaVR 581] (aged eight on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged nine on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. (1) by about1676 Hannah Edwards [NEHGR 149:41-45]; m. (2) about 1699 Mehitable(Hinsdale) Dickinson [Hale, House 586]; m. (3) by about 1703 Elizabeth_____ [Hale, House 585]. v SUSANNAH, b. about 1651 (aged six on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88];aged seven on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]; d. Glastonbury 23 October 1701in her 50th year [Hale, House 657]); m. Wethersfield 4 March 1673[/4]John Kilborn [WetVR Barbour 174 (surname of bride not given); Hale, House657]. vi BENJAMIN, b. about 1653 (aged four on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged five on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. Wethersfield 11 January1688[/9] Mary Bronson [TAG 39:120-21]. vii BENONI, b. about 1655 (aged two and three-quarters on 24February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged four years on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]);treated by John Winthrop Jr. on 8 July 1659 [WMJ 163]; no further record. With third wife viii ABRAHAM, b. late in 1656 (aged one on 23 February 1657/8 [WMJ87]; aged two and a quarter on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); no furtherrecord. ix HANNAH, b. Hartford about 6 December 1658 ('Hill, William, hiswife, hath been delivered about ten days, hath now great cough,' 16December 1658 [WMJ 131]; 'Hill, Hanna, 1½,' 26 August 1660 [WMJ 216]); m.by about 1677 Thomas Kilborn (eldest child was born about 1677 [Hale,House 658-59]). x MARY, b. say 1660; living unmarried on 25 February 1680/1; nofurther record. xi JONATHAN, b. about 1664 (aged 4½ on 6 May 1669 [WMJ 910], anddeposed aged twenty-eight on 1 September 1692 [Manwaring 1:466]; but d.29 September 1727 aged sixty-one [Hale, House 591]); m. by 1688 DorothyHale (eldest child bp. 22 July 1688 [Hale, House 8, 591-93]), daughter ofSamuel and Mary (Smith) Hale [Hale, House 8, 608-09]. xii HESTER, b. about 1667 ('Hill, Hester, 3/4 y: daughter ofWilliaarrived at Roxbury, MA and then settled in Hartford, CT in 1636 Ancestors of Joseph Alexander Cook webpage www.familytree.com/users/h/a/m/Bonnie-L-Hamilton A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687. Page 143-4-5 Name: WILLIAM HILLS SEN. Location: Hartford Died July, 1683. Invt. oe274-00-02. Taken August, 1683, by Bevel Waters, Nath. Willett, Townsmen. Will dated 21 February, 1680-1. I William Hills sen., of Hoccanum, within the Township of Hartford, doe make this to be my Last Will & Testament: And in the first place, after my death, I desire my Executors & Overseers to take care for a decent Burial, & my desire is that due care be taken for payment of all my just debts. Imprimis. My will is that my wife Mary Hills & my son Jonathan Hills be Joynt Executors of this my will. My will is that my wife shall have the use of the one halfe of my housen & Lands that I now live in and upon, & the halfe of all my stock, catle & moveables during her naturall life, which sayd Lands are 8 acres on the east side of my dwelling house & about 18 acres of the west side of my sayd house. I give to my wife the use of one halfe of 17 rods wide of unimproved Lands Lying on the east end of the foresayd 8 acres which runneth to the east end of the 3 mile Lotts, during her Life. I give and bequeath, & my will is, that my sonn Jonathan Hills shall have the other full halfe of the foresayd housen and Lottments with their appurtenances, & my will is that after my wive's Decease I doe give the whole and full of that Land left in her hand to my son Jonathan Hills & to his heirs forever, with all catle, Stock & moveables, to have and to hold forever. And Whereas I have one Lott of Twenty-five rods broad abutting on the widdow Andrews house lott on the West, running to the end of the 3 mile Lotts east, abutting on the country Highway on the south, & on the widdow Andrews Lott North, that she bought of Deacon Wm. Holton, One Third part of said Lott being taken off which I have sould to Mr. William Pitkin, the other Two parts thereof Left and remaining in my hands I give and bequeath Two Thirds thereof to my Daughter Mary Hills and her heirs for ever, and the other Third of ye foresayd Two parts I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanna Kilbern, to her and her heirs forever. And Whereas there is a consederable part of that Land I bought of Thomas Hosmore of Hartford, Lyeing in & within the south division, wch I have not yet taken up, I doe give that sayd Land (about six score acres, abutting on Benjamin Hills & Joseph Hills there Lotts on the west, & abutting on James Curtice on the south, & on my Land on the North, running east to the end of the 3 mile Lotts), my will is, & I bequeath, the sayd Land & all of it to my sonn William Hills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, & to my son Benjamin Hills, to my daughter SARAH WARD, & to my daughter Susannah Kilbourn, to be divided by an equal proportion to each child, & their heirs forever; & at the death of my sonn William Hills the proportion given to him I give and bequeath to my grand sonn, the eldest sonn of my son William, whoe is of the same name to him, and to his heirs forever. Farther, my will is, that within one yeare after the death of my wife, Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the Estate the just & full sume of Ten pounds to my daughter Mary Hills. And my will is that all my Land given to my children shall forever & att all times hereafter contribute & pay a Just proportion of all rates, dues & Leases required toward the Mayntenance of the ministry of that particular Church within the Township of Hartford which my overseers of this my will & Testament shall by their Joynt act in writeing under their hands agree upon. I doe desire Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert & Corporal Gilbert to be my overseers with full power to fill vacancies in case of the death of any of them. Farther I doe desire & will that the revenues of the Lands in Farmington that I have right unto by & in right of my wife, that it be duly demanded & received for the help of my wife, & desire my overseers with my Executors to take care about the same, which is the final conclusion of this my Last Will & Testament. Pr me William Hill., sen., Ls. Witness: John Hill, Thomas Kilbourn, John Gilbert. Court Record, Page 76--6 December, 1683: Will Proven. The Great Migration Begins PRESERVED PURITAN WILLIAM HILLS ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1632 on the William & Francis [Hotten 149] FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury REMOVES: Hartford 1636 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Roxbury church records: 'William Hills, a man servant,he came over in the year 1632. He married Phillice Lyman, the daughter ofRichard Liman. He removed to Conecticott, where he lived several years,without giving such good satisfaction to the consciences of the saints'[RChR 77]. FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 (eleventh in a sequence of twelve Roxbury men) [MBCR1:368]. 'Will[ia]m Hills Sen[io]r' was in the October 1669 list offreemen on the south side in Hartford [CCCR 2:519]. EDUCATION: Signed his will. OFFICES: Appointed Hartford constable, 29 January 1643/4 [HaTR 69]. On 18 May 1653 Connecticut General Court ordered that the 'inhabitantsof the east side of the Great River are exempted from training with thetowns on the west side, this present time, & are to meet on the east sideas Will[iam] Hill shall appoint & train there together, and so tocontinue on their training days until the Court take further order: &Will[iam] Hill is to return the names of those that do not meet accordingto appointment, as notice shall be given them' [CCCR 1:240-41]. ESTATE: In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639[/40] 'WilliamHills' held nine parcels of land, six of which were granted to him: oneacre and one rood with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens;seven acres of upland; nine acres of upland; one acre and two roods inthe South Meadow; another one acre and two roods in the South Meadow; oneacre and one rood in the South Meadow; five hundred seventeen acres ofupland in Hockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; ten acres of meadow inHockanum 'bought of Thomas Hosmore'; and three acres, two roods andtwenty-nine rods of meadow in Hockanum 'bought of Frances Andrews' [HaBOP262-64]. At the end of this list of parcels is an additional entry,undated: 'W[illia]m Hill doth grant to W[illia]m Hill his son, to JohnHill, Joseph Hill, Benjamin Hill & Thomas Kilborn, that they their heirs& successors shall forever have free liberty to pass through the saidW[illia]m Hill's lot from the highway on the east to Hoccanum Meadow onthe west on the south side of W[illia]m Hill's lot, to pass with cart &horse according as they shall have occasion' [HaBOP 264]. In his will, dated 25 February 1680/1 and brought to court sometime in1683, 'William Hills Senior of Hocanum within the township of Hartford... being weak in body through old age' made 'my loving wife Mary Hillsand my son Jonathan Hills' joint executors; 'my wife shall have the useand improvement of the one half of my housing and lands that I now livein and upon and the one half of all my stock cattle and moveables duringher natural life, which said lands are eight acres on the east side of mydwelling house and eighteen acres on the west side of my said house, alsothe use and improvement of one half of seventeen rods of unimproved landsand eight acres ... [at] the three mile lots during her natural life'; to'my son Jonathan Hills' the other full half 'and after my wife's decease... that land left in his hands to my son Jonathan Hills ... with all thecattle stock and moveables'; 'that my son Jonathan behave himselfsuitably to his mother after my death, hoping she will encourage him thathe may so do'; any disagreements to be settled by the overseers;two-thirds of a twenty-five rod lot to 'my daughter Mary Hills'; theother third to 'my daughter Hanna Kilbern'; land in the south division'which I have not yet taken up' to 'my daughter Mary'; a parcel ofsixscore acres near the end of the Three Mile lots to 'my son WilliamHills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, and to my sonBenjamin Hills, to my daughter Sarah Ward and to my daughter SuzanahKilburn' in equal proportions; 'at the death of my son William Hill, thatproportion ... I give and bequeath to my grandson the eldest son of myson William who is of the same name'; 'one year after the death of mywife Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the estate... Ð10 to my daughter Mary Hills'; in case of son Jonathan's deathbefore the death of 'my wife and without issue', overseers to distribute'to my surviving children according to their good and sound discretion';'my loving friends Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert and CorporalJohn Gilbert' overseers with power of survivorship; the revenues of thelands in Farmington 'that I have right unto by and in right of my wifethat it be duly demanded and received for the help of my wife' [HartfordPD Case #2724]. The inventory of the estate of William Hills Senior, deceased, wastaken in July 1683 and totalled Ð274 2d. [so stated, but incorrectlysummed], including real estate valued at Ð259 14s.: 'the dwelling houseand half the barn,' Ð42; 'thirty-one acres of upland fenced in &improved,' Ð196; 'two hundred seventeen acres of land,' Ð21 14s; and'more upland lying near the widow Andrews we are not informed how manyacres,' no value stated [Hartford PD Case #2724]. BIRTH: By about 1607 based on estimated date of marriage. (Jacobussuggested that he may be that William Hills baptized at Upminster, Essex,on 27 December 1598, son of Thomas Hills; the age is not far off andUpminster is near High Ongar, the home of his future wife[Ackley-Bosworth 144].) DEATH: Hartford by July 1683 (date of inventory). MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1638 Phyllis Lyman, daughter of RICHARD LYMAN.Eliot reports that 'she came to the land with her father anno 1631. Godwrought upon her heart in this Land, she grew deaf which diseaseincreasing was a great affliction to her, she was married to WilliamHills & lived with him at Hartford on Conecticot' [RChR 78]. (2) Late 1648 Mary (_____) Risley, widow of Richard Risley [TAG25:233; Manwaring 1:31]; she died about 1655, presumably at or shortlyafter the birth of her son Benoni. (3) Late 1655 or early 1656 Mary (Warner) Steele, widow of John Steele(son of JOHN STEELE) and daughter of ANDREW WARNER; she died afterFebruary 1680[/1] (when she is named in her husband's will). CHILDREN: With first wife i SARAH, b. say 1638; m. (1) by an uncertain date John Ward; m. (2)after 1684 Stephen Davis (see COMMENTS below). (In her will of 27 March1691 Sarah Davis bequeathed to 'my son Josiah and his heirs twenty acresof land at Hockanum, which was given to me by my father's will' [MulfordAnc 261]. This matches precisely a bequest of twenty acres to 'mydaughter Sarah Ward' by William Hills.) ii WILLIAM, b. about 1640 (aged seventeen and a half on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged eighteen on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1665 Sarah _____ ('Hill, Sarah 2½ y: daughter of Willia[m] Hill Junior ofHockanu[m],' 27 February 1667/8 [WMJ 788]). iii JOHN, b. about 1644 (aged thirteen on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged 'above thirteen' on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. by about1678 Mary _____ [Hale, House 581-82; TAG 69:178]. With second wife iv JOSEPH, bp. 17 March 1649 [HaVR 581] (aged eight on 24 February1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged nine on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. (1) by about1676 Hannah Edwards [NEHGR 149:41-45]; m. (2) about 1699 Mehitable(Hinsdale) Dickinson [Hale, House 586]; m. (3) by about 1703 Elizabeth_____ [Hale, House 585]. v SUSANNAH, b. about 1651 (aged six on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88];aged seven on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]; d. Glastonbury 23 October 1701in her 50th year [Hale, House 657]); m. Wethersfield 4 March 1673[/4]John Kilborn [WetVR Barbour 174 (surname of bride not given); Hale, House657]. vi BENJAMIN, b. about 1653 (aged four on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ88]; aged five on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. Wethersfield 11 January1688[/9] Mary Bronson [TAG 39:120-21]. vii BENONI, b. about 1655 (aged two and three-quarters on 24February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged four years on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]);treated by John Winthrop Jr. on 8 July 1659 [WMJ 163]; no further record. With third wife viii ABRAHAM, b. late in 1656 (aged one on 23 February 1657/8 [WMJ87]; aged two and a quarter on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); no furtherrecord. ix HANNAH, b. Hartford about 6 December 1658 ('Hill, William, hiswife, hath been delivered about ten days, hath now great cough,' 16December 1658 [WMJ 131]; 'Hill, Hanna, 1½,' 26 August 1660 [WMJ 216]); m.by about 1677 Thomas Kilborn (eldest child was born about 1677 [Hale,House 658-59]). x MARY, b. say 1660; living unmarried on 25 February 1680/1; nofurther record. xi JONATHAN, b. about 1664 (aged 4½ on 6 May 1669 [WMJ 910], anddeposed aged twenty-eight on 1 September 1692 [Manwaring 1:466]; but d.29 September 1727 aged sixty-one [Hale, House 591]); m. by 1688 DorothyHale (eldest child bp. 22 July 1688 [Hale, House 8, 591-93]), daughter ofSamuel and Mary (Smith) Hale [Hale, House 8, 608-09]. xii HESTER, b. about 1667 ('Hill, Hester, 3/4 y: daughter ofWillia[m] Hill Senior,' 7 January 1667/8 [WMJ 773]); not named infather's will, 25 February 1680/1. ASSOCIATIONS: Edward Harrison by a nuncupative will in 1650 gave WilliamHills his chest and contents because Hills 'was his countryman and thathe had no other that he knew in the country' [RPCC 81; Manwaring 1:123]. COMMENTS: Pope has mingled some records relating to WILLIAM HILL ofDorchester and Windsor in his account of William Hills of Roxbury andHartford. Jacobus included in his account of this family a listing of childrenwho were treated on one day in 1658 by John Winthrop Junior, comprisingchildren by all three of his wives, as well as children of his second andthird wives by their first husbands [Hale, House 580]. This list omitsthe daughter Susannah, who was in the original. The Winthrop medicalrecords also contain a similar list from about a year earlier, and manyother entries on this family, many, but not all, of which areincorporated in the present treatment. These lists of children treated by Winthrop provide part of theevidence identifying the second and third wives of William Hills. In theprobate of the estate of Richard Risley, on 7 December 1648, WilliamHills is required to post bond for the payment of legacies to the Risleychildren and to provide for their education [Manwaring 1:31], thuscompleting the identification of the second wife of William Hills. In thecase of the third wife, we have the bequest in the will of ANDREW WARNER,on 18 June 1681, of ten shillings to 'my daughter Hills' [Hale, House580]. The eldest child of William Hills, Sarah, is here assigned a birthdate of about 1638, some years younger than that proposed by most otherwriters. She married first John Ward of Branford, and if she was themother of all his children she must have married him by about 1651(assuming that his first child was Sarah, born at Branford on 22 March1651[/2] [TAG 12:102]; there were two John Wards having children inBranford in the 1650s and early 1660s). Since her parents cannot havemarried until 1633, Sarah Hills could not have been born until 1634 atthe earliest, and would have been sixteen or seventeen at marriage toJohn Ward. And if this is the case, there would be a gap of six yearsuntil the birth of the second child of William Hills. There seem to be two possibilities: William and Phyllis (Lyman) Hillsdid have daughter Sarah in 1634, and then no other children until about1640, and Sarah did marry John Ward at the age of about sixteen; or SarahHills was not born until about 1638, and she was the second wife of JohnWard. We have chosen the latter option, and recommend further research onthe two John Wards of Branford and Newark. On 4 June 1640 William Hill of Hartford was fined Ð4 for 'buying astolen piece of Mr. Plum's man and breaking open the cobbler's hogshead &pack' [RPCC 12]. It must have been actions such as these that earned forHill the description given by John Eliot as 'without giving such goodsatisfaction to the consciences of the saints.' On 25 January 1650 servant Richard Harrow was assigned over to'Will[iam] Hill of Hartford' for his remaining time by 'Tho[mas] Allcottof Hartford' [RPCC 121]. On 7 June 1655 'Will[iam] Hill' sued EdwardAndrews over the loss of a mare [RPCC 143]. Inasmuch as they involve Hartford men, two additional items probablyalso pertain to this William Hills: He sued Peter Bassaker for anundisclosed cause December 1644 [RPCC 30]. Richard Fellows sued him for39s. on 24 April 1649, but Hill failed to appear and lost the case [RPCC62, 63; CCCR 1:181]. On 18 February 1675/6 the Council reported that the 'enemy having cometo Hoccanum and shot at W[illia]m Hill and sorely wounded him, theCouncil sent forth a party of soldiers to make search for the enemy'[CCCR 2:410]; later inquiry identified the Indian who shot Hill, andassaulted other English men [CCCR 2:472, 479]. This was almost certainlythe son of the immigrant rather than the immigrant himself. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The best treatment of the family of William Hills wasprepared by Donald Lines Jacobus in 1952 [Hale, House 579-611]. Althoughmore recent research has augmented and revised his findings in someplaces, we rely heavily on several of his identifications, and in theseinstances refer the reader to the detailed arguments made by Jacobus, andthe evidence he marshalled in support of his conclusions. Hill Senior,' 7 January 1667/8 [WMJ 773]); not named infather's will, 25 February 1680/1. ASSOCIATIONS: Edward Harrison by a nuncupative will in 1650 gave WilliamHills his chest and contents because Hills 'was his countryman and thathe had no other that he knew in the country' [RPCC 81; Manwaring 1:123]. COMMENTS: Pope has mingled some records relating to WILLIAM HILL ofDorchester and Windsor in his account of William Hills of Roxbury andHartford. Jacobus included in his account of this family a listing of childrenwho were treated on one day in 1658 by John Winthrop Junior, comprisingchildren by all three of his wives, as well as children of his second andthird wives by their first husbands [Hale, House 580]. This list omitsthe daughter Susannah, who was in the original. The Winthrop medicalrecords also contain a similar list from about a year earlier, and manyother entries on this family, many, but not all, of which areincorporated in the present treatment. These lists of children treated by Winthrop provide part of theevidence identifying the second and third wives of William Hills. In theprobate of the estate of Richard Risley, on 7 December 1648, WilliamHills is required to post bond for the payment of legacies to the Risleychildren and to provide for their education [Manwaring 1:31], thuscompleting the identification of the second wife of William Hills. In thecase of the third wife, we have the bequest in the will of ANDREW WARNER,on 18 June 1681, of ten shillings to 'my daughter Hills' [Hale, House580]. The eldest child of William Hills, Sarah, is here assigned a birthdate of about 1638, some years younger than that proposed by most otherwriters. She married first John Ward of Branford, and if she was themother of all his children she must have married him by about 1651(assuming that his first child was Sarah, born at Branford on 22 March1651[/2] [TAG 12:102]; there were two John Wards having children inBranford in the 1650s and early 1660s). Since her parents cannot havemarried until 1633, Sarah Hills could not have been born until 1634 atthe earliest, and would have been sixteen or seventeen at marriage toJohn Ward. And if this is the case, there would be a gap of six yearsuntil the birth of the second child of William Hills. There seem to be two possibilities: William and Phyllis (Lyman) Hillsdid have daughter Sarah in 1634, and then no other children until about1640, and Sarah did marry John Ward at the age of about sixteen; or SarahHills was not born until about 1638, and she was the second wife of JohnWard. We have chosen the latter option, and recommend further research onthe two John Wards of Branford and Newark. On 4 June 1640 William Hill of Hartford was fined Ð4 for 'buying astolen piece of Mr. Plum's man and breaking open the cobbler's hogshead &pack' [RPCC 12]. It must have been actions such as these that earned forHill the description given by John Eliot as 'without giving such goodsatisfaction to the consciences of the saints.' On 25 January 1650 servant Richard Harrow was assigned over to'Will[iam] Hill of Hartford' for his remaining time by 'Tho[mas] Allcottof Hartford' [RPCC 121]. On 7 June 1655 'Will[iam] Hill' sued EdwardAndrews over the loss of a mare [RPCC 143]. Inasmuch as they involve Hartford men, two additional items probablyalso pertain to this William Hills: He sued Peter Bassaker for anundisclosed cause December 1644 [RPCC 30]. Richard Fellows sued him for39s. on 24 April 1649, but Hill failed to appear and lost the case [RPCC62, 63; CCCR 1:181]. On 18 February 1675/6 the Council reported that the 'enemy having cometo Hoccanum and shot at W[illia]m Hill and sorely wounded him, theCouncil sent forth a party of soldiers to make search for the enemy'[CCCR 2:410]; later inquiry identified the Indian who shot Hill, andassaulted other English men [CCCR 2:472, 479]. This was almost certainlythe son of the immigrant rather than the immigrant himself. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The best treatment of the family of William Hills wasprepared by Donald Lines Jacobus in 1952 [Hale, House 579-611]. Althoughmore recent research has augmented and revised his findings in someplaces, we rely heavily on several of his identifications, and in theseinstances refer the reader to the detailed arguments made by Jacobus, andthe evidence he marshalled in support of his conclusions.1 
Birth*27 December 1598 William Hills was born on 27 December 1598.1 
Marriage*14 May 1634 He married Phyllis Lyman, daughter of Richard Lyman, on 14 May 1634.1 
Death*July 1683 William Hills died in July 1683 at Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, at age 84.1 

Family

Phyllis Lyman b. Sep 1611, d. By 1648
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Last Edited14 Jan 2004

Citations

  1. [S170] Gedcom file by Debora J Krauss Franklin (see her record for more).