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Re: Book Search! Hillhouse Family History
Posted by: Joseph Moore (ID *****3418) Date: August 12, 2011 at 22:58:42
In Reply to: Re: Book Search! Hillhouse Family History by Donna Crosby of 540


I am sending a separate note asking that I be placed on the Hillhouse DNA message list.

As to William of SC being a son of John Hillhouse of Free Hall, I haven't enough information to draw many conclusions. The very limited information I have on these early generations shows that John of Free Hall did indeed have a son William and of him, I have only a note that states he settled in the West Indies. This may have been an error, or he may have gone to the Indies first, and then to PA and SC, although it would seem that had he done so, he would have gone from the Indies to Charleston or Wilmington rather than to Pennsylvania, and it seems to be certain that William of SC did settle in PA. But this idea does not eliminate a William of the Indies going on to PA.

Of the six sons of John of Free Hall whose names I have, virtually nothing is known of four of them: William of the West Indies, John, Samuel, and Charles. Hillhouse & Petigru stated that the father of William of SC may have been Charles, but they thought it was more likely Samuel. Now your records place Samuel in question as the father of William of SC.

I do not have enough birth and death dates on these early generations to form much of an opinion as to who belonged in what generations. The Reverend James Hillhouse of New Haven was born ca. 1687, and his brother Abraham was certainly older because, as the eldest living son, he was heir to Free Hall. I have no dates for the four remaining brothers: William, John, Samuel, and Charles; but surely they were born from around 1690 on.

As William of SC was born ca. 1715, he could have been one of the younger sons. He was certainly not a son of the Reverend James of New Haven, nor of Abraham III of Free Hall, who succeeded his father John as owner of the estate, and there does not seem to be time enough for William of SC to be a grandson of John of Free Hall according to this view of the family. So William the son of John of Free Hall -- William of the West Indies -- may very well have been William of PA and SC. Ships blown off course by storms sometimes landed in the Indies or the Bahamas; William may have taken a later vessel from there to PA, which was likely his intended destination. The families into whom his children married (Dickeys, Chambers, Stevensons) were in Lancaster and Cumberland Counties, PA, in the 1740s and William was there by 1744 when his son John was born, and the children were grown and married before William moved to SC.

Nothing came down concerning Samuel I's other children, if any -- William is the only one shown by Hillhouse & Petigru.

For convenience, let us say that the children of John of Free Hall should all have been born from ca. 1685-ca.1720, a span of thirty-five years (and probably less). Do these dates work for your Samuel in NC and Charles in MD?

Joseph Moore

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