My lineage is from the HILLHOUSE side of the family. I do believe they are in fact the
same line, and may stem from SAMUEL HILLIS HILLHOUSE who was born in the year
1692 of County Derry, Ireland. He is my 7th great-grandfather. I have corresponded
with several other HILLIS' and we came to the same conclusion, though we were never
able to actually link the two lines. If true, they were actually Scottish immigrants to
Ireland, before coming the the states. One part of the lineage I am still trying to track
down is the the Scottish Clan name, which was actually the MacKerrell Clan, otherwise
known as "MacKerrell of Hillhouse". There is a castle there which is the ancestral home,
and it is called "Hillhouse". My guess is as they immigrated out of Scotland, they simply
changed their name to where they were from, in stead of using the Clan name.
I have a few reference books on the HILLHOUSE family, and to tell you the truth, I
Keep up the search...
Charles R. Thurston
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