Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Frederick Hill (1758 - 1833)

The story of Frederick Hill has not been an easy one to reconstruct.  The family records kept by  Phoebe Hughes Button names him as the father of Elizabeth Hill Hughes who married Jeptha Hughes.  From Historical Sketches 
of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania it is learned that  "Frederick Hill, born Sept. 8,. 1758, at a place called Windsor Castle, in Windsor Township, Berks County. He lived in Richmond Township, and later Oley Township, where he was a shoemaker. According to his pension affidavit, made May 6, 1818, Frederick enlisted in Berks County, 1777, in Capt. Robert Connelly’s, Company in the Regiment commanded by Col. William Butler, and served for three years in the 4th regiment of the Continental Line.

He served in the battles of Monmouth, New Jersey and Jamestown, Virginia, and was discharged in Virginia. This latter fact would seem to preclude his having participated in the revolt of the Pennsylvania Line, in New Jersey in 1779. At the time of his declaration, he stated that he had no family but resided with his son, aged 21 years.         

                                                                           
The March to Valley Forge by William B. T. Trego (1858-1909)
He was present during that memorable winter at Valley Forge when the troops suffered so much hardship. He died May 6, 1833 according to a notation on his pension declaration papers, and is buried at Danville, Pa."



Frederick married Betsy Myers  sometime around 1790.  She is said to have been born in Loch Haven, Pennsylvania.  It is not known exactly when she died,  but it was about 1801.  They had three children;  Catherine who was born in 1792 and married Isaac Hughes,  Elizabeth, born 1796 who married Jeptha Hughes (the Hill sisters married Hughes brothers) and  Martin,  the unnamed son with whom Frederick was living in 1818 when he made his declaration for pension, was born August 1, 1800.  It is believed that Betsy died shortly after the birth of Martin.

The DAR has  a file for Frederick Hill.  He is Ancestor #: A055716.  It is interesting to note that a second wife is named here, Mary Elizabeth Dockerty.  Some resources name additional children,  Jacob, Mary who married John Hampton and Rebecca who married Joseph Cole who are probably the children of this second marriage.

Daughter Elizabeth married Jeptha Hughes and had a son named Frederick who must have been named after his grandfather Frederick Hill.  Frederick Hughes married Harriet Van Why and had a son named Simeon who married Fannie Westlake.  Their son Richard was my grandfather.

The pension records say he is buried in Danville.  If anyone has found the gravesite I would like to know where it is. 

Sources:
  • Family records of Cynthia Hughes Smith taken from the Hughes Family reunion records kept by Phoebe Hughes Button (1891-1976) of Tioga co. Pa.
  • http://www.lycolaw.org/history/sketches/10.htm, Historical Sketches 
of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

                       Please see this list of all My Revolutionary War Ancestors.

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