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son of Rev. Ebenezer Hill, Little Minister of MASON, NH

The HILL families are submitted by M. Stewart,
a great, great, great granddaughter of the Rev. Ebenezer Hill

Rev. Ebenezer HILL b. 31 January 1766, at Cambridge, MA d. 20 May 1854
married to Mary Boynton on 2 February 1791 Townsend, MA (Townsend VRs pg 28)

To see the genealogy of Samuel HILL (1732-1798), brother of Rev. Ebenezer HILL, go here

Ebenezer HILL, Jr. [6] (eldest son of Rev. Ebenezer Hill and Mary Boynton) was born 14 Oct 1791, Mason, NH.  At the age of 14 he went to Troy, NY to study with his cousin, Samuel HILL, III and learn the printing business.  He was in the War of 1812 in the state of New York and was promoted to Sergeant by the end of the War.  After the war, in 1819 he rode a horse on the long journey to Huntsville, Alabama.  He stayed in Huntsville a few months, but did not like the large town,  he liked the new, smaller town of Fayetteville, TN,  where he settled.  On 11 March 1823 he printed the first newspaper in Fayettetville, TN, "The Village Messenger" and printed the weekly newspaper for 5 years.  He also printed "Hills Almanac" edited by his brother, Joseph Bancroft HILL, until 1862 when the Federal Soldiers destroyed the printing materials to such an extent that they were unable to resume its publication.  Ebenezer HILL, Jr. was married 12 Feb 1824 to Mary Tate Bryan (daughter of James BRYAN and Elizabeth NEELY, and sister of the famous John Neely BRYAN, first settler of Dallas, Texas), born 26 Feb 1799, Pendleton, SC and died 18 Apr 1871.

The Biographical Sketch of Ebenezer HILL, Jr., in the Fayetteville Newspaper, after his death 16 May 1875, described him as:  "Belonging to that class of wiry-looking little men, who are capable of sustaining any amount of physical or mental labor.  He was very low in stature, slenderly but completely built and exceedingly quick and active in his movements.  He was a hard worker and set no bounds to his industry.  He was also very frugal and temperate in his habits, abjuring whisky and tobacco and holding firmly to a Spartan diet.".

Ebenezer HILL, Jr. and Mary Bryan HILL are buried in the Old Cemetery beside the Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, TN.

Ebenezer HILL, Jr. and Mary (Bryan) HILL had the following children:

1.  Elizabeth Mary HILL [7] was born 13 Jan 1825, Fayetteville, TN.  'Lizzie' died 21 Mar 1892 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery,Fayetteville, TN.  She never married.

2.  Ebenezer HILL, III [7] was born 8 April 1826, Fayetteville, TN.  'Eben' died 19 Jun 1898 in Elora, TN.  He married 20 May 1856 in Lincoln Co., TN, to Ruth Ann GREGORY (daughter of Tunstall GREGORY and Elizabeth BROWN).  They had the following children:  i. Mary Emily (1860-1861); ii. William Brown (1862-? ); iii. Ebenezer Boynton (1865-1867); iv. Cora May (1869-1948).

3.  daughter died at birth, 25 Sep 1827

4.  Emily Ann HILL [7] was born 21 Nov 1828, Fayetteville, TN.  Emily died 30 Mar 1892 in Manchester, TN, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville, TN.   She was married in Fayetteville, TN, 21 Sep 1869 to James Edwin HOUGH, M.D., a  physician, druggist and merchant in Manchester, TN (son of James Edwin HOUGH and Jerusha ___). They had no children.

5.  Edward Stearns HILL [7] was born 22 July 1830, Fayetteville, TN.  Edward died 25 Sep 1833, at Jackson, MS.

6.  James Bryan HILL [7] (daguerreotyper and jeweler) was born 6 Jun 1832, Fayetteville, TN.  James died 29 Mar 1892 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fayetteville, TN.  He served in the 41st Tennessee Regiment, Confederate.  Married 26 Nov 1868 in Fayetteville, TN to Maggie Collins BEARDEN (daughter of Alfred BEARDEN and Maggie DOWNING).  They had the following children:  i. Charles Bright (1869-? ); ii. Mary Bryan (1871-? ); iii. Alfred Ebenezer (1874-? ); iv. Maggie Bearden (1879-? ); v. Emily Hough (1882-1918).

7.  Sarah Catherine Houghton HILL [7] was born 22 Dec 1835, Fayetteville, TN.  "Katie" {the name on her gravestone} died 15 July 1861 and buried in the Old Cemetery by the Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, TN.  She never married.

8.  William Joseph HILL [7] was born 11 Apr 1838, Fayetteville, TN.  'Willy' died 23 Jul 1917 in an Old Soldiers Home in Nashville, TN.  He was a Confederate Soldier, in the 41st Tennessee Regiment, and was badly wounded in the right shoulder at the battle of Chickamauga.  He married 17 Sep 1873 in Fayetteville, TN to Margaret Tabitha Diemer ELDRIDGE {a descendant of Pocahontas} (daughter of John Bolling ELDRIDGE and Susannah Elizabeth EDDINS).  They had the following children:  i. Kate Eldridge (1874-? ); ii. Walter Vance (1881-1959); iii. Maggie Sue (1887-1964); iv. Oscar Julian (1894-? ); v. William Earnest (1899-lived 4 days).

"Ebenezer Hill:  The Little Minister of Mason, N.H." 1923, by C. E. Hill and J. B. Hill
Ebenezer Hill, Jr's. Family Bible and Fayetteville, TN Newspaper clippings
Civil War Records from Tennessee State Archives, Nashville, TN
War of 1812 Records from Federal Archives, Washington, DC

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