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21. William Clanton Hill

From information sent to me by Barbara Smith, sent to her by VirginiaWatson of Tennessee:

Wm. C. Hill died bet 25 Jan 1803 when he wrote his will & the May CourtSess of 1803 when it was probated, prob in April 1803 in Halifax Co., N.C. His will names his wife Sarah, two sons, Henry and James and onedaughter, Martha. One of the witnesses was Wm. Parham & executors werewife, Sarah Hill & brother Richard Hill.

After his death, William Parham became guardian for Martha, H.R.W. andJames C. Hill. Parham and children moved to Williamson County,Tennessee by January 1, 1800 in Leiper's Fork (also known asHillsborough) about 5 miles south of Franklin, Tennessee.
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I think I have read elsewhere that Martha married William Parham? Butmarriage records from Tennessee show she married James Wilkins.
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Author Name: Sharon Peery
Author Email: Peery18@hotmail.com
Added: 08 Oct 2010
URL:
Note: There is a record in Williamson Co., TN (DB2:162) to the
effect that William and Sarah Parham and James and Martha
Wilkins sold 512 acres in Halifax Co., NC to Sarah Trower.
It looks as though William Parham married the widow of
William Hill.


25. Green Hill , Jr. Rev., Col.

Notes regarding children attributed to Green Hill, Jr.: In "SeventeenthCentury Isle of Wight" the author lists Sarah Hill, born 1783 who marrieda Peebles. This is the only time I've seen her listed. The biography"Pioneers and Perfecters of Our Faith" stated that he had a total of 13children. The Isle of Wight book doesn't show Sally Hicks Hill but sheis buried in the Green Hill Cemetery in Brentwood; and this book shows atotal of 12 children. Have to be cautious with reference material.

In "Tennessee Records - Bible Records and Marriages", there is a listingfrom Green Hill, Jr.'s own family bible. His children are listed as:
Jordan (1765), Hannah (1766), Nancy (1768), Martha (1769), Richard(1771-died as a baby), Green Hill III (1774), Lucy (1776), John (1778),Thomas (1781), Sally Hicks (1783), Mary Seawell (1786), William (1792),Joshua Cannon (1795) - - for a total of 13 children. There is also alisting from the bible of John Hill (son of Thomas Hill) with the sameinformation - although there are some apparent typographical errors inthe dates; i.e., Jordan is shown as born in 1864.

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1790 Census for Franklin County, North Carolina lists Green Hill as headof household. Household consisted of:
White males - 16 and up: 2
White males - under 16: 2
White females: 5
Slaves: 14

1820 Census Records for Williamson County, TN, show that Green Hill andhis son, Joshua C. Hill, lived at the same residence, along with 2 malechildren under age 10 (W.H.S. and James G. Hill), 1 female 16-26 (Lemiza)and 1 female over 45 (Mary Seawell). Green Hill was age 79 and Joshuawas about 26. In addition, there were 13 slaves listed. (These recordsonly show the name of the head of household.)

Neighbors: Joseph Crockett, James Brown

died: 1826
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Excerpts from "A History of Methodism", Holland N. McTyeire, D. D.,Southern Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tenn., 1884:

Page 487:
"Asbury says:
October 19, 1800--I rode to Nashville, long heard of but never seen by meuntil now. Some thought the congregation would be small, but I believedin would be large. Not less than one thousand people were in and out ofthe stone church, which if floored, ceiled and glazed, would be a grandhouse. We had three hours' public exercises. Mr. McKendree upon "Thewages of sin is death;" myself on Rom. x. 14, 15; Brother Whatcoat on"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appearwith him in glory." We returned the same evening, and had a nightmeeting at Mr. Dickinson's."

His old North Carolina friend, and the Gaius of the Church, had moved tothe West a year before, and opened a farm twelve miles from Nashville;and he adds: "I had a feeling sight of my dear old friend Green Hill,and his wife. Who would have thought we should ever meet in this distantland? I had not time, as formerly, to go to their house to eat andsleep."

Pages 488-489:
The Hon. and Rev. Green Hill, a few years before locating in Wilsoncounty, went on a tour through the lower part of the Cumberland Circuit,preaching and baptizing. "At a new town on the south side of CumberlandRiver, twelve miles below Clarksville, he preached and says: "I had muchliberty in speaking. The people were attentive, and flexible as meltedwax. I hope good was done." Four days later: "We then went up toWinter's (thirteen miles) and I preached to an attentive congregation.Three Baptist preachers and one Presbyterian preacher were present, andall spoke in turn, after I had preached, but without controversy, andparted very affectionately."
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From "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight": He was a member of theProvincial Congress of North Carolina at Newbern August 25, 1774 and atHalifax April 3, 1775. He was a member of the Committee of Safety forBute County 1774, also a member of the Provincial Congress which met atHalifax and declared for Independence April 4, 1776. He was a justice ofpeace in 1778 and a major of the Bute county Regiment commanded byColonel Thomas Easton and Lt. Colonel William Alston. He was alsoTreasurer of the Halifax District and a member of the Council of State,1783
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http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/
Franklin county was formed in 1779 from Bute county in the midst of theAmerican Revolution and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who hadrecently negotiated an alliance and secured loan agreements with Francethat would eventually help to win America's independence. The abolishmentof Bute county came at the urging of area resident and strong politicalactivist, Benjamin Seawell, who introduced a bill to separate from thecounty which had been named after the Earl of Bute. Seawell had also beenamong those selected to represent the county at the Halifax Congress ofApril 1776. Fellow representatives of Bute at that meeting included GreenHill, William Alston, Thomas Sherrod, Thomas Eaton, Benjamin Person,Benjamin Word, and Philemon Hawkins. The act establishing the countyauthorized that the first court be held at the home of Benjamin Seawelland it was left to the justices to determine where subsequent courts wereto be held until a courthouse could be erected - a goal that was finallymet in 1781 with the construction of a log courthouse
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First Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America wasat Green Hill's home, Liberty Hall, in Louisburg, North Carolina April20, 1785. This conference was attended by Bishop Francis Asbury,Reverend Coke and about 20 lay preachers. This was noted in BishopAsbury's journal and Green Hill's family bible.

Next conference at his home was held in North Carolina in 1792; he wasappointed a deacon.

He was a member of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina at least twosessions and served in the Revolutionary War as a chaplain, then as acolonel and later as Treasurer of the State of North Carolina. He wasforced to flee from Cornwallis taking important papers, records andfunds. He managed to escape and save papers, records and fund.

He went to Tennessee in 1796 and decided to make the new territory hishome.
Three years later in 1799 he emigrated from Franklin County, NC toWilliamson County, TN taking 9 of his 13 children with him (3 had alreadymarried and remained in North Carolina and Richard had died as a baby).They settled on property near the Harpeth River in Williamson County,this having been a land grant from North Carolina several years before.This grant was for 640 acres, although he received several others ofsmaller acreage later. His home in Tennessee was called Liberty Hill.About 1807 Liberty Hill Church was built approximately between Brentwoodand Nashville.
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Marker Located at Liberty United Methodist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee:

This church was founded by Maj. Green Hill and a group of Methodistleaders who settled in this area ca. 1800. The original trustees wereGreen Hill, Joshua Cannon, Benjamin Seawell, Spencer Hill and MosesSpear. The church moved here in the 1830's from a nearby location. Thetrustees at the time were Jeremiah Primm, Green H. Primm, William Brown,Lawrence Fly, Harris Hamer, Charles H. Primm, and John Hamer. The churchwas the center of the Liberty Community. The Liberty School, whichopened in 1900, stood across the road from the church.

Note:
The church is located at 9487 Liberty Church Road, Brentwood, Tennessee

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GREEN HILL PLACE GRAVEYARD: Inscriptions on the tombstone
in graveyard on the old Green Hill place near Brentwood, in WilliamsonCounty, Tenn. From "Pioneers and Perfecters of Our Faith".

Rev. Green Hill, born in the old county of Bute, N. C., Nov 3, 1741;died, Sept. 11, 1826. He was a major in the Provincial Army of NorthCarolina and a member of the first and each successive session of theProvincial Congress of North Carolina. " Blessed is the man thattrusteth in Thee."
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Marker Located at Green Hill Cemetery:

GREEN HILL SHRINE

Green Hill (Nov. 3, 1749 - Sept. 11, 1826) moved from North Carolina tothe large plantation of which this is a center in 1799. Hill was aRevolutionary war Colonel, generous philanthropist, and a Methodistpreacher for over 50 years. On Oct. 1-7, 1808, he entertained the ninthsession of the Western Conference of the Methodist Church at this place.The cemetery nearby, in which Hill and his family are buried, was givenby 58 of his descendants to the Tennessee Conference of the MethodistChurch on June 25, 1960 and was accepted as a Methodist Shrine.

Note:
The Green Hill Cemetery is located at 9401 Glen Ridge Drive, Brentwood,TN.

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From Williamson County Records:
Will - 1825
Inventory - 1826
Inventory by Guardian - 1828

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Excerpt from "Early Families of Northeastern Williamson County" by T.Vance Little:

"Bishop Robert Paine and Rev. Turner Saunders, a friend of Mrs. Hill,preached the funeral sermon of Colonel Green Hill "on the spot where theWestern Conference of 1808 was held." He was buried in a small familycemetery near his residence. Liberty Methodist Church, about one mileaway, on the Nolensville Circuit, is the successor of Liberty Hill. Theoriginal log residence of Mr. Hill was recently torn down to make roomfor a modern residence."

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Abstracts of North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee:

#152 Green Hill 640 acres On the north side of Tennessee River
#166 Green Hill 640 acres On Mill Creek waters of Little Harpeth
#181 Green Hill 1,000 acres On the south side Duck River
#184 Green Hill 640 acres On the north side of Tennessee River
#208 Green Hill 274 acres On the north side Cumberland River
#229 Green Hill 640 acres On Big Hurricane Creek waters of StonesRiver

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IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN.
I, Green Hill, of the County of Williamson and State of Tennessee, domake and ordain this my last Will and Testament revoking all others inmanner and form as follows.

First, I resign my Soul to Almighty God trusting with confidence in hispromises for Life and Salvation by Grace through faith in our Lord JesusChrist.

With respect to my temporal Estate with which it hath pleased God to helpme, I dispose of as follows (to wit):

I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Cannon, one hundred andninety five acres of land, whereon she now lives, Bounded as follows:
Beginning at a Mulberry & Box Elder, Thomas Denton (now David Bells)south west corner, then running South 64 poles to Hightower's, South Eastcorner, a rock in the center between an Elm and _____ and White ash thennorth Hightower's line south 71 ½ degrees west 188 degrees to a deadWalnut in the center between a white ash and a Sugar tree, thence East149 poles to a small white ash, then South 35 poles to a Sugar tree andElm then East 187 poles to a Beech in Hunt's lines thence North with saidline 155 poles to a Dogwood in Edna(?) _____South boundary line, thenWest 160 poles to the beginning. The same to her and her kin forever.

item: I give, devise and bequest to my son Joshua Cannon Hill 571acres of land in Williamson County including all the land contained in mythree Grants and to my daughter Lucy Cannon whereon I now live andbounded by the lines of Hightower and Cannon in the North by Hunts,Stones and Browning on the East by Thompson's, my own and Crockett'slines on the South and by Smiths(?) on the West. To him and his heirsforever.

item: I give my daughter Martha Brown one hundred dollars to belodged in the hands of my son John Hill for her own use.

Respecting my Coloured people whom I now possess, it is my sincere desirethat when ever Government shall permit that they all be liberated, for Iconsider Slavery to be unjust and inconsistent with the spirit anddoctrine of the Gospel of Christ. But under present existing laws, weare restrained that liberty, therefore until that desirable event shalltake place, I dispose of them as follows:

item: I lend to my daughter Lucy Cannon one Negro girl, Mary, duringher natural life and at her death, I give the said Negro to herchildren. For them and their heirs.

item: I give to my son John Hill one Negro girl, Mariah. For him andhis heirs.

item: I give to my son Thomas Hill one Negro man, York, also one baymare that I purchased of James Ray. To him and his heirs.

item: I give to my son William Hill's children one Negro man,Ephraim, to be kept under the directions of my Executors, hereafter namedwho are hereby appointed guardians to my said Grand Children and that hisservices go to the support and education of said Children until theyoungest child arrives at lawful age, and that the Negro then be sold ,and the money arising from such sale be then divided equally between thesaid Children, the same for them and their heirs.

item: I give to my son Joshua Cannon Hill the following namedNegroes, Nancy, Thom, Luckey and Moses, the same to him and his Heirs.

item: I give to my son William Hill's Children one good bed andfurniture, one black mare, one Bureau and one Cow and Calf to them andtheir Heirs forever.

After all my just debts are paid I give to my son Joshua Cannon Hill allthe remainder of my estate that is not already disposed of. To him andhis Heirs forever.

Lastly I nominate and appoint my three sons John Hill, Thomas Hill andJoshua Cannon Hill, Executors to this my last Will and Testament. Intestimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 12th day ofFebruary in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and twentyfive and in the Eighty fourth year of my age.

Signed, Sealed, Published
& Declared in presence of

Tho. L. Douglass }
G. T. Allen, Jurat } G. Hill {SEAL}
Alexander Porter }

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An Inventory Of The Real And Personal Estate Of Green Hill, decd.

766 Acres Land & 1 Note on John Hill for $80.00
8 Negroes
6 Head of Horses
22 Head of Cattle
18 Head of Sheep
65 Head of Hogs
8 Beds & Furniture
6 Bedsteads
1 China press & furniture
1 Bureau, 1 Secretary & 1 Sugar Chest & 3 Tables
4 Ploughs & 4 Pair Gears
Four of the above mentioned Negroes, 1 woman age 60, 1 Man aged 22, 1girl aged 15 &
1 Boy aged 9 were devised to Joshua Cannon Hill in the Last Will &Testament of Green
Hill, decd. Likewise the other four 1 man aged 30 devised by said decd.to William
Hill's children.
1 girl aged 19 devised to Lucy Cannon
1 girl aged 17 devised to John Hill
1 man age 58 devised to Thomas Hill

Of which a regular distribution has been made agreeable to the Last willand Testament
of Green Hill decd.

Joshua C. Hill, Esq.

Filed in Williamson County
in the April Term 1826 of the Court
Recorded in Will Book 4 (old Book D), page 98

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Notes regarding children attributed to Green Hill, Jr.: In "SeventeenthCentury Isle of Wight" the author lists Sarah Hill, born 1783 who marrieda Peebles. This is the only time I've seen her listed. The biography"Pioneers and Perfecters of Our Faith" stated that he had a total of 13children. The Isle of Wight book doesn't show Sally Hicks Hill but sheis buried in the Green Hill Cemetery in Brentwood; and this book shows atotal of 12 children. Have to be cautious with reference material.

In "Tennessee Records - Bible Records and Marriages", there is a listingfrom Green Hill, Jr. own family bible. His children are listed as:
Jordan (1765), Hannah (1766), Nancy (1768), Martha (1769), Richard(1771-died as a baby), Green Hill III (1774), Lucy (1776), John (1778),Thomas (1781), Sally Hicks (1783), Mary Seawell (1786), William (1792),Joshua Cannon (1795) - - for a total of 13 children. There is also alisting from the bible of John Hill (son of Thomas Hill) with the sameinformation - although there are some apparent typographical errors inthe dates; i.e., Jordan is shown as born in 1864.

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1790 Census for Franklin County, North Carolina lists Green Hill as headof household. Household consisted of:
White males - 16 and up: 2
White males - under 16: 2
White females: 5
Slaves: 14

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42. Nancy Hill

Family Record from Green Hill's Bible stated that she left children whenshe died but did not list any names.


Thomas Knibb Wynne

"North Carolina Wills: A Testator Index, 1665-1900"
by Thornton W. Mitchell, Published by Genealogical Publishing, Inc.
Page 579

Wynne, Thomas K.
County: 039*
ca 1794
WB-A/157

*039=Franklin County[tennhill2.FTW]

"North Carolina Wills: A Testator Index, 1665-1900"
by Thornton W. Mitchell, Published by Genealogical Publishing, Inc.
Page 579

Wynne, Thomas K.
County: 039*
ca 1794
WB-A/157

*039=Franklin County


Mary Seawell


GREEN HILL PLACE GRAVEYARD:
Inscriptions on the tombstone in the graveyard on the old Green Hillplace near Brentwood, in Williamson County, Tenn.

Mary Seawell Hill, daughter of Col. Benj. Seawell, of the old CountyBute, N. C., wife of Col. Green Hill, Aug. 1, 1751 - Mar. 29, 1821


50. Sally Hicks Hill

Sally Hicks Hill never married.

Tombstone inscription:

Sally Hicks Hill
Daughter of Col. Green and Mary Seawell Hill
Born Dec. 16, 1788. Died July 27, 1810.


27. Bennett Hill

Bennett's grandfather, William Bennett, died in 1765. From his willdated 17 July, 1758 (probated Feb. 1765):

"To my grandson Bennett Hill my plantation where I now live, 345 acresmore or less".
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Listed on the 1790 Census for Franklin County, North Carolina as head ofhousehold:
White males 16 and up: 2
White males under 16: 3
White females: 3
All other free persons: 1
Slaves: 15
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Last Will and Testament of Bennett H. Hill was signed by him December 6,1791.
I have a copy of this document.

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Extract of Franklin Co. Court Minutes, years 1791-1800]
Minutes of June Court 1797

A Division of the personal Estate of Bennett Hill decd., wherein theproportionate share of his son Wm. Bennett Hill is alloted and laid off-as also the divisiond allotment of his proportionate share of the Landsof said decedent was exhibited & on M.O.R.-


Minutes of June Court 1806
Ordered that the order of December Court appointing CommiSsioners to
divide the Estate of Bennett Hill decd. and to allott Sterling Wheaton
in right of his wife Lainai* her proportionable share of the Estate of
said decedent be renewed, and that the said CommiSsioner report to
next court-

Note: This should be Levina

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NC Journal
8 Feb 1796

Died

On Thursday morning the 23rd of January after a tedious and painful spellof
illness, Mr. Bennett Hill of Franklin County. As a husband and father, he
possessed all the tender and domestic virtues. As a friend and neighbour,he
conciliated the most sincere attachment by his candour, frankness and
benevolence. As a man, his conduct was governed by that uprightness of
judgment which condemns the meaness of cunning, the impolity of fraud, and
which dictates an inflexible integrety. He has left a desconsolate widowand
six children to lament the loss


Bennett Hill's
Will (Signed December 1791)
Recorded in Book A
folio 167.

In the name of God Amen.

I BENNETT HILL of Franklin County & state of North Carolina being inhealth of body & of sound mind & Memory for which blessing I thank Godalso considering the uncertainty of this life do make & ordain this mylast Will & testament in manner & form following

Item I commend my soul to God who gave it hoping for a happyresurrection through the merits of my __ Savior, my body to be decentlyburied at the discretion of my Executor and as to my worldly estate Igive in the following manner

Item It is my will & desire that all my just Debts be paid and that myExecutor sell a tract of land lying in ___ County west of the Mountainsand such other part of my estate as they may think proper sufficient todischarge the same without an order of Court.

Item I give devise and bequeath to my sons to them & their Heirsforever all my lands in Franklin County and one other tract inNorthampton County adjoining POLLOCK to be equally divided among them bythree men to be appointed by my Executor for that purpose.

Item My will and desire is that after my Just Debts are paid that mywife MARTHA HILL keep the whole of my estate both real and personaltogether for the purpose of raising, clothing & schooling my children &maintenance of herself and children until she shall marry & in case sheshall marry my will & desire is that my wife MARTHA HILL draw an equalpart of my personal estate with my children then living to her & herheirs for ever and that the remaining part of personal estate continuetogether in one stock for the benefit of my children till the oldestchild survives to lawful age or either of them marry then my will &desire is that the part of my estate then being undivided shall bedivided into as many lots as there shall be children living & such childarriving to lawfull age or marrying to draw an equal part with the otherchild as their portion of my personal estate to them & their Heirs forever & then the remainder to revert into one stock to be divided & drawnfor by lots as the rest of the children shall marry or come of age, inthe manner as before mentioned.

Item My will & desire is that my wife MARTHA HILL have the use of myDwelling House with the out houses together with fifty acres of landadjoining thereto also one hundred acres of land that I purchased of MRS.ANN CUPPLE during her widowhood.

Item Also I nominate and appoint my friends JORDAN HILL & JOHN THOMAS,Executors & my wife MARTHA HILL Executrix to this my last will andtestament hereby revoking all others.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & affixed my seal this 6thday of December A. D. 1791.

Signed, seald & acknowledged BENNETT HILL {SEAL}
In presence of

JAMES ROSS (sp?)
ROSS CONYERS
BEN L. LOCKHARDT


Martha

Thurs., June 22, 1809, Raleigh Minerva
DIED, in this City, on the 27th, MRS. MARTHA HILL, widow of MR. BENNET
HILL, formerly of Franklin County, after a tedious indisposition of four
years. She was a lady of exemplary piety.


54. William Bennett Hill

Extract of Franklin Co. Court Minutes, years 1791-1800]
Minutes of June Court 1797

A Division of the personal Estate of Bennett Hill decd., wherein theproportionate share of his son Wm. Bennett Hill is alloted and laid off-as also the divisiond allotment of his proportionate share of the Landsof said decendent was exhibited & on M.O.R.-


28. William Hill Lt.

Page 116, "Abstract of North Carolina Wills"
1784 - Hill, William, Polly (wife), William, Samuel, James, Charles
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From "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight":
On Sept 3, 1786, in Franklin County, N. C. Henry Hill was appointedguardian of the orphans of William Hill, bond 10,000 pounds; the suretieswere Green Hill, Jeremiah Perry and Thomas Stokes (married Hannah Hill).
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List of his sons and their dates of birth is from "Green Hill" by ThomasNeal Ivey (Genealogical Notes by J. Edward Allen). Note: J. EdwardAllen is a descendant of William Hill through Charles Applewhite Hill.

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From "Pioneers and Perfectors of Our Faith", James Reed Cox, page 54:
"Even more compulsive must have been the fact that Green Hill could nowsell his property near Louisburg to WILLIAM HILL and establish himselfand his family on a land grant which had been made to them several yearsago."

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John Clayton

The Order Books of the Brunswick County, Virginia Court show that JohnClayton was a Lieutenant November 4, 1777 and a Captain February 22, 1779


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