Category Archives: Hill family

The Almighty Beaver

When I think of animals that have had an impact on American history, the horse, the dog or even the bison come to mind. But when you actually study the early history of our country, there’s no question which is … Continue reading

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Recalculating…

Every writer of history has to deal with spoilers. Historians try to tell the story of something that’s already happened. If we’re lucky, our readers don’t know how the story ends. But as the creator of the narrative, we never … Continue reading

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A Political Life

One hundred and sixty one years ago–on August 11, 1850–Robert Hill died at the age of seventy.  He was buried in the cemetery on a corner of his property, the one he had donated to the local Quaker meeting in … Continue reading

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Hospitality

My wife and I don’t entertain.  We don’t host people in our home.  We rarely even allow anyone to cross our threshold.  (My wife has written very amusingly about this in her own blog post at Mirrored Images.) You would … Continue reading

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The Civil War of 1812

The War of 1812 is one of the least-remembered, least-documented wars in American history.  In preparation for celebrating its bicentennial less than one year from now, I plan to read Alan Taylor’s The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British … Continue reading

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Life on the Frontier

  Pioneering, leaving known territories for lands yet unsettled, is never an easy endeavor. Robert Hill, my four-times-great grandfather, left North Carolina in 1802 at the age of twenty-two.  His family had lived in colonial North Carolina for as many … Continue reading

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The Important Things

Figuring out who and what were important to my ancestors is part of the fun of genealogy, but it’s difficult to do. Wills are one way to get a glimpse of what–and who–was important to a person. Presumably, the stuff, … Continue reading

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