Can anyone help me find parents of Rachel (Sargent) Hill born in NC, 1773?

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I'm a descendant of Rachel Sargent (Rachel Hill by marriage) of North Carolina, 1773-1863. I'm searching for her parents.

When I first started looking, most trees from different websites named her as the daughter of Stephen Bryant Sargent. However, I've failed to find a single piece of evidence to support this. It seems more likely that Rachel (Sargent) Von Hook is his daughter-- that is, IF he has a daughter named Rachel, since no one with that name appears on his will. (I'm fairly sure someone had more tangential evidence to support this relationship, though I didn't save it, since this Rachel wasn't who interested me.)

In any case, there seem to be two Rachel Sargents who were born in North Carolina at roughly the same time.

Rachel Sargent Hill married John Hill in North Carolina, and they had their first son there around 1784. Soon after, the family moved to Crawford Co, Illinois. In all subsequent census records, Rachel Hill of Crawford names North Carolina as her place of birth, so I don't think she's any of the few Rachel Sargents born in Massachusetts at around the same time (there seem to have been a few). I'm also certain that Rachel Hill of Crawford Co, IL is Rachel Sargent by birth, since her gravestone includes this information.

Does anyone have any information or tips about where to look that might point me in the right direction? I've been looking into this for several weeks now and I don't feel I've made any progress.

Thank you very much!

WikiTree profile: Rachel Hill
in Genealogy Help by Molly Griffin G2G1 (1.7k points)

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Hi Molly!  Welcome to WikiTree.com.  Thank you for joining us!

Have you looked at the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) database?  Her husband, John Hill, was the son of DAR ancestor Thomas Hill. His database record is http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/?action=full&p_id=A070825

If you are anywhere near Washington DC, I recommend that you go to the DAR Library to see if there is information about her parents.  They often have additional information to the database collection.  It is an awesome place to spend a day anyway.  

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (472k points)
Thank you so much for the tip. I haven't looked at that database before. Great to know about! I expect it will help me look into more than a few twigs on my tree.

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