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Robert Hill (1682 - aft. 1762)

Robert Hill
Born in Isle of Wight County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1705 in Isle of Wight County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Halifax County, North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Dec 2009
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Robert Hill, son of Sion Hill and Elizabeth Smith, was born at Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Tabitha Green.[1]

Robert's parents apparently married in Surry in 1677 (his mother, Elizabeth Smith, being the widow of John Spiltimber) and had three children.[2][3]

Children of Robert Hill and Tabitha Green:

Named in his 1762 will (dated 18 June 1762, probated April 1766):[4]
  • son Green Hill[1][4]
  • son Sion Hill[1][4]
  • son Abner Hill[1][4]
  • son Thomas Hill[4]
  • daughter Tabitha Chapman[1][4]
  • daughter Agnes Harrington[1][4]
  • daughter Lewraina Chapman[1][4]
  • daughter Ann Steed[1][4]
  • daughter Mary Bryant[1][4]
  • daughter Milbry[1][4]
    • grandson, John Chapman (of which daughter not stated in transcription)
Not named in 1762 will:

Robert died in April 1765 at Halifax County, Virginia[5][4] and is buried in the Robert Hill Cemetery in Halifax County, North Carolina.[6][7][3]


1698: Surry County, Tithables
  • Sion HIll, Sr.
  • Sion, Jr.
  • Robert HIll
1702: Tithables in Southwark Parish, Surry County, Virginia (June 10, 1702)
  • Richard Hill
  • John HIll
  • Robert HIll
  • Sion Hill, Sr.
  • Sion Hill, Jr.


Transcription: 'He [Robert Hill] made his will in Halifax on June 18, 1762, probated April, 1766 as follows: to son Green Hill a negro called Simon; to son Sion Hill the plantation we now live on south side of Blue March, after decease of my wife, to son Abner Hill a negro called Peter; to son Thomas Hill fifty pounds Virginia currency; to daughter Tabitha Chapman and daughter Agnes Harrington a negro each; to daughter Lewraina Chapman two pounds, 10 shillings; daughter Ann Steed a negro; daughter Mary Bryant land on both sides of Red Bud Creek below mouth of Crab Tree; and daughter Milbry all land above Crab Tree. Cattle to grandson, John Chapman. Sons Abner, Sion, and Green Hill Executors (Book 1, p.159).'[4]
Abstract: 1765, Robert Hill: wife Tabitha; Green, Sion, Abner, Milory (Halifax County, NC)[8]
  • I believe that Tabitha "The Elder" was not mentioned in her father's will as her death proceeded his in 1762. [Boren-314] Note - If I recall, this comment was made when we had only this abstract to go on. The transcription of the will below names daughter Tabitha Chapman and provides for "my wife" but does not name her. ~ Noland-165 20:26, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Research Notes

Birth year: 1678[6] or 1682[3] [2]

Robert Hill who married Tabitha Green is sometimes shown as Robert Hill Jr. to distinguish him from his uncle Robert living in the same area. His uncle married Elizabeth (Marriott) Mizell in 1693/4.[9] One profile for his uncle Robert (Hill-20180) had the birth year of 1667 as of 19 May 2020.

Marriage year:

After 1694:[1] Tabitha Green's birth is given as about 1690, so "after 1694" does not seem appropriate. Perhaps that date is more suitable for Robert's uncle? (Uncle's profile/s: Hill-20180, Hill-620.)
Before 1705: Hannah Hill is said to have been born in 1705. If so, and if she is the daughter of Robert and Tabitha, then Tabitha was 15 when she was born (or perhaps that was the basis of her birth year being 1690?).
About 1710, 1713: If Hannah is not their daughter (perhaps she is the uncle's daughter?), then c1710 would be a better estimate, as the earliest birth year given in the profiles attached for the other children is 1714.
Before 1721 (likely considerably before) is based on the following:
'Robert Hill is shown with a wife, Tabitha, in 1721 when he made a sale of land to Henry Browne. He patented 145 acres in Isle of Wight, Virginia, January 23, 1724, and deeded this land on the south side of Fountain Creek to Arthur Jordan the "plantation where I now live." He was styled "Junior" because his uncle Robert was residing nearby. Fountain Creek evidently ran into Northampton for on May 22, 1725, he was granted 160 acres on the south side of Fountain Creek in Northampton Co., North Carolina. This may be about the time that a 25 mile strip along the border of Virginia and North Carolina was found to be in North Carolina and ceded by Virginia. Robert Hill patented 700 acres at different times in Edgecombe County which became Halifax in 1758.'[4]

Not Him

Robert Hill - the uncle referred to earlier. He was married to Elizabeth from 1693/4 to at least 1724. His estimated birth year is c1670 (considering he was married by 1693/4). He died in 1740.
  • Robert Hill married Elizabeth Marriott, widow of Luke Missel, who was named Elizabeth Hill in her father's 1707 will.
  • Jan1693/4 "Ordered that the Sheriff sumons Robert Hill and Eliza [Marriott] his wife to appeare at the next court and produce an inventory of the estate of Luke Mizle deced". [Surry Court Orders 1671-1713, p96][10]
  • "Robert Hill and Elizabeth continued to live in Surry County for another two decades. In 1703 Robert Hill acquired 200 a. on the other side of the river, which he and his wife Elizabeth sold in 1724. They moved into what became Brunswick County where Robert Hill died in 1740, apparently a widower."[10]
Marriage to Elizabeth Marriott: Elizabeth was named administrator of her husband's will in 1691, after which she married Robert Hill: "Luke was perhaps 33 years old when he died, and his widow must have been still relatively young herself with two small children to support. At some point during the administration of his estate, between 28 September 1693 and 3 January 1694, Elizabeth Mizell remarried to Robert Hill, who was a neighbor of both the Mizells and Marriotts. Elizabeth Hill was still alive and living in Surry when Matthias Marriott made his will.
"On 12 June 1707, Mathias Marriott made a will which mentions three children, including a daughter named Elizabeth Hill. By elimination, she seems most likely to have been the same person who was married to Luke Mizell and then to Robert Hill. The only other possibility is the wife of Sion Hill Jr., Robert Hill’s nephew – but he was probably too young to have married any daughter of Mathias Marriott. (Sion Hill Jr. does not appear in the tithables until 1697, thus was not born until late 1680 or early 1681.)"[11]
Note: Bob Baird (author of Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet) does not mention a wife other than Elizabeth, widow of Luke Mizell, who appears to be the daughter "Elizabeth Hill" mentioned in Mathias Marriott's 1707 will. One of the profiles representing the uncle of this Robert [Hill-49] - Hill-20180 - has an Elizabeth Halleman attached as wife, but the text does not offer compelling evidence that she is the wife of the Robert Hill portrayed (son of Robert Hill & Mary Webb, uncle of this Robert).


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Entry for Robert Hill, from Thomas Morrow Genealogy Project, apparently citing John Bennett Boddie's Southside Virginia Families. See also the entry for Elizabeth Green.
    • Note - Morrow has his wife as Elizabeth Green, but this appears to be incorrect. ~ Noland-165, 31 July 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Ancestry Online Publication, 2004; APID: 1,7836::0). Original data...extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Text (APID: 1,7836::576722): Source number: 451.000; Submitter Code: SJP. Text (APID: 1,7836::575097): Source number: 529.063; Source type: Family group sheet (from "Gleanings"), listed as parents.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collections (Ancestry Online Publication, 2000; APID: 1,5771::1247461, APID 1,4725::4229919, APID: 1,5769::2144427): Birth 1678, Surry Co, VA. (APID 1,4725::4229922): Birth 1682, Isle Wight County, VA.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 from Thomas Morrow Genealogy Project, apparently citing John Bennett Boddie's Southside Virginia Families
  5. Need to check "Halifax County, Virginia" in 1765 - maybe when the area was disputed?
  6. 6.0 6.1 Find A Grave: Memorial #148172677
    NB: This memorial is unsourced and is the result of two memorials that were merged. It appears that it kept the wife and child of this Robert ([Hill-49]) but may have dates from a brother (Sion?) or uncle.
  7. Source: #S-252888365
  8. USGenWeb, Halifax County will Abstracts, file contributed by Connie Ardrey
  9. See "Not Him" (above).
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Mizell Citations in Surry County, Virginia" (pdf), posted in Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet (accessed 19 May 2020)
  11. "Did Luke Mizell Jr. Marry Elizabeth Marriott?", Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet (accessed 19 May 2020).
See also:
  • Behind the Name: SIÔN (Welsh for John)

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I have rejected the proposed merge with Hill-1955.

edit - corrected link

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I am concerned about this proposed merge. More than one Robert Hill was in the area, and this profile supports only the one wife (Tabitha Green) while the other not only has three different wives (none Tabitha) but has "Robert" in parentheses with Sion apparently his given name. It seems more likely to me that Hill-1955 is NOT the same as this Robert Hill-49, but has borrowed facts from his... brother? cousin? nephew?

p.s. Looking at changes for Hill-1955, it appears that a different FindAGrave memorial was cited... one for Sion Hill (born 1682). That memorial has since been merged with the one for this Robert, 148172677, which has no sources but also only has Tabitha as wife.

I do not think that FindAGrave's actions (merging away Sion's memorial into Robert's) are adequate support for changing Hill-1955 into Robert & and adding (Sion's?) several wives to Hill-49.

* From this Changes page: Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 4 May 2017), memorial #103065674 for Sion Hill, Jr (1682 - ) - Find A Grave Memorial.

edit was to correct a link

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hill-1955 and Hill-49 appear to represent the same person because: same first name, last name, birth year, birth colony, same parents, both spouses have maiden name Green, same death day/month/colony.
posted by Anonymous Nagel
Hill-1955 and Hill-49 are not ready to be merged because: as mentioned in the merge proposal, more research is needed. I believe that the Robert with wife Tabitha & the will proved April 1766 (Hill-49) is the nephew of Hill-1955.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hill-1955 and Hill-49 appear to represent the same person because: Seem to be the same person. Using the same fag, Need to get is settled. More research needed. -

p.159-60, Robert my Beloved wife Tabitha Hill the use of three Negroes to wit Sambo, Sarah and Bess...I also lend her six cows and calves and all the household goods...two my son William Hill a Negroe girl called my son Green Hill a Negroe called Simon that he is now possessed my son Sion Hill the plantation ...also two Negroes one called Toney the other called son Abner Hill a Negroe called Peter and a girl called Daughter Tabetha Chapman a Negro fellow called Jammy that she is now possessed with...Daughter Agnes Arrington a negroe called Jack that she is now possessed with...Daughter Ann Steel a Negro girl called Tuggy...Daughter Mary Bryant a negro girl called Daffeny that she is now possess'd with and also I give her a negroe wench called Jenny...Daughter Milbry my plantation...two Negroes one Named Hannah the other named Barbey and all the cattle I have given her. 18 June 1762. signed. April Court 1766.

Halifax County Will Book Volume 1, 1758-1774

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
update: I think the family's mostly sorted & Elizabeth Halleman may be his uncle's wife.

or not. Another Elizabeth Halleman is attached to a different Robert Hill. Merges for the parents of the duplicate Roberts can probably proceed but their parents will need to be set as an unmerged match. My apologies, but I'll be offline in August, so I'll put this on my to-do list for September.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hill-28182 and Hill-49 appear to represent the same person because: same dates/locations. I just merged duplicates of wife Tabitha Green. Elizabeth may be a 2nd wife (date of Tabitha's death is in question; Robert refers to "my wife" in his will but does not name her). Thanks!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
update: she couldn't have been the daughter of the Nicholas Smith the profile had been edited to be, so I detached her from that profile. Despite massive confusion about the maiden name of Robert Hill's wife, I left her mother as Elizabeth Smith. ~ Oct. 31, 2016

I think that Elizabeth Smith cannot be both the daughter of Nicholas Smith and wife of Sion Hill/mother of Robert.

If no objections, I think that we should detach the profile for Elizabeth Smith as his mother.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
and this page (the cited page for his parents Sion Hill and Elizabeth Green) links to this page, which shows Elizabeth Green married (1) John Splittimber before 1666, (2) Sion Hill, 1667, citing

"Surry County, Virginia Court notes: Mr. Sion Hill and the relict of John Splittimber before or about 12 May 1667 - Notice of marriage."

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Research is needed for Robert's family - into both his wife Tabitha and his mother Elizabeth. For example, see this page for information on the profile that started as his mother (maiden name of Splittimber, not Smith) & is now Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Nicholas.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hill-49 and Hill-11235 appear to represent the same person because: despite small differences in dates, these appear to be the same person.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

Rejected matches › Sion Hill Jr. (abt.1678-1762)

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