About the Project
The goal of this team sub-project of the Hildreth Name Study is to create profiles on WikiTree for all descendants of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth who were born with or carry on the Hildreth name. Those profiles which are created will be sourced as a fully as possible and complete, narrative biographies will be written for them.
Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth, was born about 1802 and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. In the 1830s he moved with his wife Jemima Dowling and their large family to southeast Alabama where he was a farmer and a Methodist preacher. The book The Hildreth Family by brothers James Wilson Newman Sr. and William Alton Newman Sr, (commonly referred to as the "Little Red Book of Hildreths"), which was written almost exclusively about the descendants of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth through his son Rev. Robert Henry Jackson Hildreth, along with other sources, is being used as a guide for researching that branch of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth descendants. Profiles for descendants of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth through his other four sons, William C. Hildreth, Rev. Travis Zaccheus Hildreth, James Marion Hildreth, and John B. Hildreth, who are mentioned but for whom members of descendant generations are not detailed in The Hildreth Family, are being researched in other sources. Female descendants whose last name at birth was Hildreth are also being profiled and included in this team sub-project.
The work of this team sub-project will become an expansion of and a supplement to the work originally compiled by the Newman brothers in The Hildreth Family. However, because this is a sub-project of a one name study only descendants whose last name at birth was Hildreth are included here. This is not intended to be a complete family history of all descendants of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth.
How to Join
Contact Nelda Gilchrist Spires, Team Leader, if you have an interest in participating in this team sub-project.
- Nelda Gilchrist Spires, Team Leader
This is the worksheet for the Descendants of Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth part of the Hildreth Name Study. It shows which profiles relevant to this team sub-project have been created. A created profile should not be considered a complete profile. These profiles should be checked routinely...
- to see if they need any maintenance (check profile suggestions)
- to see if there are any new sources available from which can be extracted more information to be included in the biography
- to see if source citations can be improved and that links within source citations still work
- to see if the biography can be improved (see ideas at Biography Builders)
- to see if all profiles for children with the surname Hildreth have been created (add any new profiles created to the worksheet)
- to see if any categories need to be applied (especially categories of the Hildreth Name Study)
- to see if they fit into other Hildreth Name Study team sub-project (if so, contact team leader for that sub-project)
One of the great mysteries of this line of Hildreths is if they are descendants of either Richard Hildreth or Thomas Hildreth, the two earliest known Hildreths in the part of North America which became the United States. The Newman brothers in The Hildreth Family believe that Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth was a direct descendant of Thomas Hildreth, but gaps and possibly errors in their research may exist. The parents of Rev. Benjamin Hildreth are known, but very little is known about his father or other ancestors. One of the potential ways this mystery may be solved is through DNA. If you are a Hildreth, particularly one descended from Rev. Benjamin Griswold Hildreth, please consider participating in the the Hildreth DNA Study. Read more about this study and find a link to it on our main Hildreth Name Study page by clicking HERE.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Newman, James Wilson Sr. Newman, William Alton Newman Sr., The Hildreth Family: (Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Gateway Press, Inc., 1989). (Copy in the Personal Library of Nelda Gilchrist Spires)