Caleb Hill

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Caleb Hill, son of Jonathan Hill and Elizabeth Hail, was born at Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, 25 June 1728.1 He died at Adams, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, July 1797.2

Caleb married (1) Bethany Luther, whose ancestry is not traced here, at Swansea, 23 November 1749;3 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Mary Jolls, daughter of Thomas Jolls and Mehitable Ormsby, at Swansea, 29 July 1766.4,5

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at Adams, with 2 free white males over 16, 2 under 16, and 3 free white females.6

Caleb Hill left a will dated 4 May 1797, and proved 1 August 1797. In it, he named:
wife, Mary Hill to have one half of the farm, (as he had aready deeded the other half to his son Barnet Hill), for her use during her widow hood,

sons Barnet Hill, Luther Hill, Jonathan Hill, & James T. Hill were to have "the above mentioned one half the farm"…"in equal shares after the expiration of the Term for which I have bequeathed the same to my said beloved wife."

other sons were given Ten Dollars in addition to what they had already been given: Amos Hill * Caleb Hill

Three unmarried daughters, Anna Hill, Mary Francis, and Martha Hill to receive one cow.

Five other daughters, Elizabeth Brightman, Sarah Sabins, Parthany Brightman, Patience Luther, Phebe Pane to receive twenty Dollars

All eight daughters were to divide the household furniture in equal shares

The five sons were to divide Caleb's wearing apparel and" all thre rest residue and remainder of my Personal Estate Goods and Chattels of what kind and nature so ever…"

Son Barnet Hill to be Executor

At probate court it was noted that 1 August 1797, "being more than fourteen days after death of Testator…" Nehemiah Field, Oziel Sayles and George Jencks, all of Adams, were appointed to tak an inventory of the estate. The widow (Mary) waived "the provision made for her in his will and claims her right of Dower according to law…"

The inventory was filed 4 October 1797 and totaled $1673.57. In a further entry, Bernard Hill was given license to sell the personal estate for One Hundred Dollars at a private Sale or public auction as he thinks best.

On 6 Mar 1798 Bernard Hill presented his first account, and the next day the distribution was ordered. The husbands of the married daughters are named:
Elizabeth, the wife of Joseph Brightman
Sally, the wife of Samuel Sabins
Parthena, wife of Peleg Brightman
Patience, the wife of Samuel Luther
Mary, wife of Isaac Francis
Phebe, the wife of Gideon Paine.7

Family 1

Bethany Luther b. abt. 1729, d. 7 Jan 1766
Children
  • Anna Hill8 b. 28 Jun 1750, d. aft. 1797
  • Sarah Hill9 b. 7 Sep 1751
  • Amos Hill8 b. 15 Apr 1752
  • Caleb Hill10 b. 19 Oct 1754
  • Elizabeth Hill11 b. 20 Mar 1757
  • Barnard S. Hill12 b. 17 Nov 1761
  • Bethany Hill12 b. 3 Dec 1765

Family 2

Mary Jolls b. 7 May 1735, d. aft. 5 Mar 1800
Children
  • Patience Hill13 b. 22 Jun 1767
  • Mary Hill14 b. 22 Nov 1768
  • Phebe Hill+5 b. 12 Jan 1771, d. 2 Apr 1854
  • Luther Hill15 b. 28 Mar 1773, d. 14 Aug 1853
  • Jonathan Hill16 b. 12 Apr 1776
  • James Thomas Hill16 b. 17 Nov 1777
  • Martha Hill17 b. 24 Apr 1783
This person was last edited on2 Mar 2022

Citations

  1. [S667] H. L. Peter Rounds, Jane Fletcher Fiske and Margaret F. Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, Massachusetts to 1850 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), 48, further cited as Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea.
  2. [S1120] Berkshire Co. Courthouse, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Probate records, 1761-1917, 9:209-211, FHL microfilm 873485, further cited as Berkshire Co. Probate.
  3. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 172.
  4. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 173.
  5. [S1120] Berkshire Co. Probate, 9:356; FHL #873485.
  6. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), MA:23, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.
  7. [S1120] Berkshire Co. Probate, 9:209-211, 259-261, 272; FHL #873485.
  8. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 39.
  9. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 156.
  10. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 50.
  11. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 68.
  12. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 40.
  13. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 135.
  14. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 121.
  15. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 268.
  16. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 267.
  17. [S667] Rounds, Fiske, and Costello, Vital Records of Swansea, 269.