M, b. circa 1678
From Dover, NH, History - Double Entry Land Grants - No. 17 - P. 157. "granted to Abraham Clark the 3rd of June 1701 and confirmed the 6th of April 1702 Tibbets swears he recorded about three years since, and the said clerk swears that Mishack Drew and William Hill asked him about that time if he would sell his grant of land if they could find it upon the record; I promised them that they should have it and sometime after that they told him that it was recorded and then, bargained with him for Ten pounds and about that time the said Clark asked Capt. Tibbets if he had any grant and he told him that he did not love to enter such false things." ]
In 1706, William Hill dwelt at the lower side of Pudding Hill, now in Madbury, east of the B&M Railroad. The mast path from the interior to the waters of Great Bay ran past his plantation (Source New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Vol 5, No 3, July 1908, Page 98, Bennington Museum Library, Bennington, VT).
He was baptized as William Hill, Sr. on 8 Nov. 1722 ( probably the "Sr" was used because his son William had become of age).
In 1716, he was selected at the Dover town meeting as a surveyor of highways, and, in 1717, was employed as a drover for the North side of Oyster River. In 1721, he was paid for scouting. In 1722, he assisted in surveying a road to Lake Winnepesaukee, NH. In 1724, he was a transient scout.
(This information comes from the Durham, NH History Book.)
In 1720, he deeded, with his mother, her share in Wheelwright Pond to Salathiel Denbo, and included any other land which might have been deeded to William Roberts by the town of Dover. This was land deeded unto William Roberts by the town of Dover. In this document William is called grandson of William Roberts. The land is described as being at the freshet of Oyster River. Witnessed by ------- Follett, James Davis and Samuel Smith.
William Hill Sr. in 1726 sold William Hill Jr., for sixty pounds, thirty acres on the north east side of Oyster River. This was land granted to William Sr. by the town of Dover on 23 June 1701.
In the following land records it is not possible to determine which are for William and which are for his son, William. I have added the ones that I cannot place with William Sr.
In 1729 William Hill Sr., of Dover, sold land in Dover to Joseph Hicks, for the sum of ten pounds.
William's wife, Judith gave up her dower rights and power of thirds. The land consisted of ten acres given to William by the town of Dover in the year (following is a blank space) "as by a Town Book doth fully appear."
Abraham Clark and William Hill, both of Oyster River, sold to John Downing, of Newington, NH, for forty pounds, land in Rochester, on 10 June 1730. The land was Lot number 129 and is 2/3 part of said right or property, and is butting upon the Ten Rod Road, is next adjoining to Cocheco River, and also adjoining upon Catt Shutes? lot. Witnesses were George and -------- Walton. Vol 17 P 211 and 212.
On May 9 1732, William Hill, of Durham, husbandman, bound himself to pay Richard Ward, gaoler, of Portsmouth, NH, The condition of the above obligation was to allow, Ichabod Hill, of Dover, husbandman, who was in prison, to have the liberty of walking at large within the prison yard. If he would "tarry and abide within the limits aforesaid and not absent himself from said prison or the limits aforesaid until he shall be lawfully discharged."
In Dec 1733 with Richard Ward, plaintiff, and William Hill, defendant, the jury found for the defendant, There was no discussion of the particulars of the case. (From records at Fruit St., Concord, NH, which is a depository of records which are not wills or deeds.)
On 18 March 1733/34, William Hill and many others, received a grant of 25 acres for common for improvements to common land since 1701. This piece of land could have been given to William Jr.
On 11 Nov 1734 William Hill sold to Henry Hill for two hundred pounds, a certain piece of land in Durham,"containing one third part of my land or farm where I now live." The land was bounded by a creek "commonly called Bunker's Creek. The land lay on the north side of the creek, on the east went up to Henry Rines land, then by Rines land to the land that Joseph Jenkins bought of William Clay, and then "part by said Jenkins land" and from there down to the above mentioned creek. Witnessed by Samuel and Hannah Smith. Vol. 22 - P. 69-70.
In 1733, he signed a petition for the division of Dover.
On 20 Nov 1736 William Hill sold to Eli Demerest 5 ½ acres between Madbury and Newtown Roads, being at Eli James bounds. It was part of a 30 acre parcel given William Hill in 1702.
James Huckins, of Dover, sold to William Hill, of the same place, land in Barrington, NH, for five pounds, ten shillings, on 20 Nov 1736, with all the trees and timber thereon. The land was one half of one fifth part of 150 acres, being Lot 11 in Barrington, that James Huckins purchased in partnership with John Miservey, Daniel Miservey, John Huckins and Eli Demerest, from James Libby, of Portsmouth, NH, which they purchased on 14 May 1736. Later Lot 11 was said to have 120 acres. Witnesses were Isaac Libby and John Hanson. Vol 26 - P 91 and 92.
On March 1744, William Hill, of Durham, NH, sold to Daniel Delum, of the same place, for forty shillings,"one certain right of land when recovered being all my right, title and interest to that land on the right side of the Lamprell River, at a place called and known by the name of Hook, within the township of Durham." Witnesses were Thomas Green and Daniel Kelly. Vol 30 - P 115.
William Hill, yeoman, of Durham, NH, sold to James Bunker, cordwainer, also of Durham, on 25 Dec 1746, for thirty pounds, 25 acres in Durham. The land began at Joseph Bunker's south west corner, of his land above Newtown, then south west, then north west to Bunker's line, and from there a straight course to where it began. William states that he is the true and lawful owner of the land. Judith gives up her rights of dower and power of thirds, but does not sign the record. Witnesses are William Colwell and Temperance Smith. Vol 32 - P. 450 ½ and 461 ½.
On 6 March 1747, William Hill, husbandman, of Durham, sold Thomas Wille, of Durham, for twenty nine-pounds, four and one quarter acres of land in Durham. This land was part of the twenty five acres that William Hill purchased of James Bunker, between New Town River and the creek. Witnesses were W. Ordione and Avis Ordione. Vol 46 - P 41-42.
Ralph Hall, of Dover, sold to William Hill, of Dover, for 120 pounds, 8 acres in the town of Dover on 13 June 1747. The land was one part or share of Dover town common or undivided land, being part of Lot 342 in the division of common lands. The land begins at a certain place in Freetown in Dover, on the north side of a road which runs from James Huckins to Joseph Daniel Jr's. (The rest is very difficult to read as it is measured in rods and degrees) Witnesses were Eli Demerest, Abigail Drew, James Huckins and Joseph Daniel Jr.
William Hill, of Dover, yeoman, for one hundred pounds, sold Joseph Atkinson, physician, of Durham, 25 acres of land in the town of Durham, on 12 March 1750, which Hill bought of James Bunker. The 20 acres was part of the 25 acre grant of land given to Bunker on 18 March 1734, by a committee chosen to grant vacant land in Durham. Beginning at the southwest of a tract of land formerly laid out to Abraham Clark, above New Town Mill. Again Judith gave up her right of dower and power of thirds. Witnesses were John Williams and Bridget Williams. Vol 48 - P. 153.
28 Aug. 1754 - William Hill, of Dover, asked that the Court attach the goods, estate or person of John Wille, Jr., or take him today to assure his attendance at the next session of court. William stated that on 3 Dec. 1753, at Durham by his promissory note, John Wille agreed to pay the plaintiff, by the first Tues. of Sept. next, 5650 feet of merchantable white pine board delivered to the falls landing. place in Durham on or before the first of May next. Yet although many times requested he had not delivered the goods. (Document from Fruit St., Concord, NH depository).
The Court on 28 Aug. 1754 commanded the sheriff to attach the goods and or estate of Eldad Langley, of Nottingham, NH, or arrest him, to attend the next session of the court on the first Tues. of Sept., to answer to William Hill, of Dover, yeoman. William stated that on 16 May 1753 at Dover, by his promissory note, Eldad agreed to pay William 158 pounds 14 shillings, old tenor, on or before 22 Oct next for value received. Yet to this date he had not done so although many times requested to do so. (From Fruit St., Concord, NH depository).2
William was born at Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, circa 1678. Anne Smith claims he was born in 1678, as does some of the LDS Ancestral Files, but the History of Durham maintains it was 1669.
However, an item in the will of one John Knight, written on 11 Nov 1694 and proved 3 Dec 1694, at Dover, NH, suggests that William was still a minor at the time the will was written. "Wm & Henry Hill five pounds apiece of it in money if thay [sic] faithfully serve their time out w[ith] their dame." Vol. 31; Pages 307-8, "New Hampshire Wills", online at http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/new-hampshire/provincial-and-state-papers-volume-31-hwe/page-32-provincial-and-state-papers-volume-31-hwe.shtml.
If William was born in 1678 as Anne suggests, he would still have been 16-17 at the time the will was written. Henry would have been even younger..1,3
He married Judith unknown
in March 1698/99 at Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire.4,5