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  • ID: I30005
  • Name: Abel Hill
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1730 in VA
  • Death: 1803 in SC
  • Residence: 1790 Rutherford Co. NC
  • Occupation: Operated Hill Iron Works
  • Military Service: 1776 Colonel in American Revolution
  • Census: 1790 Rutherford Co. NC
  • Event: Will Dated 18 JUL 1799 Anderson Co. SC
  • Event: Will Probated: 14 MAR 1803 Anderson Co. SC
  • Event: DAR #342304 NC
  • Event: Will Recorded Old Pendleton District, SC
  • Burial: 14 MAR 1803 Pendleton District, SC
  • Event: Fact Marriage Not Proven
  • Note:
    From Pendleton District, SC Wills, 1800-1825 and Anderson County, SC Will Book A, 1800-1835:

    WILL OF ABEL HILL - pp 33-35
    Pendleton, a farmer, Every one of my living children. Sons and daughters of my loving wife Elizabeth to have 5 shillings. To son James lands and negroes. Son Ruben (?) Hill and Wife Elizabeth Hill executors.
    Dated 18 July 1799.
    Wit.: Thomas Cureton (Signed) Abel (X) Hill
    Mary (X) Cureton
    Rachel (X) Harkens
    Proven 15 Mar. 1803.
    Elizabeth qualified as executor 26 Mar. 1803.

    The above published in the book "Pendleton District and Anderson County,
    South Carolina Wills, Estates, and Legal Records" by Alexander, Elliott, Willie. Published by Southern Historical Press, Inc., PO Box 1267, Greenville, SC 29602. Second Printing: 1994.

    This should establish the relationship of Reuben as the son of
    Abel Hill as well as other documentation.

    Ron Hill
    2127 Duncan Bridge Road
    Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

    Abel and his wife Elizabeth, along with the Mobley/Moberly and Wagner families left Virginia sometime before 1758 for North Carolina. They settled near the Yadkin River.

    Rutherford Co. NC:
    p 88. K:186 #1187, 11 Sept 1776 John Ashworth to ABEL HILL for L 100, 300a on McFadens Creek of 2nd Broad River first granted to John McFaden 1769. then to John Turner and then to John Ashworth in 1772
    p 86. K:169, #1167. NC Grant # 763 to ABEL HILL for 10 pds per 100 a, 50a on HILL'S Creek adj Elizabeth Armstrong 28 Nov 1792.
    (next item) K:170, #1168 NC Grant #722 to GEORGE HILL for 50 shill/ 100a , 100 a on branch Ashworth's Creek near ABEL HILL, 28 Nov 1792

    Abel had a North Carolina Land Grant in 1784. Thomas Harrison and Reuben Hill were chain bearers. In 1795 he sold his land in Rutherford County and purchased land in Pendleton District, South Carolina. (In NC he lived near the Main Broad River by McFadden and Hill Creeks.

    From Millie Blanton <>:
    Abel Hill received 3 Grants of land in Rutherford Co. NC, on Hill's Creek and he is referred to as Abel Hill of Tryon County (now Lincoln Co. NC). The children of Abel Hill were named by Mr. Hill's mother. Her info comes from notes of her father who was a genealogist for over 50 years.

    From Harrison website: Harrison Notes, August 1997, Part 2 (Charles W. Johnson M.D., 8514 Rockmoor, San Antonio, TX 78230)
    Abel Hill operated the Hill Iron Works in Upper SC, owned by Col. William Hill who wrote a book about the Revolution with his wife as one of the heroines.
    "Funderburk History and Heritage", page 114, Dr. Guy B. Funderburk, 1967:
    William Hill and Col. Isaac Haynes were owners of the Aetna Furnace in York County for which they employed 100 men to make tools and cannon. It was a Scotch-Irish settlement.....(sent by Millie Blanton who is a family genealogist. Her email is

    "Pickens County Heritage" (sources: DAR Magazine, Vol. 97, #12, Dec 1993
    Abel Hill ( 1730-1803) gave service in Rutherford Co. NC (Rutherford Co. NC minutes 1780-1782)
    He was the father of four Revolutionary soldiers: Richard, Charles, George, Reuben.
    Abel's wife was Elizabeth Waggoner. They were the parents of Richard, Charles, George, Asap, John, Reuben, Mourning, Margaret and James.

    Will of Abel Hill (Abstract):
    Will Dated: 18 July 1799
    Anderson County, SC
    Probated: 14 March 1803
    Anderson County, SC
    Book A, Page 33, Roll 264

    Wife, Elizabeth Hill. Sons, James Hill and Rubin Hill. (Daughters not mentioned)
    Executors: Elizabeth Hill, Rubin Hill
    Witnesses: Thomas Cureton, Mary Cureton, Rachel Harkins

    This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Traci Parsons-Holder <>
    on September 24, 1999:
    South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 14, 15, & 16
    Volume XVI Summer 1988 Number 3 , p. 129
    For Division or sale of 75 acres of Land belon'g to Estate of Abel Hill Deceas'd situate in Pickens Dis't adjoining Lands of Joel Jones & others.

    South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 14, 15, & 16
    Volume XVI Summer 1988 Number 3 , p. 129
    On due Examination it is order'd that the Tract of Land above describ'd be sold by the sheriff of Pickens District on the first Monday of September next or on such other sale day as shall be best for the parties in interest on a credit of 12 months purchaser giving Bond with good security to the Ordinary for the payment of the purchase money. July 5th 1830. J. H. Dendy, O. P. D.

    Below is something I've had on file from Ron HILL ( I hope this helps. I don't have his actual website location, which is where this text originally came from.-Byron Hill
    Welcome to the Hill Family home listing descendants of Abel Hill b. c. 1730 Virginia. Please understand that the information in this document may contain numerous mistakes or data that is questionable or only prove to a surety level that may require more notation than can be written her to explain. Therefore, it is strongly advised by the compiler that researchers use this data as a beginning reference. This information is periodically updated, edited, corrected, and changed.

    Identifying this Elizabeth Waggoner, Frederick, Maryland, daughter of Hans Waggoner and Elizabeth Johnstone, as Abel Hill`s wife so far no positive connections were found altho numerous letters and descendant listings list this Elizabeth Waggoner b. 1734 as the Wife of Abel Hill b. c. 1730 VA, they were married in Frederick, MD. There was a reference to an Abel Hill in a Surry County will leaving him a few pounds when he reached maturity. William Hill and Richard Hill came to Fairfield County, Virginia from that area and the Waggoners, Mobley`s and Hills were very close in later years (1760-1790) so it is believed that eventually a connection will be found tieing Abel Hill b. c. 1730 Virginia to the William/James Hill families of Mecklenberg, and the Waggoners. There are 3 generations of Abel Hills in the Annapolis area during this period but so far no indication that any of them left the area.

    This is an ongoing project that started more than 82 years ago. A letter by Mr. Nat H. Ballard, Brunswick, Georgia dated August 17, 1917 states that Abel Hill married Elizabeth Waggoner and had the following children: Richard, Asaph, Charles, George, (special note: letters and publications from others state there was an Abel, twin brother to this George), Reuben, Joh, Margaret, Mourning and a daughter that married a Milliken. Letter from Mr. Benjamin D. Hill Jr., Washington, DC dated September 29, 1939 states in part “right here I will say that I now feel that I have sufficient proof to believe that Ballard letter is correct in the names given as the sons of Abel Hill, as I found records were their names appear on their several surveys, witnesses one for the other, etc. Of course, there may have been other sons.

    According to several letters and publications there was an Abel Hill (Jr.) twin brother to George Hill and there is a possibility that this younger Abel Hill (Jr.) married Elizabeth Wagoner who was a sister to Susannah (Susan) Wagoner b. c. 1766 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Daughters of John Wagoner who died in 1794 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Susannah (Susan) married Thomas Camp b. c. 1798. Thomas Camp was the son of John Camp and Mary Tarpley.

    Mr. Nat H. Ballard wrote his great-grandmother Margaret Hill (daughter of Abel Hill b. 1730 VA) married Joseph Harrison at Hill`s Iron Works, York County, South Carolina. The Ironworks were owned by William Hill and I know of no relation between Abel Hill and William Hill.

    This ongoing project was kept alive by Mr. Edward S. Mauney, Blairsville, Union County, Georgia; Mrs. Ruth Bump, Portland, Oregon in early 1966 she compiled extensive research work. Much of this work was passed on to Ronald Guy Hill Sr. by Mrs. Edward S.(Blanche Henson) Mauney; other major contributors are Mr. George A. Hill Sr. , Ponca City, Oklahoma who published the Hill and Hill - Moberly Connections; Mr. Byron Hill owner of the Hill Genealogy Network, Dr. Ronald C. Hill; Mr. Joseph O. Hill; Mr. George W. Hill Jr.; Dr. David Hunter Brown; Mr. Robert J. Quinn; Mr. Jerry Hill; Mr. Dennis Craig Stewart; Mr. Lut $her S. Turner Jr.; Mr. Milton Brown and Mrs. Pat Scroggins and many others, we thank all of you. Mr. Ronald Guy Hill Sr. and Ronald Guy Hill Jr. archived this work to the internet in November 1999 for your use and enjoyment. We have made this site available in the hopes that current family members will add to the history already started by sending us their personal recollections and documentation. We hope you enjoy the information that you find and any comments, suggestions, modifications or additions may be sent to

    Abel Hill, son of Wm. Hill Junior and Dorcas Moberly was born circa1774. One Abel Hill was an administrator for the Estate of Wm. Hill Jr. in 1795. It is not clear whether this was an older Abel Hill who received the 1762 land grant shown below. From the census record and the ages given,
    Probable that it was the younger man. The elder Abel was not listed in the 1790 census. (He could have been living with another Hill and not listed as the head of the household.)
    1790 Census, Rutherford Co. NC
    Page 142
    Abel Hill
    2 Males 16 and under
    3 Males 16 and over
    3 Females
    1 Slave
    Next door to Alex Cooper

    The 1800 census - Vol. #4, page
    399 shows:
    ABEL HILL - 1 male 10-16 years of age
    1 male 16-26 years of age
    1 female 25-45 years of age.
    He was born no earlier than 1774 and was of age in 1795. The male 10-16 years of age may have been one of his younger brothers, an orphan of Wm. Hill. One of the last records we have of Abel is a deed,Book P. page 264, recorded 1805, to John Mertz, a release. The elder Abel Hill received land grants as follows: (South Carolina Historical Commission) "Abel Hill, two surveys of 100 acres each, dated 17th December, 1762 and 15th of December, 1772, respectively...situated on a line between Fairfield and Chester counties.." We have been unable to confirm the location of these grants. Further mention of the 1772 grant: Book 15, page 440 Craven Co. Unto Abel Hill - December 1?, 1772, 100 acres in Craven on Branch of Turkey Creek S.E. on George Rutlege's, Weston Robt. Cowens.
    (There was a Turkey Creek in
    Chester Co., S. C.)

    "Pickens County Heritage". In it is information on Abel Hill and family. It has the following:
    Abel Hill 1730-1803 gave service as a juror in the state of NC, Rutherford County minutes 1780-1782. He was the father of 4 Revolutionary War soldiers, Richard, George, John, and Reuben. Abel Hill married Elizabeth Waggoner. Their children were Richard, Charles, George, Asap, John, Reuben, Mourning, Margaret and James.
    Mourning "Mona" Hill 1784-1861 married David Hendricks 1779-1851, son of Moses Hendricks. They had the following children: George, Elizabeth, Moses, Susan, Abel, Bennett, and John Balus.
    Moses Hendricks 1807-1882, son of David, married Malinda Hill 1807-1876. They had the following children: Moses, Ann, Susan, Caroline, George, Lewis and Taylor. George, Lewis and Taylor Hendricks all died in the Civil War. Little Moses was the only son to survive, and he lost a leg at the battle of Trevillion Station.
    Two famous Confederate generals, Ambrose Powell Hill and Daniel Harvey Hill, were descended from Abel Hill.

    Sources: DAR Magazine, Vol. 97. #12, Dec. 1993. Pickens County Probate Court and family papers.

    Father: William Hill , Jr b: BEF 1750
    Mother: Dorcas Moberly\Mobley b: ABT 1703

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Waggoner b: ABT 1735 in VA (Frederick Co. MD?)
    • Married: ABT 1754 in Frederick Co. MD (York Co. SC?)
    1. Has No Children Mourning Hill
    2. Has No Children Aaron Hill
    3. Has No Children Richard Hill b: ABT 1755 in York Co. SC
    4. Has No Children Asaph Hill b: BET 1757 AND 1797 in York Co. SC
    5. Has Children George Washington Hill b: BET 1760 AND 1762 in York Co. SC
    6. Has Children John Hill , Sr b: BET 1760 AND 1765 in Rutherford Co. NC
    7. Has No Children Abel Hill b: ABT 1762 in York Co. SC
    8. Has Children Reuben Hill b: BET 1764 AND 1774 in York Co. SC
    9. Has No Children James Hill b: ABT 1770 in York Co. SC
    10. Has Children Margaret Hill b: 15 AUG 1770 in York Co. SC
    11. Has No Children Unknown Female Hill b: ABT 1776 in York Co. SC
    12. Has Children Charles Hill b: 4 FEB 1776 in Rutherford Co. NC (York Co. SC?)

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