Name: Samuel Hillis
Birth: 1707 in Scotland or Ireland (Ulster, Ireland)
Death: 7 AUG 1782 in Millbridge, Rowan Co., NC
Burial: Thyatira Presbryterian Church Cemetery, Millsbridge, , NC
PROP: Grant of 640 acres 21 DEC 1761 , Rowan Co., NC, USA
Will: AUG 1782 , Rowan Co., NC, USA
From Hillis and Related Families History, compiled by Florence E. and Russell W. Hillis;
SAMUEL HILLIS (1707-1782) is the first-known ancestor of the present Hillis generation. The earliest records available indicate that SAMUEL was born in Scotland or Ireland in 1707 and came to America as a young man.
Samuel Hillis probably landed in Pennsylvania or Delaware and moved south through Virginia and into North and South Carolina. His arrival took place some 100 years after the first English settlers landed at Jamestown Virginia.
Nothing is known of these early years except that SAMUEL, his wife Anne and their family settled in what is now Lincoln County, North Carolina. This county was, at that time part of South Carolina.
The county records of Rowan County, North Carolina (Book 5J pg. 78) reveal, that on December 21, 1761, SAMUEL was granted 640 acres of land by the Earl of Granville. This Earl was the representative of Charles II, King of England, in the Old North State. He was one of eight Lord Proprietors I. to whom King Charles II had granted the entire province of the Virginias.
In 1728, the King bought back from seven of the Lords all of their interest, but the Earl of Granville declined to sell and his one-eighth was laid in a strip 50 miles wide near the Virginia line and extending from the ocean to the extreme west. He held these rights until 1883 (end of the Revolutionary War) and all of the early settlers in this area had to secure their grants of land from him. SAMUEL'S land was part of this grant and was described as being on the North side of Second Creek in Rowan County. This section of land was paid for at the rate of ten shillings for each 100 acres ($7.80 for the entire 640 acres of land). Samuel lived and worked this land with his wife Ann, his sons SAMUEL, JR., SAMPSON, HOBERT, JOHN and PALSER also his daughters ANN, ELIZABETH and MARTHA for many years.
About this time many of the people in this section of North Carolina were divided on the subject of independence. King George had many loyal followers in the Colonies; however the Scotch-Irish in every community were almost to a man for independence. They had suffered much from British oppression in Ireland and had come to America that they might have religious and civil liberty. Samuel Hillis and his neighbors were ready to fight for their rights.
During this period there was constant warfare between the Whigs and the Tories in the Rowan County section of North Carolina. This conflict developed into a real civil war and was a bitter and bloody contest. The military units at this stage of war were not organized into large armies under responsible Generals, but in most instances in small detached Companies. Often these commanders were reckless and murderous men who took great delight in burning and killing. The men in the companies were not required to enlist for the duration of the war, but for special campaigns. When these special missions were completed the men were released from service and allowed to return home.
Ann Luckey b: BEF 1730
in Martic Twnsp., Lancaster Co., PA
- Martha Hillis b: 30 APR 1746 in Rowan Co., NC
- Sampson Hillis b: 27 AUG 1752 in Rowan Co., NC
- Robert Hillis b: 13 MAY 1755 in Rowan Co., NC
- John Hillis b: 1758 in Rowan Co., NC
- Samuel Hillis , Jr. b: 19 FEB 1760 in Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC
- Palser Parker Hillis b: 1762 in Rowan Co., NC
- Ann Hillis b: 1764 in Rowan Co., NC
- Elizabeth Hillis b: 1766