Category Archives: Hill

Philip Hill of Bedminster, Somerset, England, Early 1600s

Philip Hill is a bit of an unknown in the early Massachusetts Babson family tree.

Evidence supports the idea that Philip Hill is the father of siblings Zebulon, Philip, Eleanor and John Hill, who settled in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts by the 1640s.

Philip Hill was born c1590 and died after 1635 in Bedminster, Somerset, England. He married an unknown wife, by 1611.

Bedminster church records are limited, but we find several Hill entries.


1. Joan, buried 1 December between 1599-1616
2. Joan, buried 1 May 1611
3. Margery, baptized 18 October 1616
4. Zebulon, baptized 16 March 1619; probably the Zebulon who removed to Massachusetts; died before 8 March 1699/1700, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; married Elizabeth Dike, 16 November 1651, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
5. (probably) Philip, born probably c1620-1636; died before 8 January 1709, Bedminster, Somerset, England
6. (probably) Eleanor, born c1629; died 14 March 1714, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts; married James Babson, 16 November 1647,  Gloucester, Massachusetts
7. (probably) John, born c1635; died 8 or 9 February 1707/08 , Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts; married Abigail Woodbury, 24 November 1657, Salem, Massachusetts

There are multiple reasons to believe that Zebulon, Eleanor and John Hill were siblings and the children of Philip Hill:

1. Zebulon is an unusual given name and the age of the baby baptized in 1619 is close to the estimated birth year of 1621 for Zebulon of Massachusetts.
2. John Hill’s death record in Beverly, Massachusetts states that he was born in the ‘county of Bristol in England.’ Bristol is a city and county in and of itself. However, Bedminster, Somerset is on the outskirts of Bristol, less than 2 miles away from the city.
3. Eleanor (Hill) Babson named one of her sons Philip, which isn’t a particularly common name in early Massachusetts.
4. There are no further records for Zebulon, John or Eleanor Hill found in England, supporting the idea that they emigrated to Massachusetts.
5. Zebulon Hill appointed his brother John as executor of his will.
6. Eleanor Babson assigned her rights to anything to which she was entitled in the estate of her brother John Hill to his wife, Abigail.
7. Walter Tybbot, who happens to also be an ancestor of mine, left bequests in his 1651 will to Eleanor, Zebulon and John Hill, thereby establishing not only a connection between the three Hills, but also to Walter Tybbot, as his second wife was Joan Hill. Joan married Walter in 1630 and James Hill wasn’t born until c1635, so Joan probably isn’t the mother of Eleanor, Zebulon and John, but could be their aunt, cousin or perhaps a half-sibling.

Mayflower Connection – Will of William Boone, Burtts Corner, N.B., Canada 1829

More and more data is being digitally posted online for New Brunswick, Canada. While digging around looking for Loyalist Parker documents, I was tempted by a BSO – FamilySearch digitized land deeds for the Province of New Brunswick, Canada.

Down a new rabbit hole I went and came up with a terrific new find. Filed in the land deeds (17:275-277) of Charlotte County, New Brunswick is the 1829 will of William Boone of Burtts Corner.

William Boone’s wife was Ruth Hill, my ancestress who provided me with my first (and only known, for the moment) Mayflower line through George Soule.

If you also descend from him through the Hill line, here is a transcription of William Boone’s will. (Note: Find A Grave has an image of the gravestone he shares with wife, Ruth. Just search his name in Canada with a death date of 1829 and it will come up.)

William Boone’s 1820 Will

 \The last Will and Testament
of William Boone (No. 4171
By the Honorable William Black Esquire
President, and Commander in Cheif (sic) of the Province of
New Brunswick, &c &c &c.
To all to whom all these presents
shall come, or may concern, Greetings:
——————————- Know Ye that At Frede
ricton in York County on the Eighth day of June in the year
of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty nine
before George Frederick Street Esquire being thereunto delegated and appointed, the last Will and Testament of William Boone deceased (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by me; the said Deceased having while he lived and at the time of his death Goods Chattels and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving of the said Will and the granting of administration of all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits, and also the auditing allowing and finally
discharging of the account thereof unto me only doth belong: and the Administration

of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and anyway concerning his said Will is granted unto Henry Boone and George Boone Executors in the said Will named, having been already duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods Chattels and  Credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when the events lawfully required, ___In Testimony whereof I have caused the Prerogative Seal of the said Province to be hereunto affixed the ninth day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty nine, and in the Tenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, &c.      Geo Fredk Street
Registered the Eleventh day                                        Surrogate Yk CT
of June, One thousand and Eight hundred and twenty nine.
Wm F. Odell Regr

In the name of God Amen, I William Boone of the Parish of Douglas, in the County of York and Province of New Brunswick Yeoman, being in perfect health of body, and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God: Calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say principally, and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian burial at the  discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in
this life, I demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
First, I give and bequeath to Ruth my dearly beloved wife Fifteen pounds of this Currency a year yearly and every year during her life in lieu of her thirsts, I give her also a bed and bedding and furniture, and half a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons at her disposal, ___ also a small room in my house and to be found with fire wood cut suitable length for the fire place Winter and Summer:
Likewise I give to my well beloved Son Henry Boone whom I likewise constitute make and ordain one of the executors of this my last Will and Testament all and singular a Lot of land which I bought of Jacob Knai not to come westward farther than to forks Hill with an addition of four rods wide on the North side:

Likewise I give to my well beloved Son George Boone whom I ___
constitute make and ordain the other executor of this my last Will and Testament the homestead of this my farm; likewise all my land on the new gore(?) with a road through Henry Boones land one rod and half wide from the centre of said Road on each side beginning at the big interval; Likewise I give and bequeath to my well beloved Samuel Boone the sum of Five shillings, Likewise I give to my well beloved son William Boone the sum of Five Shillings, I give to my well beloved sum (sic) James J. Boone the sum of Five shillings, Likewise I give to my well beloved Daughter Mary Jones the sum of Three pounds Likewise I give to my well beloved Daughter Lucy Estey the sum of three pounds Likewise I give to Elizabeth Laurence my well beloved Daughter the sum of three pounds, Likewise I give to my well beloved Daughter Ann Haines the sum of three pounds, Likewise I give to my well beloved Daughter Hannah Coggeshall
the sum of three pounds: It is further to be understood that all my Household goods & (????) which I have not given to Ruth my well beloved wife, I give and bequeath to my beloved Son George Boone by each and every one of those my children freely to be possessed and enjoyed; and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, Wills Legacies and bequeaths and executors by me in any will before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament; In Witness where I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord on thousand Eight hundred and twenty six.

Signed, Sealed , published, pronounced and declared by the said
William Boone as his last Will and Testament; in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names

William Boone {Seal}

Joshua Stone -} Signed
Samuel Boone }
Thomas White }

New Brunswick} Registered this Thirty first day of August. One
York County }       thousand eight hundred and twenty nine.

Two Jonathan Hills of Prudence Island, Rhode Island, Part 2

Today, I will share information about immigrant Jonathan Hill and his wife, Mary, of Prudence Island, Rhode Island, that is even more sparse than that of his son, Jonathan, about whom I wrote yesterday.

Jonathan Hill is said to have come from Wales, probably not long before he settled in Rhode Island about 1657. Whether he and wife Mary married in the old country or when they arrived in the colonies is not known. As with the wife of Jonathan’s son, Jonathan, there is absolutely NO proof that I have found that states anything more than her given name was Mary. The surname found in many family trees was apparently debunked 100 years ago.

Jonathan might have been born c1630, as son Jonathan was born about 1657. Whether or not Jonathan was the firstborn child is not known.

Jonathan Sr. and Mary were the parents of three known children, but there might have been others lost to time.


i. Jonathan, born c1657, probably Prudence Island; died by 5 September 1731, when his estate administration began; married (Unknown) and had seven children.
ii. Henry, born 24 June 1661, with his birth recorded in Warwick, Rhode Island; married Elizabeth (MNU). They both died after 12 October 1724 when they sold land to Henry Gardiner of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
iii. Robert, born no later than 1669, as he sold land in 1690 and was likely over 21 years of age;  died between 12 July 1690, when he sold land, and  17 September 1711; married Mary Pearce.

Like I said, today’s data is SPARSE! If you can contribute any new factual (documented) information, I would love to hear from you.