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Hanks Neville Hill
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1813
Cumberland County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1898
Junction City
Lane County
Oregon, USA

Parents: Reuben Hill and Sarah Joyce "Joisay" Hanks Hill. Family legend has it that Sarah Joyce was a first cousin to Abraham Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks.

Hanks' siblings were:
1. Thomas Hill b: 1789
2. Moses Hill b: 1791
3. George Hill b: 1793
4. Elias Hill b: ca 1795
5. Kezian Hill b: ca 1797
6. Sarah Joyce Hill b: 1798
7. Nancy Hill b: ca 1800
8. Lucinda Hill b: ca 1802
9. Agatha Hill b: ca 1804
10. Minerva Hill b: ca 1805
11. Elijah Hill b: ca 1807
12. Reuben Coleman Hill b: 1808
13. Joyce Hanks Hill b: ca 1810
Hanks was born in Creelsboro, Cumberland Co., KY.

Hanks married Alcy Caroline Kerr 1842 Tennessee, USA (died 1843);
He then married Elizabeth Ann Merrill 18 Feb. 1844 in McNairy Co., Tennessee.

In 1846, they moved to Barry Co., Missouri where Hanks served as a Probate Judge. Two daughters and a son were born in Barry Co.

On 11 April 1853, the parents and their four children left Washburne Prairie, Barry Co. by oxen-drawn wagon for Independence, Kansas to join Hanks' brother Rueben Hill and his family to form a wagon train. The destination was the Willamette Valley in the Oregon Territory. They departed Barry Co. with 12 wagons carrying 4 families, 3 yoke of oxen to each wagon, about 30 head of horses and a small band of cattle.

From Independence, KS, the brothers' wagon train continued northwesterly to the Santa Fe Trail. They continued along the Santa Fe Trail passing abandoned Fort Mann and on to Pueblo, Colorado where they turned north along the front range of the Rockies. This exactly coincides with the Cherokee Trail. The pioneers continued north past what in 1859 became Denver City, following the Cherokee Trail into Wyoming.

In Wyoming, just south of Laramie they turned west, again following the Cherokee Trail, crossing the Green River south of Green River, Wyoming and then northwesterly to Fort Bridger where they fell into the Oregon Trail itself and on to Fort Hall.

From there they followed the Snake River to the vicinity of Vale, Oregon. Hanks decided they must follow the "new and shorter" route to the Willamette Valley while the Reuben Hill family stayed with the main Oregon Trail to The Dalles. Along the way at today's Echo, Oregon, the Reuben Hill family was recorded at Umatilla Agency. It isn't known if the Reuben Hill family went down the Columbia or over the Barlow Road but descendants believe they took the Barlow Road.

Meanwhile, the Hill wagon train ran low on supplies, water, and suffered greatly from exhaustion. Finally, at the Deschutes River, the found the water they so desperately needed. Joining them were two other wagon trains who had also made the decision to take the "short cut" to the Williamette Valley, thereby not subjecting themselves to the dangers of the Columbia River. However, these "short cut" travelers suffered tremendously. The combined wagon trains became known at "The Lost Wagon Train".

The settlements heard about their misfortunate and rallied about for them. They collected food and supplies and met the 300 pioneers and saved the day. The "Lost Wagon Train" members arrived in Willamette Valley Nov. 8, 1853. Their route into the valley became known as the Old Military Road and is now known as the Williamette Highway.

Hanks Neville Hill eventually told the story of their trail travails and a Hill relative wrote the story from what Hanks grandchildren said he related to them.

Hanks took a preemption claim about 14 miles northwest of Eugene, Oregon on which they lived their first winter in Oregon Territory, in a bark shanty which they built on Long Tom Slough.

Hanks and Elizabeth Ann had the following children:
1. William Harris Hill b: 1844 in McNairy Co., TN
2. Alcy Jane Hill b: 1846 in Barry Co., Missouri
3. Jesse Reuben Hill b: 1849 in Barry Co., Missouri
4. Margaret Elizabeth Hill b: 1851 in Barry Co., Missouri
5. Richard Hardy Hill b: 1853 enroute to the Willamette Valley, OR (see below)
6. George Neville Hill b: 1855 in Lane Co., Oregon
7. David Randolph Hill b: 1858 in Lane Co., Oregon
8. Joseph Breckinridge Hill b: 1860 in Lane Co., Oregon
9. Andrew Lee Hill b: 30 MAY 1864 in Lane Co., Oregon

Richard Hardy Hill was born near the Deschutes River while Hanks was retrieving water from the river.

Thanks to Suzanne & Chuck Hornbuckle for their assistance with the above data. Suzanne is a great-granddaughter of Jesse Reuben Hill, Hank & Elizabeth's son. Also thanks to Renwick Neville for further information.

Family links: 
  Ruben Hill (1761 - 1833)
  Elizabeth Ann Merrell Hill (1819 - 1881)
  William Harris Hill (1844 - 1892)*
  Alcy Jane Hill Darneille (1846 - 1885)*
  Jesse Reuben Hill (1849 - 1932)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Hill McClure (1851 - 1925)*
  Richard Hardy Hill (1853 - 1921)*
  George N Hill (1855 - 1915)*
  David Randolph Hill (1858 - 1947)*
  Joseph Breckenridge Hill (1860 - 1925)*
  Andrew Lee Hill (1864 - 1949)*
  Andrew W Hill (1797 - 1876)*
  Hanks Neville Hill (1813 - 1898)
*Calculated relationship
85 yrs and 6 mos

Oak Hill Cemetery
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: J.D. Larimore
Originally Created by: jessicado
Record added: Mar 21, 2009
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Hanks Neville Hill
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Hanks Neville Hill
Added by: jessicado
Hanks Neville Hill
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