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Amos Hillyard
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1760
Death: Apr. 26, 1850
Junior
Barbour County
West Virginia, USA

May have been the son of one of two brothers - Thomas (wife: Elizabeth Cox) or John Hillyard (John died in 1761; Thomas died ca. 1766) - who appear regularly together, in records for Frederick and Berkeley County, Virginia, and Frederick (formerly part of Prince Georges County), Maryland. Both Thomas and John moved to Opequon Creek, in Frederick County, after having lived in "Monacasie (Monocacy) Hundred", in Maryland (documented on tax rolls there, in 1733). John (Hilyard) Hillyard's Will of March 16, 1761 (probated May 5, 1761), Frederick County, Virginia, left "all land and tenements to his brother Thomas Hillard".

Another possibility (shown only in an ancestry.com family tree without sourcing, which is subject to scrutiny) is that this Amos was born in England, and was a son of Amos and Elizabeth Hillyard.

The first possible connection to the above we can find for Amos Hillyard is in the birth of his son, Jacob, which took place in Berkeley County, Virginia (according to Jacob's application for a pension for service in the War of 1812), in the 1780s. This also coincides with the fact that Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Hillyard, resided in Berkeley County in 1780.

By the latter 1780s, Amos had made his way up the Shenandoah Valley, to Rockingham County, where, in 1788, he was issued a horse for service under Capt. Josiah Harrison, Militia Company #9. It's believed that Amos remained in Rockingham through at least the late 1790s.

In April, 1795, Amos signed as a witness on the Will of a supposed Quaker (Thomas L. Looker) in Rockingham County, VA. This association with a Quaker may be more significant than it appears. If Amos was a son of either the John or Thomas Hillyard listed above, he may have been Quaker himself (but, based on his association with the militia, not as of 1788). Thomas and John Hillyard's association with Monocacy Hundred suggests they may have been part of a Quaker settlement there. Additionally, their move to Opequon also suggests they may have been Quakers, considering the denomination's activities there.

1797 - marries Susan McFarland, Rockingham Co., Va.

1810 - Census - Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va.

8/7/1820 - Census - Rockingham Co., Va.

Though, based on his age, Amos could have served in the Revolution, there is no record of an Amos Hillyard/Hilyard/Hilliard serving in the Continental forces. This also may indicate his membership in the Quakers/Society of Friends.

If there is no Quaker affiliation, the Hillyard family does appear, at least, to have consistently (through the 1780s) made their homes, several times, within or near Quaker settlements. This is not unlike another family (Hedges) which seems to remain unclear in its family's migratory patterns which follows Quakers closely.

*Notes regarding possible father (believed either John or Thomas):

FREDERICK COUNTY (formerly, part of Prince Georges County), MARYLAND

John Hillyard - List of Taxables, 1733, Monocosie Hundred
Thomas Hillyard, List of Taxables, 1733, Monocosie Hundred
Thomas Hilliard - On list of those that had no tobacco burnt in Monoccosea Hund., Aug 1734

FREDERICK COUNTY
John Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1759
Thomas Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1759
John Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1764
Thos. Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1764

BERKELEY COUNTY
John Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1772
Jno. Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1772
Thomas W. Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1772
Thomas Hillard, widow, Rent Rolls, 1772
John Hilliard, Rent Rolls, 1777
Thomas Hillard, widow, Rent Rolls, 1777

Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book 10, page 483, 1 Aug. 1765. "[Lease] Between Solomon Hedges and Rebeccah his wife of Hampshire to Thomas Hilyard of Frederick consideration of five Shillings part of a Tract of Land lying and being now in Frederick County and on the West side of Opechon Creek and is part of a Tract of Eight Hundred and Seventy five Acres Granted to Edward Davis the 12th Nov 1735... Line of Peter Hedges... Containing one Hundred and two Acres of Land more or less... Rents of one Pepper Corn on the Twenty ninth Day of September only if same shall be lawfully demanded... Solomon Hedges. Rebecca (O) Hedges. Witnesses: Thomas Rutherford, George Michael Laubinger, Henry Brinker." Recorded 3 Sep 1765.

May be connected with the Hillyard/Hilyard family from Kent County, Delaware, in the 1600s. The will of John Hillyard, made in 1684 in Kent County, lists children as John, Thomas, Oliver, Charles, and Mary.
 
 
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 Spouses:
  Susan McFarland Hillyard (1740 - ____)
  Susannah Hillyard (____ - 1797)
 
 Children:
  John Hillyard (1783 - 1847)*
  Jacob Hillyard (1784 - 1864)*
  Mathias Hillyard (1790 - 1858)*
  Jessie Hillyard (1797 - ____)*
  James Hillyard (1799 - 1877)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillyard-Corley Cemetery
Junior
Barbour County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Sep 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76594766
Amos Hillyard
Added by: C. J. (Wilson)
 
Amos Hillyard
Added by: C. J. (Wilson)
 
 
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