|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1825|
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1918|
According to Ruth Godwin Gadbury's GODWIN-HILL AND RELATED FAMILIES, Chapter VIII, 1980,(out of print) James Hill was about three years old when his family migrated from Jefferson County in eastern Tennessee to McNairy County in the southwestern part of the state, a sparsely settled frontier, with the first church, school, and mill being erected after his family clan arrived there. The church was Primitive Baptist and the mill was on Cypress Creek near his home on the place now known as the McCallum Place. - The Hills were farmers, cotton being the chief money crop. This they had to carry by wagon over 80 miles to Memphis to be ginned and sold.
They moved from Tippah County, Mississippi to neighboring Hardeman County, Tennessee, just before the Civil War, an area that was devastated by Federal troops. Some provision was made for families of absent soldiers, but the countryside became "overrun by armies of both sides but held firmly by neither. Speedily life was reduced to its simplest terms, a stark struggle for survival." This area became known as "the belt of destruction." (History of Tippah County, Mississippi by Andrew Brown)
At emancipation time James owned a number of slaves. He had made it a practice to give them a jigger of whisky each morning as they started to work. One enterprising fellow would save his drink until he had a bottle full, then sell it. When he was freed, he had enough money to buy himself a plot of land.
Jeff, one of their slaves, was married to Parolee's maid, Ann. Ann cried because jeff made her leave the Hills. she begged parolee to keep her children, a boy and a girl, but Jeff would not allow it. He didn't feel the same affection for his ex-owners that Ann did. He helped the other Negroes harness James' mules to the wagon and load it with tools and provisions. He would say, "Take this. It's mine. Take that!" Later James was notified that the mules and wagon could be picked up at a certain place, but fearing reprisals, he made no attempt to recover them.
James, Parolee, and children moved from Tennessee to central Texas south of Comanche in 1878. It took them about 10 weeks to come by wagon, leading their milk cow. They are said to have traveled along with several other families. Their oldest son Elijah was already in Grayson County, but had moved near James by 1893.
They settled on the north side of a brushy hill in southwestern Comanche county in the Brushy Gap area. First they built a two-story log cabin with a lean[to of rough lumber for a kitchen. The fireplace served for heating and cooking and there was a pleasant porch on the east side.
The nearest post office was Mercers Gap, about six miles away, until a post office was established in the Hill home with a son, George Hill, as the postmaster. The post office was called Democrat from which the community derived the name it now goes by...
Elijah Hill (1795 - 1857)
Rebecca Koffman Hill (1793 - 1897)
Lucinda Parolee Godwin Hill (1836 - 1909)*
Elijah Allen Hill (1853 - 1926)*
Martha Rebecca Hill Grove (1856 - 1938)*
Pleasant Gideon Hill (1859 - 1948)*
Eleanor Adelaide Hill Scoggin (1861 - 1955)*
James F Hill (1864 - 1894)*
Jennie Hill Meek (1867 - 1890)*
Luther Ernest Hill (1873 - 1948)*
George W. Hill (1875 - 1974)*
Jacob Leslie Hill (1877 - 1956)*
Mary D.W. Hill Case (1822 - 1904)*
William Hill (1824 - 1849)*
James A Hill (1825 - 1918)
Daniel Hill (1827 - 1855)*
Sam Hill (1830 - 1915)*
Pleasant Hill (1831 - 1850)*
Nicholas Hill (1833 - ____)*
Andrew Jackson Hill (1833 - 1915)*
Gideon Hill (1836 - 1855)*
Doctor Hill (1840 - 1850)*
Catherine HIll Morris (1844 - 1847)*
Created by: Peggy Smith Wolfe
Record added: Dec 19, 2011
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