Mary Cornelia <I>McPherson</I> Hill

Mary Cornelia McPherson Hill

Lee County, Virginia, USA
Death 16 May 1902 (aged 65)
Sharps Chapel, Union County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Sharps Chapel, Union County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 41265794 · View Source
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Mary Cornelia McPherson was born on 3 July 1836, in the family cabin on Powell Mountain in Lee County, Virginia and died on 16 March 1902, at Sharps Chapel in Union County, Tennessee. She buried in the Graves-Ousley Cemetery (formerly known as the Sharps Chapel Cemetery) where her second husband is buried. She was the daughter of Samuel McPherson (1801-1875) and his wife, Nancy White Sayers (1803-after 1880).
Mary married circa 1860, in Lee County, Virginia her first husband, Franklin “Frank” Francis Bishop (1817-1863) was a successful farmer at Rock House Creek in Lee County. Frank was the son of Rev. Jonathan Bishop (1794-1892) and his first wife, Julia Elma Clark (1792-1838). He was a widower previously married in Virginia during 1840, to Evaline Pennington (1823-1858) and their union resulted in 12 children. Mary’s parents were not in favor of her marriage to an older gentleman with so many children until a delegation of local prominent gentlemen visited them at their home on Frank’s behalf hoping to convince them otherwise. However, Mary’s mother, strongly disapproved of the marriage despite the visit of several local dignitaries. Nevertheless, Mary’s father conceded to Mary’s wishes and allowed the courtship to proceed and their marriage. Sadly, Frank was accidentally killed during the Civil War by a drunken Union soldier manning a check point. Mary gave birth to their second child a few months later:
1.) Joseph Bishop (1861-?)
2.) Samuel J. Bishop (1864-1923), who married Mary O. Nash and had two daughters.
Mary married again on 6 December 1866, in Lee County, Virginia to Parlon Hill (1832-1909) a widower previously married to Mahala Nash (1830-1866) with seven children. He was the son of Elijah Hill (1801-1869) and his wife Mary “Polly” Sharp (1802-1876). Mary moved to Parlon’s farm near Sharps Chapel, Tennessee with her sons, but her late husband’s other children remained with her former in-laws. Mary and Parlon had seven additional children together:
1.) Harriete (or Heriett) “Hattie” Hill (1868-1965), who married Ballard J. Jessee (1851-1918) of Tazewell, Tennessee in a childless union.
2.) James Monroe Hill (1869- after 1920), who married Martha A. Eldridge and had three children.
3.) John Haynes Hill (1871-1894), who married three times, first to Janie Ousley, then to Lula Gallagher, and finally to Emily Lucinda Capps. His second marriage produced two sons and his third a son.
4.) Virginia “Jenny” C. Hill (1872-?), who married late in life Jim Skaggs. Their marriage was childless.
5.) Sterling Morton Hill (1874-1915), who married Olive “Olie” Bishop. They had two children
6.) Idaess “Ida” Lornia Hill (1880-1944), who married William “Will” Franklin Burch. They journeyed west to Oregon and had eight or more children.
7.) Joseph Bishop Hill, (c.1882-?), who died as an infant.

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  • Maintained by: Gerald von Kamrath
  • Originally Created by: don sanford
  • Added: 28 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 41265794
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Cornelia McPherson Hill (3 Jul 1836–16 May 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41265794, citing Graves-Ousley Cemetery, Sharps Chapel, Union County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Gerald von Kamrath (contributor 47154658) .