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Abel Stanhope “Bud” Hill

  • Birth 8 Dec 1835 Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 29 May 1913 Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 5558813

His father was Felix Walker Hill (1806-1883) and his mother was Elizabeth Cooper Hill ( 1812-1896)
Second Lieutenant Abel Stanhope Hill, son of Felix Walker and Elizabeth Cooper Hill was born 8 December 1836, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and died 29 April 1913, in Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina.  He married Sara Jane Rogers on 9 February 1866, in Murphy, Cherokee County.

Guy Ron Hill Sr. shows Abel died May 29, 1913 instead of April.

Abel S. Hill resided in Cherokee County and enlisted in Company A 29th North Carolina Infantry at age 24, in February 1862, as a substitute.  He was mustered in as a Private, appointed as a Second Lieutenant on 12 March 1863.  Company records indicate that he was captured on 25 April 1864, however, records of the Federal Provost Marshall do not substantiate that report.  He was dropped from the rolls of the company on 17 February 1865.

The following is the continued Text from Guy Ron Hill Sr.:
"My Great Grandfather, Captain Abel Stanhope "Bud" Hill, having been honorably discharged in 1865 after serving almost 4 years in the Infantry with the Army of the Confederate States of America and during his service was taken prisoner of war twice and served in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Vicksburg, Chickamauga and Atlanta with additional home service to rout out certain renegades and bushwhackers In north Georgia and western North Carolina. Among the most notorious were the Rae brothers and their band of thieves; married Sara Jane Rogers in Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina; on February 9,1866. Sara Jane Rogers was the daughter of Thomas Woodfin Rogers and Frances Plemmons Rogers."

Children of Abel Stanhope (Bud) Hill and Sara Jane Rogers:
Julia V., b. 1867; Charles Buford, b. 1868; Laura Frances, b. 1869; Cynthia Elizabeth, b. 1870; Harriet D. [Hattie], b. 1872; Lewis W. [Lewie], b. 1874; William Felix, b. 1876; Thomas J., b. 1878; Adam Luther, b. 1880; Eadon Arthur, b. 1880; Mary Louise, b. 1883; Julius Napoleon, b. 1885.

Abel Stanhope [Bud] Hill was elected Sheriff of Cherokee County in 1868 and 1872. He served as Clerk Superior Court from 1890 to 1894. He was elected Mayor of the Town of Murphy In 1909.

Abel Stanhope [Bud] and wife Sara Jane moved to their farm in Wehutty, Shoal Creek Township, Cherokee County after his last term as Cherokee County Sheriff. Their farm was next to the Pack Mountain Road that provided excellent marketing access to Ducktown and Copperhill, Polk County, Tennessee. During this time there was a resurgence of businesses to support the Copper Mining and Smelting Operations in the area.

Abel Stanhope "Bud", purchased and moved to their farm for the purpose of raising produce for marketing in Ducktown and Copperhill. His success may have been limited as there were several mining company stores and large commissaries to serve their employees. These company owned stores allowed their employees to make charges to their individual accounts, but had the privilege of collecting employees' accounts first, through the different payrolls.

According to a May 24th, 1938 letter from Thomas J. Hill, son of Abel Stanhope and Sara Jane, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Ham Building, 220 W. Market St., Greensboro, North Carolina, to his daughter Ruthie while she was attending the University of North Carolina.

..... "After his term as Sheriff expired In 1878, my father bought a small farm and moved to It, in the lower end of Cherokee, so as to have a market for his produce at the Ducktown Copper mines, only six miles away across the Tennessee State line. Soon after he moved, I was born and the Copper mines closed. There we were in a little poor ridge farm, fifty miles from nowhere. There my father raised eleven children, and believe me rations and clothes were slim. The land was too poor to raise wheat, and we did not see a biscuit once month on an average. We got six weeks of school every year. When I was 15 I got 3 months In school at Murphy and about the same the next year. Then I taught a school at $20.00 per month, which was $19.00 more than I knew how to earn. January 1896 1 took the proceeds, about $60.00 and went to Chapel Hill. Anybody who could read and write could get admission. I was aged 17. Was the greenest green that ever went to the Hill. But did not care. Did not know it, in fact. If you could see the conditions under which I was brought up, the training I did not get, the community I was reared in, you might wonder that I ever got
anywhere. I am strictly a self made man, and am not unmindful that Holmes said the self made man is like the chimney his neighbor built to his house. The neighbor was not a mason, but built his own chimney, and Holmes said It was like the self man in that among other things, It was out of plumb, was catercornered, whopper jawed and lop sided.

From what I know of our ancestry, I take the view that our background Is not at all bad, but far above the average. Our folks have been leaders wherever they lived. And honorable. I think we have a good heritage. And blood will tell"... Note of interest; Thomas J. Hill graduated in 1901 and Phi Beta Kappa. Daughter Ruth [Ruthie] graduated in 1938, both from the University of North Carolina.

Abel Stanhope "Bud", his wife Sara Jane, and several of the children, moved back to Murphy, Cherokee County prior to his election as Cherokee County, Clerk of Superior Court where he served from 1890 to 1894. They
continued to reside In the Town of Murphy and he was elected Mayor In 1909 at the age of 73. Abel Stanhope died on May 29,1913 and he is buried at Sunset Cemetery in Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina.

Daniel S. Estefano, administrator Facebook page 29th North Carolina Infantry, CSA.

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  • Added: 21 Jun 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5558813
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Abel Stanhope “Bud” Hill (8 Dec 1835–29 May 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5558813, citing Sunset Cemetery, Murphy, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Chuck Garland (contributor 46487579) .