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Located in Grenada County, MS
One of these headstones is marked Joel Hill with his date of death as 1853. The other marker is for his wife, Emily, who died in 1862. At the foot of Emily's headstone is a small tablet that, according to family history, marks the burial location of an infant.
This webpage was created a few years ago to generate interest in the restoration of the graves. At that time, Joel Hill's headstone was broken and knocked down. This webpage was of such interest to many Hill family members, that I decided to update it with the latest photo. Now I have added photos from two other cemeteries to show where my Tilghman and Musselwhite ancestors were buried.
HILL Family Cemetery at the ole Hill Homestead - Summer 2012.
Joel Hill's marker was glued back together.
A sturdy fence has been built around the gravesite to keep out cattle.
Who is this Joel Hill?
Joel Hill was the first of our Hill ancestors to move to
Mississippi. Joel lived in Edgfield County, SC, where he first
married Francis Carpenter. They had two daughters, Mary Ann and
Unity. She died in childbirth with twin sons. Joel married
Emily Martin and moved to Mississippi and applied for a land
patent. They had many more children: Martha, Mary, Emeline, Joel,
Sarah, John Calhoun, Joel Pittman, Egbert, Jasma, and Ellen.
HILL; born Jan 31, 1806; died May 26, 1853 at age 47.
Married Emily Martin.
His Parents were:
His Grand-parents were:
Chart for Joel HILL
How am I related to Joel Hill?
JOEL PITTMAN HILL;
born 14 February, 1847, died _?__
. Married Elizabeth
Watkins PURDIE on 21 December 1869.
ancestor in our lineage was:
DESCENDENTS CHART FOR JOEL
WILLIAM HILL SR; born circa 1718,
had a son,
William HILL, Jr.,
born 23 Sept., 1773 in Surry County, VA.
William Hill Sr.
attended the Constitutional Convention for North
Carolina. It was noted that he was a Baptist minister. His
son, William, Jr., later
the Secretary of State of North Carolina and served that position from
until his death on 29 Oct. 1857 -- an amazing 46 years in office (less
Details of Headstone of Joel Hill
Top has a relief of a Masonic symbol.
Born June 3, 1806
Died May 26, 1853
"Many thoughts lie buried here"
Details of Headstone of Emily (Martin) Hill.
Born Feb 11, 1814
Died Dec 26, 1862
"Weep not; she is not dead but sleepeth"
(lower right corner)
Note that her grave lists her husband's name as Joel P. Hill.
There are no records to indicate he had a middle name.
A Map and GPS Coordinates for HILL Family Cemetery
Cemetery is located North of Grenada on Hiway 51
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 33.91333, Longitude: -89.89444
Large Concrete Support for Lillie Musselwhite Tilghman missing headstone.
Click on photo to view large photo of Tilghman Cemetery
Cemetery View is looking East. Harry Richardson's headstone is the
first one. Unmarked Grave markers continue into the background.
A concrete post is visible to between the two trees to the right of me.
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Grave of Elizabeth Watkins Purdie Hill
Feb 3, 1852 – Aug 3, 1919
Wife of Joel Pittman Hill & my great-grandmother.
Could not locate the headstone of Joel P. Hill, but assume his grave was located next to her grave.
Other Graves in the Martin Cemetery
Aaron Purdie Hill
son of J.P. & E. P. HILL
Sept 19, 1870 – Nov 24, 1899
Obelisk contained 4 pieces that were toppled of the base.
Map of Martin Cemetery
GPS Coordinates: 33.837500, - 89.857778
This map begins at the Martin house shown as a
The dirt road is traced as a Yellow Line. It crosses a Creek at the Blue Triangle.
The vertical Pink line is Power Lines. Two ponds are shown as Blue circles.
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Purdie & Hill Connection
The PURDIE homestead was only a few miles south of the HIILL homestead. One connection between the families was the marriage of Elizabeth Watkins Purdie to Joel Pittman Hill. However, this was not the only tie between the two families.
Joel and Elizabeth Hill had four sons. One was named James Sphere Hill, after Elizabeth's brother. Elizabeth had three brothers named William Purdie, John Purdie, and James Sphere Purdie. Brothers John and James lived a long time together as bachelors. One day James Sphere Purdie rode on his horse up to the home of his sister Elizabeth. He picked up the young James Sphere Hill and placed him on his horse and turned to announce: "I'm taking him home with me." James Sphere Hill was raised by his uncle, James Sphere Purdie.
James Sphere Hill must have been influenced during his stay with the two bachelors as he also did not marry until he was 40.
To continue the story, Elizabeth's brother, William Purdie, married Mattie and they had a son named Willy. Later, William died and left Mattie a widow. Mattie and Willy moved into the residence of the two bachelor brothers. After people began to talk, James Sphere Purdie married his brother's wife Mattie.
The following 1910 Census shows the family living with John Purdie but without James S. Hill.
James (Jim) was 60 years old and married to Mattie, age 32. This was Mattie's second marriage.
1910 Mississippi Census, Grenada Co - Beat 4, Series: T624 Roll: 740 Page: 166
John PURDY, age 62 b. MS, f.b. VA, m.b. SC, single, "farmer"
Jim S., age 60 brother b. MS, f. b. VA, m. b. SC, 1st marriage 1 yr.
Mattie, age 32 sister-in-law b. MS, parents b. MS, 2nd marriage 1 yr., 1 child, 1 livingWillie, age 14 nephew b. MS, parents b. MS Willie is Mattie’s son by John Purdie
Marriage Records - Book C - July 30, 1896 to December 10, 1911
C 473 J.
Purdie, James S. b. 08-29-1849, d. 09-30-1937
Hill, James S. b. 04-15-1875, d. 08-31-1945 < My Grandfather
Hill, Joel Pittman b. 11-24-1916, d. 12-17-2001, s/w Michie Ayres < My Uncle Joel
Hill, Linda Diane, b. 04-21-1954, d. 04-21-1954 < Daughter of Clyde & Doris Hill________
The above family information obtained from interviews with Sarah Hill and Mary Lynn Purdie.
The PURDIE family name is spelled many differnt ways: Purdy - Purdie - and in 1860 Census as Prendis.
The Purdie family seemed to prefer spelling “Sphere” as “Spear”.
My notes in Blue.