Joel Hill and Emily Hill
Located in Grenada
Located on the old homestead of Joel
Hill is a small family plot with two headstones and one small,
unidentified marker. This cemetery was next to the house that was
still used by Jimmy and Sarah Hill lived
until the late 1960's.
One of these headstones is marked Joel
Hill with his
date of death as 1853. This marker has been knocked down and broken. The
other marker is for his wife, Emily, died 1862. At the foot of Emily's
headstone is a small tablet that 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.
HILL Family Cemetery at the ole
Hill Homestead -
marker was glued back together.
A sturdy fence has been built around the gravesite to keep out cattle.
Who is this
Joel Hill was the first of our Hill ancestors to move to
Mississippi. He and his wife were born in South Carolina, as well
as their first 2 children. They moved here and applied for a land
patent. Below is a history of his ancestors.
HILL; born Jan 31, 1806; died May 26, 1853 at age 47.
Married Emily Martin
His Parents were:
JESSE HILL; born between 1759 and 1761
at Caroline Co., VA; his estate was probated Aug 14, 1820 at Edgefield
Dist., SC. He lived on Jul 13, 1818 at Edgefield Dist., SC.
His Grand-parents were:
WILLIAM HILL SR; born circa 1718 at VA;
Married Elizabeth Williams and later Susannah Smither circa
1736. He left a will in 1777 at Surry Co., NC.
Chart for Joel HILL
_William HILL __|
_William HILL ______|__________
_Jessee HILL ______|
|_Susannah SMITHER ___|____________
Joel HILL ____|
How am I related to Joel Hill?
JOEL HILL's children included several
children. The 1850 and 1860 Mississippi Census records listed a
total of 13 different children living in this household. So many
children and only 3 males, that I don't have the family history of each
child was our ancestor.
JOEL PITTMAN HILL;
born 14 February, 1847, died _ . Married Elizabeth
W. PURDIE on 21 December 1869.
(1) Purdy Hill; died at 26. Buried at the Martin
(2) Joel Pittman Hill, Jr. , married Sally ___?__.
Sphere Hill, Born 15
April, 1875. Married Maude TILGHMAN on 6 January 1916.
(4) Clyde Vernon Hill, Married Jennie Wineman.
ancestor in our lineage was:
JAMES SPHERE HILL;
Died 31 August, 1945, (the day after his son-in-law, Newton F.
Cole returned from WW2). Married Maude
TILGHMAN.born 22 March, 1890, Died 10 Feb., 1948. Their
(1) Joel Hill; Married Michie R. AYERS ,
3 children, 6 grandchildren.
(2) Infant Girl
(3) Jimmy Hill, Married Sarah Lee Gilland, 7 children, 13
(4) Lillibeth Hill, Born
6 Dec. 1921. Married Newton F.
COLE II, 3 children, 6 grandchildren.
(5) Clyde Vernon Hill; born 28 Dec., 1924. Married Dorris
PARKER; 3 children, 6 grandchildren.
DESCENDENTS CHART FOR JOEL
++++++1840 +++++ 1860 +++++1880 ++++1900
++++1920 +++1940 +1960 >>> 2000
_ Joel HILL __|
| Michie AYERS |_Michie HILL
_Purdy HILL ___/
|_Joel P. HILL _/
|_ Lillibeth ___|_Maribeth COLE
| Newton COLE |
_Joel P. HILL
|_Joel S. COLE
| Eliz. PURDY
|_James S. HILL
|_ Clyde V. HILL _/
|_ Jimmy HILL __|_Claudia
| Sarah G. |
_Clyde V. HILL
|_ Clyde HILL __|_Carrol Anne
Dorris PARKER |
Before the days of comptuers, the US
census was recorded by people who visited each household. The
names and information of all family members and residents were recorded
into a book by hand. The data was compiled for every County and
State. The books have been photo-copied and your county library
will most likely have a copy of the census for your county. Most
major libraries have a copy of the census for all States just for the
specific use of geneology study.
Every 10 years, the census was taken and usually the data
that was recorded was expanded. For example, the 1840 census
recorded the name of the only head of the household and only the sex
and age range of the wife and children. The 1870 census counted
Blacks in the census. By the 1880 census recorded not only the
birthplace of each person, but also the birthplace of their father
& mother, which assisted in tracing families that moved or
Most of the census from 1840 to 1870 have now been
compiled into index books. This allows a quick check for a name
that cross-references back to the Census record book by page and
dwelling. Since the 1880 census was so large, an easy
method of locating a family was created using a "Soundex" system that
assigned a code to each name according to its phonetic sound.
Letters were assigned a number and vowels and some letters had no
value. Hence, the Soundex code for the name COLE was C400.
Now, in the high-speed internet world, this information is becoming
more accessible at your finger tips.
1880 Mississippi Census
Page 11, Dwelling 77
Theirs Father Mother
Hill, Joel P. W
M 33 Farmer MS SC SC
Betty W. W F
27 Wife MS VIR SC
Son MS MS MS
W M 8
Son MS MS MS
W M 5
Son MS MS MS
Talbert Ra B M
B F 10
WILLIAM HILL SR; born circa 1718, had a son,
William HILL, Jr., born 23 Sept., 1773 in Surry County, VA, who became
Secretary of State of North Carolina and served that position from 1811
until his death on 29 Oct. 1857 -- an amazing 46 years in office (less
[Reference "Thad Eure ought to throw a
party", by Dr. H. G. Jones, The Durham Sun, dated Nov 20, 1981,