Harry Craig Hill
HARRY CRAIG HILL,
of San Francisco, California, though not a native of Bucks county, spent
his youthful day just over its borders at Hatboro, and has always taken a
deep interest in the county as the home of his maternal ancestors.
He is a son of Dr. John HOWARD and Cynthia (CRAIG) HILL,
who were married in 1835, and was born in
His paternal ancestors, William and Mary (HUNTER)
HILL, came to
about 1720 and
the former died in 1747, leaving six children:Alexander, Mary, John,
Peter, Christiana, and another whose name is unknown, being an infant when
the father died. John HUNTER,
the father of Mary (HUNTER)
HILL, was a native of Durham, England, and a descendant of the HUNTERS
of Meadowsley Hall, Gateshead, Durham, where are buried many of this noble
family who trace their descent from William, the Hunter, who in 1185
married a lady of Whittenstall and founded the family of Meadowsley Hall.
John HUNTER was a strong churchman, and having made himself
obnoxious to the Catholic party, was forced to flee from Durham on the
accession to the throne of James II, and took refuge in Rathdrum, county
Wicklow, Ireland, where he married in 1693 Margaret ALBIN.
He was captain of a troop of horse under William of Orange at the
battle of the
July 1, 1690
, and was
wounded in the left hip, from which he suffered a slight lameness during
the remainder of his life. His
superior officer in the battle of the
was Anthony WAYNE
(the grandfather of "Mad Anthony WAYNE," of the
Revolution), with whom he came to
settling for a short time near Downingtown.
Chester county, but removing the following year to a one thousand
acre tract of land in Newtown township, now Delaware county, purchased
March 17, 1723, where he died in 1734 at the age of seventy years, and is
buried in the churchyard at St. David's Episcopal Church, Radnor, of which
he was a member of the first vestry. His
children were John, William, Mary Margaret, George, Peter, Martha, Ann,
Elizabeth and James, the first and last named being also members of the
vestry of St. David's.
John HILL, son of William and Mary (HUNTER) HILL,
was born in
1736, and died there in February, 1814.
He married at Christ Church, July 22, 1760, Mary GIBBONS,
daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Marshall) Gibbons, and granddaughter of
James and Ann (PEARCE) GIBBONS, great-granddaughter of John
and Margery GIBBONS, who came from Warminster, Wiltshire, England,
in 1681, and settled in Newtown, Chester county.
Mary (GIBBONS) HILL was born 2 mo. 15, 1743.
Her father, Joseph GIBBONS, was a member of colonial
assembly 1748-63, and her grandfather, George PEARCE of Thornbury,
was also a member of assembly 1717-19.
Her mother, Hannah MARSHALL, was a daughter of Abraham MARSHALL,
who came from Gratton, Derbyshire, in 1700, and a sister to Humphrey MARSHALL
the famous botanist. John and
Mary (GIBBONS) HILL were the parents of thirteen children,
eleven of whom lived to maturity and left descendants.
Humphrey HILL, the grandfather of
Major HILL, was the third son of John and Mary, and was born in
October, 1763, and died in December, 1811.
He married at
March 3, 1791
, Alice HOWARD,
born January, 1762, daughter of John and Sarah (BUNTING) HOWARD,
and granddaughter of Thomas and Grace (BEAKES) HOWARD.
Sarah (BUNTING) HOWARD was a daughter of John and
Alice Lord (NICHOLSON) BUNTING, of Burlington county, New
Jersey, and granddaughter of Samuel and Mary (FOULKE) BUNTING,
the former of whom was a son of Anthony and Ellen BUNTING, of
Matlock, Derbyshire, and the latter a daughter of Thomas FOULKE,
one of the nine commissioners of New Jersey who settled at Crosswicks in
1677. Job BUNTING,
another son of Anthony, was a large landholder in Bucks county.
Grace (BEAKES) HOWARD was a daughter of Stephen BEAKES
and Elizabeth BILES, of Bucks county, both natives of England, their
respective parents (William BEAKES, of Barkwell, Somersetshire, and
William BILES, of Dorchester, Dorsetshire) being among the earliest
English settler on the Delaware in Bucks county, the latter being an
officer of the court at Upland prior to the arrival of Penn, and a member
of the first provincial council from Bucks.
Dr. John Howard HILL, the father of Major HILL, was
the only child of Humphrey and Alice (HOWARD) HILL.
He was for many years an eminent physician at Hatboro,
had a large practice in adjoining parts of Bucks county.
He was twice married, having married in December, 1813, Eliza
Louisa DAVIS, and (second) in October, 1835.
Cynthia CRAIG, born October, 1804, daughter of Daniel and
Jean (JAMISON) CRAIG, both natives of Warrington, Bucks
county, the former being a son of Thomas and Jean (JAMISON) CRAIG,
also natives of Warrington, and grandson of Daniel CRAIG, who came
from the north of Ireland and settled in Warrington about 1735, and died
there in 1775.Thomas CRAIG, grandfather of Mrs. HILL, was a
captain in the "Flying Camp" during the Revolution, and the
command of the Bucks county regiment devolved upon him on the death of
Colonel William BAXTER, during the battle of Fort Washington,
November 16, 1776. His brother
John and his cousins Thomas, John and William CRAIG, of
, were also
distinguished officers in the Revolution.
His sister Sarah, who married John BARNHILL, was the
ancestress of President ROOSEVELT.
The CRAIG and JAMISON families were among the
earliest Scotch-Irish settlers in Bucks county.
The former consisted of four brothers: Thomas, Daniel, William and
James: and three sisters: Sarah, wife of Richard WALKER, of
Warrington, a prominent justice and member of the colonial assembly;
Margaret, wife of John GRAY, an early elder of Neshaminy church,
and the wife of John BOYD, of the Irish settlement.
The CRAIG brothers, with the exception of Daniel, all
eventually settled at Craig's or the Irish Settlement.
The JAMISON family consisted of Henry JAMISON and his
sons, Henry, Robert and Alexander, who all settled in Warrington, Bucks
county, about 1720, where they became large landholders and prominent
citizens. Henry JAMISON,
Jr., married Mary STEWART, and their daughter Jean, born in 1738,
became the wife of Captain Thomas CRAIG.
Robert JAMISON married Jean
second son, Robert, born in 1739 and married in 1767 to Hannah BAIRD,
was the father of Jean JAMISON, who became the wife of Daniel CRAIG,
Jr., who was born in
in 1794, and
1836. Dr. John Howard HILL
in 1851, his
two sons Harry and Horace going there in1852- three older sons going with
their father and one preceding him.
Major Harry Craig HILL, has a
distinguished war record, having served throughout the civil war as a
cavalry officer, and will carry to his grave many mementoes of that heroic
service, among them a sabre scar extending diagonally across the forehead,
the result of a wound received in a cavalry charge.
He served on the staff of General Benjamin F.
BUTLER during most of the war. Returning
close of the war, he became interested in silver mines in
, and made his
years. He takes special pride
in his descent from his Scotch-Irish ancestors in Bucks county, and has
paid several visits to their former homes.
He has retired from business, and now resides in
taken from page 469-470 of:
William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New
York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
November 2003 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early
Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
December 2003 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/