Israel Hill

M, (17 August 1719 - 25 August 1777)
Father-Biological*Ebenezer Hill b. 9 Nov 1686, d. 6 Jul 1760
Mother-Biological*Susanna Leonard b. 24 Dec 1683, d. 19 Nov 1764
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Last Edited=14 May 2023
     Israel Hill was born on 17 August 1719 at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.1,2,3,4 He was the son of Ebenezer Hill and Susanna Leonard.

Israel Hill, age 28, married Beriah Latham, age 21 , daughter of Thomas Latham and Deborah Hardin, on 27 June 1748 at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.1,2,3,5,6,7 Israel was a blacksmith.2 In 1769 and 1771, Israel Hill, blacksmith, and Beriah his wife, conveyed real estate in Bridgewater.2 Israel and Beriahmoved to Oakham, Massachusetts, circa 1775.2 Israel Hill published the following:

"Whereas Beriah, the wife of me the subscriber, has wickedly and notoriously kept company and cohabited with one Joseph Latham, and has sold many articles of her wearing apparel &c. and has threatened to destroy all my interests: These are therefore to forbid all persons purchasing any thing of her, or crediting her on my account, for I will not pay any debt of her contracting or suffer any [bargin?] of hers to stand. Israel Hill, Oakham, April 23, 1777.8"

He enlisted on 15 May 1777, in Capt. Reed's Co., Col. Alden's Regt., for a term of three years in the Continental Army.2,8 Israel Hill was killed on 25 August 1777 at age 58 while on the expedition for the relief of Fort Schuyler.2,8 Israel Hill's bounty of £20 was paid to Widow Beriah Hill by vote of the town April 13, 1778.8 His estate was probated on 9 July 1778. On July 29 his estate was sold at auction, consisting of between five and seven acres of land lying on the county road from Rutland to Hardwick, with a dwelling house and a frame for a blacksmith shop. He had also one pair of blacksmith's bellows, a sledge, vise, tongs, and shop tools.8 His estate was probated on 9 July 1778 at Plymouth County, Massachusetts.8

Children of Israel Hill and Beriah Latham


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