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View Tree for Rev., Col. Green Hill, Jr.Rev., Col. Green Hill, Jr. (b. November 14, 1741, d. September 11, 1826)

Picture of Green Hill, Jr.
Liberty Hall, Louisburg, NC

Green Hill, Jr. (son of Green Hill and Grace Bennett) was born November 14, 1741 in Bute County, North Carolina, and died September 11, 1826 in Williamson County, Tennessee. He married (1) Nancy Thomas on October 13, 1763 in Northampton County, North Carolina, daughter of Jordan Thomas. He married (2) Mary Seawell on January 01, 1773 in Brunswick County, Virginia203, 204, daughter of Benjamin Seawell and Lucy Hicks.

 Includes NotesNotes for Green Hill, Jr.:
Notes regarding children attributed to Green Hill, Jr.: In "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight" the author lists Sarah Hill, born 1783 who married a Peebles. This is the only time I've seen her listed. The biography "Pioneers and Perfecters of Our Faith" stated that he had a total of 13 children. The Isle of Wight book doesn't show Sally Hicks Hill but she is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery in Brentwood; and this book shows a total of 12 children. Have to be cautious with reference material.

In "Tennessee Records - Bible Records and Marriages", there is a listing from Green Hill, Jr. own family bible. His children are listed as:
Jordan (1765), Hannah (1766), Nancy (1768), Martha (1769), Richard (1771-died as a baby), Green Hill III (1774), Lucy (1776), John (1778), Thomas (1781), Sally Hicks (1783), Mary Seawell (1786), William (1792), Joshua Cannon (1795) - - for a total of 13 children. There is also a listing from the bible of John Hill (son of Thomas Hill) with the same information - although there are some apparent typographical errors in the dates; i.e., Jordan is shown as born in 1864.

1790 Census for Franklin County, North Carolina lists Green Hill as head of household. Household consisted of:
White males - 16 and up: 2
White males - under 16: 2
White females: 5
Slaves: 14

1820 Census Records for Williamson County, TN, show that Green Hill and his son, Joshua C. Hill, lived at the same residence, along with 2 male children under age 10 (W.H.S. and James G. Hill), 1 female 16-26 (Lemiza) and 1 female over 45 (Mary Seawell). Green Hill was age 79 and Joshua was about 26. In addition, there were 13 slaves listed. (These records only show the name of the head of household.)

Neighbors: Joseph Crockett, James Brown

From "Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight": He was a member of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina at Newbern August 25, 1774 and at Halifax April 3, 1775. He was a member of the Committee of Safety for Bute County 1774, also a member of the Provincial Congress which met at Halifax and declared for Independence April 4, 1776. He was a justice of peace in 1778 and a major of the Bute county Regiment commanded by Colonel Thomas Easton and Lt. Colonel William Alston. He was also Treasurer of the Halifax District and a member of the Council of State, 1783


First Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America was at Green Hill's home, Liberty Hall, in Louisburg, North Carolina April 20, 1785. This conference was attended by Bishop Francis Asbury, Reverend Coke and about 20 lay preachers. This was noted in Bishop Asbury's journal and Green Hill's family bible.

Next conference at his home was held in North Carolina in 1792; he was appointed a deacon.

He was a member of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina at least two sessions and served in the Revolutionary War as a chaplain, then as a colonel and later as Treasurer of the State of North Carolina. He was forced to flee from Cornwallis taking important papers, records and funds. He managed to escape and save papers, records and fund.

He went to Tennessee in 1796 and decided to make the new territory his home.
Three years later in 1799 he emigrated from Franklin County, NC to Williamson County, TN taking 9 of his 13 children with him (3 had already married and remained in North Carolina and Richard had died as a baby). They settled on property near the Harpeth River in Williamson County, this having been a land grant from North Carolina several years before. This grant was for 640 acres, although he received several others of smaller acreage later. His home in Tennessee was called Liberty Hill. About 1807 Liberty Hill Church was built approximately between Brentwood and Nashville.


GREEN HILL PLACE GRAVEYARD: Inscriptions on the tombstone
in graveyard on the old Green Hill place near Brentwood, in Williamson County, Tenn. From "Pioneers and Perfecters of Our Faith".

Rev. Green Hill, born in the old county of Bute, N. C., Nov 3, 1741; died, Sept. 11, 1826. He was a major in the Provincial Army of North Carolina and a member of the first and each successive session of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina. " Blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee."

From Williamson County Records:
Will - 1825
Inventory - 1826
Inventory by Guardian - 1828


Excerpt from "Early Families of Northeastern Williamson County" by T. Vance Little:

"Bishop Robert Paine and Rev. Turner Saunders, a friend of Mrs. Hill, preached the funeral sermon of Colonel Green Hill "on the spot where the Western Conference of 1808 was held." He was buried in a small family cemetery near his residence. Liberty Methodist Church, about one mile away, on the Nolensville Circuit, is the successor of Liberty Hill. The original log residence of Mr. Hill was recently torn down to make room for a modern residence."


Excerpts from "A History of Methodism", Holland N. McTyeire, D. D., Southern Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tenn., 1884:

Page 487:
"Asbury says:
October 19, 1800--I rode to Nashville, long heard of but never seen by me until now. Some thought the congregation would be small, but I believed in would be large. Not less than one thousand people were in and out of the stone church, which if floored, ceiled and glazed, would be a grand house. We had three hours' public exercises. Mr. McKendree upon "The wages of sin is death;" myself on Rom. x. 14, 15; Brother Whatcoat on "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." We returned the same evening, and had a night meeting at Mr. Dickinson's."

His old North Carolina friend, and the Gaius of the Church, had moved to the West a year before, and opened a farm twelve miles from Nashville; and he adds: "I had a feeling sight of my dear old friend Green Hill, and his wife. Who would have thought we should ever meet in this distant land? I had not time, as formerly, to go to their house to eat and sleep."

Pages 488-489:
The Hon. and Rev. Green Hill, a few years before locating in wilson county, went on a tour through the lower part of the Cumberland Circuit, preaching and baptizing. "At a new town on the south side of Cumberland River, twelve miles below Clarksville, he preached and says: "I had much liberty in speaking. The people were attentive, and flexible as melted was. I hope good was done." Four days later: "We then went up to Winter's (thirteen miles) and I preached to an attentive congregation. Three Baptist preachers and one Presbyterian preacher were present, and all spoke in turn, after I had preached, but without controversy, and parted very affectionately."


Abstracts of North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee:

#152 Green Hill 640 acres On the north side of Tennessee River
#166 Green Hill 640 acres On Mill Creek waters of Little Harpeth
#181 Green Hill 1,000 acres On the south side Duck River
#184 Green Hill 640 acres On the north side of Tennessee River
#208 Green Hill 274 acres On the north side Cumberland River
#229 Green Hill 640 acres On Big Hurricane Creek waters of Stones River


More About Green Hill, Jr.:
Burial: Unknown, Green Hill Cemetery, Williamson County, Tennessee.205
Military service: Revolutionary War.
Occupation: Methodist Minister, Farmer.

More About Green Hill, Jr. and Nancy Thomas:
Marriage: October 13, 1763, Northampton County, North Carolina.

More About Green Hill, Jr. and Mary Seawell:
Marriage: January 01, 1773, Brunswick County, Virginia.206, 207

 Includes NotesMarriage Notes for Green Hill, Jr. and Mary Seawell:
Security: Benjamin Seawell

Children of Green Hill, Jr. and Nancy Thomas are:
  1. +Jordan Hill, b. October 17, 1765, Bute County (now Franklin Co), North Carolina, d. August 15, 1830, Louisburg,Franklin County, North Carolina208.
  2. +Hannah Hill, b. May 28, 1766, North Carolina, d. July 13, 1800, Chatham County, North Carolina.
  3. Nancy Hill, b. January 25, 1768, North Carolina, d. 1791, Franklin County, North Carolina.
  4. +Martha Hill, b. October 02, 1769, North Carolina, d. January 1863, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee.
  5. Richard Hill, b. September 14, 1771, North Carolina, d. January 26, 1772, North Carolina.

Children of Green Hill, Jr. and Mary Seawell are:
  1. +Green Hill III, b. May 05, 1774, North Carolina, d. May 25, 1830, Greene County, Alabama209.
  2. +Lucy Hill, b. July 20, 1776, North Carolina, d. January 31, 1832, Williamson County, Tennessee.
  3. +John Hill, b. November 23, 1778, Louisburg, North Carolina, d. Abt. 1852, Haywood County, Tennessee.
  4. +Thomas J. Hill, b. September 15, 1781, Louisburg, North Carolina, d. Bef. 1850, Tennessee.
  5. Sally Hicks Hill, b. November 16, 1788, Louisburg, North Carolina, d. July 27, 1810, Williamson County, Tennessee.
  6. Mary Seawell Hill, b. October 01, 1786, Louisburg, North Carolina, d. September 29, 1809, Williamson County, Tennessee.
  7. +William Hill, b. January 25, 1792, Louisburg, North Carolina, d. 1876, Haywood County, Tennessee.
  8. +Joshua Cannon Hill, b. August 10, 1795, North Carolina, d. May 12, 1827, Williamson County, Tennessee.
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