Notes for Felix Walker Hill: ******** The following is a narrative from Guy Ron Hill *********
My Great, Great, Grandfather, Felix Walker Hill, born August 7,1806 in Rutherford County, North Carolina and died in Union County, Georgia on August 24,1883. Felix Walker was the son of Charles Hill, born February 4,1776 in Rutherford County, NC and Temperance (Tempy) Webb, born October 31,1779 in Rutherford County, NC. Temperance Webb was the daughter of Robert G. Webb, b. 1750-60 VA, d. October 30,1843 in Rutherford County, NC. Robert married first Milly Clinton in c. 1778 in Rutherford County, NC.
Felix Walker Hill married Elizabeth Cooper, born October 24,1811 in Buncombe County, NC and died in Union County, Georgia on November 15,1896. Both are buried in the Antioch Church Cemetery. Felix Walker Hill and Elizabeth Cooper were married February 1, 1831 In Buncombe County, NC. Elizabeth was the daughter of Adam Cooper a Revolutionary War Soldier. [story at Adam Cooper]. Elizabeth, at about the age of 15, played the fiddle while Davy Crockett danced during a overnight visit with her father in Fairview section of Buncombe County, NC.
Felix Walker and Elizabeth Cooper Hill lived in Rutherford County, NC until the mid- 1840's, they moved to Spartanburg County, South Carolina where they would be with Felix Walker's parents; Charles and Tempy Hill. Felix Walker Hill on the 17th day of June 1841 sold 222 acres of land in Rutherford County to Frances A. Weaver for $500.00. This is the site where the Weaver Mill was located also there Is a North Carolina Historical Marker placed at this site which records the life of "Old Bill Williams the Mountain Man". On the 25th of March 1842 Felix Walker Hill sold 139 acres of land in Rutherford County to David Porter and John W. Hampton for $350.00.
In late 1850, Felix Walker and Elizabeth removed their family from Greenville County, South Carolina, where they had lived for a few years after the death of Charles and Tempy Hill, with their children; Napoleon Bonaparte, b. 1832 in Rutherford County, NC; Marie Louisa, b.1834 in Rutherford County, NC; Abel Stanhope (Bud), b. 1836 In Rutherford County, NC; Leonidas Charles, b. 1839 in Rutherford County, NC; Ursula Elizabeth, [called "Chillens"] b. 1842 in Rutherford County, NC she died October 27,1859 and buried first at Snow Hill Cemetery, Cherokee County, NC, then In 1867 removed to Antioch Church Cemetery in Union County, GA; Noah Cooper, b. 1846 in Greenville County, SC; [Adam Cooper, b. 1851 In Cherokee County, NC]; they first settled next to Isaac Mauney in Valley River Township, then later in Nottla Township of Cherokee County, North Carolina.
About 1853, Marie Louisa Hill married Sylvanus Mauney; b. November 4, 1828 In Macon County, North Carolina. Sylvanus was the son of Isaac Mauney, b. 1793 In Tryon [now Lincoln] County, North Carolina and died In Cherokee County, N. C. in 1874. Isaac married Sara Rush, September 29, 1814.
The Children of Marie Louisa Hill and Sylvanus Mauney were; Martin Luther, b. 1853; Robert Vance, b. 1857; Mary Elizabeth, b. 1860; Alice, b. 1862; Charles Stanhope, b. 1868; Laura, b. 1872; George Rush, b. 1875. In the 1860 Cherokee County Agricultural Production listing; Felix Walker Hill Is listed with 135 acres; 31 stock;40 hogs; 155 (bu) wheat; 1100 (bu) corn; 200 (lb) tobacco; 50 (lb) wool; 300 (bu) potatoes; 500 (lb) butter; 0 flax;70 (gal) molasses. Also in the 1860 listing it has recorded a list of slave owners: Felix Walker Hill is listed as a farmer with a property valuation of $3,000 and Personal/Real valuation of $7,000 and owner of 4 slaves. In the same listing; Isaac Mauney is listed as a farmer with a property valuation of $3,000 and Personal/Real valuation of $8,500 and owner of 6 slaves.
The 1850-1860 Education report for Cherokee County, North Carolina; stated that there Is a population of 6,493; number of families 1,020; two private schools [Academies] with 80 pupils enrolled and two teachers; there were 30 public schools with 1,147 pupils; and 30 teachers. Also, the report states there were 448 illiterates over the age of twenty.
Included in the report "I think I should point out the duplication in the listing of 'schools' and 'academies', in the School Census. However, this presents no problem here, since Cherokee in each instance is compared with a different set of counties. I will not attempt to explain the number of school districts where no school was held during the year. Apparently schools were not available in every district, every year. It is very probable there was considerable crossing of district lines on the part of the school children. It is clear that many teachers went from one school to another throughout the year. It is of interest to note that there were 'lady teachers' way back then [and that they were from prominent families]. There is also no doubt that many of the 'very best people' occasionally took a turn at teaching. In the summary listing of Cherokee County, North Carolina teachers which follows, I see a half dozen names that also appear on the list of county justices of the peace". [School information is from the book "The Cherokee Indians and Those Who Came After" by N. C. Browder]
Among the list of school teachers whose names appear In the Annual Reports of the Chairman of the Board of Common Schools in Cherokee County, North Carolina for the years 1853-57-58-59-60; were A. S. Hill; C. L. Hill and N. B. Hill.
(this narrative from Guy Ron Hill is continued under Napoleon B. Hill)
by Captain/Sergeant major, Ronald G Hill sr., United States Army Retired and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp in the Alabama state Militia.
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