Hamilton Henry Hill1

Male, #33292, (14 Feb 1842 - 9 Mar 1918)
Father*Archibald Hill (1803 - 1882)
Mother*Samantha Barfield (1807 - b Oct 1866)
Name Variation He was also known as Hamp. 
Birth*14 Feb 1842 Hamilton was born on 14 Feb 1842.2 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865. 
Death of Father1882 His father Archibald Hill died in 1882 at Taylor Co., Georgia
Marriage*14 Dec 1892 He married Susan Fitzpatrick Culpepper at Taylor Co., Georgia, on 14 Dec 1892 at age 50.3 
Death*9 Mar 1918 He died at Taylor Co., Georgia, on 9 Mar 1918 at age 76. 
Burial*say 11 Mar 1918 His body was interred say 11 Mar 1918 at Prosperity Cemetery, Taylor Co., Georgia.1
Hamp Hill tombstone
Biography* From Hamp Hill's great grandson, Harris Hill, harrishill@starband.net, February 2002:
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Hamp Hill's parents were Archibald Hill and Samantha Barfield. They came from Robeson Co., N.C. to what is now Taylor Co., in about 1830 and settled on the south side of Cedar Creek. They had 11 children, 9 boys and 2 girls. Hamp was child number 6. He was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1839. Samantha died between 1860 and 1866 and Archibald remarried to Catherine Barfield and had two more children. It is suspected that Samantha and Catherine were related, but it has never been proved.
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Hamp like each of his other 8 brothers served in the Confederate Army during the civil war. All of the brothers save one survived the war, although they were all wounded and had varying degrees of disability. Hamp was married a total of 5 times. All of his wives died of natural causes (for that day and time). Susan being the only one who outlived him. The wives were: Mary "Mollie" Murray, Mary Moulton, Melvina Thompson (my great grandmother), Camilla Floyd, and of course Susan Fitzpatrick Culpepper Watson Hill. Two had been previously married, Mary Murray and Susan. Two died in childbirth or complications thereof: Melvina Thompson and Camila Floyd. In all Hamp had 15 children, Susan being the only wife who did not bear him a child. Both of Camilla Floyd's children died at birth or shortly after, as did twins born by Melvina Thompson.

Hamp and Susan were married December 14, 1892, moved to Thomas Co., sometime between 1893 and 1902 and were back in Taylor county in 1913. Hamp died March 9, 1918 at his farm in Taylor County of "apoplexy", which I believe was the term of the day for stroke. His obituary follows:
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The Butler Herald, Thursday March 14, 1918: (from the Taylor County Tracer) Mr. Hamp Hill of Cedar Creek is dead. The entire lower section of Taylor and upper Schley county was saddened Sunday by the announcement of the death of Mr. H.H. Hill, who with his aged and devoted companion lived on their farm five miles south of Rupert. He was stricken with apoplexy and died suddenly about eight o'clock Saturday night. He was seemingly in better health Saturday than was usual for him, having spent the day with one of his daughters nearby. The end came peacefully; it was said he passed as one falling asleep; not a movement, all quiet and serene. He had lived the life that broods no fear of death, it was merely the transaction of the kindly spirit back to the God who gave it.
Mr. Hill was in the 79th year of his age. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Susan Watson Hill, daughter of the late Dr. J. M. Culpepper, a well known citizen of the County and for many years a resident of Butler. He leaves also the following children: Mrs. J.M. White, Mrs. C.O. White, Mr. G.C. Hill of this county, A.J. Hill of Waycross, R.E. Hill of Ellaville; W.D. & J.E. Hill of Meigs. Mr. P.Z. Hill is a brother and Mrs. J.W. Brewer of this county is a sister of the deceased.
Having been married five times, four of Mr. Hill's wives preceded him to the grave. His first marriage was to a Miss Murray, second a Miss Moulton, third a Miss Thompson, fourth a Miss Floyd and fifth Mrs. Susan Watson who survives.
Interment was at Prosperity church and cemetery Sunday afternoon, funeral services being conducted by elder T.D. Roberts, pastor of the church. A large number of sorrowing friends and relatives of the deceased met to pay a last loving tribute.
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Harris Hill notes: The Mr. G.C. Hill mentioned in the obit was my grandfather, Augustus Cleveland Hill. 

Family

Susan Fitzpatrick Culpepper (29 Jul 1846 - 24 Jan 1932)
Marriage*14 Dec 1892 He married Susan Fitzpatrick Culpepper at Taylor Co., Georgia, on 14 Dec 1892 at age 50.3 
Last Edited18 Oct 2008

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2002 forward to Lew Griffin from Harris Hill, e-mail address.
  2. From Harris Hill, April 2002:

    The date of birth is a subject of debate amongst Hill researchers. There are three birthdates supported by census, enlistments and other public documents. All indicate Valentine's Day, February 14th as the day, but the year is uncertain. 1839, 1842, and 1843 all have support. However, if one studies the birthdates of other Hill siblings (if they are correct) then 1842 becomes the only logical choice.

    From Harris Hill,, April 2004:

    "Hamp" Hill's date of birth is hotly contested. I have personally seen 5 five differnt dates, each having about the same weight in supporting documentation. I personally believe that even he didn't know his own birthdate. My personal favorite birth date is Dec. 13, 1842. It is the date he gave on his army enlistment and service record and it appears on his affidavit for pension years later.
  3. George Bright Culpepper, One Family - Culpepper, James Marion Culpepper family, 25 page, typed manuscript, unpub., 8 Oct 1942.
    p 3 Susan's first husband died in 1887.