5. Elizabeth Sheely
was born on 13 Aug 1730. Her birth year of 1730 was calculated from information
on her headstone. A handwritten note in the Reasoner papers in the state archives
in Charleston, West Virginia, gives her birth date as 13 Aug 1730. She died
on 13 Aug 1823 in Concord Township, Delaware County, Ohio.
(10) She was buried in Hill Cemetery, Concord Township, Delaware County,
She was married to Joseph
Hill Sr. before 1753 in (Virginia). Joseph Hill Sr.
was born about 1716.(12) He immigrated
on 7 Sep 1746 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(13)
He is listed as Josef Egenberger on the ship Ann Galley. He appeared
as a witness in the case of Edward Stoker charged with stealing two mares on
22 Jun 1751 in Frederick County, Virginia.(14)
The court order reads: 22d day of June 1751 for the examination of Edward
Stoker for stealing two mares. Present: Morgan Morgan, Isaac Paskins, John Hardin,
Lewis Hophans; Gent. Jus. Edward Stoker being commited to the Goal of this County
by virtue of a receipt under the hand of John Hardin, Gent. one of his Majesties
Justices of the Peace for this County for feloniously stealing two mares one
of these the property of Thomas Balch of the sd County the other belonging to
a person unknown. And the Evidences for Our Sovereign Lord the King Viz. Thomas
Balch, John Connell, Robert Thorn, John Sheely, Elizabeth Martin and Joseph Hill
were sworn and examined and on consideration of the Evidences and circumstances,
it is the opinion of this Court that the sd Edward Stoker is guilty of the Felony
with which he stands charged and ought to be tryed for the same at the General
Court and in order thereto he is remanded to the Goal of this County to be removed
thence to the Publick Goal at Williamsburg according to law and it is ordered
that the depositions and all papers relating to the sd fact be returned to the
He was a chain carrier in the survey for Jacob Dagger by Robert Rutherford
on 1 Dec 1752 in Augusta County, Virginia.(15)
He was a chain carrier in the survey for George Counts by Thomas Rutherford
on 24 Sep 1754 in Dunmore County, Virginia.(16)
He brought suit against George Taylor on 5 Mar 1762 in Frederick County,
Virginia.(17) The court order reads:
Joseph Hill against George Taylor on petition. The defendant not appearing, the
plaintiff having made oath to his account, judgement is therefore granted the
plaintiff against him for three pounds & ten pence half penny & cost.
He witnessed the deed between John Beans and Peter & Mathias Sheplor on
20 Nov 1772 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
(18) He was appointed Constable by the Court at Fort Dunmore on 21
Feb 1775 in West Augusta County, Virginia (now Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania).
(19) He replaced Jacob Vanmetere. At the same
court sesssion, Joseph was also included in a list of individuals to view a road.
He was appointed to view a road by the court at Fort Dunmore on 23 Feb 1775
in West Augusta County, Virginia (now Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania).
(20) The committee appointed also included
Edward Cook, Levy Stevens, Gilbert Simpson, Richard McMahon, John Decker, Paul
Frooman and James Innes. They were to view the road from Thomas Gists to Fort
Dunmore to Paul Froomans Mill on Shirtees Creek, by James Devores Ferry, and
make a report of the Convenences and Inconvences to the next Court. He was
replaced as Constable by William Andreas on 17 Apr 1776 in West Augusta County,
Virginia (now Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania).
(21) He was a defendant in a suit brought by Jacob Decker which was
dismissed. on 26 May 1778 in Yohogania County, Virginia (now Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania).(22) The case was ordered
to be dismissed at the plaintiffs costs. He appeared on the census in 1790 in
Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The 1790 census shows
on two white persons (Joseph and Elizabeth) and 7 slaves. He signed a will on
1 Aug 1792 in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
(23) In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Hill Senior of Rostraver Township
Westmoreland County and State of Pennsylvania being weak in body, but of perfect
mind and memory (Blessed be God) do this first day of .. in the year of our Lord
one Thousand seven hundred and ninety two, make, publish and ordain this my last
Will and testament in the manner following that is to say, First I desire that
all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my moveable property. Second,
I will and bequeath unto my son Stephen Hill, the tract or whole Plantation of
Land I live on to him and his heirs, also the waggon ... ... and Geers, also
two plows and Geers; with all farming utensils, also the two old Negroes, (Tom
and Flora) Also I will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Hill,
the third of all the profits arising from the above tract or Plantation of Land
with one negroe Girl named Tinny also her choice of one of the mares, and choice
of one of the Cows, also one bed and furniture with ... .... the Dwelling House
to live in and houshould furniture all during her natural life. Thirdly, I will
and bequeath unto Casper Geyer and his heirs one Negro Girl names Lucy. Fourthly,
I will and bequeath unto my Joseph Hill one Dollar. Also I will and desire that
the remainder of my Negroes not here mentioned by equally divided among my children
after named, Joseph Hill, Casper Geyer, and Stephen Hill with all my moveable
property each one alike. Also, I do constitute appoint and ordain my trusty friend
John Wright Esq. my Executor wholey of this my last will and testament. In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written.
Signed Sealed and Delivered in presense of us)
The mark of x Peter Shiplor James Lane )
Proved July 3, 1797 and recorded.
Joseph Hill (seal)
in dutch [meaning German Script]
He died between 1 Aug 1792 and 3 Jul 1797 in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland
Commentary: Our Joseph Hill had been erroneously identified as the Joseph Hill
who served as a Lieutenant in the Maryland Militia in 1776. This is based on
an erroneous history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, stating that our Joseph
was from Frederick (now Winchester), Maryland. The author of the history had
the city right but not the state. Our Joseph lived in Frederick, Virginia, not
Maryland. Records also show that there was a Joseph Hill who was in the Maryland
Militia in 1776. But land records show that our Joseph purchased his land in
Pennsylvania in 1772 in an area that was also claimed by Virginia at the time
of his purchase. Joseph's presence in Westmoreland County is confirmed by surviving
court records for West Augusta County, Virginia, (now part of Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania) which show that our Joseph served as constable where he lived in
1775. The facts showing that our Joseph Hill was in Pennsylvania by 1776 when
another Joseph Hill served in the Maryland Militia, refute the claim.
Elizabeth Sheely and Joseph Hill Sr. had the following children: