William Hilburn - Newtown/Hopewell Connection
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William Hilburn - A Newtown/Hopewell Connection

Posted by Robert Edwards
February 18, 2002

Otta Sue Hill recently brought up the possibility that William Hilburn, ancestor of the Newberry, SC Hilburns, is one of the children of Samuel Hillburn of Newtown, Penn. She noted the information from W. W. H. Davis, "The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania" (now available on the Internet via the link http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pa/bucksp/davistoc.htm).

According to Davis, Samuel Hilburn did have a son William, but William died "without issue."

However, one of our fellow Hilburn researchers, Michael Barr, recently uncovered information that gives a clue that William Hilburn, who first appears in public records (in 1756) as a land owner in the Frederick Co., Va. area, had connections with the Hillborns of Newtown, Penn. The information Michael discovered was in the book "Frederick County, Virginia, Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830" by Wilmer L. Kerns. On page 170 of this book, Michael noticed mention that Ann Lupton married Joseph Thompson on July 15, 1773.

This is important, as is shown in the descendant lists below. One of Ann [Lupton] Thompson's daughters is Jane Thompson, who married Levi Hilburn. (The Joseph Thompson family moved to Newberry, SC with William Hilburn and a number of other Frederick Co., Va. Quakers.) However, Ann Lupton was Joseph Lupton's daughter by his second wife, Mary Scarborough - his first wife was Mercy Twining, who belonged to the Twinings of Newtown, Penn. Note that Joseph Lupton's marriage to Mercy Twining took place in Newtown, Penn.

The Twining and Hillborns of Newtown, Penn. were neighboring landowners, and Abigail Twining, wife of Samuel Hillborn, is a daughter of Stephen Twining, and Stephen is a brother of Mercy Twining.

Now, another nugget from Michael: Davis states that William Hillborn died "without issue" - thus the implication that William died young before becoming mature. (Davis uses the term "never married" for bachelors.) However, Stephen Twining (1684-1772, the same one referred to above) in his will (proved 1774) provides for his grandson William Hillborn. Michael theorizes that most people in Newtown, Penn. probably lost contact with William as would have moved away from Pennsylvania in his early 20s, hence Davis' surmise that, because of the lack of local information about William, he disappeared "without issue."

At any rate, kudos to Michael for digging out these connections.

The descendant lists mentioned (with additions consistent with Michael's theory) follow ...

Descendants of Joseph Lupton
1  Joseph Lupton b: 1686 in Oulton, Rothwell Parish, Yorkshire, England
         d: 9 Aug 1758 in Hopewell, Winchester, Frederick Co., Va.
   +Mercy Twining b: Bef. 1684 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
         m: 10 Jul 1713 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
         d: 25 May 1726 in Bucks Co., Penn.
 2  Sarah Lupton b: Abt 1714 in Bucks Co., Penn. d: 1788
    +Isaac Pickering  
 2  William Lupton b: 4 Mar 1713/14 in Middleton, Bucks, Penn.
         d: 4 Nov 1783 in Frederick Co., Va.
    +Grace Pickering m: 2 Jul 1745 in Frederick Co., Va.
 2  Joseph Lupton b: 5 Mar 1718/19 d: 9 Nov 1791
    +Rachel Bull m: 25 Jun 1755 in Opequan, Frederick Co., Va.
 2  Elizabeth Lupton b: Aft. 1722
 2  John Lupton b: 4 Mar 1724/25 d: 1802
    +Sarah Frost m: 25 Jun 1755 in Opequan, Frederick Co., Va.
*2nd Wife of Joseph Lupton:  
  +Mary Scarborough m: Abt 1732 d: Aft. 1733
 2  Ann Lupton b: 16 Mar 1732/33
    +Joseph Thompson b: 1728 in Berkeley Co., Va. m: 15 Jul 1773
         d: Aft. 1813 in Miami County, Ohio
   3  Sarah Thompson b: Bef. 1773
   3  Richard Thompson b: Bef. 1773
     +Susannah Stidman  
   3  Mary Thompson b: Bef. 1773
   3  Jane Thompson b: Abt 1760 d: Aft. 1842 in Newberry Co., SC
     +Levi Hilburn b: Abt 1758 m: Abt 1780 in Newberry Co., SC
         d: 28 Dec 1826 in Newberry Co., SC
   3  Joseph Thompson b: Bef. 1773 d: Bef. 1813
     +Jane Laurence  
 2  Mercy Lupton b: 16 Mar 1734/35
 2  Jonathan Lupton b: 11 Dec 1739
    +Sarah Fawcett m: 23 May 1764 in Frederick Co., Va.

Descendants of William Twining
1  William Twining b: 25 Oct 1619 in Gloucester, England
         d: 4 Nov 1703 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
   +Elizabeth Deane b: Bet. 1629 - 1630 in Plymouth, Massachusetts
         d: 28 Dec 1708 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
 2  Elizabeth Twining b: Abt 1649
 2  Susanna Twining b: 25 Jan 1652/53
 2  Joanna Twining b: 30 May 1657
 2  Stephen Twining b: 6 Feb 1658/59 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
          d: 18 Feb 1719/20 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
    +Abagail Young b: Oct 1660 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
          m: 8 Jan 1681/82 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
          d: 9 Apr 1715 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
   3  Mercy Twining b: Bef. 1684 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
          d: 25 May 1726 in Bucks Co., Penn.
     +Joseph Lupton b: 1686 in Oulton, Rothwell Parish, Yorkshire, England
          m: 10 Jul 1713 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
          d: 9 Aug 1758 in Hopewell, Winchester, Frederick Co., Va.
    4  Sarah Lupton b: Abt 1714 in Bucks Co., Penn. d: 1788
       +Isaac Pickering  
    4  William Lupton b: 4 Mar 1713/14 in Middleton, Bucks, Penn.
          d: 4 Nov 1783 in Frederick Co., Va.
       +Grace Pickering m: 2 Jul 1745 in Frederick Co., Va.
    4  Joseph Lupton b: 5 Mar 1718/19 d: 9 Nov 1791
       +Rachel Bull m: 25 Jun 1755 in Opequan, Frederick Co., Va.
    4  Elizabeth Lupton b: Aft. 1722
    4  John Lupton b: 4 Mar 1724/25 d: 1802
       +Sarah Frost m: 25 Jun 1755 in Opequan, Frederick Co., Va.
   3  Stephen Twining b: 30 Dec 1684 d: 28 Jun 1772
     +Margaret Mitchell b: 1686 in Marsden Lane, Lancashire, England
          m: 1709  d: 9 Jul 1784 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
    4  Elizabeth Twining b: 30 Apr 1712
    4  Abigail Twining b: 24 Dec 1714 d: Bef. 1771
       +Samuel Hillborn b: 13 Aug 1714 in Newtown, PA m: 1736
           d: in Wrightstown, PA
    4  Stephen Twining b: 20 Feb 1718/19
       +Sarah Janney  
    4  Mary Twining b: 8 Oct 1718
       +John Chapman m: 8 Oct 1738
    4  Margaret Twining b: 1721
       +Thomas Hamilton  
    4  William Twining b: 7 Apr 1723
   3  Eleazer Twining b: 26 Nov 1686
   3  Nathaniel Twining b: 27 Mar 1689
   3  John Twining b: 5 Mar 1692/93
    4  Stephen Twining b: 4 May 1733
   3  Joseph Twining b: 18 Jan 1696/97
   3  David Twining b: 1700
   3  William Twining b: 1704
 2  Mehetabel Twining b: Abt 1664
 2  Anna Twining b: Abt 1665

Descendants of Thomas Hillborn
1  Thomas Hillborn b: 17 Dec 1655 in North Petherton, Somerset county, Englend
         d: 30 Apr 1723 in Newtown, Bucks, Penn.
   +Elizabeth Hooton b: 1673 in Skegby, Nottinghamshire, England
         m: 12 Dec 1688 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
         d: Aft. 1732 in Bucks Co., Penn.?
 2  Samuel Hillborn b: 20 Nov 1689 d: 1714
    +Margaret Atkinson m: 1711
   3  Samuel Hillborn b: 13 Aug 1714 in Newtown, PA d: in Wrightstown, PA
     +Abigail Twining b: 24 Dec 1714 m: 1736 d: Bef. 1771
    4  Samuel Hilborn b: 7 Oct 1737 d: in Durham Twp, Bucks, Penn.
    4  William Hilburn b: Abt 1738 in Bucks Co., Penn.?
          d: Bet. 1800 - 1810 in Newberry Co., SC
       +(ugn) Benson? b: Bet. 1740 - 1750 in Penn.? m: Abt 1758 in Frederick Co., Va.?
    4  Joseph Hilborn b: Abt 1739 d: in Smithfield, Philadelphia Co., Penn.
       +Ann Wilkinson  
    4  Mary Hilborn b: Abt 1741
       +James Paxton  
    4  John Hillborn b: 12 May 1741
    4  Elizabeth Hillborn b: Abt 1745
       +Thomas Millard  
    4  David Hillborn b: Abt 1746
    4  Thomas Hillborn b: Abt 1750 d: in Toronto, Canada
       +Sarah Brummage  
 2  Robert Hillborn b: 31 Aug 1692 d: 1720
   3  Thomas Hillborn  d: in Burlington, New Jersey?
 2  Mary Hillborn  
    +Amos Watson  
 2  Elizabeth Hillborn  
    +Abraham Darlington b: Abt 1690 m: 1716 d: in Chester County, Penn.?
   3  Mary Darlington  
   3  John Darlington  
   3  Thomas Darlington b: 1725
 2  Katherine Hillborn  d: 1728
 2  Deborah Hillborn b: 1701 d: 1703
 2  Thomas Hillborn b: 1703
    +Ann Ashton m: 1726
 2  John Hillborn  d: 1747 in Philadelphia
    +Rachel Strickland m: Jun 1730
   3  Amos Hillborn  
   3  Miles Hillborn  
   3  Joseph Hillborn  
   3  Elizabeth Hillborn  
   3  Frances Hillborn  
 2  Joseph Hillborn b: 1708 d: 1731
 2  Amos Hillborn b: 1710 d: 1710
 2  Rachel Hillborn b: 1711
 2  Hannah Hillborn b: 1714 d: 1714

Descendants of Joseph Thompson
1  Joseph Thompson b: 1728 in Berkeley Co., Va.
        d: Aft. 1813 in Miami County, Ohio
   +Ann Lupton b: 16 Mar 1732/33 m: 15 Jul 1773
 2  Sarah Thompson b: Bef. 1773
 2  Richard Thompson b: Bef. 1773
    +Susannah Stidman  
 2  Mary Thompson b: Bef. 1773
 2  Jane Thompson b: Abt 1760 d: Aft. 1842 in Newberry Co., SC
    +Levi Hilburn b: Abt 1758 m: Abt 1780 in Newberry Co., SC
        d: 28 Dec 1826 in Newberry Co., SC
 2  Joseph Thompson b: Bef. 1773 d: Bef. 1813
    +Jane Laurence