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Old Petersburg Cemetery - Petersburg, Monroe Co., Michigan


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Special thanks to Steve Shaffer who kindly photographed and contributed the following Old Petersburg headstone photos, and to JoAnn Osborn and Judith Courter Ullman for sharing information on their Bowen and Mourison families. -pdp

Horace Hill
Horace was born in New York in Vermont on 17 Jun 1805, and was the son of Caleb Hill and Cynthia (Strong). His father was born in Granville, New York and after a trip to see land he purchased in lower Canada from his Uncle James Aylesworth in 1801, he came to Isle La Motte and decided to purchase fifteen hundred acres of land there. In 1803 he moved to Isle La Motte removed with his wife and children to Isle La Motte, Vermont where he immediately began to build a house on the north end and in 1805 was granted a license to keep a tavern, and the following year he was granted a charter to run a ferry across the lake to Alburgh, Vermont.

On 01 Aug 1790, Caleb had married Cynthia, the daughter of Seth, descendants of prominent pioneers of Northhamton, Massachusetts. They were the parents of twelve children, Horace being their eighth. A year following the birth of their last child, Caleb Jr., the father was shot by an American officer on the night of August 16, 1814 while attempting to arrest a band of marauders. He was only forty-four years of age, but had already accumulated a large estate, leaving fifteen hundred and fifty-five acres of land on Isle La Motte, one third of the entire island, and five hundred acres in Champlain, New York, just across the lake - as well as personal property that was appraised at twenty-four thousand and four dollars. He was buried with Masonic honors at North Cemetery. His widow, Cynthia, married William Stephenson and died 25 Jul 1840 at the age of 67 years, 6 months, and 26 days and was laid to rest beside Caleb.

Horace was married 28 Jan 1828 to Amelia (Trombley) who was born in Chazy, Clinton Co., New York, and was the sister of Lewis Trombley. They resided in Isle of Motte, Vermont where their first three children were born, and in 1833 the family - along with Amelia's brother Lewis - all removed to Monroe County, Michigan where the younger two children were born, and where they lived the remainder of their lives.

After the death of his wife Amelia in 1839, he married Julia Ann (Bowen) and had by her seven children. Horace, his children, and his 2nd wife Julia, were enumerated in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records. Horace died in Summerfield Twp. on 22 Sep 1875 at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 5 days as indicated on his headstone.

Amelia, wife of Horace
Amelia, of Chazy, Clinton County, New York was married to Horace Hill on 28 Jan 1828. They resided in Isle La Motte, Vermont where their first three children were born. In 1833 the family, along with Amelia's brother Lewis Trombley, removed to Michigan and settled in Monroe county where Amelia died on 24 Aug 1839 - aged 31 years, 8 mos and 13 days - which would calculate her date of birth as 11 Aug 1807.

Amelia and Horace were the parents of: Caleb; Mariah/Maria; Melissa, wife of Edwin Goff; Phebe; and Mary L. Hill. Shortly after the death of Amelia, Horace married Julia Ann (Bowen), daughter of John and Sylvia (Rose).

The 2nd wife of Horace Hill, Julia Ann (Bowen) was born in New York on or about 31 Aug 1817 and was the daughter of John and Sylvia (Rose). Her father, John Bowen, was born in Maine on 28 Mar 1790 and served in the Dragoons during the War of 1812. He married Sylvia, the daughter of Isaac Rose and Mary "Polly" (Church), on 15 May 1815 in Bennington, Vermont. They were the parents of twelve children, including Julia Ann.

At age twenty-one, Julia married Horace Hill on 24 Aug 1839 (four months after the death of his first wife Amelia), and took over the mothering of his children from the first marriage. The family is enumerated in the 1850 household in Summerfield Twp. Her widowed mother Sylvia (Rose) and youngest sister, Orissa were living in the next household. In 1860 the family was residing next door to the Richard and Orissa (Baker) household, and in 1870 his eldest son Caleb and family are living next door, not far from the Joseph and Clarissa (Kilby) Elder family.

Julia Ann died in Summerfield, Monroe Co., Michigan on 28 Sep 1873, and her husband Horace two years later on 22 Sep 1875.

Rachel V., wife of Caleb E. Hill
"Oh ... Mother how we miss thee."
According to the baptismal record of her baptism at the True Dutch Reformed Church at Montville, New Jersey, Rachel Vreeland Mourison was born on 22 Mar 1836 to William L. and Mary Seger. She was one of their ten known children, and came with them to Michigan sometime between 1846 and 1850 when the family was then living in Dundee.

She was married to Caleb E. Hill, the son of Horace and Amelia (Trombley) in about 1857, and in 1860 they were residing in Summerfield Twp. with their one year-old daughter Clara. Rachel died on 15 May 1869 at the age of 33 years 1 month 23 days. After her death, her husband remained in Petersburg and was enumerated in that place in 1870 and 1880 but moved to South Dakota in about 1884 where he and his son William were enumerated in 1900 residing in Wolsey Village, Beadle Co., South Dakota. In 1905, Caleb was listed in the South Dakota State Census as 78 years old, widowed, retired, and a resident of the state for twenty-one years. His son William E., was also living there and was employed as a land agent. He moved west by 1910, and was residing in Temescal, Riverside Co., California. Where he died is not known.

Rachel's father was William Mourison, who was born in New Jersey in 1800 and died in Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan in 1895. He married Mary (Seger), who was born in England in 1803 and died in 1866. Her father had removed from Morris Co., New Jersey in about 1848 and located upon the farm two miles south of the village, on Petersburg road, and he and Mary were the parents of ten children, including Rachel.

Note: Baptismal record indicates her mother's name was Mary Seger, however Bible records and death records (including her sister Martha's) indicate the mother's last name was Doran. A marriage for a William C. Mowerson to a Mary Durand, both of Pequannock (Montville) on 02 Nov 1820 is recorded in the Morris County, NJ Marriage Records, Book B. The first child listed in the baptismal records was Sally Catharine, born 21 Mar 1821, and William's obituary indicates she was the mother of ten children (all ten were included in the baptismal records).

Index of Peters related burials at Old Petersburg Cemetery
Hon. Caleb Hill - North Cemetery, Isle la Motte, VT (Outside Link at Find A Grave)
Record of Baptism and Members of the True Dutch Reformed Church at Montville, New Jersey (1824-1899) compiled by Clifford F. Smith, 1935 (Download PDF)
William L Mourison family at RootsWeb World Connect database of Judith Courter Ullman


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