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HILL, William Pinckney (I0213)
 
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HILL, William I. (I0477)
 
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Nancy dayghtet of William Esham and Martha Ann Ruark. Nancy died November 9,1863 Rosedale, Indiana Parke County, at 61 years of age. She mad a will in Parke County, Indiana, November 4, 1862. Nancy Rukes Will dtd 04 Nov 1862 Red 05 Dec 1863 Records of Wills; Bk2 pp 237, 238, 289.

Heirs-- Son William Rukes Son John Rukes
Son Elias Rukes
Son Lewis Rukes
Mary Coley, wife of Lewis Coley
Harrison Rukes
Thomas J. Rukes
Mary Jane Rukes, dau of William Rukes
Exec--- H.D. Scott M.M. Hickcox
p.237

I, Nancy Rukes, of Parke County, Indiana, do make and pulish this, my last will and testament as follows, to wit,

After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I dispose of my property of which I may die the owner of as follows. 1st to my son William Rukes, I give and bequeath the sum of five dollards, 2nd to my son John Rukes, I give and bequeath the sum of five dollars. 3rd To my son Elias Rukes, I give and bequeath the sum of five dollars. 4th
to my son Lewis Rukes, I give and bequeath the sum if five dollors. 5th To Mary Coley, wife of Lewis Coley, I give and bequeath the sum of five dollars. ^th To Harrison Rukes, I give and bequeath the forty acres of land I own in vigo County bought by me off Lewis Rukes. 7th To Thomas J. rukes, I give and bequeath all the estate I may own in Parke County, Indiana at the4 time of my death. I also give and bequeath to said Thomas J. Rukes all my household property of which I may die the owner. 8th To Mary Jane Rukes dauther of William Rukes, I give and bequeath sixty dollars in money. Also the price of the one cow. one feather bed, one side saddle and riuding bridle or their value if not owned by (me) at the time of death.

After paying the above legacies and my funeral expenses, I give my son Thomas J. Rukes the balance of any personal property iof whatsoever kind.

And I do appoint William Adams my executor of this, my last will and testement.
And I hearby noole (sic) and make void all former wills by me at any time made.

Witnessed my hand and seal this 4th day of November 1862
signed her
Nancy X Rukes
mark
Signed by me as witness in the presence of the testament of each other as witnesses of her signature Nov. 4,/62 (Signed H.D. Scott & M.M. Hickcox

p.238
State of Indiana, Parke County, S.S., Be it Remembered, that on the fifth day fo December A.D. 1863, Marvin M. Hickcox, one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last will and testament of Nancy Rukes, late of said county, deceased, honorably appeared before Samule Magill, cleark of the Court of Common Please of Parke County, and the State ofi Indiana, and being duly sworn by the cleark of said court, up his oath decklared and testifie as gollows, that is to say, that on the 4th day of November A.D. 1862 he saw that saud NHancy Rues sign her name to said instrument in writing, as and for her last will and testament, and that this deponent at the same time and the said Nancy Rukes declare that said instrument in wrting to be her last will and testament, and that the said instrument in wrinting was at the same time at the request iof the saud Nancy Rukes, and with her consent atested and subscibed by the saiud H.D. Scott and M.M. Hickcox, in said Nancy Ru7kes was at the time of signijg and subscribijg of the said instrument in writing, as of_____, beging of full age, (that of more than twenty-one years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memeory, and not under any coercion or restraint as the said deponent verily believes, and further, deponent says not,
(signed) M.M. Hickcox Sworn to and subscribed by the said Marvin M. Hickcox before me, Samule Magill,
Cleark of said Court at Rockville, the fifth day of December, 1863. (signed) Sam Magill, Clk
In attestation whereof, I have herewith subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court.

SEAL State of Indiana 
ISHAM, Nancy /Esham (I30451410)
 
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Zorababel Rukes was born Maryland August 14, 1798. Zorababel died February 23, 1859 in Park County Indiana, at 60 years of age. His body was interred Rosedale, Indiana Parke County, Rukes
Cemetery.

He married Nancy Esham Lewis County, KY, Agugst 28, 1820. 
RUKES, Zorabable (I30451409)
 
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Asa C. and Mary Chapman had two sons. He signed his letter with his initials "A.C." but was often referred to as "Colley". His middle name is often written as Collingsworth.

(The following is from the New Handbook of TX, Vol 3, published 1996 by the Texas State Historical Association) (Also found online in its entirety)

"Asa was born in Jasper co., GA and brought to TX by his family in 1835. He attended Rutersville College and after Sam Houston became U. S. Senator in 1846, Asa served as Houston's amanuensis in Washington. He enlisted Sept. 20, 1847 in the Mexican War, in Capt. John Allen Veatch's company; Col. Peter Hansborough Bell's regiment, TX Mounted Volunteers. Asa was Dr. Work's hospital steward in Presidio de Rio Grande, Coahuila, Mexico, before commanding a spy company in the battle of Piedra Pinta. He was mustered out of service Sept. 20, 1848.

He volunteered with the rank of Lt. in 1856 in Gen. Wm. Walker's Nicaraguan army. After recruiting men and raising money in the U.S. he sailed from New Orleans to Punta Arenas Jan. 4, 1857, where he assumed duties of adjutant to Col. Samuel A. Lockridge. On the retreat down the San Juan River, Hill was wounded when the boiler of the steamer, J. N. Scott, blew up. In 1859 he was Captain of the Texas Rangers. He continued his work as Captain of Spies, sending important information to Houston. Later he became crippled by osteomylitis and was limited to horseback duty, but he volunteered as a civilian guide early in the Civil War. The captain of the company, claiming he was a soldier, brought charges of insubordination against him and he was convicted in a court martial in Oct. 1861. He was imprisoned for six months before being vindicated.

He was in Mexico with his brother, John C. C. Hill, in 1866 and 1867. From 1870 - 73 Asa progressed from first lieutenant to colonel in the Frontier Forces and Texas State Police. He was wounded five times in his career.

His brother, John C.C. Hill worked as a civil engineer in railroad building as well as mining. A. C. Hill worked with him on some of these rail projects between 1876 and 1884 in Mexico. Several letters are transcribed between the two brothers in the book by Robert M. Bartlett, "Those Valiant Texans; A Breed Apart," pub. 1989. pp. 171-172. A. C. Hill wrote from Oakville, Liveoak Co., TX on Nov. 21, 1880. Another letter was dated June 7, 1886 from Eagle Pass, Maverick Co., TX on the border of Mexico to his brother-in-law, Gen. Wm. G. Webb in Albany, Shackford Co., TX.

Found on 1880 Texas census at Ancestry.com:
ASA C. HILL
State: TX
County: Live Oak County
Township: Oakville
Year: 1880
Record Type: Federal Population Schedule
Page: 456
Database: TX 1880 Federal Census Index


He died in Beeville, TX and was buried on the ranch of his son, Judge William Asa Hill, near Clareville."

There is a slight variation in his biography from the more recent New Texas Handbook Online:

"HILL, ASA COLLINSWORTH (1826-1913). Asa Collinsworth (Colley) Hill, soldier, filibuster, and ranger, son of Elizabeth (Barksdale) and Asa Hill, was born near Hillsboro, Jasper County, Georgia, in November 1826. He was brought to Texas in 1835 by his father. He attended Rutersville College. After Sam Houston became United States senator in 1846, Hill served as Houston's amanuensis in Washington. In the Mexican War he enlisted on September 20, 1847, in Capt. John Allen Veatch's company, Col. Peter Hansborough Bell'sqv regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers. Hill was Dr. Work's hospital steward in Presidio de Rio Grande, Coahuila, Mexico, before commanding a spy company in the battle of Piedra Pinta. He was mustered out of the service on September 20, 1848. He married Mary Chapman on October 3, 1849, in Rutersville; they had two sons. In 1856 he volunteered with the rank of lieutenant in Gen. William Walker's Nicaraguan army. After recruiting men and raising money in the United States, he sailed from New Orleans and arrived in Punta Arenas on January 4, 1857, where he assumed the duties of adjutant to Col. Samuel A. Lockridge. On the retreat down the San Juan River after the unsuccessful assault on Fort Castillo, Hill was wounded when the boiler of the steamer J. N. Scott blew up. In 1859 he was a captain in the Texas Rangers. The first official information Houston received of the forays of Juan N. Cortina was a letter from Capt. William Gerard Tobin dated Brownsville, December 16, 1859, brought to Houston by Hill, who was in several engagements including that at Bolsa Bend. His last report to Houston was from Brownsville on February 9, 1860, signed A. C. Hill, Captain of Spies. Crippled by osteomylitis and limited to horseback duty, he volunteered as a civilian guide early in the Civil War. The captain of the company to which he was attached, claiming he was a soldier, brought charges of insubordination against him and he was convicted in a court martial in October 1861. He was imprisoned for six months before being vindicated. Hill later wrote that he was imprisoned because of his "adherence to the cause of the Union" but there was no hint of treason or sedition in his lengthy trial. He was in Mexico in 1866 and again in 1867 and was with his brother, John C. C. Hill, when the latter obtained the release from prison of Gen. Pedro de Ampudia who was under sentence of death for allegedly siding with Maximilian. From 1870 to 1873 Asa Hill progressed from first lieutenant to colonel in the Frontier Forces and Texas State Policeqv with much of his duty in areas of Indian raids. During his career he was wounded five times. In 1889 while living in Washington, he participated in the George Washington Centenary ceremonies in New York City as a member of the District of Columbia National Guard. From 1904 to 1907 he traveled about Texas gathering data for a history of Texas that he never completed. He died on October 9, 1913, in Beeville and was buried on the ranch of his son, Judge William Asa Hill, near Clareville."

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Vertical Files, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Joseph E. Blanton

Found on Ancestry.com, Texas Land Patents for Asa Hill in 1856 and 1857. Is this "our" Asa?
Grantee: Asa Hill
Certificate: 354
Patentee: Asa Hill
Patent Date: 13 May 1856
Acres: 2921.88
District: Fannin
County: Wise
File: 563
Patent #: 481
Patent Volume: 11
Class: Fan. 1st.

Grantee: Asa Hill
Certificate: 354
Patentee: Asa Hill
Patent Date: 16 Dec 1857
Acres: 1685.63
District: Fannin
County: Wise
File: 563
Patent #: 876
Patent Volume: 12
Class: Fan. 1st.



 
HILL, Asa Collinsworth "Colley" (I0102)
 
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Ervin L. is buried in Center Hill Cemetery, Hill's Creek, outside McMinnville, TN. His grave is off a ways from the other Hills in his family and has a very rough hewn stone in place with the following scratched into it:
"E. L. Hill
1869"

His name is often listed as Irvine or Irving on census and documents. His family is listed on the 1850 census for Warren County, TN as follows:

VIN Family Sex Name Age Occ Land Birthplace
03505,0567-01,M,Irvine,L.,Hill,26,Farmer,750,TN
03506,0567-02,F,Susan,,Hill,25,,,TN
03507,0567-03,M,Irvine,,Hill,5,,,TN
03508,0567-04,M,John,A.,Hill,3,,,TN
03509,0567-05,M,Jessee,J.,Hill,0,,,TN
 
HILL, Ervin Lafayette (I0138)
 
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There are conflicting marriage dates for Asa and Elizabeth. In notes by granddaughter Lucy Amanda Hill Jones (dau. of James Monroe Hill) written in 1936, she writes that Elizabeth "...was born Jan. 3, 1795. She was married to Asa Hill Oct. 3, 1811. Married the second time to Alexander Thomson May 28, 1850, by Rev. Orcenith Fisher, who also performed the ceremony at the marriage of James Monroe Hill and Jane Hallowell Kerr, Sept. 14, 1843.

From the manuscript, "The Descendants of Isaac Hill, Sr." by Lennon J. Hill & K. Marie Watson Hill, 1980-81, Lubbock, TX, pg. 60

"Asa Hill, Sr. married Elizabeth Barksdale on October 6, 1811, in Sparta, Hancock Co. She was born January 3, 1795. Her parents were Jeffrey Barksdale, soldier of the Revolutionary War, and Phebe Barksdale. The Barksdales were large landholders in Hancock County, GA. The 1820 census records shows that Asa and Elizabeth Hill resided in adjoining Putnam County, owning four slaves at that time."
(other sources show their marriage date as Oct. 6, 1808)

The Memorial & Genealogical Record of SW Texas, Goodspeed Bros. Pub., 1894, in the biography of her son, Jeffrey Barksdale Hill, pp. 394-395, has her death in 1891 at age 89 in Waelder, TX. Other sources have her dates as b. Jan. 3, 1795 and d. Jan. 23, 1883. However, her grave marker in Waelder, Texas says: born January 3, 1796, died January 23, 1883. (The gravestone has been repaired and the date of death is difficult to read, but it appears to be as stated) It is hard to know which is correct since errors were often made on markers as well as in published sources.

After Asa's death in 1844, Elizabeth married Alexander Thomson in 1850. After the death of her second husband she moved to the home of her son, Asa C. Hill, in Thompsonville, Gonzales Co. She lived with her daughter "Louisa" in later years and is buried in Waelder, TX next to her daughter. She died at age 88. The photo in file is estimated to have been taken when she was about 80, circa 1875. 
BARKSDALE, Elizabeth (I0031)
 
8  HILL, Isabella (I0442)
 
9  Source (S159340)
 
10  Source (S159960)
 
11  MCEWEN, James Curl (Jack) (I00001)
 
12  MORLAND, Mable Iva (I00020)
 
13  BAILEY, Robert Eugene (I00024)
 
14  MCEWEN, John (I00080)
 
15  BRATTON, John R. (I00085)
 
16  LEIGHTON, Ronald (I00098)
 
17  MCEWEN, Robert G. (I00102)
 
18  MAY, Margaret Charity (I00103)
 
19  MCEWEN, Allen (I00114)
 
20  JACKSON, Adelbert Jay (I00124)
 

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