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Hugh Lawson White HILL

Male 1810 - 1892  (81 years)


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  • Name Hugh Lawson White HILL 
    Born 1 Mar 1810  Warren Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1892  McMinnville, Warren Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Hugh Lawson White Hill was named after a prominent politician friend of his father's, and Hugh L. W. went on to become a prominent TN legislator himself. He married Virginia Dearing, the daughter of a Colonel and had ten children with her.

      There is speculation that Hugh L. W. Hill also had an illegitimate son who was born three months before Hugh's wedding to Virginia Dearing. This unacknowledged son, also named Hugh Lawson White Hill, was born Feb. 1840, mother's name unknown. He went on to become successful in MO. after being raised by Isaac A. and Mary P. Miller.

      During the Civil War there was a battle fought near Hill's Creek, where Hugh had laid to rest two of his young sons. He was worried the Yankees would come back and desecrate the graves so he quarried two huge granite stones, hauled them by oxen to the gravesites and placed them as a several ton sarcophogus over the boys' graves. It is still in place to this day; buried there are Dearing Hill and Livingston Hill. (I have visited McMinnville, TN and seen the graves and photographed them)
      Their gravestones read: "Dearing Hill, son of H.L.W. & Virginia Hill, born Jan. 28, 1841, died July 8, 1841, aged 5 months." and "Livingston Hill, son of H.L.W. & Virginia Hill, born October 5, 1845, died Sept. 3, 1852, aged 7 yr."

      Hugh, his wife Virginia, and his in-laws are all buried in Center Hill Cemetery (formerly Hill's Creek Cemetery) outside McMinnville, TN.

      H.L.W. Hill is buried in Center Hill Cemetery, Hill's Creek, outside McMinnville, TN. His large monument within an iron enclosure says:
      "Hugh L. W. Hill
      born March 1, 1810
      died Jan. 18, 1892
      A member of the Tennessee Legislature
      1837 - 1839 - 1841
      Elected to Congress 1842
      A delegate to the Constitutional Convention
      for Tennessee 1870

      He was a kind husband, generous to a fault.
      Honorable and believed in an Omnipotent
      Eternal Living God."


      (From Goodspeed's History of TN; Warren Co.)
      "Hon. H. L. W. Hill, one of the most prominent and enterprising citizens of Warren County, now living in the 6th District, was born March 1, 1810; son of Henry J. A. and Susannah Swales Hill. The father was of English-Irish descent, born in Edgecomb County, N. C., February 7, 1774, and died in Warren County, Tenn., August 1, 1825, from the result of an amputation of a limb that was injured in childhood. He moved to Georgia in 1800, and two years later came to what was then White County. A few years later he was a member of the Legislature and voted for the act separating Warren County from White County. While living in Georgia he was a member of the Baptist Church, but after moving toTennessee he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. The mother of our subject was born in St. Mary County, Md., December 31, 1767. She was also a member of the Baptist Church while in Georgia, but joined the
      Methodist Episcopal Church after coming to Tennessee. Her marriage resulted in the birth of seven children, of whom our subject is the youngest. He was born and has lived ever since where he now resides.

      After his father's death he continued to still live with his widowed mother till her death in 1846. He received his rudimentary education in the schools of the neighborhood, afterward taking a thorough course under Dr. F. H. Gordon and James B. Moores, at Porter's Hill, Tenn. After that he studied under Dr. Lawrence, at Carroll Academy, McMinnville, and then at Cumberland College, Nashville, of which Dr. Phillip Lindsley was president. After leaving Nashville he returned to McMinnville and taught school at Carroll Academy five months; then returned home and began farming and cultivating fine fruits, and distilling fine fruit brandies for medicinal purposes, which pursuits he continues to the present time. He began life with very little, but now owns considerable property. He has some very good farm lands in the valleys of Collins River and Hills Creek, some of which and some rich north mountain sides are in orchards, mainly apple. He also owns a considerable tract of mountain land, valuable for its deposits of iron ore, stone coal, timber and wild meadow and grazing grasses. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1837, and re-elected in 1839 and 1841. He was elected to the Lower House of the 30th Congress in 1847, and represented the people in the State Constitutional Convention, in 1870.

      May 14, 1840, he married Miss Virginia A. Dearing, who was born July 3, 1823, and who is the daughter of Col. W. L S. and Mary T. Dearing. This union resulted in the birth of ten children. Those living are Bertha born June 18, 1842; Virgil, born March 2, 1851; Susan, born April 19, 1853; Franklin, born July 20, 1855; Eliza, born January 23, 1858; Athelia, born December 29, 1859; Octa, born March 7, 1862; Mary D., born September 28, 1866. Two children, Dearing and Livingston, are dead. Col. Hill is a Democrat; has constantly maintained a first-rate character as a moral and most excellent citizen.
      He has never professed religion, been a member of any church or secret society. He firmly believes in the existence of and omnipotent, eternal living God and he hopes for immortality."

      9/1/00 Received photographs of HLW HILL and Virginia Dearing from descendant Doug Turnbull; email turnbull@dellnet.com. Descended through their daughter Bethia.

      1854 Tax List for Warren Co., TN (online at https://www.tngenweb.org/warren/gant-1.htm) 12/15/00
      Name Acres Slaves
      Hill, E. Layfayett 200 2
      Hill, H. L. W. 2735 8
      Hill, Isaac 455 6
      Hill, J. P. 300 2
      Hill, M. T. 50 1
      Hill, W. C.

    Person ID I0039  Hill Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2008 

    Father Elmer AIKEN,   d. UNKNOWN 
    Mother Zella MAXEY,   d. UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F0016  Group Sheet

    Family ID F0870  Group Sheet