Maternal Generation I: Elizabeth Hill married William Pinley
Elizabeth Hill: Born in Virginia
Elizabeth (Hill) Pinley
(circa 1621 - circa 1650)
"borne in Virginia"
Elizabeth Hill was our first ancestor born in America, the only known child of Edward and Hannah (Boyle) Hill of Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City, Virginia. She was born sometime after her parents arrived on The Bona Nova, August 13, 1620, but before the List of the Living in Virginia, dated February 16, 1623/4.
List of the Living and the Dead in Virginia
"More at Elizabeth City"
•On the 1625 Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia, dated February 7, 1624/5, Elizabeth is listed with her mother on the Thomas Spelman muster as "Elizabeth Hill, born in Virginia". Her father Edward Hill was listed as "buried at Elizabeth Cittie on May 13, 1624. Her widowed mother Hannah married Thomas Spelman sometime before the February 1625 Muster.
1624/1625 Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia
at Elizabeth Cittie
Mr. Thomas Spilman His Muster
[The residents of the household were listed as:]
Thomas Spilman, age 24, in The George, 1616
Hanna Spilman, aged 23, in The Bona Nova, 1620
Elizabeth Hill, borne in Virginia
(p. 58-59, Volume I, Adventurers of Purse and Person, 1607 - 1624/5, 4th Edition, Three Volumes, Edited by John Frederick Dorman, Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: Baltimore, 2004, 2005, 2007, Copyrighted by the Order of the First Families of Virginia.)
•On January 10, 1627 in the James City Court records is found Elizabeth Hill's adoption by Hannah's second husband, Thomas Spelman:
“Elizabeth HILL, daughter of Edward HILL became the ward of Thomas SPILMAN and he was appointed administrator of Edward HILL's estate for her use.”
•On October 28, 1642, Alexander Mountney appeared in court to “humbly request” a land certificate for Danniell Tanner, as he had sold the land in Elizabeth City in exchange for cattle. Mountney stated that the 150 acres in Elizabeth City “lay voyde and was noe wayes beneficial to the said Orphants." (Ames, p. 212, 213).
Thank you, Mr. Alexander Mountney, for your “humble request”.
“whereas the said Mountney marryed with the Relict of Thomas Spilllman and Edward Hill both deceased and haveing in his possession a Certayne quantity of Land amounting to one hundred and Fiftie acres Lying within the County of Elizabeth Citty belonging unto the Orphants of the said Hill and Spillman which Land Lay voyde and was noe wayes beneficial to the said Orphants in respect whereof the said Mountney converted the said land into Cattle for the sole use of the said Orphants and sold the land unto Danniell Tanner. The said Alexander Mountney his humble request therefore is that hee might have a Certificate to the Right Worshipfull the Governor and Councell That the pattent for the said Land might bee renewed in the name of the said Daniell Tanner. The court therefore thought it requisite and doth accordingly request the Governor and Councell that the said Pattent may bee renewed in the name of the said Tanner.” (Ames, p. 212, 213)
•September 15, 1646: Northampton County, Virginia: As Mountney family friend, Dr. John Holloway lay dying, Alexander Mountney, John Rosier and William Jones were summoned to hear his last wishes. Three years later, Hannah Mountney summoned William Jones to court to validate the gift of a cow to Alexander Mountney's [step-]daughter, Betty.
"...at the making of ye last will & testam' of the sd [John] Holloway, Alexander Mountney being at the sd house told the sd Holloway saying there is a Cowe Calfe in my ffeild of yo'r marke And the sd Holloway answeared saying if it proveth to bee myne I will give it unto yo'r daughter Betty, and Mr John Rosier Asked ye sd Holloway saying, shall wee put it into the will and the sd Holloway answeared saying doe not in Respect I know not certaynly whether it bee myne or not."
(p. 96, Northampton County Virginia Record Book, Orders, Deeds, Wills & c, Volume 3, 1645 - 1651, Edited by Dr. Howard Mackey and Marlene Alma Hinkley Groves, CG. Picton Press, Rockport, Maine, 2000.)
Because her parents and husband William Pinley left more footprints, we know a bit more of Elizabeth's life. The following facts are explained in detail in the related chapters, and documentation of sources is included there.
The family survived the 1622 Massacre, but suffered miserably in the aftermath. Elizabeth's father, Edward Hill was a documented hero of the massacre, he was credited with saving many lives. Obviously weakened by the struggle to save his young family, her father died when she was less than four years old, he was buried at Elizabeth Cittie on May 13, 1624.