Halifax County, North Carolina
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|PLANTATION NAME:||THE HERMITAGE , a.k.a. Junius Tillery House|
|ASSOCIATED LINK(s):||The Hermitage|
|ORIGINAL OWNER:||Thomas Blount Hill (1775-1815)|
|ASSOCIATED SURNAMES:||Hill, Tillery|
Thomas Blount Hill
purchased a plantation sometime after May, 1808, from the 680-acre estate of
John Ricks, planter of Halifax County. This plantation was situated on the
south side of Roanoke River and south side of Conoconnara Swamp, in Halifax
County, and eventually was expanded to over two thousand acres on both sides
of the Conoconnara. Thomas was a son of Colonel Whitmel Hill and his wife
Winifred Blount. Colonel Hill was a graduate of the University of
Pennsylvania in 1760, and a conspicuous public figure during. the
Revolution. He was a delegate to the Provincial Congresses at Hillsborough
in 1775 and at Halifax in 1776, a delegate to the Continental Congress at
Philadelphia from 1778-1781, and a member of the Council of State in 1781.
He died at his Palmyra house on September 12, 1797. His son Thomas Blount
Hill was born February 26, 1775, and was married on November 26, 1799, to
Rebecca Norfleet, a daughter of Reuben and Mary Figures Norfleet of Bertie
County. Rebecca was born January 28, 1783. Hill, a member of a widespread
and socially prominent family, evidently was a typical planter but did not
enter into politics.
|SLAVE POPULATION:||Thomas Hill had
90 Slaves in the 1810 Halifax Co. Census. Thomas died intestate in 1815.
Whitmel Hill had 140 Slaves in 1790 Martin Co. Census.
John Tillery had 80 Slaves in the 1850 Halifax Co. Slave Schedule. He had 143 Slaves, with 40 Slave houses, in the 1860 Halifax Co. Slave Schedule.
Will of WHITMEL HILL, Martin Co. 1797, Will Book 1, Page 339.
To son JOHN HILL, Slaves:
|MISCELLANEOUS:||Hermitage, Halifax County, NC ; National Register of Historic Places Application; Whitmel Hill Biography, NCPedia; Thomas Blount Hill Family Bible|
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