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Who was George HILL?
published by daveerasmus on Tue, 24/09/2019 - 18:41

According to UK and Tasmanian Criminal and Court records that I have seen, George HILL was:

  • born in Langford c1810-1812
  • a labourer
  • tried for Burglary (entering the house of Matthew TAVERNOR and stealing 40 Sovereigns) on 2 January 1831 at Wells Sessions
  • found guilty and sentenced to death (commuted to transportation for life)
  • moved from Shepton gaol to Ilchester on 6 August 1831
  • transferred to the Captivity Hulk Devonport on 12 September 1831
  • transported to Van Diemens Land arriving on 24 August 1833.

I am interested in George because I am a DNA match to one of his descendants. 

I am a direct descendant of John HILL and Mary WHITE who were married in Churchill on 31 March 1806. They had numerous children all of whom were baptised in Churchill from 1806 (my 3x GGF John) and 1821 (Sarah). There was no George as far as I can tell. Nor can I find any George HILL baptised in Churchill from 1800 to 1820.

Any thoughts on when, where and to whom George was born would be appreciated, please.

One possibility is that he was the son of John Porter HILL who was baptised in Wrington on 26 September 1790. I don't think he was the John HILL who married Mary WHITE in 1806. I believe John Porter HILL was living in Bedminster in 1841 and 1851 with wife Mary and children Thomas, Mary, Charlotte and Elizabeth. "My" John HILL stayed in Churchill. I haven't found a marriage for John Porter HILL or baptism records for his children.

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Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 01/10/2019 - 6:24

Very interesting. I was wondering if this Somerset Archive record might be relevant:


It might explain the difficulty finding a baptism record.

Best regards,


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Submitted by Pat Hase on Tue, 01/10/2019 - 19:11

An interesting thought but it looks as if that George HILL was too old to be the one that Dave is looking for if he was fathering a child in  1810.

Could he have been born in Cheddar in about 1811, George Ford HILL, the illegitimate son of Ann HILL?  See our transcriptions.

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Submitted by gricharduk on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 7:42

"a child to be born of Ann Hall". I meant the child not the father.

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 14:52

I had assumed that any child of the single woman, Ann HALL would have the surname HALL.  The Winscombe Baptisms for 1 May 1814 have the christening of a 4 year old Mary HALL base born daughter of Ann HALL who could be the daughter of the George HILL who was mentioned in the document.

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Submitted by daveerasmus on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 19:30

Thank you both for taking the time to look at this. I think that Pat is probably right and that Mary HALL was the child in question. But I will obtain a copy of the Bastardy Order just to be sure.

As regards George Ford HILL of Cheddar it looks like he married Hannah BANWELL in Cheddar in 1843, so unfortunately this not "my" George HILL.

The search continues.

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