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Richard Hill

Listed in Weathersfield, Windsor County in 1791 census with two other free persons in the household.

In Weathersfield in 1800 with three other free persons in the household.  He was there in 1810 with two other free persons in his household.  The 1820 Weathersfield census lists him as Richard Hall; there are four members of his household, two free colored males 26-45, one free colored female under 14, one free colored female 26-45.  Listed before him is another free colored male, Richard Brattle, with a total of five in his household. 

Richard Hill was on the 1793 Tax List for Weathersfield (Inhabitants of Weathersfield, 1760-1813, by E.W. Butterfield).

He was warned out of Weathersfield on 25 Nov. 1805, Richard Hill and wife Dinah (Vermont Warnings Out, Vol. 2, compiled by Alden Rollins).

He served in the Revolutionary War from Massachusetts, and applied for a pension 14 April 1818, aged 72 years.  At that time he was a resident of Chester.  He states that he enlisted in Leicester, MA in the month of Feb. 1777.  He continued to serve until the month of May or June 1783 when he was discharged.

He wrote a will 17 Aug. 1820, resident of Weathersfield, naming Joseph Hunter as the executor.  It is a very short will signed by mark, but he says, “I give to my beloved sister-in-law, Nancy Treat, all the pension money, that will be due to me at my decease.”  The will was presented for probate on 4 April 1821.  Joseph Hunter declined to be the executor so Amos Heald was appointed as administrator of the estate.    The inventory of his estate shows he was due $48.00 on his pension.  He also had a Bible 75¢, 1 Bed quilt, 17¢, 1 Pr. Sheets 75¢, 2 Iron Kettles 25¢, Fire Shovel & Tongs 25¢ for a total of $2.17; Old Shave 12, Tea Pot 12, Old Iron 12, Glass Bottle 6¢, Wooden Bottle 6¢, Earth Jug 6¢ for a total of 0.54, making a grand total of $50.71.

The Town of Chester had a claim against the estate in the amount of $48.00.  The final account gives Sundry articles of Household furniture unsaleable left in hands of Widow Treat, $2.71; $28.57 was spent for various expenses of settling the estate.  There was a balance of $19.43.  It isn’t mentioned where the balance went.

Chester Town Records show that at the town meeting held 17 March 1817, Voted that James Johnson be paid by the town for Boarding, Lodging and Clothing Richard Hill and Wife Two Dollars and Sixty two cents per Week for the term of one year from this Day their clothing to be returned as good as it now is.”  Then at the 13 March 1818 town meeting, “Paid James Johnson in part for Boarding Richard Hill and Wife, $30; Paid James Johnson for keeping Richard Hill and Wife in part, $18.”  These two amounts equal $48, so that would be paid by the $48 received for the pension.

Is Nancy Treat related to Thomas Treet/Treat who lived in Weathersfield?  Could she have been his widow, and a sister to Dinah, Richard Hill’s wife?


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