Born May 7, 1814, Hancock County, Georgia, USA, Jeffrey Barksdale Hill moved with his family at an early age to Texas in 1835.  He joined the Texas Army with his father "Asa" and brother James Monroe when Sam Houston organized a volunteer army to fight Mexico.  Jeffrey was taken sick, however, and was forced to return home before engaging the enemy.  In 1842 he was part of the Somerville Expedition with his father and younger brother, John C. C. Hill.  They continued on as part of the Mier Expedition and were captured in that disastrous campaign.  Jeffrey was also severely wounded and remained a prisoner for about a year until he and his father were finally released through the intervention of John C. C. Hill, who had been adopted by President Santa Ana of Mexico.

From the Memorial & Genealogical Record of SW Texas, Goodspeed Bros. Publishers, Chicago, 1894.  An excerpt says that Jeffrey, "...was third in order of birth of the children born to his parents.  He was living on the home-place in Ruthersville when his father died, and he continued farming for a number of years.  In 1856 he married Miss Mary E. Harrison, daughter of Dr. R. P. Harrison who moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1855.  After his marriage, Mr. Hill moved to his farm near Fayetteville, Fayette County, where he resided until he moved to Gonzales County about 1860.  Two years later he entered the Confederate Army, was in C. J. Catching's Company, Heavy Artillery, and served mainly at Galveston for three years.  Owning a farm in Gonzales County, Mr. Hill resided on that until 1882 when he moved to Waelder and is now retired from the active duties of life."

The article continues: "To his marriage with Miss Harrison were born nine children:  John R., a loan and exchange dealer in Waelder; William Thompson, railroad agent in Mexico;  Jeffrey Barksdale, Jr., a lawyer in Waelder; Green Washington; Preston; Elizabeth (Bettie), wife of W. H. Hill; Lula V., wife of Lee Chaddock of Cuero; Martha, deceased, and Thomas Jefferson, deceased."

Jeffrey Barksdale Hill died on May 5, 1901, Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA.

This account of the life of Jeffrey Hill was sent by email from Jackie Hill Bower on Friday, July 6, 2001.  You can visit her site A BACKWARD GLANCE for further information on this Hill family.  If you are researching the surname HILL, Jackie also has a Hill Web-ring you might like to join with other HILL researchers..

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