Descendants of Peter Hill


1. Peter Hill

Peter Hill, a planter, was a member of the Assembly of Liconia or Ligonia in 1648. He came from the west of England and probably settled in Biddeford, near the mouth of the Saco River, a few years previous to this date, with his son Roger, who was admitted a freeman in 1653. It does not appear that he had other children as the numerous families of the name now living in our towns derive their descent from Roger.

Internet search shows Peter was christened June 29, 1606 in Modbury, Devon England. Born 1604 in St. Teath, Cornwall England. Married Mary ____.

Peter Hill sailed from Plymouth, England in the ship Huntress with John Winter and landed in America in March 22, 1632-3.

Peter Hill, came over twice to Richmond Island; a sailor and fisherman, possible same who has a son John baptized at St. Stephen by Saltash 26 June 1631. When time was up he settled in west Saco.
-pg. 329 Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire, by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, Walter Davis, The Southworth-Anthoensen Press, Portland ME 1928-1939)

New Hampshire having sought admission into Massachusetts was soon followed by the settlers of York County, who had become weary of the government of Thomas Gorges, and among them was Peter Hill, who applied for admission in 1652. He died in August 1667.

Deposition of Peter Hill re: George Cleeve

"The examination of Peter Hill, Saylor, taken before me, Rich;vines, one of the Commissioners for the Province of Mayne, the 20th of November, 1640:

The deponent sweareth yt he was a seruant at Richmond Island when Geo: Cleeue departed from his house at Spurwinke. He further saith that Mr. Winter did neither by himselfe nor any of his servants force the said Cleeues from his house at Spurwinke, but that he departed from thence at his owne leisure without molestacon."
From Vol III, ME Historical Society, " The Trelawny Papers" Pg. 264.

Further info in note at bottom of page: "Peter Hill doubtless came with Winter's company, which arrived at the island in March, 1633. After leaving Winter's employ he settled on land leased of "Mistress Mackworth", on the Saco river. In 1648, his name appears as one of the Assembly under the Rigby government, of which assembly George Cleeve was Deputy President, and in 1653 was allotted land in the division of town lands among the inhabitants of Saco. He was also one of the jury on the death of Mary Haley, an account of which appears in Folsom's History of Saco. His descendants are numerous, and may of them have attained prominence. An interesting letter of his son roger may be seen in Bourne's History of Wells, page 201, and a biography of his grandson, Joseph, on page 355. He died in 1667. Vide Main Hist. Coll., I.99. Folsom's Saco, pp.86,98,101,107,179. Early Records of Maine, II 129 et seq."