The Hill Family of Mexborough and Darfield, South Yorks

1. George Hill & Sarah Dearnley

George Hill was born around 1811 but to date no record of his birth has been determined.  He was probably born in Yorkshire. He married Sarah Dearnley from Penistone on the 11 June 1832 in Cawthorne by Barnsley.  Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Dearnley and Hannah Whiteley, she was born on the 3 March 1814 and christened on the 10 April 1814 in Penistone, Yorkshire

picture of cawthorne church (to be added later)

 

Together George and Sarah had 12 children.  At the time of their marriage George's occupation was a blacksmith.

 

Some time between 1832 and 1841 it is believed that George owned three quarries on Adwick Road, Mexborough, Yorkshire and built the first houses and the Sportsman Inn on Adwick Road. 

The Sportsman Inn was rebuilt around 1900, but whether this was rebuilt from scratch or renovated I am not sure.  The picture of the above is of the rebuilt Sportsman Inn on Adwick Road.

 

picture of sportsman inn (to be added later)

 

By 1841 George and Sarah were living in Millhouses, Darfield and his occupation at this time is listed as a stone cutter.  There were a number of quarries in Darfield and George either owned or worked in one of these.  In 1851 George and Sarah are living at Clubhouses, Darfield and his occupation is now listed as a stone quarryman, an occupation also shared with his son Joseph.

 It is probable that George died in December 1854 shortly after the birth of his daughter Martha Jane. 

 

Sarah probably died in December 1855. 

2.1 Joseph Hill 1832 - 1889

2.2 Henry Hill 1834 -

2.3 Ann Hill 1836 -

2.4 Martha Hill 1839 - 1854

2.5 George Hill 1840 - 1892

2.6 John Hill 1843 -

2.7 Isaac Hill 1845 - 1876

2.8 Emma Hill 1847 -

2.9 Zilpha Hill 1849 -

2.10 Maria Hill 1851 -

2.11 Catherine Hill 1852 -

2.12 Martha Jane Hill 1854 - 1901

2.1  Joseph Hill & Emma Birkenshaw

Joseph Hill, the eldest son of George and Sarah was born in Darfield in 1832.  He was christened on the 9 September 1832 at All Saints Church, Darfield.

 

(picture of church) (to be added later)

 

In 1841 at the age of 8 he was living at Millhouses, Darfield with his parents and siblings.  His father George was a stone cutter and probably worked in the quarry at Snape Hill.  By 1851 the family now lived at Clubhouses, Darfield where Joseph was now employed as a stone quarryman probably working alongside his father who was also a stone quarryman.

 

In 1852 Joseph met and married Emma Birkinshaw a spinster from Billingley, Yorkshire.  They were married on the 2 December 1852 at All Saints Church, Darfield and the witnesses at their wedding were Emma's brother Charles Birkinshaw and Joseph's brother and sister Ann and Henry Hill.  Both Joseph and Emma were 20 years of age when they married.

 

By 1861 Joseph and Emma were living at Snape Hill, Darfield with their family, where Joseph was employed as a fire clay miner.  Also living with them was Joseph's younger brother John who was 18 years of age in 1861.   The 1871 census tells us that Joseph and Emma are still at Snape Hill, but his occupation now is a bricklayer.  This was obviously a useful occupation for him, because in 1876 he built and became the Innkeeper of the Rising Sun Inn on New Street, Darfield.  He probably built and owned the adjacent houses to the Rising Sun also.   Joseph remained at the Rising Sun as Innkeeper until his death on the 3 March 1889.  The cause of death was chronic bronchitis and phthisis (tuberculosis).  He was 56 years old.   Emma continued to live in New Street until her death on the 1 November 1905 at the age of 70.  Cause of death senile decay. 

 

Joseph and Emma had 10 children.

3.1 Elizabeth Ann Hill 1853 - 1876

3.2 George Hill 1856 -

3.3 Arthur Hill 1857 -

3.4 Martha Birkinshaw Hill 1859 - 1952

3.5 Harriet Hill 1861 -

3.6 Sarah Hill 1865 -

3.7 Joseph Hill 1867 -

3.8 Fred Hill 1870 -

3.9 John Hill 1873 -

3.10 Ada Hill 1875 -

 

2.2 Henry Hill

Henry Hill b 1834 -  Other than living at Millhouses on the 1841 census when he was age 7, nothing further has been found for Henry at present.  There are numerous Henry Hill's on subsequent census records but none are conclusive as to being the correct one.

2.3 Ann Hill & Henry Haigh

Ann Hill 1836.  Ann is the third child of George and Sarah.  She was christened on the 25 September 1836 at All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire.  At the age of 15 she had left home and was working as a servant at the home of William and Margaret Foster in Clayton West, about 3 miles from Darfield. William's occupation was a Grocer who employed two men.  In March 1856 at the age of 20, Ann married Henry Haigh in Sheffield.  At the time of their marriage Henry was employed as a labourer.  They lived at Moorfields, Sheffield. By 1871 Ann and Henry had moved to 99 Gower Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, where Henry worked as a Pork Butcher.  At the time of the 1881 census they had moved to 103 Gower Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield.  Henry probably has a shop there as he is still employed as a butcher, employing his son Jonas, who is was butcher, and two apprentice butchers, one of which was Ann's nephew Joseph (her brother Joseph's son). Joseph Jnr was 13 years old.  By 1891 the Haigh family have moved to 63 Harrington Road, Workington, Cumberland.   Ann and Henry had 6 children, one of which, a daughter, Frances Jane later married her cousin Joseph Hill who had been living with them since he was 13 years old.  On the 1901 census Ann and Henry, now in their 60's are living at 2 & 4 Curwen Street, Workington where Henry is still employed as a Pork Butcher.  Ann died in the September quarter of 1909 age 72 and Henry died shortly after in December of 1909, he was 74. Ann and Henry's Children

3.11 Sarah Ann Hill  b 1850

3.12 Jonas Henry Hill b 1860

3.13 Nomia Hill b 1863

3.14 Kate Hill b 1870

3.15 Ada Hill b 1872

3.16 Frances Hill b 187

 

2.4 Martha Hill

b 1839 - 1854.  Martha, the fourth child of George and Sarah was born in December1838 and christened at All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire, on the 13 January 1839.  Martha's life was a short one and she died in Darfield during the first quarter of 1854.  She was 15 years old.

 

2.5 George Hill & Ann Hepworth

George Hill was born around 1811 but to date no record of his birth has been determined.  He was probably born in Yorkshire.

 

He married Sarah Dearnley from Penistone on the 11 June 1832 in Cawthorne by Barnsley.  Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Dearnley and Hannah Whiteley, she was born on the 3 March 1814 and christened on the 10 April 1814 in Penistone, Yorkshire (See Dearnley file for more information)

 

 

picture of cawthorne church (to be added later)

 

 

Together George and Sarah had 12 children.  At the time of their marriage George's occupation was a blacksmith.

 

Some time between 1832 and 1841 it is believed that George owned three quarries on Adwick Road, Mexborough, Yorkshire and built the first houses and the Sportsman Inn on Adwick Road.

 

 

picture of sportsman inn (to be added later)

 

 

The Sportsman Inn was rebuilt around 1900, but whether this was rebuilt from scratch or renovated I am not sure.  The picture of the above is of the rebuilt Sportsman Inn on Adwick Road.

 

By 1841 George and Sarah were living in Millhouses, Darfield and his occupation at this time is listed as a stone cutter.  There were a number of quarries in Darfield and George either owned or worked in one of these.

 

In 1851 George and Sarah are living at Clubhouses, Darfield and his occupation is now listed as a stone quarryman, an occupation also shared with his son Joseph.

 

It is probable that George died in December 1854 shortly after the birth of his daughter Martha Jane. 

 

Sarah probably died in December 1855.  I will have to get the death certificates to confirm this though.

 

 

Children of George and Sarah:

 

Joseph 1832 - 1889

Henry 1834 -

Ann 1836 -

Martha 1839 - 1854

George 1840 - 1892

John 1843 -

Isaac 1845 - 1876

Emma 1847 -

Zilpha 1849 -

Maria 1851 -

Catherine 1852 -

Martha Jane 1854 - 1901

 

  • John Hill 1843 -

  • Isaac Hill 1845 - 1876\

  • Emma Hill 1847 -

  • Zilpha Hill 1849 -

  • Maria Hill 1851 -

  • Catherine Hill 1852 -

  • Martha Jane  Hill 1854 - 1901

Joseph Hill 1832-1889- & Sarah Dearnley 1814

Joseph Hill, the eldest son of George and Sarah was born in Darfield in 1832.  He was christened on the 9 September 1832 at All Saints Church, Darfield.

 

(picture of church) (to be added later)

 

In 1841 at the age of 8 he was living at Millhouses, Darfield with his parents and siblings.  His father George was a stone cutter and probably worked in the quarry at Snape Hill.  By 1851 the family now lived at Clubhouses, Darfield where Joseph was now employed as a stone quarryman probably working alongside his father who was also a stone quarryman.

 

In 1852 Joseph met and married Emma Birkinshaw a spinster from Billingley, Yorkshire. Martha B had the middle name Birkinshaw because her mother's maiden name was Birkinshaw.  Her parents were Joseph Hill and Emma Birkinshaw.  They were married on the 2 December 1852 at All Saints Church, Darfield and the witnesses at their wedding were Emma's brother Charles Birkinshaw and Joseph's brother and sister Ann and Henry Hill.  Both Joseph and Emma were 20 years of age when they married.

 

By 1861 Joseph and Emma were living at Snape Hill, Darfield with their family, where Joseph was employed as a fire clay miner.  Also living with them was Joseph's younger brother John who was 18 years of age in 1861.   The 1871 census tells us that Joseph and Emma are still at Snape Hill, but his occupation now is a bricklayer.  This was obviously a useful occupation for him, because in 1876 he built and became the Innkeeper of the Rising Sun Inn on New Street, Darfield.  He probably built and owned the adjacent houses to the Rising Sun also.   Joseph remained at the Rising Sun as Innkeeper until his death on the 3 March 1889.  The cause of death was chronic bronchitis and phthisis (tuberculosis).  He was 56 years old.   Emma continued to live in New Street until her death on the 1 November 1905 at the age of 70.  Cause of death senile decay. 

 

Joseph and Emma had 10 children.

  • Elizabeth Ann Hill 1853 - 1876

  • George Hill 1856 -

  • Arthur Hill 1857 -

  • Martha Birkinshaw Hill 1859 - 1952

  • Harriet Hill 1861 -

  • Sarah Hill 1865 -

  • Joseph Hill 1867 -

  • Fred Hill 1870 -

  • John Hill 1873 -

  • Ada Hill 1875 -