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William Hill, born abt 1840
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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

Minnie Frog Hill, born abt 1862
Sisley Frog Hill, born abt 1868
Sonny Frog Hill, born abt 1870
George Frog Hill, born abt 1870
William Frog Hill, born abt 1876
William Frog Hill, born abt 1879









                Finney-Frog-Hill Patriots

A lot of African-American young men and several classified as White served in the Union Army with the name of William Hill during the Civil War, .... so many in fact that further research is required to determine which William Hill or Hills were in Union regiments that moved through southwest Virginia.  We are inclined to believe the William Hill that met, promised and eventually returned to marry Gillie Frog was likely in the Union Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry forces that pushed the confederates down into the mountains of western North Carolina.

We are also of the opinion that in pursuit of goodness in love, it is possible that William Hill born in Ohio in year 1840 may have used his personal liberty to marry and live with Gilly Frog, met and loved somewhere in the hills above Salem, Virginia where he was sufficiently wealthy and wise enough to buy a farm still in existence as of the 1880 census. 

The story matters because so many descendents of Easter Frog and Gilly Finney are interested in trying to understand their heritage in which love overcame adversities.  The facts that so many Hill offspring in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and even New Jersey held and used the inherited names of Henry and William is consistent with what has been seen and heard by multiple Hill generations up from slavery.                                           

                    Gilly Frog, born abt 1845  



Household Record 1880 United States Census

 Name Marital StatusGenderAgeBirthplaceOccupation
 Wm. HILL  M  Male  40  VA  Farmer 
 Gilly HILL  M  Female  35  VA  Keeps House 
 Sisly HILL  S  Female  12  VA  Wks On Farm 
 Sonny HILL  S  Male  10  VA  Wks On Farm 
 George HILL  S  Male  10  VA  Wks On Farm 
 Minnie HILL  S  Female  8  VA   
 William HILL  S  Male  4  VA   
 Harriott HILL  S  Female  1  VA   

Source Information:
 Census PlaceDickensons, Franklin, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255366
 Page Number  250C      
Household Record 1880 United States Census


 Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
 Henry FINNEY  Self  M  Male  B  36  VA  Farmer  VA  VA 
 Liddy FINNEY  Wife  M  Female  B  28  VA  Keeping House  VA  VA 
 Willie W. FINNEY  Son  S  Male  B  14  VA  Farm Haborer  VA  VA 
 Millie A. FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  B  12  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 John H. FINNEY  Son  S  Male  B  9  VA    VA  VA 
 Liddy A. FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  B  8  VA    VA  VA 
 Maria J. FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  B  5  VA    VA  VA 
 Emma L. FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  B  3M  VA    VA  VA 

Source Information:
 Census PlaceCallands, Pittsylvania, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255384
 NA Film Number  T9-1384
 Page Number  48B      
 Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
 Essex FINNEY  Self  M  Male  MU  37  VA  Laborer  VA  VA 
 Susan FINNEY  Wife  M  Female  MU  38  VA  Keeping House  VA  VA 
 Mary A. FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  MU  15  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Julia FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  MU  14  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Essex FINNEY  Son  S  Male  MU  12  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 John FINNEY  Son  S  Male  MU  10  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Hattie FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  MU  8  VA    VA  VA 
 Robert FINNEY  Son  S  Male  MU  5  VA    VA  VA 
 Martha FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  MU  3  VA    VA  VA 
 Lily FINNEY  Dau  S  Female  MU  11M  VA    VA  VA 

Source Information:
 Census PlaceSpencer, Powhatan, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255383
 NA Film Number  T9-1383
 Page Number  199A      

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