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Joseph Hills

Male Bef 1602 - 1688  (> 85 years)


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  • Name Joseph Hills  [1
    Born Bef 3 Mar 1602  [2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 3 Mar 1602  Great Burstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 5 Feb 1688  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I23037  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 3 May 2020 

    Father George Hills 
    Mother Mary 
    Married 13 Oct 1596  Billericay, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F13872  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rose Clarke,   d. 24 Mar 1650, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 Jul 1624  Great Burstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Mary Hills,   b. Bef 13 Nov 1625,   d. 25 Nov 1674, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 49 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He and his family arrived at Boston 17 July 1638 on the Susan and Ellen.

      Selectman of Charlestown in 1644; in 1646, representative to the General Court. Re-elected in 1647, he was chosen speaker of the House of Deputies. Captain of the Malden train-band. He is most remembered for having, in 1648, led the committee that first codified and published all the laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Ironically, this led to a small spot of bother on the occasion of his third marriage, to Helen Atkinson, as reported in Genealogical Data Relating to the Ancestry and Descendants of William Hills (citation details below):

      "In the early days of the Colony all marriages were solemnized by magistrates, the clergy having no part in the ceremony. In 1641 Governor Bellingham, as magistrate, married himself to Penelope Pelham, and when called on to come down from the bench and plead to a complaint against him for the act, refused to do so. Joseph Hills was a magistrate for the trial of small causes, and followed the Governor's example in his marriage of January, 1656, but, unlike the Governor, did not escape public censure. The records of the Court for Middlesex County show that, April 1, 1656, 'Mr. Joseph Hills of Mauldon being presented by the Grand Jury for marrying of himself, contrary to the law of this Collony page 38 in ye old Booke. Hee freely acknowledged his offence therein, and his misvnderstanding the grounds whereon he went which he now confesseth to be vnwarrantable, And was admonished by the Court.'"

  • Sources 
    1. [S4092] Deloraine-Pendre Corey, "The Waite Family of Malden, Mass." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 32:188, Apr 1878.

    2. [S2990] Genealogical Data Relating to the Ancestry and Descendants of William Hills, the English Emigrant to New England in 1632, and of Joseph Hills, the English Emigrant to New England in 1638 by William Sanford Hills, ed. Thomas Hills. Boston: Hills Family Genealogical and Historical Association, 1902.