Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Henry Dills 1745-1819


Dan's 5th great grandfather, Maternal Line

 Henry Dills
Born 1745
Died Jul. 28, 1819
married
Hannah
daughter of
Born
Died after 1817

Children:
Susanna Dills 1781–1863 m. Joshua Hagerman
Henry Dills 1789–1874 m. Elizabeth McDowell Stroud
Sophia Dills 1775-1839 m. Peter Lander
William Henry Dills 1777–1860 m. Mary
Rachel "Sally" Dills 1775-1839 m. Henry G.DeShong
Polly Dills m. Smith

Daughters as listed in will - To my beloved daughters Sophia Lander, Susanna Hagerman, Polly Smith, and Sally DeShong


1745 Henry Dills is Born
1745 • Knowlton Twp., Sussex (now Warren), NJ


Chapter XII The Dills of New Jersey contains extensive history on the Dills, including:

“At some undetermined date, probably in the neighborhood of 1736, the Dills emigrated from Germany and settled in Huntingdon County, New Jersey.  It is rather difficult to determine just who were in the party but among the younger people was a boy William, and a girl, Rachel, probably brother and sister.  The girl married a man by the name of Snyder and died at Easton, Pennsylvania.  The boy became William, Sr., and moved to Knowlton, New Jersey, where he founded the Dills family of that locality.  Many of the Dills remained in Huntingdon County and this makes plausible the supposition that with the parents of William, Sr., came several of his uncles.  We find wills of Henry Dils of Amswell, N. J., 1788; John Dills of Amswell, N. J., 1786; Peter Dills of Amswell, N. J., 1760; Christopher Dills of Kingswood, N. J., 1812; Jacob Dilts of Amswell, N. J., 1827.  These are all no doubt related to the Knowlton branch of the family.

William Dils, Sr., was born in Germany in 1711 and emigrated with his parents about 1736.  He married Rachel, who was born in 1721.  He bought a large amount of land at Knowlton and also across the Delaware River at what is now called Portland  but which was then called Dill's Ferry.  He made his will on the 17th of June, 1793, and died the following year.  His will, on record at the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, N. J.,, shows that he left his wife Rachel (who evidently died shortly after the will was made in 1793) 200 pounds, and the estate finally to be divided among the children equally except that Henry was to have 20 pounds more than the other children.  The sons, John, Adam and William were to be the executors.

William, Sr., and his wife, Rachel, had five sons and one daughter.  The daughter , who was, of course, called Rachel, married George Ribble.  The sons were John, born 1742; Adam, born 1743; Henry, born 1745; William (date of birth unknown) and Samuel, born 1765.”


 “Henry, son of William Sr., was known in later life as Henry Sr.  He was born in 1745 and died in 1817 in Dill's Ferry.  On the 16th of May 1783 he was elected Lieutenant of the 3rd Co., 5th Battalion of the Northampton Co. Militia under Col. Jacob Stroud, proof of service  being given in the Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Vol. 8, p. 623.” From: THE KELLERS OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP by David Henry Keller, M.D. 1922

1772 Henry Dills married Hannah
Henry Sr age 27
Henry Dills Jr was born June 12 1789 in New Jersey. He married Elizabeth McDowell Stroud (1800-1882) and they had the following children:
Alfred Dills 1821–1822
John Dills 1823–1823
Eleanor Dills 1823–1823
Rachel Stroud Dills 1823–1888
Ellen Kerr Dills 1825–1850
William Henry Dills 1827–1853
James Hollinshead Dills 1829–1851
Jacob Stroud Dills 1831–1919

Henry & Elizabeth are buried in Union Springs, Cayuga County, New York

1775 - Birth of Daughter Sophia Dills
Sophia Dills was born June 13 1775 in Pennsylvania. She married Peter Lander 1764–1847 & they had three children: John Lander 1798–1889, Peter Lander 1807–1854, Eliza Lander 1815–1903. Sophia died February 16 1839 and is buried in Dansbury Cemetery, Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, US


1777 Birth of Son William Dills (1775–1860)
abt 1777 • Knowlton, Warren, New Jersey, United States
William Married Mary, they had two sons: George Dills 1797-1881 & William C. Dill 1809-1858. William Henry Dills died in 1860, and is buried in DeWitt City Cemetery 
Clinton County, Michigan, USA

1779 Birth Of Daughter Sally Dills
Rachel "Sally" Dills was born October 1779. She married Henry G. DeShong (1776-1837)and they had two daughters, Catherine Deshong 1798-1806, & Eliza Eleanor DeShong 1802-1834.
Rachel & Henry are buried in the Dills-DeShong cemetery in Cayuga County, New York. 

Name: Rachel DeShong
Birth Date: Oct 1779
Birth Place: New Jersey, USA
Death Date: Sep 1806
Death Place: Ledyard, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Cemetery: Dills - DeShong Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Ledyard, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Spouse: Henry G. DeShong
Children: Catherine DeShong

I'm still sorting this out - I had Rachel married to Henry DeShong, but in the will she's listed as Sally DeShong - I think they are the same person, but I need to check and see if Henry had two wives.

1780 - abt - Henry Dills Ferry Man
 "For many years previous to the erection of this bridge the inhabitants
crossed the river by the ferry, a few rods north of where the bridge now
stands. It is said that a Mr. Smith owned the first ferry right at this
place, but there are no records to corroborate this statement. Mr. Dill was
probably the first ferryman, about 1780.

  About this date he had erected a log tavern on the hill opposite the
ferry.  This has long since been demolished. The subsequent ferrymen at
this place have been as follows:
Alexander Decker
Jacob Lamb
James Decker
Michael Weller
George Decker
John Ott, who relinquished the ferry at the completion of the Delaware
Bridge, in 1869."
HISTORY OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA,
ILLUSTRATED, 1877
EDITED BY DAVIS.
PHILADELPHIA AND READING:
PETER FRITTS, 1877

 Page 253

 Portland the most northerly of the boroughs of Northampton county is situated in the Delaware river about five miles north of the Delaware Water Gap The borough was first known as Dill's Ferry for the reason that Henry Dill in 1817 kept a tavern and operated a ferry in that locality. The piers for a bridge across the Delaware river were first built in 1817 but collapsed and it was not until 1868 that a bridge was completed connecting Portland with the other side of the Delaware river - History of Northampton County [Pennsylvania] and the Grand Valley of the ... By American Historical Society page 521 




1781 Birth of Daughter Susanna Dills(1781–1863)
18 July 1781 • New Jersey
Henry age 36

Susannah Dills born July 18 1784 married Joshua Hagerman (1776–1864 ) and they had the following children:

Squires Hagerman 1807–1880, Catherine (Katey) Hagerman 1808–1876, Mahlon Hagerman 1813–1905, Frances Henry Hagerman 1823–1897

Susannah (Dills) & Joshua Hagerman are buried in Mount Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery, Mount Bethel PA.

Joshua & Susannah (Dills) Hagerman are Dan's 4th great grandparents in his maternal line.  You can read more about them here:

http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2012/02/joshua-hagerman-1776-1864.html

Joshua Hagerman is one of the executors for Henry Dills will.

1783 - Lt of the 3rd Co 5th Battalion, Northampton County Militia

“Henry, son of William Sr., was known in later life as Henry Sr.  He was born in 1745 and died in 1817 in Dill's Ferry.  On the 16th of May 1783 he was elected Lieutenant of the 3rd Co., 5th Battalion of the Northampton Co. Militia under Col. Jacob Stroud, proof of service  being given in the Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Vol. 8, p. 623.” From: THE KELLERS OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP by David Henry Keller, M.D. 1922

1787 - Henry on the list of Tavern Keepers

1786 - Apprentice or Servant of Henry Dills has run away
On the list of Runaway Servants, convicts & Apprentices:
John Laird, Henry Dills Northampton PA 4/5/1786, Irish 25
      8 days, Tuesday, 8 dollars, 5'6"-7"

1788 Residence
1788 • Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Henry Age 43

Name Henry Dills
Year 1788
Town or Ward Upper Mount Bethel
County Northampton
Archive Rollname 331

1789 Birth of Son Henry Dills(1789–1874)
12 Jun 1789 • Northampton, Monroe, Pennsylvania, United States
Henry age 44

1790  - Residence
1790 • Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
Henry age 45

Name Henry Delse
Home in 1790 (City, County, State) Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over 2
Free White Persons - Females 6
Number of Household Members 10

1798  Residence
1798 • Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton and Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Henry Age 53

1800 Residence
1800 • Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
Henry age 55

Name Henry Dills
Home in 1800 (City, County, State) Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10 2
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10 3
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 7
Number of Household Members Over 25 2
Number of Household Members 11

Name Henry Dills
Residence Year 1800
Residence Place Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton

1810  Residence
1810 • Upper Mount Bethel, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States
Henry age 65

Name Henry Dills
Home in 1810 (City, County, State) Upper Mount Bethel, Tioga, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 3
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 1
Number of Household Members Over 25 2
Number of Household Members 6

1813 - Property is mentioned in article about the Smithfield Turnpike Rd - 

The Gleaner 
(Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)

21 Apr 1815, Fri • Page 1

1819 Henry Dills Died
 Upper Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania


Last Will of Henry Dill's 
in the name of God amen the 8th day of March in the year of our Lord 1817,  I Henry Dills, innkeeper, of the township of  upper Mount Bethel, in the county of Northampton and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding thanks be to God there for. Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men one day to die, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner from following and first of all I recommend myself to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner of the direction of my executive nothing doubting that I should remain the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate as it has please God to bless me with in life I give and devise and dispose of the same in the manner following.

My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly discharged and paid and give and devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Hannah the use benefit and for life of one third of all my real estate where on I now live for and during the time and term that she bears my name or continues my widow and also all the household furniture and personal estate that she had at the time we were married of her own or which personal estate she is to ------- during her life time.

And I do give and bequeath unto my son Henry the one sixth part of my estate both real and personal which he is to possess after my death in the way as my other children and two onto my son William the same share as my son Henry my real estate and of my personal estate and the same way and manner as the other children and the remainder I give and bequeath and divided into my four daughters to be divided equally amongst them. Viz

To my beloved daughters Sophia Lander, Susanna Hagerman, Polly Smith, and Sally DeShong all and each to share equal in my estate both of real and personal and my will is that the real estate accept what I have big wish to my beloved wife should be sold after my decease to one of my children if either of them should have inclination to buy it and if not no one of them can agree to buy it that it should be sold to another person and all that should arise or proceed from there to be divided in the manner above stated as I have before bequeathed and devised and all which I have bequeathed to my beloved wife it is my will that it should be disposed of in the same manner as the above and divided amongst my beloved sons and daughters.

According to each one share as above stated and further it is my will that no one of my beloved children shall have it claim any more of the Estate bequest unto him her or them then they're proportional shared as above described until him her or them shall become lawfully ---- in possession of what I have herein bequeathed to my beloved wife and the whole of my estate which I have bequeathed as above it is my will that it shall be disposed of and divided after my decease according to each ones proportionate share in every manner and way as is above written.

Lastly I do here by constitute and make my beloved Son in Law 
Joshua Hagerman and my beloved friend Jacob Ramble Esquire my beloved son Henry my sole executor my sole executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all former wills legacies ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. 

Henry Dills

Witnesses: Francis Hagerman, Jacob Lamb (Lander)





Research:
Dills Ferry



Research:


A grantor–grantee index is a general term for two lists of real property transfers maintained in alphabetical order of the last name of the parties transferring the property. One list is the grantor index, an alphabetic list of sellers (grantors).
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Susannah Dills 1761-1863
Married
Joseph Hagerman 1776-1864
(check her birthdate was she really 5 years older than Joshua?)

married
Catherine Weidman


 Sarah Ann Hagerman 
married


married
 Margaret Esther Aunkst b.1879 
                              
Marian Lucille Smith
 married 

Patsy Ann Smith
married
Charles Frederick Truckenmiller

Daniel Truckenmiller
married
Heather Sulouff

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