Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for Thomas HILL


" Another son, Thomas Hill, born October 3, 1789, also crossed back into Culpeper County to make his fortune. His November marriage to Fannie Russell Baptist was a merger of two proud lines. She was a native of Mecklenburg County and was descended from the earl of Gainsboro in Charles II's reign. Fannie Hill was a nineteen-year-old bride when she arrived at Thomas Hill's new estate, Greenland, ten miles west of the town of Culpeper Court House. Husband and wife soon developed contrsting life styles. Thomas Hill became a highly esteemed merchant, farmer, and politician. An acquaintance recalled that he "was a splendid looking man, tall, taciturn, noted for his courage, famed for his hospitality and beloved for his character." People called him Major out of respect. Fannie Hill, on the other hand, was a small, frail, bespectacled introvert who had difficulty controlling her emotions. She tended to keep to herself, preferring to sit by the window, knitting or gazing out across the fields. Most of her married life she spent battling "ills real or imaginary," a family member stated, and she was 'much petted by her husband and children." The union of Thomas and Fannie Hill produced seven children: four sons followed by three daughters. At eight in the morning on November 9, 1825, the last son was born. He was appropriately named Ambrose Powell Hill Jr. Powell (as he was called throughout his life) enjoyed a pleasant childhood."
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