William Traylor Hill
b. 16 August 1837, d. 31 July 1917
- Father: John Hill b. 1 January 1807, d. 5 June 1879
- Mother: Sarah Louisa Traylor b. 6 February 1815, d. 2 August 1865
- William Traylor Hill was born on 16 August 1837 in Dallas County, Alabama, near Selma.
- John Hill and Sarah Louisa Traylor appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Union Parish, Louisiana, and also overseer M. J. Cabiness (?), and J. O. H. and (daughter?) Amanda Clack, both born in Mississippi.. Other members of the household included William Traylor Hill, Champion Travis Hill, James Adam Hill, Joseph Reid Hill, Robert Lewis Hill, John Hill, Sarah Ann Hill, Mary Louisa Hill and James Henry Traylor.
- John Hill and Sarah Louisa Traylor appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Waverly PO, Walker (later San Jacinto) County, Texas. Other members of the household included William Traylor Hill, Champion Travis Hill, Sarah Ann Hill, John Calvin Hill, James Adam Hill, Robert Lewis Hill, Joseph Reid Hill, Mary Louisa Hill and Frank Pickens Hill. Likely James H. Trayor and Sarah C. Traylor are nephew and niece of Sarah Traylor Hill, but from which brother's family is unclear. Also in the household were A. P. Hook, professor of mathematics, and his wife Harriet, and physician W. P. Powell.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1860 census.
- He served as a 1st lieutenant under Capt. Robert M. Powell, Company D, 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, CSA. He was detailed to recruiting duty in Texas during the spring of 1862, promoted to captain on 23 August 1862, wounded at Gettysburg and again at Wilderness, and paroled at Appomattox on 12 April 1865 as Commander, 5th Texas Infantry Regiment.
- Captain "Mike" Powell wrote to his young sister-in-law Ella Wood on 6 April 1862, from Camp Wigfall, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He ended the four-page letter, "We are all enjoying fine health now & are very anxious to see Lt. Hill return with our recruits. Your bro' Campbell is getting very fat, Bose not so fat as he used to be, & Pete Williamson looks like a Dutchman that drank a gallon of Lager beer every day. We all want to go home very much but not until the war is over. If I never come home you must tell Wood that you are to take care of him & that he must love you & wait on you as long as he lives, & when war comes he must fight for his country & not stay at home. Give my love to your father and mother & all the family, Your Bro' Mike."
- On Monday, 7 April 1862, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Capt. Wooldridge & company left this morning. Started a Waggon Ben (Harris) driving to red river Alexandria with Lieut. Hill and his recruits for Capt. Powell's company." And on Sunday, the 27th, "Ben got back with waggon from Alexandria, Lieut. Hill & [illegible], 3 weeks trip."
- He married Maria Louisa Edmunds on 12 December 1866 in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
- William Traylor Hill and Maria Louisa Edmunds appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Huntsville PO, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included John Edwin Hill, Elizabeth Hill, John Hill, Mary Louisa Hill and Frank Pickens Hill. Also in the household were two female domestic servants.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1870 census.
- The following appeared on 3 July 1875 in The Galveston Daily News: (Huntsville, July 2, 1875) The surviving members of the Hood Brigade present at the reunion met in the Cough House at 8 A. M.
. . . Fifth Texas -- P. J. Goree, H. G. Hame, J. W. Neighbors, L. J. Goree, Jim A. Dickie, T. A. Birdwell, T. A. Bowden, A. C. Woodall, W. G. Smith, W. R. Rome, W. J. Smither, J. G. Burden, Robert Burns, W. W. Alston, Calhoun Kearse, J. H. Parker, M. A. Lamplain A. S. Martin, E. M. Berry, James B. Assek Goree, W. P. Wilson, W. G. Coleman, Berry Hicks, W. I. Sandel, R. A. Brantley, L. A. Cox, A. M. Pinson, F. M. Polland, W. J. Towns, A. J. Decapie, W. B. Campbell, L. Gillam, R. a. Park, F. A. Charles, E. J. Adickes, Walter Keenan, C. T. Hull, R. S. Neblett, Jeff C. Hayson, Wm. T. Hill and A. T. Hill, Gen. J. B. Robertson and Capt. Thos. J. Goree, of Longstreet's staff.
. . .
Judge Benton Randolph welcomed them to the hospitalities of Huntsville in a short speech.
. . .
Norman Kittrell, Esq., of Galveston, replied on behalf of the Lone Star Rifles and did himself and his comrades credit.
General Robertson closed the speech-making, when the soldiers and ladies were invited to dinner.
The people of this vicinity had a profusion of everything good, prepared invitingly, and the guests did it ample justice. It was a good, old-fashioned out-of-doors barbecue and dinner.
The veterans will meet nowhere in the State with a heartiereception than this of to-day.
- William Traylor Hill and Maria Louisa Edmunds appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in San Jacinto County, Texas. Other members of the household included John Edwin Hill, Elizabeth Hill, Henry Edmunds Hill, Charles Samuel Hill, Maggie Hill and McDowell Hill.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1880 census.
- William Traylor Hill and Maria Louisa Edmunds appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Maynard, San Jacinto County, Texas, enumerated near William's brother John, and his cousin John Lewis, and nephew Frank Hill. Other members of the household included Charles Samuel Hill, Maggie Hill, Thomas Coleman Hill and Mildred Morton Hill.
- He was farming, according to the 1900 census.
- William Traylor Hill became a widower at the 18 April 1913 death of his wife Maria Louisa Edmunds.
- William Traylor Hill died on 31 July 1917 at age 79.
- He was interred at Waverly Cemetery, Waverly, Walker (later San Jacinto) County, Texas.
- Last Edited: 21 Jan 2016
Family: Maria Louisa Edmunds b. 2 September 1842, d. 18 April 1913
- John Edwin Hill+ b. 6 October 1867, d. 17 March 1920
- Elizabeth Hill+ b. 8 June 1869, d. 9 June 1958
- Henry Edmunds Hill b. 19 April 1871, d. 9 September 1930
- Charles Samuel Hill b. 8 August 1873, d. 14 November 1937
- Maggie Hill b. 4 March 1876, d. 10 March 1961
- McDowell Hill b. 19 July 1879, d. 7 October 1963
- Thomas Coleman Hill b. 19 May 1882
- Mildred Morton Hill b. 28 September 1884, d. 2 February 1930