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The collection contains personal papers and business records of members of the Hill family, early residents of Kittery and Berwick, Maine. The collection begins with a small group of papers belonging to John Hill (1666-1713). These include accounts, correspondence, land records and sawmill accounts. The papers date from 1700-1713. The bulk of the collection contains papers of John Hill's son, also John. They reflect his work as a justice of the peace and as the owner of a sawmill and lumber business. Included are accounts and receipts for personal items purchased by Hill, as well as notes and receipts of his financial transactions. Of particular interest are several sawmill and lumber account books, 1721-1771, which include tally sheets for boards purchased, produced and delivered, and records of work done and amounts paid, sometimes in commodities. His papers also include records from the large amount of business he did as a justice of the peace. A few papers from other members of the Hill family are found in the collection, including an account of the estate of Roger Hill, 1698, and documents from the estate of Joseph Hill, 1743-1757. Also included are warrants for town meetings in Kittery, 1723-1798, and miscellaneous town documents. A group of records from various individuals including William Pepperell are found at the end of the collection; their connection to the Hill family is unclear.
Business and Industry
Size of Collection
1 box (0.5 cubic feet)
Dates of Collection
1698-1842, bulk 1720-1770
SpC MS 0245
Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine, "Hill Family Papers, 1698-1842" (2015). Finding Aids. Number 125.