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Birth:1703 in Berwick, Maine 3
Death:31 JUL 1747 in Killed by indians at Montsweag near Wiscassett, Woolwich area
Sex:M
Father:Mainwaring (Manrin) Hilton 2nd
Mother:Elizabeth Thompson
  
Residence: Pownalbourough, Maine
Spouses & Children 
Mary Lord (Wife)
Marriage: Berwick (or York), Maine
Children: 
  1. Abigail Hilton
  2. DescendantsJoshua Hilton
  3. DescendantsMary Hilton
  4. Sarah Hilton
  5. DescendantsMoses Hilton 1st
  6. DescendantsWilliam Hilton
  7. DescendantsEbenezer Hilton 2nd
  8. John Hilton
  9. James Hilton
  10. DescendantsBenjamin Hilton
  11. Joseph Hilton
  12. Daniel Hilton
  13. Theophilus Hilton
  14. Hannah Hilton
 
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Ebenezer Hilton moved with his family to Wiscasset, on a small stream,which is the dividing line between Woolwich and Wiscasset, Maine."

Ebenezer Hilton came from Berwick. 1757 - Moses I and William Hilton,sons of Ebenezer, were listed as members of the Colonial Militia atPownalborough under General Johnathan Williamson in 1757, Fourth FrenchWar. (Page 109, Vol. III Maine Historical Magazine), also see AncientDominions of Maine, pp 301-304. Ebenezer's feet were hacked-off and hewas killed by indians, along with son and son-in-law. One William takenprisioner to Canada, later returned (recorded in Boston papers).Apparently ocurred at Montsweag near Wiscassett, Woolwich area.

From Vol. X, Doc. Col Hist. New York--Broadhead. Albany 1858.ParisDocuments, No. IX, p 121. "A party of Abenaquis from Acadia bring us anEnglishman named William Hilton, whom they took prisoner at Piscatoue."A foot note states "Boston, Aug. 11,1747. We hear that a few days sincethe Indians surprised and killed at a place called Wiscasset, nearSheepscot, in the eastern parts, one Mr. Hilton, his son and another man,and carried him captive." Farmer & Moore's New Hampshire collection111-386 Journal of Occurrences in Canada, 1746-1747. On the 9th arriveda party of Abenaquis, belonging to St. Francis who struck a blow at St.George they have brought in a young lad about 15 years old a prisoner; hereports nothing. They killed his father whose scalp they have with them.(This may have been Hilton). 17th a party of Abenakes of Panasamskearrived bringing an English prisoner, named Timothy Comans, aged 60, whomthey took the 2nd inst. near Fort St. George.

The garrison house of Ebenezer Hilton stood on a hilltop. His grave issaid to have been made in the Vineyard. For the origin of that name asapplied to the early Montsweag burial ground Jane Tucker (librarian atWiscasset) recommends the person read the late Sarah Orne Jewett's book"The Tory Lover" in wihch there is mention of a graveyard in Berwick orBarvick as the eighteenth century residents there seem to have pronouncedit, known as the Vineyard. The Wiscasset or Montsweag Vineyard islocated as near as Jane Tucker (Librarian at Wiscasset, Maine) candetermine on low land near the shore of Montsweag stream and southerly ofthe State highway bridge across the stream.

Ebenezer was called Gray but later Hilton. He was an energetic andambitious man. He was a house carpenter, wheelwright, and millright. Hesoon made a contract with Rev. Christopher Topham for vast virgin landsat Montsweag, Wiscasset, and moved there in 1738. (Vol. 3, pg 333, Gen.Dictionary by Noyes-Libby and Davis.)

Born of an unfortunate circumstance but triumphed over all. Died atragic death while trying to found a new colony and provide for his largefamily. He built a garrison and also a mill at Georgetown (ancientWiscasset), Maine. The circumstance of his removal from Berwick (placeof young manhood) to Wiscasset are shown in a preamble to a deed recordedin Vol. 16, pg 52, dated Sept. 7, 1782.)

Heirs of Christopher Toppan to Joshua Hilton of Pownalboro; "WhereasChristopher Toppan did in or about the year of 1735 agree with EbenezerHilton also of Montsweag in Powanlboro, to settle on tract of land anddid promise to said Ebenezer Hilton to give to him 100 acres of land, toeach of his sons 50 acres of land for bringing forward a settlement ofsaid tracts (Wiscasset) and the said Hilton in bringing forward thesettlement lost his life by Indians, etc."

The Berwick Church records indicate 1736 as the year of preparation forthe above removal into the Eastern Wilds, by depositions of the childrenof Ebenezer Hilton taken forty years after the removal was made in 1737or 1738. Ebenezer Hilton his land at Berwick on Sept 29, 1737 to JohnThompson, Sr., his mother's brother. (York Deeds Vol. 19, pg 80.)

In a few months his uncle deeded them back and then Ebenezer Hilton soldthem to Ichobod Goodman, deed dated March 1758. His great sacrifice gaveto his children hundreds of acres of new land in and near Wiscasset.

In files of the Supreme Judicial Court of Boston (Case #140610) we readthe depositions of four of his children (Ebenezer's) as follows:
1. Daniel, b. abt 1745 at Pownalboro (Wiscasset), age 40 years in June1785. "My brother William and brother Moses, when I was of age, set medown on a piece of land 112 acres, etc."
2. Moses Hilton, aged 52 years in Jund 1785. "Forty-eight years since Icame with my father Ebenezer Hilton. He had nine sons, five of which arestill living namely, William, Moses, John, Joseph and Joshua. About 10years after moving here I saw my father and one brother, Joshua, and mybrother-in-law, John Boynton, killed by Indians. Mr. Toppan sent a sloopto Berwick and took on board my father's family." (In 1738 when theyfirst went to Wiscasset.)
3. William Hilton. "Thirty-nine years ago I came and found my fathersettled."
4. Mary Hilton Savage, deposition dated July 1785. "Mr father and Mr.James Grant and others built a garrison and lived in it until the Indianskilled father. I then lived in the said garrison and I saw Indians whenthey ran out of my father's barn and took my brother William and soonafter I saw them killing my father. They shot him and wounded him and Isaw them strike him with their hatchets. I saw him fall and I saw him nomore until he was brought in dead, scalped. My eldest brother Joshua wasshot at the same time when he was running to the garrison and he died twodays later. My brother-in-law, John Boynton was killed at the sametime."

The garrison was built for the defence of several families viz; Grant,Gray, Hilton and Savage. The Boston Gazette for 8/11/1747, gives theexact date of the massacre as 7/31/1747.

By "Drake" (Indian Wars) report is given 7/31/1747--At the Montsweag,Ebenezer Hilton and son Joshua, and son-in-law John Boynton killed byIndians, who took William Hilton prisoner.

Mr. Ebenezer Hilton's land was on the Wiscasset side and his barn was onthe bank just east of the mill. The farmers were at work farther east.James Savage had gone to Wiscasset for supplies. The Indians slyly hidin the barn in waiting for the men's return (to dinner I understand) andso rushed out upon them. Mr. Hilton alone had a gun and refused tosurrender as he had said he would never go to Canada. He held hisassailants off, covering them with his gun as he retreated. A shot brokehis arm and soon they rushed upon him and cruelly killed him. His sonJoshua broke away and ran followed by an Indian. He ran across on themill dam and two pursuers perceiving he would escape, shot him in theshoulder. He reached the door of the garrison was dragged in but diedtwo days later."

By Rev. William H. Savage, grandson of James and Mary savage. "AlexanderGray, who married Elizabeth Thompson, mother of Ebenezer Hilton, was inthe mills and saw the Indians pursue Joshua Hilton and shoot him. Heshot this Indian, reloaded behind a tree and retreated backward to thegarrison."

By Thomas F. White of Swan Island. "Ebenezer Hilton moved to Wiscasset,Woolwich in 1738. He died a tragic death while trying to form a newcolony and provide for his large family here. Here too, his son Joshuaand son-in-law were killed 7/31/1747 by the Indians. His son William wastaken prisoner and carried into Canada. He later escaped. He returnedand later settled at Solon, where he had seen, on the east side of theKennebec River, the fertile land as he came back down the river. He andsome of his descendants are buried there."

From Mr. Thayer's book which is in the possession of Mrs. Paul Reed.
Grant, Gray, Hilton and Savage.
Garrison was near the house of Nathaniel Gould at Montsweag.
Ebenezer Hilton, his eldest son Joshua Hilton, John Boyington, andWilliam Hilton. Mary the wife of James Savage.
"My father and Mr. James Grant and others built a garrison and lived insaid garrison till the Indians killed my father. I then lived in saidgarrison.

Ebenezer was baptised at his own request as an adult in Berwick on2/28/1719-20 (according to Charles Thornton Libby in correspondence toMrs. Fannie S. Chase, 12/14/1938).

In the Archives Room of the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston, in CaseVol. 901, p. 86, the depositions of Ebenezers' children are preserved."They describe in full detail their father's death, etc. The sonWilliam, aged 54 on 6/19/1784, gives the whole Hilton history, how thefather went down there, when the children went, with minute particularsof the Indian attack, etc." according to Charles Thornton Libby. Hefurther tells Frannie Chase; "As for the man, Ebenezer Hilton, he was aremarkably able and fine man, and the ancestor of a fine race ofdescendants. On his mother's side he was a relation (through the Emerys)of both my grandfather Libby and my grandfather Thornton. On hisfather's side I once "believed" but failed to find proofs in England,that he was a relation to my grandmother Libby.

As far as his being born out of wedlock, so were both of portland'sgreatest statesmen. William the Conqueror, Alexander Hamilton werebastards. The most brilliant, highly talented among my boy mates inPortland was a bastard. Why falsify nature and bury the truth in lies."

"The History of Kittery very wrongly thrusts among the infants ofElizabeth Thompson who were baptized the baptism of Ebenezer Hilton byhis own volition after coming to years of understanding. The recordreads:

1719-20 Feb. 28, Elizabeth, wife of James Emery Jr., Mary Davis, EbenezerGray Hilton, son of Elizabeth Gray, owned the convenant and werebaptized. Also Obed and John, the children of said James Emery, andMary, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Nason, baptized."
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Information from Philip E. Hilton, Florida, 2004 indicates that whenEbenezer was about 17-years of age, on 2/28/1719-20, Ebenezer, son ofElizabeth Thompson Gray, accepted the covenant and was baptized. Hebuilt on his wife's father's land. He was known as an energetic andambitious person. He is listed as a house builder, wheelwright andmillwright. He made a contract in 1735 with the Rev. Christopher Toppanfor the vast virgin lands near the present city of Wicasset. Thisdecision was to cost him and many of his blood relatives their lives, asthey were killed in an Indian massacre.
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Sources 
  1. Title: "The genealogy of the New England Hilton Family from the time of theirsailing from London, in 1623 to 1850" (Cincicnnati newspaper)

  2. Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Mel Lucy file. Created on 23 SEP 2006. Imported on 30 Nov 2006.

  3. Title: Ethel F. Hilton Johnson, 6/1/1925, Correspondence between Charles Libby and Ethel F. HiltonJohnson

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SmartMatches 
Individuals from other files that are believed to be the same person:
Ebenezer Hilton of Parker Family from Devon
Ebenezer Hilton of Parker Family from Devon
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of FAMILY TREE LEGENDS
Ebenezer Hilton of FAMILY TREE LEGENDS
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of FAMILY TREE LEGENDS.ged.
Ebenezer Hilton of FAMILY TREE LEGENDS.ged.
Ebenezer Hilton of June Ferguson to Adam Genealogy
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of Hilton/Morris genealogy
Ebenezer Hilton of Hilton/Morris genealogy
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of Family Tree Legends
Ebenezer Hilton of Family Tree Legends
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of My_ Family_Tree
Ebenezer Hilton of My_ Family_Tree
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of My_ Family_Tree
Ebenezer Hilton of My_ Family_Tree
Ebenezer Hilton of Kandy Roseth
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of Family Tree Legends.ged
Ebenezer Hilton of Family Tree Legends.ged
EBENEZER HILTON of BOB ACHENBACHs ORIGIN
Ebenezer Hilton of Our Extended Family
Ebenezer Hilton of Our Extended Family
Ebenezer Hilton of Our Extended Family
Ebenezer Hilton of ferguson
Ebenezer HILTON of savage then and now
Ebenezer HILTON of savage then and now
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of My Data.ged.
Ebenezer Hilton of My Data.ged.
EBENEZER HILTON of Moran-Pat
Ebenezer Hilton of Johnson Genealogy
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of My Data.ged
Ebenezer Hilton of My Data.ged
Ebenezer (Gray) Hilton of Baker, Byrd, Logan, Bean, Moody &c.
Ebenezer Hilton of Huntress_Sprowls_Bulson
Ebenezer Hilton of Ancestors of Tim Hunter
Ebenezer Hilton of Genealogy of Thomas H. Moody
Ebenezer Grey Hilton of HILTON? MORRIS ANCESTRY AND GENEALOGY
Ebenezer Hilton of HILTON? MORRIS ANCESTRY AND GENEALOGY

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