A history of various members of my family. Some of the families that are covered are: Hill, Devlin, Duffley, Schulle, Warren, King, Singleton, Tillotson, Arnau, Eben, Thornton.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
The Search Begins
Karl Heinrich Hill - Age 21
The search for my family’s history began in the spring of
1966 with a conversation between my grandfather and I on the front porch of our
farmhouse in Texas.
My fifth grade teacher had given each pupil in my class the assignment of
writing a paper on the history of our family. My grandpa seemed the most
logical place to start my search and fortunately for me, he still had a pretty
good memory. We started with his father and mother, Fritz and Minna Hill. He
said that his father Fritz came to Texas from Germany when he
was baby and that Fritz’s mother died during the trip over and was buried at
sea. Things were starting to get exciting. His father’s father was named George
Hill and he was in the Civil War and fought on the confederate side. Now I was
really getting excited. Grandpa also seemed to recall that his father told him
that George was wounded in the war – shot in the arm. That was the extent of
the knowledge he possessed about his family’s history. He suggested I write a
cousin who was interested in family history who might have more information. I
was off to a good start and I had a new interest brewing.