William Hill is born enslaved at Newtown on August 16, 1809, to Elizabeth and Henry. Elizabeth and Henry were “lawfully married,” probably at St. Francis Xavier Church at Newtown. Elizabeth had been born at Newtown in 1792. Her parents Anthony (Tony) and Henrietta (Ritta) had lived at Newtown since at least 1784. Henry was enslaved to a neighboring planter, with the surname Lewellyn. Between 1811 and 1819, Henry was sold to a planter with the surname Plowden.
William’s brother Ferdinand is born and baptized John Leonard Ferdinand at St. Francis Xavier Church. He is baptized the same day as Sylvester, the son of Joseph and Esther Greenlief.
(1820s) William is probably trained as a carpenter.
William’s brother Remus is born and baptized Henry Rea[mus] at St. Francis Xavier Church. His godparents are Michael and Beckky, who pass away before the sale. William is eleven years old, and one of 38 persons enslaved at Newtown.
William’s sister Lucretia [Lucy, Lucrese] is born.
William marries Elisa on April 30, 1831 at St. Francis Xavier Church. Elisa (b. abt. 1811) had converted to Catholicism on April 24. Elisa is enslaved by a neighboring planter, Mrs. Carpenter.
William’s sister Mary Elizabeth is born and baptized at St. Francis Xavier Church. Rose Anne Scott (b. 1814), also sold in 1838, is named her godmother.
(1831-32) William and Elisa’s son John Henry is born. He is baptized on February 19, 1832 at St. Francis Xavier Church. Henny (b. 1806) is named John’s godmother.
William is separated from his father - Henry, his wife - Elisa, and his son - John.
William, his mother Elizabeth, and his siblings are sold, and sent to Louisiana aboard the Katharine Jackson. William and Elizabeth are sold to Jesse Batey, whereas Dick, Julia Ann, Ferdinand, Remus, Lucretia, Ritta, Joe, and Mary are sold to Henry Johnson.
(1838-50s) William is enslaved by Jesse Batey in Maringouin, Louisiana, at West Oak Plantation. He continues to work as a carpenter.