Bennett and Hill family papers, 1850-1962 (bulk 1850- 1901).

Creator: Bennett and Hill family.
Collection number: 4683
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Abstract: Hill and Bennett family members include John E. Hill (b. 1836), a shoemaker who served with the Confederacy; his wife, Mary Eugenia Bennett Hill; her father, Risden H. Bennett; and her brothers Samuel Pines Bennett, who served in Clingman’s Brigade and was killed in the Battle of Seven Pines in 1865, and Presly Lemuel Bennett, who served in the 2nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment. The Hill family lived in Tiverton, Devonshire, England, and the Bennetts in Wadesboro, Anson County, N.C. John E. Hill settled in North Carolina in the 1850s. Correspondence, 1850-1901 and 1949, among members of the Bennett and Hill families, and a few financial items relating to John E. Hill’s shoemaking business; Eugenia Bennett Hill’s 1853 diary; and a few miscellaneous items. Letters, 1850-1860, are from Risden H. Bennett and various friends to Eugenia, first at Salem Academy and then at home in Wadesboro, and discuss family and school activities. There is much discussion of the health of family members and slaves. Items, 1861-1865, include letters that describe troop movements and camp life to Eugenia and her father from her brothers in the field with unidentified Confederate Army regiments, and a photocopy of John E. Hill’s prisoner-of-war record. There are also letters, 1864-1874, from and about John E. Hill’s relatives in England. Beginning around 1870, there are letters, bills, and other items from suppliers of shoemaking equipment. The 1853 diary, 32 pp., of Eugnia Bennett Hill (then Eugenia Bennett) has short entries relating to housework and family visits. Other items include clippings, 1858 and 1962, about Bennett family ancestor Mary Dunn, a Revolutionary War herbalist.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In folders 1 and 2, there are letters from Risden Bennett that discuss the health and welfare of enslaved men, women, and children on his property.