Joe Henry Hill was born in Bastrop County on June 29, 1859, to Josiah (Joe Sye, Joe Si) Hill and Mary Virginia (Verjane) Strong-Hill.


Between 1865 -1868 most of Josiah’s family moved to a Black settlement named Hogeye. This settlement was located northeast of Webberville. Due to racism and hatred, some of the families decided to leave the area.
In the mid-1870, Joe Hill and thirteen other families led by Rev. John H. Winn journeyed by wagon to the area in Caldwell County (Winn Colony, later named St. John Colony). The freed families purchased about two thousand acres of land.


Joe met and married Jennie Allen-Hill; they had fourteen children: Abraham Lincoln Hill, Trilla Hill (died as a child), Willie Hill-Kimble, Savannah (Nancy) Hill-Evans, Joe Henry Hill, Chattam Hill, Isabella Hill (died at birth), Emma Hill-Davis, Icy Hill-Horton, Nola Hill-Arnold Thomas, Dorothy Mae (Daisy) Hill-Roland, Gladys Hill-Carter White, Edna Hill-Davis Canady, and Zulla Hill-Solomon.


Joe was a Deacon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. On December 18, 1934, Joe Henry Hill died in Lytton Springs, Caldwell County, Texas. He is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery beside his wife, Jennie Allen-Hill.


Tinora Dorae Williams – great great great-granddaughter
Ollie Erma Jean Hill-Bostic – great great-granddaughter