Tom ‘Zulu’ Hill was born in Ethiopia in the early 1700s. He was a Bantu and the descendant of a Prince. Edward Hill, his son, was born in Zululand circa 1789. Simon Hill’s father was Edward Hill. Zulu Tom, and some of his family, including Edward, were captured and sold into slavery while fighting a battle against the British. They were sold to Master Branch in Virginia. Cold weather forced Master Branch to move his family and slaves to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and back to Georgia. The Hill family purchased Edward and his family and moved to Texas.


Simon Hill was born in 1827 in Georgia to Edward and Melinda Hill. He was their only child. However, Simon had sixteen other siblings through his father’s first marriage to Sylvia Hill. The first child’s name was unknown, Moses Hill (his mother was Melinda), Burl Shaw, Maj Hill, Tom (Hill) Norrington, Simon Hill, Josiah Hill, David Crockett Hill, Parthenia (Hill) Walker, Monroe Johnson, Emanuel Hill, Daniel Hill, Andy Hill, Leah (Hill) Walton, Walter Hill Born, Will Hill, and Lamar Hill.


Simon Hill was one of the 14 Families leaders that established St. John Colony. Simon was a slave on the Hill Plantation in Hills Prairie, Texas. Simon married Jane Hill circa 1869. They had nine children: Lucinda, Willis, William, Samuel, Lem, Ella, Nancy, James, and George.
Records of Simon’s death or burial were not found. Jane Hill was born in 1840, and she died on February 12, 1918, in Austin, TX. Jane was buried at Bethany Cemetery in Austin, Texas.


Louis Simms – great great nephew