Ned was born a slave on June 18, 1860, to Josiah and Mary Virginia Strong-Hill in Bastrop County, Texas. He was a slave on the Hill Plantation in Hills Prairie, Texas.


Ned Hill had nine siblings: Mary Ann Hill-Brown, Parthenia Hill-Alford, Julia Hill-Winn, Cary Hill, Joe Hill, Wiley Hill, Dilsey Hill-Jones, Nancy Hill, and Itasca Hill-Franklin.


After slavery on June 19, 1865, Josiah Hill, Ned’s father, and the rest of his family moved to Hogeye, Texas, about two miles south of current-day Elgin, Texas. Josiah and the other families were doing very well in Hogeye, but due to racism from some local whites, Josiah, his family, and 13 other families left Hogeye for St. John Colony in 1872 to start a new life.


Ned married Eliza Jane Lofton-Hill on December 27, 1881, in Bastrop County, Texas. They had Ned’s name list as Charles Edward ‘Ned’ Hill on that marriage certificate. Ned and Eliza had fourteen children: Nellie Hill-Arnold, Miles Hill, Isaac Hill, Frederick D Hill, Mary L Hill, Eliza Hill, Robert Hill, Jordan Hill, Solona Hill, Carey Hill, Estella Hill-Carter, Josiah Hill, Aaron Hill, and Susie Hill-Arnold.


Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 said Ned died on June 17, 1943, in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Eliza Lofton-Hill was born January 1863 in Seguin, Guadalupe County, TX, USA, and she died June 7, 1937, in Dale, Caldwell, Texas. Both are buried in St. John Colony Cemetery.


Louis Simms – great nephew