Josiah was born in 1828 in Georgia to Edward and Sylvia Rhodes-Hill. Josiah’s other siblings were: Moses Hill, Lamar Hill, Monroe Hill (Johnson), Parthenia Hill-Walker, Leah Hill-Walton, Major Hill, Mary Ann Hill, Berl Hill (Shaw), Andrew Hill, Daniel Hill, Walter Hill, and Will Hill. Josiah also had a stepbrother Simon Hill (his mother was Melinda).


Josiah and his parents, along with several siblings, were found in a Slave Schedule in Bastrop County (Hills Prairie on a Plantation named Ancient Oaks with Abram Wiley Hill (Planter/Owner).


Between 1865 – 1868 most of Edward Hill’s children moved to a Black settlement called Hogeye. This settlement was located northeast of Webberville. Due to racism, some of the families left the area.
In the mid-1870s, Josiah 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.


Josiah met and married Mary Virginia (Verjane) Strong-Hill; their children were: Mary Ann Hill-Brown, Parthenia Hill-Alford, Julia Hill-Winn, Cary Hill, Joe Hill, Ned. W. Hill, Wiley Hill, Dilsey Hill-Jones, Nancy Hill, and Itasca Hill-Franklin.


Josiah married Amanda Wright on December 29, 1892. On February 27, 1902, Josiah Hill died in Fayette County, Texas. He is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery beside Mary Virginia Hill.


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