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. Moses Hill’s father was Edward. Zulu Tom, Edward, and other family members were captured and sold into slavery while fighting 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.


Moses was born into slavery in Mississippi in January 1822 to Edward and Sylvia Hill. Edward and Sylvia had sixteenth children: The first child’s name was unknown, Moses Hill, Burl Shaw, Maj Hill, Tom (Hill) Norrington, Simon Hill (his mother was Melinda), Josiah Hill, David Crockett Hill, Parthenia (Hill) Walker, Monroe Johnson, Emanuel Hill, Daniel Hill, Andy Hill, Leah (Hill) Walton, Walter Hill, Will Hill, and Lamar Hill.


Moses Hill was one of the 14 Families leaders that established St. John Colony. Moses was a slave of Thomas Hill on the Hill Plantation in Hills Prairie, Texas. Moses married Hanna in 1850. In the 1900 Census, Hanna said she had two children, and one was still living. One child was Lee Hill, and the other child was Andrew Hill.


Moses’ burial location is unknown. If he is buried in St. John Colony Cemetery, he does not have a headstone. The research did not turn up a death certificate for him, Hanna, or his son, Lee Hill.


Louis Simms – great great nephew