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Hilton-Driver Family History


How cool would it be to descend from Charlemagne!?

41. Charlemagne, King France, Emperor of the West
b. Ingelheim 2 Apr 742 d Aix la Chappelle 28 Jan 814 m 771 to Hildegarde of Swabia, Countess of Linzgau
40. Pepin (Karlmann), King of Italy b. Rome 15 April 781 d. Milan 8 July 810 m. Chrothais
39. Bernard, King of Italy b. 797 d. Milan 17 April 818 m. 814 to Cunigunde
38. Pepin de Peronne, Seigneur of Peronne, Senlis, & St. Quentin b. 817
37. Herbert I, Count of Vermandois, Seigneur of Senlis, Peronne, & St. Quetin b. 840 d. 902 (murder) m. Liegardis
36. Herbert II, Count of Vermandois d. 23 Feb 942 m. Adela (Liegarde) of France
35. Robert of Troyes, Count of Meaux b. 910 d. Aug 967 m. Adelaide de Burgundy
34. Geoffrey "Grisgonelle" Count of Anjou, Seneschal of France b. 940 d. 21 July 987 (in battle) m. Adelaide de Vermandois
33. Conan I "le Tort", Duke of Brittany b. 960 d. Killed at Conquereuil 27 June 992 m. Ermengarde de Anjou
32. Richard II "The Good" Duke of Normandy b. 958 d. 28 Aug 1027 m Judith of Brittany
31. Robert I "The Devil" Duke of Normandy, Crusader b. 1000 d Nicea, Turkey 22 Jul 1035 M Herleve (Harlette) of Falaise
30. King William I of England b. 1027 d 9 Sept 1087 m Matilda of Flanders
29. King Henry I of England b. 1068 d. 1 Dec 1135 m. Matilda of Scotland
28. Geoffrey V "Plantagent" Count of Anjou b. 24 Aug 1113 d. 7 Sep 1151 m. Princess Matilda of England Dowager Empress of Germany
27. King Henry II, King of England b. 5 March 1132 d. 6 July 1189 m. Eleanor of Aquitaine, former wife of Luis VII, King of France
26. John of England, King of England b. Beaumont Palace, Oxford 24 Dec 1166 d. 18 Oct 1216 M. Isabel of Angouleme
25. Richard of England, Knight, Earl of Cornwall, Count of Poitou, King of the Romans b. Westminster Castle 5 Jan 1209 d. Apr 1272 m.
24. Sir Walter of Cornwall of Branell, Corwall, Knight of the Shire for Cornwall
23. James Peverell of Hamatethy in St. Breward, Cornwal m. Margaret of Cornwall
22. Sir Hugh Peverell of Hamatethy in St. Breward, Corwall b. 1308 m. Margaret Cobham
21. Thomas Peverell of Hamatethy in St. Breward, Cornwall m Margaret Couretenay
20. Sir Walter Hungerford, 1st Lord Hungerford of Farleigh, Somerset m Katherine Peverell b. 1394
19. Sir Robert Hungerford, 2nd Lord Hungerford m. Margaret Botreaux
18. John White of South Warnborough, Hants m. Eleanor Hungerford
17. Robert White of South Warnborough, Hants m. Margaret Gainsford
16. Nicholas Tichborne b. 1480 m. Anne White
15. Nicholas Tichborne b. 1500 m. Elizabeth Rythe
14. Francis Yate of Lyford in Hanney, Berks m. Jane Tichborne
13. Thomas Yate of Lyford m. Dorothy Stephens
12. John Yate of Lyford m. Mary Tattershall
11. George Yate b. Berkshire, England d. Anne Arundel Co., MD m. Mary Wells
10. William Nathan Prather b. 1670 Calvert Co., MD m. Anne Yates
9. John Joseph Smith Prather b. 12 June 1715 d. 3 Nov 1796 m. Rachel O'Dell
8. Zachariah Linthicum b. 1735 d. 3 Nov 1797 m. Sarah Prather
7. Frederick Linthicum b. 1774 d. 1836 m. Elizabeth Smith McElfresh
6. William Beall b. 1822 d. 26 Dec 1886 m. Ann S. Linthicum
5. James W. Driver b. 20 May 1845 d. 18 Feb 1922 m. Mary S. Beall
4. George Francis Hilton b. 12 Sept 1866 d. 12 Sept 1901 m. Lucy Amelia Driver b. 17 Apr 1871 d. 14 Feb 1947
3. George Earl Hilton b. 24 Dec 1901 d. 20 Apr 1984 m. Stella Virginia Mullinix b. 5 March 1905 d 22 Aug 1999
2. Robert Ellsworth Dubel b. 3 Mar 1921 m. 1940 Mary Amelia Hilton b. 7 July 1922 d. 11 Sept 2000
1. Robert Ellsworth Lyons (my dad) b. 6 Oct 1941 Olney, MD M. Cynthia Anne Davies b. 6 Feb 1946 Washington, DC

Interestedly enough even though our Charlemagne ancestor King John signed the Magna Carta he later reneged so he is not accepted for Magna Carter membership, to become a member of Magna Carta it had to be through another direct ancestor Robert De Roos, who was a knight and a baron and interesting enough he was a very high order of Knights Templar, in the De Vinci Code is effigy is one of those embedded in the floor of the Temple Church in London. One of our favorite places to visit in London is Temple Church long before I realized that on of the knight effigies on the floor of the famous and historic church was our direct ancestor Lord Robert de Roos.  Temple Church is where the Temple Knights were sworn into membership in that order. Robert de Roos was honored along with the other high knights of England like William Marshall to have his effigy placed in the church and to also be buried there. Temple Church was a very important spiritual center for the Knights Templar and it seems that Robert de Roos was a high priest of that order with new members entering the order being initiated there.Our ancestor Robert De Roos married the widow of King Robert De Bruce of Scotland inn 1191, she was Isabel of Scotland and she was royal and descended from every king of Scotland back to Macbeth, a most interesting story. Hemsley Castle, situated in the market town of Helmsley, within the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England was the castle of the de Roos family and the ruins can be visited today.

Picts would probably be the more accurate name and that would be our Beall (noted in the lineage above) or in Scotland the Bells, the family is extremely proud of their Pictish ancestors, we're descended from all the Beall families who immigrated to this country. As for Scottish ancestors there are many, many, too many to mention but I will mention a few, it was either Dr. William Hamilton or his father Dr. John Hamilton from Edinburgh, Scotland who was president of the University of Edinburgh, we're descended from them, I have lots of information about the family somewhere in the boxes. There was William Cummings who was deported by the British after the Battle of Cullodon and many, many more. In Scotland the rules of wearing the plaid or kilt of the clan is restricted to those of the same last name but in the US we can wear the plaid if we're descended of that family so for instance I can wear the Cumming or Bell plaid even though that's not my last name, strangely enough with the name Lyons which is a Sept of Farquirson so I would be entitled to wear that plaid in Scotland but I wouldn't since I'm not descended from the Lyons family. I was reading some of the Lyons genealogy which I have, they were Normans who settled in Ireland, England and Scotland much like many of our other ancestors we're actually descended from.

Mary Beall was married to James Driver and her father was William Beall from Montgomery County and he was married to a Linthicum and this is our only line of Bealls I've been totally unable to track back into any of the lines of Bealls who came from Scotland and I know they go into one of those Maryland lines of Bealls. We have in our ancestory at least three or four other lines of Bealls and I have tracked them all, if you need details on all of these lines I'll have to do some digging. It's through the Beall line and the Linthicums of Sugar Loaf Mountain that we have a most interesting Confederate Ancestor, Captain Charles Frederick Linthicum who was a Methodist Minister, went south and joined the Confederate Army and was killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor by a sniper, he's buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, photo above.
I found another original photo of Mary S. Beall Driver wife of James W. Driver, when I say original it's not a copy but looks like one where she went to a photographer in Washington and had the portrait done, I've attached a copy of the photograph to this note. I can see in her face many of the features that I saw in my mother's face and I still see in Tracey's and in Janie and others in the family, in the past I had always contributed this to the Hiltons but it may be from the Bealls. Mary S. Beall looked to be a very intelligent and determined woman, I'm willing to bet she was the driver behind the Driver, I would have loved to have met her. Hopefully you'll be able to post this additional photograph on your blog with the Hiltons.  

Discovering the identity of the other Driver photograph wasn't difficult, I had to go back into the Driver material where I had a letter from a Mrs. Lucille Driver in Florida who had written a series of books on the various Driver families and in among the material she sent was a Xerox copy photo of three Driver brother and George Washington was among them so that's how I was able to identify his photo but his wife (also a Mary M. but last name unknown) is still a mystery. Family history as passed down identified George Washington Driver's wife as also being a Beall but looking at her photograph she obviously isn't, she has none of the Beall features. I've heard that James W. Driver and George Washington Driver were close, George Washington Driver was a few years younger than James. I've always heard that James died as a result of a fall from the house during its construction. 

All the Maryland Drivers go back to James Driver (b. abt. 1765-d. abt. 1849 Vermillion, Ohio) who came to Maryland from Pennsylvania, his father was James also, a series of James, the Drivers come from Wales supposedly, and James Driver of Maryland was a soldier in the Maryland Line during the Revolutionary War and his story would be a page unto its self, he was a most interesting person. After the war he became a Methodist minister, a circuit rider preacher and was there for the formation of the Methodist church. I remember I had searched for his grave for years only to learn that in his 80s that he had sold his farm near Sykesville and with all his family except for one son Denton Driver of Woodbine he headed at the National Road to Vermillion, Ohio where he bought another farm and settled there and is buried in a country cemetery there, I would love to visit his grave, it is one of my goals, I hope to make it one day. Our James came back from Ohio to settle in Maryland. Mary Beall's father William Beall was also a part time preacher and its through the church that Mary and James probably met because it was the Drivers who built the Methodist church as Morgan Station. 


The Samuel Thomas Hilton story showing the last two of his homes in West Baltimore not very far from Union Square, the larger home on South Mount St. with the brick front is where he and Samuel and Liza lived I guess until they became disabled and then moved into the smaller house around the corner at 1705 Lemon Street. Lemon Street is a tiny street hardly more than an alley. The amazing thing is that these houses survived and are still there after all these years, for years these houses were sealed up and nobody was living there.


In this photograph I'm standing by the grave of Thomas Samuel Hilton the brother of Richard and Bill Hilton, he would have been Pa's great uncle. Samuel Thomas Hilton was a brakeman on the B&O Railroad and out the outbreak of the CW found himself in Ohio, so he joined the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he fought at the Battle of Stones River and was wounded by a musket shot to the groin but recovered enough to serve out his term of four years and was discharged from the Union Army during Sherman's March to the Sea, he returned to Maryland, married Eliza Montgomery in Baltimore and is buried at Loudon Park National Cemetery, I have photos of the two houses he lived in in Baltimore, a most interesting story.

Robert remembered Lucy Driver when she was a member of the suffragette movement, sometimes called suffragist blew me away because in the back of my mind was this photo hidden away of unknown ancestors given to me by my mother that I could never explain and he came up with the explanation that it was a group shot of suffragette ladies and great grandma actually showed him the photo and told him as a child where she was in the photo and he remembered it. This is important because here we had a young lady who had just lost her husband (Frank Hilton) and was still in mourning wearing her mourning finest appearing in a suffragette demonstration with other very activist ladies and leaders, this is revolutionary for the time and our great grandmother was part of the revolution and I believe she is the lady standing in the rear and to the left as Butch said.
I think that is Grandma in the back left still in mourning cloth. You are pushing my memory. She told me the lady in front is somebody famous. I can't remember who. I think the girl in the right rear is the one who tried to slap Taft.
(Pictured above) I came across this Xerox copy from the Warfield Scrapbook of what is believed to be Edmond Warfield and Rose Hilton (Montgomery County Hiltons) who were the parents of Ollie, Effie and Raymond Warfield.
Update on the picture below: I think I have identified the unknown Driver photo, or at least part of the photo anyway. The attached photo is of George Washington Driver, brother of James W. Driver but we still can't identify his wife.
I guess we won't know who the man and women in the second photo were, the man looked like a Driver but there was no label unfortunately but at least we have the James W. Driver and his wife Mary's photo. The first photo as being James W. Driver and Mary Beall Driver.
James W. Driver was the son of Denton Driver and Nancy Ann Lansdale, Denton Driver married Nancy Ann Lansdale about 1837, she was the daughter of John H. and Nancy Ann Warfield Landale. James W. Driver was born May, 1845, Md. and died Feb. 18, 1922 he married Mary S. Beall, born Nov. 19, 1845 and died April 16, 1914. Their children were:  1. Anna L. born abt. 1870, Md.;  2. Lucy Amelia, born April 17, 1871, Md. and died Feb. 14, 1947, she married George Francis Hilton about 1895; 3. Charles S/W, born May, 1872 in Md.;  4. Denton W. born Oct. 1871 in Ohio; 5. Ida V. born Oct. 1882 in Ohio.
James W. Driver and family were living in Bertis Twp., Erie Co., Ohio in the 1880 Census. In 1900 he was listed as a farmer living in the 4th Election Dist., Howard Co., Md. His father Denton Driver who was born April 7, 1813 in Md. and who died June 19, 1894 at Woodbine, Md. James W. Driver returned from Ohio about the time of the death of his father Denton Driver and never returned to Ohio, instead purchased the farm on the Patuxent River in Howard, County at Annapolis Rock which later became the farm of Earl Hilton and his brother James Hilton. 
(From Uncle Robert Hilton:) You got me on the pictures.  The photo album with the black and white was in my Grandma's steamer trunk when I was a kid.  I can remember it well because I sneaked it out and was looking at it, damaged it and caught hell I was probably about six.  I don't remember the sepia print.
A photo of Pa as a little boy. George Earl Hilton b. 24 Dec 1901 d. 20 April 1984

Strangely enough mostly all that we did was about the Hiltons on the Montgomery County side of the Patuxent River and this was mainly due to the photos being of the Hiltons and related families on that side of the river. I've attached photos of Pa and Ma Hilton's farm so you can see how pretty their place was on the Howard County side of the river. It's my understanding the big Victorian house we lived in was built by James Driver(I sent a photo of him and his wife), the house was built over the cabin that was there that the Duvall heirs and probably other families may have lived in prior to James Driver buying the farm upon his return to Maryland from Ohio and subsequently it was divided between the brother Earl and Jimmy, Earl getting the farm on the Howard County side and Jimmy the farm on the Montgomery County side of the river. It was also my understanding that James Driver died as a result of a fall from the house during its construction, that's what I was told anyway and I believe it. In the basement of the old Victorian we lived in you could see the heavy and solid oak beams of the old house the the Victorian was built over, it was a most interesting place, I could go on about the house for pages but I won't, it was a great house as you can see, so many stories. 

These are photos of Ma and Pa Hilton's farm, the last and small landscape photo is a shot taken from Pa's farm across the river showing the Bill Hilton farm or Raymond Warfield farm at the top of the hill and if you look closely at the bottom of the hill is the Cost Warfield farm and these two farms figured so prominently in the earlier blog photos, the Snyder place would have been over the other side of the hill from the Bill Hilton farm and out of the shot, the road ran up the hill from the Patuxent River from the Cost Warfield place to Raymond's place at the top of the hill and down over the hill to the Snyder place which you have photos of taken from the Park website




 I've included photos of the rock home of the Indian who wouldn't go west as the legend was handed down, according to the legend old Cabin John as he was called settled into a rock shelter along Cabin Branch within sight of the Duvall or Ellicott farm on Rt. 94. You can see from the attached photos the rocks formed natural walls on three sides and all Cabin John had to do to make it inhabitable was to put on a roof and a front wall and maybe a door, what you can't see is in the right wall he chiseled out a hole but no one knows for what purpose he used this hole, its meaning has left everyone guessing over the years, the hole doesn't show in these photographs unfortunately. It is said that Cabin John lived there awhile and even raised animals like pigs and later on nearby families brought him food until his death, supposedly he's buried in the old Indian and slave cemetery on an adjoining field. I was told the University of Maryland archeology class did a field trip there many years ago, there's no record of what they found that I can find. The Annapolis Rock areas was supposedly and Indian hunting ground for the Patuxent Indians from the large villages of the lower Patuxent River, it's the furthest point on the Patuxent River they could reach with their canoes at that time, it's where they would establish hunting camps and make weapons from the white quartz rock of the site, many arrow heads and other stone tools used by the Indians have been found in the fields along the river, as you know I have many.




Annapolis Rock School House 1911
Top: Elaine and Thurman Warfield, James Hilton, Miss Bosley (Teacher)
2nd Row: Amoss Mullinix, Blanche Harrison, Windsor Burdette, Anna Mary Snyder, Louse Harrison, Emily Pickett, Louise Warfield, Leland and Leroy Pickett
Bottom:  Ralph Driver, Fletcher Mullinix, Newman Mullinix, Earl Hilton 
It was James Driver who gave the land for the one room school house. Over a whole lot of years all the kids went there including my mother and Butch was in the last class to go there, that's how long that old building was used and the structure is still there.  
Here are three photos of Jimmy Hilton (Pa's brother) with my mother (Mary) in the middle of all three photos, I've never seen such a complete photos of Uncle Jimmy and the entire group of his clan together before, I don't know if Bill Hilton has seen any of these photos before but he would be one of the little kids in the one photo.I remember the day these photos were taken, it was a Sunday and mom drove over to the farm across the way to see Uncle Jimmy and everybody, I didn't go with her.  I think the photo with my mother and all of Uncle Jimmy's kids and grand kids is remarkable.  All of them together like a reunion, hard to believe all the adults are deceased.  I can still picture his (Bill Hilton) mother Nellie and all her little kids searching in the fields for wild flowers, a sweet memory I'll never forget.  

Update from Bill Hilton:  I always wondered what happened to those sheep. I remember visiting the Snyders and seeing all those sheep. When Pa Snyder died in 1958 we moved into that house. I think the sheep were still there for a short time but I never knew what happened to them. Glad now that I didn’t know. When my mother died in 1965 we left the house and moved in with James and Annie Mary who more or less raised us. The Snyder house has been vacant ever since 1965. I got drafted in 1968 and never lived in either house again. When my father Charles Hilton went into the nursing home in 2009 my brother John and I renovated his house and John’s daughter Jenell and her family moved in. Upon the death of Charles Hilton his house became the property of John and the remaining part of the Snyder farm became mine.

Here are the names for the picture with all the adults and kids.
Kids left to right Otis Norwood Jr, June Norwood, Judy Hilton, Bill Hilton, Anna Norwood, Mickey King
Adults l to r Henry Hilton holding James Hilton II, James Hilton, Nellie & Charles Barney Hilton, Almeda Snyder King & Henry Ford King, Almeda Hilton Norwood, Mary Hilton, Nancy Hilton, Otis Norwood Sr, Oliver Hilton, Annie Mary Snyder Hilton, Esther Harrison Hilton holding Paul Hilton

Here are the names for the picture with just adults
Esther Harrison Hilton, Henry Ford King, Oliver Hilton, James Hilton, Nellie and Charles Hilton, Annie Mary Snyder Hilton, Almeda Hilton Norwood, Mary Hilton, Nancy Hilton, Almeda Snyder King

I think these pictures were taken in the fall of 1952.


Lucy Driver in the upper left, Lizzie in the upper right, Charlie in the lower left and Denton in the lower right, they're all Driver brothers and sisters, Lucy would be my Great Grandmother.


Initially when Duvall owned the land it may have been more than a thousand acres and maybe more than that but Duvall had lots of slaves and lots of white indentured servants, I believe his slave houses were in the orchard of Pa and Ma's farm back in the Duvall days, Duvall is buried in a field near the old Elliott house along with his wife, he was in the War of 1812 and a distant cousin of ours through the Duvall family. Duvall had a mill on the Montgomery County side of the river and the mill race started on the Patuxent River on Pa's farm and ran across a field and Rt. 94 to the mill, both the mill and mill race are long gone but the foundation is still there and the mill race can still be followed but it's a very light indentation in the soil now after several hundred years. He could have been a captain of militia because in nearby Lisbon was the home of the Black Horse Cavalry, a militia until that went south at the beginning of the Civil War, the until was comprised mostly of Warfield and Dorseys from the immediate area.  Since Basil was a large slave holder we can assume that he was a pro-southern.  Also his Crapster neighbors were pro-southern having supplies horses for the young men of the neighborhood to ride south and join the southern army at the beginning of the conflict.  Since Basil died in 1862 the impact of the war may have contributed to his death, he would have suffered economic hardship knowing he would be losing his slaves.  In 1870 according to an historic Howard County map his farm where he's buried was then owned by the Ellicotts who were probably pro-northern since they were Quaker and anti-slavery.  The only property at that time still owned by the Duvall heirs was Pa;s farm where what remained of the Devall family was still living. The grave stones of Basil M. Duvall and his wife Delilah, they're are buried together in a small cemetery plot in the small field in front of the old Ellicott Barn along Rt. 94, Annapolis Rock Road, the graves can be seen from the road.

Basil Duvall, 1798-1862. Basil Duvall, son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Craycroft) Duvall, was born about 1798 in Queen Anne's Parish, Prince Georges County. On December 2, 1828 he secured license in Montgomery County to marry his kinswoman, Delilah Duvall, daughter of Philip and Mary (Lovejoy) Duvall. Children of Basil and Delilah (Duvall) Duvall, 1. Agrippo A. Duvall ( a medical student), 2. Mary A. Duvall, 3. Margaret A. Duvall, 4. Van Buren Duvall, 5. Alice A. Duvall, 6. Rachel Duvall.
He established his seat in that part of Anne Arundel County which became Howard County. The 1850 census shows him a farmer, aged 52, with realty appraised at $8,000.00 (a huge sum in those days, meaning he had large land holdings and a large number of slaves). In his household were: Delilah aged 45; Agrippo A., aged 20, medical student; Mary A. aged 17; Margaret A. aged 15; Van Buren aged 13; Alice A. aged 7; Rachel aged 4. According to the Sun of March 25, 1862, he died at his seat in Howard County on March 20, 1860, aged 63.


The Duvalls are an extremely interesting family, they were Huguenots but Mareen Duvall, who came over from France was also a Jacobite which is almost a contradiction in terms, it's through the Duvalls that we're cousins to Obama, 8th I believe, the actor Robert Duvall and many others.


Deep in the woods behind Annapolis Rock is the foundation of a cabin where the Ellicotts first lived when they settled in the area from Ellicott City and over years they bought a farm on Cabin Branch of possible several hundred good acres and that acreage was formerly owned by Duvall and his wife and it's in front of their old barn is where they are buried, I have no idea who owns that place now. All this is most interesting, those Ellicotts upon their deaths were all taken and buried at the Ellicott cemetery in Ellicott City. 


I did recognize Barney's farm right away since I had been so familiar with it in years past, I remember walking over to the Snyder place on a cold morning and seeing Barney's whole herd of sheep killed and left along the hillside by wild dogs that roamed the hills in those times. I remember talking to Barney and I never forget how cool he was at having his whole herd of sheep wiped out in one evening, it was a horrible sight and one I'll never forget, all the sheep had their throats torn out by the wild dogs. 


Charles F. Hilton is one of the sons of James Francis Hilton (Uncle Jimmy) Pa,s brother. Here's what I have on Uncle Jimmy, he's the son of George Francis Hilton (1866) and Lucy Amelia Driver (1871) was born September 4, 1896, and died June 29, 1972 in Montgomery General Hospital. Married October 7, 1919 at the home of the bride's parents to Annie Mary Snyder, born August 4, 1903 and died July 3, 1976 at Montgomery General, daughter of Oliver Paul Snyder, Jr. (1874) and Annie Laura Reed (1884). (They were married in the house that you sent the documentation on along with the photos.) His wife Annie was only 16 years old, in the household at the time (our old home place) was brother George Earl Hilton and mother Lucy Driver plus grandfather James W. Driver (1844), Uncle Charles W. Driver, born about 1873. His children were: 1. James Oliver Hilton b. April 28, 1921, d. Dec. 4, 1989. He married Ester Harrison. 2. Almeda Lucy Hilton, b. Oct. 9, 1912 d. May 31, 1972, marr. Otis Calvin Norwood. 3. Charles Francis Hilton (Barney) b. Dec. 12, 1923, d. July 31, 2011, married Aug. 31, 1947 to Nellie Amelia Wright b. Aug. 26, 1929 d. Nov. 30, 1965 (I thought Nellie was the sweetest woman who ever lived, she died of cancer). Among their children is William Edward Hilton(Bill)who now lives in Barney's house which was formerly the home of Uncle Jimmy on the Montgomery County side of the river along Rt. 94. 

I am so excited about this post. It's been a long time coming and has taken a bit of research on my Dad's part.  These first 3 pictures were taken 12/1973. There are more photos of this Hilton farm on Annapolis Rock Rd. but they wouldn't transfer.


I know this place well, this is what is called a "telescoping house" the  original cabin was built and the two other additions added as the family grew  and yes it did originally belong to the Etchisons and we're also descended from  the Etchisons whose original name was Atchison and they were from Scotland and  who settled in Maryland from Pennsylvania, why they substituted the E I can't  tell you.

In my youth I used to visit the Snyders, I would walk over there and  they would give me a cold drink and we would sit and talk in the backyard, I  can't ever remember going into the house which was tiny but I probably did at  some point, I used to sit and talk to Ile (rhymes with Isle) Snyder and Aunt  Tish (Oliver and Laura I believe) as they were called but they were quite old  when I used to visit them and in the days the farm was kept up and beautiful.  

They weren't the last owners, Barney Hilton took over ownership and raised his  whole family there, they must have lived there at least 25 years or more.  When Uncle  Jimmy died Barney and family moved down the road to the family home which was  only about a quarter of a mile away down Rt. 94, Barney is now in a retirement  home and his son Bill Hilton lives there. There's something else about this  place, there's a cemetery in a little grove by the spring with the graves of  three little children, so sad, I'm not quite sure where the graves are in  relation to the house but I would like to visit one day. As I mentioned this  house is at the bottom of the hill along an old part of Rt. 94 on a curve when  the road at one time was straight and went to the now defunct town of  Bootjack, 94 now goes out to the Damascus Road. A farm road went through the  property between the house and barn, it shows in the photo, the farm road went  on up the hill to the Bill Hilton farm at the top, now burned down, where most  of the photos were taken, it was a beautiful farm, the farm road went on down  the hill on the other side toward the Patuxent River to Cost Warfield's (pictured below) place, I  don't know if there's anything left of the Cost farm or not. From there the  road followed along side the river on the Montgomery County side past the old  tobacco barn crossing the river at the old Warfield place (foundation only  now). The newer Warfield farmhouse up on the hill was still  there the last time I was there to see  Miriam as it was so back in the day. There  would have been lots of movement from one Warfield house to the next. From the  Warfield farm on the Howard county side of the river the road continued on out  to Rt. 94 at the old school house so the Warfields if they wanted could travel  through their farms from one county to the other without using the county Rt. 94  and there were other roads no longer in use that would have taken you even  further afield and around, it was just knowing them. I should add one more footnote that the  Hiltons (Lloyd Hilton and sons) had a cabin there on Daniel's branch (Etchison  property) and farmed for Perry and John Etichison and even took care of their  mother and that's probably how Uncle Bill came into ownership of one of the  Etichison farms, most interesting.  

Barney Hilton is Charles F. Hilton (born 1923), one of the sons of James Francis Hilton, Pa's brother. Uncle Jimmy 1896-1872 married to Annie Snyder 1903-1976, they were married in the house photographed above.  Barney was married to Nellie Wright (1929-1965), she died of cancer.  I thought Nellie was the sweetest woman who ever lived.

Update: I am Bill Hilton son of Charles “Barney” Hilton.  My dad died Sunday morning 7/31.  Your grandmother Mary and my dad were cousins, your dad and I are 2nd cousins. In your blog I recognize all the old pictures.  Oliver Perry Snyder or Pa was called Ol.  His wife was Annie Laura Reed Snyder who died in 1952 I think.  His sister Aunt Tish was Almeda Phelps Snyder Bradley Shaeffer Shipley.  She was married and widowed 3 times.  I just wanted you to know that I do own the farm with the old Snyder house and the three old children graves are still there and you are more than welcome to stop and visit the next time you’re in the area.  One thing on your blog is not quite accurate.  The Snyder farm was originally owned by the Etchisons as you state.  It was bought in the 1870s by Elijah and Kitty Hilton.  Their daughter Annie Mary Hilton married Oliver Perry Snyder Sr and they all moved to the farm “Great Meadows”.  Oliver Sr died soon after, then Elijah and then Kitty in 1905.  Annie Mary Hilton Snyder ran the farm with her son Oliver Jr and daughter Almeda (Aunt Tish).  Ol married Annie Laura Reed from down the road.  Their daughter Annie Mary Snyder married James Francis Hilton and the Snyders gave them the 50 some acres where they lived.  In the meantime, George Earl lived with his widowed mother Lucy Driver Hilton and her father James and whoever else still was around.  Their farm and the Snyder farm may have been connected at one time but it was dissolved before this time.  I think James Driver came back from Ohio and bought his farm around the time the Hiltons bought Great Meadows.  It was also around the same time that Cost Warfield’s ancestor bought what became his and Uncle Bill Hilton and Raymond Warfield’s farm.  

There used to be 20 mule team wagons in the early days when they hauled that building stone out of  Annapolis Rock, the stone was hauled to Woodbine where it was off loaded onto  trains bound for Annapolis where many of the state buildings were constructed  from it.
"Pa" is my Dad's Grand-father on his mother's side, my great-grand father who I did know, as he died in 1984 when I was 19 years old.  George Earl Hilton "Pa" (1901 - 1984) married Estella Virginia Mullinix "Ma" (1905 - 1999).
Bill Hilton (above). Pa's father was Francis (1866-1901) and his father was Richard (1827-1903) and Richard was the brother  of Bill Hilton so he would have been Pa's Great-uncle. On the old maps Bill  Hilton's farm would have been owned by the Etchison family who at that time  owned much of the land around and as that family died off the land was sold and  made into small farms. Pa's farm at the beginning was probably about 300 acres  and was on both sides of the Patuxent River in both Howard and Montgomery  Counties and was owned by Pa's grandfather Driver, when he died the land was  divided between Pa and his brother Jimmy, Jimmy getting the Montgomery County  piece and probably the best piece with Pa getting 100 plus acres on the Howard  County side and no road front plus Pa and Ma had to care for Mrs. Lucy Driver  has she aged along with some others including Uncle Charlie Driver who was kind  of crazy, I knew both of them and Lucy would have been my great-great  grandmother I believe.  There was a third piece of the Driver land and that went to Maude Driver and it  was the road front property in Howard county that bordered on Pa's farm, it was  owned by Maude and Ralph Driver, it was a beautiful farm in its day and is still  there, it was the farm on the right as you came off the county road toward Pa's  farm, there was probably at least 125 acres or more of that so there must have  been at least 300 to 350 plus acres or more when the farm was one farm, Maude  was always Aunt Maude and her husband was Uncle James Driver, their son was  Ralph.

William Harrison Hilton, born March 13, 1836, died July 1, 1919, buried Damascus  Methodist cemetery with his wife. Married to Elizabeth Alder Warfield, born  August 14, 1841, died December 22, 1919, daughter of Wilson D. Warfield (1818)  and Louisa Warfield (1816).  William and Elizabeth had been married for thirty-six years and she had been the  mother of two children, both surviving. Also in the household was Lizzie W. Day  born February, 1871, a niece.

The children were:
a. Rosa B. Hilton, born May, 1854, married in Montgomery County by license  dated November 16, 1813 to Edmund W. Warfield, son of Robert Warfield and Mary  Hobbs. Married for sixteen years, she was widowed, in 1900 living in her parents  household, with three children (all buried at Mt. Labanon Cemetery): 1. Mary  Olive Warfield, born September, 1883, died July 7, 1963 2. Effie W. Warfield  born September, 1887 and died 1966. 3. Raymond C. Warfield, born March, 1891,  and died 1969.

Ollie, Effie, and Raymond are Bill Hilton's grandchildren (pictures below).

b. William Edward Hilton, born July, 1865, died 1950; buried in  Mt. Lebanon Methodist cemetery between Etchison and Damascus. In the 1930 census  of Laytonsville District, he was single, living in the household of George W.  Gillis (1895), listed as a boarder. The Gillis household was only five  households removed from that of James Francis Hilton (1896).

Bill Hilton lived to the ripe old age of 83 which wasn't too bad for those times.  Pa remembers him delivering the mail on horseback wearing a big heavy military  wool coat called a Great coat.  Uncle Bill Hilton was born over the hill only about a quarter mile from his  farm which then was owned by the Etchison family. He and all his brothers and  sisters were born at Wolf Den on Daniels creek over the hill but still in  Montgomery county, he lived his entire life in one place and on one farm which  is pretty amazing. I mentioned Melvin before as also living with Olive, Raymond  and Effie but he was a Ridgley and not a Warfield, I remember all of them when  Pa and I would go visiting, mostly to discuss who was sick and who was dying and  some about farming, that was pretty much what life was all about in those days.
The Warfields were dirt poor way  back and lived in a cabin down by the river that would have flooded every time  it rained and the river flooded, I remember Grandma Eva Mullinix laughing about  that as she told me of them living down there, (the foundation of their house is  still there) later they built a beautiful farm house up on the hill and it's in  one of the photos, those where the days when little wagon roads ran up and down  the river from Mullinixtown to Annapolis Rock, roads long gone now along with  Mullinixtown but some can still be followed by the indentations in the forest  and I loved following those roads when I was a kid.
Costly Johnson Warfield, (born July 2, 1851, died Sept. 3, 1933)
"Aunt Eldry" who had a home in Washington, D.C., supposedly her home was near  Mary Surratt's house and she knew her.
Effie Warfield
Francis (Frank) Warfield
Nancy Beall Warfield, Miriam Warfield's grandma.
Olive or Ollie Warfield
Warfield sisters: Katie Warfield, Rose Warfield, Louise Warfield, Almeda Snyder, Ollie or Gladys  Young (Miriam is not among them as I had  thought but she sure looks like Almeda)
Sugar Loaf Mountain

Raymond Warfield
Oliver Snyder and his wife Laura Snyder plus daughter Almeda who married King,  their other daughter Aunt Mary married Uncle Jimmy, Pa's brother.
Landscape looking from Raymond's farm toward Pa's farm and the Patuxent River,  Costly Warfield's farm is in the photos on the Montgomery County side of the  river nearest but maybe in the far distance is the top of Pa's barn across the  river.
probably Raymond feeding pigs
Thurmon Warfield's mother, Aunt Fannie Warfield Day, (b. 1852 d. Dec. 20, 1942)
Raymond with horse




Raymond with Mr. Snyder.

(My Dad in an email to his Uncle Robert Hilton) Thinking back to when I visited the farm a few weeks back with Lisa, Nora O'Brien told me the story of Jim Driver and the mules, it seems that Jim Driver made a drawing or a document up on the wall as you go out the door about purchasing mules and for years the drawing had been under the wallpaper until during the renovation she rediscovered it. Ever since she told me the story I've been wondering about it, why mules?

(Robert Hilton's reply) Jim Driver would have been involved in any local hauling project
From Grandma and my Dad. I heard that James Driver was a trainer of drought horses and mules. He trained horses for people from miles around, both here and in Ohio. He apparently had a way with animals like my Dad did. According to my Dad he preferred Mules over horses. His first full time job was training horses for Asbury Mullinix at twelve years old. This led to that story about Capt. Duvall and Big John.

Right up to his death, he was a freighter and made weekly two day trips to Baltimore and Washington hauling stuff to market for the locals. He could drive six out from the saddle on the near side wheel horse. The only person I ever saw do that was Button Dorsey.

Grandma said he was very predictable in his arrival home times on the second day of these trips. He was very late coming home one night and Grandma was worried. When she asked him what happened he said that he picked up the preacher in Ellicott City and the mules couldn't understand a thing he said all the way home. I know Pop must have told that one to you. It was one of his favorites.

I know Pop must have also told you about him picking them up at the Gaithersburg train station in a blizzard after they attended the Taft inauguration.

(My Dad again) It's difficult to imagine as you travel those roads today the horses, mules and cattle that once grazed those fields. I do remember the riding horses that Maude Driver had, Maude, Denton and Ralph and possibly Ralph's wife loved to ride and Pa always had horses but mostly for farming but there was an occasional riding horse. Pa always had a buggy and a sleigh that was horse drawn.

(Robert Hilton) To really appreciate the Taft story you have to know all something about driving horses and the rest of Grandma Lucy's suffergette stories plus the dynamics of the Denton/Maude Driver relationship. I will try and lay it out for you.


Apparently from what she says, Grandma Lucy got seriously into the ladies vote and anti-liquor movement after Frank died.( She was only 29)She worked tirelessly for Taft because he promised them the vote if elected. She spent a lot of time at her cousin Stella Middleton's house in DC.and drove her gig all around town, once engaging in a race on Pa. Ave.

She and her friends were given places of honor on the parade route and Pop says he got so cold he was crying but she wouldn't leave. Aunt Maude and hen-pecked Uncle Dent were there and Aunt Maude was complaining all the time. The snow was getting deep and as soon as the swearing in was over they headed for the train.

It was after dark when they got to Gaithersburg and the snow was blowing and drifting. Jim Driver was waiting with a team of four, a high wheeled wagon filled with straw and a canvas cover. Aunt Maude immediately pitched a bitch because she didn't want to get her new frock soiled in the straw.

They started out up Woodfield Road at places encountering drifts so deep that they required having the team on the stretchers plunge into the snow then have the wheel team bring up the wagon, this was repeated until they cleared the chest high drifts. This operation was a feat of horsemanship that I with my meager knowledge can only imagine.

Pop says if they didn't have the warm straw and blankets he certain he would have frozen and he didn't know how Grandpa Jim survived the trip up on the box. At some point in the trip hen-pecked Denton tired of Maude's incessant moaning. He roared at her "Woman if you don't shut up I am going to throw you out of the wagon! She never uttered another word during the twelve mile, seven hour ordeal.

I think this was the beginning of the Lucy /Maude feud which lasted twenty years.
Grandma got sick after that. I don't know if Taft reneging on his promise had anything to do with it. She wasn't at the party when her friend had a confrontation with him and tried to slap him.
a "stretcher" is what we called the heavy chain running from the ring on the front of the wagon tongue to the double tree of the lead team. there was usually 8-10 feet of slack in it at rest.
Yes I know James was against building the fancy new addition and his wife was a real shrew. He couldn't understand the need since most of the family had gone. I never heard about him falling off the roof.

I did hear from more the one source that he did a little jig of joy as he left Frank Hilton's funeral.
(My Dad) Frank wasn't liked by the Drivers apparently. He was Pa father, he died of Typhoid.

Mullinix families

the old Mullinix Mill home place where Ma and all her brothers and sisters were born. The saw mill would have been in that open area in front of the house. All this is gone now.
"Ma and Pa"  Stella and Earl Hilton
 The house was then the home of Fillmore Hilton and his wife, the couple are gone now and the house was pristine then, Ma and I sat in the living room and Fillmore was going on and on with stories about his farming days. He told this one story about the time long, long ago when three gentlemen visited his farm wanting to buy horses. The three gentlemen were Pa (Earl Hilton) Sandy and Newman. He went on to relate that Sandy and Newman were like wild men, riding the horses up and down, hooting and hollering like Indians and the only person he could talk to that was rational was Pa. He said the Earl Hilton did all the negotiating with him for the horses. That story always stuck with me because I thought it was so funny at the time.


It was also Fillmore who told me the story passed down to him about the Confederate cavalry being camped out on his farm after the Battle of Monocacy and taking target practice on their barn. That's a story you won't find in any history book although the next day the Rebel cavalry did ride into Damascus as reported in the Washington newspapers and that's when Asbury took off with his favorite race horse and rode him all the  way to Washington DC to keep the Rebs from appropriating the horse for their army. Thanks again for everything and have a lovely Christmas. 
The white house is in a different location near Howard chapel, it was the home site of Asbury Mullinix but not the actual house because his house burned many years ago.



Wallis Warfield is a relative.  Information on that can be found here.  http://hauptmannsblogging.blogspot.com/2012/09/bessie-wallis-warfield.html

2 comments:

Mia Wachsmuth said...

Wow, this site is amazing! I just found out thru Ancestry.com that my GrGrGrgrndfather is Lloyd Hilton. If you have any photos or stories about him and his daughter Wihelmina who married Jonathan Stewart in Mont. Co. MD that would be GREAT!! Thanks again for this wonderful site, cuz! Mia

Ann Tracy Marr said...

I descend from the first Denton's brother Wesley. Really enjoyed reading this.