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Richard Hill

Born: 23rd December 1799
Died: 11th March 1880






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RICHARD HILL was educated at Exeter College, Oxford.

His first curacy was at Grade, a village in Cornwall, and later he became perpetual curate at West Alvington, Devon. He very soon became exercised about his position in the Established Church, and, retiring from it, associated himself in its earliest days with the "brethren movement."

As Mrs. Trotter has well said: "The inspiration came to them at first alone, and not under the influence of large multitudes, neither did it die out, but energised and sustained them in lives of unusual toil and unusual length."

Mr. Hill lived at Plymstock, and there Mr. Darby stayed with him on coming to Plymouth, Mr. Hill having "gathered simply to the Name" before that time. Passing through the crisis of the divisions which arose among these dear people — described as "the Lord's grief, the saints' sorrow, and the devil's glee" — Mr. Hill took his part, as many of the tracts of that time bearing his name testify. He also wrote sacred poetry.

Mr. Hill married a sister of the well-known Mr. H. W. Soltau, and having been born on December 23, 1799, passed away on March 11, 1880, at Bath, in an honoured old age and much respected. One of his sons, also Richard Hill, in happy fellowship with "brethren," was from its inception and for upwards of thirty years Honorary Secretary of the China Inland Mission. He, together with his brother Henry, a valued teacher at the St. Mary Church Meeting, Torquay, have departed to be with Christ, which is far better.





Comments:
Tom said ...

Can anyone give more details on Richard Hill?

What was his course after the 48 division?

Also wondered if the Richard Hill on here, a missionary in Persia, is related? Maybe a grandson ... http://jfredmacdonald.com/worldwarone1914-1918/persia-15what-about-persia.html

He is another one buried in Kensal Green cemetery.

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 03:27
Tom said ...

Found the following little bit on Ancestry which gives some more info on him;

Richard was born at Carwythenack in Cornwall.

After leaving Oxford University, he was giving a living and became a Clerk in Holy Orders, Patron of St. Keverne in Cornwall and vicar of West Alvington, near Kingsbridge in Devon.

However, a some years later, impressed by the new evangelical mission of John Nelson Darby and disillusioned with the Church of England, he resigned the priesthood and sold his patronage to his cousin Frederick Hill of Helston. After leaving West Alvington he moved to Plymouth with his family in order to help form the Plymouth Brethren.

Sadly, his wife Frances died in 1846. Leaving him with seven living children (Mary died in infancy). Then in 1849, after a rift amongst the Plymouth Brethren, he married Henrietta Soltau (sister of Henry William Soltau, leading member of the Plymouth Brethren) and moved to Exmouth, where they continued to live for some years.

He died in London and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery with his second wife Henrietta.

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 03:53
Michael said ...

This is Hill's entry in Alumni Oxonienses:

And this is from the National Probate Calendar:

So Pickering was wrong when he wrote that Hill died at Bath ...

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 04:29
Timothy Stunt said ...

My guess is that someone saw the name Lansdowne in the address and thought it was (like the famous Lansdowne Crescent) part of the Bath suburb. Richard Hill's son Richard Harris Hill was an architect who married Agnes Soltau, and like H W Sotau (in his later years) was a keen supporter of Hudson Taylor and the CIM. There are some details in my Elusive Quest but they are in the chapters that deal with the Soltau family.  Richard Harris Hill (born c. 1837) appears to be yet another example of early Brethren giving their children a second given name that was the family name of a respected minister in their assembly.  James Lampen Harris was Newton's respected c0-worker at Plymouth in the late 1830s.  Timothy Stunt

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 04:55
Tom said ...
I see also that Richard's son Arthur James Hill, married Fanny Catherine Hingston, a great-grand-daughter of Joseph Tregelles (of whom S.P.T. was a descendent).
Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 05:08
Tom said ...

Hope it's ok to reproduce the little paragraph from Elusive Quest here ..

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 05:16
Michael said ...

His second wife Henrietta Amelia died just 23 days after him:

(from The Standard, 6 Apr 1880, p. 1)

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 : 06:28
Timothy Stunt said ...

There may be more to the error concerning Bath than we realise. Richard Hill had moved to the Bath area by 1861 and his address in the 1861 and 1871 census is in Camden Crescent, Walcot (a North-East suburb of Bath). Evidently he lived there for more than ten years. For the record, in 1871, he reverts to describing himself as an 'ex clergyman' and in addition to him and his (second) wife (nee Soltau), the household included three unmarried daughters (aged 40, 38 and 36, all born in West Alvington, before RH moved to Plymouth. Also staying with them is their niece, Mary Amelia Soltau who later married the very successful civil engineer Theodore Gribble (who took her to the USA and Hawaii [see Elusive Quest 290f]). They also have no fewer than four female servants (1 nurse, 1 cook, 1 parlourmaid and 1 housemaid...) Timothy Stunt

Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 : 03:37
Timothy Stunt said ...

A few more details of Richard Hill’s origins may be found here:  Charles William Boase [ed.], Registrum Collegii Exoniensis: Register of the rectors, fellows, and other members on the foundation of Exeter college, Oxford. With a history of the college and illustrative documents, (Oxford: Oxford historical society, 1894) 216  [https://books.google.com/books?id=EPRAAAAAYAAJ] 

 Richard Hill (2 s. Peter, of Helston, by Jane Penneck, y. d. of Rev. William Robinson of Nansloe, of Carwythenick), b. and resident Helston, commoner 14 Jan. 1818, Eliot  [sc. St John Eliot scholarship from Truro school], M[atriculated]. 14 Jan. 1818 age 18, B.A. 20 June 1821, d. London  11 March 1880 age 81; m. Henrietta Amelia d. of G. Soltau, of Ridgway, Devon, she d. 3 Ap. 1880 age 70; Coll. Corn. 365.

For Richard Hill’s siblings  see:  C.S. Gilbert, An Historical Survey of the County of Cornwall to which is added  a complete heraldry of the same,2 vols (Plymouth 1820) ii 260  https://books.google.com/books?id=Ers4AQAAMAAJ   Timothy Stunt

Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 : 03:51
Marty said ...
Another Richard Hill with a son named Richard, from "Echoes of Service" 1910.
"Fallen Asleep.—Nov. 13th, 1910 at Jersey City, N. J. , U.S.A., RICHARD HILL, in his 70th year. Mr. Hill was led to Christ in 1859, and his life was characterized by the fervour of that time. During the greater part of these 51 years, he gave himself entirely to the service of the gospel, first in this country (England) and then in America. He was taken with a stroke the day after returning from a three-days' conference, and after four days he departed to be with Christ, his wife, three of his four sons and his five daughters all surrounding his. bed. The only one absent was his son Richard, who is in Russia and from whom a letter appears on page 466. He will greatly feel his father's death.
The son who writes says, " He left us a legacy of a life of faith and trust in God, with uniform fidelity to the truth as he saw it and devotedness to Christ, which is of more value than worldly possessions."
Monday, Feb 18, 2019 : 09:58


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