Richard Croom Hill and Martha Ann Nunn

Richard Croom HILL &
Martha Ann NUNN

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Martha Ann Nunn was the daughter of Redding D. and Zelota Nunn. There are no Bible Records that say this and no birth records. The Death Certificate of Frank Hill says his mother was Martha Ann Nunn. Francis Wood Millete has a photograph of Redding and Zelota Nunn.

Circumstantial evidence is:
a. Ronald Earl Mewborn, Jr. remembers his great grandmother very well as do many older members of the family living in 1990. "Sam" Mewborn was in his late teens when "Granny" as she was called died and they were very close. Apparently she loved children and shared her life's experiences with them inlcuding stories of her childhood and parents. From what I have been able to gather from a numbers of older relatives in their 90's she lived with her daughter Ada Phillips Tunstall on the corner of what is today Vernon and Queen Streets in Kinston. She outlived her daughter Ada. She was a very petite woman and her husband was quite large. She was very "sweet" and "cuddly". She told Sam of going to school and having to cross a fallen log that was over the Briary. This was located on Wallace Road on the way to Savannah School from the Greenville Hwy around a curve and where the bridge is now. She also told Sam that her maiden name was Nunn, but over the years Sam forgot who her parents were. She said she had a sister Mary who married her brother-in-law Alexander Hill; however, that branch of the family says this is not true or at least they have no evidence of this marriage.

b. The Death Certificate for her son Frank, states that his mother's maiden name was Nunn.


c. Most of the Nunn family lived south of the River and it was most unusual for any of them to live North of the River. The only Nunn in this area at the right time with a daughter with the name of Martha Ann was Redding and Zelota Nunn and they also had a daughter Mary. This family moved from South Lenoir County to Duplin County to North Lenoir County where they were close neighbors of Alexander Hill.


d. The Obit of R. C. Hill states he married a sister of B. F. Nunn who is a proven son of Redding and Zelota.

Granny Hill and her husband first lived in the house that is commonly known as the "Little Sister's Meeting House" the forerunner of Gordon Street Christian Church. They must have bought the land my family now owns from Pickeny Hill, a cousin, as he owned it during the Civil War when the map was made. We know that at least Alexander and Richard C. inherited this land as part of it is still in the hands of their descendants.

Richard Croom Hill - bc 18__ d ___ md Martha Ann Nunn b June 1848 - d 19 Aug 1935
OBIT: Martha Ann Hill - sent by Egbert Rouse - Kinston Free Press - 20 Aug 1935
Mrs. Martha Ann Hill, 83, died at midnight last night at the home of her son-in-law, K. R. Tunstall, l03 East Vernon Avenue. She was known to many in the city. She is survived by a son, Frank Hill, of Kinston, and the following grandchildren: Mrs. Mattie P. Wood, Mrs. R. E. Mewborn, Mrs. Frank Fitzgerald, K. R. Tunstall, Jr., and Miss Charlotte Hill of Kinston, Mrs. Frederick Smith, of Mt. Airy, N.C., and R. F. Hill, Jr., Asheville. Also surviving are 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hill was the widow of Richard Hill, dead many years. She was a devoted member of Gordon Street Church of Christ.

The funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow from the Tunstall residence.

Pallbearers will be Guy Elliott, E. G. Barrett, D. P. Jarman, R. B. Dunn, R. G. Hodges, J. M. Quinn, and Robert H. Rouse.

Rev. Cecil Jarman, of Atlantic Christian College, will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.


OBIT: Martha Ann Hill - Kinston Free Press - Aug 1935

The funeral of Mrs. Martha Ann Hill, 83, widow of Richard Hill, will be held at 4:30 this afternoon. Rev. Cecil Jarman, of Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, officiating.

Mrs. Hill died Sunday night at midnight. She was one of the best known women in Kinston. Her husband died many years ago. She is survived by a son R. Frank Hill, and the following grandchildren: Mrs. Mattie P. Wood, Mrs. R. E. Mewborn, Mrs. Frank Fitzgerald, K. R. Tunstall, Jr., and Miss Charlotte Hill, of Kinston, the last named, director of physical education at Atlantic Christian College, Mrs. Frederick Smith, Mount Airy, and R. F. Hill, Jr., Asheville. Fourteen great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral will be from the home of Mrs. Hill's son-in-law K. R. Tunstall, Vernon Avenue near Queen Street

Pallbearers will be: Guy Elliott, E. G. Harrett, R. B. Dunn, J. M. Quinn, Robert Rouse, R. G. Hodges, H. L. Hill, C. W. Howard

OBIT: R. C. HIll - Kinston Daily Free Press


Deputy Collector, R. C. Hill, died Thursday morning at 12:30 o'clock at his house at Fields, six miles from Kinston, aged about 50 years, of ? and kidney trouble.

The burial took place in the Kinston Cemetery Thursday afternoon at 5:00 o'clock. Rev. D. H. Petrew conducing the services. Mr. Hill was a member of the Christian church at Wheat Swamp.

Mr. Hill married a sister of B. F. Nunn, of Kinston, and leaves his wife and two children, Mr. Frank Hill and Mrs. Ada Phillips.

Mr. Hill returned Thursday week from attending Federal court at Newbern. He was then complaining of not feeling well, but his condition was not regarded as at all serious. He went home and took the bed, but got up Saturday and was walking about Saturday and Sunday. Sunday night he was taken worse and from then on gradually sank into unconsciousness Tuesday night. He never regained consciousness and his death Thursday morning was easy.

Mr. Hill was appointed deputy collector under Cleveland's last administration and served about four and a half years in that office, which he held at the time of his death. He was a sterling Democrat, a clever gentleman and had a host of friends. His capablity as an officer is well shown by the fact he stood at the head of the ==== as an effecient deputy collector.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends - can't read




1. Ada Hill - b 5 Nov 1869 d 17 March 1934 md. lst Needham Moore Phillips son of Drury and Martha Jan Elizabeth Moore Phillips

a. Martha (Mattie) - b 18 Sept 1890 - d 1 April 1971 md Dempsey Eugene Wood - b 13 July 1878 - d 27 December 1930

b.. Maude Phillips - died around age of 2

c. Susie Moore Phillips - b 15 March l892 d 7 Oct 1974 md on 22 July 1919 Ronald Earl Mewborn, Sr. b 23 May 1891 - d 4 March 1950


Ada married 2nd Kenneth Richard Tunstall (K.R.)

a. Ada Glenn Tunstall - b d md Frank Fitzgerald - b.d. After Ada Glenn's death Uncle Frank md Hannah who raised the children as if they were her own and indeed was considered "Mother"

b. Child that died early

c. Kenneth Richard (K.R.) Tunstall, Jr . - b. 6 Jan 1909 - d 13 March 1981 md Louise

2. Richard Franklin Hil l - b d 1954 - md Ella Moseley b d 1956

a. Martha Eleanor Hill - b 14 Dec 1902 - d 16 Dec 1993 - md 1928 Frederick William Smith

b. Richard Francis Hill - b 23 July 1904 - md 1929 Virginia Clara Ashe b 17 Nov 1903 - d 10 Oct 1970

c. Charlotte Moseley Hill - still living


1850 Census

Richard Hill 58, Susan, 60, Alexander 30, Richard 23, Martha 19, Mary A 22, Levi 19, Robert l7

NOTE: This was probably the son of Levi Hill

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