Hiltons of the Caribbean
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Hylton Hilton Ancestry
The Hiltons of Hylton Castle history in the Caribbean goes back to 1628 when Anthony Hilton was recorded as Governor of Nevis and St Kitts, and there is a record of John Hilton as being storekeeper on the islands. In 1633 Anthony Hilton is also recorded as Governor of Tortuga. which was approved in 1635
Anthony Hilton was recorded as Captain
of the ship "Faith"
St Christopher & Nevis
In 1623 St Christopher (St Kitts) became the first British territory in the West Indies when Thomas Warner landed on the island. He returned to England and brought a group of settlers with him in 1624. Thomas Warner was granted a Royal Commission from King Charles I in 1625 for the Islands of St. Christopher, Nevis, Barbados and Montserrat. Nevis was colonised by English settlers from St Christopher in 1628 and Captain Anthony Hilton was appointed first Governor of Nevis by Thomas Warner. Antigua and Montserrat were colonised by 1632. Thomas Warner died in 1648 and his grave can still be seen on St. Christopher. A Thomas Warner was recorded at Roanoke in Virginia in 1585.
"Apart from the occasional band of Dutch smugglers, nobody lived here until 1631, when 100 settlers sailed from London to Providence on the Seaflower, a sister ship to the Mayflower. The early settlers found fertile land for growing tobacco, cotton and indigo - and a perfect base for pirate raids against the Spanish fleet - but Britain never established a formal presence on the islands"
New Providence Island was strategically important to stop Spanish shipping on their way to Florida
Captain Hilton (Anthony Hilton) is also mentioned in British Colonial records in relation to Providence Island in 1635.
"on the motion of Sir Nath. Rich, it is resolved that a Council shall be appointed to govern the island, with a President, to be elected by themselves. The Negroes to be taken to Providence to discharge Capt Hilton’s debts."
1635 "Commission to Captain Hilton for Government of the island agreed upon". (British Colonial Entry Book Vol III, p.p. 210-211)
1643 - Jane Hilton, wife of James Denham. Sarah Hilton, her sister, daughter of Elias Hilton of Newton, Lancaster, England.
1647 - Rowland Hilton married to Elizabeth Pawtell, July 18 1647
1671 - William Hilton married Mrs Elinor Nory on September 28th 1671 in St Micheals Parish -
1695 - James and Alexander Hilton, sons of Sarah Hilton above.
Thomad Manwaring is also recorded on the island
Source Barbados Records Vol 1 -
JamaicaIn 1655, Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of Britain sent out an expedition under Penn and Venables, to annoy the Spaniards in the West Indies. Dr. Bates having described their unsuccessful attempt on Hispaniola, with the loss of more than 600 men;
"They now sail for Jamaica, towards the west, a pleasant island, even a garden of delights. This they quickly possess; the Spaniards capitulating to depart. But a plague, the avenger of wrong, violently attacks the English, and in six month's destroys the whole army, except two soldiers. Reinforcements arriving with supplies, they at length finally expel the Spaniards" - ( Elenchus, (1676,) Part ii. p. 307.)
Governor Hutchinson says, that "Jamaica being conquered, Cromwell," who "had been very desirous of drawing off the New-Englanders to people Ireland, after his successes there, renewed his invitation to the colony of Massachusets to remove, and to go and people that island."
To "the agent of the Colony in England, he was pleased to express, that he did apprehend the people of New England had as clear a call to transport themselves from thence to Jamaica, as they had from England to New England, in order to their bettering their outward condition. God having promised his people should be the head and not the tail: besides, that design hath its tendency to the overthrow of the Man of Sin. A few accepted the invitation." - See Harris's Lives, (1814,) iii. 382–387.
Jamaica was described in this year, (1655,) as "of a rich and fertile soil, and in nothing less provided for the necessities of man's life, than either Hispaniola or Cuba; well stocked with cattle, and plentifully stored with fruits of all sorts; yielding abundance of cotton-wool, more than either of the other islands: only it wanteth the convenience of some good havens and ports, which it hath but few. And the sea round about it so shelvy, and full of rocks and broken islands, that the coast of it is held to be not a little dangerous: and therefore little frequented by merchants or others; there being, at present, only three small towns inhabited in the whole island." - See "History of Massachusets, (1761) pp. 190, 192.
The first recorded Hilton
living on Jamaica is Ralph Hilton babt. 20th March
1710-11 at South Shields ( after of Jamaica) who married Mehetabel, 2nd
daughter of Daniel Flushing on Long Island, New York on 27th
His father was John
Hilton, babt. 8 June 1686 who married Hannah Moore, widow on 22 Feb
His grandfather was Henry
Hilton, babt. 23rd June 1661, styled of Hylton Castle, Sailor,
on his marriage licence 1682-3 who married Sarah Clerke
His great grandfather was
Robert Hilton, underage in 1637, of South Shields, Master and
mariner who married Isabel Selby at South Shields 8th May
His gggrandfather was Henry
Hilton of South Shields, Gent, will dated 6th May 1637 who
married Elizabeth………executor. to her husband., and brother of Nathaniel
Hilton (at whose house Henry, Baron of Hilton, lived many years and
died at Michelgrove, adjoining 1640, bur 16 July 1655).
His ggggrandfather was Henry
Hilton, younger brother of Sir William Hilton and Anne Yorke
(of Hylton Castle), and brother of Sir Thomas Hilton, a Captain in
the States service under Maurice, Prince of Orange, sometime of South
Shields will dated 31st May 1630.
Ralph Hilton, born at South Shields 1710 after of Jamaica married Mehetabel, 2nd daughter of Daniel Lawrence, of Flushing on Long Island, New York on 27th Dec. 1741. She was born Jan 6, 1719
The had three sons and 1 daughter;
1. John Hilton who had a son Ralph Hilton living in 1772 and 1788
3. William Hilton of the Island of Jamaica, Esquire, born 19 Feb 1749-50 who married Mary, 4th daughter of Jacob Johnson, of Springfield in Westmoreland in Jamaica, married 4th June 1771
William Hilton and Mary Johnson had 2 sons and 2 daughters;
1.Jacob-Johnson born 10th March 1772
2. George-Robert, born 7 Dec 1775
3. Mehetabel, born 23 Dec 1773
4. Mary, born 7 Feb 1777
Source; Surtees History and Antiquities of Durham, Monkwearmouth section.
Hiltons from Yorkshire
were several different Hilton families from Britain who
Hiltons of South Shields recorded as sailors and Master mariners
Hilton Flag flying over Hylton Castle
The Shipwrights Arms Inn on the river Wear at North Hylton in the City of Sunderland. Over 350 years old and still known as the "Pirates Pub"