JOHN HILLS was a convict who was buried in an unmarked grave at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta on 20 April 1792. There is no exact match for his name in the records of convicts transported to the colony prior to this burial date.
There were three convicts named JOHN HILL, though, who arrived early enough and therefore may be a match for this individual; First Fleet convicts JOHN HILL per Alexander (1788) and JOHN HILL per Scarborough (1788) and Second Fleet convict JOHN HILL per Scarborough (2) (1790). On the other hand, it seems more likely that his first name was incorrectly recorded and that he was one of two convicts names JAMES MILLS who arrived with the Third Fleet; JAMES MILLS per Britannia (1791) and JAMES MILLS per Gorgon (1791). This possibility seems all the more likely since one of those JAMES MILLS died and was buried at the cemetery less than a week later and the first letter of his surname was formed exactly the same way as when JOHN MILLS was entered into the register by the same hand. Perhaps one of the JAMES MILLS had used the alias “JOHN MILLS” to differentiate himself from the other convict with the same name. Further research required.
- Unmarked grave, exact location unknown, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
- Parish Burial Registers, Textual records, St. John’s Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
# Grave: unmarked
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