When Joshua Hilton was born on 12 April 1714, in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Benjamin Hilton, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth Crockett, was 21. He married Dorothy Revel on 18 December 1739. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters.
habitational name from any of various places called Hilton (e.g. in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, North Yorkshire, and Westmorland), most of which derive from Old English hyll ‘hill’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, though some come from Old English helde ‘slope’ + tūn.
occasionally, as in the case of Ralph filius Hilton (Yorkshire 1219), perhaps from the personal name Hilton, itself a possible form of Norman Hildun, composed of the ancient Germanic elements hild ‘strife, battle’ + hūn ‘bear cub’. Compare Hilt . This English surname is present in Ireland (mainly taken to Ulster in the early 17th century, though recorded earlier in Dublin).