Ruth Hill

28 February 1758–18 March 1841 (Age 83)
Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia, United States

The Life of Ruth

When Ruth Hill was born on 28 February 1758, in Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia, United States, her father, Robert Swinfield Hill, was 44 and her mother, Violetta Elizabeth Linus, was 33. She married Walter Bernard on 6 April 1782, in Henry, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 18 March 1841, in her hometown, at the age of 83, and was buried in Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Bernard
Ruth Hill
Marriage: 6 April 1782
Thomas Hill Bernard
Linus Bernard
John A. Bernard
Robert Clay Bernard
Swinfield Bernard
Zadock Bernard
Hannah Bernard
William Samuel Bernard
Joannah Bernard

Spouse and Children

6 April 1782
Henry, Virginia, United States


    Thomas Hill Bernard



    Robert Clay Bernard



    Swinfield Bernard


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Ann Hill


    Robert Hill Jr




    Mary Hill


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 18

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 18

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 22

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: extremely common and widely distributed topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, Middle English hill (Old English hyll).2 English: from the medieval personal name Hill, a short form of Hilary ( see Hillary ) or of a Germanic (male or female) compound name with the first element hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’.3 German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names, male and female, containing Germanic hild as the first element.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Bernard in entry for Ann Bernard, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912"
  • Ruth Hill in entry for Walter Bernard, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Ruth Hill Bernard, "Find A Grave Index"

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