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Hill Family Descendants

On Sunday August 17, 2014 all of the descendants of Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar met for the 54th Hill Family reunion.

The reunion held at the Rockmosa Community Centre in Rockwood, Ontario brought members of the Hill family together from all across Ontario to share stories, learn about our history and to create some new memories.

At the gentle urging of my father, Howie Hill, I put some of my genealogy work to good use. I put together a descendant chart for Charles Edmonds Hill and Ada Elizabeth Woolgar. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew that it was possible.

Utilizing Family Tree Maker, which links to my account with www.ancestry.ca, it was fairly easy to pull together all of the information. By playing with all the settings and getting all the names on the chart I was astounded to see the number of pages needed to lay out the chart. 102 pages! All laid out hit was asking for 102 horizontal 8 1/2 x 11 pages. I played around with the settings, changed the orientation to vertical and I was able to fit it all onto 43 pages.

43 pages of family. My family.

All the names of the descendants of Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar took up a lot of space at the Hill family reunion in 2014
All the names of the descendants of Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar took up a lot of space at the Hill family reunion in 2014

At the top were my great-grandparents Charles and Ada followed by their 13 children:

  1. Kate Gertrude Hill (1901-1972)
  2. Albert William Hill (my grandfather) (1903-1960)
  3. Charles Edmond Hill (1905-1923)
  4. Lillian Gladys Hill (1907-1996)
  5. Minnie Mary Hill (1909-1985)
  6. Frank George Hill (1910-1998)
  7. Jane Maria Hill (1912-1999)
  8. Ada May Hill (1914-2007)
  9. James Stewart Hill (1916-2008)
  10. Amy Elizabeth Hill (1918-2005)
  11. Stanley Roland Hill (1920-2009)
  12. Donald Richard Hill (1925-2004)
  13. Edward Alexander Hill (1927-2006)

Each of those children had children of their own save one, Charles Edmond Hill, who passed away at a young age due to scarlet fever. Those children had children and even those children had children. The Hill family has grown exponentially since arriving in Canada back in 1908 and nothing proved it more than rolling out the pages across the room for everyone to see.

The chart seemed to keep going and going and as members of the Hill family walked along to find their name it made one thing clear: this wasn’t everyone. Pencils and pens were brought out and the new names of the next generation were added. Issues with spelling and further details were added and the tree continue to grow. In all, 47 extra names were added to the tree.

Looking back over the chart, it is astounding to think of all the names and relationships in the Hill family. 604 names. 604 descendants. I knew the Hill family was big, but I had no idea it was that big. I wonder how many more names will be added next year at the 65th Hill Family reunion, 3rd weekend in August, Sunday in the same location and at the same time. Our family hasn’t been in Canada long but we have sure helped to populate it!

Hill Family Reunion 2014

Charles Hill, Ada Woolgar, Family Reunion, 1950
The Hill clan in 1950 celebrating Charles and Ada Hill’s 50th Wedding anniversary.

Calling all Descendants of Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar! 

It’s that time again for the Hill family to get together in Rockwood, Ontario for the annual Hill Family Reunion. Here are the details:

Who: Descendants of Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar and their families
What:  Potluck lunch followed by games for the kids, prizes, laughter and shared memories
Where: Rockmosa Community Centre in Rockwood, Ontario (see map below)
When: Sunday August 18, 2014, Noon – 7pm
Why: To meet and greet with family members from near and far, reminisce and learn a little about your family history

Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar
Charles Hill and Ada Woolgar

Charles and Ada were married September 1, 1900 in Pyrford, Surrey, England before having children and moving to Canada. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, a large party was organized by their children as a potluck with activities for the kids and cake for the loving couple and everyone in attendance. They had such a good time, they decided to do it again the next year, and the next, and the next. It has been successfully running for the past 64 years as their children, grand children, great-grand children and great-great-grand children have kept up the tradition.

Children and adults alike can participate in games such as ball throw, running races and my personal favourite, Kick the Shoe. Guessing games are also popular with family members guessing how many items are in a jar, ultimately winning the contents within. This often includes sweet treats and can be hotly debated.

If there is one thing the Hill clan does well, it is cook and bake. Families are asked to bring food for the potluck and cold drinks for your family. Tea, Coffee and Cutlery are all provided. Donations will be accepted in order to host future family functions and people are asked to provide gifts for the prize table which are raffled off.

This year, I will continue my tradition of searching for family information and plan to have some items on display. Everyone is interested in finding out where they came from and there is no better way than a going to a family reunion to find out.

Hope to see you there!