Hill County Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 636

Hillsboro, TX 76645



Pioneer families were honored with six First Families of Hill County, Texas 1853-1903 certificates in 2017.


The certificate program originated before the Hill County and Hillsboro Sesquicentennial Celebrations and the awards ceremonies were part of the celebrations in 2003. Three hundred and ninety-six certificates have now been issued by the Hill County Genealogical Society in honor of early Hill County settlers.


The first certificate of 2017 was issued to Benjamin Ross Underwood of Hillsboro with William Andrew Underwood as his ancestor. Underwood was honored with certificate no. 391.


Jana Jean Cockerham Burch of Stephenville received certificate no. 392 with Joel Benjamin Potter and Julia Elizabeth (Thompson) Potter as her ancestors.  Jesse Sanford Thomas and Mary Ann (Daniel) Thomas are the ancestors listed on certificate no. 393 for Jana Jean Cockerham Birch.


Henry C. Ward is honored on three certificates sent to Whitney residents. Certificate no. 394 lists Michael Loyd Ward as his descendant. Martis Eugene Ward is shown as his descendant on certificate 395.  Marilyn Lanell Ward is listed on certificate no. 396 as another descendant.


Early settlers who were living in Hill County between 1853 and 1903 can be honored with a First Families of Hill County, Texas, 1853-1903 certificate by one of their direct descendants. To quality, a person must prove that their ancestor settled in Hill County sometime during the first fifty years of its existence, 1853 to 1903. Evidence must also be presented to support that the applicant is a descendant of the family. It is not necessary to be a member of Hill County Genealogical Society to apply.


Request an application by mail at Hill County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 636, Hillsboro, TX 76645. Forms are also available at Hillsboro City Library. Enclose $10 with each completed application. Approved applications are filed in the Genealogy Section of Hillsboro City Library and are a valuable resource for researchers. For information contact the society by mail. You may also call Mollie Stinson at 254 582 3242 or E-mail: CrescentJ2@hillsboro.net .