“Aunt Loraine”


in the family

A letter from Camp Massard dated “June the 17 1863”

George Washington Hill

to E. J. Hill

    1971 August 28: (my mother Gladys writing) Sunday night Loraine and I were sitting close together at church and someone asked me if I were going to teach [school again].  I said, “No, I’ve taught long enough.”  Loraine said, “Yes, and you missed a lot you can’t ever regain.”  I said, “Yes, I guess I have.”

    Born in Franklin county, Arkansas in 1903, Aunt Loraine married Willie Hall on August 19, 1922. They were aged twenty-three and nineteen. Mandy said they’d “eloped.” On the screened-in back porch of their new house, the Parks’ could hear Loraine’s mother crying. Her father, Mr. Hill was walking around “in the orchard”—where side winds from the cyclone had blown the Hopes’ buggy.  It was a poor house for tenant farmers with shutters that closed over windows, without glass. But in Loraine’s grandmother’s family, in Elizabeth Jane McIleoy’s, there was a prominent merchant and land owned, now within the campus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

    In the week after the wedding, Willie went to town to buy furniture, but Loraine wasn’t allowed to go. Lelia and Vera made the selections and the newlyweds moved into the house Mr. Hall had built for Allie. All this is remembered....

     And how Loraine’s grandfather, George Washington Hill (1840-1931), was standing beside his brother Robert during the Civil War, when a cannonball killed Robert.

    Born at Linden in Perry county, Tennessee, George Hill had married Elizabeth Jane (1842-1934) on December 1, 1859. He became a farmer, blacksmith, Democrat, Methodist and a Mason. When the war came, he enlisted in July 1862 and served under Col. Gordon (Cavalry, Company K), participating in the battles of Fayetteville, Pine Bluff and Poison Springs, as well as Price’s Raid through Missouri.

    George and Elizabeth Jane Hill had twelve children, including Charles Hunter (1879-1939). This Charles married Abbie McGee (1889-1962); they became the parents of my Aunt Loraine. And I will always remember: when she used the word, maybe saying, “I helped Edna shell peas,” she pronounced it “hoped,” kin to the Fourteenth Century Middle English known to Chaucer as “holpen”, or “helpen”, meaning to help, aid, heal or cure. All the way to Arkansas....

    Also told to me: One of Aunt Loraine’s uncles, Monte, a younger brother of Charles, born in 1891, married Mona, a thing not at all pleasing to her father. So that: while clearing a field one day, Monte observed the father lurking in the edge of woods. “I shot first,” he said, and Mona’s father was no more. Then Monte and Mona grew old together.

    1971 September 25: (Gladys) Edna says Loraine talks to her a lot.... I told her what Loraine said to me about missing a lot, and Edna at once said she meant I had missed what she and the rest had had to live with. She didn’t agree at all that she referred to the joys of home life that I had given up. So I don’t know. I do know that if I had not had my work, I could never have made it....

    Aunt Loraine “made it” in Mulberry as one of the most active members of the Home Demonstration Club (1945 photo below). And she reared six children.



Iona Hemphill, Alma Ruth Hall, Florence Kirkham, Loraine and Edna Hall, Vera Hall Neathery, Mrs. Berry, Cleo Carroll

and children: Ruth Ann and Jerry Hall, Teddy Crumby, Janice Hall

Loraine’s parents



                                     Charles Hunter Hill                                                                    Abbey Hill   


                                                                                                    and their children (about 1912):

                                                                                      Loraine (standing back), Desmond, Vera (in chair)

                                                                                                    and Guffrey


“Four Generations”


John William,

daughter Ruth Ann, Abbey


the family of Loraine and Willie Hall:

Elizabeth, Johnny, Lester, Kenneth, Jerry, and Melba

(about 1946)

above left: Elizabeth Jane Hill

Genealogical research for this page was undertaken by

Erlanna Crelia Hall, wife of Kenneth,

and came to me through the assistance of their son, Kenny,

before his untimely death in 2012.