|About Over the Hill
Some say that the meaning of life is to have beautiful children. Everything else flows from this - the quest for a beautiful partner, the foundation of a beautiful family, the love invested to nurture the next generation...
This is the family tree for the Hill family, originally from UK but now living in Geneva, Switzerland. My great grandparents were Hill, Cartwright, Pottinger, Clark, Brassington, Hill (again!), Shaw and Simcock.
We have traced 17th Century Pottinger ancestors that were born in Orkney, Scotland. An epic voyage was undertaken by William B. Pottinger when only 10 years of age. He sailed for 6 months with his parents from Orkney to Victoria on the barque Knight Bruce, via Cape Horn, arriving on Christmas eve, 1864. Photos of William and an account of his eventful life are recorded herein.
Another Pottinger is the subject of high drama on the high seas. Captain John Pottinger died tragically during raging seas aboard his ship, the Rangitiki in 1897 off the coast of New Zealand. His son, John George Pottinger provides a gripping eye witness account in the letter that bears the sad tidings to his sister back in Orkney Scotland. Click on the sails of the Rangitiki below to read the letter.
Of particular interest is the Simcock line, which reveals one Timothy Simcock, b1821, who was transported aged 23 to Australia on account of horse-stealing. A wonderful, detailed account of this is provided along with an illustration of the convict ship that brought Timothy around the world. Also posted are photos of Timothy's fob watch (courtesy of Timothy's great grandson, Norm Simcock of Australia). Click on Timothy's ship below to read more.
Thank you for visiting this site. I would be very happy to exchange information connected with this tree. Special thanks go to Victoria Backhouse and E. J. Simcock (Simcock line), to Teresa Geiger & Susan Gibb (Pottinger line, see www.susansite.net) and to Joan Barrett (Randall line).
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.