James Dick Hill is the only Hill child who survived to adulthood. Two sisters died previously in Nashville. Hill was grand master of masons in Louisiana, and tried to build the first Grand Lodge, but I understand never could get it off the ground prior to his death. He was an active supporter of Methodist Churches in Jonesborough, Tennessee; Nashville, and Louisiana, having entertained Bishops McKendree and Andrews, as well as numerous preachers. He is thought to have become a citizen of New Orleans around 1840, after the banking crisis of the late 1830s in Tennessee. He also helped to raise funds for the cause of Texas Independence, being appointed a special agent to Tennessee by the Texans. He entertained Parson William G Brownlow who stayed in New Orleans during the War for Texas Independence in the 1840s and wrote dispatches from the warfront for his Jonesboro and Knoxville Whig newspapers. He was a partner with James Dick in the Cotton Factorage known as Dick and Hill, which was one of the wealthiest cotton trading companies in the antebellum south.