Doctor Hill - Crawford Co., IL Biography

History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Doctor Hill, farmer, P. O. Hutsonville, whose portrait appears in this work, is one of the worthy pioneers of Crawford County.  He settled in what is now Hutsonville Township, with his family, in the year 1818, after having resided for a period of nearly two years in what is now Sullivan County, Ind.  He was born June 28, 1796, in Randolph County, N. C., a son of John
and Rachel (Sargent) Hill.  The father was a farmer, born and raised on the same place our subject was, and died in 1849, aged about eighty-two years. The mother was also a native of North Carolina, and died in this county, at the advanced age of ninety-three years.  The parents were blessed with nine children.  The educational facilities of our subject's younger days granted him but a meager education in the old subscription schools.  His early life was spent in farming pursuits, and as necessity required he also engaged at shoe-making and blacksmithing, and at the advanced age of eighty-six years, he made two plows, upon which implement he claims to be the original inventor of many substantial improvements.  He was first married in his native county, in 1815, to Nancy Boyd, born March 9, 1797, in Guilford County, N. C., a daughter of James Boyd.   She died in 1825, leaving a family of five children--Sargent, Elizabeth, Rachel, Mary and Nancy.  The second marriage of our subject occurred November 13, 1828, in this county.  He wedded Cynthia Smith, bon July 2, 1795, on the South Branch of the Potomac, Virginia, a daughter of Jacob B. and Hannah (Hand) Smith, he a native of Germany, and she of Virginia. Mrs. Hill died in January 1872.  When he first came to this county, our subject purchased 160 acres of land of the Government, but being unable to pay for the same, retained only one-fourth of it, an act o Congress compelling him to relinquish the balance.  His present farm consists of about 402 acres, which is given to general farming. Our subject has served this county as a Commissioner, under the old system of county organization.  In politics he adheres to the Democratic principles of Thomas Jefferson, and he has distinct recollections of the administration of that devoted espouser of the cause of Colonial liberty.

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