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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
Jacob Hill, deceased, was born on the 29th* of March, 1802, in Mifflin Co., Pa., where his parents and ancestors had lived for many years. He grew to manhood upon a farm and about 1814 accompanied his grandparents on their removal to Ohio, his father and mother being then deceased. They settled in Perry County, which was then a wild and undeveloped region where where the work of civilization and improvement seemed scarcely begun. He aided his grandfather in the development of the farm until 1824, when he was married, the lady of his choice being Eliza Smith After this he worked at the potter's trade for four or five years and then engaged in farming in St. Joseph County, Ind., where he continued his agricultural pursuits until 1853, which year witnessed his arrival in Iowa. He made the journey by team and settled upon a farm in Fairfield Township, which is still the home of his widow. He improved and cultivated three hundred acres of wild prairie land and at his death left to his family a comfortable property. He died on the 12th of June, 1889.
*day of birth varies in various publication.
Mrs. Hill still survives her husband. She was also born in Mifflin Co., Pa., and emigrated to Ohio in the company of him whom she afterwards married. Their family numbered the following children - Washington, who owns a ranch in Arizona; Peggy and Nancy, both of whom are deceased; Jonathan, of Indiana; George, who resides near Brush Creek; Eleazer, whose home is in Montana; Mrs. Charity Walworth, of Union City, Wash., Ann Eliza, of Indiana; Mrs. Mary E. Thompson whose home is near Brush Creek; and Jacob Jr., of Washington. Mr. Hill was a member of the Christian Church for thirty-seven years and a zealous and faithful worker for its interests. He was widely known in this county and is numbered among its pioneer settlers who aided in its development and progress."
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