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and unceasingly to clear the forest and. make a home
for himself and his posterit}-.

(I) John Hill, no doubt of English birth, was
in Dover, New Hampshire, as early as 1649, for we
find him on the list of those taxed in that year.
It is probable that he was the same John Hill who
was married in Boston, January. 16, 1656, to Eliza-
beth Strong, for John Hill, whose wife was Eliza-
beth, received a grant of land at Oyster River
(now Durham) in 1656 and three subsequent grants.
He was a grand juryman from Dover in 1668 and
1671, and in 1683 he was defendant in one of the
many suits brought by John ]\Iason, which proves
that he was a land owner. Evidently he was an-
noyed by the suits for about this time he was sum-
moned to court at Great Island for saying "he did
not judge that neither the king nor Mason had
anything to do here." He was taxed in Dover as
late as 1684. In 1659 he gave a deposition, saying
he was about thirty-five j-ears of age, from which
it would seem that he was born about 1624. He had
sons: Joseph, Samuel, John and Benjamin. (Men-
tion of John and descendants appears in. this

(II) Samuel, son of John Hill, resided in what
was then Massachusetts and what are now jNIaine
and New Hampshire. He purchased land and moved
to Kittery prior to 1696. A deed on record shows
that he was residing there at that time with his
family. His name appears in other records and on
various petitions. He was once summoned in
answer to a claim of the proprietors of the province
in a plea of trespass with his father. He owned
estates in Portsmouth which then included a large
district, and some of his sons were settled in what
is now New Hampshire on these lands. On Febru-
ary 9, 1695, he purchased an estate at Strawberry
Bank of Samuel Cutts. His will was executed Au-
gust 28, 1713, at which time he was in Portsmouth
but called himself of Kittery. His will was pro-
bated in 1723, which approximately indicates the
time of his death. He was married, October 28,
1680, to Elizabeth Williams, who was probably a
dau.shter of William and Mary Williams, as all these
parties joined in a deed of land at Oyster River in
1696. His wife survived him and administered his
estate. His children were : John, Elizabeth, Mary,
Hannah, Abigail, Samuel, Sarah, Benjamin and Jo-

(HI) Samuel (2), second son and sixth child
of Samuel (i) and Elizabeth (Williams) Hill, was
born December 13, 1696, probably in Kittery. He
resided in that part 01 that town which in 1810
was incorporated as Elliot, and was an original
member of the Congregational Church which was
organized there in 1721. He subsequently settled
upon a part of the ancestral estate which is in what
is now Durham, New Hampshire, but little record
of his movements can be found. He was married,
November 22, 1716, to Mary, daughter of John and
Elizabeth (Haley) Nelson, of Newington. His
children were: Elizabeth, Samuel, Benjamin, Nel-
son, Joseph, George, Catherine, Temperance, Mary
and John.

(IV) Samuel (3), eldest son and second child



of Samuel (2) and Mary (Nelson) Hill, was born
December 12, 1719, probably in Kittery, and grew
up in Durham, at Oyster river. He became a large
landholder there, and left a good estate. Among his
sons were Samuel and Benjamin. (Mention of the
latter and descendants appears in this article.)

(V) Samuel (4), son of Samuel (3) Hill, of
Durham, was the owner of a large estate in Dur-
ham, as evidenced by the number of land trans-
fers on record. He married Hannah Longley, of
Durham, and settled in Loudon, New Hampshire,
before 1782. Their children were : Levi, Samuel,
Parvis, Hannah, Thomas and Sarah.

(VI) Levi, eldest son of Samuel (4) and Han-
nah (Longley) Hill, was born May 5, 1782, in
Loudon, where he passed his life, engaged in agri-
culture. He was married, September 12, 1802, in
Canterbury, by Rev. Winthrop Young, to Lydia
Wiggin, of Canterbury, and they were the parents
of four sons and one daughter. Langdon, Joseph
and Franklin resided in Springfield, New Hampshire.
Susan was the wife of Rev. Timothy Coe, an
Advent clerg>-man, of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Mention of the other son follows.

(VH) Cyrus, third son of Levi and Lydia
(Wiggin) Hill, was born in 1815, in Loudon, and
spent most of his life in Concord. In early life
he learned the hatter's trade, and this he followed
industriously and successfully. On account of im-
paired health he paid a visit to Minnesota, and there-
after made annual trips to that state to look after
his business interests there. He became owner, in
partnership with a Mr. White, of Claremont, New
Hampshire, of a stage line, and also dealt extensively
in ginseng root, making his headquarters at Fari-
bault. He did a large business for many years in
this herb, which found a ready sale in China, and
realized a handsome profit from it. This illustrates
his readiness to perceive and grasp an opportunity.
Mr. Hill continued his residence in Concord until
his death, which occurred April 10, 1875, ^nd built
the Cyrus Hill Building, which was completed in
1869. He was a staunch Democrat of the old school,
was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal parish, and
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which
he filled the chairs of honor. He was a major of
militia, and represented ward four of Concord in
the state legislature. He was married, November
26, 1838, to Nancy L. Walker, a daughter of Wil-
liam Walker, of Concord (see Walker). They had
ten children, of whom four are now living. Men-
tion of William W. follows. Charles L. resides in
Concord. Frank Pierce has charge of the Carnegie
libraries in Brooklyn, New York. Mary W. is the
widow of Hon. Fletcher Ladd, of Lancaster, New

(VIII) William Walker, son of Cyrus and
Nancy L. (Walker) Hill, was born December 13,
1844, in Concord, and his home has ever been in that
city. His education was supplied by its public
schools and Pembroke and New London academies.
In early life he was a clerk for his father, and be-
came a partner in the business of the latter in
1869, which was discontinued soon after the death
of the senior partner. In 1877 Mv. W. W. Hill
w-as_ appointed a postal clerk in the railway mail
service, and continued in that capacity for a period
of eight years, resigning in March, 1885. In the
following summer he was proprietor of the Winslow
House, a summer hotel at Kearsarge, this state, and
next year kept the Hotel Champlain at Maquam,
Vermont. In January, 1887, following the death of
his father-in-law, he became associated in the man-
agement of the Quincy House in Boston, one of the

finest hotels in New England, and so continued three
years. Mr. Hill is among the most steadfast sup-
porters of Republican prmciples, and he has taken
active part in public affairs in his home city and
state. He served as ward clerk, and was appointed
commissioner of deeds for Merrimack county,
which position he filled creditably. Under Governor
Sawyer he was appointed as liquor commissioner
of the state, but did not serve, and he is
ever ready to bear the part of a good citizen. Of
social and genial nature, he enjoys the esteem of a
large number of acquaintances. He was married,
October 15, 1873, at Enfield Centre, New Hamp-
shire, to Ella H. Johnson, daughter of James Willis
Johnson (see Johnson). They had two daugh-
ters, Blanche and Gretchen, both of whom died in

(V) Benjamin (2), son of Samuel Hill, of Dur-
ham, was born probably about the year 1745, and it
was he who left his home town and planted a branch
of the family in Northwood, New Hampshire, hav-
ing moved to that town from Epping, New Hamp-
shire. He married Elizabeth Dudley, daughter of
Nicholas and Elizabeth (Gordon) Dudley, of Brent-
wood, New Hampshire. She died about 1810 or
181 1, having borne her husband ten children:
Sarah, who married Colonel Samuel Sherborn.
Nicholas Dudley, a soldier of the Revolution, and
was with his father when he died at Ticonderoga,
September 17, 1776. Jonathan, born in Epping, mar-
ried Abigail Tilton. Elizabeth, married Nathaniel
Dearborn, of Epping. Benjamin,' married Lydia
Bunker, of Barnstead. Samuel, married Judith
Carr, of Epping. Deborah, married John Prescott,
of Epsom. Trueworthy, married, (first) a Miss
Drew, and (second) Mrs. Chapman, and (third) a
Miss Mathes. Noah, married Nancy Furber. Abi-
gail, married a Miss Rowe, of AUenstown.

(VI) Samuel, third son and sixth child of
Benjamin and Elizabeth (Dudley) Hill, was born
in 1768, and died December 22, 1854. His wife,
Judith (Carr) Hill, was born in 1771, and died
November 4, 1864. They had twelve children, nine
sons and three daughters, viz. : Chase C, born
1792, died November 28, 1868; married Comfort
Palmer, of Deerfield, New Hampshire. Dudley C,
born 1795, married (first) Judith Bartlett, (second)
Mrs. Elizabeth Blake. Samuel, born 1797, died 1875 ;
married Sally Edgerly, of Acton, Maine. Mary,
born 1799, died at Worcester, Massachusetts; mar-
ried (first) Daniel Hoitt, of Northwood, and (sec-
ond) John Oakes. Joseph, born March 11, 1801,
married, March 21, 1821, Matilda Danielson, born
at Northwood, April i, 1805, died March 6, 1868.
Charlotte, born 1803, married Aaron Boody, of
Barrington. John C, born March 26, 1805. Ed-
son, born September 13, 1807, married Olive J.
Durgin, of Northwood. Eliza, born 1809, died in
infancy. Mark P., born 1812, married Mary Davis,
of Boston. Charles C, born 1814, married Eliza-
beth Smith. Oliver N., born 1816, died 1855; mar-
ried Elizabeth Bent, of Boston.

(VII) John C, seventh child of Samuel and
Judith (Carr) Hill, was born in Northwood, New
Hampshire, March 26, 1805, and died in that town,
August 28, 1890. During early manhood he be-
came a blacksmith and worked some time at that
trade, but his chief occupation in life was farming.
His wife was Rebecca J. Bartlett, daughter of Philip
Bartlett. She was born in Northwood, June 30,
1807. and died in that town January 9, 1894. John
C. Hill and his wife enjoyed worthy companion-
ship for many years, lived a quiet home life together
and attended regularly at the Baptist Church. Their




family was not large, and comprised three children,
one son and two daughters : Ivory B., see forward.
Lauretta C, born April 21, 1838, married, May 20,
1868, Charles I\I. Perry, of Barrington, New Hamp-
shire. Emily A., born May 4, 1845, married, J\Iay
I, 1865, Frank H. Bennett.

(VIII) Ivory B., only son and eldest child of
John C. and Rebecca J. (Bartlett) Hill, was born
in Northwood, New Hampshire, November 17, 1833,
died April 21, 1906. For many years he had been a
prominent man in that town, and for more than
twenty-five years engaged in the lumber business
and otherwise had been identified with its best
interests. In religious preference he followed the
instruction of his parents and was a Baptist, and in
politics by birth and inclination a strong Democrat.
On December 31, 1854, Mr. Hill married Eliza
Fogg, who was born in Northwood, October 22,
1835. Their four children are : Roscoe .Eugene P.,
born in Northwood, December 3, 1858, married
Grace Babb and lives in Pittsfield, New Hampshire ;
Clarence I., born in Northwood,. July 22, i860, and
lives in that town ; Alice, born in Northwood, De-
cember 26, 1861, married Rev. W. F. Ineson, and
lives in Littleton, New Hampshire; and Roscoe, born
in Northwood, October 9, 1856.

(IX) Roscoe, oldest son of Ivory B. and Eliza
• (Fogg) Hill, was born in the town of Northwood,

New Hampshire, October 9, 1856, and obtained his
earlier education in public schools and Coe's North-
wood Academy. Having determined to enter the
medical profession, he took a course of preparatory
studies and then matriculated at Bellevue Hospital
Medical College in New York City (now the medi-
cal department of • New York University), graduat-
ing with the degree of M. D. in 1882. He began his
professional career at Norfolk, Connecticut, re-
mained there two years, then practiced two years
at Lynn, Massachusetts, and in 1887 located perma-
nently at Epsom, ,New Hampshire. For twenty
years Dr. Hill has engaged in active practice in the
eastern part of ]\Ierrimack county and the northern
part of Rockingham county, and is well known in
medical circles in that part of the state. He has a
good practice, and an excellent standing with men
of his profession and in their organizations. He
has passed all the chairs of Evergreen Lodge, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, member of Epsom
Grange, No. 102, Patrons of Husbandry, member of
the Baptist Church, and in politics is a Democrat.
Dr. Hill married, October 29, 1884, Flora J. Holt,
w'ho was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Au-
gust 22, 1857, daughter of Thomas R. and Esther
AI. (Parker) Holt, both natives of Pembroke.

(II) John. (2), son of John (i) and Elizabeth
(Strong) Hill, was born 1661, probably in Dover.
The time is fixed by a deposition made by him, say-
ing he was eighteen years of age, in 1679. He set-
tled in Squamscot Patent, then in Exeter and near
the present line of Greenland. He was styled "of
Portsmouth" in 1716. When Stratham was incor-
porated it was ordered that the new town include
Squamscot Patent, ''excent the farms of John Hill,
Thomas Letherly, Enoch Bartlett and Michael Hicks,
which shall belong to the parish of Greenland." In
1710 John Hill, "formerly of Strawberry Bank, now
of the parish of Greenland," sold land in Ports-
mouth and Greenland. In the deeds his occupation
is said to be a mason. His estate was in probate in
1781. No record of his marriage has been found.
His sons were: Joshua, Joseph, John, and Benja-
*min. (The last named and descendants receive
mention in this article),
iv— 47

(III) Joshua, probably eldest son of John (2)
Hill, was the administrator of his father's estate.
His petition was signed by Joseph, John and Benja-
min, sons of the deceased. He lived in Stratham,
where he was a farmer, and died soon after 1776.
The name of his wife was Rachel. She survived him
a dozen or more years, dying September 7, 1784,. in
Stratham. .The only children found on record were
Jane and Joseph. The former was born in 1731,
and married in 1756, Jacob Rundlett, and lived in
Stratham. ^

(IV) Joseph, son of Joshua and Rachel Hill,
was born May 17, 1743, in Stratham, and resided in
that town. He signed the association test there in
1776, and was a soldier in the Revolution. Plis
wife's name was Molly, and they had eleven chil-
dren born between 1765 and 1785, namely : Reuben,.
Joshua, Jonathan, Rachel, Molly, James, Pollj^
Lydia, Nancy, Betty and David.

(V) Joshua, son of Joseph and Molly Hill, was
born November 27, 1766, in Stratham, where he
lived and was engaged in farming. He died Sep-
tember 7, 1830, aged sixty-seven years. He married
Lucy Chase, daughter of INIoses and Anna (Rol-
lins) Chase, of Stratham. She died July 8, 1834,
aged seventy years.

(VI) Chase, son of Joshua and Lucy (Chase)
Hill, was born at Stratham, May 20, 1795. He mar-
ried Nancy Moore, of Stratham, born October 6,
1793, died December 14, 1881, aged eightj^-eight years.
Chase Hill died May 23, 1873, aged seventy-eight.
He served at Portsmouth in the war of 1812, and
was always known in later years as Colonel Hill.
He was engaged in the leather business. He re-
moved with his family to Concord, and resided there
until the time of his death. The children of Chase
and Nancy (Moore) Hill were: Elizabeth, Sarah,
Thomas P., James R., Frances A., Plannah M. and
Flenry C,

(VII) James Riggs, fourth child and second
son of Chase and Nancy (Moore) Hill, was born in
Stratham, December 17, 1821, and came with his
parents to Concord in 1836. Soon afterward he
entered the employ of Abbott & Downing, and later
served an apprenticeship with Greeley & INIorrill,
harness makers. In 1842 Oliver Greeley and J. R.
Hill formed a partnership as Greely & Hill, and
went into the harness manufacturing business. It
was not long until Mr. Hill became sole proprietor
of the business, which he continued until 1865,
when the firm of James R. Hill & Company was
formed to succeed him. This change was neces-
sitated by Mr. Hill becoming interested in various
other enterprises in the city, so that he was unable
to devote all his time as formerly to the harness
business. The partners in the company were J. R.
Hill, George H. Emery and Josiah E. Dwight. They
manufactured what was known as the "Concord
harness," which became famous for its excellence
throughout the civilized world. The quality of the
harness was due to Mr. Hill's supervision of the
business, in which he spent a large share of his time
daily, until the end of his life. The events follow-
ing the discovery of gold in California created a
great demand for harness there in 1849, and in that
year he made the first shipment of harness from
any eastern point to that region. Four years later
he made a shipment to Chile, South America. The
profits of the harness business were very large, and
were invested by I\Ir. Hill in real estate and in the
erection of buildings. He built large blocks that were
first-class structures, and an ornament to the city.
In this he excelled any other person in Concord.



He built the State, the Columbian and the Centen-
nial blocks, and many smaller structures. In 1866
he purchased the Phenix Hotel property, and at his
death he possessed more real estate in Concord than
any other person who has ever lived in the city.
For some years before his death Mr. Hill was pro-
prietor of the Phenix Hotel, which became widely
and favorably known under his management. Mr.
Hill was without doubt one of the most successful
business men of the state of New Hampshire. His
success arose from his knowledge of details and his
steady and untiring application to doing things,
well coupled with a prudence and economy that
permitted no waste. His ability to decide promptly
and act with courage and vigor were also prominent
elements in his character, and which contributed
to his success.

Mr. Hill was a Democrat, and a staunch sup-
porter of the principles of Jefferson and Jackson,
but he never placed party above principle, and never
sought office, always preferring to work for the up-
building of his home town in other ways, rather
than fill the offices within the gift of its people.
When convinced he could be most useful in a public
position, he did not refuse its responsibilities, how-
ever. He was a member of the board of water
works commissioners at the time of his death. He
was a member of the IMasonic Order. He was
an attendant of the Congregational Church until the
early sixties, and thenceforward until his death
worshipped in the St. Paul's Church, Protestant

Mr. Hill was twice married. His first wife was
Priscilla Chapman, by whom he had two daugh-
ters—Lucy Ann, married Josiah E. Dwight, of Mas-
sachusetts, who was a partner with Mr.' Hill ; and
ElizabetH, married Henry J. Eaton, of ]Manchester,
New Hampshire. In 18^4 Mr. Plill married Sophia
L. Pickering, who survived him. She was born in
Barnstead, and was a descendant in the seventh
generation from John Pickering, who settled in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1633. She was one
of the nine children of Joseph and Mary (Lyford)
Pickering, and was born September 12, 1828, and
died October 2, 1889 (see Pickering, VII). The
line of her ancestors is as follows: John (i) ;
Thomas (2) ; James (3) ; John (4) ; Stephen (5) ;
Jacob (6); Joseph (7). Her children were: Ed-
son J., born October 19, 1857 ; Solon P., born March
25, 1859, died July, 1886; Joseph C. born January
27, 1865, died August 19, 1891 ; Cora P., born Febru-
ary 15, 1867. The last is the wife of John I. Monroe,
of Brookline, Massachusetts, and has three chil-

I\Ir. Hill was thrown from a carriage in Main
street, Concord, September 2, 1884. and received
injuries from which he suffered until November 10,
when he died.

(VIII) Edson James, son of James R. and
Sophia (Pickering) Hill, was born in Concord, Oc-
tober 19, 1857, and was educated at St. Paul's school.
He concluded his education at the age of seventeen,
and from 1874 to 1884 he was employed as book-
keeper for J. R. Hill & Co. From 1880 he had charge
of the Phenix Hotel, and the letting of his father's
buildings and collection of rents on the various
pieces of property. On the death of his father, J\Ir.
Hill assumed charge of his various business interests,
most of which is retained — the harness business be-
ing the only one disposed of. From 1884 to 1889
Mr. Hill was landlord of the Phenix Hotel, one
of the leading hostelries of the state for half a
century. In 1889 the Eagle and Phenix Hotel Com-
pany was organized with S. C. Eastman as president;

Edson J. Hill, treasurer ; and Oliver J. Pelren, man-
ager, which positions they have since continuously
held. i\Ir. Hill is president and treasurer of the Hill
Associates; president of the Home Realty Company,
and trustee of the Union Guaranty Savings Bank.
He is also one of the board of water commissioners
of Concord, and trustee of the public library. In
politics lie is a Democrat, and in 1899, 1903, 1905
and 1907 was elected as such to the assembly of the
state of New Hampshire. The first and second
terms he served on the committee on banks, and the
third term as a member of the ways and means
and banking committees. He is a member of St.
Paul's Church, of which he is a vestryman, and is
also a trustee of the Protestant Episcopal Church
in New Hampshire. ]\Ir. Hill is a Knight Templar
in Masonry, a member of the Union Club, of Boston,
and of the Beaver Meadow Golf Club. He has the
keen foresiglit and aptitude for business that charac-
terized his father.

September 2^, 1885, j\Ir. Hill was married to Cora
Hubbell, a daughter of Wesley B. and Mary (Mc-
Lean) Hubbell, of Zanesville, Ohio. He resides in
the house in which he was born, the one erected by
his father in 1855, and occupied by him until his

It is probable that the following line is

HILL descended from John Hill, of Dover, New

Hampshire, but the connecting links have

been lost, owing to the imperfection of the early

records. It is li)s:ely that Joseph Hill, mentioned

below, was a son of (V) Joshua Hill, of Stratham.

(I) William Holbrook, son of Joseph Hill, was
born in Epping, New Hampshire, in 181 5. When
a boy he moved to the neighboring town of Deer-
field, where he made his permanent home. He had
a farm and general business at Deerfield Parade,
and was a man well known and somewhat influential
in the community. In politics he was a Whig,
afterwards joined the Republican part}', and though
his town was Democratic half a century ago, he
served as selectman in 1852 and 1853, and also as
representative. He and his family attended the
Free Will Baptist Church. William H. Hill mar-
ried for his first wife Sarah Durgin, of Northwood,
New Hampshire, and they had nine children : George,
Frank, Jacob, Sawyer, Martin, Martha, Samuel, John
M. and Charles. By the second marriage there were
four children : Caroline. Daniel, Nellie, and one
who died in infancy. William H. Hill, the father,
died in November, 1897, at the age of eighty-two.
His first wife, Mrs. Sarah (Durgin) Hill, died in
1863, when all her older sons were in the Union
army in the south.

(II) John ]\Ioody, seventh son and eighth and
youngest child of William Holbrook and Sarah
(Durgin) Hill, was born at Deerfield, New Hamp-
shire, October 8, 1852. He was educated in the
schools of that town, and v/orked on his father's
farm and in the business until the age of twenty.
In 1872 he went to Haverhill, Massachusetts, and
engaged in the shoe business, with which he has been
connected ever since. He worked at first for the
firm of Ordway & Clark, and later became super-
intendent for the firm of Griffin Brothers. Mr. Hill
afterwards owned a contract shop for hand work,
and later, when several firms were consolidated,
became superintendent for the Griffin-George Shoe
Company. In October, 1895, Mr. Hill was seriously
injured by a carriage accident. He spent many
months in the ?\Iassachusetts General Hospital, and
for four or five years was a complete invalid. This
necessitated his giving up active work, and he now



spends ti's summers on the Deerfield farm, ^nd in
winters goes to Haverhill, where he still keeps up
a connection with the shoe factory. In politics Mr.
Hill has never been especially interested, but has

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