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always kept his voting place in Decrheld. He is
much interested in fraternal organizations, especially
in the Independent Order of Red Men, in which he
has held all the otifices. He also belongs to the Odd
Fellows and to the Order of United American Me-
chanics. He is very fond of outdoor life, and is an
enthusiastic sportsman and hunter. On July 3, 1873,
John Moody Hill married Mary Adelaide Ladd,
daughter of John F. and Mary (Rollins) Ladd, who
was born at Deerfiel'd, New Hampshire, June 20,
1854. (See Ladd, VHl). JNIrs. Hill is a member of
the Free Will Baptist Church in Deertield, and be-
longs to the Daughters of Rebekah and Daughters
of Pocahontas. John M. and Mary (Ladd) Hill
have two children : George Vernon, whose sketch
follows; and Loleta Estelle, born January 7, 1882.
The daughter was educated in the schools of Brad-
ford, and for some years was a pupil at Mrs. Gage's
private school in that town. In September, 1904,
Loleta E. Hill was married to Charles A. Piper,
and they now live in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

(HI) George Vernon, only son and elder child
of John Moody and Mary (Ladd) Hill, was born
at Deerfield, New Hampshire, November 3, 1875.
In 1880 his people moved to Bradford, Massachusetts,
and he was educated in the schools of that town,
graduating from the high school in 1894. From
September, 1891, to February, 1892, he studied at
Phillips Academy in Andover, because the college
preparatory course -was for a time cut out of the
Bradford high school, but upon its resumption he
returned to his place there. He entered Dartmouth
College in the class of 1898, but left college to take
part m the Spanish war. While at Dartmouth he
ranked well in his studies, winning the usual scholar-
ships, and was a contributor to the Dartmouth Liter-
ary Monthly. On April 28, 1898, he enlisted as a
private in the Eighth Massachusetts United States
Volunteers, under Captain William C. Dow and
Colonel William A. Pew. This was the only volun-
teer regiment in the country that saw a full year's
service. In that year, Mr. Hill filled every non-
commissioned office in the regiment, and was on
special duty almost all the time. The regiment
was at Chickamauga, Georgia, from May 5, to Au-
gust 28; then at Lexington, Kentucky, till November
10; at Americus, Georgia, till December 20; and in
Cuba the remaining four months. Mr. Hill was at
first regimental clerk in the adjutant's office, then
in the adjutant's office at division headquarters;
and afterward sergeant in the brigade quarter-
master's department. He was clerk of the field
officer's court from July to April. During the last
months he was detailed to detached service for the
purpose of taking a census of Matanzas, Pueblo
Nuevo and Versailles, all in Cuba._ His regiment
was engaged in clearing out guerillas from the
province of Matanzas, a place which the bandits
especially infested, because it is accessible both to
the mountains and 'the fertile regions where the best
plantations are cultivated. While in Cuba, Mr. Hill
sent weekly letters to the Boston Globe.

Immediately upon his return to the states, Mr.
Hill entered upon newspaper work, in which he has
been engaged for the past eight years. He became
connected with the Haverhill (Massachusetts) Ga-
zette on May i, 1899, and September i of that year
he came to this state as one of the city reporters
for the Manchester Union a paper with which
he has been associated ever since. During the

constitutional convention and legislature of 1902-
1903 at Concord, he occupied the city editor's chair
in the Concord Monitor office. Since then he has
been the Concord correspondent of the Manchester
Union, w^ith his residence in the capital city. i\Ir.
Hill's excellent and effective woi-k is shown by the
fact that the Concord circulation of the Union has
more than doubled in that time, a substantial adver-
tising business has been built up and that this in-
crease has not only been established but maintained.
Besides his regular work on the Union, ■ he has
written many special articles for Boston and New
York papers and magazines. Notwithstanding Mr.
Hill's successful jourpalistic experience he intends
to make the law his profession. He began his studies
in Haverhill a number of years ago with William H.
Moody, since attorney general, and now- one of the
associate justices of the supreme court of the United
States. Mr. Hill has prosecuted his studies at inter-
vals, chiefly in the midnight hours, and was admitted
to practice December 19, 1907. In politics Mr. Hill
is a staunch Republican. On May 8, 1894, at the
age of eighteen, he joined the First Con-
gregational Church at Bradford, Massachusetts,
founded in 1682. Like his father, Mr. George
V. Hill is an enthusiastic sportsman, and he
has fished and hunted along the Atlantic coast from
Nova Scotia to northern Virginia. Most of his
school vacations were spent in camping and tramping.
He is also an enthusiastic devotee of golf. Mr.
Hill belongs to many clubs, the Wonolancet, the
Beaver Meadow and the Gun Club of Concord; and
the Merrimack County Fish and Game League, be-
sides social organizations in Haverhill and Manches-
ter. In 1904 he was the moving factor in organizing
Camp General J. N. Patterson, United Spanish-
American War Veterans.

On November 14, 1906, George Vernon Hill
was united in marriage to Mary Genevieve Gannon,
daughter of ]\Iichael George and Sarah (Larkin)
Gannon, who was born at Concord, New Hampshire,
May 30, 1S77.

The family of whom this sketch treats
HILL have for generations been stout and

sturdy laborers, members of which came
to this country more than a century ago and by their
industrj'- and skill in the various fields of labor
have become useful, respected and prominent citi-

(I) Samuel Hill was born in Birmingham, Eng-
land, where he was engaged in coal mining. In his
young manhood he removed to South Wales, where
he was employed in the extensive collieries near
Swansea, and was also largely engaged in the build-
ing of canal boats.

(II) Samuel (2), son of Saunie! (s) Hill, men-
tioned above, was born at Clydash, South Wales,
May 28, 1810, and died in that town, February 25,
1895. He followed the occupation of his father in
the coal mines, was the owner of a colliery, and a
liarge builder. He was a very upright man and held
in high respect by all who knew him. For sixty
years he held the office of deacon in the Congrega-
tional Church in Clydash. He married Emma
Nichols, of the Mundels, of Wales, who was born
September 5, i8r6, and died in 1902, daughter of
Henry and Emma Nichols. They had nine chil-

(III) George William, sixth child of Samuel
(2) and Emma (Nichols) Hill, was born in Swan-
sea, South Wales. July 20, 1850. He attended the
public schools until he was fourteen years of age
and then apprenticed himself to learn the trade of



carpentering. He emigrated to the United States in
1870, and after residing in various places, located
in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1872. He entered
the employ of the White Mountain Freezer Com-
pany in 18S7., and is still engaged with that company,
having risen to the rank of foreman in the lumber
department. He is an active member of the Chris-
tian Brethren denomination and highly respected
in the community. He is also a member of Rising
Sun Lodge, No. 39, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons; and Pennichuck Lodge, No. 39, Lidepend-
ent Order of Odd Fellows. He married in Wilmot,
New Hampshire, October 20, 1879, Hattie Fisk,
born in Sutton, New Hampshire, January 12, 1858.
daughter of Levi F. and Susan Fisk. Levi F. Fisk
was a farmer in Orange, and his parents were
among the first settlers in Vermont, where they
were also farmers. His mother, Susan (Rogers)
Fisk, born in Vermont, was killed by the Indians
while gathering berries. Mr. and Mrs. Hill have
one child : Stanley F., born at Clydash, South
Wales, March 2, 1885. He is now a junior in the
New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Me-
chanical Arts, and is exceedingly proficient in

One branch of the Hill family is traced
HILL to William Hill, a blacksmith, who was

born March 4, 1788, and died in Grafton,
this state, January 3, 1867. He was married, No-
vember 12, 1812, to Rebecca Hoskins, who was
born March 28, 1791. and died, October 17, 1863.
Brief mention of their children follows : Charles
P., the eldest, died in infancy. Lucina P. married
Stephen George, and lived and died in Grafton. Wil-
liam H. was a blacksmith, and resided long in Man-
chester, where his life ended. Varnum H. was also
for many years a citizen of Manchester. Eli F.
died at the age of twenty-six years. John M. died
in Manchester, in 1897. Moses C. died at four
years of age. Samuel D. at one year. Bushrod W.
is the subject of the succeeding paragraph. The
fourth died in infancy.

Bushrod Washington Hill, for many years one
of the most substantial citizens in Manchester, was
born June 26, 1832, in Grafton, New Hampshire,
where he resided until nearly grown to manhood.
His education was supplied by the country school
of his native town, and previous to 1850 he went
to Manchester and joined his older brother, who
was then engaged in the express business which was
established between Boston and Manchester via
Lawrence. The j^ounger brother soon became a
partner in the business, and in 18S2 became its sole
owner. By his industry and faithful attention to
the wants of customers he built up a very exten-
sive and profitable business, and in 1894 this was
sold to the American Express Company. Mr. Hill
was an exceedingly careful and prudent manager,
and ,made safe investments in real estate, and at
the time of his death was the owner of a large
farm on Mammoth road, near Derryfield Park. He
was president of the Hillsborough County Savings
Bank, and a director of the Merchants' National
Bank, also the New Hampshire Fire Insurance
Company, having been, identified with the latter
from a time shortly after its organization. He was
a trustee of the Valley cemetery, and occupied a
prominent position in the business circles of the
city. His success in the management of his own
afifairs caused him to be frequently consulted in
financial matters, and he was a trusted investor
of money. Mr. Hill passed away at his home in
Manchester, March 3, 1904. and his departure was

mourned by a large circle of business as^sociates
and appreciative friends. He was a member of the
Old Residents' Association, and was active in the
Masonic order,' affiliating with Washington Lodge,.
Mount Horeb Chapter, and Trinity Commandery,.
Knights Templar, of Manchester, being the oldest
niember in point of service of the latter body at the
time of his death. In 1902 he represented the fourth
ward of Manchester in the state legislature, and
was a member of the last constitutional convention.
He was a staunch supporter of Republican princi-
ples, and ever had the welfare of the community
and his country at heart. He was a regular attend-
ant and liberal supporter of the Hanover Street
Congregational Church. Mr. Hill was married
(first), to Ann Sweat Appleton. who was born Jan^
nary 31, 1828, in Nashua, a daughter of Thomas Ap-
pleton. His second wife was Helen M. Peaslee.
His family includes two children : John Frank Hill,,
who now resides on the paternal farm in Man-
chester, and Sarah Louise, wife of James Howard
Campbell, of Manchester. At the present time nine
of his grandchildren are living:.

The ancestor of this family came ta
BARNEY Massachusetts for the same purpose

as nearly every other person did who
settled in New_ England at that time— the oppor-
tunity to worship God according to the dictates of
his own conscience.

Edward Barney, of Bradenham, county of Bucks,
England, in his will dated 1643 makes a bequest
to his son Jacob "if he be living at time of my
death and come over to Englaiijd."

(I) Jacob, the emigrant ancestor of the familv,.
is said to have been a son of Edward Barney. He
was born in England, i6or, landed' in Salem, 1634^
was made a freeman May 14, 1634, and died in
Salem, April 28, 1673, aged seventy-two years. His
wife, whose name was Elizabeth, survived him. A
well-known writer says of Jacob : "An intelligent
merchant, often selectman and deputy to the general
court, 1635-38-47-53-65, and served on the first
grand jury that ever sat in this country. The loss
of_ such men as Mr. Barney is not easily supplied."
His children were: Jacob, Sarah, Hannah and
John. The last named died young.

(II) Jacob, eldest child of Jacob and Eliza-
beth Barney, and the only son surviving childhood,,
was born in England, died in Rehoboth, Massachu-
setts, February 12, 1692. He was a Baptist minister
and founded churches in Charlestown and Swan-
sea, Massachusetts. He married (first), in Salem,
August 18. 1657, Hannah Johnson, who died June
5, J659. He married (second), April 26, 1660, Ann
Witt, who died in Rehoboth, March 17, 1701. His
children were: Josiah, Hannah, Sarah, John," Abi-
gail, Jacob, Ruth, Dorcas, Joseph, Israel, Jonathan,.
Samuel and Hannah.

(III) Joseph, ninth child and fourth son of
Jacob Barney, was born in Salem, March 9, 1673.
He lived in Swansea and later in Rehoboth, where
he died February 5, 1731. He was a lieutenant in
the army. He married in 1692,. Constance Davis,,
born in Haverhill, March 9, 1674, daughter of James
and Elizabeth Davis.

(iy> John, son of Joseph and Constance
(Davis) Barney, was born April 2. 1703, in Reho-
both, and was married (intentions published March
8, 1729) to Hannah Clark.

(V) Aaron, son of John and Hannah (Clark)
Barney, was born in Rehoboth, April 12, 1734. He
purchased three thousand acres of land in Grafton,.
New Flampshire, on a part of which he settled in

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April, 1773, and said part has ever since been known
as Barney Hill, lie gave each of his sons a farm.
He married Susannah Carpenter, who bore him chil-
<lren: Jabez, John, Hannah, Aaron, Otis, Kezia
and Susannah. The death of Mr. Barney occurred
in Grafton, 1S17, aged eighty-three years. (Mention
of John and descendants forms part of this article.)

(VI) Jabez, eldest son of Aaron and Su-
sannah (Carpenter) Barney, was probably born in
Rehoboth or Swansey, Massachusetts, and accom-
panied his parents to Grafton in 1774. He married
a woman of the same family name, perhaps a distant
relative, and had a family of eight children, whose
names are not at hand.

(VH) John, son of Jabez Barney, was a native
■of Grafton, and resided there his entire life. He
married Nancy Martin, of that town, and was the
father of Alfred, Horace, Eleazer, Jessie, Mary, and
three others whose names do not appear in the rec-
ords consulted.

(VHI) Eleazer, son of John and Nancy (Martin)
Barney, was born in Grafton, March, 1819, and
■died there in 1884. He was a merchant in Dan-
bury for a time, but returned to Grafton where he
was in trade for a number of years, and removing
to Canaan he carried on a general mercantile busi-
ness there, selling out to his sons, after which he
•devoted his time to other interests. He was quite
active in public affairs, representing his district in
the legislature two terms, and with the majority
of the old Whig element he joined the Republican
party at its formation. In his religious belief he
■was a Baptist. In 1835 he married Emeline A.
Durrell, of Grafton, and they were the parents of
three children : Albert E., Arthur J. and Bertha
E. The mother of these children died February
14, 1906.

(IX) Albert Eleazer, eldest child of Eleazer and
Emeline A. (Durrell) Barney, was born in Grafton,
September 8, 1843. He began his education in the
Grafton public schools, continued it at the Kimball
Union Academy, in Meriden, and completed it at the
Union Academy in Canaan. Prior to former school-
ing mentioned, he took a course at Eastman's Busi-
ness College at Poughkeepsie, New York. Entering
Tiis father's store as a clerk, he was admitted to
partnership under the firm name of E. Barney &
Son, who transacted a thriving business in Canaan.
The retirement of the elder Barney was followed
"by the admission to partnership of the latter's
youngest son, Arthur J., and the firm name became
"known as Barney Brothers. Shortly after its estab-
lishment the new concern began in a small way
to manufacture pants, shirts and overalls, and this
■side speculation proved so successful that they in-
-creased their facifities, employing at the present
time some fifty operatives and turning out a large
amount of work annually. Albert E. Barney was
■chosen representative to the legislature for the
years 1877-78, was also chosen town clerk, serving
one year in that capacity, and in politics he is a

He married Abbie A. Hutchinson, born October
26, 1846. daughter of Richard Hutchinson, of Ca-
naan. Mr. and Mrs. Barney have two children :
Ernest A., born July 11, 1869, and John E., born
March 14, 1876.

(VI) John, second son of Aaron and Susannah
(Carpenter) Barney, was born in Rehoboth, Massa-

-chusetts, March 4, 1769, died October 3, 1840. He
married Annie Smith, who bore him children :

John, Jedediah, Amanda, Cyrus, Annie, Aarad, Amy,

TRival and Nelson.

(VII) Jedediah, second child of John and Annie
(Smith) Barney, was born in Grafton, January

17. 1798. and died there November 4, 1869. He
resided on the farm formerly owned by his grand-
father and later by his father, and was a leading
citizen, holding various town offices, including repre-
sentative to the legislature in 1848-49. He was also
one of the foremost members of the Methodist
Church. He married (first), February 13, 1824,
Melancy Williams, daughter of Samuel Williams,
and they had one child, Mark F., who died at the
age of eighty-two years. Mrs. Barney died in her
thirtieth year. Mr. Barney married (second),
February 3, 1831, Eunice Blackman, born July 4,
1807, a native of Gilmanton, daughter of Adam
Blackman, of northeastern Massachusetts. She
died February 19, 1862, at the age of fifty-four
years. She was an active member of the Methodist
Church. They were the parents of eight children :
Eliza, Harriet, Hial, Cyrell, Albert E., Charles B.,
La Fayette T., Jacob and Ellen F., all of whom
are deceased but Hial and La Fayette T. (Jacob
and descendants receive mention in this article.)

(VIII) Hial, eldest son and third child of
Jedediah and Eunice (Blackman) Barney, was
born March 26, 1836, in Grafton. He was educated
in the common schools of that town and an academy
in Thetford, Vermont. After leaving school he went
to Brookline, New Hampshire, and was there en-
gaged in agricultural pursuits for a time. Go-
ing to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, he learned the
trade of butcher, and was subsequently located at
Wareham, Massachusetts, where he carried on a
profitable wholesale and retail business in meats.
He bought and sold many cattle, and was interested
in other business enterprises. He purchased a house
and lot in Wareham, and made his permanent home
there for twenty-nine years. He was a trustee of
the Wareham Savings Bank, and took an active part
in public affairs, being twice elected selectman and
serving five years, also serving for a similar period
of time as assessor and overseer of the poor. Dur-
ing the prevalence of tuberculosis among cattle, he
was appointed deputy state inspector and held that
office many years, resigning it upon his removal
to Manchester, New Hampshire. He was also a
member of the committee for the suppression of

In September, 1862, he enlisted in Company
K, Third Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and
took part with his command in battles, namely:
Kingston, W'hite Hall, Gouldsboro, Newbern and
Batchelders Creek, North Carolina, and in a num-
ber of skirmishes in the siege of Little Washington,
North Carolina. He was discharged at Lakeville,
Massachusetts, June 26, 1863. He Avas lieutenant
in the New Hampshire state militia before
the Civil war. In 1895 Mr. Barney removed
to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he
built a handsome residence on Pine street,
and where he now lives in comfortable retirement.
He is an attendant of the Universalist Church of
Manchester, and has been president of the associa-
tion seven years.

He was a member of William T. Sherman Post,
No. 208, Grand Army of the Republic, of Ware-
ham, Massachusetts, of which he was commander,
and is now affiliated with Louis Bell Post, of Man-
chester. He was made a Mason in Wareham, and
is a member of Social Harmony Lodge of that town.
Since living in Manchester he has become a member
of the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences
and the Board of Trade. Throughout his life Mr.
Barney has consistently adhered to the Democratic
party in politics. His career has been a most active
and successful one, and he has conferred credit



upon the state of his nativity and his parentage.
By unremitting industry and prudent investments
he has accumulated the competence which now en-
ables him to enjoy life. His life work has embraced
more than a selfish accumulation of gain, and he
has devoted time and money for the enhancement
of the moral and social advantages of the public.

Mr. Barney married, February 19, 1S68, Jane
Cole, of Grafton, New Hampshire, daughter of
Richard and Sylvia (Dwinnell) Cole. She died
February 9, 1900.

(VHI) Jacob, youngest son of Jedediah Bar-
ney, was born in Grafton, and resided in Orange.
He married Lois Walker, of Grafton, and reared
five children : Jacob, James. Aaron, Charles and

(IX) Major Aaron, third son and child of
Jacob and Lois (Walker) Barney, was born in
Orange, June 21, 1810. He was a prosperous farmer
and a leading resident of Orange, serving as a
member of the board of selectmen, was representa-
tive to the legislature for the years 1846 and 1S53,
and acted as a justice of the peace. Originally
a Whig, he became actively identified with the
Know-Nothing movement during the latter days of
the anti-slavery agitation, and was subsequently an
earnest supporter of the Republican party. In the
state militia he ranked as major, and he evinced a
profound interest in the welfare of that organiza-
tion. Mr. Barney died March 24, 1882. He married
Sarah Ann Chase, of Canaan, who died January
8, 1-891. She bore him two children, Charles O.
and Addie S.

(X) Charles Oscar, eldest child and only son
of Major Aaron and Sarah Ann (Chase) Barney,
was born in Orange, July 21, 1844. Having pur-
sued the primary branches of study in the common
schools at Grafton, he completed his education at
the Canaan Union Academy, graduating in 1866,
and in the following year he founded the Canaan
Reporter, and espoused journalism as a permanent
profession. He has ever since devoted his time
and energy to the interest of this offspring of his
enterprise, .which has now passed its fortieth year
of usefulness, and the successful career of the
Reporter is due wholly to his* ability and sagacious
management. It is w-orthy of note that although
frequently encumbered with important outside af-
fairs, including public business, he never allows
his managerial and editorial duties to be super-
seded by other interests, and from the first issue of
the Reporter to the present time he has been away
from the ofiice but five publication days. Politically
Mr. Barney is a Republican, and in addition to
serving upon the board of supervisors for the past
six years, he represented his town in the lower
house of the legislature in 1901. He was mainly
instrumental in promoting and organizing the
Crystal Lake Water Company, drafted the bill con-
stituting its charter which he guided to a final
enactment by the legislature, and he is now one
of the directors and clerk of that corporation. For
twenty-seVen consecutive years he was a director
and secretary of the Mascoma Fair Association ;
was for many years master of the local Grange ;
and has occupied all of the important chairs in
Mount Cardigan Lodge, No. 31, Knights of
Pythias, including that of grand chancellor. In his
religious faith he is a Methodist.

On July 2T. 1874. Mr. Barney w^as united in
marriage with Miss Mary Wilmarth, of Enfield, this
state, who died February 4, 1887. She became the
mother of five children: Lester O., Addie S., Ed-
ward A., Alice (deceased), and Ralph T. Edward

A. Barney, born July 22, 1881, is a graduate of the
Canaan high school, is now private secretary to
the Hon. Frank D. Currier, a member of congress

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