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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,
1895

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  NOAH HILL, M. D., who died at his home in Senecaville, this sate, Sept. 12, 1894, was one of the most prominent physicians of Guernsey County.  At his death the profession was deprived of one of its noblest representatives and the citizenship of the community suffered a sad loss  He was born in Westmoreland, Pa., Oct. 30 1809, and was of French and German descent.
     The first of the name to come to America was Joseph Eichelberg, who was obliged to flee from his native land on account of the political troubles which were then agitating the country.  He was pursued by German soldiers, and was obliged to cast himself into the waters of the Rhine, which he swam amid a shower of bullets.  He made his way to Paris, and in 1765 arrived in the United States.  Here he changed his name of Eichelberg,
"Oakhill," by dropping the first syllable and calling himself "Hill," thus shortening and anglicizing the name. Joseph Hill, as we shall hereafter know him, joined the Continental army and fought through the Revolutionary War.  His son, Joseph, Jr., was the father of Stephen Hill, who in turn was the paternal grandfather of our subject, thus making Joseph Hill, Sr., the great-great-grandfather.
     The maternal ancestors of Noah Hill, as far as can be traced, were first the great-great-great-grandfather, Nicholas Reasoner, a native of France.  At the time of the persecution of the Huguenots, being of the Presbyterian faith, he, with others, was driven out of France into Germany.  Nicholas had three sons, Jacob, Benjamin and Garrett, the latter born in 1710.  One of Garrett's sons, Peter Reasoner, while living in Germany, married Mary Spiers, about 1763, and came to the United States about 1770.  This worthy couple were the grandfather and grandmother of Noah Hill.  On their arrival in this country they proceeded to the Carolinas, where a French colony was already established, and from there removed to Pennsylvania, settling on the Monongahela River, near Pittsburg.  While there one of the daughters of Peter Reasoner, named Sarah, married Joseph Hill, and became the mother of our subject. Peter Reasoner. who came to Ohio in 1805, settled land where New Concord now stands, and built the first Presbyterian Church erected there.
     In the year 1814 Noah Hill went with his parents to the vicinity of Norwich, Muskingum County, this state, where they settled on a farm.  Here the future doctor received the benefit of health giving farm work, and at the same time took advantage of the opportunities afforded him for obtaining an education in the schools of that day.  In due time he received a certificate to teach, and in 1828 went to Senecaville, where he taught the village school.  While thus employed he studied medicine with his brother-in-law.  Dr. John Baldridge, and remained there until 1833.
     In the above year our subject attended lectures at the Cincinnati Medical College, from which institution he was graduated the following year.  Returning to Senecaville, he formed a partnership with Dr. Baldridge, which connection existed until the death of the latter, in 1844.  From that time until 1862 Dr. Hill practiced alone.  That year his eldest son, John Hill, who had just had the degree of Doctor of Medicine conferred upon him, entered into partnership with his father, with whom he practiced for about ten years.  After this our subject managed affairs alone until 1879, when he associated with him his son-in-law, Dr. W. Scott.  This partnership was dissolved in 1887, and from that time until within a year of his decease Dr. Hill did little else than an office practice.
     He of whom we write was married, Sept. 3, 1834, to Miss Mary, daughter of Abraham and Jane (McCleary) Dilley, residents of Senecaville, Ohio.  Their union resulted in the birth of thirteen children,
one of whom died in infancy, and the others are all living.  Of these Dr. John resides at Vincennes, Ind.; Jane married J. H. Collins, and lives in Del Korte, Colo.; Stephen B. is a resident of Bolivar, Mo.; Homer M. is editor of a daily and weekly paper at Seattle, Wash.; Nancy married Harrison Robbins, of Baltimore, Md.; Mary is the wife of George W. Taylor, of Caldwell, this state; Sarah is now Mrs. Alfred Weedon, a resident of Cambridge, Ohio; Elizabeth is the wife of M. L. Spaid, and is living in Point Pleasant, this state; Abram D. is living near Senecaville; Leicester K. is a druggist of Senecaville; Noah L. is engaged in farming near Senecaville; and Candace L. is the wife of Dr. W. Scott, whose sketch will appear on another page in this volume.  Our subject at the time of his decease had thirty-eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Hill departed this life Aug. 13, 1887.  She was an accomplished lady, and highly respected by all who knew her.
     Dr. Hill was converted during the great revival at Senecaville in 1833, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He continued to worship with that denomination until 1847, when he withdrew his membership on account of the slavery question, and cast in his lot with the Wesleyan Methodists, which relationship he maintained until his death.  In politics the Doctor was first an old-line Whig, then a Free-soiler, next an Abolitionist and then a Republican.  He was a delegate to the first State Convention held by the Republican party, and continued to give to it his support until about eight years ago, when he espoused the temperance cause, and joined the Prohibition party.  It is here proper to remark that Dr. Hill aided the slaves in escaping from bondage, and cast one of the first three Abolition votes in Guernsey County.  He was unaggressive and most positive man.  In advocating what he thought to be right, he was outspoken, and in the days when to be an Abolitionist was in the eyes of the majority a crime, he openly and positively- declared his belief in abolition.
     Dr. Hill was ever prompt in the duties devolving upon him as a church member, was liberal in his support of the Gospel, and his house was a veritable preacher's home.  He was a studious man and well informed on current topics.  Although eighty-five years of age at the time of his death, his mind was unimpaired, and his advice was sought until within a few weeks of his demise.  He had a very extensive practice during his younger years, and was singularly successful in the treatment of disease.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 321
  WILLIAM HILL.  Guernsey County abounds in a fine class of farmers, who have given to this part of the state an excellent reputation, and have been of help in building up its commercial and agricultural interests.  The subject of this sketch, engaged extensively in general farming, is now residing in Wheeling Township.  He is a native of this state, and was born in Tuscarawas County, March 8, 1833.
     Herbert and Ellen (Booth) Hill were the parents of our subject.  The former, a native of Virginia, whose birth occurred in the year 1805, was sixty-four at the time of his decease.  He was the son of Jesse Hill and wife, also natives of the Old Dominion, whence they emigrated to this state in a very early day in its history, and passed the remaining years of their life in Tuscarawas County.  Mrs. Ellen Hill, the daughter of Daniel and Ellen Booth, is still living, making her home in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County.  Her parents were natives of London, England, and after taking up their residence in the United States lived in Coshocton County, this state, engaged in farming, and for a number of years also conducted a hotel.
     The parents of our subject were married in Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County, and to them was born a family of nine children, of whom William, of this sketch, was the eldest.  Sarah is the wife of Edward Hersey, a farmer of the above county; Eliza J. married Edward Kale, also an agriculturist of Tuscarawas County; Martha is the wife of J. W. McFadden, engaged in cultivating the soil of Douglas County, Ill.; George is living in Tuscarawas County, which place is also the home of James and Nancy, the wife of Thomas McFadden; Catherine is the widow of George Nugent, of that district; and Charles J., the youngest of the family, is also living in that portion of the state.  The father of this family taught school for many years prior to following farming as a business, and when quite young worked for eight years on the Ohio Canal, receiving as wages fifty cents per day.  He was self-made in the broadest sense of the term, being well and favorably known throughout the county, and was successful as an agriculturist, leaving his family a valuable property.  He was a good man, one whose departure from his accustomed place in public and private life was sadly felt.
     In 1860 the original of this sketch was married to Sarah Jane Nugent, who was born in Columbiana County, this state, Sept. 13, 1837.  She is the daughter of the Rev. James and Sarah (Snider) Nugent, the former of whom died in 1859, aged sixty-two years.  He in turn was the son of James and Christine Nugent, natives, respectively, of France and Germany.  On emigrating to the United States from the latter country, they at once made their way to this state, and passed the remaining years of their life in Columbiana County.  The mother of Mrs. Hill was born in this state and departed this life Jan. 29, 1880, when in the seventy-fifth year of her age.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Snider.  The father was born in Germany, and the mother in Ireland.  After crossing the Atlantic they made their home in this state until their decease, the father dying in Wellsville, and the mother passing away in Tuscarawas County.
     The Rev. James and Sarah Nugent were married at New Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio, where the father was at that time engaged in a general merchandise business.  To them were born ten children, as follows:  Elizabeth, who is the wife of Samuel Miller, and is living in Kansas; James deceased; Sarah, now Mrs. Hill; Margaret, who is the widow of Thomas Cordrey, and is living at Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Robert, Elmira, George, Amanda, Henry and Jacob, deceased.  The father of this family was for many years a noted minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but during the latter years of his life followed the mercantile business, and to some extent was engaged in farming.  He was one of the solid men in the vicinity of his home, and his example is well worthy of emulation.
     To our subject and his excellent wife there have been born a son and daughter: James H., at home; and Forest D., now the wife of G. T. Rose, a well to do agriculturist of Wheeling Township.  When first starting out in life for himself, at the time of his marriage, Mr. Hill, rented a farm for eleven years, after which he purchased his present estate, now comprising two hundred and forty acres of valuable land.  He is a man of excellent business ability, sagacious and far-sighted, systematic and methodical in all that he does, and his excellent success is the result of his own well directed efforts, enterprise and perseverance.  With his wife, he is a member in good standing of the Methodist Protestant Church, and in politics was in early life a Whig, but now votes with the Republican party.  Mr. Hill is very liberal in his contribution to church work, and indeed supports in a substantial manner all worthy movements set on foot in his community.  He is very wealthy and prominent in the affairs of the township, and is now living in peace and quiet in his elegant brick residence.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 145

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