Portrait and Biographical History of
Guernsey County, Ohio
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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
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
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
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