Lee County Biography

Jacob Hill
Nachusa Twp. Lee County IL


Jacob Hill, a retird farmer, is now residing in North Dixon where he purchased a residence in the fall of 1890. He was for many years engaged in farming on Section 22, Nachusa Township, this county, when he purchased his first thirty acres in 1856, to which he later added ninety-three acres more, and partially improved it. He finally sold the entire place to his son, Fred H. Hill who has not yet removed to his farm bust is a resident of the saem township.

Mr. Hill came to this State and county from Livingston County, N. Y., where he had resided for fifteen years. He was born December 25, 1821, in Salem Township, Luzerne County Pa. His father, Jacob Hill Sr., was also a native of Pennsylvania his birthp1ace being near Philadelphia. His parents were of German ancestry. Jacob Hill, Sr., was married near the place oc his birth to Miss Catherine Culp, whose parents were of good honest Pennsylvania stock, and also of German descent. Some time after their marriage, the young couple settled upon a farm in Luzerne County, Pa. which they improved and on which they resided until 1854 when, with a portion of their family they came to Il1inois and settled in South Dixon Township on new land that was mostly unbroken. Here they lived until their death, the father reaching the age of seventy-four and the mother living to be some years older. They were lifetime members of the Lutheran Church, and were a worthy and estimable couple.

Our subject is one of six sons and three daughters of whom four are still living. His first marriage took place in 1842 to Miss Lucy A. Hill, in Livingston, N. Y. She was a native of Luzerne, County, Pa. in which county she was married. She died at her home in Nachusa Township in 1864, at the early age of forty-four years. She was the mother of three children all of whom are living, namely; Mary M. wife fof Abram Buskirk. They reside on a farm in Livingston County, N.Y., Elizabeth married David Linsley and they are farming near Eldena; Fred H., who has recently purchased the old homestead and married Charlotte Miller of this County.

Mr. Hill was a second time married in this county to Miss Belinda Martana, who was born in Somerset County, Pa. April 20, 1832, remaining there until 1863. She is a daughter of Jacob and Anna (Cork) Martena, natives of Pennsylvania and Beverly County Va. respectively. They were married in Somerset County, Pa., and there began life on a farm, following that occupation until their death when full of years, Mr. Martena being ninety-two and his wife reaching nearly as great an age. They were members of the Lutheran Church and highly respected people. Our subject and his wife are the parents at of four children; Florence E. married Mallie Grove and resides in Dixon; Samuel Freeman nnd Jacob D. are at home and are bright and intelligent children; Anna Catherine is the only daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Hill, with most of their family, are worthy members of the Lutheran Church and are highly respected and esteemed throughout the community. Mr. Hill has held the various local offices of his township, and in polities is a sound Democrat.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County 1892 Pg 620

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