Lee County Biography

Thomas J. Hill
South Dixon Twp. Lee County IL


Thomas J. Hill is a general farmer and dairyman, who is successfully managing extensive agricultural interests in South Dixon Township, where he makes his home on a finely improved farm on section 29. Mr. Hill is descended from one of the old families of Pennsylvania, that originated in Germany, but came to this country in Colonial times, and he is a native of the Keystone State, born in Luzerne County, March 15, 1844, the fourth child and third son of the seven sons and four daughters of Nathan and Judith (Bilhimer) Hill, who were also natives of that county,as were their parents before them. In 1854, they broke up their old home in Pennsylvania, and, with their family, sought to establish a new one on the wild prairies of Lee County. They began their pioneer life on an unbroken farm in South Dixon Township, and here the father ended his days, dying in 1876, at the age of fifty-nine. He was a man of marked force of character and much native ability. He prospered in all his undertakings, became one of the wealthy men and large landowners of the county and at his death left a valuable estate of eight hundred acres of land, nearly all of which is under cultivation and well­improved. He was always true to his obligations in every relation, was faithful to his duties as a citizen, and was first, last and always a Democrat. A man of true piety, he was a devout member of the Luthemn Church. His faithful companion, who contributed much to his success in life, still makes her home on the old homestead.

Thomas J. Hill, of this biographical review, was a child of ten years when his parents brought him to share their new home amid the pioneer scenes of Lee County. His father's farm was a good training ground on which he became thoroughly acquainted with agriculture in all its branches and was well-equipped for his work when he began farming on his own account. He purchased his first farm in Dixon Township, and settled on it in 1880. It is still in his possession, and is a very desirable piece of property, with its one hundred and thirty acres of carefully tilled land and its substantial improvements. He occupied that place until 1891, and then took possession of the the farm on which he now makes his home in South Dixon Township, on section 29. This has two hundred and five acres of very fine farming land, and it is fully supplied with commodious and conveniently arranged buildings and good machinery for every purpose. Mr. Hill keeps it well­stocked, and among his finely graded cattle are twenty-five cows of the best breed for dairy use as he does quite a business in that line. He carries on his farming operations systematically, is quick to adopt new methods, when he sees that they are feasible and adapted to his farm, and is, in a word, an enlightened farmer.

He is a Democrat in national politics, believing the affairs of the Government safest in the hands of that party, but in local matter's he exercises his right to vote for whom he pleases.

On the farm that he now occupies, occurred one of the most important events of Mr. Hill's life, his marriage with Miss Mahala C. Seybert. Their union has brought to them eleven childlren, two of whom are dead - one who died in infancy and Leonard, aged seven months. Those who are still spared to bless their parents are Dora A. and Cora E., twins, the former the wife of Barney Bush, of Dixon, and ehe latter the wife of Lorin L. March, a farmer of Nachusa Township; Hortense E., Julius E., Nathan, Olive B., Jasper R., Gertrude and Eva, all of whom are at home with their parents with the exception of the two first named.

Mrs. Hill is a native of the same Pennsylvania county as her husband, and was born in the same township as he (Salem Township), February 10, 1844. She is a daughter of Wallace and Desire (Hill) Seybert, now living retired at Dixon, who are people of wealth, well known in this county. An account of them appears in the review of the life of their son, Charles Seybert, on another page of this Biographical Record. Mrs. Hill was small child when her parents took up their residence in Beach Haven, in her native county, where she grew to womanhood. She was given good educational advantages, and besides attending the public schools at Beach Haven, was a student at a graded school at Wilkesbarre and also at New Columbus. She was eighteen years of age when the family came to Illinois, in 1862. She is a woman of much spirit and character, and as a daughter, wife and mother, is true to the obligations imposed upon her by thosc various relations.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County 1892 Pg 742

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