From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 575-576, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Amasa Hill was born two and half miles from Friendship, Allegany
county, New York, July 1, 1830. His grandfather Hill, a pioneer of
Allegany county, and a farmer by occupation, died in 1832. His father,
Nathaniel Hill, was born in Delaware County, New York; removed from
there to Allegany county, bought a tract of timber land, and from the
wilderness developed a farm. He spent his life there, and died in 1838.
The maiden name of the wife of Nathaniel Hill and the mother of Amasa
was Rhoda Tiffney. She was born in Delaware county, New York, daughter
of Horace Tiffney. She came to Illinois, and died at the home of her
son, Amasa, in 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Hill reared four children: Chancey,
Horace, Mary and Amasa. Chancey now lives at Fredericktown, Knox
county, Ohio, Horace and Mary are deceased.
The subject of our sketch attended the primitive schools of
Allegany county, which were held in log schoolhouses, with greased
paper for windows and the seats made of slabs with wooden pins for
legs. When he was nine years old his mother sold the farm, his father
having died the previous year, and emigrated to Ohio, the western
journey being made in a two-horse wagon. They settled in Knox county.
There were no railroads in Ohio then, and the people lived off the
products of their farms and wild game. The mother bought fifty acres of
land, eight miles from Mount Vernon, and there Amasa Hill was reared to
manhood. At the age of fourteen he began to make his own way in the
world, starting out from home with all his possessions tied up in a
handkerchief. He went to Fredericktown, and there served a three years'
apprenticeship to the trade of wagon and carriage maker. After learning
his trade he journeyman work there one year. In 1846 he came to
Illinois, landing in Cass county, September 20. He found employment in
a carriage shop at Beardstown, where he worked four years. He then
started in business in company with Richard Miller, and together they
conducted a carriage shop four years. At the end of that time he and
his brother, Horace, bought a farm and engaged in agricultural
pursuits. They farmed together till the latter's death, April 13, 1877.
Since then Mr. Hill has operated it alone.
He was married in 1850, to Mary A. Streeter, who was born in
Pennsylvania, August 11, 1832, daughter of Andrew J. and Diana
Streeter. Mr. and Mrs. Hill had three children: Chancey, Amanda and
William. Chancey married Lucy Schaeffer, and Amanda is the wife of J.
Theirget, and has one child, Nettie. Mrs. Hill died December 3, 1885.
She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, of which her
children are also members.
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