From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 451-452, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Charles Hill, a retired farmer of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, was
born in Cooperstown, Brown County, Illinois, November 14, 1834. His
father, Robert Hill, was born in North Carolina, and was at the battle
of New Orleans in the war of 1812. He was the son of John Hill, who was
a General in the Revolutionary war. He was reared and married in his
native State and resided there until about 1825, then came to Illinois
and was one of the first settlers of Schuyler county. He resided near
Rushville for eight years and then moved to that part of Schuyler, now
included in Brown county, where he bought a tract of timber land. The
log cabin in which our subject was born was the same in which the
father resided until his death. The maiden name of his wife was
Elizabeth Angel, who lived in North Carolina and was the daughter of
John Angel and died at the home of her son-in-law, in Cooperstown.
Our subject was reared in his native State, where he married. He
attended the pioneer schools, taught in the log house. In his youthful
days there were but few improvements in the county and deer and other
kinds of game were plentiful. He resided with his parents until his
marriage, and then engaged in farming on his own account and was an
active and successful farmer for many years and now lives retired in a
beautiful home in this city.
Mr. Charles Hill has been married three times, the first time to
Miss Farrington, and she died on the home farm in Cooperstown township.
His second marriage was to Mrs. Ella Crooks, and she died at the age of
thirty-two years; and his third marriage was with Miss Lizzie Irwin.
This lady was born in Mt. Sterling, September 6, 1850. She was the
daughter of William and Mary A. (White) Irwin. Her grandfather, John
Irwin, was a native of Fayette county, where he spent his entire life
and died at the age of eighty years. The father of Mrs. Irwin was born
in Woodford county, Kentucky, April 15, 1840, and reared and married in
his native State. He came from there to Illinois, in 1839, and was one
of the pioneers of Brown county. He settled on section 1, of what is
now Mt. Sterling township. Here he improved a farm and lived until his
death, July 30, 1887. His wife returned to Maysville, Kentucky, in 1830
and died August 12, 1870. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Hill were
James and Elizabeth (Browning) White, natives of Kentucky and pioneers
of Pike county; later they moved to Macoupin county and died there.
In politics our subject is a firm supporter of the principles of
Democracy and upholds the party measures upon all occasions. In
religious matters Mrs. Hill is an active and zealous member of the
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