From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 359-360, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Israel Hill, one of the pioneer farmers of Oakland township, was
born in Indiana, in 1827, a son of Ishmael Hill, a native of North
Carolina, born in October, 1808; when the latter was a child of seven
years he was taken to Tennessee, where he lived until a youth of
seventeen. The paternal grandfather, Ephraim Hill, was a prosperous
farmer and distiller in Tennessee. He removed to Indiana about 1825,
and here his son, Ishmael, was married to Miss Elizabeth Wright, a
native of Kentucky and a daughter of William and Catherine (Rusher)
Wright. This young couple emigrated to Illinois in 1828 with their
infant son, Israel; they made the journey overland in the early spring,
and came directly to Rushville where they settled on a squatter's claim
of 160 acres, eight miles north of the village. Some years later Mr.
Hill bought a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Oakland township.
It was wild and heavily timbered, but he went to work with a will, and,
assisted by his son, succeeded in making one of the most desirable
farms in this section. He resided here until 1878, when he sold the
farm to his son, and bought another tract south of Macomb in McDonough
county, where he spent the last years of his life. His wife died in
1875, leaving him with a family of eight children; they buried two
infant sons; the names of the other children are as follows: Rhoda,
Mary, Sarah, Martha, Margaret, Millie A. and Nancy; all are married and
have families. Mr. Hill is the only son.
He was married April 4, 1850, to Miss Louisiana Pemberton, a
daughter of Thomas Pemberton of Kentucky; the mother's maiden name was
Deborah Moore, and she was a daughter of Ephraim Moore, also of
Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Hill have had a family of ten children, two of
whom died in infancy; Minerva J., wife of Thomas Schroder, died at the
age of twenty-one years, leaving one daughter; Amanda is now the wife
of Thomas Schroder; Eliza married A. J. Heaton; Columbia A. is at home;
Deborah, wife of George W. Young; Cora and John are at home; J. N.
married a Miss Smith, and they have three children, Wilmar, aged six
years, Myrtle, aged four, and Roscoe, aged thirteen months. Mr. Hill
bought 120 acres in 1858, to which he added 80 acres in 1871; in 1878
he purchased his father's farm and later added eighty-six acres to the
original purchase of 120 acres. In November, 1891, he bought a home in
Vermont, where he lives retired from active life.
He has served his town as Supervisor several terms, and has held
other minor offices. He was in his early days a Whig, but now
affiliates with the Democratic party. He has been very successful in
business, and from a small beginning he has accumulated a large estate;
he owns 415 acres of good and, well improved, and by a life of honor
and integrity has attracted to himself a large number of warm friends,
and has won the confidence of the entire community.
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