THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   NORMAN B. HILL. This memoir of one of the most prominent and respected citizens of Perryville has been furnished by his devoted wife. Mr. Hill was born January 11, 1839, on the home farm in Perryville, N.Y., where he resided until his death; January 8, 1889, aged fifty years.
   His grandfather, Daniel Hill, was a Revolutionary soldier; and his son, John Hill, the father of our subject, as born in New Hartford, Oneida County, N.Y., in 1800. He was married in 1824 to Miss Isyphena Annas, who was a native of the town of Nelson, born June 30, 1806. He died September 23, 1879, and she October 27, 1887. He held many offices of trust, as Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, and Loan Commissioner. He was a general farmer, and moved to Perryville in 1837, where he farmed about three hundred acres of land. Mr. Hill was one of the foremost men of the village, and took an active interest in local politics and affairs. He was a Republican, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His family consisted of ten children, of whom six are now living: John W., residing in McPherson, Kan.; Mason, living in Wisconsin; Flavilla, widow of Captain Charles P. Morey, residing in Buffalo; Isyphena, Mrs. John Haywood, of the town of Sullivan; Webster, living in the town of Fenner; and Nellie, Mrs. M. N. Moot, of Clockville, N.Y. The children who died were: Mary, wife of Q. A. Ballou, at the age of thirty-two years; Nancy , at the age of thirty-eight, wife of H. G. Morey, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Rosa, wife of Oran F. Britt, thirty-four years of age at her death; and Norman B., our subject, whose death we have mentioned above.
   Norman B. Hill was educated in the district schools, and remained with and cared for his parents in their last days. He bought the homestead, and carried on general farming in the town of Fenner until his death. He made hop-growing a staple crop, and managed his farm with excellent judgment and success, looking after the field, orchard, buildings, and cattle with watchful perseverance, and keeping the whole place in prime condition. Fortunate in his financial experiments, he was still more so in the blessing of a good and faithful wife. She was Miss Mary Keyes, daughter of Smith and Laney (Doxtater) Keyes, and was born in the town of Mannheim, Herkimer County, N.Y., September 6, 1839, her marriage to Mr. Hill taking place February 7, 1860. Her father, Smith Keyes, was born in Salisbury, Herkimer County, N. Y., in 1818, and her mother in 1820. Of their two children, Mrs. Hill is the only one living, her brother, Marks L., having died August 2, 1878, aged thirty-eight years. Her father and mother are members of the Universalist church, and the former is a Democrat.
   The subject of this sketch filled the office of Supervisor for three years, and that of Justice of the Peace for sixteen years. He was one of the most active men in his locality, taking a strong personal interest in the affairs of his town. A deeply religious man, his life was a testimonial of the true Christian believer. He was a Methodist, and at one time superintendent of the Sunday-school. Like his father, he was a lifelong Republican, and advocated the principles of his party, both in public and private. He was a Mason in good standing, being a member of Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, A. F. & A. M.
   The Hill family stand among the first in the vicinity in ancestry, respectability, and prominence; and our subject maintained through all his life the prestige of his honorable descent. His death was the cause of great sorrow in his village; and it was hard to believe that, having just attained his half-century, he should be called away in the midst of his usefulness. But his friends and family do not forget his deeds of kindness and unselfish life; and, though they mourn their loss, they feel and can say that
           “Lives nobly ended make the twilights long,
            And keep in tune God's nightingales of song."

   Mr. Hill's wife and three children survive him. John, residing with his mother on the old farm, and carrying it on in the same practical and progressive manner as did his father, following in the footsteps of that loved parent both in religion and politics, deservedly stands high in the estimation of his fellow-citizens. He married Miss Inez Hall, March 2, 1887. She was born in the town of Sullivan. They have one child, Grace Irma, born February 16, 1893. The second son, Fred C. Hill, born in 1863, married Miss Grace Hib- bard, and is a practising lawyer in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y. His politics are Republican, and he is a Baptist in religion. Carrie, the third child, was born in 1864, and was married to Elmer E. Shaut, June 23, 1885. She has one child; Norma Hill Shaut, born January 22, 1889. Mr. Shaut died August 20, 1889, aged twenty-seven years. He was a merchant at Little Falls, N. Y. Mrs. Shaut is a member of the Universalist church. Her husband was a Republican in politics.
   Mrs. Hill resides on the farm where her husband was born and died, and in the society of her children and grandchildren bears with calm and hopeful resignation the bitter blow she endured in the loss of her husband. Her religion and her faith in Christ make her “still adore the Hand that gave the blow”; and her days are not spent in vain retrospection, but in active good for her home and friends.

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