Monday, August 29, 2011

Military Monday - William Dennis Hill

Installment #3 of my Civil War Ancestors is my great-great-grandfather William Dennis Hill.

He was born on 14 April 1838 at Butler Co., OH to Caleb and Margaret (Dodds) Hill.  His father died when William was young.  In 1860, he traveled to Jasper Co., IL with his mother, brother, and sister. 

He enlisted in August 1861 and served in Company F, 59th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He served over 3 years and participated in the battles of Pea Ridge, Stone River, and all the battles from Chattanooga to Atlanta, where he was discharged.

He returned to Clark Co., IL where he married Sarah Ellen Forester on 12 October 1865.  She was born 24 May 1846 at Hocking Co., OH.  They had four children:

1. Harry Oliver Hill, born 12 January 1867
2. Charles Taylor Hill, born 18 August 1869 (my ancestor)
3. Lyman L. Hill, born 25 August 1871
4. Maude M. Hill, born 5 October 1880

In 1864, William purchased 80 acres of land in Clark County.  He later purchased 200 acres.  His livelihood was as a farmer.  His religion was Methodist Episcopal.  His politics were Republican and he served 2 terms as County Collector in Clark County.

Sarah died on 27 March 1914, and William died on 19 February 1925.  They are buried in Slusser Cemetery in Clark County, IL.

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