Labon Hill attempted to cut himself a house in a cliff of stone. By the time the
lay-out of a window and door were chiseled out the impracticality of the undertaking was so apparent
that the plan was abandoned and the workman discharged. The chisel marks on the face of this great stone
are almost as plain now as the day they were put there.
He apparently devoted most of his life to farming. His business acumen and
farsightedness was apparently not as acute as some for, it is said, he told of being offered 100 acres of
river bottom land located across the Kanawha River from the present site of Arbuckle and now (1943) valued
at $100 per acre, for a rifle he had. This however, was probably ninety or more years ago when land was
cheap and required a lot of clearing and a good rifle represented food, clothing and protection. He lived
practically his entire adult life in Putnam, Jackson and Mason Counties. He died in Mason
County June 21, 1886, age 77.
The son of (lA)-Roxana (Worner) and (1)- Jonathan Hill. We have no record of the
date of his birth which was probably in New York State in 1811. Some have believed he was born next
after (4)-William, but now we know that William was born in 1807 and (5)-Labon in 1809. With these
facts in mind it seems likely that he was next after Labon. He grew to manhood in Putnam County and
married Amanda McClain.
There has been quite a general belief that he went to California during the 1849
"gold rush" and from there to Oregon. Thorough investigation has convinced us that he did not go to
Oregon. We believe those entertaining this opinion have Thomas confused with (7)-Daniel. We have no proof
however, that he did not go to California. Our meager records concerning him are not very clear.
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(7)-DANIEL WEBSTER HILL
The sixth child, we believe, and fourth son of (lA)-Roxana (Worner) and (1)- Jonathan
Hill. He was born in West Virginia, probably somewhere along or near the Monongahelia River, August 22,
1813. He came with his parents to Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1815, later moving with them to Putnam
County. He grew to manhood in this section and married (7A)-Rebecca Thornton.
He moved to Wayne County, Iowa, apparently about 1854 or 1855. In 1862 he moved,
by ox team and wagon, to Oregon and settled three miles from the present site of Portland. They had ten
(47)-Isaac, born December 11, 1837.
(48)-Bandridge, born May 4, 1838.
(49)-Roxa Ann, date of birth not known.
(50)-Leranzo, date of birth not known.
(51)-William Allen, born April 3, 1846.
(52)-Thomas Brook, date of birth not known.
(53)-Labon, date of birth not known.
(54)-Ester, date of birth not known.
(55)-Mary, born January 10, 1853.
(56)-Josephine, date of birth not known.
Daniel Webster Hill died June 21, 1874, age 60 years and 9 months.
The son of (lA)-Roxana (Worner) and (1)-Jonathan Hill. We have but little further
information regarding him except that he grew to manhood in Putnam County and married Sarah Brooks of
Malden a small town some twenty miles southeast of Charleston. Some think he might have settled on Elk
River, but it seems more would be known about him if he got no farther away than that.
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The eighth child, we believe, and sixth son of (lA)-Roxana (Warner) and (l)-Jonathan
Hill. He was born in Putnam County, West Virginia, April 3, 1818. He grew to manhood in this section
engaging in farming. He married (9A)-Elizabeth Boswell, who was born October 28, 1811. They had five
(57)-Elizabeth Esther (Liza), born November 11, 1838.
(58)-Nathan, born March 6, 1840.
(59)-Bowdridge Gilbert, born February 3, 1842.
(60)-John P. born May 24, 1845.
(61)-Jonathan, born October 29, 1847.
Later in life he married (9B)-Sally Cartright. They had five children:
(62)-Isaac, date of birth not known.
(63)-Robert, date of birth not known.
(64)-Jane, date of birth not known.
(65)-Mary, date of birth not known.
(66)-Rosana, born about 1861.
Allen Hill lived his entire life in this section of West Virginia. We have no record
of the date of his death or the place of his burial.
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(lO)-AARON (Dick) HILL
The ninth child, we believe, and seventh son of (lA)-Roxana (Warner) and (1)-Jonathan
Hill. He was born in Putnam County, West Virginia January 11, 1820. He grew to manhood in this sectIon
and lived there his entire life. On April 7, 1842 he married (10A)-Annaliza Atkinson who was born May 30,
1825 and was a step-daughter of (2)-Nancy Hill, Aaron's oldest sister. Annaliza (Atkinson) Hill died
January 1, 1881. Aaron Hill died November 6, 1882. Both are buried in the Martin Cemetery on 18 mile
creek in Putnam County. They had twelve children:
(67)-Mary Jane, born March 11, 1843.
(68)-William A. born January 2, 1845.
(69)-John Wesley, born August 16, 1846.
(70)-Frances (Henrietta), born June 9, -1848.
(71)- Julia Ann, born November 23, 1849.
(72)-Emilie E. born February 24, 1852.
(73)-Calvin D. born March 30, 1854.
(74)-George Franklin, born February 20, 1856.
(75)-Melissa Elmira, born July 15, 1859.
(76)-Martha M. born October 15, 1862.
(77)-Nancy Alice, born December 15, 1863.
(78)-Floyd J. born January 23, 1865.
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(11)-JONATHAN (Johnny) HILL
The youngest and, we believe, tenth child of (lA)-Roxana (Warner) and (1)-Jonathan
Hill. He was born in Mason County, West Virginia August 29, 1826. He grew to manhood in this section and
married (11A)-Sarah Jane Fogolsong, who was born in Jackson County, West Virginia July 23, 1826. They were
married in Jackson County March 8, 1846. In 1853 they moved to Kilbourn, Iowa and engaged in farming. Sarah
Jane Fogolsong died in Des. Moines Township, Mahaska County, Iowa June 24, 1869. She is buried in Bluff
Creek Cemetery, about five miles west of Eddyville. They had nine children:
(79)-Mordica, born June 26, 1847.
(80)-Mary Margarite, born April 16, 1849.
(81)-Sarah Jane, born March 27, 1851.
(82)-Nancy Elizabeth, born February 8, 1853.
(83)-Alius, born January 30, 1855.
(84)-Jonathan (Jont), born February 10, 1858.
(85)-Lafayette, born March 18, 1860.
(86)-Charles, born July 29, 1861.
(87)-Martha (Mattie), born July 29, 1861.
After the death of his first wife (11)- Jonathan Hill married (11B)-Anna Mary Rowe
who was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania November 1, 1842. They were married in Mahaska County,
Iowa March 24, 1870. He continued farming until 1887 when they moved to Knoxville, Iowa. He was quite a
religious man and for a time was superintendent of his Sunday School. He died March 20, 1897 at Knoxville,
Iowa. He and both wives are. buried in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Jonathan Hill and Anna Mary Rowe had five
(88)-Fred Linderman, born January.27, 1871.
(89)-Thomas Shane, born September 27, 1872.
(90)-Jettie Pearl, born August 15, 1875.
(91)-Early Rowe, born January 17, 1878.
(92)-Urban, born November 24, 1879.
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The first child and son of (2)-Nancy (Hill) and (2A)-John Harrison. We do not have
the date nor place of his birth, but it was in or near Putnam County, West Virginia. We have no further
information concerning him.
The second child and son of (2)-Nancy (Hill) and (2A)- John Harrison. We do not have
the date nor place of his birth but it was in or near Putnam County, West Virginia. We have little
additional information regarding him except that he married and had three children:
(93)-Nancy, date of birth not known.
(94)-A girl, name and date of birth not known.
(95)-Edith, date of birth not known.
The daughter of (2)-Nancy (Hill) and (2A)- John Harrison. She was born in or near
Putnam County, West Virginia and that is all we know about her.
A daughter of (2)-Nancy (Hill) and (2A)- John Harrison. We do not have her name,
date nor place of her birth or any further information concerning her.
A son of (2)-Nancy (Hill) and (2A)- John Harrison. We do not have his name, date nor
place of his birth or any further information concerning him.