John D. Hilliard
John D. Hilliard was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, July 2, 1818,
and died at his residence near Zion M. E. Church, Field township,
Jefferson Co., Ill., July 19, 1893, aged 75 years and17 days. He
was married to Miss Mary M. Hunt Nov. 2, 1843. They were blessed
with eleven children, four sons and seven daughters. Two of the girls
have gone before him into the heavenly home. The rest of the children
are living, the oldest, John P. Hilliard, of Weatland, Col.; Dr. S. H.
Hilliard, H. A. and Geo. E. all of Jefferson county; Mrs. Myers, of
Washington county; Mrs. Colemyre, Miss Alice Hilliard, Mrs. J. B. Crowder
and Mrs. Henry Stonecypher, all of Jefferson county, who mourn the loss
of as good a father as ever lived in this world. He was converted at
the age of 17 years and lived a consistent Christian for 58 years.
Before he came to Illinois he was an active member of Old South Church,
Boston, Mass. He was always an active worker for Christ.
In 1884 he went out with his son-in-law to Dodge City, Kansas, and
there being no church there he went to work and help until there was
a house to worship God in. He rejoiced happily in the fruits of his
labors. In 1886 he came back to Jefferson county after seeing the son
and daughter comfortably located, who afterward returned to this county.
At the holiness meetings at Mt. Vernon in July, 1892, he received the
blessing of sanctification or perfect love and was happy a man from
that time until his death as ever lived in this sin-cursed world. He
died as had lived. He just fell asleep, trusting in God's promises to
the faithful. It seemed as if the windows of heaven opened and received
one more pure saint into the heavenly home. A BROTHER IN CHRIST.
Submitted by: Ken Richardson