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Robert J. Hill

Robert J. Hill, son of Thomas and Hester (League) Hill, was born May 11, 1851, near Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, MO. The father, Thomas Hill, was a native of Kentucky, born in 1804, and was one of that State's old settlers. He came to Missouri when a young man, and settled in St. Francois County near Farmington, where he was married to Miss League. They remained there until 1860, when they moved to Iron County. By this union were born ten children, nine now living: Henry H., James C., Sallie A., Bettie, Robert J., Thomas, Katie, Mattie and Maggie. The one deceased was named Whitmell. Mr. Hill is now eighty-four years old, and frequently makes trips to Ironton, a distance of ten miles, in a buggy, and quite often rides horseback to Caledonia, a distance of four miles. Robert J. Hill, subject of the sketch, received a good education being blessed with good schools in his neighborhood, and after completing his course in the common schools, took a two years' course at the Belleview Collegiate Institution at Caledonia. He has spent his entire time in farming and stock raising and has been quite successful, being the owner of 105 acres of land. He is a citizen who is held in the highest esteem by his fellow men. He was elected to the office of county judge of his district, which position he has held for the past two years. September 21, 1876, he married Miss Allie Cox, daughter of J. T. Cox, and an old settler of Iron County. Three children were born to this union: Ethel, Nellie and Wallace A. Mr. Hill is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and also a member of the Farmers Alliance. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.