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Biography of John Hill (1800 to 1879) and Isyphene Annas Hill (1806 to 1887)

Daniel H. Weiskotten
last updated 4/17/2003

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For the biography of the Hill family from the Genealogical and Family History of Central New York (W.R. Cutter, 1912) see Darci's Place of Origins

From: Smith, James H., 1880, History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York. D. Mason & Co.. Syracuse, NY

John and Isyphene Annas Hill
Facing Page 699

        John Hill was born in New Hartford, Oneida Co., NY, March 8, 1800.  He was a son of Daniel Hill, a soldier of the revolution, belonging to General Washington's guard.  His mother, Alice DeGross was a French woman.  He moved with his parents in the town of Lenox, Madison Co., NY, when he was seven yeas old.  (He) Was a kind son, taking care of his parents with a loving thoughtfulness in their old age.  In 1824 he married Isyphene Annas and moved upon a farm he owned in the town of Fenner, Madison Co., NY.  Mr. Hill was a prominent man in political affairs and held the offices, at various times, of Supervisor, Justice of the Peace and Loan Commissioner.  In 1833, he bought a country hotel known as the Baldwin House, accommodating travelers upon the old stage route from Chittenango to the Chenango Valley.  In 1837, he moved his family into Perryville, purchasing the property known as the Oran S. Avery farm, and Dykeman Mill.  With large natural endowments, a keen incisive intellect united with rare vigor and much natural heroism, he was peculiarly fitted to become a leader among men, which within his sphere, he was.  His courage and energy were simply wonderful and irrepressible.  Was active, full of life, indefatigable in labor, honorable in deal, prompt and accurate in his executive ability; few possess such intuitive penetration of character.  Men in trouble seemed to instinctively turn to Mr. Hill for counsel, sympathy and help.  A man with ways positive, direct and unmistakable, he had the capacity to stamp his personality upon whoever he came in contact with and therefore was widely known throughout Madison Co.  It was never in his heart to deliberate wrong to any one and many can testify they have been helped on in this life's battle by his sympathy and aid.  As a father, he was eminently kind and paternal, for his daughters, especially, he exhibited a love that was chivalrous and beautiful.  He delighted in a social life, with a generous hospitality.  Was the father of ten children: John W., born August 11, 1825, in Fenner, Madison Co., NY, is a lawyer and farmer, residing in McPherson, KS; Mary, born December 14, 1826, in Fenner, married Q.A. Ballou, son of Col. A. Ballou, November 9, 1846, died January 9, 1858, leaving a daughter who is the wife of Judge T.O. Harrison, in Grand Island, NE.; Mason, born June 18, 1828, in Fenner, lawyer and farmer, residing in Nashotah, WI; Flaville, born December 14, 1829, in Fenner, married Capt. C.P. Morey, January 5th, 1853, a resident of Buffalo; Isyphene, born November 23, 1831, in Fenner, married John Haywood, son of William Haywood, of Sullivan, April 6, 1854; Webster, born December 7, (year not given), in Fenner, a farmer, residing in Perryville; Nancy, born May 7, 1836, in Fenner, married Capt. H.G. Morey, January 6, 1856, in Perryville, died a resident of Buffalo, NY, April 5, 1874; Norman, born January 11, 1839, in Perryville, Justice of the Peace and farmer, resident of Perryville; Nellie, born November 21, 1840, in Perryville, married September 25, 1860, M.N. Moot, son of Col. D.B. Moot, of Lenox; Rosa, born June 10, 1845, married December 2, 1863, Oran F. Britt, son of Benjamin Britt, of Sullivan, died April 7, 1879.
        John Hill died September 23, 1879, leaving not only the results of his industry and care, but what his children may prize more, his principles of honor.
        Isyphene Annas Hill was the daughter of Oliver Annas, who moved with his father into the town of Nelson, Madison Co., NY, from the state of Vermont.  Her father married Aphema Aldrich, in Wooster Co., MA.  Oliver Annas bought and cleared a farm in the town of Fenner, where Isyphene, their first living child was born, June 30, 1806.  Her parents were of the old Quaker stock, rigid in their principles and exemplary in their habits.  She was brought up to understand all kinds of spinning, weaving and the patchwork of those primitive times.  At the early age of eighteen, considering herself an adept in those arts, she consented to marry and start life with John Hill, a promising young man, who knew, even at that early age, many of the hardships of life.  They were married September 19, 1824 and began for themselves, with but a small portion of this world's goods.  If one of the Proverbs from the "good book," may be quoted here, with slight variation.  "She did him good, all the days of his life," being a true and loving help-meet (help-mate) to the man with whom she chose to walk life's rugged pathway, combining rare sweetness with great firmness of disposition, she was a helmet of safety, for her somewhat spirited family to rely upon.  In all differences, exercising a remarkable wisdom in protecting each from the faults and weakness of the other, thereby producing a harmony of which she was ever the strongest, sweetest note.  Always remembering the time when a thorough education would have been a luxury to herself and a power to her husband, with his natural abilities, could the state of the country schools in those times have furnished such a matter, when they were at the age to prize an ample course of study, they united in many a noble self-sacrifice and gave generously to their family the advantages of which they had been deprived, encouraging their improvements with loving admonitions.  At the age of thirteen she united with the Methodist church and as we will be acknowledged by her church society, neighbors and friends, been a worthy christian character.  "Her children rise up and call her blessed."  And although left for a period of widowhood, she awaits the call of the divine Master, with peaceful resignation. Her daughters can tell theirs, of the good wrought by a brave christian woman, who taught her children all to pray, believing it the key which opens the door to all good thoughts within the mind. Heroic in patience, strong in adversity, sweet be the close of life, hoping for the words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant."