W. E. HILL, minister of the Presbyterian church at Fairview, Hancock county, was born at East Liverpool, Ohio, June 2, 1842. He is the son of Sanford C. and Sarah (Leech) Hill, the former a native of this country. His mother was of Quaker extraction. His father was a devout Christian and at an early age untied with the church of which his son is now the pastor. He has a national reputation as an astronomical calculator, and author of almanacs. The latter was a son of Roger Hill, who was one of the original members of the same church spoken of, and one of its first ruling editors, chosen some time in the latter part of the eighteenth century. The subject of this sketch became connected with the Presbyterian church early in life, and soon after began his preparation for the ministry. He prepared for college at the Wellsville academy, under the instruction of Rev. W. W. Laverty, and after his graduation from Jefferson college he took a course in the Western academy, under the instruction of Rev. W. W. Laverty, and after his graduation from Jefferson college he took a course in the Western Theological seminary. He entered the ministry in 1868 and has since held pastoral charges as follows: Gettysburg and Fletcher, Ohio, 1869-70; Gettsburg, 1870-72; Wapakoneta, Ohio 1872-76; Ottawa, Ohio 1876-79; and at Fairview from the latter date to the present time. The church of which he has been the pastor for the last ten years, is one of the oldest and numerically one of the strongest in the Presbytery of Washington. In this, as in previous charges, he has been an untiring and zealous laborer in the sacred cause, and his efforts have not been without abundant fruits. Mr. Hill has also devoted much time to investigations in the domain of natural history, studying and cataloging the avi-fauna and flora of the an-handle of West Virginia, and has published numerous papers and catalogues in scientific journals. He has traveled across the continent and made investments at Tacoma, Wash., where he expects in the near future, to make his home. September 27, 1870, Mr. Hill was married to Nannie Horner, of Gettysburg, Ohio, and they have two sons and four daughters.
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