Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill
May 5, 1808 - January 17, 1913
Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill became a member of the Joseph Spencer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. July 31, 1907. She was the oldest living "Real Daughter" of the American Revolution at the time of her death. A Real Daughter was distinguished because she was a DAR member as well as the actual daughter of a patriot. Her father, James Lawson, was born in 1760 and enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1777, in Hampshire County, Virginia. He was later in the Indian wars under Colonel Darke. He drew a pension at Greenupsburg, Greenup County, Kentucky, near his home, "The Lawson Settlement." He is buried there.1 Her story began May 5, 1808 when she was born to James and Sophia Lawson in Aberdeen, Adams County, Ohio. She married Joseph Hill on August 27, 1825 in Greenupsburg, Greenup County, Kentucky. In 1854, they migrated from Kentucky to California. In all, she gave birth to twelve children. She was living with her daughter, Mrs. Mary J. Arnold, when she passed away just three months short of being 105 years old in Lakeport, California. She is buried in the Hartley Cemetery, Lakeport, Lake County, California.
From the Lake County News:
"Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill, Lake County's centenarian, who will be 104 years old on the 5th of May, was the first woman and the first person to register on the new blanks this year. County Clerk Mathews personally went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Arnold, and registered the venerable lady. Mrs. Hill is possessed of most of her faculties and can write her name, but does not see very well. When asked with what party she intended to affiliate, this daughter of the American Revolution replied 'I am a Whig.'" The daughter of a Revolutionary patriot, she remembered the days of the Whigs.2
From the San Franciso Chronicle:
The oldest woman voter in California has just registered in Lakeport as Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill, aged 104 years, and when asked concerning her party affiliations replied according to the recollections of her youth, "I am a Whig." She stated further that she believes in the principles of Taft, and has written to the Susan B. Anthony Club of this city for Taft literature which she intends distributing among her townspeople.
This venerable woman who is actively interested in the world's history, in spite of the stress of life she must have known during 104 years, came to California from Kentucky in 1854 with her husband. Of the twelve children born to her only two are living, a son aged 74, living in Oregon and a daughter, Mrs. Mary J. Arnold, with whom she makes her home. Mrs. Hill is the oldest living "Real" Daughter of the American Revolution, and is an honorary member of the national society of that organization. She has always been intensely patriotic and has expressed her carnest desire to vote, and the prayers of her daughter, son and friends are that her wish may be realized.
Mrs. Hill is an honorary member of the Susan B. Anthony Club of this city and through the secretary of the club, Miss Kathryn Cole, her politcal convictions have become known and Taft societies are warmly welcoming her advocacy of their candidate. The literature has been sent the venerable politician, with heartfelt wishes for her life, health and happiness. And to these messages Mrs. Hill graciously returned her "sincerest wishes and kindest benediction."
From the Oakland Tribune, May 7, 1911
Lakeport Woman Is Now 103 Years Old
Berkeley, May 6 - Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill, a former resident of Berkeley, celebrated her 103rd birthday anniversary yesterday at her home at Lakeport. She is the mother of the late Dr. Albert Hill of this city, with whom she resided until his death several years ago. Mrs. Albert Hill of 2218 Dana Street, was entertained by her late husband's mother in the Lake County town on the anniversary occasion. The elder woman crossed the plains with her husband in 1849.
From the Oakland Tribune, January 19, 1913
Woman Dies After Passing The Century Mark in Life
Lakeport, California, January 18-Lacking three months of being 105 years old. Mrs. Iley Lawson Hill is dead here today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary J. Arnold. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
1. The American Monthly Magazine, Volume 33 By Daughters of the American Revolution, Page 654
2. Cook, Jan "Lake County 150: The continuing fight to give women the vote." Lake County News. 22 October 2011 http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22015:lake-county-150-the-continuing-fight-to-give-women-the-vote-&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197
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