W. H. Hill, farmer, was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., in 1830, the eldest of fourteen children of G. B. and Lucy A. (Christian) Hill. The father, born in North Carolina about 1805, was the son of William Hill, Sr., who went to Sullivan County, Tenn., when G. B. was a boy, and there died. The father married in our subject's native county about 1829, and in 1859 came to Franklin County and farmed until his death in 1885. He was in the Black Hawk war. The mother, born in Virginia about 1815, died about 1879. Both were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject's school life was in Claiborne County, Tenn., and he began life at such employment as he could obtain on a farm, at $7 per month. In 1856 he married Nancy L., daughter of Joseph and Margaret Smith, a native of Monroe County, Tenn. Her parents were natives of Virginia. Seven of her eight children are living: Frank M., George W., Lucy A., Laura L., Byron L., Sarah and Walter. After about two years in Macoupin County, IlL, he has since 1869 made his home in
Franklin County. He owns 120 acres of good, cultivated land, three miles northeast of Mulkeytown. He is a succesful financier and farmer. In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was in all actions from Murfreesboro to Savannah without being either wounded or captured, and served until the war closed. Formerly a Whig and first voting for Scott, he has since been a Republican. He is a member of the F. M. B. A.