The Family Name by Carl Enoch Hill

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- The Family Name - by Dr. Carl Enoch Hill (1889-1963)

The following text was copied verbatim from pages titled "The Family Name" by Dr. Carl Enoch Hills, copyright unknown and Published in the 1940's. The pages I received from, a cousin are numbered "3" threw "67". I do not known what, if anything, was on pages "1 and 2". I have re-numbered the pages here "1 threw 64".

Posted here for family and friends to enjoy by Phillip H. Pitzer, Dr. Carl Enoch Hill was Phillips' great uncle


Dr. Carl Enoch Hill about 1940 and his home in Wisconsin


As the pages of this book carry us back through the mists of nearly 150 years we find a rich vein of the rugged pioneer spirit cropping out We find these people in the New England States in 1800. A few years later we find them pushing westward through the forests and across the Appalachians by ox team, down rivers on log rafts or by any means available, they pressed on toward a new and untried territory often infested with savage beasts and unfriendly Indians. Their greatest resource was their indomitable self - reLiance.

They paused along the western border of what is now West Virginia and with ax and resolution they hewed the forest down and with the timber built. cabins and barns. In the clearings they planted their seed. With the gun they vigorously protected their interests and supplied food and clothing. They took root; they survived.

This same fortitude urged a younger generation on westward across the Ohio, across the Mississippi, across the plains of Kansas and Nebraska, across the Rockies, across the water less desert, across the Sierra Nevada, across the Cascades, some settling here, some there, others pressing on to the shores of the Pacific. HostiLe Indians, desperadoes, unbridged rivers, desolation, adversity, wagons drying up and falling to pieces, hardships, storms, want and privation, loneliness, sickness and death, even enroute; all these and more held little terror for these intrepid souls that were key factors in opening and shaping a new empire that became these United States. This is not all, they have defended this splendid land upon every necessary occasion from, at least, the war of 1812 on down. No sham, no pretense here, but abiding sincerity.

The past rises before us as a dream as memory takes up the thread of thought and shoots its swift shuttle back across the haze of a century and a half, it weaves a vivid picture of cumbersome caravans that have passed in the night to a land kinder than this and things less urgent; where roses are un-mixed with brambles; where we meet those loved long since and lost awhile.

To these ancestors, of whom we are proud, this book is respectfully dedicated.

Dr. Carl Enoch Hill


In lieu of vital statistics or other authoritative data, this record, as it pertains to Jonathan Hill, is in part legendary. It is based on tradition, the memory of elderly people, old letters and other sources which seem to correspond to known facts which make up the general picture.

There is an abundance of reliable evidence to support the essential substance of this record, however no claim is made for its un-disputed accuracy in all details. We are fully aware that it is far from complete. Several branches of the family have been lost. With considerable effort we have been able to trace and contact two of them, but so far, we have been unable to locate the others.

A number of people have furnished important information and there-by assisted in compiling this record. To all these we are very grateful. We are particularly indebted to Mr. D. F. Hill (now deceased) of Arbuckle, West Virginia, and to Dr. J. O. Hill of Huntington, West Virginia for their time, effort and money spent in going hither and yon, writing letters and sifting the wheat from the chaff to make this record as correct and complete as possible. My part in the matter has been confined largely to the task of putting this interesting data together in readable book form. I hope I have met with some measure of success.

C. E. H.

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