|Posted By:||Katrina Cooper|
|Subject:||Micajah Hill - History of Rush County, Indiana|
|Post Date:||November 24, 2003 at 17:59:47|
|Forum:||Rush County, IN Genealogy Forum|
From History of Rush County, Indiana. Brant & Fuller, 1888, pages 588-589:
Micajah Hill, of Carthage, is a native of Randolph County, N. C., born October 26. 1808, being the son of Aaron and Mary (Henley) Hill, who also were natives of Randolph County, N. C., of English descent. His father was the son of William Hill, and his mother was the daughter of John Henley, and was the sister of Joseph Henley, who settled in Ripley Township in 1837. He was reared upon a farm in his native county, and at twenty-one years of age he engaged in agricultural pursuits for himself and continued to farm in Randolph County until in December, 1855. In the meantime he was married Miss Naomi Pugh, February 9, 1830. She died on the 18th of October following; and on the 24th day of February, 1832, Mr. Hill was married to Sarah Jane Mendenhall, who was born in Guilford County, N. C., December 7, 1807, being the daughter of James and Miriam (Hockett) Mendenhall, who also were natives of Guilford County, N. C. Her father was the son of Elijah Mendenhall. In December, 1855, Mr. Hill moved his family to Guilford County, N. C., and on the 10th day of September, 1861, he set out with his family for Rush County. Proceeding in wagons through West Virginia and Tennessee, they continued unretarded until they reached the Cumberland River, in Kentucky, early in October, 1861. Here they found the ferry in control of Gen. Zollicofferís Confederate troops, who forbade them to cross, lest they might make revelations detrimental to their plans, to the Union forces on the opposite bank. So, returning a distance of seventy miles, they spent the winter near Knoxville, Tenn. On the 20th of April, 1862, they once more set out and proceeded on their journey undisturbed, reaching their destination in Ripley Township on the 20th day of May following. The family settled first upon a farm one mile and a half east of Carthage, but in April, 1875, they removed to Carthage, where our subject has ever since resided. Mrs. Hill died November 29, 1884. Mr. Hill is the father of nine children as follows: Mary Ann, Naomi P., Miriam M., Daniel M., James M., Margaret F., Sarah J., Micajah A. and Rhoda M., of whom Naomi, Miriam, James and Micajah are deceased. Mr. Hill is a member of the Friendsí Church. In politics, he formerly affiliated with the Whig and Republican parties, but he is now an ardent Prohibitionist. Besides a comfortable town property where he resides, in Carthage, he is the owner of three farms, one of 100 acres in Posey Township, and two in Ripley Township, which contain forty and ninety acres respectively. He is one of the well-to-do men of this township, and one of its worthy and honored citizens. His last wife, Mrs. Sarah J. Hill, was a minister in the Friendsí Church for a period of about forty years, commencing in about 1835. During that time she traveled a great deal, performing her ministerial labors in North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and Indiana. In this capacity she possessed quite a good deal of ability, and was the means of accomplishing a great and good work. Two of Mr. Hillís daughters, Margaret F. and Rhoda M., have also engaged in the ministry, in which they promise to be successful.