I have just started researching my Hills family. Have found that Loftus Otto Hills was my gggrandfater and that his father and mother were Stephen and Elizabeth Hills. All three were from England. His death certificate lists Loftus as being born in Leamington, England in 1830 and died in Jersey County, Illinois in 1878. Loftus had eight children that I know of with his wife Melissa: Ellen, Elizabeth, Katy, John, William, Stephen, Charles, and Lilly. My family is descended from Loftus's son Stephen.
Loftus's father Stephen was born in Ashford, Kent England 1771 and died in Illinois in 1844 in Monroe County, Illinois.
If anyone has information or photos that they would be willing to share on Loftus's father Stephen, Loftus, or Loftus's children, then please contact me as my father and I would appreciate this very much.