Elizabeth Hill was my great grandmother. This was a woman who was small in stature and large in overcoming obstacles in her life. She was known for her spirited and somewhat feisty disposition and told it like it was in her opinion.
1841-John Tyler was President of the United States when Elizabeth Osteye was born on May 29, 1841 in Burlington, VT to French pioneers, Frank Osteye and Emily Guilette.
While we will never know, it would be interesting to speculate on why the Osteye family left France to settle in Vermont. They may have stopped in Canada where the French often went and moved down. There would be language and religious differences in Vermont from France. Like so many that came, despite the cultural changes they must have hoped for a better life.
1857-Elizabeth had moved to Oswego, New York, where she married another Catholic and gave birth to a daughter, Lenore Cadieux. This early marriage proved disastrous. She divorced Mr. Cadieux and left the Catholic Church. Much of her youth was spent in the Ticonderoga, New York, area.
1862—Family moved from the New York area to Atchison, KS during the Civil War. One wonders about the journey from New York to Kansas in those days, especially with the war raging. While we have no records of how the family moved this distance, one assumes it was by stage coach or wagon. Once in Atchison, romance was not far behind.
1863 Elizabeth married Leander T. Hill in Atchison, KS on Sept. 7 Hill had served in both the Illinois Cavalry and Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War.
I certify that Leander T. Hill and Elisabeth Cadieux both of Atchison were married on the seventh day of September 1863
Horace Love, Minister of the Gospel
1865-1874 After the Civil War, Leander and Elizabeth lived in several towns in northern Missouri, including Lathrop, Hamilton and Chillicothe. He was listed as a school teacher in the census. He apparently also worked in some capacity with the Kansas City Journal, a leading newspaper in Kansas City, MO, at the time. In 1874 Leander died. His early death at the age of 35 left her to fend for five children. She moved from Missouri where Leander had been teaching to Joliet, IL. \
1874-1895While we do not have the information of why she went to Joliet, Illinois, we do know that her brother-in-law, Charles Augustus Hill, lived in Joliet at the time and was a prominent lawyer in the area having been elected prosecuting attorney in 1868 for the counties of Will and Grundy and served four years. He later was elected to Congress in 1889-1891. Family legends did not give Charles high marks for helping her. While he did obtain a position for her in the post office, he then disowned further responsibility for her. She earned most of the money for her family by being a practical nurse at night and tailor by day so that she could be home for her children. According to records in Ancestsry.com, Elizabeth Hill received a pension as a Civil War widow.
1895-1928 Shortly after the marriage of her daughter, Nora Emma Hill to William S. McCaull in 1893 in Joliet, she made her home with them for the rest of her life moving with them from Joliet to Kansas City, Mo and eventually to Garden Grove, Iowa. I remember my mother describing how important she had been in helping to care for all the children in the family as they grew to maturity. She died in Garden Grove in November 1928.
Lenore Cadieux born in Oswego New York on November 27, 1857 and died in Paxton, Illinois on June 5, 1927. Lenore was born when Elizabeth Osteye was 16 years old. She had been married to a man named Cadieuv and you will note she used that name when she got her marriage license in Atchison, KS. Lenore married William Syphers. The census listed her as a teacher in Joliet, IL.
Charles Leander Hill, born August 18, 1865 in Chillicothe, MO. Died June 15,1926 in Kansas City, MO
Nora Emma Hill McCaull, born April 10, 1867 in Chillicothe, MO and died in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 13, 1936
Edwin Wallace Hill, born Feb. 4, 1869 in Hamilton, MO, died in Los Angeles, CA August 1918.
William Augustus Hill, born Feb. 5, 1871 in Lathrop, MO and died in Kansas City, MO on January 17, 1928 and was buried in Kidder, MO
She was born in Burlington, VT to French pioneer parents. She lived her early life in NY state. Her first husband was Joseph Cadieux, whom she divorced They had one daughter, Lenore. Later in
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