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 Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill

Birth
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
Death 14 Nov 1857 (aged 57)
Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Burial Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 21380 · View Source
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Frontiersman. In 1835 he built the only full two-story log home in New Salem, Illinois for his bride Parthena Nance. It also was one of few buildings in the frontier village known to have a porch. When in his twenties, New Salem was the home of United States President Abraham Lincoln. A native of New Jersey, Hill moved to New Salem in about 1829 from Cincinnati, Ohio arriving in the village two years before Lincoln. He started a store with partner John McNamar and later, after their partnership resolved, invested in a carding mill; this mill changed wool in to fiber for spinning. Documentation mentions Lincoln telling funny stories on the front porch of Hill’s store. At different times, Lincoln and Hill were both appointed by President Andrew Jackson as postmasters of New Salem. Hill was appointed first as Lincoln was appointed May 7, 1833 and three years later the post office was moved to Petersburg. Hill was described as a small slender man with an irascible temperament but usually gallant to the ladies. By 1840 he had moved his family to nearby Petersburg, where he died. Today, the Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, located in Menard County, Illinois, is a reconstruction of the former frontier village of New Salem, the hometown of President Lincoln from 1831 to 1837. In 1901, William Randolph Hearst purchased the land and later deeded the land to the State of Illinois for this project. Hill’s two-story log home was rebuilt showing the interior in details and how his family lived in the pioneer times of the United States. A total of twenty-three buildings were rebuilt in the village. In 1972, the village was added to the National Register of Historic Places and a visitor center and theater were added.

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  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21380
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Hill (12 Nov 1800–14 Nov 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21380, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .