The following is written about John F. Hill in the White Co., IL history book from 1883 on page 888/9:
"John F. Hill, section 17, Indian Creek Township, was born in this township, June 28, 1827. His father, Austin Hill, was a native of Hanover County, Va., but was taken by his parents to Sumner County, Tenn., when five years old, and soon after to Kentucky, and to this county in 1819. John F. was reared on a farm, and educated in the log cabin school house. He and the boys cleared about 100 acres in the woods. He was married Sept. 11, 1848 (NOTE: The White Co., IL marriages indicate the marriage took place 5 Sep 1849), to Rebecca, daughter of Thomas M. Vineyard. Of their ten children, but six are living Hezekiah, Albert, Mary C., Dola, John M. and Minnie B. One son, Thos. A., died at the age of eighteen years. Mr. Hill was Constable eight years, Township Collector one year, and is now Commissioner of Highways. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Mr Hill commenced life with fifty cents and a horse."
Info provided by Vince Miller.