Lee County Biography

Hiram Will


Hiram Will. a retired farmer living on sections 28 and 33, South Dixon Township, owned until recently two hundred and forty acres of land. His estate now, however, includes only eighty acre He has been a resident of this township since 1865 and has lived on that farm since 1866. He was born in Milford Township, Somerset County, Pa., March 28, 1819, and is a son of John Will, a native of Schuylkill County, that State. His paternal grandfather, Daniel Will, hailed from that county and, as far as is known, was of Holland-Dutch ancestry. The latter-named gentleman was reared in Sclisylkill County and was there married to a lady who came from Germany with her parents when four years of age. After the birth of all their children, and when John Will, the father of our subject, was fouteen years of age, the family removed to Somerset County, where they were among the early pionees of Milford Township, and where the father improved a good farm from the wilderness. There the grandparents died, Daniel Will passing away early in the ‘20s, having attained to three-score and ten years. His wife was eighty years of age when she departed this life and, like her husband, was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church.

The father of our subject was one of the younger members in a family of twelve children born to his parents, all of whom were married, had families of their own and are now deceased. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Mary Deets, who was orphaned when very young. After their marriage, the young couple purchased a farm is Millford Township, where the moiher died in the year 1825, a devoted member of the Lutheran Churh. She bore her husband seven children. John was a second time married to Mrs. Nancy Culver, nee Scott, who was born and reared in Somerset County, and had become the mother of one child by her first marriage. Her union with Mr. Will resulted in the birth of three sons and five daughters, all of whom are living, with one exception. The father of our subject died at Centerville, Pa., at the advanced age of ninety-two years. He was a member of the Lutheran Church end in polities voted the Whig ticket. The grandfather of our subject served in ths Revolutionary War, having been commissioned Captain, and later Lieutenant, of his company.

Peter Will, the paternal uncle of our subject, was a member of the State Militia of Pennsylvania, and his eldest brother, Conrad Will, after coming to Jackson County, Ill., in a very early day, was elected a member of the State Legislature and while in the house was instrumental in “setting off” Will County, which was named in his honor.

Hiram Will was married in Somerset County, PA., to Miss Keziah i Meece, who was a native of that connty, her birth occurring March 14, 1822. She was a daughter of George and Lydia (Penrod) Meece, natives of Pennsylvania, where they passed the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Will was one of a family of twelve children, five of whom are living. She has become the mother of six children, one of whom, Calvin, died when two years. Those living are: George A., residing in Saunders County, Neb.; Norman B., Charles I., Silas and Mary. Our subject and his wife have been members of the Evangelical Association for for years, in which Mr. Will holds the position of Class Leader. He has been Highway Commission of his township for many years and votes the Repubhican ticket.

Source: Portrait & Biographical History Lee County 1892

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