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Susanna Harris Hill
B. April 30, 1839
D. Aug. 18, 1919
All data here submitted by: ©Carole
The following was transcribed from the Pekin Times, Aug. 19, 1919 pg. 5 by:
GRANDMA HILL IS SUMMONED TO HER REWARD
Mrs. Susan Hill, known affectionately to every citizen in Bartonville as " Grandma Hill" died in that place last night at 9:20 o'clock, after an illness of ten years.
She was the widow of John Hill, a pioneer of Bartonville, who opened the first store in that town and was the first postmaster.
She was born in Coventry County, England, was 81 years of age and came to America 38years ago and she had resided at Bartonville ever since.
She was the mother of the late Robert Hill of this city, and of John Hill, who recently moved from Pekin to Texas to reside.
Her husband died in 1855. Grandma Hill was a noble, kind hearted and truly good women.
She is known and loved by many people of Pekin and is survived by 102 descendants, all of whom live in our near Bartonville or Peoria.
Fifteen are children, 59 are grandchildren and twenty-nine are great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers.
The brothers are Henry Harris of Glasford, IL and Dave Harris, operator of the Gem. movie theatre in Peoria.
The children who survive are Mrs. Eliza Huxtable, Mrs. Emma Bowen, Mrs. Mary Barton, Mrs. Sara Sanderson, Mrs. Ellen Honald,
Mrs. Maria Hermann, Louisa Hill and William Hill, all of Bartonville, Mrs. Ann Holiday, Eaton St., Peoria and John Hill of Dona, Texas.
No Funeral arrangements have been made as yet, but burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery, where the body of John now lies.
( Susanna was the mother of 15 children. She was preceded in death by 3 sons and 2 daughters. )
Transcribed from a Peoria paper found at the Peoria Library.
HOLD SERVICES FOR "GRANDMA" HILL TOMORROW
Funeral services for Mrs. Susanna Hill, Bartonville's oldest women, who died at her home, 105 Hill Ave. at 9:30 o'clock Monday night,
will be held from the residences at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burials will be made in the Lutheran Cemetery, beside the body of her husband, who died in 1885.
Mrs. Hill, who was known to every citizen of Bartonville as "Grandma" was 81 years old, she had been failing in health for several years and had been confined to her home for the last ten weeks. She was one of the pioneers of the village, arriving there with her husband 38 years ago from Coventry, England.
Mr. Hill opened the first store in the Village. A few years later, he was appointed the first postmaster of Bartonville and served in that office until his death.
Mrs. Hill is survived by 102 descendants of whom fifteen are children, fifty-nine are grandchildren and twenty-nine are great-grandchildren.
With the exception of one son, John Hill of Dona, Texas, all her descendants live in Peoria, Bartonville or Glasford.
The children who survive are: Mrs. Eliza Huxtable, Mrs. Emma Bowen, Mrs. Mary Barton, Mrs. Sara Sanderson, Mrs. Ellen Honald,
Mrs. Maria Hermann, Louisa Hill and William Hill, all of Bartonville, Mrs. Ann Holiday, 239 Easton Ave., Peoria, and John Hill of of Dona, Tex.
She is also survived by two brothers, Harry Harris of Glasford and Dave Harris of Peoria.
(The obituary states that John Hill was the Postmaster while another identifies Susanna as the 1st postmaster of Bartonville.
I'm not sure women were appointed postmaster at the turn of the century.)
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