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Preston J. Hill Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Warren County

Preston J. Hill, second of the three sons of Elijah W. and Susan (Potter) Hill, was born April 14, 1853, five miles east of Bowling Green.  Elijah W. Hill is an extensive farmer, and formerly owned a large number of slaves.  He is a leading member of the Baptist church; also of the K. of H. [Knights of Honor]; before the war he was a Whig, but is now a Democrat.  He is a son of Nathan and Ann Hill, both natives of South Carolina, born respectively in 1799 and 1802.  They were brought to Warren County, Kentucky, in an early day.  Nathan Hill was the owner of a large form and some forty or fifty Negroes.  He died in 1875, his widow in 1881.  He was a son of Joseph Hill, of South Carolina.  Mrs. Susan Hill’s parents, Frederick and Elizabeth (Kirby) Potter, were natives of South Carolina, and were brought to Warren County in childhood.  Frederick Potter was a son of Thomas Potter; was born August 12, 1785; was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in November 1868.  His wife was born in January, 1790, and died in January 1867.  Thomas Potter was one of the first settlers of Warren County, where he became a large land and slave owner.  Mrs. Elizabeth (Kirby) Potter was a daughter of Jesse Kirby, a soldier in the war for independence; he emigrated from South Carolina to Kentucky about 1795; was born in October, 1757, and married Sophia Choice in 1778.  She was born in September, 1760; they lived together seventy-five years.  Preston J. Hill was reared on a farm and educated at Bethel College.  He now resides on a farm two miles east of Bowling Green, where he is engaged in farming, and in breeding short-horn cattle, Berkshire hogs and Cotswold sheep.  October 25, 1877, he married Nellie R. Sansom, of Evansville, Indiana, who has borne him one child.  Mrs. Hill is the daughter of Saunders and Susan (Watts) Sansom.  Her father was born in England, came to the United States in 1852, and settled in Evansville, Indiana.  He was a contractor and builder, and died in 1878.  His wife is a daughter of William Watts, and was born in Indiana in 1829, shortly after her parents came from England.  Mr. Hill and wife are members of the Baptist Church; he is a member of the K. of H.  In politics, in which he takes but little interest, he is a Democrat.

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