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Otis Hill was born in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., on Christmas day, 1821. He is son of David and Lovicia Hill, the former a native of Providence, R. I., and the latter of Rensselaer Co., N. Y. Mr. Hill's grandfather was a revolutionary patriot, Sir John Hill, his great grandsire, wis a prominent man in England, and with his two sons, Ahab and Eli turned traitors to the English government and came as privateers to Nova Scotia, where they owned and ran a vessel. Mr. Hill is a descendant of the son Ahab. His father died when be was eight years old and he was ohliged to sustain himself. At 15 he went to learn the cooper's trade, which he worked at in different places in New York and Virginia till 1844, when he made a tour by water to New Orleans, Bangor, Me., and New Bedford, Mass., pursuing his trade, In March, 1855, he purchased a pro emption right of 80 acres on sec. 19. Snbsequent purchases have increased his real estate to 380 acres, a large proportion of which is improved and under cultivation. He was married July 3, 1846, to Abbie J., danghter of George and Elizabeth Rifenburgh, born in Grafton, N. Y., Jan. 20, 1830. Six of their eight children are living: Henrietta (Mrs. M. T. Burdick) David, Albert, Elizabeth, Lillis and Andrew. Sallie A. and Geo. H. are deceased. Mr. Hill is a Democrat, He has had a successful career and can look back on his well directed life with complacency.

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