Biography of Ezra N. Hill
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Hill, Ezra N., was born in Murray, May 21, 1822, a son of Dr. Hira Hill, who was a native of Connecticut, born in 1772. The latter served in the war of 1812, being assistant surgeon. About 1817 he came with his family from Georgia, Vt., and settled in Murray, where he practiced his profession. About 1835 he bought property on the road running south from the ridge, where he erected a substantial stone house, and here he died July 26, 1849. He was a prominent figure in his locality, and it is said that he delivered the address at Holley, when Governor Clinton passed through on the opening of the canal. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity. His first wife was Experience Post, and their children were: Myra, Priam B., Eveline, Ozro P., and Darwin M. Dr. Hill married second, Anna Northrup, and they had one son, Ezra N. Hill. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and at the Gaines Academy, and the Brookport Collegiate Institute. For several years he was principal of the school at Holley, and later at Lewiston, Niagara county, and from 1846 to 1852 he engaged in farming in Murray, in the latter year entering the insurance business, which he continued till 1878 in Holley and Brockport, taking up his residence in Brockport in 1869. He is a Republican, and has taken an active interest in political affairs. He was supervisor of Murray in 1852-60, assistant assessor of internal revenue during Lincoln's and Grant's first administrations, and was one of the trustees of Brockport. Since 1849 he has been a member of Holley Lodge, I. O. O. F., and has passed all the chairs. April 18, 1848, he married; Cornelia A. Whitney, of Lewiston, N. Y., and they had three children: Fitz James, Eva A., and Whitney. Mrs. Hill died April 26, 1864, and July 12, 1865, he married Ella F. Whitney, and they have a son, Ezra D., who lives in Indianapolis, Ind. Fitz James settled at Black River, Mich., and is county treasurer; and Whitney settled in New Mexico, and is a ranchman. Eva A. married Volney W. Foster, of Evanston, Ill., in 1876, and died in 1887. She had two children, Albert V., and Eva C.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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