Biography of Thomas Hills
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Mills, Thomas, was born in Scotland, May 3, 1816. He was educated in their schools, and was a confectioner by occupation. He located for a short time in New York and Brooklyn, and while there took a pleasure trip on the Hudson as far as Lansingburgh, where he found an opening for the business. The date of his arrival in the United States was April 14, 1842. He has had a successful business here for fifty four years. He was married twice, first in 1842 to Isabelle Reid of his native place. She died here soon after their arrival, and for his second wife he married Helen Reid, a sister of his first wife, by whom four children have been born: Isabella; Franklin P; James R., who died at the age of twelve; and Margaret, who died in her fourth year. Isabella married James H. Jewett of Buffalo, and Franklin P. married Ada Balcom of Troy, by whom two children have been born: Thomas and Helen. He is a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M., and of Phoenix Chapter No. 33; R. A. M. Franklin P. is a member of Jerusalem Lodge No. 355. The ancestry of the family on both sides is Scotch.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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