Biography of Rev. Winfield E. Hill
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Rev. Winfield Euclid Hill, deceased, was among the representative and influential citizens of East Liverpool, and a member of a family prominently identified with the early history of Columbiana County. He was born in East Liverpool, June 2, 1842, the son of Sanford C. and Sarah (Leech) Hill.

The origin of the Hill family was in England and this branch traces its ancestry to Rev. Winfield E. Hill, the eloquent minister and author, whose "Village Dialogues" are still read and quoted. In the 17th century the founder of the family in America settled in New England, later removing to Hancock County, Va. Sanford C. Hill was born in Hancock County, Va., June 20, 1796, and at the age of 19 years settled at Wellsville. Ohio. In 1817 he opened the first dry goods store in East Liverpool. Subsequently he sold this business and engaged in surveying, becoming one of the well known astronomers and mathematicians of his time. To Mr. and Mrs. Sanford C. Hill the following children were born: H. R., Mrs. William Brunt, Rev. Winfield E., the subject of this sketch, and Meriden S.

Winfield Euclid Hill attended the public schools of East Liverpool, Wellsville Academy, Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., and was graduated from Western Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, in 1868. His first charge was at Gettysburg, Ohio, as pastor of the Presbyterian Church. He was later located at Ottawa, Wapakoneta, Fletcher, Waynesburg, Malvern, Ohio, and Fairview, W. Va. At the time of his retirement in 1913 he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Rome, Ashtabula County, Ohio. He died in East Liverpool, May 6, 1923, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. Hill was widely known as a botanist, ornithologist and author. He was a nature lover and regarded as an authority on plant and bird life, being the author of several books on these subjects. One of the chief books of his writings, entitled "The Birds of Panhandle," is now used as reference in many of the colleges of the East. Flowers and plants have been named in commemoration of Mr. Hill, among them being the "Winfield."

On Sept. 27, 1870, Rev. Hill was married to Miss Nancy Jane Homer, the daughter of David and Eliza J. Horner, both deceased. Mrs. Hill died Jan. 3, 1915. To Reverend and Mrs. Hill were born six children as follows: Nancy Grace, married Frank Shane, lives in Cleveland; Florence, a teacher, lives in East Liverpool; Arthur Stanley, connected with the Homer Laughlin China Company, East Liverpool; Janet Morrison, married Dr. J. W. Chetwynd, of East Liverpool, a sketch of whom appears in this history; Louise Meriden, lives in East Liverpool; and Roger W., connected with the American Paper Products Company, East Liverpool.

Reverend Hill was a close friend of the late Andrew Carnegie, a strong friendship having developed while they lived in East Liverpool. This friendship continued throughout the remainder of their lives.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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