Minerva Florence Hill (1861-1938) and Augustus Wise Ames

Minerva Hill was a first cousin of Herbert Bradford Hill.

Lesley Ames writes: This is a photo of my great great grandmother Minerva Florence Hill and her husband Augustus Wise Ames. Minerva was born in November 1861 in Illinois. She died September 12, 1938 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa. The second photo is Minerva too. I haven't been able to collect many stories along this branch. But, a cousin and I are trying to fish some out. Around 19, Minerva was noted as a servant on a family's farm - and Augustus, a farmhand on another. Evidence leads us to believe they met through a Hill cousin (Sarah Hill), who was staying at the same farm Augustus lived. Minerva and Augustus married at 18 and 19 years of age. Augustus was a farmer. They had nine children raised in and around Clay/Tazewell Counties Illinois. Their son James worked at the Pekin Wagonworks company. And, William Tol Ames, my great grandfather was a farmer. Several of the other kids ventured off into new territories ranging from Seattle, California, and Wyoming. During the depression they moved up to Zion, Illinois to seek assistance from their daughter Catherine. Despite their seemingly hard life as midwest farmers; born at the height of the civil war when families split apart; and their struggle through the depression, I suspect both of them were strong-willed and survivors.... just look at that second photo of Minerva. I am sure she was a spit fire!


 Minerva was the daughter of John Green Hill. He was born November 21, 1804 in Williamson Co, TN. He married Dicey Martin on December 4, 1823. He married Susannah Hodges on August 27, 1831 in Lauderdale Co. AL. She was born in June 14, 1812 in Alabama and died July 23, 1881. She joined the ME Church in 1835. He died January 1, 1875 in Wayne Co. IL. This is Herbert Hill's line.

Records obtained from Lauderdale County, Alabama Marriage, Cemetery and Family Records, 1820-1857 Typed and Indexed by Mrs. W.E. Mc Clain, Jr. , Lauderdale County, Alabama is adjacent to Wayne County, Tennessee.

Book II, 1825-1833: Aug. 27, 1831 Hill, John G. to Susannah Hodges (page 191).

John and Susannah's children were:

Martha M., born September 9, 1832 (this is probably his brother's child of whom he assumed guardianship)

Thomas M., born in April 2, 1834 in Wayne Co. TN

John Goodner, born in May 25, 1836 in Wayne C. TN. He married Elizabeth in 1841. There is information about their household below. A daughter, Minerva Florence, was born to them in November 1861 in Illinois. She married Augustus Wise Ames. She died September 12, 1938 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa.

James M., born December 25, 1838 in Wayne Co. TN. He married Malinda J. White who died February 9, 1876 in Cisne, Illinois. He moved to New Mexico where he married Lida L. Lasly, They were married in Socorro, NM on July 4, 1886 by John Curtin, Justice of the Peace. She died May 28, 1894. His children were Willard H. Hill, born November 7, 1867; John W. Hill, April 2, 1872; James M. Hill Jr. born June 25, 1890, Socorro NM. Willard went to New Mexico and was the legal guardian of James M. Hill Jr. upon his father's death on August 6, 1901 in Socorro, Socorro Co., NM. See the page devoted to his brother: Francis Marion

Henry C., born June 19, 1841 in Wayne Co. TN; died March 2, 1896 in Cisne, Wayne Co. IL. For more information see below.

Robert H., born August 4, 1843 in Wayne Co. TN; in July 1868, he married Sarah Milner born August 1, 1848 in IL. She died August 1, 1922. He died November 25, 1904 and is buried in Cisne Cemetery. Served in the Civil War.

David S., born October 1847 in Wayne Co. TN married Angenova J. born 1851.

Joshua B., born in 1851 in Wayne Co. IL

Artilda C., born in 1854 in Wayne Co. IL. Died August 1884.

The 1870 census from Wayne County, IL.

(Page 7)

John G. Hill 34 M TN miller 580/183

Elizabeth 29 F IL housekeeper

Minerva 8 F IL

William H. 5 M IL

Ebon C. 3 M IL

Felix 2/12 M IL (born May)