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Elijah Hill

Elijah Hill, 1811-1887

Elijah Hill was born Oct 20, 1811 in Oley Twp., Berks County, PA. He was the second child of Johannes Kohler Hill and Catherine Susan Beck. He was baptized Apr 8, 1812 by the Rev. Dr. L. Frederick Herman of the New Hanover Reformed Church, Montgomery Co., PA. The family moved from Berks County to a farm near Pottsgrove, Northumberland Co., PA, which was bought by his father Johannes and grandfather Heinrich Beck on Apr 22, 1815. On Feb 11, 1836, he married Rebecca Wenrich, daughter of Jacob Wenrich and Emma Reinert. Rebecca's brother Peter married Mary Ann Hill, a sister of Elijah. Elijah died on March 31, 1887, and was buried in the Harmony Cemetery in Milton, PA.

This picture was probably taken in the 1840s, judging from his youthful appearance. His self-made baptismal certificate, called a Fraktur, can be seen here.