Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 11 "H.L. Hill"

This is the eleventh in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart nine, part ten.

Henry Leake Hill was born July 28 1856 in Buckingham County Virginia. He is in the 1870 Census for Obion County with his father Robert H. Hill age 45, mother Susannah age 39 and two brothers John age 11 and Lillian age 8 months.  His father is a farmer and he and his young brother John are farm laborers at the ages of 12 and 11.

"Leak" as he was called married Nancy Ann McMurry October 23 1878 in Obion County.  Nancy was the daughter of Hosea Wilson McMurry and Elizabeth Yater.   He and his wife Nancy McMurry appear in the 1880 Census for Obion County with their ten month old son Harry.  According to some family tree's on Ancestry.com Harry died in 1885  "Leak" as he was called was a blacksmith according to the Census.  In 1900 Henry and Nancy and their sons John McMurry and Albert Sidney appear in the 1900 - 1920 Census for Weakley County.   After 1900 Henry's occupation is sometimes listed as clerk and sometimes as farmer. In 1930 his sister Lillian Mosier and her daughter Mary are living with Henry and Nancy. 

During his time in Weakley County, Leak owned a mill which he sold.  He was a Democrat but was able to get elected in a time when the district was "thoroughly Republican" and he was known as the "marrying squire" for the many nuptials he performed.  He died in 1933 in Nashville at the Presbyterian Hospital. Nancy followed him to their resting place in Sunset Cemetery just three years later.

As for their son John McMurry Hill, the only thing I know is that he was the informant on his mother's death certificate and his address was listed as Bloomington Indiana.  

Albert Sidney Hill married Valda Biggs McWherter, the daughter of Doak Alexander McWherter and Adaline Biggs, June 29, 1921 in Weakley County.  He, Valda and their 16 year old daughter Nancy are living in Belle Meade, Tennessee in 1940. Albert was the vice president at an investment bank.  Albert and Valda both died in Nashville and are interred in Sunset Cemetery.

From the Dresden Enterprise, April 24, 1896
Leak Hill was born July 28, 1856 in Buckingham county, Va., and came to Tennessee ten years later, going to Obion county.  He came to Weakley county in 1886 and went into the mill business near Dresden, which he sold to J.F. Brinkley, the latter being afterwards burned out.  Hill was first elected magistrate in '88, and bears the distinction of having become such by accident--not that he was not worthy and popular, but this was then a thoroughly Republican civil district, and for years there had been only three magistrates serving. Hill was head among the Democratic candidates, and some time after the election it was discovered that the county site district was entitled to four magistrates, and had been all the time. This let him in as the fourth man, though first among his party men.  Two years ago he was re-elected, and has made an exceptionally good officer.  He is progressive in the conduct of the affairs of his office, and keeps strictly up with the times.  For sometime he was called the "marrying squire," so frequently was he called upon to unite the destinies of those who fled from the wrath of "stern parents."  He has a host of friends who have been made such by his jovial nature and warmheartedness.  he is decidedly popular and will some day, we hope, come up higher, as a county officer.

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