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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE W. HILL is a native of Putnam county, W.Va., and was born October 9, 1854. His father, Charles Hill, was a native of New York, and went to Pennsylvania at an early day and from there to West Virginia, where he died in 1858. His mother, whose maiden name was Susannah R. Tremble, is a native of Pennsylvania, and now resides with her son.

George W. Hill left his native state when twenty years of age to come West in search of employment. His first stop was at Fort Wayne, Ind., where he remained for about one year. In 1875, he came West as far as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he established himself on a farm. In April, 1879, Mr. Hill came to Phelps county, Nebr. He took a homestead in Union township, being one of the first settlers in that section. He erected a sod house and had only nine cents after securing his homestead. The country was sparsely settled, and a man without money and a stranger in a strange land, as can well be imagined, had a hard time to get along. People of this time have but a faint idea of the trials and privations endured by the early settlers of Nebraska.

Mr. Hill was married, March 31, 1887, to Miss Virginia Morehead, who is a native of Quincy, Ill. She was born November 24, 1860. Her parents were Thomas M. and Carolina Morehead, both of whom are natives of Kentucky. They came to Illinois in the spring of 1860, and were among the early settlers of Adams county. Her father has been deputy recorder of Adams county for several years, and has filled various important offices during his life.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill have two children — Edith A., born May 24, 1888, and Edward T., born December 8, 1889.

Mr. Hill was elected county supervisor in the fall of 1888 and reelected in 1889, for a term of two years. He belongs to the Alliance and is a wide-awake and progressive young man. He has one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land, a good frame house surrounded by a grove of splendid trees. He has a fine lot of fruit trees, and is confident fruit will flourish in Nebraska.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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