James Shields Hill

Brief Life History of James Shields

When James Shields Hill was born on 1 December 1844, in Troy Township, Athens, Ohio, United States, his father, Joseph Guerin Hill, was 33 and his mother, Margaret Jane Shields, was 30. He married Mary Elvina Hart on 15 October 1868, in Montgomery Township, Hickory, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Rome Township, Athens, Ohio, United States in 1860 and Alexis Township, Butler, Nebraska, United States for about 15 years. He died on 2 March 1916, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

James Shields Hill
Mary Elvina Hart
Marriage: 15 October 1868
Magdalena Hill
about 1869–
Lena Margaret Hill
about 1869–
Josephine Hill
Lillian Eliza Hill
Retta Hill
David Martin Hill
Joseph Hill
Mary Henrietta Hill
Alpha Bett Hill

Sources (29)

  • James Hill in household of Joseph G Hill, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jas Shields Hill, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • James S Hill, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Los Angeles, California, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, from Middle English hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll). Compare Hiller . This surname is also very common among African Americans.

English: possibly in some cases from the personal name Hille, a pet form of some name such as Hilger or Hillary .

German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names, male and female, containing ancient Germanic hild ‘battle’ as the first element.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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