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From: "Karen Davis" <>
Subject: Re: [OHJACKSO-L] 1901 Jackson County tragedy
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:18:33 -0500
Just to add my two cents worth...
Ridgewood cemetery records show this family buried in 1901 in lot-section E
Names and ages are:
Jefferson Hill, 53
Amanda Hill, 30
Anna Hill, 10
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 7:57 PM
Subject: [OHJACKSO-L] 1901 Jackson County tragedy
> Surnames contained: HILL, FORSTER, McKINNISS, TILLEY, WALDEN, BAKER
> While doing some research at the Jackson library today regarding Civil War
veterans, I came across this interesting but sad front page article from the
> "The most dreadful calamity in the history of the county occurred near
Wellston Monday night about 9 PM. All the details are not yet known but the
circumstances are somewhat as follows.
> Jefferson Hill, his wife, and 5 young children lived in a log house on a
tract known as the Forster farm, west of Wellston. They retired early. The
sleeping room was entered through another, and had no outside opening.
> About 9 PM, a young man named McKinniss discovered the home afire and
rushed there to assist the family, but found nothing but a little dog
moaning most piteously. He could not enter the blazing building but heard no
calls for help. Later when the fire died down, the charred remains of the
entire family were found.
> Jefferson Hill was the son Nathan Hill of Liberty Twp, who was a member of
Co. K. 172 O.V.I. and died in a military at Gallipolis. His mother was Susan
Tilley and he was thus a cousin of the Tilleys who are numerous in the
> His grandfather, Alexander Hill, was one of the salt boilers of early
days, and settled on land now a part of the Walden farm. Mr. Hill married
Amanda Baker, a sister of Clem and Charles Baker, who has many relatives in
the county. The names and ages of the children have not been learned at this
> It may be noted that Mr. Hill was a nephew of Mrs Amanda Hill, who
together with her daughter Elizabeth were burned to death at their home in
Liberty Twp Jan 28, 1897."
> Submitted by Anthony Coyan