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 Dolly FOX and her daughter Eliza HILL of Orwell & Windham

Excerpt from History of Bradford County Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches by H.C. Bradsby, Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co. Publishers, 1891  p. 875 

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Excerpt from History of Bradford County Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches by H.C. Bradsby, Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co. Publishers, 1891  p. 875

   "MRS. DOLLY HILL, Windham township, P.O. North Orwell.  "This venerable Mother in Israel" has come to us from a former generation, a typical heroine of the "kingdom of the dead yesterdays," and the story of her strange, eventful life may well be reckoned in this age as a part of sacred history. Her father was Thomas Fox, who died in 1827, and her mother survived until 1854. John Hill was the father of Chester Hill; he came from Massachusetts to Owego, and settled on the place called the "Deep Well district;" he was a mechanic and put up the first frame house in Owego; he had preceded his family to the wild western wilderness, and when he sent for them to join him, the brave mother hired a man to transport herself and eight children to Otsego lake, where she purchased canoes, lashed them together, loaded them, mostly with children, and bravely floated down to Owego. The family remained at this place until 1812, when they came to Orwell.  Altogether there were eleven children in this family. The descendants of John Hill number 160, and at a recent family reunion were the twin sons, Chauncey and Chester, aged eighty-six, who were a part of the "luggage" in that canoe voyage mentioned above, which was made in 1794. Of these twins, Chester Hill married Dolly Fox, who was born in Glastonbury, September 11, 1796, the daughter of Thomas and Chloe Fox, and came to Bradford county, in 1798 with her father's family, and went to the public schools in Orwell; in her father's family were six children, of whom she was the fifth. She was married in 1814 to Chester Hill, then just returned from the War of 1812.  They settled in Orwell (where the husband died February 23, 1879, aged eighty-seven, and to them were born children as follows: Eliza, wife of James Higgins, with whom the mother resided at time of her decease; Cornelia, wife of David Nichols,; George S., who married Mary Ann Pressure, and has four children (he was a soldier in the Civil War, and died in the service); Chloe, wife of J. O. Frost, of Towanda; Lavina, wife of Edwin Allis; Chauncey, of Orwell, who married Sarah Tyrell, and after her death married Sarah Buttles; Almira, wife of Ebenezer Snell, of Pike township; Susan A., wife of Harlow Buttles, of Orwell;  Orrin, who married Adele McQuary; and Emeline, wife of Nehemiah Neal, of Nichols, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. James Higgins had born to them nine children as follows: Albert C., born August 1, 1837; Franklin, born February 21, 1839; Mervin, born July 11, 1841 (he enlisted in the fiftieth Regiment, Company G, was wounded and taken prisoner, and died in Salisbury prison after being in prison five months; he had served three years, and had been in twenty-nine hard fought battles); Adeline E., born April 18,1844; Emeline S., born November 4, 1846, wife of Eli Morris; Charles O., born September 6, 1849, died April 2, 1855; Rhoda G., born June 11, 1854, wife of Aaron VanEtten; Olla A., born June 4, 1856, wife of George Towner; Hortense, born July 10, 1859."
Newspaper clipping in private collection: undated, prob. about 1904)
"Windham Center, May 23 -- Saturday a very pleasant family gathering was held at the home of Mrs. Eliza Higgins, there being present her seven children, with their families, consisting of twenty-four grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, besides other near relatives. Aunt Eliza Higgins is in her 89th year and is totally blind. aside from this affliction she is in good health and possesses a wonderful memory for one so far advanced in life. She assisted in the preparation of a sumptuous dinner and the cake, which she made, was pronounced the banner cake for the occasion. A few years since on a similar occassion at her home there were present five generations upon the 94th birthday of her mother, aunt Dolly Hill. It was the wish of all present that auntie Higgins may live to have assembled at her home five generations.
Notes by Marcia Simons Jankowsi:
Dolly Fox was the daughter of the Revolutionary soldier Joseph Fox who is buried in Bradford County. Hortense Higgins married James E. Simons, the son of James F. Simons and Catherine Kilmer; Catherine Kilmer was the daughter of Joshua Kilmer and Margaret Dings. these were all Bradford county families.

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