|Five of the Hill Siblings|
Variations: None known to date, but Mom was pretty sure that when the family came over from Germany, the family name was much longer and that Hill was an "Americanized" version.
Origins: I have traced the family name as far back as Samuel P. Hill who was born in Pennsylvania in 1830. I have un-proven information that Samuel's father was a Rudolph Hill who came from Germany, but I have not been able to substantiate that information up to this point. From Pennsylvania, Samuel moved to Ohio settling in the north central part of the state in Richland and then Wyandot Counties. The Hill family stayed mostly in Ohio, but some members moved around to other parts of the country. I am still working on tracing more descendants of Samuel Hill to see if I am able to link up with other parts of the family.
Challenges: Probably my biggest challenge has been simply finding digitized information on the family origins. I am relatively convinced that the Hill family will be the one for which I make the most research trips to distant courthouses!