Wednesday, August 10, 2016


SAMUEL E. HILL was born January 30, 1844, in Morgantown, Ky., a son of Daniel S. and Malinda (Ewing) Hill, of Butler County, Ky. The father was a carpenter by trade, and in 1850 moved to Ohio County. In 1862 he was elected county judge, and died in May, 1865. The mother died in June, 1844. There were six children born to them, of whom our subject is the sole survivor. Samuel E. was principally reared in Hartford, where he received his education at the old Hartford Seminary. When sixteen years old he began working on a farm, and at the age of eighteen enlisted in Company G, Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry, Federal service, and at organization of the company was appointed first sergeant. His brother, John W., who was captain of the company and acting major, was killed at Knoxville, Tenn., while leading his battalion in a charge at the beginning of the siege. Samuel E., at the death of his brother, was elected captain over the lieutenant of the company, with only two dissenting votes, and was later breveted major. His commission as captain was issued January 18, 1864, a few days before he was twenty years of age; he was known as the "boy captain." He was after Morgan on his raid in Indiana, was in the east Tennessee campaign under Burnside; in the Atlanta campaign under Sherman, and at the Saltville raid and other severe engagements. He never missed a campaign with his company, or spent a day in the hospital. After his return from the war he began the study of law under Hon. D. H. McHenry, and graduated, in 1867, from the Louisville law school. He then returned to Hartford and opened a law office in partnersnip with Judge J. W. Kincheloe; this partnership terminated after five years. In 1873 he entered into partnership with D. H. McHenry, who recently retired and gave place to his son, the firm now being Hill & McHenry. In 1877 Mr. Hill was elected State senator, was chairman of the joint committee on education, and was a member of two of the law committees of the senate. In politics he is a Democrat. He is now and has been for many years past a member of the State and county committee. October 12, 1869, he married Naomi Baird, daughter of Alexander B. and Sallie M. (Barnett) Baird, of this county. To them have been born three children: Effie, Mary, and Lizzie, all at home. Mrs. Hill is a Methodist and Mr. Hill leans to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, has been twice high priest of his chapter and thrice master of his lodge. 

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Samuel Ewing Hill died 30 May 1904 in Lexington, Fayette County, KY in the Lexington Cemetery.  Served as Adjutant General of Kentucky 1887-1891.

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