Descendants of Henry Dewald of York County, Pennsylvania

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  • ID: I00104
  • Name: John Hillman , Sr 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 APR 1814 in New York 2 3
  • Death: ABT 1891
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • Reference Number: 104
  • Note:
    Census records show that John Hillman, Sr. was born in New York about 1814. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Berk in Ridgebury, Bradford County, Pennsylvania on Septenber 17, 1835. It is believed that they had a farm near to Eliza's parents, William and Mary Berk. John and Eliza's first eight children were born there.


    The 1840 Census for Bradford Co., South Creek Township, Pennsylvania shows:

    William Berke 10001001 11230010

    John Hillman 20002000 00001000


    The 1850 Census for Bradford Co., South Creek Township, Pennsylvania shows:

    Family 54: Cyrus Berk (age 31), Pennsylvania, Farmer
    Martha (age 26), New York
    Florence (age 4), New York
    Ella (age 2), New York
    Marcy (age 1), Pennsylvania

    Family 67: William Berk (age 61), Pennsylvania, Farmer
    Mary (age 54), Pennsylvania
    Sarah (age 15), Pennsylvania
    Lyman (age 12), Pennsylvania
    Mary H. (age 9), Pennsylvania

    Family 69: John Hillman (age 36), New York, Farmer
    Eliza (age 33), New York
    George (age 12), New York
    Edwin (age 11), New York
    Thaddeus (age 9), New York
    John, Jr. (age 7), New York
    Mary (age 5), New York
    Pembroke (age 2), New York
    Martha Jane (age 6/12), New York

    By 1855 the family was living in Dubuque County, Iowa where their penultimate child, Samuel, was born. Within a few years they moved to eastern Nebraska. In 1859 Mary Hillman married Lambert Burgett in Dubuque County, Iowa. (His name was spelled Burgert on the marriage records.) Some time later She and Lambert moved to Richardson County, Nebraska.


    The 1860 Census for Johnson Co., Nebraska shows:

    Family 700: John Hillman (age 46), New York, Tenant Farmer
    Eliza (age 43), Pennsylvania
    George (age 23), Pennsylvania
    Thaddeus (age 18), Pennsylvania
    John, Jr. (age 17), Pennsylvania
    Pembroke (age 12), Pennsylvania
    Martha Jane (age 10), Pennsylvania
    Clarence (age 8), Pennsylvania
    Samuel (age 5), Iowa
    Sarah (age 8 months), Nebraska

    In June of 1861, both John, Jr. and Thaddeus enlisted in the Nebraska Cavalry and served during the Civil War. On February 25, 1862, George W. Hillman enlisted in Co.I, 18th Infantry Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. Less than two months later, on April 6, 1862, he was killed at battle of Shiloh, Shiloh, Tennessee. Pembroke Hillman disappeared after the 1860 Census. I have recently learned that he was not listed among the living children of John Hillman, Sr. when he petitioned for a Civil War Survivor's Pension based upon the service of his son George.

    Sometime between 1860 and 1870 John Sr. moved his family to Hooker Township, Gage Co., Nebraska where he homesteaded his own place. There they were joined by their son Edwin Rathburn Hillman, his wife, Emily Cordelia (Rogers) Hillman, and their family. Edwin and Emily's daughter, Alice, was born in Iowa in 1866. Apparently Edwin and Emily lingered in Iowa longer than his parents' family.


    By 1870 John Sr's. and Eliza's daughter, Martha Jane Hillman, had married George Zuver and the couple were living on a farm nearby. Their son, John Hillman Jr., had married Sarah Margaret Mathews and they had a farm next to his parents. Their son, Thaddeus Hillman, had married Elizabeth Ellen Stafford and they also had a farm next door. Note that in the 1870 Census all the Hillman farms are listed in sequence.

    The 1870 Census for Gage Co., Nebraska shows:

    Family 230: John Hillman, Sr. (age 56), New York
    Eliza (age 53), Pennsylvania
    Clarence (age 18), Pennsylvania
    Samuel, (age 14), Iowa
    Sarah, (age 10), Nebraska

    Family 231: John Hillman, Jr. (age 27), Pennsylvania
    Margaret (age 23), Pennsylvania
    Ger U. (age 2), Nebraska
    Tho. J. (age 7 months), Nebraska

    Family 232: Edwin Hillman (age 30), Pennsylvania
    Emily C. (age 23), Pennsylvania
    Alice (age 4), Iowa
    John (age 3),Nebraska

    Family 233: T. C. S. S. (Thaddeus) Hillman (age 29), Pennsylvania
    Elizabeth (age 22), Indiana
    Grant (age 2), Nebraska
    Thadeus S. (age 4 months), Nebraska

    Family 242: Geo. W. Zuver (age 23), Ohio
    Martha Jane (age 20) Pennsylvania

    Family 243: B. P. Zuver (age 29) Ohio

    About 1878 Thaddeus Hillman and family moved to California. About six years later they moved to Enterprise, Wallowa Co., Oregon. Elizabeth died in Oregon in 1890 shortly after their last child was born. In 1898 Thaddeus applied for a Civil War Veterans Pension. He updated the application in 1907 and again in 1915. Thaddeus died at Fort Dick, Del Norte Co., California in 1922.


    By 1880 Clarence Hillman had married Mary Elizabeth Kritner. They had their own place next to John, Sr. Samuel had married Sophie Jane Cox. Samuel and family were living with John Sr.'s family. Edwin Hillman still had his own place. John, Jr. and his family had moved to Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma. John, Jr. and Sarah Margaret (Mathews) Hillman are buried in Tecumseh Cemetery near Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

    The 1880 Census for Gage Co., Nebraska shows:

    Family 24: Clarence Hillman (age 28), Pennsylvania
    Mary (age 19), Nebraska
    Harriet (age 2), Nebraska
    (Harriet "Hattie" Hillman died shortly after this census
    was recorded. She is buried next to her parents in
    Hooker Cemetery.)

    Family 25: John Hillman, Sr. (age 66), New York
    Eliza (age 62), Pennsylvania
    Sarah (age 20), Nebraska
    Samuel (age 24), Iowa
    Jane (age 18), Illinois
    Thaddeus (age 1 month), Nebraska

    Family 34: Edwin Hillman (age 41), Pennsylvania
    Emily (age 33), Illinois
    Alice (age 14), Iowa
    John (age 12), Nebraska
    Estella (age 8), Nebraska
    Mary (age 5), Nebraska
    Infant (age 6 months), Nebraska (This is Laura)

    In 1882 Eliza died. She is buried in Hooker Cemetery, which is located on land that was part of the original Hillman homestead. Eliza has a nice stone. There is no stone for John Sr., but family members say he was buried next to Eliza. (There is also a stone in Hooker Cemetery for Sherman Rogers, father of Emily Cordelia (Rogers) Hillman. He must have followed his daughter and son-in-law to Nebraska. He died in 1881.)

    In 1883 Sarah Elizabeth Hillman married Gershum Young.


    In 1893 Samuel Hillman moved his family to Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma. Sarah and Gershum Young also moved to Oklahoma. They lived just a few miles from Samuel and his family. Sarah died in 1944. She and Gershum are buried in Red Hill Cemetery near Hammon, Oklahoma. Samuel died in 1939. There is a common marker for Samuel and Sophie Jane in Barker Cemetery (aka Nine-Mile Cemetery) near Strong City, Oklahoma. Sophie died in 1952 in Harrah, Oklahoma. Her body was not returned to Roger Mills County, she is buried in Hurrah.

    The 1890 Census for most of the United States was destroyed in a fire.


    In 1900 Clarence Hillman was still living in Gage Co., Nebraska with his four boys. (Clarence and his wife, Mary, had separated. It is believed that she had moved to Colorado to make her fortune in gold mining.)

    Edwin and Emily Hillman and family were also still living in Gage Co., Nebraska. Their son, John, was married to Arena Leona "Ona" Fuller and had a farm next door. Their daughter, Alice, had married Casper "Cap" Sivits and moved to North Platte, Nebraska; daughter, Estella "Stella", had married William E. "Willie" Grubb and moved to the town of Adams; and their daughter, Mary, had married Harry Snyder. By 1910 both the Grubbs and Snyders had farms in Hooker Township (see 1910 Census).

    The 1900 Census for Gage Co., Nebraska shows:

    Family 10: Clarence Hillman (age 48), Pennsylvania
    Harry A. (age 19), Nebraska
    Alva B. (age 15), Nebraska
    Berdette S. (age 13), Nebraska
    Leslie A. (age 9), Nebraska

    Family 22: Edwin Hillman (age 60), Pennsylvania
    Emily (age 53), Illinois
    Laura (age 20), Nebraska
    Robert (age 19), Nebraska
    Guy (age 9), Nebraska

    Family 23: John T. Hillman (age 32), Nebraska
    Ona (age 24), Iowa
    Reuben L. (age 5), Iowa
    Leroy F. (age 2), Iowa
    Alma R. (age 11 months), Iowa

    In 1905 Clarence Hillman sold his farm to Herman and John Krause and bought farms in Kansas for three of his sons. His forth son, Harry Hillman, remained in Gage Co., Nebraska. Clarence died at Asherville, Kansas in 1936. Mary died at Topeka, Kansas in 1935. Someone has seen to it that both Clarence and Mary are buried in Hooker Cemetery. They have a common stone.


    By 1910 the only Hillmans left on the original homestead were Edwin Hillman, his wife, Emily, and some of their children. Their son, Robert Hillman, had married Anna Diehm and moved to a farm in Johnson County, Nebraska. It was located near her parents' farm. Their daughter, Laura Hillman, had married Robert Raymond "Ray" Birch and moved to Burwell, Loup Co., Nebraska.

    The 1910 Census for Gage County, Nebraska shows:

    Family 36: William E. Grubb (age 40), Indiana
    Stella A. (age 37), Nebraska - Estella Hillman
    Earl D. (age 16), Nebraska
    Pearl E. (age 13), Nebraska
    Edwin D. (age 7), Nebraska
    Nellie E. (age 2), Nebraska

    Family 40: Harry L. Snyder (age 36), Nebraska
    Mary E. (age 36), Nebraska - Mary Hillman
    May (age 12), Nebraska - future May McCracken
    Merle L. (age 10), Nebraska
    Glen (age 8), Nebraska
    Fern (age 5), Nebraska
    Amy (age 3), Nebraska
    Bryan (age 1), Nebraska
    Morse (age ?), Nebraska

    Family 58: John T. Hillman (age 42), Nebraska
    Ona A. (age 34), Nebraska
    Reuben L. (age 15), Nebraska
    Leroy F. (age 10), Nebraska
    Everett O. (age 8), Nebraska
    (Their son, George Hillman, died at birth in 1903. He is
    buried in Hooker Cemetery.)

    Family 80: Edwin R. Hillman (age 70), Pennsylvania
    Emily C. (age 63), Illinois
    Guy A. (age 20), Nebraska


    By 1920 all the Hillmans had moved off the family homestead. Edwin Hillman and Cordelia had moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. A little after 1920, Their son, Robert, and his wife, Anna, moved their family to Bayard, Morrill Co., Nebraska. Robert's sister, Mary (Hillman) Snyder and her husband, Harry Snyder, had also moved to western Nebraska. Several of Roberts children recall visiting with aunt Mary and Uncle Harry. Mary and Harry Snyder's daughter, May, eventually married Bob McCracken. May and Bob had seven girls, their first names all started with the letter "E". May (Snyder) McCracken came to the funeral of my paternal grandmother, Cecile DeVault, in 1966.

    A little after 1920, Edwin and Emily Hillman moved to Bayard from Lincoln. Edwin died in 1922. After his death, Emily lived with her children's families. She was living with her daughter, Alice Sivits, and family in North Platte, Lincoln Co., Nebraska at the time of her death in 1935. Both Edwin and Emily are buried in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard, Morrill Co., Nebraska.

    Father: Samuel Hillman b: 11 JAN 1786 in Lower Smithfield Twp., Monroe Co., Pennsylvania
    Mother: Charity Middaugh b: 17 JUL 1793 in Chemung, Chemung Co., New York

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Jane "Eliza" Berk b: 1817 in Pennsylvania
    • Married: 17 SEP 1835 in Ridgebury, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania 4
    • Note:

      Married in Ridgebury, Bradford, County, Pennsylvania on the 17th inst. by the Rev. Mr. John Brown, Mr. John Hillman of Chemung, to Miss Eliza Jane Berk , of the same place.
    1. Has No Children George W. Hillman b: 1837 in Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Edwin Rathburn Hillman b: 15 MAY 1840 in Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children Thaddeus Cabiscus Sewarsaw Hillman b: 8 MAR 1841 in Bradford Co., Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children John Hillman , Jr. b: 1843 in Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children Mary Buford Hillman b: 1844 in Bradford Co., Pennsylvania
    6. Has No Children Pembroke Hillman b: 1848 in Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Martha Jane "Jane" Hillman b: 5 JAN 1850 in Bradford Co., Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Clarence Romine "CR" Hillman b: 20 SEP 1851 in Pennsylvania
    9. Has Children Samuel Hillman b: 7 AUG 1855 in Dubuque Co., Iowa
    10. Has Children Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" Hillman b: DEC 1859 in Johnson Co., Nebraska

    Marriage 2 Annie M. "Minnie" Anderson b: ABT 1849 in Illinois
    • Married: 25 OCT 1884

    1. Title: Letter from Wanda (Hillman) Cartwright dated January 31, 2000
      Media: Book
    2. Title: 1860 Census, Nebraska, Johnson County
      Media: Book
    3. Title: Email from Gary Hillman dated March 28, 2001
    4. Title: Newspaper article - Marriage of John Hillman and Eliza Jane Berk, Elmira Gazette of September 25, 1835
      Media: Book
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