Newspaper Transcriptions: Hub and Mary Hill Family

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Date: 1907 to 1968
Location: Harrison County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Hill Juett Northcutt
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Some transcriptions of various newspaper clippings concerning the family of Hubbard Napoleon Hill (1866-1929) and Mary Henrietta (Juett) Hill Roberts (1873-1959), and miscellaneous family photos. Some of the extraneous people mentioned in the news articles are relatives, though the specifics of their relationship is not yet known: explanations for those will be added in the references section as details are found, as well as WikiLinks when available.



Killed by Lightening: Harrison County Man Loses Life, and Much Damage Done by Storm.

The Owensboro Messenger, Owensboro, Kentucky, Friday, Jun 14, 1907, page 4.
Cynthiana, Ky., June 13 -- Arthur Broughton, son of G.W. Broughton, of Robinson station, this county, was killed by lightning yesterday. Young Broughton went out to attend to a dip net he had set in the river. His family became uneasy and instituted search for him and found him dead, with every appearance of having been struck by lightning. Broughton was twenty-one years of age. During the same shower the house of H.N. Hill, a nearby neighbor, was torn to pieces by lightning. None of the family was at home. The river at this place raised ten feet during the night.

Harrison County Fair Ribbon Winners

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, Monday 23 Oct 1916, page 10.
Tobacco -- Bright leaf, six hands--First, Emil Hausberger; second, E.N. Rees; Hub Hill, highly commended.

Harrison Circuit Court Convenes for Spring Term

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday, 2 Mar 1921, page 2.
Cynthiana, Ky., March 1 -- Circuit court convened Monday with Judge L.P. Fryer presiding. The following grand jurymen were sworn in: Walter Whitaker, J.W. Renaker, Orio Hayes, Hubbard Hill, J.G. VanDeren, Joe Lake, J.W. McIlvain, John Whitaker, Fred Hagele, James Logan, D.N. Rees. James Logan was made foreman.

Ottis Hill candidate card

Ottis Hill candidate for Jailer
Election card from candidacy for jailer, 1957.


Birdie Hill / Esau Northcutt marriage notice

Esau and Birdie (Hill) Northcutt.
Esau and Birdie (Hill) Northcutt.
The Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, Friday, 3 Feb 1911, page 2.
Miss Birdie Lee Hill and Mr. Esau Northcutt will wed at Cynthiana February 22d.

Ottis Landren and Nettie Louise (Conrad) Hill marriage images

Ottis Landren and Nettie Louise (Conrad) Hill, [Hub Hill, seated].
Ottis, Louise (Conrad) and Hub Hill (seated).
Ottis and Louise (Conrad) Hill marriage certificate.
Marriage certificate.

Note-- This photo was said to be taken on their wedding day. Ottis's father Hub is seated in front. The child's arm on the left belongs to Ottis's younger brother John. Ottis's mother was said to be standing on the right beside Louise, but according to Louise's daughter-in-law, Mary was torn out of the picture by Louise.

Mollie Webb / John Hill wedding announcement

John, Mollie (Webb), and Rachel Hill
Photo taken about 2 years after their marriage.
Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, Thursday, 5 Apr 1923, page 8, col. 1-2.
Miss Mollie Ernestine Webb and Mr. John Amos Hill, of Cynthiana, were married at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jewett,[1] 811 Aurora avenue. Rev. Clarence Walker, of the Ashland Avenue Baptist church, officiated. Those present at the wedding were Mrs. R.L. Sullivan, Misses Ruth and Mary Sullivan, Mr. E.M. Morgan, Mrs. Mary Mullens and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Jewett. These young people are of well known families of Cynthiana and Harrison county. A beautiful dinner was served, after which they left for a trip.

Death: George Rector Hill

Boy Caught in Mill Machinery is Dead

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, Thursday, 19 Aug 1909, page 5.
Cynthiana, Ky., Aug.18 -- Rex Hill, aged 19 years, son of Hub Hill, a prominent farmer of this county, was caught in the machinery of the flour mill at Robinson today and so badly injured he died in a few hours. He had gone to the mill with a load of wheat and while waiting was playing in the basement.

Killed by Belting in Mill

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Thursday, 19 Aug 1909, page 3.
Cynthiana, Ky., Aug. 18 -- (Special.) -- Rector Hill, aged 18, went to the Robinson Milling Company's mill at Robinson, Ky., this morning with a sack of corn to be ground into meal. In some unaccountable way he became entangled in the belts and sustained injuries that proved fatal, although every medical aid possible was summoned. Young Hill was a son of Hub Hill, a well-to-do farmer of this county.


The Cynthiana Democrat, Cynthiana, Kentucky, 1909.
Yesterday morning, young Rex Hill, son of Hub Hill, was fearfully injured in the basement of the Robertson Milling Company’s mill at Robertson, eight miles north of Cynthiana. The boy was caught in the shafting and whirled around a number of times, striking the floor at each revolution. His left arm and left leg were literally mashed to pieces. The boy was removed to the home of J.M. Lyter. Dr. McVay, of Berry, and Dr. Henry, of Kelat, were soon on the scene. They called Dr. Wells, of Cynthiana, who hastened down in an automobile. Everything possible was done for the boy’s relief, but he died yesterday afternoon at about four o’clock. He was about 19 years old. The unfortunate boy and his brother had gone to the mill with a load of wheat. While waiting, they went into the basement without the knowledge of the people employed at the mill. It is probable that they were playing about the machinery when Rex became entangled in the belting. The first that was known of the accident was when the miller heard something striking against the floor. Only the crusher was being operated, and the miller thought a belt had become loose. He ran to the engine and shut off the steam at once. As he reached the steps leading to the basement, he met the boy’s brother, who came running up screaming that his brother had been killed. The miller found the boy fastened tight to one of the wheels, a circumstance which probably saved his life; had his head struck the floor, his brains would have been dashed out.

Boy Killed - By being Caught in the Machinery at Robertson Mill.

The Log Cabin, Cynthiana, Kentucky, 1909, Vol. 14, # 34, p. 5, col. 6
Rector Hill, age 20, son of Hubbard N. Hill, was killed by becoming entangled in the machinery in the basement of the Robertson Milling Company’s plant at Robinson, this county, Wednesday morning. “Rex” and his brother went to the mill with a load of wheat and while waiting went into the basement of the mill. Only the crusher was running at the time and Mr. McIntosh, the miller, was in the crusher room. He heard an unusual noise and thinking there was a bolt off he at once cut off the water which furnishes power. Just then Otis [sic], a younger brother of Rector Hill ran from the basement shouting that his brother was killed. According to the statement of Otis, his brother Rector was attempting to shift a small belt which runs a grind stone, when he was caught and whirled rapidly around the shafting. It is believed that his sleeve caught on a set screw on the shaft and he was thereby dragged to his death. The right leg passed between the spokes of a large pulley and held there firmly. The left leg was whipped almost off as the shaft rapidly revolved, and the left arm was broken above the elbow. The young man was conscious almost up to the hour of his death and asked whether his injuries were serious. As soon as taken from the shaft he was carried to the home of Mr. J. M. Lyter, where Doctors McVey, Wells, and Henry did everything possible but the young man passed away at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the accident having occurred at about 9 o’clock that morning. The funeral of George Rector Hill will occur at the residence of his father, Mr. H. M. Hill [sic], this morning at 10:30 o’clock. Services will be conducted by Rev. W. W. Green and the remains will be interred at Battle Grove cemetery. The pall bearers will be Charlie Broughton, Arthur Rainey, Tommy Mullen, Joe Kincaid, Clarence Mullen, Frank Kincaid, John Mullen, and Sam Hill.

George Rector Hill.

The Log Cabin, Cynthiana, Kentucky, 1909, Vol. 14, #36, p. 1, col. 5
As there was an accurate statement in a recent issue of the Log Cabin as to the cause of his sudden, unexpected death, I as one who knew him, will give a sketch of his life and eulogy of his character. George Rector Hill was born Sept. 14, 1889, died August 18, 1909. He was therefore almost 20 years of age. He was the oldest child of H. N. and Mary Hill. He leaves his father, mother, one sister, two brothers and many relatives and hundreds of friends that loved him to mourn his sad loss. One brother preceded him to the spirit world in infancy. Rector was a good boy and possessed a social, genial disposition that easily won for him friends. To know him was to love him. He was at all times obedient to parents and never gave them trouble. He was noted for reliability and could always be trusted. He loved to be at home with his father and mother, never failing to promptly return, no matter where he went. His habits were of sterling good quality and all who knew him spoke his praise as being a good boy of good habits and a good disposition. He was baptized in early life and appreciated the church and all its ordinances truly at all times. It was the Lord’s will that Rector be called into eternity. The accident was awful but the end came peacefully and soon. He was conscious of his sad fate. He asked if he could hope to recover but could only be encouraged to trust in God. He said to his mother “I’m doing that.” Among the last statements he made when death was rapidly approaching was to a friend near by that he thought of Jesus’ power to save him while being tossed to death by the whirling machinery. Also said “If I am dead on your return you will know where to find me.” The funeral was held at his father’s residence near Robinson, Friday August 20th at 11 a.m. by Rev. W. W. Green. The lesson read was found in Psalms and 14th Chapter of St. John. He took for a text, “O Absolom, my son Absolom”. His favorite songs were sung: Going down the Valley, Asleep in Jesus, Will There be any Stars in my Crown, and The Pearly White City. A host of friends followed him to Battle Grove cemetery where he awaits the resurrection. The pall bearers were Charlie Broughton, Wood Arnold, Clarence Mullen, Claud Mullen, Joe Kincaid, John Mullen, Frank Kincaid, Arthur Rainey. Rector died peacefully. The loss to father, mother, sister, brothers and friends is his gain in eternal joy by being faithful and true to God. They will doubtless meet him in heaven where parting will be no more. Sleep on Dear Rector And take thy rest; God called you from us -- He thought it best. But your dear face Will haunt us ever And your place in our home Can never be filled, no never! A Friend.

Death: Hubbard Hill

Hubbert N. Hill

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday, 29 Jun 1929, page 8.
Hubbert N. Hill, 63 years old, a farmer of the Poindexter neighborhood, died at his home after an illness of two years. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mary Jouett; a daughter and two sons, Mrs. Esau Northcutt, Ottie and John Hill. The funeral service will be held at the Curry M.E. church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Hoffman and the Rev. I.S. Pineur. Burial will be at Battle Grove cemetery. The pallbearers will be Fred Seward, Joseph Kearns, Chester Brown, Joseph Brown, Bud Cutler and Lee Jouett. The honorary pallbearers will be Ben Taylor, Sam Toadvine, Lawrence King, Albert Kearns, Walker Ecklar and Willie Ecklar.


The Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, Sunday, 7 Jul 1929, page 2.
The will of Hub Hill was probated in county court. After debts are paid, he leaves the remainder of the property to his wife, Mary Hill during her life. Ottis Hill and Esau Northcutt were named as executors.

Death: John Amos Hill

Man's Death Held Suicide

Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio, Saturday, 30 Aug 1952, page 8.
Coroner A.P. McDonald returned a verdict of suicide in the violent death of a 50-year-old man.... A suicide verdict was given in the death of John Amos Hill, 50, whose body was found about 2:30 p.m. Friday in the bedroom at his home, 34 S. Cherrywood av. Earl Frederick, coroner's investigator said Hill had fastened his leather belt around his neck, tied the other end to a bed post and apparently "sat down and relaxed with the weight of his body against the belt." Hill's body was discovered by his estranged wife. Mrs. Hill was awarded the residence property in a divorce action filed about six weeks ago. She went to the home Friday afternoon to learn when Hill would vacate and found his body. He had been dead about 24 hours, the coroner said. He was a native of Harrison county, Ky. He had been a Dayton resident 25 years and was a machinist employe at Wright Patterson Air Force base the past 10 years. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of the World. Services and burial for Hill will be held in Cynthiana, Ky. Friends may call at the Morris Sons funeral home, 1817 E. Third st., from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Besides his estranged wife, Mollie E., he is survived by three daughters, Loretta Jean Hill and Mrs. Richard Fox of Dayton, and Mrs. Charles Younce of Bellbrook, his mother, Mrs. Mary Roberts, a sister, Mrs. Birdie Northcutt and a brother, Otis Hill, all of Cynthiana, Ky., and two grandchildren.

Death: Birdie (Hill) Northcutt

Mrs. Birdie Lee Northcutt

The Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, Friday, 6 Sep 1968, page 19.
Cynthiana -- Services for Mrs. Birdie Lee Northcutt, 75, widow of Esaw Northcutt, who died Wednesday, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Smith-Rees Chapel by the Rev. Mason Harrod. Burial will be in Pythian Grove Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.


  1. Lee Juett was John Hill's cousin, the son of his mother's brother William Leonidas Juett. See Joseph L Juett (1846-1935) and Rachel Mae Turner (1851-1920).

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