Page: p. 89
Page: # 7853
Title: White County Marriage Records
Page: p. 49
Publication: Name: Van Buren Co. Historical Society, 1985;
Author: Margret Rhinehart
CallNumber: FHL #1306059
Givenname: Dallas Public Library
Name: Dallas Public Library
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Note: Mary Helen Haines notes and research:
When Amanda Hill moved to Texas she sold her 360 acres of land that had been the Sevier Evans land purchased by W.R. Hill. The agreement is recorded in Vol. 41 p. 367. Amanda would be paid $4000 by Charles T. Huston in increments from 1902 to 1904. This agreement was signed Aug. 19, 1902.
Obituary: Joe, Sister lose Mother in Wolfe City Mrs. William R Hill, 91, mother of Judge Joe Hill and Mrs. K.W. Hopkins Dallas, died Sunday at her home in Wolfe City, Hunt County.
She was born October 27, 1856, in Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee. In 1901 she moved to Wolfe City. She was a member of the Christian Church and helped establish the first Christian Church of Wolfe City.
Also surviving are six other daughters, Mrs. Frank Whitley and Mrs. J. P. Copeland, Wolfe City; Mrs. W. R. Reynolds of Longmont, Colorado; Mrs. W. C. Frost of Houston; Mrs. R. L. Hazelwood of Fort Worth, and Mrs. R. J. Spradling of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Mrs. J. S. Hickey of San Francisco; Mrs. W. W. Edwards of Hillsboro, and Mrs. F. E. McKay of Houston; 37 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 5 PM Monday at the R. W. Owen funeral Chapel in Wolfe City. The Rev. James L. Sandlin will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Joe M. Hill Jr., Charlie Whitley, Jeff Copeland, Meredith Hopkins, King Hopkins, Tom Hopkins, Richard Hazelwood, John Spradling, Wilmer C Frost Jr., Everett Whitley, Glen Hopkins and Dr. Will R Reynolds.
Woman's Corner, Fort Worth Press, Wednesday, July 28, 1948 By Edith Alderman Deen Mrs. Amanda Meredith Hill, though 92, was still active about her personal affairs. She gone out to look at siding she had had put on the small hotel in Wolfe city which she had owned for almost half a century. As she came back into the house, she tripped over a gas hose and slipped and broke her hip. That was April 10. Sunday afternoon she died in Wolfe City of that injury.
She was one of those women, though, who won't die in the hearts of those who knew her. And many were her friends here, because for years, until last summer, she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. R.W. Hazelwood, 1322 Lipscomb. Last summer, she had gone back to the little hotel where still lived one of her children.
There she had reared her large family. She is survived by seven children, 32 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. In addition to her eight children, she had mothered three stepchildren. It is interesting to look back at some of the lines she penned when she was 85 and which afterwards were published by her son, Judge Joe M. Hill of Dallas, for the family and friends.
"I used to wish that I had an opportunity to do something big - such as write a poem," she wrote. "I wanted to express the beauty of flowers, words and the birds singing back in Tennessee, but looking back over it, I'm convinced the best contribution to leave behind is a fine Christian man or woman. I feel that my children are trying to do a good job of living and I like to think that they got some of their inspiration in character for me."
It was after her husband died - he had had a heart stroke after putting in a field of wheat with a walking drill - that she went to Wolfe City, where she took boarders and roomers. She managed so well that she was able to buy out the only hotel in town. A daughter was office manager. A son met the trains. Mrs. Hill supervised the place and did much of the cooking.
Before daylight, she was in the kitchen and often, at midnight, the whir of her sewing machine could be heard in upstairs rooms. These were busy but happy years and she had no time for what she called that worst disease of all, self-pity.
She had never been one to do much looking back. At 85 she expressed her thoughts about this when she wrote, "while it is pleasant to look back through the years at your friends and loved ones, I have always been so busy looking forward to the necessities of the present and the possibilities of the future that I have had only time enough to make a few reflections on the past."
Her more than 90 years had spanned many colorful epochs. She had been born in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, just before the War Between the States. She had come at the age of three, with her parents in a covered wagon to Texas. Her first childhood home of Waxahachie had one room with a lean to kitchen. They hadn't been there long before her mother discovered a nest of snakes at the corner of the house. One day she came upon a big one making its way inside the home.
Mrs. Hill recalled in her memoirs how frightened she was as a child about that snake, that her mother wasn't afraid. She was one of those women who wasn't afraid of man or beast, and she had a way of making others feel safe, in the presence of danger.
Mrs. Hill, like her mother, had a way of imparting to others faith and assurance and belief in hard work. During the last war - and it was her fourth - she often said to her children and grandchildren: "Nothing is ever lost. Civilization, like human life, must be born in pain and developed on hardships."
No one realized better than she the great changes that had come into the world during her long lifetime, but she was philosophical about these when she wrote, "Some for the better and some for the worst, but all interesting and inevitable."
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