HILL, Samuel
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Hill, Samuel, son of Arundel and Charlotte Hill, was born in 1765 in England. His ancestors belonged to one of the representative families of that country. He received a good English and classical education, and learned the trade of clock and watchmaker in London. He came to Pennsylvania about 1785 and shortly afterwards established himself in business at Harrisburg, Pa. He was a skilled and ingenious workman. He was quite prominent in the early affairs of the new town, and was among the first to jump into the water to tear down the obnoxious mill-dam in the Paxtang creek, in 1795. He was a volunteer in Captain Reitzellís company on the expedition westward in 1794; and twice visited England on matters connected with his fatherís estate, then considered quite an undertaking; and what particularly distinguished his last visit was his reception by his fellow-citizens of Harrisburg on his return, which was an ovation showing what a strong hold he had upon his friends in America. He died very suddenly, while sitting in his chair on Monday evening, November 6, 1809, aged 44 years, and the Oracle of Dauphin speaks of his loss to the community as "irreparable." Mr. Hill married at Harrisburg, February 3, 1790, Nancy Beatty, daughter of James Beatty and his wife Alice Ann Irwin. She was born May 2, 1771, at Bally Red-Ednagound, county Down, Ireland, and died May 7, 1839, at Steubenville, O.