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Hays county, and lived with her daughter,
Mrs. Wise, until her death, July 21, 1891,
aged ninety-one years. Mr. and Mrs. Hill
had four children: LaFayette D.; Sarah E.,
widow of Thomas Harrison, of Buda, Texas;
Francis, who served as a private in Terry's
rangers, and died of disease at Nashville,
Tennessee, where he is buried; and Mary
J., wife of John Wise, bf Bastrop.
LaFayette D. Hill was born in Sevier
county, Tennessee, January 10, 1829, and
was raised by an uncle, Dr. Thomas B. Rector.
The latter was a member of the mledical
firm of Sayers & Rector, the former the
father of Joe Sayers, present Congressman
from this district, and in 1850 Mr. Hill began
the study of medicine with that firin at
Bastrop. He took a course of lectures at the
University of Louisiana, at New Orleans, and
graduated at that institution in 1853, in the
same class as Professor Sanford Chalie, now
Professor of Physiology at that college.
While Mr. Hill was a boy in Alabama two
of his uncles failed in business, owing $20,000,
They had a number of slaves, which
were subject to sale by the sheriff. The gold
fields in Tallapoosa county, Alabama, were
then exciting attention, and at the brothers'
request they were allowed to take the slaves
to the mines, where they all worked, our subject
included, four years. At the end of tfirat
time they came to Texas, in 1847, arriving
at Bastrop December 31, having made sufficient
money to pay their debts, and also had
a competency remaining. Dr. Hill is now
one of the leading physicians of Travis
county.
He was married June 20, 1855, in Webberville,
Texas, to Sarah A. Duty, who was born
and raised in this county, a daughter of
Joseph and-Louisa Duty. The parents came
to Texas with Austin's first colony, in 1822.
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Dr. and Mrs. Hill had three children: Mary
E., wife of E. E. Winfrey, of this county;
Joe T., who married Leora Itunter, and resides
at Hunter's Bend, Travis county; and
Frank, who graduated at Tulane in 1887,
married Bertie White, and is now a physician
of Prairie Lea, Texas. The wife and mother
died March 22, 1886. March 20, 1889, at
Webberville, Dr. Hill marrieti Kate S., a
daughter of Robert B. Taylor, of Stafford
Court House, Virginia.
Politically, our subject is identified with
the Democratic party, and socially, is a
Knight Templar Mason, and High Priest of
Webberville Chapter, No. 127. He was Master
of Colorado Lodge, No. 96, for twenty
years continuously. He is also a member of
the Austin District Medical Society, and a
Steward in the Methodist Church.
TOHN DILLINGHAM, a successful
At farmer of Travis county, Texas, is a son
^ of William Dillingham, who was born
in Kentucky, in 1802. The latter was one of
the early pioneers of Tennessee, and his death
occurred in Lincoln county, that State, in
1881. He was a farmer by occupation, a
Democrat in his political views, and was a
eory moral man. His parents, Peter and
Rebecca (McCafry) Dillingham, were also
natives of Kentucky, but subsequently located
in Tennessee. Peter Dillinghamn was a
son of Michael Dillinghaml, a native of En.
gland, who located in Kentucky when it was
yet a Territory. The mother of our subject,
nee Hannah Newton, was born in Georgia,
in 1807, a daughter of Nicholas and Margarette
(Cox) Newton, natives also of that
State. Her death occurred in 1850. Mr.

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