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Hills - Darwin F.

Source: H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana  (Chicago: Beers) p 264

HILLS, Darwin F., wool manufacturer, Crawfordsville, was b. in  Hartford, Conn. Dec 6, 1806. His father, James H. Hills, was a  successful physician. He wanted to go to the War of 1812, but his  fellow citizens petitioned him to remain at home, because his  medical services were needed but Gen. Hull, the patriot and  coward, surrendered, the Dr. could stay at home no longer so he  went to the army. The subject of this sketch had the meager  advantages afforded by the common schools of his day. At 16 he  began an apprenticeship of four years in a woolen manufactory.  After this he went in partnership with a man in Green Co, Ohio.  In 1834 he went to Union Co, In in 1842 to Richmond, IN in 1844  back to Greene Co, Ohio and in the spring of 1852 Crawfordsville,  where he has ever since been engaged in the woolen business. He  began life without anything, and has been quite successful. He  was first a whig, is now a republican and has been an elder in  the Presbyterian Church 35 years. Mr. H. was marr. Nov 1828, to  Sarah ANDERSON, who was b. Jan 1, 1804 and is a member of the  Presby. Church. They have 8 children living: Edwin H Darwin F  Henry H Richard M Oscar A David A Francis E. and Beulah I. The  latter is a grad. of Glendale Seminary and has taught school 2  years. Oscar grad. in the classical course of Wabash College and  from Alleghany Seminary, Pa where he is now preaching in the Old  South Church. David and Francis enlisted in 1861 in Co. I, 11th  Ind Vols of which David was made Capt. They served to the close  of the war, and were in many battles and did good service for the  Union. --typed by kbz
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