ISAAC ALEXANDER HILL

BIOGRAPHY: From Tennessee the Volunteer State 1769–1923: Volume 2 pp 796-799.

 

Captain Isaac Alexander Hill, a lifelong resident and one of the most prominent citizens of Roane county, passed away at Harriman, Tennessee, on the 22d of January, 1916, at the age of seventy-one years, five months and twenty-four days. His birth occurred near Postoak Springs, Roane county, June 28, 1844, his parents being Barney and Nancy (Millican) Hill.

Though still a lad at the time of his father's demise, Isaac A. Hill assisted in rearing and educating his three brothers and one sister and provided a home for his mother until the latter's death, which occurred in Roane county, on the 15th of July, 1875. His educational advantages in youth were limited to attendance at the common schools of his native county.

When the Civil war broke out in 1861, when political excitement ran high, when the wisest and best of men differed, when father was arrayed against son, brother against brother, families broken up, business paralyzed and discord and confusion reigned supreme–in these troublesome times Captain Hill, a seventeen-year-old boy, together with one hundred and two other boys from Roane and adjoining counties, through whose veins coursed the patriotic blood inherited from their grandfathers and great-grandfathers who fought under Sevier and Shelby at King's Mountain and Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, espoused the cause of the Union, crossed the mountain to military headquarters at Camp Dick Robinson. Kentucky, where they were mustered into the service as Company E, First Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and for more than three years slept in the leaves together, ate from the same mess pan, warmed by the same camp fire and drank from the same canteen. Under Colonel R. K.Byrd, Captain Hill participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Shiloh, Stone River, Murfreesboro and other famous engagements, including Sherman's celebrated march to the sea.

As a business man Captain Hill was engaged in many large enterprises.

He was one of the pioneer iron ore operators of Tennessee. In connection with Captain J. P. Kendrick he owned and operated a fleet of boats and ore barges on the Tennessee river. His fellow townsmen, recognizing his ability and faithfulness, called him to positions of public honor and trust. He filled the office of county trustee for a period of twelve years and for eight years acted as postmaster at Harriman, being first appointed by President McKinley and reappointed by President Roosevelt. It was largely through his instrumentality and during his administration that city delivery and rural routes were established. Captain Hill was also instrumental in the upbuilding of Harriman in many ways, being a pioneer citizen and serving as a member of the city council for many years.

On the 10th of November, 1870, in Roane county, Tennessee, Captain Hill was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Amanda Kendrick, eldest of the four daughters of John and Martha Susan (Owens) Kendrick. Her paternal grandfather, Samuel Kendrick in whose honor Kendrick Chapter, D. A. R., of Roane county is named, served as a soldier of the Revolutionary war. Her maternal grandparents were Samuel Sumpter and Sarah (Randolph) Owens, the latter a descendant of Captain Henry Randolph of Henrico county, Virginia, who was the founder of that family in America. Captain and Mrs. Hill became the parents of seven children: May, the wife of Dr. William Walter Hill of Harriman; Pearle, the wife of Robert Bryan Cassell of Harriman; Charles Lester of Harriman; Nancy Ellen, who is the wife of Allen Russell Davis of Harriman; Robert Kendrick of Harriman; Cap Kendrick of Harriman; and John Paul of Harriman.

Fraternally Captain Hill was identified with the Masons for more than a half century, belonging to South Gate Lodge, No. 569, F. & A. M., of which he was one of the trustees for a number of years prior to his death. For many years he had been a deacon in the Christian church at Harriman, in which he held membership.

The following tribute to the memory of Captain Hill, signed "A Comrade," was printed in The Harriman Record under date of January 28, 1916: "He made a good soldier, a good citizen, a kind and affectionate husband and father, filled several offices of honor and trust with credit to himself and honor to his country. His moral and social and religious record is good. No one knew him but to love him. But Captain Hill is gone, his sufferings are over, many of earth's sorrows escaped and heaven made sure. He has answered his last roll call and gone to bivouac with the silent majority. Peace to his ashes." In the same sheet appeared the following: "The funeral was more largely attended than any heretofore held in Harriman, as all business was suspended during the service. No whistles were blown during the time the services were being conducted. The closing of the business houses and the ceasing of the whistles testify in a small way the high esteem in which Captain Hill was held by his fellow citizens. Shelly Post, G. A. R., of Harriman, attended the funeral in a body and acted as guard. The nation has lost one of its stanch supporters, the state a good citizen, the church and lodge one of their best members, the poor their best friend, the family a noble husband and father, and they have the sympathy of the entire community."

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