John P. Hill, farmer and mechanic, was born in Randolph County in 1830, the sixth of eight children of Samuel and Elizabeth Kanady, who moved to Illinois in 1818, and located first in Randolph then in Washington County, where they died in 1843 and about 1855 respectively. Both were members of the Associate Reformed Church for many years. The father was a volunteer in the War of 1812, and several years a constable in Illinois. Our subject was educated in the common schools and remained at home until of age. In January, 1853, he married Martha A., daughter of John and Nancy Baze, of Perry County, where she was born. Their children are Ellen, Martha J. (wife of George Rone), John P. (of Missouri), Robert, and Samuel H. She died July 10, 1882, a devout member of the Christian Church. He first located in Perry Jounty, then went to Jefferson County in 1858, and in 1865 removed to Franklin County, where he has since made his home. He has acquired a good farm of seventy acres, six miles north of Thompsonville, having begun life with nothing. He served about nine months in Company D, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, enlisting October 1, 1864, continuing to the close. He is a Democrat and first voted for Pierce. Through exposure he has lost his general health and has since been a cripple, and now receives a pension.