Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Henry Albert Hill 1857 - 1904

Henry was born 26 June 1857 in Ogden, UT to William Hill and Sarah Ann Sturgess.

Henry married Verena (aka Franey aka Frany) Bachman and together had 10 children in Ogden, UT.  Henry worked for the railroad in Ogden, UT.  

I met Henry's niece in the 1970's, and she was reluctant to tell me Henry was a drinker at first.  I think he must have been a functional alcoholic.  When he died, the newspaper printed that he was 'the most popular trainman in Ogden'.  He must have avoided having his photo taken--they had a hard time finding one for his funeral.  They ended up blowing up the photo of him standing by the train.   Horace's grandson, Ken, had the funeral photo, and I was happy to find out that I had been correct in picking him out of the train photo. 

Where did Henry and Frany live?  I have a couple of references to West 21st as where the family home was.  The various references convince me that the home was where West 20th and West 21st streets intersected.  In the 1910 census their street reads "unnamed." S

Henry died 12 April 1904 at at 47 from cancer of the liver and probably cancer of the stomach.  

Henry Albert Hill, 3rd from left

Full size photograph, Southern Pacific Yards, Ogden Utah

The following Hills worked on the railroad:

1.  Henry A. Hill Sr.  Yardmaster.  Southern Pacific Railroad.  Ogden, UT
2.  Henry A. Hill Jr.  Not sure if he had a specific job at the Ogden Union
     Railway & Depot Co. (OUR&D).  He worked there a short time until his
     accident.  I don't think his descendants know about his time at the railroad.
3.  Fred M. Hill.  Car inspector.  Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.  
4.  Harold E. Hill.  Switchman/Brakeman.  OUR&D.

5.  In addition  Frany's step brother John Rudolph Bachman worked for the RR.  

1860 census:

1880 census:

1890 Ogden Standard: 

1899 Ogden Directory: 

 1899 June 26 Ogd Stand Henry Hill

1899 June 9 Ogd Stand Henry Hill fishing

1900 Nov 6 Ogd Stand Henry Hill investment


1902 June 4 Ogd Stand Henry Hill SP Yardmaster 

1902 April 11 Ogd Stand Henry Hill, yardmaster SP

1903 July 9 Ogd Stand Henry Hill seized

1904 Ogden Directory:


 1911 Ogden Directory:  with reference to Henry's death:


From Find-A-Grave:

Birth: Jun. 26, 1857
Weber County
Utah, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1904
Weber County
Utah, USA

Family links:
  Franey Bachman Hill (1857 - 1925)

  Horace Hill (1879 - 1966)*
  Henry Albert Hill (1880 - 1943)*
  Elizabeth Hill Peterson (1884 - 1921)*
  Edna Mae Hill Peterson (1890 - 1916)*
  Hazel Hazel Boyle (1894 - 1968)*
  Harold E Hill (1902 - 1949)*

*Calculated relationship
Ogden City Cemetery
Weber County
Utah, USA
Plot: F-8-16-1E

Headstone location help:


Franey and her husband are buried just east of 12th street (Ogden Cemetery 12th St), between 20th St and Center St.

Turn north off Ogden City 20th St. into the Ogden City Cemetery on 12th St.   Approximately halfway between 20th St and Center St you will see several “Hill” headstones along the east side of 12th St.   Franey is among them.   If you see the scene depicted in the first attached picture, you have driven a few feet too far.   I included it because the large “Oberg” headstone is easy to spot.   Note the bush to the right of this headstone.   This same bush is on the left side in the next picture.

Note Franey in the middle of the second attached picture and her husband Henry to her right.   All of the headstones showing in this photo are “Hills”.   The road in the background is Ogden City Madison Avenue, which is named Gold Star Drive in the Cemetery.   It’s the main road into the Cemetery.


Henry's mother: 

Sarah Ann Sturgess: 1832 - 1903: 

Above: LtoR William S Hill 1855 - 1903, Sarah A. Hill (Burton) 1865 , Sarah Ann Sturgess (Hill) 1832 - 1903, John A. Hill 1860 - 1948, half sister, Eliza Jane Woolman Jensen 1867 - , R. Hill Reeve 1863 - 1939, Henry A Hill 1857 - 1904.