History of Marshall County, Indiana 1836 to 1880 by Daniel McDonald - (printed in Chicago by Kingman Brithers, Lakeside Building
1881) page 110
The subject of this biography was born at Covington, Ky., February 6, 1830. His grandparents were members of the colony who went from Virginia to form a settlement at Lexington, Ky., in 1783, and were long identified with the history of that locality. His grandfather HILL was a patriot, and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, sacrificing a limb at the battle of Yorktown. His father, Jordon HILL, was born at Lexington, Ky., and was reared on a farm. He married Miss Denisa HAWKINS, and moved to Covington, Ky., where he was engaged in the manufacture of rope, and in running the first ferry-boat between Covington and Cincinnati.
At the age of seven years, William W. was robbed by death of a fatherís care and protection, and almost from infancy, was compelled to depend upon his own resources.
After the death of his father, his mother removed with her family to Bartholomew County, Ind., and in 1841 to Peru, Ind. In 1843, the family removed to Marshall County, Ind., and settled near Maxenkuckee Lake. Here our subject attended school during one winter, and then returned to Peru, Ind., where he was engaged at farm labor for several years. He then entered upon an apprenticeship with a baker of Peru, and, after acquiring a knowledge of the trade, came to Plymouth and found employment in the bakery of N.R. PACKARD, for whom he worked about one year. At the end of that time, he invested the accumulated result of his hard earnings in a small stock, and embarked in business for himself. He established a bakery in a little house south of the river, and subsequently erected a two story building on Michigan street, in the principal business portion of Plymouth. This was destroyed by fire in 1857, and in 1858 he erected the building in which he is now located, on the west side of Michigan street. His career is illustrative of what may be accomplished by a young man with the right spirit, and his example is worthy of emulation. While working as a farm laborer for $10 per month, he made it a rule to save a portion of his earnings, and, by adhering to the rule, he had a capital of $266 when he finished the term of his apprenticeship at his trade. With this amount, he founded his present prosperous business. In the intervening years, by good management, industry and close attention to business, he has amassed an ample fortune, while, by his personal characteristics and well-known integrity, he has won the esteem and good will of all who know him.
On the 1st day of January, 1857, Mr. HILL was united in marriage with Miss Joanna ANGERMAN . Of this union were born two children, named respectively, Frederick W. and Anna.