George Hillberry, (deceased) one of the pioneers of the town of Sylvan, was born in Huntingdon Co., Penn., in December, 1807. Here he grew to manhood, being reared upon a farm. He was married in 1829 to Catharine Roberts, who was also a native of Huntingdon county, born in September, 1807. They remained in Pennsylvania about five years and then moved to Ohio and settled in Monroe county, where he purchased land and improved a farm, which was their home until 1856, when they came to Richland county and located in town 11, range 2 west, now the town of Sylvan. He bought land on section 21, built a log house and improved a farm. In 1864 he sold his farm and went to Colorado. He remained there but a short time, and returned to Richland county and purchased the northwest quarter of section 30, town of Eagle. He improved a farm, built a neat frame house, and made it his home until his decease, in May, 1878. He left a wife and seven children to mourn his loss. The children are--David W., Mariam E., George H., Laban, Elizabeth, Alfred and Melissa. Mrs. Hillberry, with her son David and daughter Mariam, occupies the homestead. David was born in Huntingdon Co., Penn., and has always resided with his parents. Alfred Hillberry was born in Monroe Co., Ohio, June 4, 1844, and was twelve years old when his parents came to Richland county. In 1873 he settled upon land that he had previously bought on section 29, and lived there until 1880. He then bought the John Crandall farm, located on sections 31 and 32, on which were comfortable buildings, including a frame house. He still owns his farm on section 29, and has since purchased other land. He is engaged in raising stock and grain. He was married in 1875 to Ella, daughter of Stephen J. and Emma (Ferris) Randall. They have four children--Melissa, Elizabeth, Myrtle May and John Wesley.
[Text from "History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin," 1884, p. 1037]
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