HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, MICHIGAN, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS, Published by L.H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1877,
Since the coming of Elisha Hill and family, from new York to Colon in 1849, they have played a prominent part in the community. Of the four sons of Elisha, Thomas J. was the only survivor. Edwin R. Hill died in 1909, in Liberty, Indiana, Union County. Elisha first established a mercantile firm. He and his wife were members of the Baptist Church. Politically, he subscribed to the Jacksonian Democracy.
He and his sons, Edwin R. and Thomas J. instituted the E. Hill and Sons State Bank in 1870. Edwin was cashier, Thomas J. , assistant cashier.
Pamelia (Pope) Hill was born in Cherry Valley, New York. She played a prominent part in the social functions of Colon. She married Elisha Hill in 1836, and rearing his three sons as well as her own, Thomas J.
In 1897 a beautiful opera house was erected by this firm, and Mrs. Hill attended even in her 88th year. She died in 1901 at the age of 91.