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Dill Family Early Settlers in Ross County

Dill Family Early Settlers in Ross County


Brothers Robert and Thomas Dill, natives of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, migrated to Kentucky before finally settling in the Scioto Valley. Here they purchased 1,000 acres of land in 1803. Robert built one of the first cabins in the area, and corn, wheat and oats were grown on the farm. Thomas was one of the first township officers in Paxton Township, and Robert was a Justice of the Peace.

Robert’s son William acquired 762 acres of the farm in 1839. He built a home in the 1850s, using bricks made from clay in the area. William and his brother Robert Jr. held stock in the Springfield & Jackson Railroad, and provided the company with a right-of-way through the farm. A ceremony was held at Dills Station to mark the completion of the rail project, and the brothers helped drive the last spike.

Maggie Dill, great aunt of the current owner, was the last family member to live in the home before it was sold outside the family. Corn, soybeans, and timber are produced on the 263-acre farm, which is today owned by Robert Dill’s great-great grandson, Garrett Dill Jr. and his wife Sidney.

Dill Farm House, early 1900's ?

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