George Morgan Hills
HILLS, George Morgan, clergyman and author, was born in Auburn, N.Y., Oct. 10, 1825; son of Horace and Almira (Wilcox) Hills; grandson of Elisha and Elizabeth (Pitkin) Hills, great grandson of David, great2 grandson of Capt. David, great3 grandson of Lieut. Jonathan and great4 grandson of William Hills, who came to America from Essex, England, in 1632 and was one of the founders of Hartford, Conn., in 1636.
He was graduated from Trinity college, Hartford, A.B., 1847, A.M., 1850; was ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1850 and priest in 1851; was rector of Grace church, Lyons, N.Y., 1850-53; of Trinity church, Watertown, 1853-57; of St. Paul's church, Syracuse, 1857-70, and of St. Mary's church, Burlington, N.J., 1870-90. He was married in 1852 to Sarah, daughter of John and Adriana Maria (Cook) Dows. He inaugurated a mission among the Onondaga Indians near Syracuse in 1867, and founded and built the summer church of St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, Point Pleasant, N.J., in 1880. He was trustee of the General Theological seminary, New York city, 1862-84; deputy to the general convention from western New York, 1865; president of the standing committee of central New York, 1868-70; examining chaplain of New Jersey, 1870-90; lecturer on homiletics and pastoral theology in Burlington college, N.J., 1870-75; dean of Burlington, 1874-88; archdeacon of Burlington, 1888-90; dean of Trinity college, Hartford, 1876-82; trustee of Burlington college, N J., 1876-90; deputy to the general convention from New Jersey, 1887-89; chairman of the committee on the state of the church, 1883-89; member of the commission of fifteen on Christian unity, 1886-90; and New Jersey member of the American Church Building Fund commission, 1887-90. He was elected an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Historical society in 1876 and corresponding member of the New England Historic, Genealogical society in 1886, of the Connecticut Historical society in 1887 and of the Cayuga County Historical society in 1889. Trinity college conferred upon him the honorary degree of S.T.D. in 1871.
He is the author of: The Wise Master Builder (1865); A Step between
us and Death (1866); A Mother in Israel (1867); The Record of the Past
an Incentive for the Future (1868); A Mission-Service for the Six Nations
of Indians (1868); An Historical Sketch of St. Paul's Church, Syracuse
(1870); History of the Church in Burlington (1876; 2d ed., 1885); The Trammeler
of the Church in America from Colonial Dependence to the Freedom of the
Republic (1876); John Talbot, the First Bishop in North America (1880);
A Form for the Admission of Choristers (1880); A Form for the Consecration
of a Churchyard (1882); The Missions of the Church of England in New Jersey
(1882); Office for the Opening of a Lych-Gate (1883); Memorial of the Rev.
Nathaniel Pettit (1885); The Gates of Zion (1885); Memorial of George F.
Hammell (1887). He died at Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 15, 1890.
The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V
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