James O. Hill, M.D., has been engaged in the successful practice of his profession at Logan, county seat of Logan County, since 1912, and has specialized in obstetrics and the diseases of children. He was born on his father’s farm in Putnam County, this state, May 20, 1881, and is a son of George F. and Nancy S. (Bailey) Hill, the former of whom was born in what is now West Virginia and the latter in Virginia. She was nine years of age when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey, came to West Virginia, about 1867, and established their home in Putnam County, where they passed the remainder of their lives. Tradition in the Hill family is to the effect that three brothers of the name came to this country from their native Ireland and first made their way to Pennsylvania, whence they continued their journey by boat down the Ohio River to what is now Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Two of the brothers continued their way and supposedly settled in the eastern part of Virginia, the one who remained in what is now west Virginia having been the ancestor of the subject of this review. The father of Doctor Hill served many years as a member of the School board of his district, was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife became specially earnest and active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Doctor Hill acquired his earlier education in the public schools of Putnam and Jackson counties, later continued his studies in Marras & Harvey College, at Barboursville, and in 1912 graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in the meanwhile having there gained valuable experience by serving one years as a hospital interne. In the year in which he thus received his degree of Doctor of Medicine he established his home at Logan, and here has developed a large and representative practice of general order, with special attention given to obstetrics and diseases of children, in which department of practice he has gained high reputation. In 1915 and 1917 the Doctor did effective advance work in the Post-Graduate Medical College in the City of New York. In the World was period he served as a member of the Medical Examining Board that had charge of examination of recruited soldiers in Logan County, and was active and influential in furthering the success of the local dries in support of the Government was loans, Red Cross work, etc. He is actively identified with the Logan County Medical Society and the West Virginia State Medical Society, has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite of the Masonic fraternity, besides being a noble of the Mystic Shrine, and he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
The year 1914 recorded at Loan the marriage of Doctor Hill and Miss Lena Ferrell, daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth (Mullins) Ferrell, both natives of West Virginia and both still residents of Logan County. Doctor and Mrs. Hill have two daughters: Elizabeth Ann and Nancy Susan.
The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume 111
Submitted by Tina Hursh Sept. 23, 2000