The Peter Dill Family
by Judge Noble K. Little
[See first part of article under Peter Dill's notes]
Richard Monroe Dill, the son of Peter and Emily Patton Dill, was born on August 17, 1833 and died on September 28, 1915. He was married to Matilde Lang, the daughter of William Lang, on November 3, 1853. Nine children were born to them. All the following nine children were born near Morgantown, Indiana.
Theodore T., Dec. 15, 1854
William Peter, nov. 19, 1856
Lucy Ann, Aug 24, 1859
Mary Benton, Jan 10, 1862
Samuel, Mar 9, 1864
James B., Mar 3, 1868
Nellie T., July 13, 1879
John R., may 8, 1872
Emily, Aug 20, 1877
In 1853, Peter Dill, William Lang and Harvey Coleman began cutting timber for the first mill built in Morgantown, Indiana. It was at this time that R.M. Dill became acquainted with Mr. Lang's daughter, Matilda.
When the mill was finished and in operation, Mr. Coleman sold his interests to Wm. Lang, who had acquired Peter Dill's interests and then sold the mill to Stevens and Robinson, later buying it back and taking in his son-in-law, R.M. Dill, as a ffull partner. This partnership continued till 1867 when R.M. Dill became the sole owner and the business was conducted as R.M. Dill and Sons. Mr. Waltman bought the mill in 1889 and converted the mill from an old burr type to a roller mill. Again in 1896 Mr. Dill purchased the mill.
In the late sixties R.M. Dill and Son became engaged in the grocery and general merchandise business in Morgantown. William Peter remained a miller, later going to Bloomington where he built a mill of his own.
Theodore T. Dill was born Dec. 15, 1854, the oldest son of R.M. and Matilda Lang Dill. he was married to Harriett Elizabeth Foster, who was born on Jan 11, 1858. It is presumed that Theodore was the son who was in the merchandising business witiith his father in Morgantown. Sometime in the eighties, Theodore is said to have run a bakery and confectionary business at Crown Point. He moved to Roodhouse, Illinois about 1885 wehre he operated "The Star Grocery." Theodore Dill was a merchant in every sense and a man of wide interests and visions. He at one time owned a coal mine, brick yard, bough hay and grains of all kinds, sold all types of field seeds, bought and "barreled" orchards, served as mayor of Roodhouse, Illinois, owned the Dill Mercantile Co. and at one time engaged in the provision business to hotels and restaurants in California.
He died on may 6, 1932 and Mrs. Dilld ied on Jan 15, 1928. They had three children: Cloyd Cecil born Nov. 16, 1877 at Morgantown; Edna Ora, born oct 9, 1880 at Morgantown; and Roe Foster, born oct. 8, 1884 at Crown Point, Indiana.