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Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Daniel T. Hillman, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Daniel T. Hillman, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Daniel Taber Hillman was born on 24 August 1872 in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts to Charles B. Hillman and Clarinda T. Gifford.1

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During his childhood, Daniel lived at 118 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford with his parents and siblings, Nancy, Alexander, Lucy, and Charles.2 Daniel attended Fifth Street Grammar School, then New Bedford High School, graduating in 1890.3

Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1889, (New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, 1890), p. 44-46, New Bedford High School Graduation Exercises, 27 June 1889.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1889, (New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, 1890), p. 44-46, New Bedford High School Graduation Exercises, 27 June 1889.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Daniel lived with his parents and worked as a paymaster until he married just after the turn of the century.4. Daniel and Cornelia A. Bennett wed on 9 October 1901 in New Bedford.5

“Daniel T. Hillman–Miss Cornelia A. Bennett,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Oct 1901, p. 4, col. 4.
“Daniel T. Hillman–Miss Cornelia A. Bennett,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Oct 1901, p. 4, col. 4.

The couple made their home at 141 Summer in New Bedford with Cornelia’s mother, Esther Bennett, and soon welcomed a son to the family, Nelson Bennett, born on 27 August 1903 in New Bedford.6

Daniel’s father, Charles Benjamin Hillman died in 1906 in New Bedford at the age of 72.7 Charles Hillman is buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.8

“Death of C. B. Hillman,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 23 Mar 1906, p. 4, col. 2.
“Death of C. B. Hillman,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 23 Mar 1906, p. 4, col. 2.

Daniel’s mother, Clarinda Taber Hillman, died in 1919 at the age of 83. She is also buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.9

In 1920, Daniel, Cornelia, and Nelson were living in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts where Daniel was working as a bookkeeper at cotton mill.10 Nelson married Elsie Mildred Worthington in 1926 in New Bedford.11 Daniel and Cornelia remained living in Fairhaven until about 1936.12

In 1935, Daniel and Cornelia attended Daniel’s 45th high school reunion in New Bedford.13

“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Mrs. Daniel T. Hillman, 2nd row, 3rd from the right.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Mrs. Daniel T. Hillman, 2nd row, 3rd from the right.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Mrs. Daniel T. Hillman, 3rd row, on the right.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Daniel T. Hillman, 3rd row, on the right.

Cornelia A. Bennett Hillman died in 1938 and is buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.14

Daniel lived with his son and daughter-in-law, Nelson and Elsie, in Maine until hear his death.15 Daniel Taber Hillman died at the age of 84 on 3 July 1957 and is buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.16

Daniel and Cornelia’s son, Nelson Bennett Hill, died on 6 July 1980 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine at the age of 76, and is buried in Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine.17

Endnotes

1. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1872, vol. 4, p. 107, no. 291, Daniel T. G. Hillman, 24 Aug 1872. Parents: Charlie B. [Hillman], born in Yarmouth, and Clarinda T. Gifford, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: hardware dealer.

Full name of Daniel Taber Hillman listed in Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890, Daniel Taber Hillman.

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2. 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 114, sheet 201A, p. 9, dwelling 74, family 95, Charlie B. Hillman household.
Address: 118 Acushnet Avenue
– Charlie B. Hillman, age 47, born in Massachusetts, hardware salesman
– Clarinda, wife, age 43, born in Massachusetts
– Alexander H., son, age 19, single, born in Massachusetts
– Lucy E., daughter, age 9, born in Massachusetts
– David P. G., son, age 7, born in Massachusetts
– Charles B. Jr, son, age 3, born in Massachusetts
Note: Daniel’s name was misspelled as David.

Also, 1870 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, ward 6, population schedule, p. 54, dwelling 379, family 448, Charles B. Hillman household.
– Charles D. Hillman, age 38, born in Massachusetts
– Clarinda T., age 36, born in Massachusetts
– Nancy L., age 13, born in Massachusetts
– Alexander H., age 8, born in Massachusetts

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3. Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890, Daniel Taber Hillman.

Also, “Admission to the High School,” newspaper articleThe Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

Also, “New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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4. 1900 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 195, ward 5, sheet 2A, dwelling 22, family 30, Charles B. Hillman household.
Address: 152 Fourth Street
– Charles B. Hillman, age 65, born in Apr 1835 in Massachusetts, hardware dealer
– Clarinda, wife, age 65, born in Apr 1835 in Massachusetts
– Lucy, daughter, age 28, single, born in May 1872 in Massachusetts, nurse
– Daniel T., son, age 27, single, born in Aug 1872 in Massachusetts, paymaster
– Charles B. Jr, son, age 23, single, born in June 1876 in Massachusetts, invoice clerk
– Carrie E. Dodds, boarder, age 22, single, born in May 1877 in New York, nurse

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5. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1901, vol. 10, p. 72, no. 569, Daniel T. Hillman–Cornelia A. Bennett, 9 Oct 1901.
Groom: Daniel T. Hillman, age 29, clerk, first marriage, born in New Bedford, parents Charlie B. [Hillman] and Clarinda T. Gifford.
Bride: Cornelia A. Bennett, age 29, first marriage, born in New Bedford, parents Nelson [Bennett] and Esther Hathaway.

“Daniel T. Hillman–Miss Cornelia A. Bennett,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Oct 1901, p. 4, col. 4.

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6. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1903, vol. 11, p. 37, no. 1685, Nelson B. Hillman, 27 Aug 1903. Parents: Daniel T. [Hillman], born in New Bedford, and Cornelius A. Bassett, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Clerk.
Note: Mother’s name is misspelled.

For Norman’s middle name, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1926, vol. 26, p. 24, no. 417, Nelson Bennett Hillman– Elsie Mildred Worthington, 22 Jun 1926.

For address in 1903, W. A Greenough, complier, 1903 New Bedford and Fairhaven (Massachusetts) Directory, no. 36 (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough & Co., 1903), p. 344, Daniel T. Hillman.
– Hillman, Daniel T. paymaster, Potomska Mills. H. 141 Summer.

Also, 1910 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 194, sheet 12B, dwelling 234, family 325, Esther Bennett household.
Address: 141 Summer
– Esther Bennett, age 78, widowed, born in Massachusetts
– Daniel T. Hillman, son-in-law, age 37, married once for 9 years, born in Massachusetts, cotton mill bookkeeper
– Cornelia A., daughter, age 38, married once for 9 years, born in Massachusetts, 1 child born, 1 child living
– Nelson B., grandson, age 6, born in Massachusetts

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7. Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Births Marriages, Deaths by Families, 1810-1826, vol. 19, p. 146, Alexander A Hillman family.
Alexander A Hillman born in Boston June 30, 1807.
Mary Hillman, born in Barnstable April 23 18[unreadable].
Their children are as follows
Benjamin, born in Providence. Benjamin died Sept 9, 1831
Rowland Lewis, born April 28, 1831
Charles Benjamin, born April 25, 1833
Sarah Lewis, born Nov 20 1834. Sarah Lewis died Dec. 20, 1835.
Sarah Lewis, born May 28, 1836
Georgiana born December 20, 1839
Alexander Howes born July 4th 1843.

Also, New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Return of a Death, no. 12, Charles B. Hillman, 23 Mar 1906. Age: 72 years, 10 months, 23 days. Birth: South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Married. Parents: Alexander B., born in Boston, Massachusetts, and Mary Lewis, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Occupation: Merchant. Burial: Rural Cemetery, 23 Mar 1906.

Also, “Charles B. Hillman,” death notice, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 24 Mar 1906, p. 12, col. 2

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8. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Return of a Death, no. 12, Charles B. Hillman, 23 Mar 1906.

Find A Grave, memorial 233950181, Charles Benjamin Hillman (1833–1906), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

“Death of C. B. Hillman,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 23 Mar 1906, p. 4, col. 2.

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9. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Return of a Death, no. 468, Clarinda Taber Hillman, 24 Mar 1919. Birth: 1 Apr 1835, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Age: 83 years, 11 months, 23 days. Widowed. Spouse: Charles B. Hillman. Parents: Abraham Gifford, born in Westport, and Nancy Sampson. Burial: Rural Cemetery, 27 Mar 1919.

Also, Find A Grave, memorial 233951398, Clarinda Taber Gifford Hillman (1835–1919), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

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10. 1920 U.S. census, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 126, sheet 20A, dwelling 393, family 459, Daniel T. Hillman household.
– Daniel T. Hillman, age 47, married, born in Massachusetts, cotton mill bookkeeper
– Cornelia A., wife, age 48, married, born in Massachusetts
– Nelson B., son, age 16, born in Massachusetts

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11. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1926, vol. 26, p. 24, no. 417, Nelson Bennett Hillman– Elsie Mildred Worthington, 22 Jun 1926.
Groom: Nelson Bennet Hillman, age 22, first marriage. Address: 552 Washington St, (E) Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Occupation: Poultryman. Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts. Parents: Daniel T. Hillman and Alice Bennett.
Bride: Elsie Mildred Worthington, age 19, first marriage. Address: 170 Willow St, New Bedford. Occupation: Clerk. Birthplace: Dalton, Massachusetts. Ralph Worthington and Carolyn Beard.

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12. 1930 U.S. census, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 187, sheet 33B, dwelling 156, family 164, Daniel T. Hillman household.
Address: 544 Washington Street
– Daniel T. Hillman, age 57, married at age 29, born in Massachusetts, cotton mill bookkeeper
– Cornelia A., wife, age 57, married at age 29, born in Massachusetts

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, Greenough’s New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1934), p. 276, Daniel T. Hillman.
– Hillman, Danl T bkpr 366 S Front h at Fairhaven

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, Greenough’s New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1936), p. 1161, Fairhaven, Daniel T. Hillman.
– Hillman, Danl T (Cornelia A) bkpr h 552 Wash

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, Greenough’s New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1937), p. 340 and 1168; no listing found for Daniel T. Hillman in New Bedford or Fairhaven.

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13.  â€śNew Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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14. Headstone reads: Hillman / Daniel T. / 1872-1957 | Cornelia A. / 1871-1938.
Find A Grave, memorial 149120034, Cornelia A. Hillman (1871–1938), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo. 

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15. The Portland and Suburban Directory 1948-49, vol. 16 (Crowley and Lunt : Beverly, Massachusetts, 1948), p. 187, Daniel T. and Nelson B. Hillman.
– Hillman, Daniel T retired bds N B Hillman rfd 2 CC
– Hillman, Nelson B (Elsie M) emp Joseph B LaFrance h Main rfd 2 CC

Also, The Portland and Suburban Directory 1950-1951, vol. 17 (Crowley and Lunt : Beverly, Massachusetts, 1950), p. 191, Daniel T. and Nelson B. Hillman.
– Hillman, Daniel T retired bds N B Hillman rfd 2 CC
– Hillman, Nelson B (Elsie M) emp Joseph B LaFrance h Main rfd 2 CC

Also, The Portland and Suburban Directory 1952-53, vol. 18 (Crowley and Lunt : Beverly, Massachusetts, 1952), p. 176, Daniel T. and Nelson B. Hillman.
– Hillman, Daniel T retired rem to Gray
– Hillman, Nelson B (Elsie M) rem to Gray

Also, The Portland and Suburban Directory 1954-55 (Crowley and Lunt : Beverly, Massachusetts, 1952), Gray, p. 395, Nelson B. Hillman.
– Hillman, Nelson B (Elsie M) poultry rem to North Leeds

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16. Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990, George H. Taber Lodge, Daniel Taber Hillman. Birth: 30 Aug 1872, New Bedford. Death: 3 July 1957.

Headstone reads: Hillman / Daniel T. / 1872-1957 | Cornelia A. / 1871-1938.
Find A Grave, memorial 149120012, Daniel T. Hillman (1872–1957), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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17. Maine Death Index, 1960-1996, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, certificate no. 8005276, Nelson B. Hillman, 6 July 1980. Age: 76.

Headstone reads: Nelson B. / 1903-1980 | Elsie W. / 1906-1989 / Together Forever / Hillman.
Find A Grave, memorial 121466196, Nelson B. Hillman (1903–1980), Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine with headstone photo.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Daniel T. Hillman (1872–1957),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/daniel-t-hillman-1872-1957/ : posted 2021).


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