Born: July 25, 1830, Minerva, New York.
Died: July 2, 1910, South Haven, Michigan.
Buried: Family lot in Eagle, Michigan (per obituary). Note: Findagrave says Eagles Cemetery, New Era, Michigan, apparently confusing cemetery name with town name.
Philetus was the son of Reuben Hill and Martha Miller, and husband of Sarah E. Weir (married 1872, West Salem, Wisconsin).
His obituary, dated July 5, 1910 (probably from a South Haven newspaper):
PROMINENT HYMN WRITER AND MUSICIAN
P. W Hill Succumbed Saturday Night to Heart Trouble; Buried Today at Old Home at Eagle
After an illness of several weeks with heart trouble, P. W. Hill died Saturday at his home on Lee street.
Mr. Hill had been a prominent figure in the field of church music. He was one of the joint editors of the hymnal of the United Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Hill lacked less than a month of being eighty years old, as he was born July 25, 1830, in Minerva, Essex Co, New York.
Early in life he devoted himself to music and Christian hymnology for which he evinced extraordinary talent, studying in Boston [Massachusetts] and elsewhere.
For years he conducted musical conventions throughout the United Sates, and he has taught vocal and instrumental music—the latter on both reed and stringed instruments— all his life.
He is the author of many hymns and tunes, and books of anthems which are sung throughout the Christian church, and as such he has won enduring fame.
He was one of a family of five brothers and two sisters, of whom two brothers, namely Sheridan F. of South Haven, and Matthew, of Eagle, Mich., and one sister, Mary Palmer of Chicago [Illinois], survive him.
He was married in 1872 in West Salem, Wis, to Sarah E. Weir, who has shared with him the joys and trials of life, and who survives him.
This union was blessed with four children, two of whom are living, viz: Geneva E. Sugden of Manchester, England, and Martha Louise Hill of Chicago. In his latter years the family residence has been in Eagle, Mich., and still more recently in Chicago and South Haven.
Mr. Hill led an active and useful life ever enjoying the best of health until the brief illness of the past few weeks which terminated fatally.
He was a man of few words, kindly disposition, and strong Christian faith, in the triumphs of the assurance of which he passed beyond. The family are sharing in the deep sympathy of a host of friends and the strong consolations of the Gospel of Christ.
The funeral service was held Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the family residence on Lee St., Rev. A. F. Nagler officiating.
Messrs. Letson and Moyer and the Misses Ethel Hagerman and Eta Nagler rendered appropriate music, with Miss Elma Blackman as accompanist. One of the selections was an anthem of the departed one’s own composition.
Burial will take place today in the family lot at Eagle, Mich.
If you know where to get a good photo of Hill (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?