Mrs. Mary Gordon Barnett Hill (Mother Hill)


The first President of the Newark Women’s Christian Temperance Union from 1874 to 1882, and afterwards an Honorary President. “As an organizer she showed great discrimination and tact in securing the right woman in every place, encouraging the timid and holding a mild restraint upon those needing it.” She spoke throughout the state in this role.

Came to Newark by age 18, when she was “converted” at the Halsey Methodist Episcopal Church. Besides raising 10 children, she was an organizer of the Female City Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was a precursor to the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. President of the Ladies Parsonage Association for 20 years. Also a supporter of the Orphan Asylum on High Street.

“All who were blessed by Mother Hill’s friendship remember her warmth of heart, her genuine interest in their welfare, her horror of all shams, her keen appreciation of truth and honesty and her sometimes quaint expressions….No other woman received such grateful homage in Newark”

Travelled through the West at age 75.


The Life of Mrs. S J C Downs

“State News” Bridgeton Pioneer Jan 31, 1884

“Women’s Christian Temperance Union” Ocean Grove Record May 3, 1884