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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 115, page(s) 737-738


Benezet Hough Bill was born February 26th, 1829, in New Milford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, and died at Rockville, Connecticut, August 21st, 1904

When six years of age his parents moved to Vernon and later to Lebanon, Connecticut. Benezet attended the Lebanon Academy, the public schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Suffield Literary Institute of Connecticut. Subsequently he attended the Academy at Wilbraham, Massachusetts. While still a young man he taught School at Lebanon, Connecticut; at Sandwich, Massachusetts, and at the Academy in Vernon. In 1851 he entered the law office of his brother-in-law, Hon. Dwight Loomis of Rockville, who became later an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and was graduated from the Yale Law School in the class of 1854 with a degree of B. L.

For three years beginning in 1855 Mr. Bill was associated with his preceptor Judge Loomis in the practice of the law at Rockville. Possessing fine natural talent and superior qualifications adapted to the successful practice of his profession, he established a remunerative business, and a most excellent reputation as a citizen.

In 1869 he was appointed State's Attorney for Tolland County and held that office for twenty-four years. Later he was appointed judge of Rockville City Court, resigning in 1899 owing to the age limitation. For a period of years he was Corporation Counsel of the city of Rockville and president of the Rockville Savings Bank, one of the old and prosperous institutions of the County. Although not a member of the Church, he was connected with Union Congregational Ecclesiastical Society of Rockville.

On November 2nd, 1859, Mr. Bill was married to Miss Kate Griggs, the daughter of the late Rev. Leverett Griggs, D.D., and of Katherine (Stearns) Griggs of Bristol, Connecticut, who died on April 13th, 1887. He had two children, Leila Loomis and Kate Elizabeth Bill. On July 10th, 1890, Mr. Bill was married to Mrs. Lucinda R. Hall of Waterbury, Connecticut , who now survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, Kate Elizabeth, the wife of Dr. Thomas F. Rockwell of Rockville, Connecticut.

The Bill family is one of the oldest in England, being directly traceable in a single county, that of Shropshire, for a period of about five hundred years.

The first of the family who came to America was John Bill, from whom the subject of this sketch is a descendant in the eighth generation.