James Henry HILTON was born on 19 Mar 1860 in , Ontario, CAN. By 1884, he had moved to Minnesota and was living in St. Paul in 1885. In 1905, he was living 1136 Ashland Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota and was a foreman at a shoe company. By 1920, the family had moved to Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.
By the time James was 70, his wife of over 45 years had died, leaving him with no family in the Wisconsin area. He moved to California, to live with his daughter, Florence. His granddaughter, Catherine Martin Conwell said that she was about ten (1928) when James was hospitalized in Hollywood with a broken hip. By 1930, James is living with his son, Cleon, and his family.
After a lifetime of hard work and responsibility, James died on 27 Feb 1933 at the age of 72 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA.
Family tradition said that James may have committed suicide. He was found in a hotel room located at 200 West Ocean Avenue in Long Beach, which today appears to be a multi-story residential building. The story of suicide was true to a point, in that James intended to commit suicide. He was found dead in the hotel room, with two notes—one for the undertaker, and one for the coroner. He wanted it clear that he “did it,” and there needn’t be any postmortem. He had his suit laid out next to him, and a loaded revolver in his dresser drawer. But how he died was not clear. An autopsy revealed he died of chronic myocarditis, with contributing causes of chronic interstitial nephritis. He was buried on 1 Mar 1933 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, MN.
Two-Generation Descendants List for James Henry Hilton
1-James Henry HILTON
b: 19 Mar 1860, , Ontario, CAN
d: 27 Feb 1933, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA
+Jane Isabella GRAHAM
b: May 1859, , , CAN
m: 26 Dec 1881, London, Ontario, Canada
d: bef 1930, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
. . . . . 2-George Graham HILTON
b: 21 Sep 1882, Windsor, Essex, Ontario, CAN
d: bef 1885
. . . . . 2-William Roy HILTON
b: 22 Jan 1884, Saint Paul, Ramsey, MN
d: 21 Nov 1951, Winterset, Madison, IA
. . . . . 2-Florence Ethel HILTON
b: 7 Jul 1885, Saint Paul, Ramsey, MN
d: 27 Apr 1954, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
. . . . . 2-Harry Ripley Graham HILTON
b: 12 Jul 1892, Saint Paul, Ramsey, MN
d: 18 Feb 1961, , Ramsey, MN