|Hilton Gravestone, Plot 36, Lot 287; The backside reads "Pioneer of 1849"|
William Hayes Hilton was born in New York City in 1829.
He enlisted in the Mexican War and served under Army General Zachary Taylor, who would later become President of the United States. Hilton participated in the Texas-Mexican broder skirmishes of 1845-46 before heading home to New York. In 1849, he headed to California in search of gold. While in the gold country he sketched the mining camps and scenes of everyday life. Apparently unsuccessfl as a gold miner, he began raising cattle.
|"The Butterfield Overland Express Approaches" by William Hayes Hilton|
|"Maricopa Village" by William Hayes Hilton|
Hilton lived in Virginia City in the early 1870's and was superintendent of a mine until 1873. Later in life he gave up a property in Glen Ellen and moved to Oakland.