From the November 2, 1864 issue of the Weekly Standard, newspaper of Raleigh, NC
Died very suddenly of congestive chill at his residence in Kinston, Lenoir County, North Carolina, the 22nd of October, 1864, Mr. Daniel Hilton, son of William and Susan Hilton, aged 42 years, 2 months and 11 days.
The deceased was a native of England, but removed with his father to this country, when only about eight years of age. For the last thirteen years he has resided in the town of Kinston, where he was most favorably known both for the geniality of his tempermant and the honest industry of his character. He was one of the first mechanics and architects in the South, and under his own supervision, nearly every bridge on the Atlantic Railroad was erected; and besided he has left more lasting monuments of his enterprise and attainments in other and more distinct localities. His worth and ability made him an ornament to the Town of which he was so long a resident, and the kindliness of his deportment and native gentility of character, but enhanced his great value. His death has left a void among his relatives and friends which can never be filled, and bereft the community at large of an useful and energetic citizen.
He leaves a dear wife and one little boy to mourn their loss, together with relatives and friends, which may it please the Wisdom of the Almighty God so to be tempered, by this sad affliction, as their immortal spirits may be prepared to reap the true and lasting rewards of Heaven, which we trust he has now gone to enjoy.