Here is Pete Hill’s death certificate, courtesy of Professor Fred Worth of Henderson State University, who found it.
To me, the state of birth looks like “Va.,” especially when you compare the “P.” in “John P. Hill” and in “Porter,” his occupation. The “informant,” Mrs. Albert Walker, is listed with the same address as Hill (168 16th St.)—my guess would be that she was his landlord. If she is the source of Hill’s birth date, etc., I would think the information probably ultimately came from some official document among his effects—perhaps an ID card such as a driver’s license.
The social security number listed here for Hill does not show up in the Social Security Death Index, which could mean a number of things, the most likely being that no one claimed a death benefit.
As the last couple of lines on the certificate show, Hill’s body was to be transported to Chicago for burial, but no funeral home or cemetery is listed (the undertaker listed was evidently in Buffalo). Hill’s son, Kenneth P. Hill, passed away in Gary, Indiana, on December 6, 2001. Perhaps he had arranged to be buried near his father. If anybody has any information from Chicago or Gary that would help find out where Pete Hill is buried, I will pass it on to Professor Worth.
UPDATE 12:04 p.m. Note that the spaces for Hill’s parents’ names are marked “unknown.” I think this may be a sign that Kenneth Hill was not present and was not the source for the information on the death certificate. Pete Hill was reported visiting relatives in Pittsburgh as late as 1926 or 1927; and on July 24, 1920, this item appeared in the Chicago Defender:
(Pete Hill was managing the Detroit Stars at the time.) It would seem that Kenneth Hill was visiting his father’s family in Pittsburgh, so it is quite likely that he would have known his grandparents’ names.
UPDATE 11/28/2008 See this post for the 1916 passenger list mentioned by Brian in the comments; it shows Pete Hill’s birthplace as Buena Vista, Va.