Hi and thank you so much for your response. I didn't know folks would be so quick to help out so I posted two questions yesterday - I apologize. I got a response on the other thread too- so here is a link to it in case you are interested. http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.scan-balt.norway.count...
I have birth years for the brothers; Hill - 1844 and Peter - 1847. Their other siblings were Martha, Ole, Erick, Lars, Ingeborg and Hans. So you think that Pile could have been changed to Piele and Peile when they Americanized their names?
The family lore is that Hill emigrated in 1864 but i don't think there is any documentation on that.
Hill's son Henry Olson Peile and Peter's son Ole Piele Olson married two Apland sisters in Illinois - one of whom was my grandmother.
I guess this could be my Hill- do you still think so?