Biography of J. N. Hinckley



Van Buren County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Dexter and Elizabeth (Doty) Hinckley were natives of New York, and were married in Monroe County, where J. N., Levilla, Marenus, Nancy, and Betsey Jane were born. J. N. was born in 1819, received a limited education, and at the early age of fifteen was compelled, of necessity, to become the support and mainstay of the family. He worked upon the Erie Canal six seasons, and then removed to Columbia township, Van Buren Co., Mich., his mother, Marenus, Levilla, and Jane accompanying him. Nancy had previously married and settled in Columbia, and Mr. Hinckley bought an adjoining farm of forty acres, for which he paid one hundred dollars. Several years later he bought forty more, and has continued adding to the original forty until now he is the owner of one hundred and eighty acres.

He married Miss Harriet L. Bessey and settled upon the place now occupied by him. Of this union seven children were born, viz., Charlotte A., Flora E., Orrin N., Ella J., May E., Perry N., and Harriet A., all of whom are still living. Charlotte married B. W. Cornwall, and lives on the howe-farm. Flora married R. Holland, and lives in Charlevoix Co., Mich. Ella married Joseph Baxter, and lives in Bloomingdale township. The others are living at home.

Mrs. Hinckley died May 2, 1873; she was a devoted wife, a faithful mother, and loved and respected by all who knew her. Mr. Hinckley afterwards married Mrs. Elizabeth Leathers.

When Mr. Hinckley first came to Michigan he had four hundred dollars. and by good management, economy, and industry has secured a competency, and now, in the afternoon of life, takes the world easy. He is a Republican in politics, and much interested in the grange, of which he is a member.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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