The name of Hinman is found in England, Ireland and Scotland, and also in Germany, spelled Hinmann. In England the name was often spelled Inman and Hyndman, and in other ways. The Inman coat-f-arms: Vert on a chevron or three roses gules slipped and leaved of the first. Crest: On a mount a wivern proper ducally gorged and lined or.
(I) Edward Hinman, immigrant ancestor, came from England and settled in Stratford, Connecticut, about 1650. Tradition says that he had belonged to the bodyguard of Charles I, as sergeant-at-arms, and escaped from Cromwell's wrath to America. From the Ducth records at Albany it appears that he had some connection with Captain John Underhill, in offering their military services to Governor Stuyvesant to fight the Indians, but the offer was declined, and tradition says that Sergeant Hinman disbanded his company at Stamford soon afterward, and settled in Stratford. He was a farmer and extensive land holder there, and was the first owner of the old tide mill between Stratford and what is now Bridgeport. In 1681 he sold his homestead and removed to Woodbury, Conn., where he made his will. He died, it is thought, however, in Stratford, Nov. 26, 1681.
He married, in Stratford, Hannah, daughter of Francis and Sarah Stiles, who removed from Windsor to Stratford.
Children, born in Stratford:
1. Sarah, Sept. 10, 1653.
2. Titus, June 1655.
3. Samuel, 1658.
4. Benjamin, Feb. 1662-63; mentioned below.
5. Hannah, July 15, 1666.
6. Mary, 1668.
7. Patience, 1670.
8. Edward, 1672.
(II) Benjamin, son of Edward Hinman, was born in Stratford, in Feb. 1662-63, died in 1713. When young he settled in Woodbury, and was a farmer there. He resided at White Oak, in Southbury, in the rear of the place afterwards occupied by Jonathan Stiles. He was deputy to the general court in 1711.
He married, July 12, 1684, Elizabeth Lum, of Woodbury, and his was the first marriage recorded there.
1. Annis, baptized 1685-86; died young.
2. Hannah, baptized Oct. 1686.
3. Adam, baptized Jan. 1687.
4. Noah, baptized July, 1689; mentioned below.
5. Benjamin, baptized April 1692.
6. Elizabeth, baptized Feb. 1693.
7. Eunice, baptized May, 1696.
8. Annis, baptized 1697.
9. Rachel, born 1700.
10. Edward, Oct. 15, 1702.
11. Samuel, Dec., 1704; killed in May, 1727.
12. Wait, born Oct. 16, 1706.
13. Mercy or Mary, Dec. 23, 1709.
(III) Judge Noah, son of Benjamin Hinman, was baptized in July, 1689, and was one of the most important men of the town and county. He was one of the first deacons of the church at the new Southbury society in 1732, and was justice of the peace. He was a member of the Connecticut legislature eight seasons, and was one of the side judges of the county court in Litchfield county five years. He was on the committee to build the meeting house in 1733. He acted as agent for the town at the time the town was trying to be released from Litchfield county to Fairfield county.
He married (first) Feb. 28, 1710-11, Anna Knowles, who died Feb. 10, 1720; (second) Sarah Scovill, of Waterbury, who died April 23, 1741. (third) the widow of _____ Wildman, a brother of Rev. Mr. Wildman, of Southbury.
1. Elizabeth, baptized May 25, 1713.
2. Gideon, born Jan. 30, 1715-16; died 1722.
3. Adam, baptized Jan., 1719-20; died young.
4. Thankful, baptized Jan. 1719-20; died young.
By second wife:
5. Gideon, baptized Nov. 1725.
6. Edward, born April 2, 1730.
7. Abijah, baptized 1733; mentioned below.
8. Reuben, baptized Sept. 7, 1735.
9. Simeon, baptized Dec. 4, 1737.
10. Noah, baptized June, 1740.
11. Sarah, baptized Aug. 1, 1742.
By third wife:
12. Arnole, baptized 1746.
13. Damaris, born 1748.
(IV) Abijah, son of Judge Noah Hinman, was baptized in March, 1733. He married, May 8, 1757, Rebecca Minor, of Woodbury. He lived in Lanesborough, Cheshire and Pittsfield, Mass., and from there went to Benson, Vermont, where he died in March, 1807.
Children, born in Woodbury:
1. Adoniram, baptized 1757.
2. Wait, 1760.
3. Ruth Emm, 1762.
4. Abigail, born 1764.
5. Rebecca, baptized 1766.
7. Elizabeth, born in Massachusetts.
10. John, mentioned below.
(V) John, son of Abijah Hinman, was born in Cheshire, Mass., Oct. 3, 1773. When he was but three weeks old his parents removed to Pittsfield and he attended school there. When he was ten years old he removed to Benson, Vermont, to reside with an elder sister who had married and settled there, and he lived with her until May, 1798, when he settlted in New Haven, Vermont.
He married Sarah Rublee, a native of Lanesborough, Mass., FEb., 1799. He died July 26, 1850; his wife, July 3, 1845. He was a farmer.
1. John, born May 28, 1800; died March 21, 1855, unmarried.
2. Alva, March 3, 1802, a hatter; died at Chazy, N.Y., Oct. 19, 1841.
3. Orrin, May 3, 1804; mentioned below.
4. Ardelia, July 17, 1806; a farmer.
5. Hon. Erastus Sidney, Sept. 11, 1809; a farmer.
6. Laura, Jan. 31, 1812; died July 17, 1814.
7. Laura Catherine, Aug. 19, 1814; never married.
John, Ardelia and Laura C. lived at New Haven, Vermont.
(VI) Orrin, son of John Hinman, was born at New Haven, May 3, 1804, died at Chazy, N.Y., March 18, 1864. He attended the schools of his native town, and worked on his father's farm. When he was of age he removed to Champlain, N.Y., where he learned the hatter's trade under his elder brother Alva, who had previously settled there, and established a business. Orrin followed his trade there until 1838, when he purchased a farm in Chazy, N.Y. He had a hundred and fity-five acres of land which was known formrly as the Vantine farm and upon it he lived the remainder of his days. In politics he was a Republican after the party was formed and he served the town of Chazy as assessor.
He married, Dec. 8, 1831, Theda C. Moore, born at Champlain, N.Y., in 1808, died on her birthday, Nov. 13, 1870.
1. George D., born at Chazy, Oct. 28, 1832; married Helen Sprague, of New Haven, Vt. where they now live. Children: Ella G., married Frank Palmer and had: William, Dorothy and Frank Newton Palmer. William died at seventeen years of age; George D. resides at Yonkers, N.Y., with his daughter, Mrs. Palmer.
2. Henry J., born Sept. 29, 1834; mentioned below.
3. Antoinette Maria, Oct. 24, 1838; died March 20, 1899; married Peter Minckler; children: Orrin f. and William Minckler.
4. Alina Elisiff, Sept. 1, 1842; died Aug. 1891; married Henry McCreedy.
5. Gertrude Amelia, Aug. 30, 1851; married Charles A. Hyde and had Grace Hyde, who married William Havens; child: Mae Havens.
(VII) Henry J., son of Orrin Hinman, was born in Chazy, Sept. 29, 1834. He attended the public schools of Chazy, Richmondville and Malone, New York, in Franklin county. He worked on his farther's farm during his youth and he continued afterward with his father and succeeded to the homestead. He still owns the old place. [transcriber's note: this material was published in 1910]. He left it in 1888 to reside in the village of Chazy, however, and since 1891 has been in business there as a general merchant. In 1898 he was appointed by President McKinely postmaster there, and he has continued in this office by virtue of several reappointments. The office in the meantime has been raise by the increase in business from the fourth to third class. He is an active Republican. For two years he was town clerk of Chazy. He is a charter member of Grange No. 981, Patrons of Husbandry, and was formerly treasurer.
He married (first) Cordelia J. Ladd, a native of Chazy, who died in 1880. He married (second) Henrietta A. Ladd, a sister of his first wife, daughter of Hiram and Adelaide (Dickinson) Ladd.
Children, both by second wife:
1. Fred W., born Sept. 20, 1882; married Maud Callon, of Albany, and had Harold W., born June 10, 1908.
2. Jennie M. H., born May 18, 1892.
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