A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan
Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, by Royal Ralph Hinman, Published
1852, page 858-860
HINMAN, MAJOR BENJAMIN, son of Dea. David, who was son of Benjamin,
Jr., grandson of Benjamin, sen'r, and great-grandson of Edward Hinman,
sen'r, of Stratford, m. Anna Keyser, July 8, 17S7, dau'r of Capt. John
Keyser, near Little Falls, N. Y., who was a prisoner about 3 years
during the war of the Revolution. Major Benjamin Hinman d. April 7,
1821, at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, on a journey from Utica to New
Jersey. Anna, his widow, is yet living, and resides at Rushville,
Illinois, in the 85th year of her age. Their children :
1. John Edward, of Utica, b. June 9, 1789.
9. Benjamin, Jr., Esq., b. Jan. 37, 1794 ; never m. He d. at Hinmanvule, Oswego county, New York, August 9, 1844.
3. Col. John Jay, b. May 7, 1798.
4. Gen. William A., b. July 11, 1802. lives in Rushville, Illinois.
5. Maranda. b. August 4, 1806; d. July 11, 1807.
6. Annis, b. Dec. 10, 1815; m. at Rushville, Illinois, Dr. Thomas
Monroe, Oct. 5, 1841; (he was b. in Maryland) he resides at Rushville,
a physician of rare eminence. They have children, viz., 1. John Hinman
Monroe, b. August 14, 1842 ; 2. Thomas, Jr., b. Oct. 26, 1844; 3. James
Edward, b. Jan. 34, 1847; 4. Mary Anna, b. Dec., 1848; 5. Hinman, b.
July 21, 1852. Dr. Monroe and his family yet reside at Rushville,
Major Benjamin, the father of the above family, was b. at
Southbury, Conn., and remained there until his manhood. He was engaged
in most of the war of the Revolution, in various capacities, as
captain, assistant commissary,
waggon-master, aid to Gen. Green, &c., and in other responsible
stations in the service of his country. He was one of the 13
commissioned officers from Woodbury, with two of his brothers, Asa and
Ephraim, who were in the service by the name of Hinman, including Capt.
Elisha, of New London, who was captain of ships of war. Major Benjamin
removed from Woodbury to Little Falls, N. Y., during or soon after the
war, and settled near the Mohawk
river. His wife was b. on the farm where Fort Keyser was built. He
afterward purchased and removed to Utica, where he lived several years
previous to his decease in 1821.
HINMAN, COL. JOHN E., of Utica, son of Major Benjamin and Anna, is now
living at Utica. He is a man of strong mind, quick perception, firm,
determined, and resolute in all his projects, whether it be in
religion, business, or politics. And if, like Gen. Jackson, he declared
"by the Eternal" his project should be effected, he generally succeeded
in his object. Though he has devoted much of his life to the
accumulation of wealth, he has his traits and streaks of charity, and
among his family and friends he uses it often with no sparing hand.
Though his father in middle life had a competency, yet toward the close
of his life much of it had passed beyond his control; and when he died,
he left his wife and five children, and not,a large estate for their
support at Utica. Col. John E., then about 16 years of age, and the
eldest of the children, like a man of maturer years, being blessed with
good sense, and a share of energy that few of his age possessed, took
charge of the family, sustained his mother, educated his brothers and
sister; two of them as lawyers. He was sheriff's deputy under James S.
Kipp, Esq., as high sheriff in Oneida county, from 1813 to 1820. He was
quarter-master of the 134th regiment of militia in 1813, and high
sheriff from 1821 until 1831, except one term. He was elected Lieut.
Col. of a regiment in 1821, which he resigned, after he received the
appointment of sheriff the same year, of Oneida county. Since which he
has been honored by two or more elections to the responsible office of
Mayor of the city of Utica, and held various other places of trust, all
of which have been performed to the satisfaction of his friends
and constituents. Col. Hinman m. Mary, dau'r of G. C. Schroppel,
Esq., deceased, of New York, Nov. 27, 1827.
Mr. Schroppel was early one of the wholesale tea merchants in the city
of New York, by which he accumulated a large fortune. He d. in the city
York, and was interred in St. Mark's church-yard. Col. Hinman and his
lady reside in the city of Utica, without children. He is one of those
men ardent for his friends, open and frank with his enemies, and never
yields an opinion until satisfied he is in error.
HINMAN, COL. JOHN JAY, Esq., son of Major Benjamin and Anna, b. May 7,
1798, m. at Rushville, Illinois, Huldah M. Sturtevant, April 11, 1842 ;
she is a sister of Professor Sturtevant, of Jacksonville, Illinois, and
of the Fairfield county Sturtevants, in Conn. He read law at Utica, and
was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York, and a few years after
removed to Rushville, Illinois, and followed his profession for a few
years, and then went into the milling and flour business; and
afterward, about three years before
his death, removed with his family to Ottoway, Illinois, and commenced
merchandizing. Col. John Jay d. at Ottoway, Illinois, Oct. 5,
1849, and was there buried. He d. of cholera four days after the death
of the last of his five children. His grief at the loss of all his five
children, produced on himself the cholera; and thus died a man of as
pure a heart as ever lived; and the only survivor of that once happy
family was his widow. Children:
1. Anna Keyser, d. August 21, 1846 ; buried at LaGrange Farm, Brown county, Illinois.
2. John Jay, Jr., d. at Ottoway, of scarlet fever, May 11, 1849.
3. William A. Hinman, d. at Ottoway, May 19,1849, of scarlet fever.
4. Grace A., d. at Ottoway, of cholera, Sept. 30, 1849.
5. Jay S. Hinman, d. at Ottoway, of cholera, Oct. 1, 1849.
His widow Huldah resides at Beardstown, Cass county, Illinois, single.
CAPT. BENJAMIN, JR., son of Major Benjamin, an older brother of John
Jay, Esq., b. 1794; resided most of his life at Utica, New York. He was
a magistrate, captain of a company, &c., and never m. He d. at
Oswego county, New York, August 9th, 1844, when a young man, and had only reached middle life.
GEN. WILLIAM A. HINMAN, b. July 11, 1802, son of Major Benjamin, of
Utica, was educated a lawyer at Utica, where he was admitted to the
Bar, and where he followed his profession a few years. But his ambition
wealth or fame induced him to visit Illinois in 1832, and he never
returned, but located himself at Rushville, Schuyler county, Illinois,
where he now resides. He has dealt largely in new farms in that
neighborhood, and has become
wealthy. He m. at Jacksonville, Illinois, Grace A. Kingsbury, Feb. 4,
1843, and resides in Rushville; has children, John Edward, b. Nov. 14,
1843 ; Edward M. C., b. April 10, 1847.
MARANDA, dau'r of Major Benjamin, b. August 4, 1806 ; d. 1817.
ANNIS, dau'r of Major Benjamin and Anna, of Utica, b. Dec. 10, 1815,
was m. at Rushvillc;, Illinois, to Dr. Thomas Monroe, (b. in Maryland,)
Oct. 5, 1841, and have children, viz. :
1. John H., b. August 14, 1842.
2. Thomas, Jr., b. Oct. 26, 1844.
3. James Edward, b. Jan. 23, 1847.
4. Mary Anna, b. Dec. 18, 1848.
5. Hinman. b. July 21, 1852.
Dr. Monroe resides at Rushville, in the practice of his profession, with his wife and family.