Henry Hines , 1732–1810 (aged 77 years)
Other Spouses: Lucinda Young and Mary Burger
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us, George Berkley, John Mullings, Susannah Austin, Thomas Adams. At a Court held for Charlotte County the 5th day of November, 1810, this last will and testament of Henry Hines, deceased, was presented in Court in order to be proved, and William B. Adams appeared and opposed the proof of said will, whereupon it is ordered that the sheriff summon John Chappell, John Franklin, John Hines and Henry Hines, Jr., the executors named in the will, to appear on the first day of December Court next, to prove the said will, and also that the sheriff summon Simeon Hines, Barbery Hines, Nancy Hines and Walton Hines, infant children of the said Henry Hines and Elizabeth Hines, who is appointed Guardian to these infant children, for the special purpose of defending the same, to appear here also on the first day of December Court next for that purpose.
At a Court held for the said County the 3rd day of December, 1810, this will was again offered in order to be proved. Thereupon, the said William B. Adams appeared and opposed the proof of the said will; whereupon diverse witnesses were sworn and examined, and the said William B. Adams and the said Elizabeth Hines, Guardian for the said infant children were by their counsel fully heard; on consideration whereof it is the opinion of the Court that the said Henry Hines was of sound and disposing mind and memory at the date of the said will, and John Mullings, Susannah Austin, and Thomas Adams, three of the subscribing witnesses, made oath that the said Henry Hines acknowledged the same as his last will and testament, in their presence and that they subscribed their names thereto, in his presence, and believed that he was then in his perfect senses and memory. ORDERED, that the said Henry Hines and that the said William B. Adams pay to the said Elizabeth Hines, Guardian of the said infants, her costs in behalf expended, and John Chappell, one of the executors named in the will, renounces in open court the burden of the execution of the said will. Truly Records, Thomas Read, Clk
Father: Thomas Hines b: 1706 in Scotland
Marriage 1 Dorcas Kelly b: 1745 in Campbell Co., VA
Marriage 2 Elizabeth Jane Harvey b: 3 OCT 1781 in Charlotte Co., VA
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Henry Hines, a native of Ireland
Henry H.(b.1732 Lunenburg Co,VA d.1810 Charlotte Co,VA)served as pvt. in Capt. Tarlton Payne's Co., Col. Richard Parker's 1st VA Reg., enlisted 02/07/1778 for 1 yr. 1m.1770, Dorcus Kelly 2m.1800 Elizabeth Harvey. Show Dorcus & Henry having 12 children and have names & bds. Hope helps. This is my 1st time. Looking for: Charles Hines mar Sallie TAYLOR, their son Stephen mar Lavina MARTIN, their son, Joel mar Jane FAISON; dau Mary mar Amos ROYAL. Thanks.mt
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Some records say that Henry was born in Ireland and was 8 yrs. old when coming to America and other records say he was born in Lunenburg Co.,Va. He was the oldest son of Thomas Hines and his wife whose name is not certain but maybe Elizabeth Jones.
A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians; The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities – E. Polk Johnson, Lewis Publishing Company (Excerpt)
The Hines Family, — In the early part of last century, thirteen sons and daughters of Henry Hines, Sr., of Campbell County, and later of Charlotte County, Virginia, came to Kentucky, most of them having married in Virginia, before moving.
The father had been twice married; the nine children by his first wife, Dorcas Kelley, being: John, William, Tabitha, Henry, Jr., James, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Kelley, all born in Campbell County; his second wife, Elizabeth Harvey, became the mother of Simeon, Barbara, Nancy and Walton, who first saw the light in Charlotte County.
The father of Henry Hines, Sr., Thomas Hines, was of Irish extraction, his ancestors having moved from North Ireland to England in the seventeenth century. Thomas was a farmer, who, in 1740, came to America with his wife and two children, Henry and Phillip (aged eight and six years respectively) and settled in Campbell County, Virginia. The father continued his farming occupations and died about three years after his arrival, leaving his widow in comfortable financial circumstances, and she succeeded in giving her two sons a good education. Phillip, the youngest, was born in 1734, and after the death of his mother commenced rather a roving life.
During the Revolutionary war he enlisted among the New York troops of the Colonial army, and was eventually killed while a prisoner of war on a prison ship at Brooklyn, New York. Henry was born in 1732 and died in 1810. Afterward, his widow (the second wife) married Lewis Jackson of Charlotte County, Virginia, and in 1816, she and her husband, and her four children by her first husband. (Simeon, the first born being then fourteen years old) moved to Boyle County, Kentucky, the other nine children by the first wife having all moved to Kentucky prior to that date. Henry Hines, Sr., was also a soldier in the Revolutionary army, having been a member of Captain Carlton Payne’s company, First Virginia Regiment, commanded by Col. Richard Parker.
Mr. Hines was a successful farmer, gave his large family of children a good education, and at his death left a considerable estate. He was a man of great physical strength and activity, and in his young manhood was noted for his fleetness of foot, his skill as a wrestler, and his expertness as a horseman, and he was a skilled hunter and rifleman. The last mentioned accomplishment was one that descended to all his sons, and was no doubt utilized in the war of 1812- 15, in which three of them were participants.
Henry Hines, Jr., was in the far-famed battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815 and James Hines and Kelley Hines, who were still living in Virginia when the war of 1812-15 commenced, both served as soldiers in that war, having belonged to General Porterfield’s command.
The following letter from Henry Hines, Sr., written four months before his death, to his oldest son, John Hines, then living in Warren County. Kentucky, will give an insight to the history of the family that will prove interesting. The handwriting of the original is unusually good, particularly considering his age, which was seventy-eight years.
Charlotte, Va., June 20. 1810. Capt. John Hines, Warren County, Ky.
“Dear Son : — It is not without some degree of emotion that I once more find myself spared to inform you that I am yet in being, prompt with a flattering hope of recovery. I have suffered much with both pain and confinement for these four or five months past, but thank God am now in some measure relieved, possessing a fond hope that yourself and the other members of my children and family are enjoying health and happiness. I wish you to inform me of the standing of my affairs under your direction, and if you have any money, to contrive so that I get it, as I feel an intention to see Kentucky next fall, if life and strength permit; when, if I like, shall endeavor to get the balance of my family there also. The ill-fate which I have undergone recently (in law suits) has reduced me to a strait for money and hope you will use your best endeavor to accumulate to me what may be due. I have nothing entertaining or uncommon to detail, only we have a dreary prospect for a crop and are extremely dry; but few people have pitched their crop of tobacco as yet. “There is a great stir among the people at this time for to make out to answer the Bonds Suspending Executions, though produce is a very good price; say corn $5, tobacco $7, flour $7, and so on in proportion. To hear from you all would add to the relief of your afflicted father. Henry Hines, Sen’r.”
Mr. Hines never recovered from his illness, but died in October of the same year, making his will only a few days before his death. A copy of this instrument is in possession of the writer, and between the lines can be read the friction that so often ensues between the children of the first wife and the second wife and her children.
Three of Mr. Hines’ children by his first wife (to-wit, Mary or “Polly” Adams, wife of William B. Adams, James Hines and Thomas Hines) he willed one silver dollar each, and in the case of the last two named, he emphasized it, by adding the words “and no more.” To his single daughter, Elizabeth, and his son, Kelley, he left each a horse of the value of fifty dollars, saddle and bridle, feather bed and furniture, not as a gift, but as a loan, and the same to be returned to the estate, if they died without lawful heirs of their body. To his three eldest sons, John, William and Henry, he left fifty pounds each, which was far short of their part of the estate on an equal distribution. Tabitha, his oldest daughter, who married Thomas Parsons, was the only one of his children by his first wife who did not fall so severely under the ban in his will, she being left one negro woman, named “Tener,” and also five pounds a year “as long as she lives.” In addition to this he left her three children. John, Thomas and William, twenty-five pounds each. To the widow and her four children, the oldest, Simeon, then being eight years, he left one third of his estate, the condition being as to the widow, that it was a loan, and at her decease or inter marriage, her interest in the estate was to cease, and the property to return to the estate, for equal division among her four children.
These provisions left a considerable part of the estate undisposed of. At the date of the death of the testator, all of his children were living in Virginia, except John, William, and Henry, who had moved to Kentucky several years before.
The children by the first wife contested the will, and it was over two years before it was finally settled in the courts in favor of the contestants. The following letter from James Hines, son of Henry Hines, Sr., to his brother Henry Hines, Jr., then living in Warren County, Kentucky, will show the situation of affairs and give an insight to the history of the times nearly a century ago.
Mr. Henry Hines, Attention of Wm. Wheeler. Warren County, Kentucky.
“Dear Brother: — I have seen Mr. Wm. Wheeler, who handed me a letter from brother John which informed me that you are all well (except brother William’s wife), thank God for his mercies. This leaves myself and family, together with friends in general in a state of tolerable health. I am almost at a loss to know what to write you, as I have not received your letter by Mr. Wheeler, he through accident having left all my letters, (except brother John’s) in Bed ford County. However, I expect your greatest solicitation will be to know about the affairs of the estate, as I expect you have heard before now that I have administered (at July Court last). After getting the will set aside, I got a decree of the Court to sell the negroes, and commissioners appointed in this State and Kentucky for that purpose; also to divide the land and proceeds of the estate. I purpose selling the negroes about New Year’s day (agreeable to the decree of Court) on twelve months’ credit. I could not get the credit shorter. About the time the negroes are sold I purpose having the land divided, and I think the whole estate could be as well divided then as afterwards, as the bonds will be in place, and if the division is made twelve months after wards, the bonds will still have to be divided; for I expect very little of the money will be collected in that time and if the legatees are anxious to get their part of the estate in hand immediately, they had better buy them a negro apiece, and if they do not wish to have negroes then they can sell them for money. I suppose the estate will be worth nearly $400 to each legatee, including what they have had exclusive of land. Brother Thomas wrote me in June last that he was well, and intended to be in about Christmas with a load of cotton; and to load ‘ back with manufactured tobacco and some articles of foreign merchandise. “I leave the time of the division to be fixed by you legatees that are in Kentucky, as the Court did not take cognizance of that point, and it is a matter of indifference to me. I can say this much; you will not have money to divide by waiting no longer than twelve months. “I have no news respecting the war. The British made a little attack on Craney Island and were repulsed with considerable slaughter; they landed and burned a small town called Hampton near Norfolk, in which the ladies of the town were said to have suffered much from the brutal treatment of the British soldiers, let loose for that purpose by their commander. I am attached to a volunteer rifle company, stand No. 4, and expect to have to go the next requisition, which I suppose will be next spring or sooner. I feel only distressed for my unprotected family, which I shall leave subject to the outrages of an internal enemy. If I may have discharged my duty and made my calling and election sure with God in Christ, I am content to share my fate, and trust to his mercy and providence.
On earth, let us prepare to meet in the paradise of God, where there is no parting, and from whence there is no return.
Yours without reserve, Jas. Hines. N. B. Caroline joins me in love to you all. I have no account from you whether Mr. Adams paid you the money I sent you by him, L 19, 13. o. ‘ J. H.” The widow’s dower in the negroes is not mentioned in this letter, and no doubt it had been set aside before the sale was ordered. It seems from a bill of sale made by Simeon W. Hines (who then lived in Lincoln County, Kentucky) to John Hines of date August 16, 1823, that his mother, Elizabeth Harvey Hines. widow of Henry Hines, Sr., married one, Lewis Jackson, in Charlotte County, Virginia, and that she died in Boyle County, Kentucky, in January, 1823. Said bill of sale conveyed the interest of said Simeon in the dower negroes set aside to his mother, to John Hines.
This apple had a great reputation on account of its brilliant coloring, and citizens of Butler County, moving to Indiana, Illinois and other northwestern states, carried cuttings with them. In these states it flourished even more than in Kentucky, and became a great favorite with fruit growers. The truth of this history of the Ben Davis apple has been fully substantiated, as is vouched for by the Hon. William (Fish) Cooke and A. D. Webb, two leading horticulturists in the state of Kentucky, who made a thorough investigation of the matter.
In the spring of 1803, John Hines, with his wife and four children, and the worldly goods he had accumulated, left Campbell County, Virginia, in covered wagons, and slowly made their way through Cumberland Gap and over the wilderness road, until they reached the lowlands of Kentucky, when they turned their course toward the setting sun. They arrived in Warren County in the early part of June, and stopped for their noon meal in the beautiful valley near where the town of Smith’s Grove is now located. Judge Pleasant Hines, the oldest son of John Hines, who was then in his sixth year, has been heard to relate how he hurried through his dinner that day, so that he could gather the delicious wild strawberries with which the vast plain around them abounded, as far as the eye could see.
At that time this immediate section was one vast prairie, extending from Barren County, through Warren, Simpson, Logan, Todd, and Christian counties, on to the Cumberland River. But to go back to those wild strawberries; the little fellow soon gathered his hat full, and setting it in one of the paths around him, proceeded to select the choicest ones and eat his fill of this queen of fruits, until the signal was given for the wagon train to start, when he looked about him for his hat, but to his dismay and sorrow he could not find it, and was compelled to hurry to catch the moving wagons.
Late that afternoon the train reached Bowling Green, a straggling little village on the bank of Barren River, located at the foot of what is now State Street; the colored public school being now on what was then the Public Square.
The town was afterwards moved about a mile southwest to its present location, on account of several splendid springs of water in that vicinity. That night the movers camped about where the Wilkins property is situated, on the corner of Center and Tenth streets.
These lands were not rich, but there was an abundance of fine timber out of which to build houses and barns and construct Virginia rail fences; beautiful streams well stocked with the finest of game fish; an abundance of mast to fatten swine; the river and creek bottoms covered with a growth of succulent young cane upon which cattle could live all winter; and wild game of many varieties in great abundance.
No wonder the settlers from the wooded hills and valleys of Virginia preferred this section to the “Barren” lands, as the prairie lands before mentioned were called. These same “Barren” lands were then selling for twelve and one-half cents per acre, while the wooded lands were selling for eight times as much.
Now, it is exactly reversed, as the “Barren” lands are easily worth eight times as much as the hill lands. John Hines, with that indomitable energy for which he was noted all his life, soon had his cabins and outbuildings erected, and there laid the foundation for the large fortune he acquired during the next fifty years. In a few years he bought land on the east side of Gasper River, and erected a saw and grist mill at what is now known as the Ches Wiley place.
Later, he purchased from Col. Marshall a saw and grist mill further up on Gasper, long known afterwards as Hines’ Mill, which he operated until his death in 1853. In the meantime, he had acquired large bodies of land, aggregating over 2,000 acres, and his slaves numbered over 100. His estate was worth at his death, over $100,000. When it is considered that he lived in a section in which there was but little money in circulation, and but a small amount of traffic, and where the lands were not very fertile, his success shows that he must have been a man far above ordinary constructive and executive ability.
His brothers, William, Henry, James, Thomas and Kelley, who, as stated before, all settled in Warren County, were also successful farmers. The two half-brothers, Simeon and Walton, were also farmers, the former dying in Boyle County, Kentucky, which had been his home from early boyhood.
Walton moved to Butler County, Kentucky, where he lived to a ripe old age. All the eight sons and five daughters of Henry Hines, Sr., married and reared families, and their descendants are now scattered over nearly a score of states. Said sons’ were old line Whigs and great admirers of Henry Clay. But when the tocsin of war sounded between the north and south in 1861, they, and all their descendants were almost, if not quite, united in their sympathies with the south.
The following is a list of those twelve, and the name of their commands, as far as known to the writer.
GRANDSONS OF JOHN HINES.
James D. Hines, (private Company D., 2d Ky. Cav. Gen. John H. Morgan’s Command, 1st part of war, First Lieutenant and Adjutant Webber’s l Battallion Gen. John H. Morgan’s Command, last part of war).
GRANDSONS OF HENRY HINES, JR.
GRANDSON OF WILLIAM HINES.
GRANDSONS OF JAMES HINES.
GRANDSON OF THOMAS HINES.
SON OF HENRY HINES, JR.
Captain Hines becoming satisfied on account of the dryness of the lower tier of cells, that there was an air chamber running under them, resolved to make a test by excavating a hole in the floor of his cell. To his delight, after several nights’ work with old case knives, he found his surmises in regard to the air-chamber to be correct. After cutting a circular hole in the floor, which was 18 inches thick, large enough to admit his body, he came to an air chamber 4 feet wide and 4 feet deep, running under the center of the entire lower tier of cells.
In the meantime, he had made known his plans to Gen. Morgan, and the other officers were selected to compose the party of seven, who were to occupy the six other cells joining that of Capt. Hines.
The opening in Capt. Hines’ cell was concealed by an old carpet sack, thrown over it before the time for inspection by the guard, and those in the secret aided in standing watch, while one or more of the number worked at cutting the holes from underneath, in the other six cells. These were cut so as to leave a thin crust to each of them, until they were ready for use.
From the beginning to the end, it had taken six weeks to accomplish this work. General Morgan occupied a cell on the upper tier, but his brother, Col. Richard Morgan, occupied one of the seven cells on the lower tier; and as there was a strong resemblance between the two, it was not very difficult at the time of locking up the prisoners in their cells, for them to exchange places.
As soon as the guards had made their midnight inspection, on the night they had selected to make the attempted escape, and saw each prisoner apparently sleeping calmly on his cot, the seven men quietly made their way to the air chamber, and through the tunnel to the open ground surrounding the prison. Fortunately, it was a dark stormy night, and the guards on the top of the wall had sought their sentry boxes.
Casting their hook so as to secure a hold on the top of the wall, they scaled it without great difficulty, and then placing their rope on the outside, descended and were free, leaving behind in their cots the proper number of “dummies” made of their surplus clothing, etc., to deceive the guards.
Those escaping besides General Morgan were Captain Hines, McGee, Taylor, Sheldon, Hockcrsmith and Bennett. They separated in parties of two or three, General Morgan and Captain Hines going together. The last two got on the train at the depot, and went to Cincinnati, which place they reached about daylight, and getting off the train in the suburbs, they were soon across the river among friends, and both, after many narrow escapes, eventually reached the Confederacy.
Captain Hines was also one of the principals commissioned by the Confederate government to effect the escape of the rebel prisoners confined at Camp Douglas, Chicago, in 1864. His two confederates. Colonel Grenfel and Major Castleman were arrested after the plot had been discovered, but Captain Hines escaped.
After that he resumed the practice of his profession at Frankfort, Kentucky, where he died in 1898, his remains being buried at Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Kentucky. About the same time as the escape of Gen. Morgan and his officers above recited, James D. Hines, then a private in Company D, 2nd Ky. Cav., Morgan’s Command, escaped from Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, in company with Lieut. George B. Eastin, Hawley Payne, and Henry Brown, and made his way back to the Confederacy, riding from Cniontown, Kentucky, via Paris, Tennessee, Columbus, Mississippi, Talladega, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, Spartansburg, South Carolina, and through North Carolina to Abingdon, South west Virginia, about 1500 miles.
At Columbus, Mississippi, he met Gen. N. B. Forrest, who was preparing to start next day with his command of several thousand men, on a campaign into Tennessee and Kentucky, and gave him a lot of late newspapers, and all the information he could. The General asked him to join his command, stating that a number of Morgan’s men were with him, but young Hines respectfully declined, stating that he was anxious to join the remnant of his old command, which he had learned was then in S. W. Virginia.
He was soon made Sergeant Major of the battalion, and was eventually promoted for gallant conduct on the battlefield, to the position of Adjutant of said battalion, with the rank of First Lieutenant.
In his last year at the Academy he was appointed Cadet Lieutenant Commander, the highest cadet office in the battalion. Samuel D. Hines, another son of James D. Hines, is now a member of the Kentucky General Assembly from the Bowling Green Legislative District. Henry C. Hines (brother of James D. Hines), Company K, 9th Kentucky Cavalry, was captured at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, on Gen. Morgan’s June raid 1864, and was held as a prisoner of war at Camp Douglas, until a short time before the final surrender. When the war ended, he returned to his home in Bowling Green. Kentucky, where he became a wholesale grocer, and afterwards served two terms of four years each, as Mayor of the City of Bowling Green, and died in 1895.
His son, John F. Hines, is also a Commander in the U. S. Navy, having entered the Naval Academy in 1888. Arthur Scott Hines, son of Henry C. Hines, and great-grandson of John Hines, married Annie Hines, daughter of Ed L Hines and great-granddaughter of Tames Hines.
His son, Walker D. Hines, has already, though yet a young man, achieved a brilliant career, having been made first vice president of the L. & N. R. R. at the age of 32, and is now at the age of 40, Chief Counsel for the Sante Fe R. R. at a large salary, with his office in New York City, and he is regarded as one of the ablest railroad attorneys in the United States.
Edward R. Hines, son of Ed L. Hines, and great-grandson of James Hines, occupies an important position in the St. Louis Terminal Railroad. William H. Philips is a great-grandson of John Mines, and was at one time engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Bowling Green, Kentucky; and is now engaged in farm- gardening, and is largely interested in growing strawberries.
The Rev. James A. Clarke, great-grandson of Henry Hines, Jr., is now editor of the Pacific Baptist at McMinnville, Oregon, the leading periodical of the Baptist denomination west of the Rocky Mountains. He married Miss Emily A. Brown, of Wallingford, Connecticut, where he was formerly pastor of the Baptist Church. P. Hampton Coombs, a great-grandson of John Hines, is general freight and passenger agent of the Cotton Belt R. R. with his office in New York City. His brother, Edward Coombs, occupies an important railroad position in Texas. Samuel C. Porter, son of E. H. Porter, and a great-great-grandson of John Hines, holds an important railroad position in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alexander T. Hines, son of Andrew H. Hines and grandson of Thomas Hines, was a member of Company C, 9th Kentucky Infantry. Orphans Brigade, C.S.A., which command Prof. Shaler, in his history of Kentucky, says was one of the finest military organizations the world has ever known. He is now living in St. Louis, Missouri, in single blessedness, is prosperous and has not reached the allotted three score and ten.
Dr. Samuel W. Coombs, a great-grand son of John Hines, is a prominent physician of Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he makes his home.
Bennett Burnam, grandson of John Hines, was a member of the 1st Regiment Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A., commanded by Col. Blairton Duncan, that went to Virginia early in the war. He was one of Bowling Green’s most brilliant young men, and unfortunately fell a victim to fever during the first few months of his service in the army, dying in Virginia, in 1861.
James H. Burnam, a brother of Bennett Burnam, was Captain in a Tennessee Confederate regiment, and made a fine record as a soldier. After the war he practiced law at Fayetteville, Tennessee, where he married; he was regarded as one of the ablest and most eloquent advocates at the bar. He died in 1906, and was buried at Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Samuel D. Adams, a grandson of John Hines, his mother being Nancy Hines, daughter of said John, who married Clement Adams, is in his seventy-ninth year, and is hale and hearty for his age. He lost his eyesight by an accident in his early manhood, but not withstanding this terrible handicap, has succeeded far better in the struggle for existence than the average citizen, having reared a family of eight children, and amassed a handsome competency. His memory is the most remarkable ever known to the writer.
Ely H. Adams is a nephew of Samuel D. Adams, and a great-grandson of John Hines. He is one of Bowling Green’s most prosperous business men. Dr. James O. Carson, a great grandson of John Hines, and a grandson of Reason B. Collins, who married Mary, the eldest daughter of John Hines, is one of Bowling Green’s most successful physicians and enterprising citizens.
There are many other descendants of Henry Hines, Sr., worthy of mention, but to enumerate them all would fill a volume.