LEWIS C. HINMAN, a representative farmer and
stock-raiser of Stockbridge, is actively engaged in his profitable
occupation on his homestead in District No. 9, where his energetic
labors and excellent management have met with due reward. He was born
December 30, 1823, in what is now the town of Stockbridge, Madison
County, but was then included in the town of Augusta, Oneida County. He
is of English ancestry, being a descendant of one George Hinman who
emigrated from England to the United States in the early part of the
year 1700. George Hinman was a man of considerable wealth, and purchased
a large tract of land in Connecticut, where he settled, afterward
becoming one of the influential citizens of the place and serving for
some time. as Surveyor-General of the State.
Phineas Hinman, the grandfather of our subject, was born in England, and emigrated to this country. During the French and Indian War he was pressed into service by the English government, and served in that army, but during the Revolutionary War enlisted in the Continental Army, and served the entire seven years. He was a gallant officer, and did brave duty at the battle of Bunker Hill, and was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. At the close of the war he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and purchased a farm in Connecticut, where he afterward lived, dying at the advanced age of ninety years. He married Ruth Colt, who died in Connecticut, when seventy years old. They reared a family, none of whom survive. Both were people held in high esteem, and were Presbyterians in belief. The parents of our subject, Grove and Cerena (Palmer) Hinman, were both natives of the town of Norfolk, Litchfield County, Conn., and resided in that town until after their marriage. In 1812 they came to New York, and located in Oneida County, making the long and tiresome journey overland with teams of oxen and horses. The country was then mostly in the hands of the natives; and Mr. Hinman leased a tract of timbered land from the Indians, and erected a log house, which he and his family occupied for some time, being among the first white settlers in that vicinity. He had much natural ability as a mechanic, and turned his attention to the business of a carpenter and joiner, making considerable money in that occupation. Later he purchased some land, and began the improvement of a farm, buying more land occasionally, until his possessions aggregated two hundred and thirty-five acres, and he became one of the leading farmers of the place. He was an influential citizen of the community, doing well his part in developing the resources of his adopted town, and served ably as Supervisor and Assessor, besides filling other important offices. He and his wife were both prominent members of the Universalist church. Both spent their last years on the homestead, he dying in 1859 at the age of eighty-two years, and Mrs. Hinman in 1840, when sixty years old. To them were born a family of sixteen children, fourteen of whom grew to maturity and three are still living, namely: Amedias, living in Stockbridge; Lewis C., our subject; and Worthy P., also living in Stockbridge. The subject of this brief narrative grew to manhood in his native town, obtaining a good common-school education in its public schools and assisting in the labors of the farm, thus early becoming intimately acquainted with the details attendant upon a life devoted to agriculture. He remained beneath the parental roof-tree until 1848, when he settled in a home of his own, and took upon himself other duties. During that year he married Jeanette Moyer, a native of Stockbridge; but their happy married life was of short duration, her death occurring in 1850. She left one son, Marcelon, who died at the age of twenty-seven years. Mr. Hinman was married the second time in 1851, taking for his wife Mrs. Cordelia Churchill. She was a widow, and had one child, Catherine, wife of William Woods, of Stockbridge. Of the second marriage of our subject four children have been born, namely: Trueman, living on the home farm; Arthur, living on a part of the old homestead; Henderson, a mechanic, residing in Canastota; and Violette E., wife of Joseph Farquhar, of Kansas City.
Mr. Hinman's first purchase of land consisted of a tract of sixty-two acres in the town of Stockbridge, which he cultivated successfully; and, as he accumulated money, he bought adjacent property, and now has a valuable farm of two hundred and eighty acres, all under a good state of cultivation. He does an excellent business as a general farmer and stock-raiser, paying much attention to his dairy, which consists of from twenty-five to thirty-five head of choice cattle; and each year he receives a good profit from his hops, which are an important crop in this section of the country. His homestead is a pleasant place, forming an attractive feature of the landscape, with its substantial residence and the convenient buildings required by the enterprising agriculturist. Mr. Hinman is a most pleasant man, affable and cordial in manner and much esteemed throughout the community. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, and has served as Highway Commissioner and Assessor, and also as Railway Commissioner for twenty years. Mrs. Hinman is an active and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, contributing liberally to its support.
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