THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   OLIVER B. HINKLEY. This gentleman can assuredly lay claim to being one of the oldest inhabitants of Brookfield, N. Y., having been born in that town, October 10, 1811.
   David Hinkley, his father, went from Connecticut with the grandfather, Wyott Hinkley, when only ten years of age, and was one of the pioneers of the town. The great-grand-father on the mother's side was Captain Daniel Brown, a native of Connecticut, who was the first man that settled in Brookfield, when it was still a vast, unbroken forest. It was on the 4th of July, 1791, that he celebrated the glorious anniversary in a practical fashion, by making the woods ring with the sound of his axe instead of the roar of musketry, and commenced on this auspicious day to cut the timber that made his home. In the following year, 1792, a number of other settlers arrived, and thus started the town. It was then the first grist-mill was built. In the cemetery of this town repose the great-grandfather (Captain Brown ), the grand-fathers, grandmothers, and parents of our subject.
   David Hinkley was educated in the district schools, and until twenty-one years of age remained on the home farm. He then worked out for some years, and later returned to it, where he resided until his death, when fifty-nine years of age. He married Miss Susanna Brown, the grand-daughter of Captain Daniel Brown, above mentioned. Of this marriage there were eight children,--Oliver B., Phebe U., Lois, Abigail, Mary, Esther, Maria, and Daniel A. The mother died at the age of seventy years.
   Our subject was reared on the farm, his only educational opportunities being the limited ones of the district school, and during this time helped in the work of the farm. He had scarcely reached his majority when he wooed and won Miss Avis Burdick, daughter of Ethan and Mary (Rogers) Burdick, with .whom for over sixty-one years he has lived a life of unbroken peace and contentment. True it is that heavy sorrow has come to them in the death of their two lovely daughters, Louisa A. and Juliaette; but it has only served to draw them nearer to each other, and today they are beautiful examples of “love that never grows old.” D. J., the only surviving child, married Miss Carrie E. Langworthy. She died, leaving two children,--O. Earle, a telegraph student, and Edna A. Hinkley. His second wife was Miss Katie Day, of Waterville, N. Y. Louisa, the daughter of our subject and his wife, married Richard Loyd, of Columbus, N. Y., and died in 1878, leaving one child, Zennie Estelle. Their second daughter, Juliaette, was the wife of William Craine, and died in 1883, also leaving a daughter, Mabel L. These three grand-daughters of this venerable couple are lovely and accomplished young ladies.
   Mr. Hinkley is eighty-two years of age, and his wife a few weeks younger. They are hale and hearty, living alone in their beautiful home, which they established upon the farm now occupied during the first year of their union. Here they have led a blissful married life of sixty-one years. Devoted to each other as when they were first wedded, they have borne their sorrows together; and, although the impress of these griefs has left its furrows on their brows, still their faith and serenity have kept their hearts young, and there is no house in the town where better cheer and more open-handed hospitality can be found. Mrs. Hinkley still supervises her household; and in business matters Mr. Hinkley’s advice is sought, as he is a judicious and prudent counsellor. In his long life he has al ways been a great reader. He has ever illustrated his worthy ancestry, and in himself is an ideal representative of a pioneer of the town. Both he and his wife may well be called grand old people; and, as hand in hand they journey down the voyage of life, they have the love and fondest hopes of their fellow-citizens that they may "live long in the land."

 

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