Bryant Hinkle was born on February 27, 1809, in Rowan, North Carolina. He married three times - first to Elizabeth Glasscock, who died in/before 1849. He then married widow Jemima (LNU) Pritchett on August 9, 1849, in Lincoln, Tennessee. He then married Elizabeth Lundon on June 5, 1857, in Polk, Missouri. He died on February 13, 1897, in Miller, Missouri, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried in Dade, Missouri.