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Charles Hinkley (1793 - 1842)

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Charles Hinkley
Born in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 May 1816 in Walworth, Wayne Co., New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Auburn Center, Geauga County, Ohio, USAmap
Profile last modified 13 Sep 2019 | Created 28 Dec 2018 | Last significant change: 13 Sep 2019
00:55: Jonathan Sandoe edited the Biography for Charles Hinkley (1793-1842). [Thank Jonathan for this]
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Charles was born in Stonington, Connecticut in 1793. He is thought to be the son of Nathan Hinckley and Mary (Babcock) Hinckley. He relocated to Walworth, New York some time before 1816. His brother, Gilbert, had moved there in 1803. He married Nancy Turner in Walworth, New York in 1816. That winter they moved to Auburn, Geauga County, Ohio. His brother, Gilbert, also moved to Auburn in 1835.

He and Nancy had the following children:

He passed away in 1842. [1] He was buried in Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn Corners, Ohio. [2]

From the "Pioneer and General History of Geauga County":

In the fall of 1816, Mr. Elihu Mott, the neighbor of Mr. Woods [in New York], hired him to take his team and move him to Newbury, Ohio. After arriving at Newbury, Mr. Woods liking the country, concluded to purchase some land before he returned home, and accordingly came to Auburn, and looked over the Root tract, but there were no roads laid out on that tract, and, in fact, none laid out in town, except the State road. Mr.Woods told William Crafts he would like to buy some land on the State road. Mr.Crafts told him he thought he could buy out Morgan Orton, who then owned some land on the north part of the Ely tract. Uncle William went with him, and he soon made a bargain for the land, and the next morning, started for home. Later in the fall he returned to Auburn again, and this time, brought back four men with him, their names being Charles Hinkley, Amasa Turner, Philip Ingler, and James Benjamin, all looking for land.[3]

Later, this same volume has a somewhat conflicting account of his and Nancy's arrival:

Charles Hinckley was born in the State of New York, in 1793 ; was married about 1816 to Nancy Turner, and in 1822 came to Auburn. Settled first on the Kirtland tract, west of the corners ; lived there a few years, and then sold out, and purchased a farm on the second east and west road, south of the corners; cleared up his farm, and in 1838 sold out to Daniel Washburn, and purchased a farm in Troy, at what was known in those days as "Fox's corners." Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley had seven children— Horace D., James B., Porter L, Avery W., Nancy C, Leonara B., and Gilbert T. Mr. Hinckley died in 1842, and Mrs. Hinckley in1866. Mr. Hinckley was the second justice of peace elected in Auburn.[4]

Here is yet another, more colorful, account:

They [Charles and Nancy Hinckley] were married during the fall of 1816, at Walworth, Wayne Co., N. Y., and the following winter moved to Geauga County, Ohio, making the journey on sleds drawn by oxen, and, en route, the party narrowly escaped death. While passing a clearing two trees fell, crushing one of the sleds and delaying the venturesome toilers in the unfrequented pathways two days. They arrived at their destination in safety, however, and lived for many years, Mr. Hinckley dying in 1842, and his widow during the year 1866. They reared a family of seven children, three sons now living: James B, Gilbert, and Horace D.[5]

Charles was an active and respected member of the community of Auburn. He was elected Justice in 1824 and Trustee in 1827, 1829, 1835, and 1837. [6]


His last name was sometimes Hinkley and sometimes Hinckley.


  1. Hinkley Family Tree prepared by Enid (Hutchinson) Taylor 0ct 1982, based on personal knowledge and the research of Lura Hutchinson. In the possession of Jonathan Sandoe.
  2. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 31 December 2018), memorial page for Charles Hinckley (3 May 1793–25 Mar 1842), Find A Grave: Memorial #59432416, citing Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn Corners, Geauga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by horsethief (contributor 46898437) .
  3. "Pioneer and General History of Geauga County", The Historical Society of Geauga County, 1880, p165.
  4. "Pioneer and General History of Geauga County", The Historical Society of Geauga County, 1880, pp 192-193.
  5. Brown, Robert Charles, 1925-; Norris, J. E; “History of Portage County, Ohio. Containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies, history of the Northwest Territory; history of Ohio; statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc., etc.”, p. 761.
  6. "The Living History of Auburn", accessed 31 July 2019.

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