Son of William Isaac & Mary Moon
Additional information supplied by Louis.
William Hinkley was born May 11, 1826, at Holland, Orleans County, Vermont, and died at Frederika, Iowa, May 28, 1906.
When he was fourteen years old his parents moved to the State of New York, and resided in the village of Canton, St. Lawrence County. There he lived till his 28th year.
Meantime he had been married to Miss Mary Baxter, of the same village. Together these two lived at Canton six years at the end of which period together with a large number of relatives they emigrated to the state of Illinois.
During the ten following years this company lived at Cherry Valley and Belvidere. In 1864 they again moved westward, not stopping in their journey for any length of time till they reached Bremer County, where they made their final stay at Frederika. For forty-two years they dwelt in or near Frederika.
For many years they lived on what is known as the John Fiene farm, but formerly the Rima homestead. When age had advanced so far that farming was no longer possible to him they moved in Frederika into the house where he died.
Three weeks previous to his death he was stricken by apoplexy from which he never fully regained consciousness.
His wife, one son, and one daughter, eleven grandchildren and three great-grand-children besides a host of other relatives feel deeply the loss of a good and true man. But they mourn not as those who mourn without hope.
At the age of seventeen he was converted under the preaching of the Rev. A. C. Wightman, of the Old Black River Conference. Having united with the M. E. church at once he was put at work. That habit never left him. From that time till his taking away he felt the obligation and responsibilities of the Christian life. For many years, he, with a few others who have "gone before" was a mainstay of the church in this community. The arduous work of the church he never shirked nor shunned and therefore he gave little sympathy to the chronic belittle of the work of the church.
In the forty-two years of residence in the community he had become a familiar figure and this because of certain characteristics. His positiveness on moral question, set him in stern opposition to any compromise and if perchance on any occasion his judgment did not keep pace with the ardor of his heart the readiness with which he was willing to acknowledge a fault in himself and forgive one against himself was one of the outstanding points in his character. No man was more generous in heart. He gave of his substance with a willing free hand. His industry was of a pride with the rest of his character, always busy, always wanting to do more. A good man has gone, and one whose heart was ever striving to be true to what he conceived to be right and proper.
The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church, May 30th, the pastor, Rev. J. B. Bird choosing for his text, Luke 12:43. A large number of friends gathered to pay their respects to his memory. He was laid to rest in the Alcock Cemetery.
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