Categories: 2nd Regiment of York Militia, Canada, War of 1812.
Michigan pioneer records state that he was a soldier in the British Army in the War of 1812. But a land petition which he made in 1819 tells a different story. He states that he came from Pembrokeshire to the US with his family in 1796 and then came to the Province of Upper Canada with his parents in 1807. In papers accompanying the petition, Col. Richard Beasley of the 2nd York reported that John had sworn the Oath of Allegiance. And Capt. William Thompson of the 2nd York Militia reported that he was a Private in his company during the War of 1812. For some reason, not listed, his petition was rejected, although both his brothers in law Anthony and John Ribble (who had applied at the same time) were approved.
His wife Phebe came to Upper Canada with her family in 1810. John and Phebe married in about 1812. By the time of his land petition in 1819 they had three children. By the time of the 1825 Trafalgar tax assessment, living next door to Phebe's brother John, their family had grown to six boys, all under sixteen. They eventually had a large family with at least ten children.
In 1837, John signed a surety for the marriage bond of his brother in law, Charles Ribble.
He was one of the pioneers of Mecosta County in Michigan. He moved there from Canada in 1855 when he was about 65 years old, and located in the town which now bears his name. He was the first settler in the township, and had to cut his road for sixteen miles to get to the land upon which he located. At that time, there was not a person living within twenty miles of his place.
"JOHN HINTON, first settler in the township of Hinton, was a NATIVE OF WALES. He MARRIED PHEBE RIBBLE, a native of New Jersey, in 1812. They came to Mecosta Co. in October, 1855, and settled on sec. 15. MRS. HINTON'S DEATH OCCURRED Feb. 18, 1860, and was the first event of the kind in the township. It is held that the second marriage of Mr. Hinton to Mariette Rockwood, celebrated May 26, 1860, was the first marriage in the township. The first frame barn was erected by Mr. Hinton in 1856. He DIED JAN. 4 1874."
"THE TOWNSHIP WAS NAMED IN HIS HONOR. In the summer of 1856, John Hinton, of the township of Hinton, built a large frame barn, which was the first frame building erected in the county. The lumber for it was cut with a whipsaw, involving a task that would discourage most men."
"HINTON TOWNSHIP - The township of Hinton was organized in January, 1860, and the first Supervisor was R. Van Dewater. The FIRST WHITE SETTLER WAS JOHN HINTON, who located on section fifteen, in June, 1855... The first death was that of Phoebe Hinton, Feb. 18, 1860. The first marriage was that of John Hinton and Mariette Rockwood, solemnized by Leonard Aldrich, Justice of the Peace, May 26, 1860. Another report says that Samuel W. Rose and Ann Hinton were the first couple married. The first frame building was a barn, 30 x 50 feet, erected by John Hinton, in the summer of 1856."
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