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Hinds Family

  also spelled Haynes, Haines, Hine and Hinds  

Lancaster was first settled as "Nashaway" in 1643. It was officially incorporated as "Lancaster on the Nashua" in 1653. It originally included many current towns in central Massachusetts. It was the home of Mary Rowlandson. During King Philip's War the town suffered several massacres. It was abandoned in 1680 and resettled several years later.

John Hinds was born on August 28, 1639. He was the son of James Hinds.

His first wife's name is not known.

James Hinds

On Feburary 9, 1681-2, he married Mary Butler, widow of James Butler in Lancaster.

John Hinds (1683),
Jacob Hinds (1685, married Grace Morse),
Hannah Hinds (1687),
Hopestill Hinds (1689, married Mary Walker),
Deborah Hinds (1692)
Esperience Hinds (1697), and
Enoch Hinds (1700),

About 1676 he moved to Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Woburn, Middlesex County where his house was a garrison house, under John Moore, April 20, 1704.

For a short time they lived in Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He received a grant of sixty-two acres of land in Brookfield, owning one hundred and ninety-nine acres there.

On April 13, 1719, John sold his house to his son John and returned to Lancaster

John hinds hath this thirtie acre lott Granted by the town Lying one the east side of the Nashaway River in several places one piece Lying to the Southeast of Rattlesnake hill . . . . more he hath a peice Laid out at the head of the Little Brook that Runs threw James Butler's Land near his houseplace. . . .( from Annals of Lancaster)

John died in Lancaster in March, 1720.

Colonial settlers built forts for protection.

 
 

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Jacob Hinds was born about 1685 in Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was the son of John Hinds.

He married Grace Morse

Tabitha Hinds (1718, died in infancy),
Sarah Hinds (1719),
Abigail Hinds (1720)
Daniel Hinds (1722, died young),
Joseph Hinds (1724),
Benjamin,
Mary Hinds (1726),
Tabitha Hinds (1727),
Jason Hinds ( 1728),
Elizabet Hinds (1730), and
Jacob Hinds (1731, married Thankful Davis).

At first they lived in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

In 1717, they settled in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He received a land grant in Shrewsbury of sixty acres on December 30, 1718.

In 1720 they moved to West Boylston.

He was a corporal in Captain Asa Whitcomb's company.

His will was dated September 24, 1764.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.
 
 
 

Hopestill Hinds was born in 1689. He was the son of John and Mary Hinds.

He married Mary Walker.

Hopestill Hinds (1713),
Nehemiah Hinds (1715)
Bathsheba Hinds (1717)
Elizabeth Hinds (1719)
Mary Hinds (1721)
Abigail, Hinds (1723).

They lived in Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

From July 26 to November 18, 1725, he was in service against the Indians.

 
 
 
 

Nehemiah Hinds born on May 3, 1715. He was the son of Hopestill Hinds and Mary Walker.

His wife was named Sarah.

Nehemiah and Sarah's children may have included:

Elizabeth Hinds (1740, married John Gibbs),
Timothy Hinds (1741, married Mary Baxter),
Joseph Hinds (1742/43, married Susannah Powers and Elizabeth Scott),
Sarah Hinds (1747), and
Mary Hinds (1752, married Thomas Powers).

 
     
 

 
     
 

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from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter

James Hinds, the first settler, was born in England. He came to Salem, Massachusetts, to make his home, as early as 1637...

He was admitted a freeman March. 1637-38, and sold land in Marblehead in 1649. He was a member of the Salem church, April 25, 1637. He removed to Southold, Long Island, in New York, and died there March, 1652-53. He was a cooper by trade.

His widow Mary married (second) June, 1656, Ralph Dayton, of Southold. Hinds made his will March 1, 1652-53, bequeathing to wife Mary, eldest son John, and other children, not named in the will.

Children:
John;
James, born August 2, 1641;
Benjamin, baptized August 26, 1643;
Mary, baptized February 19, 1646;
James, baptized December 27, 1647-48;
Jonathan, baptized April 11, 1648;
Sarah, baptized April, 1648, twin;
Thomas, baptized March 4. 1651.

 
 
 
 

from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter

John Hinds, son of James Hinds, was born August 28, 1639, and died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, March 20, 1720. He resided in Lancaster, removing there from Woburn in 1676 or soon atterwards, and his house there was a garrison house, under John Moore, April 20, 1704. For a short time he lived in Brookfield, Massachusetts, but returned to Lancaster, where he died. He received a grant of sixty-two acres of land in Brookfield, owning one hundred and ninety-nine acres there. He sold his Brookfield house lot to his son John, April 13, 1719. He lived in the part of Lancaster which became Bolton.

He married (first) . (second) February 9, 1681-82. Mary Butler, widow of James Butler, an early settler of Lancaster.

Child of the first wife: James, resided at Lancaster.

Children of the second wife:
John;
Jacob,
Hannah;
Hopestill;
Deborah;
Experience;
Enoch.

 
 
 
 

from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter

Jacob Hinds, son of John Hinds, was born probably in Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1685, and died in West Boylston, Massachusetts. He was a farmer in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where his name was spelled Hins on the records. In 1717 he went with other Marlborough people to settle in Shrewsbury, and from there went to West Boylston in 1720, being probably the first white settler in that region. He was a corporal in Captain Asa Whitcomb's company. He received a grant of land in Shrewsbury of sixty acres, December 30, 1718, the 33d lot. His will was dated September 24, 1764.

He married, in Marlborough, December 6, 1716, Grace Morse, daughter of Joseph and Hester (Peirce) Morse. She was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, June 7, 1694.. .

Children of Jacob and Grace (Morse) Hinds, first three born in Marlborough, others in Shrewsbury:
Tabitha, born 1718, died in infancy:
Sarah, born 1719;
Abigail, born 1720;
Daniel, born June 21, 1722, died June 2, 1740;
Joseph, born January 20, 1724;
Benjamin,
Mary, born August 18, 1726;
Tabitha, born November 14, 1727;
Jason, born December 8, 1728;
Elizabeth, born January 22, 1730;
Jacob, born January 22,

 

 
 
 
 

from History and Genealogy of the Hinds Family

Hopestill Hinds, son of John and Mrs. Mary (Butler) Hinds (James ), born probably in Brookfield, Mass., Oct. 22, 1713;
married Mary Walker.
He had a grant of eighty acres of land in Brookfield, also one of one hundred thirty acres. He was appointed as one of a committee to help lay out the lands, granted by the town. He was also appointed a member of a committee to prevent the killing of deer as the law provided. From July 26, to Nov. 18, 1725, he was in service against the Indians. April 27, 1717, a rate was made for the paying of the minister of Brookfield, which contained the following: Enoch Hinds, £0 2s. 6d. Hopestill Hinds 14 6 John Hinds 12 o...

Children:
i. Nehemiah, b. May 3, 1715.
ii. Bathsheba , b. Feb. 4, 1717
iii. Elizabeth, b. March 21, 1719
iv. Mary, b. in March, 1721.
v. Abigail, b. March 4, 1723.

 
     
 

from History and Genealogy of the Hinds Family

Nehemiah Hinds, son of Hopestill and Mary (Walker) Hinds (John?, James), born May 3, 1715;
married Oct. 5, 1739, probably in Brookfield, Sarah and lived in Adams, Mass.

Children:
Elizabeth , b. Jan. 23, 1740.
Timothy, b. Dec. 3, 1741.
Joseph, b. Jan. 17, 1743.
Sarah, bap. July 25, 1747.
Abigail , bap. Aug. 1, 1756.
Moses, bap. March 27, 1757.
Nehemiah
Solomon

He may also have had children, Annie, Molly, and Susan, but Nehemiah, Solomon, Sarah, Abigail and Moses are doubtful. Nothing, however, is known of any of them, except as here stated.

 
     
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