Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The Hinckses were originally of Chester, England, and it is quite probable that the American progenitor of those mentioned below came from that city or its immediate vicinity. Some of the early ancestors in New England acquired considerable prominence in the colonial military service, also in a judicial and political capacity.
(I) John Hincks, the first of the name in New England, arrived from the mother country in 1670 or 1672 and settled in Great Island, New Castle, now Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was a coucillor for the province of N. H., and assistant in the court of chancery from 1683 to 1686. June 10 of the latter year he was appointed chief justice, and was also captain of the fort on Great Island. He continued in office as councillor, judge and captain until the overthrow of the colonial government in April, 1689. March 1, 1692, he was again appointed councillor in the new charter issued by William and Mary, which created a new government for New Hamshire, and became the president of the council. In 1696-97 he was again captain of the Kings fort, then called Fort William and Mary. In 1699 he was appointed chief justice of the superior court and captain of the fort, and served in each capacity until 1707. He is knwn to have been living in New Castle, Aug. 29, 1722, and his death occurred prior to 1734.
John Hincks married Elizabeth, born in Boston, Nov. 1, 1657, daughter of Judge Nathaniel Freyer, of Portsmouth.
one son, Samuel, and several daughers.
(II) Samuel, only son of John and Elizabeth (Freyer) Hincks, was born in Great Island about 1680. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1701; entered the colonial military service, in which he attained the rank of captain; at one time commanded Fort Mary and the garrison at Winter Harbor, near Biddeford, Maine. In the colonial archives preserved at the state house in Boston is to be seen the original copy of a treaty made with one of the eastern tribes of Indians, signed at Falmouth, Maine, Aug. 5, 1726, by Samuel Hincks and several other prominent colonial officials.
He married Mrs. Elizabeth (Winslow) Scott, widow of Joseph Scott, of Boston, and daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Hutchinson) WINSLOW. She was a granddaughter of John and Mary (Chilton) Winslow. John Winslow, who came in the "Fortune" in 1621, was a brother of Governor Edward Winslow, the "Mayflower" Pilgrim. Mary Chilton, also a "Mayflower" Pilgrim, was a daughter of James Chilton, one of the signers of the famous compact. Edward Winslow married (first) Sarah Hilton and (second) Elizabeth Hutchinson, daughter of William Hutchinson and his famous wife Anne Hutchinson, the last-named of whom occupies a prominent place in colonial history on account of her opposition to the theological doctrines in vogue at that period.
(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) and Elizabeth (Winslow) (Scott) Hincks, was a student at Harvard College, but probably did not graduate. For many years he taught school at Truro, on Cape Cod, and was known as "The Learned Schoolmaster of Truro." In 1795 he moved to Bucksport, Maine, where he died in 1804.
He was married in Truro to Susannah, daughter of Jonathan Dyer of that town. Of this union there were thirteen children, and Jesse Y., the next in line of descent, was the youngest.
(IV) Jesse Y., son of Samuel (2) and Susannah (Dyer) Hincks, was born in Truto, Jan. 1, 1776, died in Bucksport, Dec. 29, 1853. He was married April 4, 1795, to Ruth Pain Rich, born July 5, 1780.
1. Mary, born Dec. 16, 1797.
2. Ruth, born April 17, 1801, died in April 1852.
3. Jesse, born Feb. 28, 1802, died the same day.
4. Elizabeth P., born Dec. 15, 1803.
5. Jesse, see below.
6. Rebecca R., July 15, 1808.
7. Betsey, born Feb. 19, 1811.
8. Reuben G., born Feb. 23, 1813.
9. John W., born Aug. 23, 1817.
10. Joseph F., born March 8, 1820, died July 25, same year.
(V) Captain Jesse, second son and fifth child of Jesse Y. and Ruth P. (Rich) Hincks, was born in Bucksport, Jan. 13, 1806, died in Brewer, Maine, Feb. 14, 1883. Like most of the male inhabitants of his native town he followed the sea and became a master mariner.
He was married in Bucksport, Nov. 26, 1827, to Eliza L. Eldridge, born in that town Aug. 31, 1807, died in Brewer, Nov. 27, 1881. She was a daughter of Elisha D. and Phebe (Lewis) Eldridge, and granddaughter of Capt. John and Elizabeth (Hamlin) Lewis. Capt. John Lewis served in the revolutionary war as master on board the Continental schooner "Warren," thirty-two guns. He was captured by the British, who conveyed him to Liverpool, whence he was conveyed to Marblehead on the Cartel sloop "Pacific" and exchanged.
Capt. Jesse and Eliza L. (Eldridge) Hincks were the parents of ten
1. Julia S., born July 6, 1829, died Feb. 18, 1861.
2. Mary M., born March 10, 1830, died in 1907.
3. Elizabeth G., born Nov. 30, 1832, died March 26, 1906.
4. Jesse Y., see below.
5. Jane L., born Sept. 15, 1836, died June 19, 1840.
6. Josephine, born Feb. 15, 1839.
7. Louisa, born May 19, 1841, died June 17, 1893.
8. Phebe L., born Dec. 25, 1843, died July 12, 1900.
9. Emma D., born March 13, 1846.
10. John E. R., born April 26, 1849, died May 5, 1886.
(IV) Jesse Y. (2), fourth child and eldest son of Capt. Jesse and Eliza L. (Eldridge) Hincks, was born in Brewer, April 30, 1834. He began his studies in the public schools of his native town and concluded them at the Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill. Entering the service of the old European and North American Railway Company as a conductor he served in that capacity until he found it advisable to relinquish railroading, and going to Marlboro, Mass., where he engaged in the manufacture of wooden boxes. The burning of his factory some two years later caused him to return to Maine, and in 1876 he bought a farm in Old Town. About the year 1885 he engaged in the dry goods business in Old Town with John M. Stowe, under the firm name of Stowe & Hincks. This firm was subsequently succeeded by that of Hunt, Stowe & Hincks, and occupied a portion of the Indian Agency store. Mr. Hincks retired from business in 1898. In politics he acts independently. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Dec. 14, 1869, he married Elizabeth F., born in Old Town, March 10, 1849, daughter of Joseph Locke and Amelia C. (Le Ballister) SMITH. Joseph L. Smith, born Nov. 30, 1817, died Jan. 8, 1892, was a son of Asa and Mary J. (Corwin) Smith. Asa Smith was born May 26, 1786, died Aug. 26, 1867. Amelia C. (Le Ballister) Smith was born Sept. 15, 1817, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Keen) Le Ballister. She died Aug. 8, 1894.
Jesse Y. and Elizabeth F. (Smith) Hincks have one son:
Joseph L. S.
(VII) Joseph L. S., son of Jesse Y. (2) and Elizabeth F. (Smith) Hincks, was born in Bangor, Maine, Dec. 23, 1871. He attended the public schools of Old Town and concluded his education with a commercial course at Eastman's Business Collge, Poughkeepsie, New York. He began his practical business training as a grocer's clerk in Old Town, but subsequently accepted the positon of assistant manager with the Eastern Trust and Banking Company, in which capacity he continued for eleven years. In 1899 he acquired a half interest in the undertaking and casket manufacturing business, becoming associated with Charles E. Rackliff, whose interest he purchsed in 1902, and as sole proprietor of the business he has since cararied it on with success. At the present time (1908) he is manufacturing caskets on quite an extensive scale, principally for the wholesale trade.
Politically he is independent and has served two years as city treasurer at different times under both parties. Mr. Hincks is far advanced in the Masonic Order, being a member of Star in the East Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Old Town; Mount Moriah Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; St. John Commandery, Knights Templar; Eastern Star Lodge of Perfection, Princes of Jerusalem, all of Bangor; the Maine Consistory, Portland; Kora Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, Lewiston, and Kineo (or Kinco?) Chapter Eastern Star, thirty-second degree Mason. He also affiliated with Phintheas Lodge, Knights of Pythias; Tarratine Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Maccabees, and the Woodmen, all of Old Town.
He married, Sept. 2 1902, Autense L. Cousens, born Feb. 10, 1881, daughter of James W. and Marion (Waterhouse) Cousens, of Stilllwater, Maine. Her father was a son of William and Mary (Sawyer) Cousens, and her mother was a daughter of Oliver A. and Nellie (Houston) Waterhouse.
Marion Elizabeth, born July 22, 1903, died June 28, 1907.