During the War of 1812, John served as a private in Captain William Thompson's Patr 20, 2nd Regiment of the York Militia. In 1815, he applied for a lease of Conc. 3; Lot 23 in Trafalgar Twp. offering his father, James Hinton, as security. On an application for a veteran's land grand dated 21 Apr 1819, a sworn statement by William Thompson stated that John had lived on that very property for about 4 years. John added that he had a wife and three children at that time. He was granted this land for his service during the war which meant he no longer paid rent to the government.
By 1851, he was a farmer and had a successful water-powered saw mill producing 75,000 feet of lumber per year on his propety in Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario. The family lived in a frame house. John was apparently literate since he signed his land applications in a clear hand.
On March 10, 1857, John, Francis, and James Hinton of Halton Co., Ontario received US Land Patents in what was named Hinton Twp., Mecosta Co., Michigan. This lends credence to the theory that Francis & James are the sons of John Hinton. (Jan Wilson Ramos, 29 Jan 1999)******
From the PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM, MECOSTA COUNTY, MI., Chapman Brothers - Chicago 1883: 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 County in October, 1855, and settled on section 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 (Margaret per census) Rockwood, celebrated May 26, 1860, was the first marriage in the township. The first frome barn was erected by Mr. Hinton in 1856. He died Jan. 4, 1874. The township was named in his honor.
Also referenced is Samuel W. Rose who came to Mecosta County in 1853 and was married Oct. 23, 1856 to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Phebe (Ribble) Hinton. Her father was born in Wales, and her mother in Germany. Mrs. Rose was born Feb. 18, 1835 and died May 12, 1866, leaving five children.****
U.S. CENSUS, MECOSTA CO., MICHIGAN
Page 18, 1860 US Census, Town of Hinton, Mecosta Co., Michigan
John Hinton age 69, real estate value 1500, personal value150,
Occupation Farmer. Birthplace Pembrokeshire Wales.
Margaret Hinton Age 50, Birthplace New York (Mariette, not Margaret?)
David Hinton Age 44, Farm Laborer Birthplace Canada West
Andrew Morden age 12, Birthplace Canada West
Eliza Rockwood age 13, Birthplace Michigan
George Hinton age 37, real estate value 100, Occupation Farmer, Birthplace Canada WEst
Mary M. Hinton age 24 Birthplace Canada West
Page 26, 1860 Census, Town of Pearsons, Mecosta Co., Michigan:
Frank G. Hinton 42, Farm Laborer, real estate value 200, Birthplace New York (Could this be Francis, son of John?)
Ann Hinton age 30 Born New York
George Age 9, Birthplace Wisconsin
Mary Hinton age 1/12, birthplace Michigan
Margaret (Mariette?) from above is listed in the 1880 census as living in the same place but she is alone and 70 years old. No other Hintons found in this area in 1880.****
ONTARIO, CROWN LAND GRANT APPLICATION, 21 Apr 1819:
To His Excellency Sire Peregrine Maitland K.C.B. Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada and Major General Commanding His Majesty's Forces therein.
Wherefore Your Petitioner prays that your Excellency may be pleased to grant him an allotment of Land as a Settler, subject to the payment of fees under the present Regulations.
And Petitioner will ever pray
John Hinton (signed)
York 21st April 1819
I do hereby certify that John Hinton of Trafalgar has taken the Oath of Allegience to his Majesty, his Hei__ and _iecessen as required by Law-
Ba____on 4th July 1815
Richard Beasley Jg
John HInton having requested of me character. This is to certify that I have known him for several years and that I believe him to be a good subject and an industrious man.
Etobecoke July the 7th 1815
It is required from the Petitioners officer & attorney that he did not neglect his duty as a Militia Man-by refusing to obey the Call of his officer-
To Whom It May Concern
The bearer /John Hinton/was a private in my company of the Patr 20 Reg 2 of Y- Mi_a (York Militia)----- I do not recollect that he ever when call on to do duty as a militiaman refused the command of his officer - he was once required by me during the war to march with the company to the lines but from some disability / I think it was a cut on his foot / did not go - on other occasions I believe he always stood his draft with his company.
Wm Thompson Capt, M
I do hereby certify that the bearer (JOhn Hinton) is an inhabitant of the Township of Trafalgar & has occupyed Lot No. 23 in the 3rd concession in the said township about four years. I believe he has demeaned himself properly during the late war with the United States and has never absented him self from his place of residence.
Wm Thompson JR
(transcribed from a copy of the original document preserving spelling, grammar, & syntax by Jan (Wilson) Ramos)****
1) Ontario Crown Lease & Land Grant Applications, dated June 1815 and 21 Apr 1819, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ontario
2) 1851 Ontario Census, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ontario
3) U.S. Land Patent, Hinton Twp., Mecosta Co., Michigan 10 Mar 1857
4) 1860 U.S. Census, Hinton Twp., Mecosta Co., Michigan
5) 1880 U.S. Census, Mecosta Co., Michigan
6) Portrait and Biographical Album, Mecosta County, MI, Chapman Brothers - Chicago 1883****
submitted by: Jan Wilson Ramos
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