Biography of Darwin Hinkley

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Darwin Hinkley, physician and surgeon at Leland, Ill., was born in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 29, 1809, a son of Samuel Hinkley, a native of Georgetown, Me. The genealogy of the Hinkley family is as follows: In 1635 Samuel Hinkley, his wife and four children came from County Kent, England, and settled in Massachusetts. His son Edward married a daughter of the Indian chief Massasoit, and another of his sons, Samuel, was Governor of the colony eleven years. Edward Hinkley’s son Samuel settled in Brunswick, Me., in an early day, and his son Samuel settled in Georgetown, Me., his son John being grandfather of our subject. The latter was a native of Massachusetts, and was a Captain in the war of the Revolution, where he met his death. Our subject’s father was Quartermaster in the war of 1812. Our subject was a soldier in the Aroostook war in Maine, and also served in the late war three years, for which he raised part of the Fifty-third Illinois Infantry, Coggswell’s Battery. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Fort Donelson and Lookout Mountain, and was discharged in 1864 for disability, for which he draws a pension. He began reading medicine in 1832, and graduated from New York Medical College in 1834, and from the Chicago Medical College in 1860. He came to La Salle County, Ill., in 1846, and practiced four years at Hardin, since which he has practiced at Leland. He was married in Pennsylvania to Cynthia Hayden, in 1835, who died in 1836, leaving one son-Samuel F., a wholesale merchant in Stockton, Cal. Mr. Hinkley was again married in 1838, to Martha C. Pease, daughter of Captain Lemuel Pease (deceased). Of the four children born to this union two are living- James B., and Frances, married George Holmes, of DeKalb County, Ill., by whom she has seven children- Ella, Mary, Wright, George, Letitia, Bert D. and Clyde R. Samuel F. married Mary De Wolf, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and has two children- James was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in Company E, Eighty ninth Illinois Infantry, and also served five years in Company H, Sixteenth United States Infantry. He married Mary Dailey, and to them have been born one son- William W. James is now a traveling salesman for the San Francisco Tea Company. He is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders. The Doctor is a member of the Boylston Medical Society, of Boston, Mass.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886