Hinckley, Alexis

Hinckley, Alexis

Male 1835 - 1931  (95 years)

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  • Name Hinckley, Alexis  [1
    Born 4 Sep 1835  Lewis, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 6 Sep 1850  North Elba, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 9 Jun 1855  Whitehall, Washington, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 18 Jun 1860  North Elba, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 15 Jul 1914  South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 16 Jun 1931  South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7
    Buried Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I54477  Sackett
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2019 

    Father Hinckly, Horatio,   b. 26 Jun 1797, Essex County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1871  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother ___, Eliza K.,   b. 27 Oct 1810, Essex County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1883  (Age 72 years) 
    Children
    +1. Hinckley, Alexis,   b. 4 Sep 1835, Lewis, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1931, South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     
    Family ID F20801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Holt, Helen,   b. 2 Sep 1840, Essex County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1868  (Age 27 years) 
    Children 
     1. Hinckley, Henry,   b. 1860, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    +2. Hinckley, Harvey H.,   b. 29 Oct 1864, North Elba, Essex, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1914, Mounds View, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F20802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jones, Adelaide,   b. 7 Oct 1843, Chesterfield, Essex County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1934, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 1878  Clintonville, Clinton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F20799  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Jun 1855 - Whitehall, Washington, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Hinckley, Henry - 1860 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1878 - Clintonville, Clinton, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 15 Jul 1914 - South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jun 1931 - South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Based on his obituary, Alexis Hinkley participated in the conspiracy of John Brown, only avoiding participation in the revolt because his wife was critically ill. Hinckley purchased John Brown's farm, on which Brown is buried (Brown's widow retained ownership of the burial plot).

      That Hinckley once owned John Brown's farm is corroborated by numerous news articles. For example, the 4 Sep 1867 issue of the San Antonio (Texas) Press reports that a New York news correspondent had visited Brown's grave and spoken with the farm's owner, Alexis Hinckley. Other newspaper reports indicate that a group led by Kate Field purchased Brown's farm from Hinkley in 1870 for $2,000 in order to preserve it, then turned it over to the State of New York in 1896. Today the farm is a National Historic Landmark and the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. The house in which the Brown family and later Alexis Hinckly lived still stands. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown_Farm_State_Historic_Site

      The obituary of Alexis Hinckly also indicates that his second wife, Adelaide "Addie" Jones, is a Mayflower descendant. However, this has not yet been researched.

      Two interesting facts are not mentioned in the obituary. First, his first wife, Helen Holt, daughter of Harvey and Maria Holt, died on 7 July 1868. Second, his sister, Abbie C. Hinckley, married Salmon Brown, a son of John Brown.



  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 12 Jul 2019.
      Memorial ID 184375210
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184375210

      Alexis Hinckley
      Birth 4 Sep 1835
      New York, USA
      Death 15 Jun 1931 (aged 95)
      South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
      Burial
      Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
      Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA

      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S573] 1855 New York Census (Reliability: 3), 13 Jul 2019.
      1855 Census, enumerated 9 Jun 1855 in Whitehall, Washington County, New York, United States

      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      Orson Day M 51 Washington Co.
      Mary Day F 42 Washington Co.
      Lucy M Day F 16 Washington Co.
      Hascal Day M 11 Washington Co.
      Alexis Hinckley M 19 Essex Co.

      Household ID: 2616
      Line Number: 23
      Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number: M432
      Affiliate Film Number: 503
      GS Film Number: 17079
      Digital Folder Number: 004197476
      Image Number: 00369

      "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCYZ-VCZ : 12 April 2016), Abigail Hinkley in household of Horatio Hinkley, North Elba, Essex, New York, United States; citing family 2616, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S506] 1850 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 13 Jul 2019.
      1850 Census, enumerated 6 Sep 1850 in North Elba, Essex County, New York, United States

      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      Horatio Hinkley M 53 New York
      Eliza Hinkley F 37 New York
      Adolphus Hinkley M 18 New York
      Alexis Hinkley M 16 New York
      Abigail Hinkley F 10 New York

      Household ID: 2616
      Line Number: 23
      Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number: M432
      Affiliate Film Number: 503
      GS Film Number: 17079
      Digital Folder Number: 004197476
      Image Number: 00369

      "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCYZ-VCZ : 12 April 2016), Abigail Hinkley in household of Horatio Hinkley, North Elba, Essex, New York, United States; citing family 2616, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S500] 1860 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 13 Jul 2019.
      1860 Census, enumerated 18 Jun 1860 in North Elba, Essex County, New York, United States

      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      Rodolphus Hinkley M 26 New York
      Lucy Hinkley F 19 New York
      Alexis Hinkley M 24 New York
      Hellen Hinkley F 19 New York
      Henry Hinkley M 0 New York
      Nancy Wells F 55 Vermont
      Charlotte Washbond F 15

      Household ID: 196
      Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      Affiliate Publication Number: M653
      Affiliate Film Number: 753
      GS Film Number: 803753
      Digital Folder Number: 005170345
      Image Number: 00335

      "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCWP-4D9 : 14 December 2017), Charlotte Washbond in entry for Rodolphus Hinkley, 1860.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    5. [S1018] Obituary (Reliability: 3), 13 Jul 2019.
      Lake Placid News (Lake Placid, New York), 12 Aug 1914

      FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN WEST

      At his home near Minneapolis, Minn., July 25, 1914, occured the death of Harvey H. Hinckley, well and favorably known in many parts of Essex County. The cause of death was inflammatory reheumatism (sic), which he had suffered more or less during life. The remains accompanied by his wife and son and daughter were brought to Westport cemetery, where his oldest child was buried some years ago.

      Besides his wife, his daughter Ethel, and son Harold, he is survived by his father Alexis Hinckley of South Pasadena, Cal., and a large circle of other relatives.

      Mr. Hinckley was born at North Elba in 1864. His early life was spent in Essex county. After some years spent in the west, during which time he was married to Miss Hattie DeLong formerly of Brushton, N.Y., he returned and located at Westport, where for a number of years he engaged with success in the business of photographer. About seventeen years ago he returned to the west where he eventually secured a valuable trat (sic) of land in the vicinity of St. Paul and Minneapolis, moved on to it, and built a fine residence. But through overexertion in opening up a new home coupled with his constitutional difficulty, his flattering prospects were suddenly cut of as above stated.

      Mr. Hinckley was a man of fine qualities. His courteous manner and winning ways, and cordial companionship made him many friends wherever he went. His loss is deeply felt by his friends and acquaintances, and to the sorrowing family is extended most sincere sympathy by a large circle of fellow mourners.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith from an image posted on Find a Grave by John Bingham.

    6. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 12 Jul 2019.
      The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont), 14 Aug 1931, page 13

      An Associate Of John Brown Passes Away In California

      Alexis Hinckley, aged 96. intimate friend of John Brown and conferee and associate in the abolitionist conspiracy in 1859, died Monday morning in the house that had been his home for thirty-nine years. Mr. Hinckley, long honored and respected citizen of South Pasadena, served as city clerk from 1898 until 1908.

      Alexis Hinckley was born in Lewis, Essex County. New York, September 4. 1835. Always a high minded idealist as a young man he had an intense hatred for the institution of slavery, and was active in promoting the under-ground (sic) railway which enabled many slaves to be spirited away to freedom m Canada. His convictions led him into association with John Brown and he entered into the conspiracy with the famous abolitionist to free the slaves by arming and leading them into an uprising.

      That he was not with John Brown when he seized the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, was due to the critical illness of his wife which prevented him leaving her. Brown held the arsenal for eight days awaiting the uprising of the slaves, which never materialized. He was wounded and captured and later executed.

      So deeply stirred was the young man by the gallant but futile gesture of his hero to free the slaves, that when the Civil War was declared he immediately enlisted and served throughout the war with Co. K, 96th Infantry New York.

      Bought John Brown's Farm

      When he returned from the war he bought the John Brown farm near North Elba, New York, and lived there for several years. During the time that he lived there he kept a register of the visitors who came to the farm to pay tribute to the "hero and martyr." This register remained in his possession until his death.

      Another valued relic of his association was John Brown's autographed picture which the abolitionist sent to his wife from his prison in Charlestown a few days before his execution.

      The picture, a wood cut taken from a magazine, revealed the strength of character of the stern old abolitionist, who wrote across it with a firm hand, "Farewell, God Bless You, John Brown." Attached to the picture was a lock of his hair.

      Other relics of his hero friend, which the Civil War Veteran kept through the years, was a copy of John Brown's last statement written at Charlestown, West Virginia, December 2, 1859, which read: "I John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed, it might be done." Mr. Hinckley also kept through the years a facsimile copy of John Brown's last letter to his sisters.

      A photograph of Mrs. Ruth Brown Thompson, daughter of the famous abolitionist, and for many years a resident of South Pasadena, was another treasured possession. The granddaughter of the anti-slavery agitator, a teacher in the Pasadena schools, was asked to be present at the funeral of the friend of her grandfather.

      Kept Post-Bellum Journal

      Mr. Hinckley's journal which he kept for several years, during the early seventies is an interesting record of the life during the troublesome post-bellum days.

      "Election day. I have worked as hard as I could for Hayes and Wheeler and the rest of the Republican ticket," one entry read. "It is not fully decided yet, who is President, but there is little doubt as to Hayes' election. There is such a feeling in the South that I think that it will culminate in another war." Then followed a line in which the Civil War Veteran indicated that should war come that he would immediately offer his services to his country again.

      An entry indicated that he had taken up hunting again and was successful in bagging two deer. He visited the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and according to his journal, was thrilled by the magnitude of the exhibits. Because of the crowded conditions, however, he cut his visit, originally planned to last two weeks, to a few days.

      Depression of Seventies

      The story of the depression or the panic of the early seventies was poignantly told in a long entry in which the veteran described his discouragement because of a long period of unemployment.

      In 1878, fifty-three years ago, Mr. Hinckley married Addie Jones in Clintonville, New York. They made their home in Elizabethtown, New York, where he was deputy county clerk. From a later home in Minneapolis they made a trip to California and thirty-nine years ago they came to South Pasadena and bought the little bungalow on Meridian in which he died.

      Since his retirement from public service as city clerk in 1908, Mr. Hinckley has lived a quiet life, content to perform quiet little acts of service and kindliness which made him beloved by, all who knew him. Up until the day of his death, he retained his mental vigor, and with it a determination to live until he reached the hundred mark.

      His wife, 88 years of age, is in frail health and bed-ridden and is not expected to survive him long. Mrs. Hinckley, a direct descendant of George Soule, Mayflower passenger and thirty-fifth signer of the Mayflower compact, was born in a log cabin in Chesterfield, New York, October 7, 1843. Three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley celebrated their golden wedding. Both were in good health at that time and in full posession (sic) of their faculties, so that the occasicn was a joyous one.

      Besides his wife, he is survived by one grand-daughter (sic), Mrs. Ethel M. Hodd of Washington, D. C., and one grand-son (sic), Harold A. Hinckley, of Los Angeles.

      Following the service the body was cremated and the ashes will be sent to the family burial plot in Keene, New York.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    7. [S1081] California, Death Index, 1905-1939, (https://familysearch.org) (Reliability: 3), 12 Jul 2019.
      Name: Alexis Hinckley
      Birth Year: abt 1836
      Death Date: 16 Jun 1931
      Age at Death: 95
      Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Researched by Ted Smith


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