Hon. John Hindman


HON. JOHN HINDMAN, was born in Brooke county, W. Va., in 1812. He was a son of John and Margaret (Gardner) Hindman, both West Virginians. Mr. Hindman was occupied in assisting his father to operate their farm and in obtaining an education until about 1831 or 1832, at which time his father exchanged the farm for the mill property now owned by the heirs. Here John learned the trade of milling. Having married Miss Amelia B. Wilcoxon, daughter of Greenberry and Lucy Wilcoxon; natives of Maryland, he moved with his wife to the mill property. Mrs. Hindman was born in 1820 in Brooke county, W. Va. THe mill was operated very successfully by Mr. Hindman during his life time. His energy and integrity were needed in the public service, and in 1871, he was elected to represent his district in the legislature of West Virginia. He served for two regular terms and also one extra session with great honor to himself and with much benefit to his constituency. His best efforts were specially directed toward the improvement of the schools system, and the betterment of the public highways. As sheriff of Brooke county from 1836 to 1838, he evinced characteristic zeal and efficiency; the office of justice of the peace was also filled by him. Mr. and Mrs. Hindman had four children, all of whom are living, and married. They are: Anna L. (Mrs. Hooker), Alfred F., Martin V. and Greenberry W. Mr. Hindman gave his children every opportunity for gaining an education, sending them to the first seminaries and colleges of the state. As a church worker Mr. Hindman threw his influence and money into the common fund at the church of the Disciples, but all movements in the name, and with the spirit of his Master received his hearty co-operation. While walking on the tracks of the Pan-handle railroad he was struck by a freight train and instantly summoned before his God. His memory still lives in the hearts of his children and widow, as well as in the hearts of the community at large. Mrs. Hindman lives with her youngest son, Greenberry and her life is assing away in peace and contentment.

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