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Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 30 May 2003

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Turtlecreek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


AUGUSTUS F. HINSCH, civil engineer, Lebanon, was born in Adams Co., Penn., Feb. 9, 1805; his father, Lewis Hinsch, who was a native of Saxony, emigrated to America in 1789, and in 1835 came to Ohio; he died in Maimi [sic]

Co., Ohio, at the advanced age of 96 years. Our subject received a classical education in Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1827; he chose the occupation of civil engineer, and, in 1829, became assistant to Col. De Witt Clinton in his work on the Juniata Canal, in which capacity he continued until 1833, when he emigrated to Ohio and located in Lebanon, which has since been his residence. In 1836, he married Miss Louisa E. Denman, of Cincinnati, a native of New Jersey, of English descent. By this union seven children – five boys and two girls – were born. Of these, two sons and one daughter only survive, viz., William, book-keeper of Merchants’ National bank, of Cincinnati; Mary J., wife of Thomas E. Drake, of Lebanon, and Alfred M., now at home with his parents. Charles D. enlisted in 1861 in Company F, 5th O. V. I., and was killed at the battle of Cedar Mountain, Va. Mr. Hinsch is an able engineer, and has had charge of some very important and arduous tasks. Soon after his arrival in Lebanon, he was appointed assistant engineer of the Miami Canal, and, after its completion, he became superintending engineer of the same work. In this capacity he continued until 1860, when he was elected Surveyor of Warren County and served three years. In 1871, he was again elected to fill the same office, and was continued in it until 1880. Mr. Hinsch can boast of an excellent public record, a reputation above reproach and a well-spent life full of good works; he is a Republican and is highly respected by the people of his community.

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