About James B. Hinds
Born: 1796-12-05 Kentucky USA
Died: 1845-12-12 Gonzales, Gonzales Co, Texas USA
1. Jane (unknown)
Children of James Hinds and Jane (unknown):
- Levi Hinds b. 1825-00-00
- Gonzales Hinds b. 1827-00-00 d. 1850-10-00
- Minerva Hinds b. 1829-11-14
- Martha Jane Hinds b. 1831-00-00 d. about 1849-00-00
also married 1840 Louisa Cottle (widow of Thomas Jackson)
"Old Eighteen" was a term used to describe the Gonzales men who, late in September 1835, delayed Mexican attempts to reclaim the town's cannon until militiamen from surrounding settlements could be summoned. Their efforts in large measure provoked the subsequent battle of Gonzales. Members of the Old Eighteen were William W. Arrington, Valentine Bennet, Joseph D. Clements, Jacob C. Darst, George W. Davis, Almaron Dickinson, Benjamin Fuqua, Thomas Jackson, Albert Martin, Charles Mason, Thomas R. Miller, Simeon Bateman, Almon Cottle, Graves Fulchear, JAMES B. HINDS, John Sowell, Winslow Turner, and Ezekiel Williams.
LDS site shows these children as being from Louisa Cottle.
Texas Land Title abstracts:
vol 12, #81:
Caldwell Co, Gonzales district
vol 2, #473:
Caldwell Co, Gonzales district
HINDS, James B.
Levi and Susannah Gerron Hinds were the parents of James B. Hinds who was born in Kentucky December 5, 1796. Levi (circa 1776 Randolph County, North Carolina-August 7, 1838 Brazoria County, Texas) married Susannah Gerron February 11, 1795 and was the son of Levi (August 25, 1742-August 28, 1817 Wayne County, Kentucky) and Sarah Hinds. Levi, born in Morris County, New Jersey, was the son of Joseph (circa 1702 Morristown, New Jersey) and Ruth Higgins Hinds (circa 1720-1772 Gilford County, North Carolina). Joseph's parents were James (christened February 27, 1647 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts) and Mary Lee Hinds (will probated September, 1731 New Jersey), the daughter of Thomas Lee. James B. Hinds was the firstborn of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters. Ten in the family migrated to Brazoria County, Texas in 1820. James B. Hinds arrived in DeWitt's Colony February 24, 1830 with "five in the family." He was one of the "Old Eighteen" defenders of Gonzales and had a home in the Inner Town of Gonzales before 1831 on Lot 3, Block 2. James' first wife, the mother of his two sons Levi and Gonzales and his two daughters, Minerva and Martha Jane, died between 1831 and 1835. His second marriage was to Louisa Cottle Jackson. James died December 12, 1845 in Gonzales. Searches did not disclose whether he was buried on his own land or in the Gonzales City Cemetery.
Gerron Hinds, brother of James Hinds, arrived in DeWitt's Colony April 13, 1825 with "two in the family." Gerron was married to Margaret Smith, daughter of Cornelious and Elizabeth Roberts Smith. They had no children but adopted Sarah Jane Goodin, daughter of Margaret's sister Elizabeth. Gerron was one of the six men who set out from Brazoria with James Kerr to locate the spot upon which to found the capital of DeWitt's Colony. He was a close associate of Erastus "Deaf" Smith and was on a buffalo hunt with "Deaf" when the frontier settlement of Gonzales was attacked by a party of Indians in July, 1826. Gerron Hinds was a participant in the Confrontation at Velasco of June 1832. Gerron died December 11, 1870 in Caldwell County and was buried in the McNeil Cemetery near Luling. Both James and Gerron received land grants through the Empresario which included leagues of land in Gonzales County extending into what later became Caldwell County. The 1850 census of CaldwellCo lists household: HINDS: Gerrin 49 m KY; Margaret 39 f KY; HARRIS: Lorenda 27 f KY; SMITH: William C. 8 m TX
Minerva Hinds, daughter of James B., was born November 14, 1829 in Brazoria County, Texas. She was just three months old when James B. took his family to Gonzales and was seventeen when she married James Hanson July 16, 1847. There were six children born to that union: James Adam, Mary J., Lee G., Harrison Gonzales, John M. and Alice Belle. James Hanson died either in 1857 or 1858. Minerva then married Joseph G. Hinds, a cousin, November 27, 1858 in Caldwell County. Joseph G. was a son of John B. Hinds who was a brother of James B. Hinds, Minerva's father; hence, Minerva and Joseph were first cousins. Joseph and Minerva had three children: Benjamin Taylor, Eli Clemmons and Monte Rhea. Minerva was a true pioneer, raising her children alone as Joe was a trail driver from Port Lavaca to Austin and was gone from home for months at a time. Joe was a volunteer in the Confederate army, 16th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Family stories stated that Joe was wounded in the war and died "not too long" after going home to Texas. Minerva often told of taking the ten-gauge "Long Tom" shotgun with her, because of the Indians, when she went down to Clear Fork to do the washing. It was also known that Minerva boarded a freight train in 1894 or 1895 and rode from Luling, Texas to Ardmore, Oklahoma when she received word that her daughter Monte Rhea was dying. Minerva died July 16, 1903 and was buried in the family cemetery on the "Old Home Place" near Luling. The land was part of the headright league of land granted James Hinds and was situated in Caldwell County on Plum Creek about twenty miles above Gonzales. It was assigned to Minerva at the death of her father James B. Hinds and remained in the Hinds family. Minerva sold some acreage from time to time for as little as ten cents an acre to buy a new buggy, a team of horses or other needed items. The old house was abandoned in the late 1930's and the lumber was sold during World War II. The well and family cemetery remained on the site. Slaves as well as family members were buried in the family cemetery and a fence was erected for the protection of the graves. The property was maintained by the Hinds descendants.
Benjamin Taylor Hinds (February 7,1859-December 14, 1914), son of Minerva and Joseph G. Hinds, married Addie Shade December 20, 1896 and was buried in the family cemetery. They had three children: Benjamin Marvin (January 13,1899) married Margaret McGill in Gonzales October 26, 1939 and had no children; Dan Leon (June 13, 1903-March 27, 1947 Luling Cemetery) married Bertie Bowles August 4, 1933 and had one son Ben Leon (June 23,1934 Luling); Lexia (March 16, 1905) married Hollie O’Connor Allen October 8, 1922 and had one son Hollie O’Connor Allen Jr. (September 26, 1923). All three children were born on the "Old Home Place." Frank Hinds and Kathryn F. Allen (From The History of Gonzales County, Texas. Reprinted by permission of the Gonzales County Historical Commission).
James B. Hinds and brother Gerron Hind's families arrived in DeWitt Colony 24 Feb 1830 and 13 Apr 1825, respectively, according to land grant records. Both had homes in inner Gonzales town, James Hinds, whose home was later the residence of Mathew Caldwell on Water Street facing the river, lived near the Dickinson and Kimble Hat Factory. Gerron Hinds lived at the corner of St. John and St. Michael streets southeast of his brother's place. Gerron Hinds was a member of the colony in its earlier stages at Old Station on the Lavaca and part of the original and temporarily abandoned settlement on Kerr's Creek outside current Gonzales. James B. Hinds married the widow (Louisa Cottle Jackson) of Gonzales Relief Force member and Alamo Defender Thomas Jackson, who was also one of the Old Eighteen. Hinds served in Capt. Peyton Splane's Company and was with the rear guard of the Houston's Force camped near Harrisburg during the Battle of San Jacinto.
Battle of San Jacinto 21st April 1836
Peyton R. Splane Captain
Samuel S. Gillette Second Lieutenant
William Gorham Orderly Sergeant
Wiley M. Head Second Sergeant
Preston Pevehouse Third Sergeant
Privates Calvin P. Abbott, William Barker, Daniel Bradley, Octavius A. Cook, A.W. Cooke, John B. Crawford, Freeman Walker Douglass, Jonathan Douglass, William G. Goolsey, James Gordon, James B. Hinds, Archbald Hodge, James Hodges Jr., William Hodge, Joseph Ranson Johnson, William H. Kenney, William McMaster, John D. Moore, Bethel Morris Spencer Morris Jr., James D. Owen, Solomon Calvin Page, Alexander W. Rowlett, I.G. Smith, John G. Smith, William P. Smith, William W. Smith, Thomas Splane, Jesse Williams, Agabus Winters, William Riley Woods