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William Hines, I

Also Known As: "Hind"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Albemarle, Surry, Virginia
Death: June 20, 1760 (70)
Sussex Co, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Richard Hines; Thomas Hines and Elizabeth Hines
Husband of Elizabeth Hines
Father of William Hines; John Hind; William Hines, Jr.; David Hines; John Hines, Sr. and 15 others
Brother of Thomas Henderson Hines, Sr.

Occupation: planter
Managed by: Steve David Forse
Last Updated:

About William Hines, Sr.

From "John William Hines", by William N. Hurley, Heritiage Publishing


William Hines, Sr.


In the introduction we have discussed the possible ancestry of this William Hines, Sr., and that he may have been a grandson of the John William Hines, Jr., who was born c.1630 in Londonderry, Ireland, and emigrated to Jamestown, Virginia in 1650 with his two brothers, Zachariah (1635) and another William Hines, Sr. (1628). Whether that be the case or not can not be proven with present documentation.

In a book found in the public library at Asheboro, North Carolina, entitled Bible Records of Early Edgecombe , by Ruth Smith Williams and Margarette Glenn Griffin, it is reported that the Hines family of Edgecombe County descends from two brothers, Richard and Peter, who came from Sussex County, Virginia. William Hines (there said to be probably a son of Richard, who owned land in Nansemond County, Virginia, in 1704), was granted land in Surry County, now Sussex, in 1723.

In the introduction of this work, we have suggested that Richard and Peter may have been sons of John William Hines, Jr. (1630), one of the original brothers who settled in Virginia in 1650. In Hines and Allied Families , Benjamin McFarland Hines has well documented that William Hines, Sr. was born c.1690 in what was then Surry County, later to become Sussex County, Virginia. We have examined the various records he referred to, and find them complete and accurate. We accept that the wife of William Hines, Sr. was Elizabeth Gross, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gross. The will of Thomas Gross of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, is dated November 29, 1715 and recorded in deed book 1, at page 645. He there names his wife, Elizabeth, and his children: Francis, Thomas, Joshua, Hannah, Mary Frissel, Elizabeth Hines and Susannah Long. It should be noted that William Hines, Sr. (1690) and his wife Elizabeth named two of their sons Joshua and Thomas, perhaps for her brothers.

The will of William Hines, Sr. (1690) is found recorded in will book A, page 172, Sussex County, Virginia. It was made December 16, 1759 and entered for probate June 20, 1760, fixing his date of death in the spring of 1760. It is repeated here:

In the name of God, Amen, this December the sixteenth, one thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine, I William Hines Sen. of ye parish of Albemarle and county of Sussex being sick and weak of body but sound of mind...etc...

Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Hines all the lands and negroes I have possessed him with to him and his heirs forever, likewise one negro man named Sam also all my stock of cattle, hoggs, sheep and horses and all my household goods

which I leave at my decease.

Item: to my son John Hines all ye lands and negroes I have possessed him with...also one negro wench named Judy....

Item: to my son Thomas Hines one negro boy named Frank, also all ye lands and negroes I have possessed him with....

Item: to my son Richard Hines all ye land and negroes....

Item: to my son Peter Hines all ye land and negroes....

Item: to my son David Hines all ye lands and negroes....

Item: to my son Joshua Hines the plantation whereon I now live with all ye lands hereunto belonging during his life and then to his son Hartwell and his heirs forever, likewise to my son Joshua, I give one negro man named Babe, one negro man named George and one negro man named Lawrence and all other things I have possessed him with.

Item: to my grandson William Howell one negro girl named Agg and one certain tract of land....

Item: to my son in law James Renn one negro girl named Beck and all other things I have possessed him with...

Item: to my son in law Lazarus Drake one negro girl named Judy and all other things....

Item: to my daughter Elizabeth Sorrow ten pounds current money of Virginia and all other things....

and lastly I do appoint my sons William Hines and Thomas Hines Executors....

William signed his will with his mark. From this excellent record, and others in Sussex County files at the Archives in Richmond, and various North Carolina records, we can establish the family of William Hines, Sr. (1690) and his wife Elizabeth Gross Hines as including at least the following children, all of them apparently born in old Surry County, later to become Sussex County, Virginia in 1753:

1. John, born c.1713, of whom more in Chapter 9

2. William, Jr., born c.1714, of whom more in Chapter 11

3. Thomas, born c.1705/15, of whom more in Chapter 13

4. Peter, born c.1717, of whom more following below

5. David, born c.1719, of whom more in Chapter 14

6. Joshua, born c.1721, of whom more in Chapter 15

7. A daughter, born c.1723, who married Howell. One son:

   a. William

8. Ann, born c.1725. Married to James Renn (Wrenn) of Prince George's County, Virginia. They had at least two children:

  a . Joseph
  b. William, who died c.1792 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (see will book WBC, page 184, dated January 12, 1792). He was married to his first cousin, Fanny Hines, who was born September 30, 1755, a daughter of David Hines (1719) and Christian Edmunds Hines. They had at least six children:
     (1) James, died c.1794 in Edgecombe County
     (2) Nancy Ann, born c.1772 and died c.1842 in Pitt County, North Carolina. Married c.1792 to Thomas Dupree, born c.1772 and died March 4, 1854.
     (3) Martha, who married her first cousin, Benjamin Chapman Dupree, Jr. His lineage is described in Chapter 14.
     (4) David, died c.1796 in Edgecombe County, N. C.
     (5) Elizabeth, married Williams of Pitt County, N. C.
     (6) Archibald, died c.1792 in Edgecombe County

9. Richard, born c.1726, of whom more in Chapter 16

10. Sarah, born c.1727, of whom more following

11. Elizabeth, born c.1729; married to Sorrow.

Posted by: John Fox (ID *****1791) Date: January 22, 2008 at 17:51:20

In Reply to: Elizabeth Hines and Thomas Carey by Marie Myers of 3988

Hello Marie,

I am delighted to have found you along with your email. After several computer crashes, my email list is not what it used to be.

I hope you are well and still going on with your researching.

Your interest in the Hines family name caught my eye, as I also have a Hines ancestry through those who resided in Surrey County, VA. I go back to William Hines who was married to Elizabeth Gross

John William Hines, who was born in Londonderry, Ireland about 1630, emigrated to Jamestown in 1650 with two brothers.

One of his sons may have been the Richard who owned land in Nansemond County in 1704.

William Hines, considered a grandson of the immigrant John William, was born about 1690. He was granted land in Surry County in 1723. It was in that county that he married Elizabeth Gross, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gross. On December 29, 1715, Thomas Gross made a will naming wife Elizabeth; sons Francis, Thomas, and Joshua; and daughters Hannah Frissel, Elizabeth Hines, and Susannah Long.

William Hines acquired several thousand acres in Albemarle Parish of Surry County and began distributing this land to his children in 1747, deeding various tracts of 400 acres to his sons Richard, David and Peter and 100 acres to his daughter Sarah Drake and grandson William Howell. His will, written in 1759 and probated the next year, mentions all his children: William, John, Thomas, Richard, Peter, David, Joshua, the daughter (probably deceased since before 1747) whose son was William Howell, a daughter married to James Renn, a daughter Sarah married to Lazarus Drake, and a daughter Elizabeth Sorrow. Each of the sons were left ~lands and Negroes I have possessed him with" and additional negroes except Joshua, the youngest, who is given the plantation on which his father lives at the time of his death. The sons-in-law and grandson are given additional negroes and lands "already possessed." The only daughter mentioned by name, Elizabeth, is given "flO current money and all the other things I have possessed her with." In all, he left a considerable estate.

His son Thomas, probably born about 1710, appeared in a deed from the Nottoway Indians Chiefs recorded in 1735 in Isle of Wight. Among other provisions, the deed conveyed a tract of about 400 acres to Thomas Hines. Another deed the next day conveyed a tract of 385 acres to Richard Hines, possibly his uncle as his brother of that name would have been too young. The Indians Chiefs had adopted, or had been assigned, Anglicized names: one of these is entered as "William Hines."

Thomas' wife was named Elizabeth, as was his mother, but we not know her family name. In his 1773 will, Thomas proves to have been as prosperous as William considering the various bequests of additional land and negroes to his wife and children. His son William and son-in-law John Chappell were the executors.

.The genealogy and records herein below have been compiled and arranged by Marybelle Delamar, Genealogist, Raleigh, North Carolina, with material from the following sources:

Abstracts of deeds, wills, marriages and court orders of Surry, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Southampton, and Amelia Counties, Virginia, furnished by J. Adger Stewart, Louisville, Kentucky.

Albemarle Parish Register, Sussex County, Virginia, from the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Deeds from Edgecombe and Pitt Counties, North Carolina, items from the North Carolina Historical Commission, and grants from the land grant office, Richmond, by the compiler.

In the lineage from William Hines through David (2), James, (3), and Lewis (4) each generation is proven through wills, deeds, the Albemarle Parish register, or other documents; and from that point, by family records, deeds, and items from the old Midway Parish register. No single connection is based on tradition.

With this record back to William Hines of Surrey County the descendants have sure foundation on which to base research from earlier ancestors, especially in the Old World, when conditions are more favorable than in this year of 1940.

Raleigh, North Carolina Marybelle Delamar

June, 1940.

Virginia records show that there were a number of Hines immigrants to that colony, the spelling of the name being Hynes, Hyne, Hynds, Hyndes, Hind, Hindes, Hinds, Hine, and Hines. The immigrant families have been located in York, Westmoreland, New Kent, Isle of Wight, and other counties. The Christian names in some of the families would indicate that they might be of the same branch as William Hines of Surry County, for which special search has been made, but so far there is no definite proof of a connection. In view of the fact that William Hines of Surry County had sons Peter and Richard, the early records found of Peter Hynde and of Richard Hinde (Hine, Hynde) in London and James City County are of more than passing interest.

All trace of the Richard Hinde who came to James City County in 1638 seemingly was lost with the records of that county, no mention of his being found in the records of Surry County, which was formed about 1652."

The earliest record that has been located of this particular William Hines is found in the Surry County Orders for 1713-18, and is dated July 16, 1718 when John Hamlin was ordered to pay William Hines for attending court for four days in the case of John Hamlin against Ingumbrede Anderson.

His first grant in the land grant office at Richmond is dated February 20, 1723, and is for 90 acres of land on the Atchamoosach Swamp. Subsequently he acquired large holdings of land in this same section, most of which he gave to his children. In spite of the fact that the migration of the Hinds family began in the second generation, there were descendants of William Hines residing on the Atchamoosach (variously spelled) Swamp a hundred years later, and probably are until this day.(1940)

William Hines married perhaps by 1710 since David, the sixth child married in 1742 or 1743. By 1746-47 it seems that all of the sons and daughters had married and settled, and one daughter probably had died, as in those two years he made deeds of gift for land in Surry to his sons Peter, David, and Richard, to his grandson, William Howell, to his daughter Sarah Drake, wife of Lazarus, and perhaps to others. The will of Thomas Gross made on November 29, 1715, of Isle of Wight, named wife Elizabeth, sons Francis, Thomas and Josuah, and daughters Hannah, Mary Frissel, Elizabeth Hines, and Susannah Long. This connection could account for three of the children names of William Hines - Joshua, Thomas and Elizabeth.

Sussex County was formed from Albemarle Parish of Surry County in 1754 and on December 16, 1759, William Hines, Senior, of Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, made his will which was probated June 20, 1760. He named the following children and grandchildren: son, William Hines; son, John Hines; son, Thomas Hines; son, Richard Hines; son, Peter Hines; son, David Hines; son Joshua Hines and his son Hartwell; grandson, William Howell; son-in-law James Renn; son-in-law Lazarus Drake; daughter, Elizabeth Sorrow.

He had made deeds of gift to his son Thomas and to his grandson William Howell in Sussex County on January 16, 1760, which places the date of his death between January 16 and June 20, 1760. Since wills were supposed to be probated in the first term of court after death, it is probable that the death occured after the March term of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.

You will note the mention of Wrenn and Hamlin in the above, and I believe that this is a very good chance to be the Wrenns and Hamlins who settled into Person County, NC, and I am attached to these families as well.

Will look forward to hearing from you.

John Fox

Winston Salem, NC

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William Hines, Sr.'s Timeline

Albemarle, Surry, Virginia
Age 14
Surry Co, VA
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Surry, Surry, Virginia, United States
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Surry Co, VA
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Surry, Virginia, USA
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Surry County, Virginia
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Surry, Virginia, USA
December 19, 1723
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Surry, Surry, Virginia, United States