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Washington Hine

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 623 & 624.

Washington Hine, an enterprising and successful farmer residing near Davilla, Milam county, is a native of Painesville, Ohio, and was born October 15, 1850. His father, Homer H. Hine, was also born in Ohio in 1823 and still resides there, being a large and successful farmer.

Homer Hine, the father of Homer H. Hine and grandfather of Washington Hine, was one of the early settlers of the Buckeye State moving there early in this century from Connecticut, which was his place of birth. He was a lawyer by profession and served several terms in the Ohio Legislature. He was of Irish extraction and his wife, whose maiden name was Skinner, was of English descent.

The mother of Washington Hine, Julietta Rue before marriage, was the daughter of Jonathan and Cynthia Rue, and was born in Kentucky, December 25, 1824. She is still living. Eight children were born to Homer H. and Julietta Hine of whom the subject of this notice was the third in age, the others being: Mary Hine, the wife of Horace Bacon, of Painesville, Ohio; Samuel N. Hine who died in infancy; Cynthia Hine, the wife of William Doran, of Dallas, Texas; Anna L. Hine, the wife of Charles Field, of Cleveland, Ohio; Agnes Hine, the wife of Minor G. Norton, of the same place; Clarence A. Hine and Henrietta Hine, both of Painesville, Ohio.

Washington Hine was reared on his father's farm in Ohio and in the public schools of his native place received his early education. At the age of eighteen, in 1868, he came to Texas, stopping at Independence, Washington county, where he remained a year, working at the carpenter's trade, when he moved to Milam county, continuing at his trade until 1872.

In the meantime he purchased land in both this and Bell county and returning East entered Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky, where he completed his education after which he come (sic) back to Texas and again took up carpentering and followed it until his marriage, October 4, 1876. At that date he settled on his Bell county land and engaged in farming. After three years' residence in Bell county, he traded his farm there for land adjoining that previously purchased by him in Milam county, and moving to this in 1879, he has continued to reside here since. He has a farm of nearly 600 acres including what he owns and controls, 120 acres of which is in a good state of cultivation and furnished with a superior class of farm improvements. In addition to raising the usual quantity of staple products he gives considerable attention to live-stock, his cattle herd embracing such strains as the Durham and Holstein. Mr. Hine has taken an active interest in everything relating to farming and stock-raising since settling on the farm and has identified himself with every enterprise connected with the welfare of the community in which he lives. Formerly a Republican in politics he abandoned that organization on account of its centralizing and monopolistic tendencies and on the organization of the Farmers' Alliance joined that order with which he has affiliated since. In 1892 he was nominated and elected County Commissioner.

October 4, 1876, Mr. Hine married Miss Virginia L. Hill, who was born in Lee county this State, September 10, 1854, being a daughter of Green L. and Mary (Lanier) Hill. Mrs. Hine's father was a native of North Carolina, her mother a native of Virginia. Her parents came to Texas soon after the Texas Revolution and settled in the town of Bastrop where they lived for many years. Her father was a planter and before the war possessed considerable means. He died in Camp county, this State, July 2, 1881. He was twice married, his first wife, the mother of Mrs. Hine, dying September 26, 1859. By his two marriages he has sixteen children, fourteen by his first wife and two by his last.

Mr. and Mrs. Hine have had born to them the following children: Clarence A. Hine, born July 12, 1877; Mary C. Hine, born November 28, 1881; Anna L. Hine, born September 1, 1885; Helen H. Hine, born September 29, 1888; Homer H. Hine, born November 1, 1890; and one not yet named, born September 26, 1892, besides two that died in infancy.

Following submitted by: hhine < > on 24 Oct 2004

“Mr. and Mrs. Hine have had born to them the following children: Clarence A. Hine, born July 12, 1877; Mary C. Hine, born November 28, 1881; Anna L. Hine, born September 1, 1885; Helen H. Hine, born September 29, 1888; Homer H. Hine, born November 1, 1890; and one not yet named, born September 26, 1892, besides two that died in infancy."

The “and one not yet named, born September 26, 1892” is David Dwight Hine (my grandfather, buried @ Val Verde Church Cemetery near Davila). My father (Homer Edwin Hine) was passed the family name Homer because Homer Horace and Aunt Bess had no boys. Also, aunt Bess had a lot to do with me being named Homer --- she explained it to my parents when the first boy, my older brother did not carry the name. I never knew Clarence A., but have a photo that might be him as a young man. I do not remember Mary C., but knew her husband William Hatch, “Uncle Will” (Bartlett, TX). I know nothing of Anna L. I remember that for many years when I was young, my father made a yearly trip to visit with Aunt Helen in Dallas, Tx. I also remember making several visits to Aunt Bess’ in the Rio Grand Valley area of Tx. There is also one more child born after the publication --- Noble, of which I know very little.

The first Homer Hine in the line was born in 1776 in New Milford, CN and is the person referred to in the bio as the grandfather of Washington. Washington’s documented family line begins with Thomas Hine in Milford, CN followed by Samuel of Milford, James of New Milford, CN, and Noble of New Milford (the first Homer’s father).

The family history is well documented; the family Bible of Abel Hine (Nobel’s brother) is in the New Milford Historical Society Museum. There is also a family Bible in private hands of a Hine family in Painesville,OH which records the birth of David Dwight Hine in Davila, Texas (I have a photocopy). The descendants of Thomas Hine put together the genealogy of the family in 1898, by Robert C. Hine --- copies of this book are still around, one is in the Public Library of Milford, CN.

I have visited the grave sites of all but the first three in my family line --- their locations are lost in time --- the first known location is that of Noble in New milford, CN (although, the headstone no longer exists). The first Homer is buried in Youngstown, OH. His son (Washington’s father) is buried in Painesville, OH and my father is buried in San Antonio,TX (Roselawn Cemetery, SF#3).

We must say a special thank you to Earline Long-Zlotkowski of San Antonio, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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Created on 24 July 2004 and last revised on 16 Jan 2005