I wrote a post about John Peter Hine three years ago. It was mainly about his father Peter Hine who died before John Peter was born. I mentioned Peter a few weeks ago – no, actually four months ago – because he was the runner up for the ancestor who died at the youngest age. He was only 24 years, 8 months, and 12 days when he died in 1819. His wife Margaret Miller gave birth to their only child two months later. She was only 19 years old.
The reason I was looking at these people this week is that I identified a DNA match who had these common ancestors. Misty Q is my 4th cousin through Peter and Margaret. So I looked a little into their history. Both families were part of a Moravian religious group that came to the United States in search of freedom. They lived in Bethabara, North Carolina, which is known for its Moravian community. There is even a Bethabara Historic Park there that is a National Historic Landmark. And our Hine family was part of that history.
The Hine family did not stay in North Carolina, though. At least not our line of the family. After Peter Hine died, Margaret remarried a few years later to Samuel Wageman. The first of their six children was born in 1822. Samuel was also a Moravian from Bethabara. But that did not keep them there. They had moved to Hamilton, Indiana, by the time of the birth of their last child in 1838.
John Peter Hine went with his family even though he was a teenager. Sometimes older children will stay in the place that they lived their formative years. But John Peter must have been close to his family and went along with them to Indiana. He must have been glad that he did, because it wasn’t long before he had met and married Malina Cox. They got married in Boone, Indiana, on November 14, 1841.
Malina and her Cox family had been in Indiana since 1829 according to various sources. She was only 19 years old at the time of her marriage. According to the marriage register, John Peter was of “lawful age” and Malina had to have parental consent. They were married in the Methodist Episcopal Church. I suppose their Moravian days were behind them.
John Peter and Malina had seven children together in Indiana. They lived in the Eagletown – Westfield area of Hamilton County. Their children were Benjamin, William, George (my great great grandfather), Allen (Misty Q’s great great grandfather), Maggie, Mary, and Thomas. The only person that I have photos of is my ancestor George. Mary Malina Cox Hine lived until 1894, when she died at the age of 72. George Henry Hine lived until 1900, when he died at the age of 80. He lived much longer than his father had. It seems possible that there could be photos of them out there.
My great grandmother Addie Hine was born in 1876, so she would have known her grandfather quite well. She was almost 24 when he died. I was the same age when my grandfather Fred Bucklin – Addie’s son – died in 1984. When you live close to your grandparents for that long of a period, you usually get to know them well. Addie’s younger brothers were only spaced out every two years, so they would have known their grandfather, too.
So even though I don’t have a photo of John Peter Hine, I do have photos of his grandsons. Is that helpful? I posted a photo of my paternal grandfather last week and when I see photos of him, I am always reminded of some of my male cousins. Family traits are definitely passed on to grandchildren.
That’s what DNA does. It gets passed down. Sometimes it can be seen in the eyes of your grandchildren. Other times it’s a few common segments of DNA with a cousin from across the country.