William W. Hinds
William W. Hinds, one of the pioneers of this county, is a native of Franklin County, Indiana,
born September 14, 1821. He is the third of eight children born to Michael and Mary (Smith) Hinds, natives of Pennsylvania, who in 1816 emigrated to Franklin County, where they lived until
the spring of 1825, when they removed to Shelby County, near Shelbyville, where the father died in
1844 and the mother in 1861. They were of German descent. Our subject received but little education, having attended school but three months. He was raised on a farm, which pursuit he has
has always followed. Starting in life a poor boy, surrounded by dense forests, he has, by hard work
and strict frugality, obtained a fair competency. He was never married, and for many years has
made his home with his brother George, the youngest of the family, and was born in Shelby
County, February 25, 1834, who was married April 25, 1861, to Eliza Bassett, daughter of
Sylvester and Susan (Maroney) Bassett. By this marriage, there were born eight children as follows: Melvin B., 1862; Susan F., 1864; William B., 1866; Leonard, 1868; Jesse, 1870; Sylvester, 1873; James, 1875, and Mary, 1880. Politically, they are both Republicans. George was a soldier in Company F, Thirty-eighth Indiana. He was mustered out June 22,
1865, and was as gallant a soldier as ever carried a musket. William now owns eighty-three acres of land in Section 19 and George 205, on same section. These brothers have both lived industrious lives, and are now among the leading citizens of Hanover Township, loved and respected by
all who know them.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Hanover Sketches", Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 637.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming