Person:Seth Hinckley (2)

m. est 1706
  1. Seth Hinckley1707 - 1747
  2. Shubeal Hinckley1708/09 -
  3. Mary Hinckley1710/11 - 1710/11
  4. Samuel Hinckley1710/11 - 1767
  5. Edmund Hinckley1712 - Aft 1765
  6. Reliance Hinckley1714 - 1751
  7. Aaron Hinckley1715 - 1792/93
  8. Mehitable Hinckley1718 - 1811
  9. Experience Hinckley1720 - 1798
  10. Mary Hinckley1724 - 1759
  11. Isaac Hinckley1726 - 1751
  12. William HinckleyAbt 1734 -
  • HSeth Hinckley1707 - 1747
  • W.  Thankful Atwood (add)
m. 10 Oct 1727
Facts and Events
Name Seth Hinckley
Gender Male
Birth[1] 25 Dec 1707 Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Christening[2] 17 Jun 1711 Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 10 Oct 1727 Truro, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesto Thankful Atwood (add)
Death[3] 5 May 1747 Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine, United StatesBy Indians

Seth Hinckley was killed 5 May 1747 by Indians near "the garrison of Joseph Smith and Tobias Ham," in the area known as New Meadows (present-day Brunswick and West Bath near the New Meadows River). Smith and Tam were tanners, and Hinckley is reported to have been there to get a strap for a cowbell. Reverend Thomas Smith in his Journal says on April 23, 1747 (with perhaps a critical tone), "We are in the most distressed circumstances. Swarms of Indians being about the frontier, and no soldiers save Captain Jordan's Company of fifty men, thirty of whom have been for some time at Topsham, guarding the government timber."S4

Seth Hinckley's death occurs in the context of King George's War, one of North American conflicts that mirrored conflicts in Europe, where French and Indian allies, with greater or lesser coordination, fought against English settlers. In 1747, there are several other attacks in the Merrymeeting Bay area. It is interesting to note that Aaron Hinckley, Seth's brother, serves a soldier in the French and Indian Wars, becoming a Lieutenant in Benjamin Larrabee's company in 1748, the year following his brother's death. See Person:Aaron Hinckley (1)

Ancestral File Number:<AFN> RP2V-16

  1. Harwich, Mass., Vital Records, in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant, 4:208.

    "seth Hinkly son to samuel and mary Hinkly was born decemb : 25 1707".

  2. Records of the First Parish in Brewster, in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant, 4:248.

    Then Also Sam'll Hynckley & his Wife admited and He baptized
    [p. 8] Sam'll Hyncklies children Seth, Sam'll & Shubael baptized on June 17. 1711.

  3. Wheeler, George Augustus, and Henry Warren Wheeler. History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell, Maine, including the ancient territory known as Pejepscot. (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1878), 60.

    Quoting letter from Isaac Hinkley to his sister Mehitable and her husband Samuel Scammon, dated Brunswick, 6 May 1747: "God has taken away by his providence our brother Seth by the Indians May ye 5 day."

  4.   Willis, William; Samuel Deane; Thomas Smith; and First Parish of Portland (Maine). Journals of the Rev. Thomas Smith and the Rev. Samuel Deane, pastors of the First Church in Portland: with notes and biographical notices and a summary history of Portland. (Portland, Maine: Joseph S. Bailey, 1849), p.129.

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