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 "That the future may learn from the past." J D Rockefeller"

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This first page is current events. The First English Settlement Link (above) is a description of my family from the time we landed in Jamestown right after it was settled. I also have more recent family pages including my own that require a password. If interested please email me at



The Revolutionary Spirit by J. A. Hines

A Historical Novel about the Hines Family of Virginia

$ 24.99 (includes shipping to any location in the United States)


In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, considered by historians to be an outstanding jurist along with a competent judicial administrator, with the stroke of his pen attempted to settle once and for all the status of slavery in this country. This subject along with it’s expansion west was debated for decades prior to Taney’s ruling. In his perceived wisdom he chose to ignore the fundamental principle in which our country was founded as outlined clearly in the Declaration of Independence. When Thomas Jefferson penned this declaration it heralded that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This sentence has been called one of the best-known and most potent sentences ever written. On paper it appeared to exclude none of the inhabitants of the original thirteen colony’s. Dred Scott’s quest for freedom was part of a process that helped the United States fulfill these words, promised and echoed ever since the beginning of the American Revolution. You are about to read the product of a thorough research of the known records and transactions relating to Dred Scott’s early years in Virginia as the slave of Peter Blow of Southampton County. In the early 19th Century this man was considered property, hardly worthy of mention in the documents of the time. Since his early life in Southampton his stature in American Society has risen in prominence, representing a portion of America that speaks volumes as to how as a nation we have evolved in an attempt to fulfill the founding fathers unrealized statements. We recognize and honor Dred and his Virginia parents by identifying their existence on Peter Blow’s Plantation and as the slaves of the Taylor family. This is an attempt to tell the story of their early life and preserve their legacy for future generations to remember. In testament to his life, Dred Scott’s stature has risen from these humble beginnings, representing a fulfillment of that portion of the creed of the United States that was founded upon the principles of God, Equality for all, and individual liberty. Dred Scott repeatedly lost court decisions in his quest for freedom for his family. However, he was successful in obtaining an honored place for himself in the history of our great nation while Chief Justice Taney’s legacy drifts into obscurity.

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An unbiased view of some of the characteristics the Hines Family embodies

Although this is a History site it doesn't hurt to get a completely  unbiased current opinion of what one person says about the Hines family and their descendants

I think this is true of all the Hines I have ever met. They are kind hearted, love to help people, God fearing, love God, country and family....and have life long friends. And are law abiding citizens. My dad and grandpa were the finest men I've ever known. The qualities they had I look for in all people I meet. Just good people
Dawn Hines of Louisiana (ok you caught me, this might not be a completely unbiased viewpoint)



 "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." Cicero


We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA 

Read this excert from a Romanian Newspaper.  The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title 'C'ntarea Americii, meaning 'Ode ToAmerica ') in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei 'The Daily Event' or 'News of the Day'.

~An Ode to   America ~
Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color!  They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.

On 9/ll, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart.   Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the Army, or the Secret Service that they are only a bunch of losers.  Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts.   Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. Instead the Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. 

After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag.  They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing.  On every occasion, they started singing: 'God Bless
   America !' 

I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people. 

How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes.  And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put into collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.  What on earth unites the Americans in such a way?  Their land?  Their history?  Their economic Power?  Money?   I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace, I thought things over, I reached but only one conclusion... Only freedom can work such miracles.
Cornel Nistorescu 





 I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap. - Bob Hope 

Anniversaries and Current Events

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.  Groucho Marx 





This is a short narrative on the Hines family early life in America. It is a culmination of about five years of reviewing the 17th and 18th century records that were also researched by four other family members at various times during the last hundred years. It is not intended to be a comprehensive work on our lineage; unfortunately there are irreconcilable gaps in the 17th Century records. Additionally I have attempted to keep the story of America the primary focus with all of the family names suppressed in the interest of clarity. Please enjoy!



On top of Marl Hill

About a week ago several friends and I visited Marl Hill (pictures attached) overlooking the Nottoway River on the border of Sussex/Southampton County in Virginia. This was the second visit to this Southside Virginia site which offered a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside unlike any location in the two counties. This is where the early members of the Hines family lived. Slightly rephrasing that last statement, it’s more accurate to indicate here that for the majority of us, our documented past begins here.

From the top of Marl Hill, we viewed the vast tracks of woods and fields before us that make up this majestic forested Virginia countryside. Harkening back in time to the year 1735, we were inexplicitly replaced by two figures in 18th century clothing surveying the countryside. William Hines (1690-1760) and Samuel Blow (1710-1766) were both British Subjects with ancestral lines reflecting this. However, they each had an independent spirit instilled through over a century that their families have called this wilderness home. Viewing their five thousand acre plantations, the land was heavily forested with the exception of interspersed meadows cleared to make way for crops such as Tobacco, Virginia’s staple.

The Friendship arrives from London

Sam Blow recollected that his great grandfather arrived at Jamestown Island almost in their view some forty miles on the distant horizon on the ship Starr in 1610. Arriving on approximately the same spot nineteen years later, William recounted how his surname is an ancient one from 13th Century Suffolk, England. He mentions how his great grandfather was relieved to disembark from the ship Friendship, having a hull loaded full of sea water from the Atlantic Ocean as it docked just off Jamestown Island. Eventually both families crossed the James River, weathering Indian attacks of 1622 and 1644 that killed substantial numbers of English settlers.

Bacon’s Rebellion, a two century friendship commences

In 1676 both families supported Nathaniel Bacon in his attempt to seize control of the Government led by Governor Sir William Berkeley. They burned Jamestown to the ground in September with Berkeley going into exile. Bacon died soon after and the rebellion was squelched. Berkeley retaliated against the planters that joined Bacon by hanging the leaders, many of the planters moved farther inland to avoid Berkeley’s retribution. There are no indications when the Blow’s and Hines met, but it is likely occurred during this time period.

The Wilderness – the first documented generation

William Hines settled on the low land on the north side of the Nottoway River building the Poplar Grove Plantation, while Samuel planted Tobacco and other crops in the fields surrounding Marl Hill on land purchased by his ancestors from the London Company in the 17th Century. The plantation became known as Tower Hill. The British government restricted access to the Virginia Southside until 1705 when a treaty was signed with the Nottoway Indians. The Nottoway’s were situated below Marl Hill. It was an old and populous Indian village where the King of the great Nottoway Nation held its court, this is where his warriors tranquilly smoked their peace pipes, hunted the deer, while their squaws tilled the soft loam and raised tobacco and Indian corn. When the Blow’s arrived, the Indians were forced onto two reservations known as the circle and the square. William and Sam would have a friendship that would last among the future generations of both families. William marries Elizabeth Gross about the year 1705; they went on to have at least eleven children, all receiving a portion of William’s vast plantation by 1760. William’s grandson William would eventually marry Blow’s granddaughter not far from this scenic spot. Their children would be educated at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. They would form relationships with such families as the Tyler’s with William’s great great granddaughter marrying the son of President John Tyler Jr. By 1735, the Nottoway’s were finding it hard to make a living hunting while restricted to the reservation lands. They petitioned the governor to allow them to start selling off portions of their land. William Hines was considered a respected member of the community; one of the Nottoway chiefs used his name on the deeds to consummate the sale of land to local planters including members of the Blow and Hines families.

Tobacco is King - the second generation

By the time of the birth of William’s first son John Hines (1712-1772), William had accumulated thousands of acres of land, mostly in Sussex County, used specifically for the highly successful cultivation of Tobacco. This land below Marl Hill would be the land that John would eventually inherit. John Hines married Elizabeth and like his parents they had a large family of at least nine children.

The Revolutionary War and the third generation

The second son of John, Joshua Hines (1750-1779) married Lucy Foster in 1775. They settled on land their father left him below Marl Hill. One year later, Lucy gives birth to the first of their two sons, Benjamin in the same year that the Declaration of Independence is proclaimed throughout the colonies. The slaves in their fields, the Nottoway’s, and other minorities would unfortunately have to wait Centuries to reap the benefits described in this historic document.

As George Washington and the French tie the noose around the British hopes for victory at Yorktown, William and Martha Hines stored guns for his use in the cellar of their Poplar Grove Plantation. However, the price of freedom is high as they bury various family members and African Americans who participated in the war for independence. The Hines family cemetery, adjacent to their plantation, will be used for three Centuries with one of the last ones buried there, Mattie Tyler interred there in the 1920’s. A few years earlier Mattie described the fire that burned Poplar Grove Plantation to the ground.

William Hines forms an alliance with Richard Blow, the grandson of Sam. Their ships seize British Merchant ships up and down the Atlantic Coast, providing the new nation with vital equipment and supplies, and themselves with substantial wealth. The Tower Hill plantation library is used by the children of Martha and William Hines. In the span of a generation, the Hines families evolve from illiterate planters. Samuel Blow, George, and William Hines become attorneys and judges. Their sister Martha and mother both teach in Williamsburg.

A new Nation is formed and a fourth generation begins

Joshua Hines died before reaching his 30th Birthday in 1779. His son Benjamin was only three years old at the time. Benjamin inherited Joshua’s land overlooking Marl Hill when he became of age. Benjamin Hines (1776-1829) married Elizabeth Simmons in 1797 and later Sarah Ann Simmons. They had seven children who also inherited land in this area.

A Constitution fitting for a fifth generation.

Benjamin Jr. (1807-1867) was born in Southampton near Marl Hill. He married Lucy Simmons in 1829. Soon after Nat Turner led a violent slave insurrection in Southampton County, they moved to North Carolina.



Places to Visit

If you visit Southampton/Sussex County, there are four sites that might be of interest to you:

Marl Hill – on the Tower Hill property situated along the Nottoway River, about 3 miles from the intersection of Route 35 and Peter’s Bridge Road.

Poplar Grove Cemetery – on Route 35 near the border of the Sussex/Southampton County line. The cemetery was plowed over within the past 30 years.

Montrose – on Route 35 near Littleton in Sussex County. Might be the site of William Hines (1690-1760) last plantation.

Rochelle-Prince House (Martha’s House) – located on Main Street in Courtland, across from the Southampton County Courthouse. I find it most intriguing that almost every one of my ancestral line walked by this spot during their lifetime (recording various documents including deeds and wills). Why Martha’s house? Martha Drew married Samuel Blow, they had a child named Martha who married William Hines, they had a child Martha who married Thomas Grey, then later James Rochelle who lived in the Rochelle Prince House, they had a child named Martha who married John Tyler Jr. (son of President Tyler), who had a child named Martha or Mattie Tyler. Five generations of Martha’s connected to the Rochelle-Prince House.



The Test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) also known by his initials, FDR) was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he forged a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades. FDR defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depths of the Great Depression. FDR's combination of optimism and activism contributed to reviving the national spirit.


About the Hines History Website
When I started this website in 2008 with focusing on family and United States History it was intended to reflect the research I am doing with the intention that perhaps others can share the experience. Many (too many to mention all there names here) across the United States and World for that matter have contributed information to its growth which I am extremely grateful for.
In 2008:
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In 2009:
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In many search engines we are now ranked number 1 in the Hines family category.
Thanks for your past and continued support!




 Two cannibals are eating a clown when one turns to the
other and asks, "Does this taste funny to you?"


A Beautiful Message about Growing Older (see below)

Crap....I forgot what it was


Got stopped for speeding yesterday!



 Hines Origins

We can trace the Hines family back to 17th Century America.  In 1629, Adam Thoroughgood (Thorowgood)  received about 5350 acres on the south side of Hampton Roads at the entrance to ChesapeakeBay for transporting 105 persons, William Hines was among 6 people arriving in a ship named Friendship (or some derivative of that name).  Also included in the 105 transported by Thoroughgood was Augustine Warner, an ancestor of  the future First President George Washington and General Robert E. Lee.  Please see "The First English Settlement Page" for more information.


The 2000 Census indicates there are approximately 90,000 people with Hines as the last name living in the United States, and many of these are descendants from the original settlers indicated above.  This website is devoted to retrieving the story of our past, not just the black and white dates of birth, marriage, death, etc. but  a story with historical information that correlates with their lives and the evolution of the United States of America.  Click on link to find out more.



A Hinds Irish Blessing
Clif Hinds
17 February 2008 
From the hills & valleys of Connemara
With the blue waters breaking on the shore.
From the Cliffs of Mohar
To the banks of the beautiful river Shannon -
The villages of Galway
To the darling county Clare.
From the majestic halls of the Castle Ardrahan
To the strong house of Dunguaire.
From the home of king Guaire the Hospitable,
The gracious O'heyne himself,
I wish you a blessed Saint Paddy's Day.

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 Hines Coat-of-Arms


Hines History prior to arriving at Jamestown in 1650

The Hines family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain.  The name comes from when an early member worked as a keeper of the deer.  The surname Hines originally derived from the Old English word hinde which referred to someone who tended the deer.  The recorded variations of Hines include Hines, Hine, Hynes, and others.



Hines name

  1. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEidhin ‘descendant of Eidhin’, a personal name or byname of uncertain origin. It may be a derivative of eidhean ‘ivy’, or it may represent an altered form of the place name Aidhne. The principal family of this name is descended from Guaire of Aidhne, King of Connacht. From the 7th century for over a thousand years they were chiefs of a territory in County Galway.

English: patronymic from Hine.

Americanized spelling of German Heins or Heinz.


LINKS TO INTERESTING SITES Brantley Association Website. This site has digitalized the the 18th and 19th Century records of Southampton County Virginia. Jeffrey Hines from Louisiana is a dealer in rare coins and currency (not to be confused with the northern version of Jeffrey Hines).  Please visit his interesting online showroom. MJ Ticcino Images. Michael is a Valley Forge based image maker. He uses a camera and computer to create his art. If you have a chance to visit and enjoy Valley Forge National Historic Park, Michael has a permanent exhibit there.  I strongly recommend watching "Watch the Movie" section of his website.

Here are some Southampton County Websites:

Http:// Genealogy website with over 200 members. Southampton cemeteries including surrounding counties. Obituaries from the Tidewater News. Old Quaker records. Suffolk Nansemond County Historical Society. Swem Libary Special Collections.  This site has The Blow Family Collection, over 25,000 records of a family that was neighbors to the 18th Century Hines Family in Sussex/Southampton County Virginia.  In the search box type Blow and hit return. Speak Right On is a historical Novel about Dred Scott by Mary E. Neightbour. "Neighbour's lyrical prose breathes life into this iconic figure of American History" Ann Peacock, screenwriter, The Narnia Chronicles. Virginia Colonial Records Project. This site provides 18th Century information from overseas sources including Englands Public Records Office, France and Ireland.




 Some noteworthy people of the name Hines

Gregory Hines - Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer

Duncan Hines - American pioneer of restaurant rates for travelers

General John Leonard Hines - Chief of Staff of the US Army from 1924-1926

Sherman Hines - world-renowned Canadian photographer

Pamela Hines - American Jazz Pianist


And a special Thanks to the People who helped create this site

Ann and Dutch Greene

Angus Hines

Tom Hines

 Roberta Fisher


 "Mull of Kintyre" is a popular 1977 song by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings. The song was penned by McCartney and bandmate Denny Laine in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Argyll & Bute, Scotland, where McCartney had owned a home and recording studio since the late 1960s.  The song was Wings' biggest hit in the United Kingdom, it became the UK's first single to top two million copies sold

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William Hines (1629-)


(10) William Hines Sr. (1690-1760) - Elizabeth Gross

   John Hines (1713-1782)

   William Jr. Hines (1714-1784)

   Thomas Hines (1715-1773)

   Peter Hines (1717-1783)

   David Hines (1719-1793)

   Joshua Hines (1721-1782)

   Richard Hines (1726-1781)

   Sarah Hines (1727-)

   Elizabeth Hines (1729-)

(9) John Hines (1713-1772) - Elizabeth (1730-)

   Peter Hines (1748-)

   Joshua Hines (1750-1779)

   David Hines (1752-1789)

   Steven Hines (1754-)

   Mary Hines (1756-)

   Richard Hines (1758-1789)

   John Hines Jr. (1760-1807)

   William Hines (1762-)

   Thomas Hines (1764-1774)

(8) Joshua Hines (1750-1779) - Lucy Brown Hines

  Benjamin Hines (1776-1829)

   Henry Hines (1778-1868) 

(7) Benjamin Hines (1776-1829) - Elizabeth Simmons Williams / Sarah Ann Simmons (?-1839)

   Henry Hines (1802-)

   Kezia Hines (1803-)

   Elizabeth Hines (1805-)

   Sally Hines (1807-)

   Benjamin Hines Jr. (1807-1867)

   John Hines (1814-) 

(6) Benjamin Hines Jr. (1807-1867) - Lucy Ruffin Simmons (1805-1865)

    Henrietta Hines (1830-1831)

   Arland Parker Hines (1831-1901)

   James Thomas Hines (1833-1920?)

   Catherine Hines (1834-)

   Caroline Hines (1836-)

   John Henry Hines (1837-1918)

   Tristam Hines (1837-1918)

   William Hines (1840-1842)

   George W. Hines (1842-1869)

   Elizabeth J. Hines (1846-1935)

   Henrietta E. Hines (1847-)

   Lucy Hines (1849-)

(5) James Thomas Hines (1833-1920?) - Angeline Speirs

   Elizabeth J. Hines (1855-)

   Angus Henderson Hines (1857-1932)

   William P. Hines (1859-)

   Annie Hines (1869-) 

(4) Angus Henderson Hines (1857-1932) - Anna Catherine Eads (1863-1934)

  William Hines (1881-1932)

   Edwin Hines (1882-1883)

   Horace Hines (1883-1953)

   Eunice Hines (1885-1948)

   Maggie Hines (1886-1981)

   Bettie Hines (1888-1936)

   Hugh Hines (1889-1967)

   Floyd Hines (1893-1958)

   Angus Hines (1894-1953)

   Olin Hines (1895-1973)

   Elsie Hines (1897-1897)

   Jack Hines (1898-1963)

   Lewis Hines (1900-)

   Quinby Hines (1903-)

   Garland Hines (1905-1964)

(3) William Hines (1881-1932) - Ruth Courtright ( -1932)

   Garland Hines (1916-1995)

   Elizabeth Hines (1914-1996)

(2) Garland Hines (1916-1995) - Sophie Loretta Kunigillis (1917-2000)

   Cynthia Hines (1943-)

   William Hines (1945-)

   Nancy Hines (1947-)

   (1)Jeffrey Hines (1955-)

   Elizabeth Hines (1956-)


John Blow Richard Blow (1685-1762) Samuel Blow (1710-1766) Michael Blow (1712-1799) Richard Blow (1746-1833)

Thomas Blunt Benjamin Blunt William Blunt

Francis Boykin

Miles Cary

Edwin Gray

Albridgton Jones

Samuel Kello

David Mason

Thomas Ridley Nathaniel Ridley

James Rochelle

Tommy Simmons William Simmons John Simmons Charles Simmons

John Taylor

William Urquhart