Hinds Site: Genealogy of Ken Hinds
I've been working on my genealogy since 1997, and have managed to uncover
quite a bit. So far I have 68,915 names in my database, including 1,701 of
my ancestors. I've been working on three main projects:
All my immigrant ancestors (see below)
So far I have found
196 American immigrants
and 1 American Indian. I'm pretty sure I have 2 more Indians, but
I don't have them proved yet.
Six generations of descendants of
Joseph Hinds c1705
So far I have 15,763 people.
American Rigsby Families
I'm attempting to track every person named Rigsby (or any spelling
variation) who lived in the US up to 1910.
If you are related to a Rigsby, you can
probably find them in my database. The list of names is on my
R names page (scroll down
to get to the Rigsbys, and be sure to check for alternate spellings).
Or go to my main Rigsby page.
A bunch of IL information from Find-a-Grave.
Plus a bunch of miscellaneous information as I poke around the tree at
When I started doing my genealogy, my parents were able to tell me
the names of their grandparents.
My great-grandparents, in alphabetical order, were:
Ida Ellen Clinkingbeard
Walter Franklin Hinds
Della Cyntha McCaskey
Olla Orene Roberts
Hardy Vinson Willoughby
Elmer Ellsworth Zentz
Here's the surname index;
or here's the
records modified in the last month.
King Henry III of England
He was a 21g-grandfather of Olla Roberts, and a 22g-grandfather
of Dorinda Long.
Sigurd the Crusader, King of Norway
He was a 23g-grandfather of Gustav Sinning via
President James Madison
His grandfather Ambrose Madison was a brother of
Roger Madison, who
was a ggg-grandfather of Hardy Willoughby.
Also, President Madison's g-grandfather John Catlett was a brother of
Sarah Catlett, who
was a 5g-grandmother of Hardy Willoughby.
President William Henry Harrison
His 4g-grandfather Richard Harrison was a brother of
Anthony Harrison, who was a
7g-grandfather of Walter Hinds. William Henry's grandson,
President Benjamin Harrison, was also a relative.
President Millard Fillmore
His 4g-grandfather Eleazar Eddy was a brother of
Hannah Eddy, who was
a 5g-grandmother of Olla Roberts.
President Abraham Lincoln
His 10g-grandfather Richard Lincoln was a brother of
who was a 10g-grandfather of Olla Roberts.
Sir Winston Churchill
His 7g-grandmother Mary Borden was a sister of
who was a 5g-grandfather of Walter Hinds.
Their brother John Borden was a 3g-grandfather of
Gail Borden III, inventor of condensed milk and founder of
the Borden Milk Co. John was also a 5g-grandfather of
Lizzie Borden (took an ax...).
Lively B Willoughby
His father Francis Willoughby was a brother of
who was the father of Hardy Willoughby. Who is Lively B Willoughby,
you say? Why, he's the man who invented canned biscuits.
I couldn't have done this without lots of other people's work, including
hundreds of other web pages. Thousands of these entries have come from entries
at RootsWeb, or from postings at Genforum. I've put links to them on many
of my pages. Also thanks to the following:
My Mom and Dad helped a lot.
Some of the Hinds information is from research done by David
Fish, Gary Link, Nancy Roberts, and Kay Lamb.
The Roberts information is largely from Trica Hazleton and Janene Morgan;
referred to here as Hazleton.
A lot of the Clinkingbeard information is from
this Clinkingbeard site,
created by Dave Robison.
A lot of the Willoughby information is from a family tree typed up
in 1978 by Laurita Willoughby Sledge from notes gathered by Ona Willoughby,
H W Boyd, Mallory Miller, and Mary Rabold; referred to here as Sledge.
(Note: this tree has proven to have some errors.)
Some Odell information is from Pat O'Dell; referred to here as
And many distant cousins have mailed me with additional descendants of
people already on my tree. Thanks very much to all of you.
As with pretty much all genealogy, this information is not all guaranteed
to be accurate or complete. Hard references are included when I have them;
otherwise you should verify this information.
If you have any corrections, comments, or further information, please email
me. There's an email link at the bottom of each individual page here. If you
use it, I'll know exactly which person you're writing about. I'll be happy
to provide links to websites or to add to these pages.
My immigrant ancestors
My ethnic map:
Here's another view of the same information:
What do these pictures mean?
Well, the first one is the same as the second one, with all the
bits of like color combined. The second one is the real story.
When I started investigating my genealogy, I decided I wanted to
find all the immigrant ancestors or American Indians on my tree. In my
naivetι, I figured that would be a relatively easy project.
To my surprise, I've found that most of my branches stay in the US
for more than 8 generations, and lots of them go 10 or more generations.
So, with hundreds of immigrants on my tree, I wanted a way to
visualize the mixture.
The second picture there is divided into 16 large squares,
representing my 16 gg-grandparents. I know who they all were. Their last
names are above or below their corresponding square.
Conrad Sinning was a German immigrant, so his square is colored yellow.
He was German, so his children (including my g-grandparent) are 1/2 German;
his grandchildren (my grandparent) are 1/4 German; his g-grandchildren (my
parent) are 1/8 German, and I'm 1/16 German.
Conrad's wife Malinda Grunstad was born in Illinois, the daughter of
a Norwegian immigrant couple. She is full Norwegian, so her square is
colored dark red, and I'm 1/16 Norwegian.
(Note: The 16 squares are arranged alphabetically, not by marriage.
Conrad and Malinda just happened to end up next to each other.)
None of the other gg-grandparents was an immigrant, so their squares
are divided into 4 sub-squares:
Each of the sub-squares now represents an ancestor 6 generations
back; there are 2-to-the-6th = 64 of them. (OK, really there's only 56, but
there would be 64 if all the squares were sub-divided.) I know who
6/7 of them were, and only 1 was an immigrant: Lewis McCaskey's mother's
father, Charles Schnitger. He came from Germany, so his square is also
colored yellow, and I'm another 1/64 German.
None of the other gggg-grandparents was an immigrant, so their
squares are further sub-divided.
I decided to sub-divide each square only if I know who the corresponding
ancestor was. For example, in the Hinds square, I know 3 of the grandparents
of John Hinds, but not his father's mother, so the lower left square is not
We're now at my ancestors 8 generations back, which generally corresponds
to the early 1700s. If all the squares were sub-divided there would be 256
at this point. I know of 7 immigrants at this level. For example, in the
Yandell square, the bottom left sub-square is gggg-grandma Mary Kirkpatrick;
in her square the top left sub-square is James Kirkpatrick, and the bottom
left sub-square is Mary Newton. They came from Scotland, so their squares
are colored orange, and I'm 2/256 Scottish.
There is also 1 immigrant at 7 generations back. In the Hinds square,
the lower right sub-square is gggg-grandma Nancy Duncan. Her father was
Jeremiah Duncan, a Scottish immigrant, so the left half of her square is
colored orange, and I'm another 2/256 Scottish. (Her mother was not an
immigrant, so the right half of her square is divided in half.)
Sub-dividing the squares again gets us to 1024 squares for my
ancestors 10 generations back. This is generally around the mid-1600s.
There are quite a few immigrants at this level, and a handful at 9
generations back, so a bunch more of the squares are colored in.
In a surprising number of cases, even at 10 generations back
my ancestor was born in the US (the Colonies, at the time). Rather than
drawing the lines to sub-divide their squares, I've just colored them in
partially as I find the immigrant. (And at that time period almost all
the immigrants were English anyway, so the square will probably end up
all dark blue.) For example, in the Odell square, the top left
sub-square is gggg-grandpa Philander Odell. His top right sub-square is
6g-grandpa Abiel Eddy. His top right sub-square is 8g-grandpa Eliezer
Fisher, born in 1673 in Massachusetts. Eliezer's mother's parents were
English immigrants, so the right half of his square is colored dark blue.
So if I ever do find all my immigrants, I'll end up with a
unique patchwork of colors representing my ethnic mix.
I've got quite a ways to go, though. If you take all the immigrants
and Indians I've found so far, calculate their fractions as above, and
add all the fractions together, it's still under 1/3.