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JIM: Word sketches of Hindman homestead near Milltown, Ky.

By JIM

For newcomers not yet matriculated at the Adair Assimilation Academy, native son J.R. Hindman served a term as lieutenant governor of Kentucky in the 1880s and for the remainder of his life was accorded the honorific "Governor".

The lineage of those named (or mentioned in passing) below is Alexander (the Green/Adair County pioneer), his son Robert, grandson Alexander, and great-grandsons J.R. and Charley.


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The old homestead where Gov. J.R. Hindman and his brothers and sisters were reared, is an old time double log building, located on Big Creek, near Milltown. It is in a fine state of preservation and was built about one hundred years ago. It is a typical "old Kentucky home" with beautiful shade trees and evergreens about the yard, and as fine water flows as can be found there.



Mr. Alexander Hindman, the father of Gov. Hindman, was one of Adair County's best citizens, and for his neighbors and friends the latch string was at all times on the outside of the door. In speaking of the old home last Monday, in answer to a question put by an insurance agent, Gov Hindman said: "That house was never insured nor was a door ever locked."

It is now the residence of the youngest son, Mr. Charley Hindman, and like his father and older brothers, he keeps an "open house." (Adair County News, July 17, 1901)

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Over One Hundred Years in the Family

The boundary of land, on Big Creek, known as the Alexander Hindman farm, now occupied by Charley Hindman, is perhaps the only tract of land that has been in the same family since it was entered, more than one hundred years ago. It was entered at Greensburg, when Adair county belonged to Green, by Gov. J.R. Hindman's great grandfather, who died on the place, leaving the land to his children, who occupied it until the Governor's grandfather died. It then became the property of Alexander Hindman, who reared his children there, his son Charley now owning it. It has at no time been out of the Hindman family While it is an old farm, it is a good one, located on Big Creek, the freshets every year enriching the land. (Adair County News, November 2, 1910)

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Of Alexander Hindman the pioneer, Judge Herschel Clay Baker wrote thus: Alexander Hindman, came to Adair county, from Rockbridge County, Virginia, in 1797, and settled the farm which is now owned by his great grandson, Chas. M. Hindman. He brought with him a certificate of good character, which is preserved in the family and reads as follows: "This is to certify that the bearer, Mr. Alexander Hindman, [has] resided for several years in the bounds of New Providence congregation. He has behaved decently, and contributed to the support of the ministry of the Gospel, but has not applied for or been admitted to communication in the church. His family also have behaved decently. "Done by the order of the session.
"Samuel Brown, V.D.M.
"At New Providence, Rockbridge County, Virginia, 10th of October, 1797."
It was a tribute to the character of Mr. Hindman, that, altho not in communion of the church, the certificate was given to him officially by the session of the church as an introduction to the new community into which he was about to remove.

He made amends for the fact that he had not applied for, or been admitted to the communion of the church, for, after he came to Kentucky, he was received into the communion of the Presbyterian church, in which faith he continued until his death.

("Sketches of Adair County," No. 38, Adair County News, October 23, 1918)

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When Charles M. "Charley" Hindman died, the News remarked that he "was born and reared in the Milltown community...[and] was a successful farmer...until he retired several years ago and moved to Gradyville." J.R. Hindman, the eldest of Alexander and Mary's several children, died in 1912; Charley, the youngest, passed in 1944.)

JIM


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