Alexander County

Biography - Jesse Hinkle

JESSE HINKLE, senior partner of the firm of Hinkle& Co., pork-packers and dealers in leaf tobacco, Cairo, Ill., is a native of Shelby County, Ky., where he was born September 28, 1829. His father, for several years an extensive farmer and stock-grower of Kentucky, was born in Shelby County in 1802, and died in same county in 1842. His mother, Jessie Oglesby, first cousin to Richard J. Oglesby, ex-Governor of Illinois and United States Senator, was born in Kentucky in 1797 and died in same State in 1881. They reared a family of six children, all of whom are now living, viz.: George Hinkle, a farmer of Ballard County, Ky.; Jesse, the subject of these lines; Susan, wife of William J. Scott, of Hinkleville, Ky.; Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Seary, of Shelby County, Ky.; Charles, a practicing physician at Hinkleville, Ky., and Rachel, wife of J. W. Rollings, of Ballard County, Ky. Jesse grew to maturity in his native county, and in December, 1854, married Susan S. Hinkle. She was born in Shelby County, Ky., in October, 1835, and died in Cairo, Ill., January 14, 1878, leaving two children: Robert Hinkle, born September 7, 1855. He is the junior partner in the firm of Hinkle & Co., and was married April 21, 1881, to Miss Jessie Phillis, of Cairo, who was born in Pennsylvania September 4, 1857. They have one child, Mildred D., born February 3, 1883. Jessie F. Hinkle was born October 14, 1861, is the wife of Phil C. Barclay. [See biography.] Jesse Hinkle removed from Simpsonville, Ballard Co., Ky. (where he had previously engaged in mercantile pursuits), in 1856, and located at the present site of Hinkleville, in Ballard County, where he again engaged in mercantile business. During the late war, he championed the cause of the South, and in 1861 was mustered into service as First Lieutenant of Company C, of the Seventh Kentucky Regiment, and was mustered out at the close of the war as Major of that regiment. He is now serving his second term as member of the City Council, is a member of the order of Masons, and both he and sons are members of the Knights of Honor. They came to Cairo in 1872, since which time they have been engaged in the tobacco trade and pork-packing, in addition to which they conduct two meat-markets, one at No. 79 on Ohio Levee, and at No. 14 on Eighth street. In this latter business they have been very successful, their sales amounting to over $100,000 annually. On the 5th of July, 1882, their tobacco warehouse burned, incurring them a loss of about $10,000, partly covered by insurance. He was married to his late wife, Katie C. Moylan, of Memphis, in December, 1879. She died in Cairo March 15, 1883.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 21.

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