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 John Henry “Dutch” Hiney

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John Henry “Dutch” Hiney

  • Birth 16 Nov 1836 Broome County, New York, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1912 Sterling Run, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Sterling Run, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 10339493

He was the son of Jacob and Anna W Hiney of Albany New York and Bradford County Pennsylvania. He also went by the name of DUTCH. He married Violetta Louisa Sterling, a daughter of William Sterling and Susan Bailey Sterling. The children of Dutch and Violetta include; John Brooks , Susan Mae Hiney Howlett, George Harman and Mary Maria Hiney Bennett.

Dutch was sometimes know as Hank Hiney. Henry (Hank) Hiney was well known as a marksman, so much so that he was required to shoot offhand (no rest allowed) at the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Turkey shoots. This target consisted of a turkey with it's head sticking out of a box at 500 feet. Only one other person, Mike Parker, was also denied a rest. He was once reported to have lamented missing a sixth deer at one time due to not firing a single shot at it because of the fourth deer requiring two shots and the fifth requiring three, the first three each requiring just one shot.

At 1:30 Wednesday morning on November 13th 1912, while residing at his son-in-law's residence, Mr. Gordon Howlett, Henry Dutch Hiney accidentally overturned a lantern and set his bed onfire. His daughter had heard him yell for help before he was overcome by the smoke and heat and shots. Assistance arrived but rescue was impossible due to the inability to even enter the room on account of the suffocating smoke and the explosion of guns and cartridges. In spite of his advanced years he was a great hunter and kept a magazine gun and a large ammount of ammunition. His badly burned remains were removed after the fire was extinguished.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on August 26, 1862. He served a Private in Company H through to the end of the conflict, and was honorably mustered out on May 28, 1865 (Pennsylvania Adjutant General records lists his name as "Dutch Hyna"). His regiment served as part of the Army of the Potomac, and fought in the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia. A monument to his regiment stands today in the Gettysburg National Military Park on the Wheatfield Road in the Peach Orchard, where it fought on July 2, 1863. A "Daniel Hyna" is also listed as serving in Company E of the 141st Pennsylvania Infantry.

He was a resident of Lumber Township for many years. He was seventy six year old when he died and left twenty two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, two sons and two daughters, his wife having preceeded him 35 years prior. He was my great great Grandfather.


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  • Created by: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
  • Added: 17 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10339493
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry “Dutch” Hiney (16 Nov 1836–13 Nov 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10339493, citing Pine Street Cemetery, Sterling Run, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Leanne Keefer Bechdel (contributor 46601597) .