Daughter of Abisha Lewis & Sarah Scripture
Married Lyman Hinman, 16 Aug 1819, New Lebanon, Columbia, New York
History. Aurelia was born in West Stockbridge, Brookshire, Massachusetts. Her father was a farmer who raised cattle and enjoyed entering his agricultural products in the county fairs.
She met Lyman Hinman and they were married in New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York. He was a wealthy merchant, so they lived in a lovely twenty-two-room house where the entire third floor was used as a ballroom.
When Lyman heard the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was converted and wanted to be baptized immediately. Aurelia was baptized nearly a year later. They sold their mercantile establishment and migrated to Nauvoo in 1843.
The Hinman's joined in the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, crossed the Mississippi River, and camped on the west bank at Montrose. They found an open front enclosure then put up a wagon cover for a door and lived there during the long rainy season. When the weather permitted, they proceeded to Winter Quarters where they stayed for some time.
They left Winter Quarters in the Brigham Young Wagon Company and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 21, 1848.
They lived in Salt Lake for some time. In 1850, Lyman was called to build and supervise a sawmill in Mt. Pleasant. When it was finished, he was sent to Farmington to erect a mill. In 1851, he moved his family to Farmington.
Lyman and his two sons were called to erect many of the first mills in Farmington and several other buildings due to their fine workmanship.
They endured cold, hunger, sickness, and disease brought on by the circumstances and lack of proper food.
Aurelia taught her daughters the skills of homemaking. They spun yarn, wove their cloth, knitted stockings, crocheted, netted, tatted, and embroidered, creating their own designs. They also made a living by running the farm.
Aurelia was a devoted, caring mother and wife to her husband. Lyman was a respected homeopathic doctor, and Aurelia assisted in nursing the sick. They adopted a little Indian girl by the name of Nellie Waddy who was the daughter of a Sanpete Indian Chief.
Aurelia's health had been broken by the hardships of pioneer life. She was cared for in her declining years by her daughter, Helen, who then passed away at the age of sixty-six.
*Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude vol. 2 pgs. 1365-1366