James Hindman was born September 11, 1811 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  The only other piece of information regarding James’ parents that I have found is that he indicated his father was born in Ireland.  James married Sarah Cox on March 17, 1831 in Butler County, Ohio and had their first few children there.  They moved to Indiana and Iowa over the next 30 years.

It was while living in Iowa that James joined the Co. B 28 Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry Iowa on August 19, 1862 along with Thomas Jefferson Hindman.  James was discharged 8 months later on March 4, 1863 for disability. Most researchers indicate James was born in 1811, which would make him 51 when he joined the regiment however, he apparently reported that he was 43 when he enlisted in the Civil War.  By the time he volunteered he had at least 11 children. As with all of my ancestors, I need to do more research to confirm the details.

Some time after the war and before 1880 he and many of his family moved to Saunders County, Nebraska.  Within a few years of that move his wife died and he eventually moved in with his daughter Margaret Elmina Mahaffey and her family.  It was after the June 1900 census was taken that James died.  He is buried in Ogallala Cemetery in Ogallala, Keith, Nebraska.


James was my biological 3rd great grandfather on my father’s side.

No Story Too Small offered a challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. 
Each of my posts for this challenge will include in the title “52 Ancestors Challenge” and will have the tag of 52Ancestors.