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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Henry Hilton


Coffin's Grove Township



HENRY HILTON, an enterprising farmer of Coffinís Grove township, Delaware county, is a native of New York, and was born April 3, 1827. His father, Hiram Hilton, was also a native of New York and an old settler on the Oswego river.  He was always engaged in agricultural pursuits. Our subjectís mother bore the maiden name of Betsey Owen, and was born in Vermont, and died at the age of ninety-four.


     Henry Hilton, the subject of this brief sketch, was reared on a farm in his native place, receiving but little education. He started out to work for himself at the age of fifteen. When twenty years of age he went to Wisconsin state, where he worked as a farm hand for seven years. In 1861 he came to Iowa and settled in Coffinís Grove township, Delaware county. Here he found employment as a teamster, then rented land, afterwards bought one hundred and thirty five acres, and has been steadily engaged at farming since. Besides general farming, he has given much time and attention to stock-raising, at which he has been very successful. He now has one of the best improved farms in the vicinity, all under cultivation and well stocked.


     Mr. Hilton married December 11, 1855, taking to wife Miss Mary J. Hines, who was born in Ireland in 1828. This union has been blessed by the birth of twelve children, as follows: Nettie, wife of Charles Trusne, of Rechan; Marion, wife of Elliott Wing, of Buchanan county, Iowa; Charles, now living at Los Angeles, Cal.; Edgar, a resident of Delaware county, Iowa; Nelley, wife of Edward Dibble, of De Kalb county, Ill.; Leona, wife of William Seward, of Delaware county; Ida, Harry, Carrie, Frank and Lottie, at home with their parents. Minnie May died at the age of thirteen.


     In politics Mr. Hilton is a stanch republican and takes great interest in his party. He has held the usual number of local offices, the duties of which he discharged faithfully. Socially he is a genial, kind-hearted gentleman, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 702-703; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson