Hinckley in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Judge Samuel Hinckley / John Brongers
1757–1840 / 1843–1932
Judge Samuel Hinckley. As a member of the Connecticut Land Company, Judge Samuel Hinckley of North Hampton, Massachusetts purchased township 4N Range 13W of the Western Reserve in 1795 for a sum equivalent to 23 cents an acre. The township remained unsettled until Abraham Freeze was commissioned by Judge Hinckley in 1819 to survey the township into 100 plots of 160 acres each. In return for having the township, founded in 1825, named “Hinckley,” the judge gave land for two burying grounds and one-half acre for a public square. In 1919, upon the 101st anniversary of the “Great Hinckley Hunt,” where men from surrounding counties gathered on Christmas Eve to rid the township of wild animals, Judge Amos Webber spoke for the deceased Judge Hinckley: “When I last saw this country, it was a howling wilderness ... by industry and frugality you and your ancestors have made these ever lasting hills and pleasant valleys blossom as the rose.”
John Brongers. John Brongers came to Hinckley in 1867 with a peddler’s pack and sold his wares door-to-door until he decided to make Hinckley his permanent
Erected 2002 by the Hinckley Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-52.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 41° 14.259′ N, 81° 44.707′ W. Marker is in Hinckley, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is on Ridge Road (Ohio Route 94) just south of Center Road (Ohio Route 303), on the right when traveling south. It is at the Hinckley Township Hall at the entrance to Brongers Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1410 Ridge Rd, Hinckley OH 44233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Brecksville Township’s First Settler (approx. 4.2 miles away); Sikh Gurdwara (approx. 4˝ miles away); Weymouth School (approx. 4˝ miles away); Brunswick United Methodist Church (approx. 5 miles away); John Shepherd - An American Hero (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hampson Post No. 499 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Heritage Farm (approx. 5.6 miles away); Historic Underground Railroad Station (approx. 5.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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