John H.P. Hinsley was the son of Amos Hinsley (1775- 10 Aug 1846) and Sarah Ann Knotts (1775-19 July 1853). He was a farmer in Kent Countyn, Delaware. The farm was called "Tanksberry" and was located to the east of Marydel off the main road to Dover. Their children were Nathan (Matilda Hay), Amos (Hester Ann Coxe), Mariam (Samuel Young), Sarah Ann (James B. Streets), Patience (John H. Hobbs), Levinia B. (Daniel Cox, Daniel Hindsley), and John H. P. (Susan Buckmaster). I do not know what "H.P. stands for. John married Susan 15 November 1837. John died at Dover in 1848. His will left everything to his wife. They had two children: Amanda and Joseph B(uckmaster?) Hinsley. Joseph Hinsley served in the Civil War and then ended up in New Mexico, where he married Cessarita Bustamante. They had many children. There are many descendants in California and other western states.
Amos (Sarah Ann Knotts)[the grandparents of John H.P.] was the son of Amos (d. 1796) and Patience. He was a yeoman in Kent County. He purchased "Tanksberry" in 1754. He served in the French and Indian War (1757). Their children were: Nathan, Ambrose (Ann), James, Miriam, Hannah, Patience (James Bayley), John, Amos (Sarah Ann Knotts), Daniel, Garrett.
I do not know for certain who Amos's father was. It is likely that his name was Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel, son of Thomas, son of William (d. 1654). William emigrated from England 10 August 1635. He was from Yorkshire (Aughton in the east Riding on the River Derwaent). I have some more specifice information. let me know if you would like it. All the best to you. Leonard Hindsley (frequetnly in colonial and English documents the surname is spelled "Hindsley" which makes sense: "Hind" is a female deer and "ley" is a meadow.
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